The late, great Wally Cassel played a delusional suspect in "The Guilty." This was the first of three Cornell Woolrich inspired films to be screen at Noir City 7. The Film Noir Foundation restored this low rent Monogram Film and it probably has never looked better since its initial release. The story has the logic of a claustrophobic nightmare. Almost most every single scene takes place during the night. One brief exception showed the janitor sweeping up garbage during daylight.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of a fully restored print of "The Chase." This mind blowing Philip Yordan adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's "The Black Path of Fear" has been a long time favorite, but the story was actually more comprehensible with several minutes of missing footage reinstated. Scenes set at the curio shop, the naval hospital and the during the police interrogation made much more sense when screened in their entirety. Although I tried to upgrade my private DVD copy a few years ago, it was quite obviously partially incomplete. I made a point of reminding Eddie Muller that the dialogue indicated that Eddy Roman and Gino (Steve Cochran and Peter Lorre) originally hailed from Cicero, Illinois before they transferred to Miami, Florida.
An unexpected surprise, for me at least, climaxed the screenings. Woolrich, who spent a few of his formative years in Latin America, proved to be popular South of the Border too. The audience was treated to "Don't Open That Door" and "If I Die Before I Wake" which were Argentinian adaptations of short stories authored by Woolrich under his pseudonym ("William Irish"). Originally, intended as a single feature, the film was divided into two releases for South American theaters. Today, the film was shown as a single feature film with an intermission.