Noir City: Chicago 2018

Fri, Aug 17th, 2018 to Thu, Aug 23rd, 2018

Noir City's 10th anniversary kicks off with an Opening Night tribute to writer-director Carl Franklin. Join us for a double bill of his neo-noir classics and an in-person discussion between films with the director and Noir City host Eddie Muller.

Then return to Noir City for the following six days and nights for a thrilling excursion through the original film era, comprising chronological "A" and "B" double features of film noirs both legendary and obscure! Weekend shows presented by Eddie Muller, host of TCM's Noir Alley! Weeknight shows hosted by the Film Noir Foundation's Alan K. Rode, author of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film.

Co-presented by the Film Noir Foundation filmnoirfoundation.org | Sponsored by TCM's Noir Alley

Festival Passes - $85 GA/$75 MBT Members | Opening Night Tickets - $12 GA/$9 MBT Members | Single Feature Tickets - $11 GA/$7 MBT Members

Doube Feature Tickets - $15 GA/$12 MBT Members (Includes admission to both the "A" and its corresponding "B" film)


"A" and "B" Double Features By Year

1945 - Conflict & Escape in the Fog

1946 - The Blue Dahlia & Strange Impersonation

1947 - The Unsuspected & Blind Spot

1948 - I Walk Alone & Bodyguard

1949 - All My Sons & The Spiritualist

1950 - The Man Who Cheated Himself & I Was a Shoplifter

1951 - The People Against O'Hara & Pickup

1952 - The Turning Point & The Scarlet Hour

All My Sons

A FILM BY: Irving Reis
WRITTEN BY: Chester Erskine, Arthur Miller (play)
STARRING: Edward G. Robinson, Burt Lancaster, Mady Christians

***1949 "A" Film | Double Feature ticket option includes admission to The Spiritualist***

Edward G. Robinson gives one of his most affecting performances as successful businessman Joe Keller, grappling with guilt over having framed his business partner for a crime he committed. When his son (Burt Lancaster) becomes engaged to the convicted man's daughter, the sins of the past come hurtling back. Collaborators Erskine and Reis—aided by the noir-stained cinematography of Russell Metty—create a powerful (and surprisingly rare) version of Arthur Miller's Tony award-winning play.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1948
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 94 mins
Format: 35mm

Blind Spot

A FILM BY: Robert Gordon
WRITTEN BY: Robert Gordon
STARRING: Chester Morris, Constance Dowling, Steven Geray

***1947 "B" Film | CLICK HERE to purchase a Double Feature ticket option for The Unsuspected & Blind Spot***

A perfect example of the ingenious, low-rent glory of "B" movies. Veteran Columbia star Chester Morris snuck away from his popular "Boston Blackie" series to deliver a terrific performance as a hard-luck writer accused of murdering his publisher. Twists and turns come fast and furious as he tries to puzzle his way out of the tightening noose. Costarring gorgeous Constance Dowling and an array of familiar film noir mugs.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1947
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 73 mins
Format: 35mm

The Blue Dahlia

A FILM BY: George Marshall
WRITTEN BY: Raymond Chandler
STARRING: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix

***1946 "A" Film | 1946 Double Feature ticket option includes admission to Strange Impersonation***

The only original screenplay penned by the legendary detective story writer was crafted under deadline pressure (star Alan Ladd was leaving for military duty) and "the influence" (banged out in a drunken fervor). No matter—it was a huge hit for Paramount, and the most famous pairing of Ladd and Veronica Lake, America's most popular screen team of the 1940s. Ladd plays a returning WWII vet suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife. Will war buddies William Bendix and Hugh Beaumont be his saviors—or his downfall?

