You could call it COLD WAR PUSSYCAT: Frank Lovejoy, the Red Menace, and 50s Noir from Screen to Tube…
…and this is where Gord’s TV collection would be handy, particularly for an evening of MEET McGRAW, preferably three eps of that (including the pilot and the one later in the series that features Angie Dickinson) sandwiched around Lovejoy’s two big-screen noir TV remakes on Lux Video Theatre where he plays both Walter Neff and “Uncle Charlie” on episodes that both aired during the 1954-55 season.
And such a formulation could mash up some jaw-droppingly incongruous double bills—I leave you with but one example: SHACK OUT ON 101 slammed up against STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND, two films united only by their Cold War themes and the presence of Lovejoy.
And then there are those other noirs this side of COMMUNIST FOR THE FBI where Lovejoy is the lead—things like THE SYSTEM, FINGER MAN, THE CROOKED WEB, and the strange “JD noir” MAD AT THE WORLD.
I’d say you could get five days—Thursday to Monday—and manage to covee a lot of parallel ground in the 50s that has never been linked together previously.