The Annual FrankGrimes Torture Thread
Posted 01 April 2008 - 01:14 PM
okay i kinda mixed that up[. i meant that just watch pride and prejudice first and see if you like it. but the chocolate eating is becoming a privilege for you. heehee!
Posted 01 April 2008 - 01:09 PM
Oh, that makes sense. "Here, eat this poison once first and then decide if you like it or not."
Posted 01 April 2008 - 12:54 PM
hey thats not fair!!! you just have to watch pride and prejudice once first and then you can decide if you still want to be burned by the boiling chocolate..... thats like a privilege for you all the sudden. goodness! i gotta come up with something new. heehee!
Posted 01 April 2008 - 12:46 PM
It's nice to know there are some girls on this board with fine taste in film.
Hey, Miss Awful Taste in Film -- this is it kyle?! goodness, i came in here expecting to see frankie dangling from the ceiling wrapped up in rope or something. heehee! you know, the whole inchilada sipped in boiling chocolate....too much of it frankie, and youll be sick pretty soon.
The second I begin to watch Pride and Prejudice I'm gonna wish I was dangling from the ceiling wrapped up in rope or licorice just "dying" to be dunked in boiling hot chocolate. I feel like Batman all of a sudden.
Posted 01 April 2008 - 08:31 AM
thank you for posting this kyle.
i am waiting for Cornered and To the Ends of the Earth. i love Dick Powell!! i have seen To the Ends of the Earth, but havent seen Cornered just yet.
Posted 01 April 2008 - 06:27 AM
I have sent a few emails to TCM begging them to put him on the air. It is hard to believe that he has not been on TCM yet.
Posted 01 April 2008 - 12:03 AM
Nah. Not my cup of tea.
Posted 31 March 2008 - 10:29 PM
You remember correctly, per usual. Fritz Lang in NYC and Hitch at Northwestern. Preminger was in NYC this winter, too.
But I have to ask... "Swamp Noir"??????? They're just making that one up, right?
That one made me chuckle. It's quite alluring, don't ya think? I'm sure the ladies will flock to such an attraction.
Are you gonna attempt to see any of the films?
Posted 31 March 2008 - 10:20 PM
Well, be thankful for small kindnesses. If I remember correctly, last year you were being "tortured" cross-country. Not only was there this Noir Festival going on in LA (The LA vs. NYC Festival) but there was a Preminger Festival in Chicago. And something interesting was being shown on the big screen in NYC too. All at the same time.
But I have to ask... "Swamp Noir"??????? They're just making that one up, right?
Kyle In Hollywood
Posted 31 March 2008 - 09:31 PM
That's an absolutely fascinating line-up of films! Eddie Muller is a true noirist because the selections for this year's festival are obscure films noir that only a diehard would appreciate. I'd love to know how many of the films being screened this year Master Dewey has seen.
Muller deserves kudos upon kudos for helping unearth these films. Tomorrow is Another Day is one of his favorite films noir of all time. I'm amazed he was able to obtain a good print. I'm also happy to see Coleen Gray and Barbara Hale making appearances at the festival.
"NOT ON DVD" is a big selling point for the hardcore fans of film noir. I hope there's enough around to make this year's festival yet another big success. And I surely hope many of the films do end up on DVD very soon. There's clearly a market for them right now.
Posted 31 March 2008 - 08:36 PM
AKA - The American Cinematheque Annual "Noir" Festival line-up
From The LATimes 31 March-
_*American Cinematheque to feature film noir*_
Its 'Return to Noir City' festival will feature movies such as 'Night Has a Thousand Eyes' and 'Tomorrow Is Another Day' at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
*The American Cinematheque's popular "Return to Noir City" film festival* celebrates its 10th anniversary Thursday at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
Presented in conjunction with the Film Noir Foundation, the three-week excursion into the world of black-and-white atmospheric cinematography, femme fatales and complex heroes in hats and rumpled trench coats features classic titles in the genre's canon.
But the Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller always delivers some deliciously entertaining rarities, and this year is no exception.
"We have lasted long enough
*Among this year's finds* is the 1948 thriller "Night Has a Thousand Eyes," screening April 18, with Edward G. Robinson as a fake carnival mentalist who suddenly has the ability to see into the future.