Technical Information

Production Year: 1946
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 96 mins
Format: 35mm

Bodyguard

A FILM BY: Richard Fleischer
WRITTEN BY: Fred Niblo, Jr., Harry Essex, George George (story), Robert Altman (story)
STARRING: Lawrence Tierney, Priscilla Lane, Phillip Reed

***1948 "B" Film | CLICK HERE to purchase a Double Feature ticket for I Walk Alone & Bodyguard***

Hollywood's biggest badass is back! Legendary lawbreaker Lawrence Tierney is cast as an insubordinate lawman tossed off the force for punching out a "superior" who ends up hired by a wealthy matron to expose a murderer in her meat-packing company! Priscilla Lane provides spunky support. This early Richard Fleischer programmer moves at a breakneck pace and is an early writing credit of—yes, that Robert Altman (he was 23)!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1948
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 62 mins
Format: 35mm

Conflict

WRITTEN BY: Arthur T. Horman, Dwight Taylor
STARRING: Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet

***1945 "A" Film | 1945 Double Feature ticket option includes admission to Escape in the Fog***

One of Humphrey Bogart's rarest films has the legendary actor as a scheming wife-killer (Rose Hobart stands in for Bogart's real-life ball-and-chain, Mayo Methot) playing cat-and-mouse with family friend Sidney Greenstreet—a psychiatrist with expertise in the criminal mind. It's fascinating to watch as, for the first-and-only time, Bogart and Greenstreet trade places as hero and villain. Shot in 1943, but not released until '45, this unjustly neglected gem predates several 1944 classics credited with starting the noir movement.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1945
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 86 mins
Format: 35mm

Devil in a Blue Dress

A FILM BY: Carl Franklin
WRITTEN BY: Carl Franklin (screenplay), Walter Mosley (book)
STARRING: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals

***Opening Night | Carl Franklin in person for a post-film Q&A***

Denzel Washington stars as "Easy" Rawlins, a WWII veteran in Los Angeles who picks up some freelance detective work searching for a mysterious white woman, Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), who's hiding out in the city's African American enclave. Before Easy knows what's hit him, he's up to his ears in crooked cops, cutthroat crooks, and corrupt politicians. Featuring spectacular supporting turns by Don Cheadle and Tom Sizemore, a terrific score by Elmer Bernstein, and vivid period cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1995
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 102 mins
Format: 35mm

Escape in the Fog

A FILM BY: Oscar “Budd” Boetticher
WRITTEN BY: Aubrey Wisberg
STARRING: Otto Kruger, Nina Foch, William Wright

***1945 "B" Film | CLICK HERE to purchase a 1945 Double Feature Ticket for Conflict & Escape in the Fog***

An army nurse (Nina Foch) is terrified by a fog-shrouded dream in which she witnesses a trio of men committing murder on the Golden Gate Bridge. Good thing it's all a dream . . . until the victim asks her out on a date! Settle in with some popcorn for lots of old-fashioned B-movie skullduggery. Boetticher, who'd go on to direct some of the greatest Westerns ever, gallops briskly over plot holes, hides lapses in logic with loads of atmosphere, and makes the most of star Nina Foch's distinctive appeal.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1945
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 65 mins
Format: 35mm

I Walk Alone

A FILM BY: Byron Haskin
WRITTEN BY: Charles Schnee, Theodore Reeves (play)
STARRING: Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas

***1948 "A" Film | Double Feature ticket option includes admission for Bodyguard***

Burt Lancaster plays Prohibition era bootlegger Frankie Madison, who gets out of prison after 14 years to find his former partner "Dink" Turner (Kirk Douglas) has gone legit. Cloaked in the veneer of a respectable businessman, Turner has reaped the spoils of their once outlawed enterprise, and has no intention of sharing with his old-school cohort. Can torch singer Kay Lawrence (Lizabeth Scott) douse the flames of Frankie's retribution? A seminal postwar noir, long thought lost, revived in a new digital restoration.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1948
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 97 mins
Format: DCP

I Was a Shoplifter

A FILM BY: Charles Lamont
WRITTEN BY: Irwin Gielgud
STARRING: Scott Brady, Mona Freeman, Andrea King, Tony Curtis

