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NOIR CITY 17: 1953: PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET / CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS
Castro Theatre
San Francisco, CA
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NOIR CITY 17: 1953: PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET / CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS
Sunday, January 27: 1953

The price of admission gets you into the double bill. If you choose the 1:00 ticket option, you are welcome to arrive at 2:40 and watch the afternoon matinee double-feature starting then. The evening show starts at 7:00; if you want to come in the evening you must choose the 7:00 ticket option.

1:00, 4:30, 8:50
PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET

(1953, 20th Century-Fox. 80 min.)

Scr. Samuel Fuller, from a story by Dwight Taylor. Dir. Samuel Fuller

Mercenary pickpocket Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) and a brassy streetwalker named Candy (Jean Peters) find themselves frantically playing both ends against the middle when some purloined microfilm puts them in the crossfire between Communist spies and federal agents. Fuller's punchy and apolitical thriller sides with society's marginalized miscreants at a time when the nation was being torn apart by McCarthy-era ideology. Featuring a memorable Oscar-nominated turn by Thelma Ritter as the sage grafter, Moe. Many consider this Fuller's signature work: smart, savvy, and stylish--a cinematic slap in the face that's a perfect blending of Fuller's tabloid style and Fox's polished craftsmanship. Presented in DCP courtesy of 20th Century-Fox
Cast: Richard Widmark (Skip McCoy), Jean Peters (Candy), Thelma Ritter (Moe Williams), Murvyn Vye (Capt. Dan Tiger), Richard Kiley (Joey), Willis Bouchey (Zara), Milburn Stone (Det. Winocki), Vic Perry (Lightning Louie)

2:40, 7:00
CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS

(1953, Republic Pictures [Paramount]. 90 min.)

Scr. Steve Fisher. Dir. John H. Auer

Cop Johnny Kelly (Gig Young) has had enough of Chicago, in both the mean streets and on the chilly domestic front. He'd run off with his stripper girlfriend Angel Face (Mala Powers) if he could only get his hands on enough scratch to stake them to a new start. Thus begins one long, fantastical night in the Windy City, where saints and sinners collide in a pile-up of crimes, and Johnny's dreams and nightmares all come true. This noir oddity, narrated by The City itself, is a low-rent masterpiece of B moviemaking, evocatively shot by John L. (Psycho) Russell, and featuring a stellar cast headed by noir favorites Marie Windsor and William Talman. With Wally Cassell as the unforgettable "Mechanical Man." Presented in DCP courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Cast: Gig Young (Johnny Kelly), Mala Powers (Sally "Angel Face" Connors), William Talman (Hayes Stewart), Marie Windsor (Lydia Biddel), Edward Arnold (Penrod Biddel), Wally Cassell (Gregg Warren, The Mechanical Man), Paula Raymond (Kathy Kelly), Chill Wills (Sgt. Joe, the "Voice of Chicago")

Location

Castro Theatre (View)
429 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
United States


Categories

Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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