"Nobody has seen that for decades," Muller says. "That is a Paramount film . . . and has a major director in John Farrow. How does a film like that fall off the radar? I honestly don't know. Some films just vanish."
*Other films in the festival were given short shrift* when they were released more than half a century ago, such as the Steve Cochran double-bill screening April 17: 1951's "Tomorrow Is Another Day" and 1950's "Highway 301."
"Those are both Warner Bros. pictures," Muller says. "I am determined to have 'Tomorrow Is Another Day' totally reevaluated and added to the canon of great noir films. It's fantastic."
"Tomorrow" is a fugitives-on-the-lam thriller starring tough guy Cochran as an ex-con who has never been with a woman. Ruth Roman plays a dime-a-dance femme fatale who becomes his first.
"It just fell through the cracks because the noir thing was kind of running out of gas and the studios were rethinking everything," Muller says. "A lot of these lower-budget films with no huge stars didn't have a real push
The Full Schedule For "Return To Noir City":
*What is it about the dark worldview* -- rainy nights, unfamiliar and unfriendly streets, shady grifters and duplicitous dames – that archetypal film noir milieu that fascinates us so? The plight of an Everyman (or woman) sucked into a whirlpool of dismal circumstance beyond his control – these scenarios hold us spellbound. Are we watching as voyeurs, glad to see someone else with worse luck than our own? Or are we hoping to find a key to dealing with our own existential plight that may not be as violent or as dramatic but nevertheless just as traumatizing? All one has to do is listen to the news to see very plainly that, hey, it’s a noir world, baby! Today, with unparalleled global access through the Internet, we witness it on a worldwide scale. To help you chart your path through a perilously dark universe, we’ve assembled another grand gathering of noir gems, starring an array of iconic noir role models, including Humphrey Bogart, Lizabeth Scott, Burt Lancaster, Peter Lorre, Barbara Stanwyck, Steve Cochran, Ida Lupino, Edward G. Robinson, Dana Andrews, Richard Widmark and more!
_Thursday, April 3 – 7:30 PM_
*Lizabeth Scott Double Feature:*
_*DESERT FURY*, 1947, Universal, 96 min._ Dir. Lewis Allen.
Lizabeth Scott (PITFALL) in Technicolor glory -- swirls of yellow hair, emerald eyes, fire-engine red lips -- is truly something to behold, but she’s only one of the over-the-top treats in this very strange crime drama. Mary Astor (THE MALTESE FALCON) seems a bit too enamored of her own daughter (Liz), Wendell Corey is murderously miffed at being tossed aside by partner-in-crime John Hodiak, and beefcake lawman Burt Lancaster seems oblivious to the mix-and-match sexuality surging around him. DESERT FURY is absolutely saturated -- incredibly lush colors, fast and furious dialogue dripping with innuendo, double entendres, dark secrets, outraged face-slappings, overwrought Miklos Rozsa violins. This is Hollywood at its most gloriously berserk. NOT ON DVD
_*DEAD RECKONING*, 1947, Sony Repertory, 100 min._ Dir. John Cromwell (CAGED).
"He Doesn't Trust Anyone…especially Women!" Colonel Humphrey Bogart knows something’s fishy when his best friend, Sergeant Johnny Drake (William Prince), jumps off his train rather than continue on his way to receive a much-publicized Medal of Honor. Bogart follows his trail to southern Gulf City, only to find his pal burnt to a crisp on a morgue slab. Things can only go downhill from there. Before long, other bodies pile up, and Bogart does some fancy footwork to keep out of a murder frame. The twisted clues lead to Johnny’s bewitching sweetheart Cora (Lizabeth Scott), smooth casino operator Martinelli (Morris Carnovsky) and sadistic thug Krause (Marvin Miller). A passel of contradictory stories point to a number of guilty parties, and Bogart has to think fast to figure out who he can trust -- or he may end up like his dead buddy.