***1950 "B" Film | CLICK HERE to purchase a Double Feature ticket for The Man Who Cheated Himself & I Was a Shoplifter***

Cop Scott Brady agrees to go undercover to shadow shoplifter Mona Freeman, a judge's daughter who has been coerced into working for a robbery ring run by the always entertaining Andrea King (Southside 1-1000). Her sinister sidekick is a looker named Pepe, played by 25-year-old Tony Curtis. Also keep your eyes peeled for noir tough guy Charles McGraw and a young Rock Hudson.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1949
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 74 mins
Format: 35mm

The Man Who Cheated Himself

A FILM BY: Felix E. Feist
WRITTEN BY: Philip MacDonald, Seton I. Miller
STARRING: Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall

***1950 "A" Film | Double Feature ticket option includes admission to I Was a Shoplifter***

Veteran San Francisco cop Ed Cullen (Lee J. Cobb, in a rare subdued mode) slips into a moral morass when his married lover (Jane Wyatt, in a rare fatale role) "accidentally" offs her husband. Instead of playing by the book (would that be noir?), Cullen covers up the crime, only to have his brother (John Dall)—a rookie homicide dick—start putting together the pieces. This James M. Cain-style thriller gets maximum impact from its San Francisco locations (shot by Russell Harlan), including a memorable climax at Fort Point.

Brand New 35mm restoration by Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1950
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 81 mins
Format: 35mm

One False Move

A FILM BY: Carl Franklin
WRITTEN BY: Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson
STARRING: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams

***Opening Night | Film to be introduced by Director Carl Franklin ***

Carl Franklin's feature film debut is both a powerful crime drama and a gritty, unvanished rumination on race and class in the American South. The late Bill Paxton gives a riveting performance as Dale "Hurricane" Dixon, an Arkansas sheriff on a collision course with a rampaging trio of homicidal crooks (Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Beach and Cynda Williams) steamrolling toward his small town. Only Dixon knows the true identity of the female fugitive, with whom he shares a long-buried secret. Nasty, nuanced, and spectacularly suspenseful, One False Move is one of the greatest American neo-noir films.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1992
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 105 mins
Format: 35mm

The People Against O'Hara

A FILM BY: John Sturges
WRITTEN BY: John Monks, Jr., Eleazar Lipsky (novel)
STARRING: Spencer Tracy, Pat O'Brien, Diana Lynn

***1951 "A" Film | Double Feature ticket option includes admission to Pickup***

The great Spencer Tracy makes his only foray into film noir playing a retired New York attorney who returns to the courtroom to defend a young man accused of murder. The only thing that can blunt his brilliance is the bottle, which he can't let go of. The story's twists and turns lead to a satisfying, and surprisingly dark, resolution. Beautifully brought to life by a fine cast (Pat O'Brien, Diana Lynn, John Hodiak, Eduardo Ciannelli), and featuring the spectacular camerawork of John Alton.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1951
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 102 mins
Format: 35mm

Pickup

A FILM BY: Hugo Haas
WRITTEN BY: Hugo Haas, Arnold Lipp
STARRING: Hugo Haas, Beverly Michaels, Allan Nixon

***1951 "B" Film | CLICK HERE to purchase a Double Feature ticket for The People Against O'Hara & Pickup***

Hugo Haas was vilified as one of the worst filmmakers of the 1950s. He didn't just have the last laugh—he was laughing all along, exploiting the American public's prurient and puritanical streak with a series of sexually provocative potboilers. Pickup, like all of them, revolves around a pathetic man (Haas) tortured by a desirable but duplicitous vixen played by Beverly Michaels, a statuesque ex-showgirl who turned down two major studio contracts to make films with Haas.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1951
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 78 mins
Format: 35mm

