The Opening Night of the Tenth Annual Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival will include a special appearance by beloved actor Ernest Borgnine. Borgnine, whose amazing career has spanned seven decades, will be on hand for the screening of Pay or Die! - a 1960 fact-based crime film about a crusading Italian policeman battling Black Hand extortionists in New York’s Little Italy. In addition to Ernest Borgnine’s brilliantly sensitive portrayal as Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino, this engrossing picture, which was directed by Richard Wilson, includes a stellar supporting cast including Zohra Lampert and Alan Austin. Pay or Die! is literate, suspenseful and emotionally moving. Moreover, this memorable film remains the definitive depiction of the emergence of the Mafia in America.
Ernest Borgnine made his film debut in China Corsair in 1951. He quickly rose to prominence with a memorable turn as Sgt. “Fatso” Judson in From Here to Eternity. Borgnine’s sensitive portrayal of a lonely Bronx butcher in Paddy Chayefsky’s Marty earned him the Best Actor Oscar® statuette for 1956, along with the permanent affection of millions of moviegoers. After starring in a string of prestigious films including The Catered Affair, The Vikings, Torpedo Run, The Badlanders and Pay or Die, he struck gold on the small screen with the long-running hit comedy series, McHale’s Navy.
Borgnine continued his distinguished work in feature films with The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, The Poseidon Adventure and The Emperor of the North Pole and starred in another hit television series, Airwolf. More recently, Borgnine was nominated for an Emmy Award - his fourth nomination - for his work on the long-running drama ER. He has lent his distinctive voice to the cartoon series, Sponge Bob Square-Pants and published a best-selling memoir, Ernie. Still active, Ernest Borgnine currently has five movies in pre or post production.
For more information about the
Tenth Annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival,
which runs from Thursday, May 13 through Sunday, May 16, 2010,
at The Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs,
About the Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival: Founded in 2000 by the late mystery author and Palm Springs community leader, Arthur Lyons, the popular Film Noir festival includes an eclectic mixture of prestigious and obscure black and white “B” movies from the classic film noir period. The Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival is presented by the Palm Springs Cultural Center - a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts.
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