This 1964 film is so obscure that contemporary critics dismissed it as a colossal bit of self-indulgence by director Arthur Penn and star Warren Beatty. Scripted by Alan Surgal, it's a variation on Kafka's The Trial, with Beatty as a second-rate nightclub comic on the run from a nameless threat (which may or may not involve the syndicate and some gambling debts). Quintessential Penn, far easier to read now than it was then, and even funny in spots.
Director: Arthur Penn
Writer: Alan Surgal
Producer: John G. Avildsen, Arthur Penn and Harrison Starr
Cast: Warren Beatty, Hurd Hatfield and Alexandra Stewart