The Scarlet Hour

A FILM BY: Michael Curtiz
WRITTEN BY: Alford van Ronkel, Frank Tashlin, John Meredyth Lucas
STARRING: Carol Ohmart, Tom Tryon, Jody Lawrance

***1952 "B" Film | CLICK HERE to purchase a Double Feature ticket for The Turning Point & The Scarlet Hour***

Nearing the end of his legendary career, Michael Curtiz produced and directed this intricately plotted crime thriller headed by a cast of new discoveries. A tony seductress (Carol Ohmart) and her lover (Tom Tryon) overhear plans for a jewel robbery, and believe the scheme will be their deliverance from Ohmart's possessive husband (James Gregory). Culled from the Paramount vault, this 35mm print remains one of the most seldom seen films noir of the 1950s, featuring Curtiz's use of the then-new Fujinon camera lens. You'll only see this at NOIR CITY!

Rare 35mm Archival Print!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1956
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 95 mins
Format: 35mm

The Spiritualist

A FILM BY: Bernard Vorhaus
WRITTEN BY: Muriel Bolton, Ian McClellan Hunter
STARRING: Lynn Bari, Cathy O’Donnell, Richard Carlson

***1949 "B" Film | CLICK HERE to purchase a Double Feature ticket for All My Sons & The Spiritualist***

A phony medium (Turhan Bey, in a supremely slippery performance) convinces a gullible widow that he can communicate with her late husband. This hugely entertaining thriller (also known as The Amazing Mr. X) is one of the least-seen and under-appreciated of cinematographer John Alton's many noir masterworks. With Lynn Bari, Cathy O'Donnell, Richard Carlson.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1948
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 78 mins
Format: 35mm

Strange Impersonation

A FILM BY: Anthony Mann
WRITTEN BY: Mindret Lord
STARRING: Brenda Marshall, William Gargan, Hillary Brooke

***1946 "B" Film | CLICK HERE to purchase a 1946 Double Feature ticket for The Blue Dhalia & Strange Impersonation***

There's no point in trying to summarize the plot. More craziness is stuffed into these 68 minutes than would fit in a dozen features. Scientists in love. Sexy extortionists. Laboratory explosions. Plastic surgery. Mixed-up identities. Hysteria. Sunglasses. B-movie insanity marshaled crisply and evocatively by soon-to-be A-list director Anthony Mann. Starring Brenda Marshall, Hillary Brooke and William Gargan.

35mm print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1946
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 68 mins
Format: 35mm

The Turning Point

A FILM BY: William Dieterle
WRITTEN BY: Warren Duff, Horace McCoy (story)
STARRING: William Holden, Edmond O'Brien, Alexis Smith

***1952 "A" Film | Double Feature ticket option includes admission to The Scarlet Hour***

Prosecutor Edmond O'Brien leads a government probe into a crime syndicate headed by sinister Ed Begley, but he's hamstrung by pervasive political corruption. Crusading reporter William Holden agrees to assist—while he and O'Brien vie for the attention of a loyal Alexis Smith. The hard-edged script is a real-life lift from the Kefauver Committee's exposé of organized crime. L.A.'s Bunker Hill, Angel's Flight and Olympic Auditorium all accentuate the period realism.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1952
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 85 mins
Format: DCP

The Unsuspected

A FILM BY: Michael Curtiz
WRITTEN BY: Ranald McDougall, Charlotte Armstrong (novel)
STARRING: Claude Rains, Joan Caulfield, Audrey Totter

***1947 "A" Film | Double Feature ticket option includes admission to Blind Spot***

When the secretary of a popular radio personality (Claude Rains) commits suicide, the commentator uses his considerable storytelling gifts to suggest Murder! and flush the culprit from a rat's nest of suspects. This clever and complex murder mystery—chock full of terrific character actors (including a sexy and savage Audrey Totter)—gets the deluxe noir treatment from director Curtiz and ace cameraman Woody (The Killers) Bredell.

Restored 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1947
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 103 mins
Format: 35mm

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