The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, which is being presented by the Palm Springs Cultural Center at the Camelot Theatres from May 12th through the 15th, has announced a partial list of films and guest appearances for its eleventh edition.
A sampling of the films and stars confirmed to date include:
The Underworld Story (1950). Director: Cy Enfield. Noir icon Dan Duryea stars as a bottom-feeding reporter who cleverly manipulates his new editor (Gale Storm), an ominous crime lord (Howard Da Silva), and a crusading D.A. (Michael O’Shea) when a newspaper magnate’s (Herbert Marshall) daughter-in law turns up dead. This obscure gem, beautifully lensed by the legendary Stanley Cortez, was one of the first post WWII movies to address racism and big media hypocrisy. Rarely seen!
Plunder Road (1957). Director: Hubert Cornfield NOT ON DVD! In the dark tradition of The Asphalt Jungle and The Killing, this stellar caper film features a brilliant ensemble cast (Gene Raymond, Jeanne Cooper, Wayne Morris and Elisha Cook, Jr.) stealing a gigantic cache of gold bullion from a train and attempting a nerve-wracking escape back to Los Angeles. Almost never screened theatrically with the only known 35mm print provided courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive! Actress Jeanne Cooper will attend the screening.
Crashout (1956). Director: Lewis R. Foster NOT ON DVD! A desperate group of escaped convicts (Arthur Kennedy, Luther Adler, Marshal Thompson, Gene Evans and William Talman) stick by a wounded William Bendix only after he promises to share the stashed payroll from his last bank robbery. The murderous assemblage embarks on a deadly odyssey in pursuit of the money, attempting to elude the police while terrorizing innocent people and double-crossing each other. Brilliantly cast and uncompromisingly violent for its day, this robust film can only be enjoyed at the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival!
The Damned Don’t Cry (1950). Director: Vincent Sherman. The signature Joan Crawford film noir! This “rags-to mink stole” saga is ostensibly based on the life of Bugsy Siegel moll Virginia Hill but it is also emulates the authentic story of Crawford herself. Joan alternately loves and discards Kent Smith, David Brian and Steve Cochran as she connives her way to the top of a national crime syndicate. Filmed on location in Palm Springs!!
Saboteur (1942). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend, and becomes a fugitive when he decides to find the real saboteur. His search takes him from the factory in Glendale, California, to the top of the Statue of Liberty. Based on a screenplay written by Peter Viertel, Joan Harrison, and Dorothy Parker, Saboteur stars Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, and Norman Lloyd. Actor Norman Lloyd will attend the screening.And more!
For more information about the 2011 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival,
Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival All Access Pass: $120.00 (on sale, starting Friday, April 1st)
Individual Ticket Sales: $13 ($11 for matinees) (on sale, starting Friday, April 22nd)
Tickets will be on sale at the
Camelot Theatres Box Office
Open Daily: 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
2300 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs CA 92262
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