NOIR CITY 13: THE HIDDEN ROOM / THE SLEEPING TIGER
Thursday, January 22: American Exiles in England
The price of admission gets you into the evening double bill.
THE HIDDEN ROOM
(1949, Eagle-Lion Fims. 96 min.)
Scr. Alec Coppel. Dir. Edward Dmytryk.
British psychologist Clive Riordan, fed up with his wife's philandering, makes her latest lover disappear in a deviously devised "perfect crime." Made in England by the blacklisted Edward Dmytryk, The Hidden Room is an unjustly neglected masterpiece, packed with wit and suspense, anchored by Robert Newton's brilliant and subtle performance as the vengeful cuckold.
THE SLEEPING TIGER
(1954, Astor Pictures. 89 min.)
Scr. Carl Foreman & Harold Buchman. Dir. Joseph Losey.
Psychologist Clive Esmond boards a criminal youth in his home to test his methods of behavior modification through psychoanalysis. Just wait until the doctor's wife gets her hands on the young stud. Losey's first British-made film is an early example of what would become his metier: characters engaged in wicked sex and class warfare.
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