Double Feat:THIS GUN FOR HIRE+QUIET PLEASE, MURDER
THIS GUN FOR HIRE (1942)
Also screens with THE THREAT on Mon, Oct 15, 7:30 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
QUIET PLEASE, MURDER in 35mm
George Sanders is a cunning forger who teams up with femme fatale Gail Patrick to swindle gullible art patrons. His ultimate coup — to steal and replicate a priceless Shakespeare folio — turns into a crazy hostage drama when the priceless artifact ends up as a needle in a haystack, hidden somewhere in the Los Angeles Public Library! This indescribably daffy and surprisingly racy rarity is an example of the 20th Century Fox B-unit at its very best! (Note courtesy of Film Noir Foundation.) DIR and SCR??John Francis Larkin, from a story by Lawrence G. Blochman; PROD Ralph Dietrich. U.S., 1942, b&w, 70 min. NOT RATED.
Archival 35mm print — not on DVD!
AFI Member passes not accepted.