The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival hosted a packed house last night for the opening of the ninth annual tribute to all things Noir. Noir fans, local residents and several stars came out and walked the Black Carpet before the screening of BIGGER THAN LIFE - the 1956 Film Noir Classic starring James Mason, Walter Matthau, and Barbara Rush (who made a special guest appearance).
Alan Rode, Festival Director, opened the festival and thanked the Palm Springs Cultural Center, and especially founders Ric and Rozene Supple for enabling the festival to continue. He also recognized Producer Marvin Paige for his tireless efforts on behalf of the festival, and thanked the many fans and stars for attending. Rode continued by acknowledging his longtime friend Arthur Lyons, who with his wife Barbara, founded the Palm Springs Film Noir Festival.
Special guests joining Barbara Rush for opening night were Marsha Hunt, Patty McCormack, Sherry Jackson and producer/director William Asher. Also in attendance were Dark City Players Foster Hirsch and Eddie Muller. Palm Springs Cultural Center Board Members Tracy Conrad and Jamie Kabler joined Founders Ric and Rozene Supple to celebrate the opening.