Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival Palm Springs

The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival

2014 Schedule

Thursday, May 8, 2014 through Sunday, May 11, 2014

Thursday, May 8 - 7:30 PM 
The Window (1949) RKO, 73 minutes.
The screen adaptation of Cornell Woolrich’s  “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is one of Hollywood’s classic suspense films. Ten-year old Bobby Driscoll is a chronic fibber except after he witnesses a murder and is unable to convince his parents (Barbara Hale and Arthur Kennedy) to believe him.  Co-starring Ruth Roman and Paul Stewart. Superbly directed by Ted Tetzlaff and filmed on location in New York City.  35mm print funded by the Film Noir Foundation.

Actress Barbara Hale is the scheduled guest star for The Window

Friday, May 9 - 10:00 am 
Roadblock (1951) RKO, 73 minutes.  
Film noir tough guy Charles McGraw gets a starring turn as a blue-collar insurance investigator who goes sappy over an alluring vixen (Joan Dixon) with a sweet tooth for nightclubs and mink stoles. This fast-paced RKO programmer is a tightly scripted delight by screenwriter Steve Fisher with period L.A. locations lensed by Nicholas Musaraca. Presented in a new 35mm print funded by the Film Noir Foundation. Co-starring Lewis Jean-Heydt, Lowell Gilmore and Milburn Stone.

Friday, May 9 - 1pm
Too Late for Tears (1949) United Artists, 99 minutes.
Ultimate femme fatale Lizabeth Scott squares off with Dangerous Dan Duryea in a classic tale penned by legendary scribe Roy Huggins. After $60,000 literally lands in their laps, Scott’s husband (Arthur Kennedy) wants to turn the money over to the police while a rapacious Liz plans to shop until she drops.  Enter the ominous Duryea as the murderous double-dealing escalates to a shattering climax. This essential noir, long absent from the big screen, triumphantly returns via a newly restored 35mm print that culminated a five-year rescue mission by the Film Noir Foundation.

Friday, May 9, 4pm
Sunset Boulevard (1950) Paramount, 110 minutes.
Billy Wilder’s acidic ode to Hollywood remains one of the most memorable films ever made. Struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden) exploits silent star Norma Desmond’s (Gloria Swanson) delusional comeback and ends up with much more than he bargained for. Nominated for eleven Oscars including seminal performances by Holden, Swanson, Nancy Olson and Erich von Stroheim. With a brilliant script by Wilder and Charles Brackett, photography by John Seitz and a memorable musical score by Franz Waxman; an all-time classic that is a must-see on the big screen!

Actress Nancy Olson is the scheduled guest star for Sunset Boulevard

Friday, May 9, 7:30pm
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) Paramount, 89 minutes.
Barbara Stanwyck is unforgettable as an emotionally damaged, bedridden heiress who overhears a murder plot on a crossed telephone line. Stanwyck begins to fear that someone is plotting against her and is unable to contact her husband (Burt Lancaster) or convince anybody to believe her.  Writer Lucille Fletcher adapted her hit radio play to the screen with expert direction by Anatole Litvak.  Co-starring Wendell Corey, Ann Richards, Leif Erickson, Ed Begley and William Conrad.

Author Victoria Wilson, A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel True 1907-1940 is the scheduled guest for Sorry, Wrong Number

Saturday, May 10 - 10:00 am 
Southside 1-1000  (1950) Allied Artists, 73 minutes.
Slam-bang crime drama produced by the King Brothers is highlighted by downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and San Quentin location sequences as Don DeFore goes undercover to smash up a counterfeiting ring.  Co-starring a sultry Andrea King along with George Tobias, Barry Kelley and Morris Ankrum. Presented in a new 35mm print funded by the Film Noir Foundation.

Saturday, May 10  - 1pm
Storm Warning (1951) Warner Bros., 93 minutes.
One of the most unusual films produced in post war Hollywood. Ginger Rogers portrays a professional model entangled in a sinister Ku Klux Klan murder conspiracy while visiting her recently married sister (Doris Day) and her husband (Steve Cochran).  Ronald Reagan co-stars as the crusading district attorney in his final Warner Brothers appearance.  Daring for its time and an extremely well crafted film.

Saturday, May 10 - 4pm
The Killers (1946) Universal-International, 103 minutes.
The Citizen Kane of film noir that begins with the ending and moves backward through interlocking flashbacks to reveal the layer of double crosses that resulted in the opening scene. The uncredited John Huston script uses the first 10 minutes from Hemingway’s short story and then spirals into the noir netherworld that Robert Siodmak depicted better than any other director. The smoldering sexuality between Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner catapulted both to mega-stardom. With Edmond O’Brien, Albert Dekker, Sam Levene, Jack Lambert, Charles McGraw and William Conrad.

Kate Buford author of Burt Lancaster, An American Life and Susie Lancaster, widow of actor Burt Lancaster are the scheduled guests for The Killers.

Saturday, May 10, 7:30pm
Shack Out on 101  (1955) Allied Artists, 80 minutes.
Hollywood’s most bizarre Red Scare picture stars sultry Terry Moore thwarting romantic advances and the Communist threat in Keenan Wynn’s beachside diner.  Also in the mix are nuclear physicist Frank Lovejoy and Lee Marvin as a short order cook named “Slob”.  A one-of-a-kind, memorable film that is also reflective of a dark historical period.

Actress Terry Moore is the scheduled guest star for Shack out on 101.

Sunday, May 11, 10am
Deadline U.S.A.(1952) Fox, 87 minutes.
One of Humphrey Bogart’s best and most overlooked roles is as a crusading metropolitan newspaper editor scrambling to finish an expose on a powerful organized crime chieftain as the paper is being sold out from under him. Perhaps the finest film ever made about the almost extinct newspaper business is brilliantly written and directed by Richard Brooks with a stellar cast including: Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter, Ed Begley, Warren Stevens, Paul Stewart and Martin Gabel.  

Sunday, May 11, 1pm
Laura (1944) Fox, 88 minutes.
Otto Preminger’s masterpiece of dark cinema is cinematic perfection.  Dedication morphs into obsession for Detective Lieutenant McPherson (Dana Andrews) when he falls in love with beautiful Laura Hunt, the victim of the murder he is investigating.  Beautifully crafted performances by Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price are accompanied by David Raksin’s haunting theme.  Screened in tribute of the late Hollywood casting director and festival co-producer Marvin Paige.

Susan Andrews, daughter of actor Dana Andrews is the scheduled guest for Laura.

Sunday, May 11, 4pm
Out of the Past  (1947) RKO, 97 minutes.
No movie exudes purer noir than this one.  Private detective Robert Mitchum can’t escape his past and attempts to settle matters once and for all with a dangerous racketeer (Kirk Douglas) and a deadlier femme fatale (Jane Greer). Daniel Mainwaring’s superb screenplay and the direction of Jacques Tourneur enable an ultra-cool Mitchum and the splendid ensemble cast to play it akin to a hard bop jazz riff.  Co-starring Rhonda Fleming, Paul Valentine, Virginia Huston, Steve Brodie and Dickie Moore.  Don’t miss this classic on the big screen!

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