The Asphalt Jungle is a black-and-white 1950 crime drama directed by John Huston, and based on a novel of the same name by W.R. Burnett. In the film, professional thief, Erwin "Doc" Riedenschneider (Sam Jaffe) has just been released from prison after serving seven years. Doc has no intentions of making an honest living when he is released. With that in mind, he seeks out a local bookie, Cobby (Marc Lawrence), to see what type of action is going on. Cobby directs Doc to a lawyer, Alonzo Emmerich (Louis Calhern), who gives Doc a few pointers. Doc does not know that Emmerich's judgment is clouded by his new girlfriend, Angela Phinlay (Marilyn Monroe). With a plan in mind, Doc assembles a team of thieves, Dix Handley (Sterling Hayden), Gus Minissi (James Whitmore) and Louie Ciavelli (Anthony Caruso) to plan a dangerous heist. Will Doc be successful, or has he been out of the game too long to accomplish this?