NOIR CITY 9: THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH / BEWARE MY LOVELY
The price of admission gets you in for the double bill. At the insanely low price of $10! You'd be crazy to miss it!
THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH
(1947, RKO [Warner Bros.] 71 min. NOT ON DVD!)
Despite this noir-stained psychodrama being drastically cut prior to release, it remains a mesmerizing tale of dementia, desperation, and lust. The legendary French director Jean Renoir elicits compelling performances from the triangle of Robert Ryan, Joan Bennett, and Charles Bickford, this last as a famous painter blinded by his beautiful wife. A rare chance to see this maimed masterpiece-that-might-have-been on the big screen!
BEWARE MY LOVELY
(1952, RKO [Warner Bros.] 77 min. NOT ON DVD!)
The great Ida Lupino plays a lonely war widow who employs a drifter (Robert Ryan) as a household handyman, only to learn -- too late -- precisely why he has no references on his resume. Lupino and Ryan, a pair of noir heavyweights, battle through a "day without end" to an unexpected climax. Mel Dinelli's suspensful script is adapted from his hit stage play The Man.
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