Double Feature: THIS GUN FOR HIRE + THE THREAT
THIS GUN FOR HIRE (1942)
Also screens with QUIET PLEASE, MURDER on Sat, Oct 13, 1:00 p.m.
One of the seminal films in Hollywood's noir movement, this taut thriller made stars of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, who'd become Paramount's biggest box-office duo of the '40s. Ladd plays lone-wolf assassin Philip Raven, who enlists Lake's aid in freeing himself from a frame-up by a secret cadre of "fifth columnists." John Seitz' camerawork presages the shadowy dread he'd bring to sunny Los Angeles in DOUBLE INDEMNITY. Co-starring Robert Preston, Laird Cregar and Lake's amazing costumes, courtesy of Edith Head. A must-see! (Note courtesy of Film Noir Foundation.) DIR Frank Tuttle; SCR Albert Maltz, W. R. Burnett, from the novel by Graham Greene; PROD Buddy G. DeSylva. U.S., 1942, b&w, 81 min. NOT RATED
THE THREAT (1949)
Also screens with THE ACCUSED (1949) on Sun, Oct 14, 8:30 p.m.
Charles McGraw, the toughest man in noir, runs wild as vengeful ex-con Red Kluger, who breaks out of prison to kidnap and torture everyone who's ever done him wrong. A brutal, violent thriller inventively directed by Felix Feist. Featuring Virginia Grey and Michael O'Shea. (Note courtesy of Film Noir Foundation.) DIR Felix E. Feist; SCR Dick Irving Hyland; SCR/PROD Hugh King. U.S., 1949, b&w, 66 min. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes not accepted.