Edited by Don Malcolm on 4/12/2018, 6:40 am
Here's the full lineup:
Thursday May 10
FAREWELL MY LOVELY (1975) 7:30 with guest Jack O'Halloran
Friday May 11
LARCENY (1948) 10:00
THE TURNING POINT (1952) 1:00 new restoration
THE UNSUSPECTED (1947) 4:00
THE WEB (1947) 7:30 with guest Victoria Price (daughter of Vincent Price)
Saturday May 12
CHICAGO DEADLINE (1949) 10:00
THE RED HOUSE (1947) 1:00
THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF (1950) 4:00
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957) 7:30 with guest Ruta Lee
Sunday May 13
UNDER THE GUN (1951) 10:00
KISS OF DEATH (1947) 1:00 with guest Victoria Mature
FLAMINGO ROAD (1949) 4:00
1--Ten of the twelve films in this year's lineup are from 1947-52.
2--Five of the twelve films (FAREWELL MY LOVELY, THE TURNING POINT, WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION, UNDER THE GUN, FLAMINGO ROAD) have yet to be shown at NC SF.
3--Jack O'Halloran (who made his movie debut as Moose Malloy in FAREWELL, MY LOVELY) finally gives Alan Rode a guest who's equal to him in stature (both are 6'6").
--A festival with more Curtiz certainly seemed like an interesting way to go, particularly given that a print of THE SCARLET HOUR is now available (and is being screened at NC LA next week). Certainly three extra Curtiz films could have made the cut on Saturday without undue strain (or bumping guest Ruta Lee). Alan's reluctance to show THE BREAKING POINT in most of his Curtiz shows (an exception: last month's series at AFI in DC) is a bit puzzling. A 1-2-3 Saturday punch of MILDRED PIERCE, THE SCARLET HOUR and THE BREAKING POINT would be pretty darned dynamic.
--It would be also be interesting to give Saturday evening 's guest Ruta Lee a more structured shout-out for her work in TV noir beyond what will likely be a perfunctory discussion of it in the post-screening interview. In her first decade in Hollywood (roughly: 1955-64), Lee was a frequent presence in TV noir, appearing on a boatload of series, including CROSSROADS, DRAGNET, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, HIGHWAY PATROL, SCHLITZ PLAYHOUSE, MIKE HAMMER, PETER GUNN, THE LINEUP, RICHARD DIAMOND, THE LAWLESS YEARS, MARKHAM, JOHNNY STACCATO, TIGHTROPE, M SQUAD, MICHAEL SHAYNE, DANTE, PERRY MASON, HAWAIIAN EYE, and 77 SUNSET STRIP.
You're right, that's a LOT of TV noir, and we should also include "Crazy Sunday,” one of the most interesting episodes from THE DICK POWELL THEATRE, which is a James Poe adaptation of the famous F. Scott Fitzgerald story. Poe was clearly fascinated with the underbelly of Hollywood, having adapted THE BIG KNIFE--a look at his filmography at IMDB will create quite an impression. Lee is one of the "babes around the swimming pool" in Fitzgerald's tale of Hollywood backstabbery, supporting a stellar cast led by Dana Andrews, Rip Torn, Barry Sullivan, and Vera Miles.
It would make for a great "bonus feature." There's still time to track it down, Alan...