_Friday, April 4 – 7:30 PM_
*Dick Powell Double Feature*
_*CORNERED*, 1945, Warner Bros., 102 min._
Completing the thespian metamorphosis from song-and-dance man to film noir protagonist that began with MURDER, MY SWEET, Dick Powell stars in this post-war tale of a demobilized Canadian flyer seeking the collaborator who killed his French wife. Traversing a blind alley from Paris to Buenos Aires while hot on the trail of the elusive Marcel Jamac (Luther Adler), Powell contends with the sinister bulk of Walter Slezak, and the elegant cool of Morris Carnovsky while being alternately soothed by Micheline Cheirel and menaced by Jack La Rue. Directed and produced by Edward Dmytryk and Adrian Scott before both men were frog-marched to Washington and blacklisted, this rarely seen picture remains a visual feast for noir aficionados. NOT ON DVD
_*TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH*, 1948, Sony Repertory, 109 min._
One of the first post-war movies that attempted to deal seriously with the burgeoning narcotics trade in defiance of a Production Code that forbade nearly any mention of the subject! In true "docu-noir" style, Treasury agent Dick Powell trots the globe trying to pin down the leader of a diabolical heroin ring with a series of surprising occurrences culminating in a stunning denouement. Directed by Robert Stevenson and co-starring Signe Hasso, Gloria (Maylia) Fong, Vladimir Sokoloff and John Hoyt, this fascinating period suspenser is almost never screened theatrically: Don’t miss this one! NOT ON DVD
_Saturday, April 5 – 7:30 PM_
*Barbara Stanwyck Double Feature:*
_*SORRY, WRONG NUMBER*, 1948, Paramount, 89 min._ Dir. Anatole Litvak
Writer Lucille Fletcher adapted her own mega-hit radio play to the big screen, with Barbara Stanwyck as the emotionally crippled, bedridden heiress who overhears a murder plot on a crossed phone connection. As she tries to get someone, anyone, to take her fears seriously, Stanwyck gradually realizes she may be the intended victim. Who could want her dead? Why can’t she get in touch with her husband (Burt Lancaster), who works for her wealthy father? Could it be spouse Lancaster plotting against her? Or someone else? Expert director Litvak gets the most out of his enclosed set, making unobtrusive use of flashbacks to briefly take us out of Stanwyck’s lavish bedroom – what amounts to a luxurious prison where she waits for her appointment with the Grim Reaper. The suspense builds to a shattering conclusion. With Wendell Corey, Ann Richards, Leif Erickson, Ed Begley.
_*THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS*, 1946, Paramount, 116 min_. Dir. Lewis Milestone. In one of the darkest psychodramas of the 1940s, Barbara Stanwyck portrays the title character, the cast-iron magnate of an East Coast steel town whose passion is rekindled by the return of a long-lost childhood friend (the redoubtable Van Heflin, of THE PROWLER and ACT OF VIOLENCE). This doesn't sit well with Martha's husband (Kirk Douglas, in a vivid debut), who's faithfully kept the dark secret at the core of Martha's life. Will Iverstown survive the flames of furious forties' melodrama? Also starring Lizabeth Scott. Screenwriter Robert Rossen was to hit the noir jackpot the very next year, directing Abe Polonsky’s screenplay of the classic BODY AND SOUL starring John Garfield.
