NOIR CITY William Bowers Tribute double bill The Web / Larceny
WILLIAM BOWERS TRIBUTE
Newspaperman turned screenwriter Bowers had a gift for spinning formulaic scripts into wicked- smart entertainments. This overdue tribute double bill features some of the most sass-mouthed dialogue you'll ever hear.
THE WEB Hardboiled Bob Regan (Edmond O'Brien) takes a job as bodyguard for a rich industrialist (Vincent Price) who thinks somebody's out to kill him. Turns out he's right, and Regan ends up in a mess of trouble that includes beautiful Ella Raines and beastly William Bendix. Directed by Michael Gordon. Universal, 1947. 87 min.
LARCENY -- RARITY! John Payne and Dan Duryea are high-toned grifters preying on an affluent war widow. Both are tangled up with saucy dame Shelley Winters, who's more trouble than a loaded .38. You're going to get whiplash trying to keep up with the wisecracks in Bower's riotously sarcastic script. Universal, 1948. 89 min.
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