Noir City: Chicago 2019

Fri, Sep 6th, 2019 to Thu, Sep 12th, 2019

Noir City: Chicago returns to the Music Box to celebrate "Film Noir In The 1950s"! Featuring 35MM screenings presented by Eddie Muller, host of TCM's Noir Alley, and 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

Single Feature Tickets - $11 GA/$7 MBT Members

Doube Feature Tickets - $15 GA/$12 MBT Members (Includes admission to both films in their respective double feature)


Double Features

IN A LONELY PLACE & THE FILE ON THELMA JORDON

TRAPPED & APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER

SUDDEN FEAR & PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET

PUSHOVER & PRIVATE HELL 36

KISS ME DEADLY & KILLER'S KISS

A KISS BEFORE DYING & THE KILLING

NIGHTFALL & THE GARMENT JUNGLE

TOUCH OF EVIL & THE LINEUP

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW & CRY TOUGH

Movies & Showtimes for
Noir City: Chicago 2019

Fri, Sep 6th
In a Lonely Place

7:00PM
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Fri, Sep 6th
The File on Thelma Jordon

9:30PM
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Sat, Sep 7th
Trapped

2:30PM
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Sat, Sep 7th
Appointment With Danger

4:30PM
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Sat, Sep 7th
Sudden Fear

7:00PM
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Sat, Sep 7th
Pickup on South Street

9:30PM
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Sun, Sep 8th
Pushover

2:00PM
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Sun, Sep 8th
Private Hell 36

4:00PM
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Sun, Sep 8th
Kiss Me Deadly

6:30PM
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Sun, Sep 8th
Killer's Kiss

9:00PM
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Mon, Sep 9th
A Kiss Before Dying

7:00PM
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Mon, Sep 9th
The Killing

9:15PM
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Tue, Sep 10th
Nightfall

7:00PM
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Tue, Sep 10th
The Garment Jungle

9:00PM
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Wed, Sep 11th
Touch of Evil

7:00PM
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Wed, Sep 11th
The Lineup

9:15PM
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Thu, Sep 12th
Odds Against Tomorrow

7:00PM
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Thu, Sep 12th
Cry Tough

9:15PM
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Appointment With Danger

A FILM BY: Lewis Allen
WRITTEN BY: Richard L. Breen, Warren Duff
STARRING: Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart

CLICK HERE to purchase a Double Feature ticket to TRAPPED & APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER

Taciturn and tight-lipped Alan Ladd stars as a relentless postal investigator who infiltrates the ruthless gang that murdered his co-worker; his only ally is a reluctant nun (Phyllis Calvert) who was the sole witness to the crime. The stellar supporting cast includes Paul Stewart, Jan Sterling, and future Dragnet partners Jack Webb and Harry Morgan—as a pair of ruthless killers! Filmed on location in Chicago and Gary, Indiana. Don’t miss this ultra-rare 35mm print! 

Technical Information

Production Year: 1950
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: 35mm

Cry Tough

A FILM BY: Paul Stanley
WRITTEN BY: Harry Kleiner, Irving Shulman
STARRING: John Saxon, Linda Cristal, Joseph Calleia

CLICK HERE to purchase a Double Feature ticket for ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW & CRY TOUGH

This late entry in the noir cycle, based on Irving Shulman’s popular novel, explores social realism in the barrio and features a stunning performance by John Saxon as a Puerto Rican ex-con pulled every which way by familial pressures, a love affair (with beautiful co-star Linda Cristal) and the lure of his former gang.

35mm print courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation

Technical Information

Production Year: 1959
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 83 mins
Format: 35mm

The File on Thelma Jordon

A FILM BY: Robert Siodmak
WRITTEN BY: Ketti Frings (screenplay), Mary Holland (story)
STARRING: Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly

CLICK HERE to purchase a Double Feature ticket for IN A LONELY PLACE & THE FILE ON THELMA JORDON

Boozy assistant DA Cleve Marshall (Wendell Corey) reels from a stifling marriage into an affair with the mysterious Thelma Jordon (Barbara Stanwyck). He's so smitten, and besotted, he misses the warning signs: Thelma has a sickly aunt loaded with dough and spends lots of time in the arms of shadowy and sinister Tony Laredo (Richard Rober). Something bad is bound to happen … and when it does Cleve winds up working both sides of the law. Noir master Siodmak does a spellbinding job with a terrific script, and Stanwyck—Queen of Noir—offers a terrific, two-faced turn in one of her most rarely screened films. 