_Sunday, April 6 – 7:30 PM_
*Tough Dames Double Feature*
_*WICKED WOMAN*, 1954, MGM Repertory, 77 min._ Dir. Russell Rouse
In this racy little B-movie, scarlet woman Beverly Michaels (PICKUP) cons saloon owner Richard Egan (SLAUGHTER ON TENTH AVENUE) into bilking his boozy wife out of her dough, then toys with the affections of slavering devot?e Percy Helton. But she plans on dumping them both and leaving a dust trail to Mexico. Michaels was definitely director Rouse’s kind of woman: they married after making this picture -- an extra twist to this juicy noir. "…well-drawn characters, surprisingly salacious moments, and a sympathetic performance by hardboiled B-movie queen Beverly Michaels…provides many unexpected pleasures…the film is well-made enough to raise a few eyebrows today…" TV Guide NOT ON DVD
_Ultra-Rare! New 35mm Print! *THE STORY OF MOLLY X*, 1949, Universal, 82 min._
Writer-director Crane Wilbur (CANON CITY; OUTSIDE THE WALL) had an obsession with prison stories, but this ultra-rarity has a twist: The protagonist is a brass-knuckled dame (June Havoc) who takes over her boyfriend's Frisco gang when he's killed. After murdering the culprit in cold blood, she winds up in women's prison -- and you know what happens in those places. Part melodrama, part documentary look inside the Women's Correctional Institution at Tehachapi, this shot-on-location drama is also notable for its frank take on sexual abuse leading to a life of crime. Presented in a brand-new 35mm print courtesy of Universal Pictures! NOT ON DVD
_Thursday, April 10 – 7:30 PM_
*James Mason Double Feature:*
_Rare! *THE MAN BETWEEN*, 1953, Paramount, 100 min._
Director Carol Reed’s underrated, shot-on-location post-WWII Berlin thriller was unfairly compared to his masterpiece THE THIRD MAN on its initial release. But it’s a different kind of crime story altogether, much closer to Reed’s ODD MAN OUT in style and spirit. Na?ve Claire Bloom arrives in a newly divided Berlin to visit her doctor brother (Geoffrey Toone), but immediately senses underlying conflict from German sis-in-law Hildegarde Neff and Neff’s strange relationship with cynical former lawyer James Mason. Soon shady Mason is caught in the middle when his Commie business associates plot to put a permanent stop to the outflow of smuggled East Germans making it into the West. When they kidnap smitten Bloom, Mason has to decide where his true loyalties lie, and a deadly game of nerve-jangling cat-and-mouse begins. NOT ON DVD
_Rare! *ONE WAY STREET*, 1950, Universal, 79 min._ Dir. Hugo Fregonese
Even though he had just started his American career, James Mason already had his doomed-fugitive persona down pat. From Carol Reed’s ODD MAN OUT (1947) through Max Ophuls’ THE RECKLESS MOMENT (1949), with the lift of an eyebrow or a barely perceptible change in voice inflection, Mason could convey a whole history of loneliness and emotional pain hidden behind a cultured, dignified front. Here he’s a disillusioned doctor who feels responsible for his wife’s death and believes he’s only worthy of patching up wounded criminals. Deciding to take a gamble, he tricks Los Angeles gang boss Dan Duryea out of his latest haul, as well as absconding with Duryea’s more than willing moll, Marta Toren. The pair head for Mexico with the swag – but can they outrun Duryea’s seemingly limitless reach? With William Conrad, Jack Elam. NOT ON DVD
_Friday, April 11 – 7:30 PM_
*Hostage Noir Double Feature:*
_Ultra-Rare! *HELL’S FIVE HOURS*, 1958, Paramount, 73 min._ Dir. Jack L. Copeland.
Vic Morrow (THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE), with a performance seemingly inspired from the bowels of a trailer park in a "Cops" rerun, goes maniacally postal on his ex-employer, a missile base that he intends to blow to kingdom come! The maddened Morrow pauses long enough to shanghai one of the original Dark City Dames, Coleen Gray, to make his resignation statement particularly deadly. Co-starring Stephen McNally, as Gray’s understandably concerned mate, and the ubiquitous Robert Foulk, this gut-check suspenser hasn’t been screened theatrically since the Earth cooled and is an emblematic example of the new veins of noir being jointly mined by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation. A leading candidate as this year’s festival sleeper. Don’t miss it! NOT ON DVD
_Rare! New 35mm Print! *THE NIGHT HOLDS TERROR*, 1955, Sony Repertory, 86 min._
"Three young, empty-eyed killers, without mercy or morals, turn a private home into a house of horror!" Director Andrew L. Stone (THE LAST VOYAGE) was known for his vivid re-creations of both fictional and true-life stories, and here he pulls out all the stops, as usual, with stunning, down-and-dirty on-location shooting. John Cassavetes and Vince Edwards effortlessly project a Charlie Starkweather-type menace as part of a trio holding middle-class, average American Jack Kelly (Bart in the original "Maverick" TV series) and his family hostage in their suburban home. Based on a real-life hostage story that took place in 1953, the actual kidnappers were angry at the film’s depiction of their exploits because it ruined their chance for an appeal! NOT ON DVD *Discussion in between films with actress Coleen Gray (HELL’S FIVE HOURS).*
_Saturday, April 12 – 7:30 PM_
*Peter Lorre Double Feature:*
_*STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR*, 1940, Warner Bros., 64 min._ Dir. Boris Ingster.
