Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival Palm Springs

The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival


2018 Schedule

Thursday, May 10, 2018 through Sunday, May 13, 2018

Opening Night
Thursday May 10:

7:30 FAREWELL, MY LOVELY (1975) Guest: Jack O’Halloran.
Directed by Dick Richards. Ex-con Moose (Jack O'Halloran) hires private eye Phillip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) to find his long-lost girlfriend, Velma, a lounge singer. The lounge owner's wife says she's dead, but Marlowe remains skeptical. Meanwhile, Marlowe also goes on a routine ransom exchange for a necklace and gets knocked out and framed for murder. He eventually finds the necklace's owner, blonde bombshell Helen Grayle (Charlotte Rampling) but, more importantly, evidence that the two cases are connected.

Friday May 11:

10:00 am: LARCENY (1949)
Directed by George Sherman. Con man Rick Maxon (John Payne) tries to swindle war widow Deborah (Joan Caulfied) into giving up her savings for a nonexistent memorial. When Rick falls in love with Deborah he has pangs of remorse. But he reckons without enamored moll Tory (Shelly Winters) and his gang boss Randall (DanDuryea).

1:00 pm: THE TURNING POINT (1952)
Directed by William Dieterle. Prosecutor John Conroy (Edmond O'Brien) is determined to bring down organized crime in his Midwestern town. He looks to his father, Matt (Tom Tully), a police officer, for help, but Matt refuses. John's childhood friend Jerry McKibbon (William Holden), an investigative reporter, senses something fishy and spies on Matt. Jerry learns that Matt is communicating with a gangster (Ed Begley), but hides his discovery from John. Instead, Jerry confides in John's girlfriend, Mandy (Alexis Smith).

4:00 pm: THE UNSUSPECTED (1947)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. A woman is found dead in what seems to be a suicide at the estate of radio host Victor Grandison (Claude Rains). Grandison, who reads chilling murder mysteries on the radio, is at first suspected of murder but is quickly able to clear his name with the police. Then mysterious Steven Francis Howard (Michael North) arrives, claiming to be the husband of Grandison's niece -- who was thought dead in a shipwreck. Howard begins looking into the suicide and soon brings to light new evidence.

7:30 pm: THE WEB (1947) Guest: Victoria Price
Directed by Michael Gordon. An attorney (Edmond O'Brien) acting as a body guard, apparently kills Leopold Kroner (Fritz Leiber, Sr.) in defense of his employer's (Vincent Price) life. He later comes to believe the victim was set up to be murdered.

Saturday May 12

10:00 am: CHICAGO DEADLINE (1949)
Directed by Lewis Allen. When reporter Ed Adams (Alan Ladd) finds himself in the same hotel as the beautiful but dead Rosita Jean d'Ur (Donna Reed), he becomes obsessed with her and takes her diary. Although Rosita seems to have died from tuberculosis, Ed keeps digging, discovering that there were many men in Rosita's life, and some of them were from the wrong side of the law. With help from Rosita's former roommate, Ed starts to put together the pieces of Rosita's life but also finds his own in danger.

1:00 PM: THE RED HOUSE (1949)
Directed by Delmer Daves. Meg (Allene Roberts) lives with her adoptive parents, Pete (Edward G. Robinson) and Ellen Morgan (Judith Anderson). When Nath (Lon McCallister), a classmate of Meg's, comes to help on their farm, Pete repeatedly tells Meg and Nath to stay out of the surrounding woods. Out of curiosity, they disobey, and Pete is irate, subsequently hiring Teller (Rory Calhoun) to guard the woods. As Pete's rage devolves into madness, the kids start to discover the dark secrets that are buried in the nearby land.


Directed by Felix E. Feist. Wealthy socialite Lois Frazer (Jane Wyatt) wants a divorce from her husband, but he's not ready to let her go so easy. Suspecting that he intends to murder her, she calls Lieutenant Ed Cullen (Lee J. Cobb), with whom she's been having an affair, in an effort to save herself from her husband's wrath. When Ed arrives someone dies, but it's not Lois. With his lover's husband shot dead, Ed finds himself the ironic and dangerous position of being assigned a case that no one knows he actually witnessed. In addition to trying to control the investigation, Ed also has the misfortune of having his own younger brother, a new detective on the force, by his side every step of the way, eager to prove himself.


Guest: Ruta Lee
Based on an Agatha Christie play, this Oscar-nominated mystery was directed and co-written by Billy Wilder. The film, which starred Tyrone Power (in his final screen role), Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, and Ruta Lee, reveals surprise after surprise during a trial in which Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is acused of murdering an elderly widow.

Sunday May 13:

10:00 am UNDER THE GUN (1951) Directed by Ted Tetzlaff Convicted of murder, gangster Bert Galvin (Richard Conte) is sentenced to 20 years on a prison farm. There, he launches a vicious plan to get himself paroled. Once he succeeds, he immediately seeks vengeance against Ruth Williams (Audrey Totter), the woman who testified against him in his murder trial. Under the Gun is a lively film noir, with Conte exuding his patented cold-blooded charm.

1:00 pm: KISS OF DEATH (1947) 
Guest: Victoria Mature
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Offered parole from Sing Sing in exchange for information about one of his old partners in crime, jewel thief Nick Bianco (Victor Mature) reluctantly cooperates with district attorney Louis D'Angelo (Brian Donlevy), who's trying to take down violent murderer Tommy Udo (Richard Widmark). But when Udo goes free despite the district attorney's best efforts, Bianco and his wife, Nettie (Coleen Gray), are in the killer's sights, and he'll stop at nothing to settle the score.

4:00 PM: FLAMINGO ROAD (1949) Directed by Michael Curtiz
Dancer Lane Bellamy (Joan Crawford) tours with a carnival, but is deserted in Boldon City when they flee to avoid their debts. Deputy Fielding Carlisle (Zachary Scott) arrives and, secretly smitten with her, helps Lane find employment as a waitress. However, scheming Sheriff Titus Semple's (Sydney Greenstreet) ambitious plans for Fielding to become a rep in the state legislature do not include his dating an itinerant woman, so he runs her out of town. Lane seeks revenge, but at what cost?

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