To celebrate that cosmic coincidence, we will trot out some new Woolrich rarities for viewing that have surfaced through a new contact (Gord Gates, we still miss you...), including items from the seventh and final season of Lux Video Theatre, a program that in its 60-minute incarnation often remade noir features.
Specifically of interest vis-a-vis Woolrich is a remake of BLACK ANGEL (featuring John Ireland in the Duryea role and Anne Bancroft taking over for June Vincent), and featuring none other than Burt Mustin (!!) as the guy who locks Ireland into his room to sleep off his benders). Also of interest is the intermission guest--a feature of the Lux series was a mid-show appearance by a Hollywood celebrity: the still beautiful, game, but somewhat visibly beleaguered Gail Russell.
From earlier that season there's also a remake of one of the FNF's feature film restorations, THE GUILTY, with Ralph Meeker and Skip Homeier taking the roles played by Don Castle and Wally Cassel, and Carol Ohmart slipping into the role(s) played by Bonita Granville. Oddly enough, Granville actually appeared in a couple of Season 7 episodes of Lux Video Theatre, but for whatever reason did not reprise her film appearance in THE GUILTY. (She was 33 in 1957, which might have made her--in some eyes, at least--a bit "long in the tooth" for the part she'd played ten years earlier.)
And, in honor of Miss Russell, we'll conclude the festivities with a re-watch of NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES, that preposterous shaggy-dog story sold so wonderfully by Edward G. Robinson. The book is much more feverish, but Robinson is so locked into his character that it all manages to work despite an added dose of Woolrichian plot chicanery.
There's enough Woolrich to watch every day of the year, but it's especially fun to do so on our natal coincidence. Birthday greetings from both us to all of you out there in the dark...