Roy Scheider in "52 Pickup"
Roy Scheider in "52 Pickup"

Olson on Noir! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing John Frankenheimer's "52 Pickup," starring Roy Scheider and Ann-Margret. The late Elmore Leonard penned the screenplay, adapted from his own novel.

This was a bright spot in a fallow period for Frankenheimer after disasters like PROPHECY. The magic charms of Leonard kicked in big time with his script, part of his lucrative evolution from westerns to suspense and crime films.