NOIR CITY 11: SMOOTH AS SILK / MARY RYAN, DETECTIVE / STRANGE IMPERSONATION / FLY BY NIGHT
Sunday, February 3: B-Noir Marathon!
The price of admission gets you in to all four afternoon shows.
SMOOTH AS SILK
(1946, Universal, 64 min.)
Actress Paula Marlowe (Virginia Grey) is thrilled when her attorney fiance (Kent Smith) helps an affluent playboy beat a manslaughter rap . . . since the defendant's uncle is bankrolling her new show. But when Miss Marlowe gets cozy with any man who furthers her career, her fiance has a final curtain planned for her.
MARY RYAN, DETECTIVE
(1949, Columbia [Sony], 68 min.)
NOIR CITY favorite Marsha Hunt is a scrappy (but always stylish) policewoman sent undercover to infiltrate a ring of jewel thieves and fences in this sly and fast-paced cop-caper. The first in a proposed series of adventures for the resourceful Mary Ryan, aborted when Hunt ran afoul of the red-baiters. Presented in a sparkling new 35mm print!
(1946, Republic [UCLA], 68 min.)
There's no point in trying to summarize the plot. More craziness is stuffed into these 68 minutes than would fit in a dozen features. Scientists in love. Sexy extortionists. Laboratory explosions. Plastic surgery. Confused identities. Hysteria. Sunglasses. B-movie insanity marshaled crisply and evocatively by director Anthony Mann.
FLY BY NIGHT
(1942, Paramount [Universal], 74 min.)
An encore screening of a berserkly fun B-movie. A man suspected of murder goes on the run with the sexy artist (Nancy Kelly) who's his only alibi. This lighthearted B-budget variation on Hitchcock's The 39 Steps shows Robert Siodmak as a fledgling master in his own right.
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