A newspaper reporter (John McGuire) plunges into a nightmare of guilt, fearing that his "evidence" has sentenced the wrong man to death. A stunning example of cinematic expressionism, cited by many as the first studio film shot in a completely noir style. Peter Lorre virtually reprises the eerily convincing persona he created in Fritz Lang’s M, adding an emotion-wringing melancholia to his performance as a paranoid, lost soul. Featuring the astounding art direction of Van Nest Polglase and the brilliant cinematography of Nicholas Musuraca, as well as reportedly uncredited script work by Nathanael West (The Day of the Locust)! With Margaret Tallichet, Elisha Cook Jr. NOT ON DVD
_Rare! New 35mm Print! *THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK*, 1941, Sony Repertory, 69 min._
Dir. Robert Florey.
"What fiendish fury turns man into monster?"
Peter Lorre gives one of his most affecting performances as an immigrant watchmaker, horribly disfigured in a fire, whose despair and alienation lead him into a life of crime. A friendship with a young blind woman (Evelyn Keyes) offers him a shot at love and redemption. But … this is a noir film festival. An amazing blend of brutally efficient pulp theatrics and genuine pathos makes this one of Lorre's most unforgettable films. Presented in a brand-new 35mm print courtesy of Sony Repertory. NOT ON DVD
_Sunday, April 13 – 7:30 PM_
*Swamp Noir Double Feature:*
_Ultra-Rare! *CRY OF THE HUNTED*, 1953, Warner Bros., 80 min._
GUN CRAZY director Joseph H. Lewis follows obsessed prison security man Barry Sullivan (TENSION; THE GANGSTER), abetted by evil-tempered deputy William Conrad, as they plunge into the Louisiana bayou hunting fugitive Vittorio Gassman. Although neither can admit it, Sullivan and Gassman share many of the same inflexible ideas about personal pride and honor, and their fiery personalities suck them ever deeper into a vortex of brutality. With Polly Bergen (CAPE FEAR) as Sullivan’s long-suffering wife. "…an engagingly taut affair, its various visual flourishes climaxing in a characteristically atmospheric swamp shoot-out…highly enjoyable." –Time Out London NOT ON DVD
_Ultra-Rare! *LURE OF THE SWAMP*, 1957, Paramount, 75 min._
"Destination... HELL! Greed led them into the misty depths of a strange land!"
Comparatively unknown pulp novelist Gil Brewer, (The Vengeful Virgin; Wild to Possess) had a rep during the 50’s for some of the most nihilistic, sex-driven, ultra-violent fiction this side of Jim Thompson. Director Hubert Cornfield (NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY) helmed this hard-to-see, low-budget adaptation of one of Brewer’s steamy, noir bestsellers. Marshall Thompson (IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE) charters his skiff for jaunts into the swamp, and his curiosity is aroused when his newest client is unusually secretive. After the man turns up dead the next day, Thompson learns he was a bank robber – and the loot is missing! Our hero has an idea where the plunder is stashed, but is conflicted whether to keep it or give it up. Unfortunately for him, avaricious swamp vixen Joan Vohs (CRY VENGEANCE) gets stirred into the mix. With tough-guy veterans Jack Elam and Leo Gordon (RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11). NOT ON DVD
_Thursday, April 17 – 7:30 PM_
*Steve Cochran Double Feature:*
_Ultra-Rare! *TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY*, 1951, Warner Bros., 90 min._
Handsome Steve Cochran with the perpetual 5 o’clock shadow-racked up a slew of noir credits before his premature death in 1965, including WHITE HEAT, PRIVATE HELL 36 and THE DAMNED DON’T CRY. Here, he’s an ex-con who’s never been with a woman. Ruth Roman (STRANGERS ON A TRAIN) is a dime-a-dance dame with no use for sappy men. A hotel room, a dirty cop, a gunshot -- the perfect jumpstartfor a fugitives-on-the-run love story. This virtually unknown noir is director Felix Feist’s masterwork, packed with revelatory set-pieces. Feist also helmed the legendary THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE, and this hard-luck saga more than matches DEVIL’s twisted pyrotechnics. Cochran was never more vulnerable, Roman never sexier. Imagine GUN CRAZY scripted by Steinbeck -- it’s that good. NOT ON DVD