35mm print courtesy of Paramount

Technical Information

Production Year: 1950
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: 35mm

The Garment Jungle

A FILM BY: Vincent Sherman, Robert Aldrich
WRITTEN BY: Harry Kleiner
STARRING: Lee J. Cobb, Kerwin Matthews, Gia Scala

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Based on the true story of a muckraking New York journalist who was blinded by acid for trying to expose the evils of garment industry bosses, this film is one of the toughest “exposé” pictures of the 1950s. The fierce script by Harry Kleiner is directed by both Robert Aldrich (the project’s original helmer) and Vincent Sherman (who replaced him during filming). The result is seamless, and the performances are uniformly first-rate, from a cast that includes Lee J. Cobb, Kerwin Matthews (pre-Sinbad), Gia Scala, Richard Boone, Joseph Wiseman, and a young and fiery Robert Loggia.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1958
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 88 mins
Format: 35mm

In a Lonely Place

A FILM BY: Nicholas Ray
WRITTEN BY: Andrew Solt, Dorothy B. Hughes (novel)
STARRING: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy

Double Feature ticket option includes admission to THE FILE ON THELMA JORDON

“I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.”  Dorothy Hughes’ prize-winning crime novel was completely reworked by Nick Ray, turning it into an excoriation of Hollywood and the sadly self-destructive nature of its artists.  Bogart gives a self-revelatory performance as hot-tempered Dixon Steele, who is coolly unfazed at being the prime suspect in a murder investigation.  He’s more interested in his neighbor, the delectable Gloria Grahame – who reignites his creative fuse.  Bus is Dix predestined to explode?

Technical Information

Production Year: 1950
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 94 mins
Format: 35mm

Killer's Kiss

A FILM BY: Stanley Kubrick
WRITTEN BY: Stanley Kubrick, Harold O. Sackler
STARRING: Frank Silvera, Irene Kane, Jamie Smith

CLICK HERE to purchase a Double Feature ticket for KISS ME DEADLY & KILLER'S KISS

Made for a miniscule $75,000 (mostly borrowed from a family friend), Killer's Kiss was 27-year-old Stanley Kubrick's first distributed film—an inventive and kinetic tribute to film noir and his hometown, Manhattan. The simple story—a boxer's affair with a mobster's woman puts them both in peril—is a springboard for the young director to show off remarkable skills as a director, cameraman, and editor. Using a largely amateur cast, shooting without sync sound, and limited to 100-foot rolls of film in his portable Eyemo camera, Kubrick made the first amateur feature to receive international distribution. The rest is history.

Presented in 35mm courtesy of Park Circus

Technical Information

Production Year: 1955
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 67 mins
Format: 35mm

The Killing

A FILM BY: Stanley Kubrick
WRITTEN BY: Jim Thompson (screenplay), Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Lionel White (novel)
STARRING: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards

CLICK HERE to purchase a Double Feature ticket for A KISS BEFORE DYING & THE KILLING

You’ll think you’ve died and gone to hardboiled heaven. Or is it hell? Kubrick was only 28 when he unleashed this twisty and twisted masterpiece, studded with diamond-hard dialogue courtesy of pulp master Jim Thompson. Sterling Hayden arranges a clockwork racetrack robbery only to learn the hard way what happens to best-laid plans. Kubrick proved his noir bona fides by casting genre stalwarts Elisha Cook Jr., Marie Windsor, Coleen Gray, Ted de Corsia, Jay C. Flippen—and unforgettable wild man Timothy Carey. The film’s backtracking narrative so befuddled United Artists that the studio dumped The Killing on the bottom half of a double bill, oblivious to the talent that would make Stanley Kubrick the most visionary director of his era.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1956
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 85 mins
Format: DCP

