NOIR CITY 19: They Tried to Warn Us! ALL THE KING'S MEN / THE ARGYLE SECRETS
ALL THE KING'S MEN
1949, Columbia Pictures [Sony Pictures Classics]. 110 minutes
Screenplay by Robert Rossen, based on the novel by Robert Penn Warren
Produced and directed by Robert Rossen
Despite being made more than seventy years ago, this Best Picture Oscar® winner is as timely as any film made today. Broderick Crawford, in an Academy Award-winning performance, stars as backwoods lawyer Willie Stark, whose canny and calculating populist politics take him to national prominence--before chicanery and deceit lead to his shocking and sudden demise. Robert Penn Warren based his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel on the rise and fall of 1930s Louisiana governor Huey "Kingfish" Long, and this film version is given a dark noir patina by writer-director Rossen (Johnny O'Clock, Body and Soul), Oscar nominated for both his script and direction, and DP Burnett Guffey. Mercedes McCambridge won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Stark's ruthless political aide Sadie Burke, and John Ireland received an Academy nod as Jack Burden, a conscience-stricken newsman turned Stark press agent. A cautionary American classic whose warning bells have been resoundingly ignored.
CAST: Broderick Crawford (Willie Stark), John Ireland (Jack Burden), Joanne Dru (Anne Stanton), John Derek (Tom Stark), Mercedes McCambridge (Sadie Burke), Shepperd Strudwick (Adam Stanton), Ralph Dumke (Tiny Duffy), Anne Seymour (Lucy Stark), Katherine Warren (Mrs. Burden), Raymond Greenleaf (Judge Stanton), Walter Burke (Sugar Boy), Will Wright (Dolph Pillsbury), Grandon Rhodes (Floyd McEvoy), Wheaton Chambers (Senator), King Donovan (reporter), Houseley Stevenson (Madison)
THE ARGYLE SECRETS
1948, Film Classics [FNF/UCLA Film & Television Archive]. 64 minutes
Screenplay by Cy Endfield, based on his radio play
Produced by Samuel X. Abarbanel and Alan H. Posner
Directed by Cy Endfield
World Premiere FNF 35mm Restoration
Harry Mitchell (William Gargan) is your typical hardboiled noir newspaper columnist, eager for a front-page scoop and willing to do anything to get it. When he gets a hot tip from a rival about "The Argyle Album," Mitchell risks life and limb to find it, tangling with a ragtag band of nefarious treasure hunters determined to steal the book and the scandalous secrets it contains. Clearly intended as a tongue-in-cheek parody of The Maltese Falcon, the politically astute Cy Endfield hit a few hot buttons as well, particularly the suggestion that some American industrialists would have been happy to welcome a fascist regime had the United States lost WWII. Born of a wordy radio play, about three films' worth of plot is stuffed into a brisk 64 minutes, with well-wrought set pieces played in a whirlwind of hardboiled dialogue. The Argyle Secrets shows fledgling writer-director Cy Endfield playfully exploring all sorts of cinematic chicanery.
CAST: William Gargan (Harry Mitchell), Marjorie Lord (Marla), Ralph Byrd (Lt. Sampson), Jack Reitzen (Panama), John Banner (Winter), Barbara Billingsley (Elizabeth Court), Alex Frazer (Jor McBrod), Peter Brocco (Scanlon), George Anderson (Allen Pierce), Mickey Simpson (Gil Hobrey), Alvin Hammer ("Pinky"), Mary Tarcai (Mrs. Rubin), Robert Kellard (Melvin Rubin), Kenneth Greenwald (Gerald Rubin), Carole Donne (nurse)
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