NOIR CITY 20: THEY LIVE BY NIGHT / MOONRISE
They Live by Night (7:00)
Originally released August, 1948 (London)
RKO Radio Pictures [Warner Bros.] 95 minutes
Screenplay by Charles Schnee and Nicholas Ray, from the novel Thieves Like Us by
Produced by John Houseman
Directed by Nicholas Ray
One of Hollywood's great directorial debuts is a deeply-felt, richly detailed adaptation of Anderson's classic depression-era novela crime story thats really about love struggling to survive in a cruel, unforgiving world. Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell are memorable as film noir's version of Romeo and Juliet, surrounded by menacing supporting players Howard Da Silva, Jay C. Flippen, and Helen Craig. First released overseas, the film didn't get a wide release in the U.S. until late 1948. It's now considered one the finest noir films ever made.
Originally released October 1, 1948
Republic Pictures. 90 minutes
Screenplay by Charles F. Haas, based on the novel by Theodore Strauss
Produced by Charles F. Haas
Directed by Frank Borzage
Relentlessly romantic optimist Frank Borzage is the last director you'd expect to turn out an effective film noir, but this brilliantly directed drama was his sound-era masterpiece. Dane Clark gives a bruised and brooding performance as a young man convinced that his father's "bad blood" has sealed his miserable fate. Can he be saved by the love of angelic Gail Russell? Featuring strong supporting performances by Ethel Barrymore, Rex Ingram, Lloyd Bridges, and Harry Morgan. Restored 35mm print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive.
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