NOIR CITY 16: 1946: THE BLUE DAHLIA / NIGHT EDITOR
Tuesday, January 30
The price of admission gets you into the double bill.
THE BLUE DAHLIA
(1946, Paramount [Universal]. 96 min.)
Scr. Raymond Chandler. Dir. George Marshall
The only original screenplay penned by the legendary detective story writer was crafted under both deadline pressure (star Alan Ladd was leaving for military duty) and "the influence" (the script was banged out in a drunken fervor). No matter--it was a huge hit for Paramount, and the most famous pairing of Ladd and Veronica Lake, the most popular screen team of the 1940s. Ladd plays a returning vet suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife. Amazingly, this marks the first screening ever of The Blue Dahlia at the NOIR CITY film festival!
(1946, Columbia [Sony]. 68 min.)
Scr. Harold Jacob Smith, from the radio program by Hal Burdick. Dir. Henry Levin
A cop and his married socialite lover witness a brutal murder while necking in Lovers' Lane. Afraid to intervene, he's wracked by a guilty conscience. She gets totally turned on by the violence. These two are sooooo doomed. One of the raunchiest and most memorable "B" noirs ever, featuring several strange and unforgettable set pieces. Redoubtable gravel-voiced William Gargan stars as the libidinous lawman, with hot-to-trot Janis Carter portraying one of the frostiest femme fatales of the 1940s.
Castro Theatre (View)
429 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|