China Venture (Don Siegel, 1953)

A low budget war programmer from Columbia shot almost entirely on the studio’s sound stages and backlot. Director Siegel and cinematographer Sam Leavitt return repeatedly to tightly composed shots of the actors blocked together (often in threes), moving through centre screen framed by foliage, or lit in a pool of darkness.

Top picture features the immaculate trio of Edmund O'Brien, Alvy Moore, and Leo Gordon