A Kiss Before Dying

A FILM BY: Gerd Oswald
WRITTEN BY: Lawrence Roman (screenplay), Ira Levin (novel)
STARRING: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith

Double Feature ticket option includes admission to THE KILLING

Bud Corliss is suave, charming, handsome—the ideal catch for any young woman in 1950s America. But when Bud's girlfriend unexpectedly becomes pregnant, throwing a wrench in his avaricious social-climbing, Bud becomes a literal ladykiller. This rare example of widescreen Technicolor noir is a Douglas Sirk melodrama turned homicidal. Matinee idol Robert Wagner threw a wicked curve into his career by playing one of the most amoral heels in Hollywood history; the film also garnered much controversy for its frank handling of pregnancy. Gerd Oswald's directing debut is a rarely screened look at the underbelly of American affluence in the 1950s. 

Presented in 35mm courtesy of Park Circus

Technical Information

Production Year: 1956
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 94 mins
Format: 35mm

Kiss Me Deadly

A FILM BY: Robert Aldrich
WRITTEN BY: A. I. Bezzerides (screenplay), Mickey Spillane (novel)
STARRING: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart

Double Feature ticket option includes admission to KILLER'S KISS

America's anti-Communist crusaders found their superhero in crime writer Mickey Spillane's private eye hero, Mike Hammer, who enjoyed a flurry of film adaptations in the '50s. But in this one, screenwriter Bezzerides pulled the rug out from under Hammer, slyly subverting his "heroics" and replacing Spillane's routine crime plot with a jaw-dropping doomsday scenario. Ralph Meeker is uncomfortably attractive as Hammer: sexy, sadistic, and terminally stupid. Aldrich directs the twisted plot with a bust-out verve that heralded both the end of traditional film noir and the start of a new, more aggressive style of cinema. 

Presented as it was released in 1955; in 35mm courtesy of Park Circus

Technical Information

Production Year: 1955
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 106 mins
Format: 35mm

The Lineup

A FILM BY: Don Siegel
WRITTEN BY: Stirling Silliphant
STARRING: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Richard Jaeckel

CLICK HERE to purchase a Double Feature ticket for TOUCH OF EVIL & THE LINEUP

A pair of hit men in search of a smuggled cache of heroin cut a deadly swath across San Francisco in this relentless action thriller. Eli Wallach is memorable as the charismatic but completely unhinged “Dancer,” whose homicidal tendencies must be kept in check by his elderly mentor, Julian (Robert Keith). Featuring a climactic car chase that set the bar for Bullitt and The French Connection.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1958
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 86 mins
Format: 35mm

Nightfall

A FILM BY: Jacques Tourneur
WRITTEN BY: Stirling Silliphant (screenplay), David Goodis (novel)
STARRING: Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith

Double Feature ticket option includes admission to THE GARMENT JUNGLE

Artist Jim Vanning (Aldo Ray) has his life go off the rails when fate pitches a pair of on-the-lam crooks into his winter hunting trip. From then on he lives life on the run, enduring relentless surveillance, dozens of double-crosses, psychotic killers on his tail, lots of de rigeur flashbacks, and—on the bright side—beguiling Anne Bancroft, decked out the latest fifties' fashions. One of the last true noirs of the original era, this often-overlooked gem features terrific direction from Tourneur (Out of the Past) and great work by cinematographer Burnett Guffey. 

Presented in 35mm archival print courtesy of Sony Pictures

Technical Information

Production Year: 1956
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 78 mins
Format: 35mm

Odds Against Tomorrow

A FILM BY: Robert Wise
WRITTEN BY: Abraham Polonsky
STARRING: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame

Double Feature ticket option includes admission to CRY TOUGH

One of the tersest, tensest heist movies ever made is also an angry (and still timely) riff on race relations in America, predating the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. A trio of desperate men (Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan and Ed Begley) plan a last-ditch bank robbery in upstate New York. But Ryan's bigotry and Belafonte's take-no-prisoners pride keeps the tension simmering—leading to an explosive climax. Wise's direction is crisp and cutting edge—a huge inspiration to French noir master Jean-Pierre Melville. Gloria Grahame and Shelley Winters offer kinky and melancholy support, respectively. A late-cycle film noir masterpiece, highlighted by an inventive score from John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet.

