who are they?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #23
Who are they?
It’s noir-time at zeph’s pop culture quiz … the two menacing silhouettes sporting fedoras—who are they? It so happens that the answer to the question at the same time is the title of the movie in question.
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UPDATE and solution (10 April 2012):
Number 23 was not yet five hours old and ryoku already got it completely right: Max (William Conrad, on the left) and Al (Charles McGraw), The Killers (Siodmak 1946) they are! Here they are a minute later, having entered Henry’s Diner, at the counter—now Al is on the left:
Early scene in 'The Killers' (Siodmak 1946)
Siodmak’s ‘The Killers’ is an absolute noir classic featuring non-linear storytelling. The first 20 minutes are a faithful adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s short story of the same name (1927). The movie was Burt Lancaster’s screen debut and Ava Gardner’s first notable role, which made her career take off.

HEMINGWAY, ERNEST MILLER. 1927. The killers. Scribner’s Magazine 81(3): 227-233.
SIODMAK, ROBERT. 1946. The killers [motion picture]. New York: Universal Pictures.
  • ryoku Monday, 9th April 2012 at 04:58

    the movie is titled ‘the killers’. the screencap is from the opening sequence of the film which shows max and al on their way to work, so to speak.

    • zephyrin_xirdal Monday, 9th April 2012 at 08:38

      Max (William Conrad) and Al (Charles McGraw), ‘The Killers’ (Siodmak 1946) they are, absolutely correct—congratulations ryoku! But, for cryin’ out loud, what are you doing online at five in the morning? Or have you left the timezone temporarily?

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 9th April 2012 at 08:59


  • klandestino Monday, 9th April 2012 at 13:24

    risen like a phoenix ;)
    congrats to our monk (I do not have another explanation for his posting-time ;) ).
    Another movie for the collection.
    Happy Easter to y’all! ;)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 9th April 2012 at 16:50

    Happy Easter!

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