_Rare! *HIGHWAY 301*, 1950, Warner Bros., 83 min._
Director Andrew L. Stone (CRY TERROR!) was known primarily for musicals (including the pioneering black showcase STORMY WEATHER with Lena Horne) before suddenly switching to a solid decade of hardboiled yarns shot largely on authentic locations. This was the first in that vein, and one of the best. Steve Cochran is among our favorite noir tough guys -- here he's a cold-blooded outlaw leading the "Tri-State Gang" on a robbery and murder spree. The film combines the popular early-1950’s "documentary" approach with flashes of wildly stylized and (for the time) graphic violence. With Virginia Grey (THE THREAT), Gaby Andre and Robert Webber (12 ANGRY MEN) in his feature film debut. NOT ON DVD
_Friday, April 18 – 7:30 PM_
*Edward G. Robinson Double Bill:*
_Rare! New 35mm Print! *NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES*, 1948, Universal, 81 min._
"This gift, which I never asked for and don’t understand, has brought me only unhappiness!"
A lost noir returns to the big screen! Edward G. Robinson gives a doom-laden performance as a bogus carnival "mentalist" who becomes cursed with the ability to actually see into the future. John Farrow, a director at his most stylish in noir terrain, adapts from the novel by master of suspense Cornell Woolrich (REAR WINDOW). Co-starring Gail Russell (THE UNINVITED) and John Lund (NO MAN OF HER OWN), and featuring gorgeous camerawork from John Seitz (DOUBLE INDEMNITY). Universal Pictures struck this brand-new 35mm print exclusively for Noir City! "This nifty little B-thriller…packs a powerful wallop, offering plenty of suspense and tension …John Seitz’s stark B&W cinematography adds to the rich atmosphere of the tale..." – FilmFanatic.org NOT ON DVD
_Rare! *THE RED HOUSE*, 1947, 100 min._ Dir. Delmer Daves.
"What I cannot have…I’ll destroy!"
One of the most haunting American Gothic films ever made. A strange brother and sister (Edward G. Robinson and Judith Anderson) raise a foster daughter on their remote farm and always tell her not to go into the woods…ever. Beautifully written and directed by Delmer Daves (helmer of DARK PASSAGE and the original 3:10 TO YUMA) with a compelling score by the great Miklos Rozsa. Co-starring Rory Calhoun, Julie London, Allene Roberts, Lon McCallister, Ona Munson. This rare gem has not been screened theatrically for decades! Don’t miss this one, but please, don’t come and watch THE RED HOUSE by yourself!
_Saturday, April 19 – 7:30 PM_
*Unjustly Accused? Double Feature:*
_*BOOMERANG!*, 1947, 20th Century Fox, 88 min._
District Attorney Dana Andrews thinks he’s got an open-and-shut case on a beloved Catholic priest’s murder, with all but certain guilt hanging over the head of down-on-his-luck ex-GI Arthur Kennedy. But when Andrews looks more closely at the evidence, he begins to have his doubts. Tough, honest cop Lee J. Cobb, as well as public opinion and the town’s good-ol’- boy political machine, want a guaranteed guilty verdict. Andrews soon learns that not only his job but his family’s reputation will be dragged through the mud if he doesn’t ram through the expected conviction. Director Elia Kazan’s chops with actors were already expert in this early stage of his career, and he coaxes fierce performances from the whole cast, including Ed Begley (ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW) as a frantic real estate developer with a huge stake in the next mayoral election. With Karl Malden, Sam Levene, Jane Wyatt. "BOOMERANG! is a gripping, real-life melodrama, told in semi-documentary style. Lensing was done on location at Stamford, Conn. the locale adding to realism. Based on a still unsolved murder case in Bridgeport, Conn. plot is backed up with strong cast." – Variety NOT ON DVD
_Rare! *COUNT THE HOURS*, 1953, Warner Bros., 76 min._
Director Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY) and supreme noir cinematographer John Alton conjure up a nightmarish flight through the justice system as a migrant farm worker (John Craven) is accused of the double murder of his employers. SHADOW OF A DOUBT stars Teresa Wright and Macdonald Carey reunite – here Wright plays the worker’s wife who convinces skeptical defense attorney Carey that her husband is really innocent. But with Carey unable to prove his case, the accused gets an appointment with the executioner. Carey continues to try to find the real killer as the clock counts down, losing his fair-weather fianc?e and his community standing in the process. Hope glimmers when Carey gets wind of a lead, but proving that a scapegoat is unjustly accused is never easy -- and Carey and Wright are beset with more confounding twists as time runs out. Look for Jack Elam as a memorably reptilian slimeball. NOT ON DVD
_Sunday, April 20 – 7:30 PM_
_Rare! *THE CLAY PIGEON*, 1949, Warner Bros., 63 min._
Amnesia, treason and murder are nicely dished up at a breakneck pace by ace director Richard Fleischer (THE NARROW MARGIN). One of the most striking of the RKO "B" noirs stars the real-life husband and wife duo of Bill Williams and Barbara Hale along with Richard Loo and Martha Hyer, with an original screenplay by the great Carl Foreman (HIGH NOON). Don’t miss this seldom-screened programmer that combines classic noir with WWII propaganda amid period L.A. location photography. Williams portrays a returning, memory-challenged POW on the run, charged with being a turncoat. Co-star Richard Quine, who plays another POW survivor, became a director in the 1950s, making such films as noir PUSHOVER and comedies BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE and HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE. NOT ON DVD
_*NORA PRENTISS*, 1947, Warner Bros., 111 min._ Dir. Vincent Sherman
"A mouth like hers was for kissing, not telling!"
Inspired by the success of MILDRED PIERCE, Warner Bros. gave the full noir makeover to "Oomph Girl" Ann Sheridan, darkening her breezy image by casting her as a San Francisco chanteuse who, through no fault of her own, has a knack for destroying the men who fall in love with her. Kent Smith (CAT PEOPLE) gives his finest performance as the good doctor who throws away his life for the woman of his dreams. One of director Sherman's most memorable melodramas, screenwriter N. Richard Nash and story writers Paul Webster and Jack Sobell supply a scenario worthy of David Goodis -- perhaps one of the most bleak, subversive views of middle-class values to ever come out of a major studio in the 1940s. With Bruce Bennett, Rosemary DeCamp, Robert Alda. NOT ON DVD Discussion in between films with actress Barbara Hale (THE CLAY PIGEON).
_Thursday, April 24 – 7:30 PM_
_New 35mm Print! *NIGHT AND THE CITY*, 1950, 20th Century Fox, 96 min._ Dir. Jules Dassin
We close out Noir City with a stunning print of the most baroque and bleak film noir of them all. The greatness of this film -- besides Richard Widmark's devastating portrayal of the maniacal, pathetic con man and small-time promoter Harry Fabian -- is its stubborn refusal to allow even the tiniest ray of light into Harry's headlong descent into hell. Featuring an unforgettable supporting rogue's gallery, including Googie Withers, Herbert Lom, Francis L. Sullivan, Mike Mazurki, Stanislaus Zbyszko -- and the gorgeous Gene Tierney (LAURA). With a screenplay by Jo Eisinger from the novel by Gerald Kersh.
_New 35mm Print! *WOMAN IN HIDING*, 1950, Universal, 92 min._ Dir. Michael Gordon
Noir City favorite Ida Lupino gives another superb performance, playing a successful career woman who marries Mr. Wrong (Steven McNally) and finds herself desperately trying to evade his plans to dispose of her and take over the business. Stylish direction from the grandfather of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (THE LOOKOUT) and fabulous camerawork from the legendary William Daniels (THE NAKED CITY) highlight this long-missing (and underrated) thriller, presented in a gloriously pristine new print from Universal Pictures! Co-starring Howard Duff (who was Lupino’s real-life hubby at the time). Screenplay by Oscar Saul and Roy Huggins (who created "The Fugitive" and "77 Sunset Strip" TV series). NOT ON DVD
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