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW is presented on Blu-Ray at the request of the Film Noir Foundation as the only available 35mm print is in poor condition

Technical Information

Production Year: 1959
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 96 mins
Format: Digital

Pickup on South Street

A FILM BY: Samuel Fuller
WRITTEN BY: Samuel Fuller (screenplay), Dwight Taylor (story)
STARRING: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter

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Mercenary pickpocket Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) and a brassy streetwalker named Candy (Jean Peters) find themselves frantically playing both ends against the middle when some purloined microfilm puts them in the crossfire between Communist spies and Federal agents. Fuller's punchy and apolitical thriller sides with society's marginalized miscreants at a time when the nation was being torn apart by McCarthy era ideology. Featuring a memorable Oscar-nominated turn by Thelma Ritter as the sage grafter, Moe. Many consider this Fuller's signature work: smart, savvy, and stylish—a cinematic slap-in-the-face that's a perfect blending of Fuller's tabloid style and Fox's polished craftsmanship. 

Presented in DCP courtesy of 20th Century–Fox

Technical Information

Production Year: 1953
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: DCP

Private Hell 36

A FILM BY: Don Siegel
WRITTEN BY: Ida Lupino, Collier Young
STARRING: Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff

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Two L.A. cops, Cal Bruner (Steve Cochran) and Jack Farnham (Howard Duff) stumble into the money trail from an East Coast robbery. Nightclub singer Lilli Marlowe (Ida Lupino), who handled some of the hot cash, agrees to help them hunt the culprit. But when Cal and Lilli fall for each other, the law suddenly takes a backseat to larceny. The "dirty cop" trend of the 1950s reached its apotheosis with this wicked, booze-fueled thriller, with writer-producer-star Ida Lupino burning bright among the burly tough guys. Although its more character study than thriller, director Don Siegel shows flashes of the brilliance about to be unleashed in Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Presented in an archival 35mm print courtesy of the British Film Institute

Technical Information

Production Year: 1954
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 81 mins
Format: 35mm

Pushover

A FILM BY: Richard Quine
WRITTEN BY: Roy Huggins (screenplay), Bill Ballinger (novel), Thomas Walsh (novel)
STARRING: Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Philip Carey

Double Feature ticket option includes admission to PRIVATE HELL 36

Following a daring bank heist, cop Paul Sheridan (Fred MacMurray) is assigned to keep covert tabs on the main suspect's girlfriend. But once he makes contact with sexy Lona McLane (budding superstar Kim Novak in her first starring role), he's on a slippery slope; she persuades Sheridan that they can escape together with the loot and leave both the crooks and the cops high and dry. A bristling, beautifully directed and photographed thriller, from a dynamite script by the redoubtable Roy Huggins. One of several films from 1954 (Witness to MurderRear Window) to exploit voyeurism as a theme. Touted by Jean-Luc Godard as one of the best American films of the 1950s.

Presented in 35mm courtesy of Sony Pictures

Technical Information

Production Year: 1954
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: 35mm

Sudden Fear

A FILM BY: David Miller
WRITTEN BY: Lenore Coffee (screenplay), Robert Smith (screenplay), Edna Sherry (novel)
STARRING: Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame

Double Feature ticket option includes admission to PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET

Joan Crawford gives an Oscar-nominated performance as a San Francisco playwright who marries a virile actor she’d rejected for one of her plays.  Little does she know that he plans to drop the final curtain on her.  Co-starring noir favorite Gloria Grahame as a scheming vixen, this stylish and suspenseful film is one of Crawford’s best.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1952
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 110 mins
Format: 35mm

Touch of Evil

A FILM BY: Orson Welles
WRITTEN BY: Orson Welles (screenplay), Whit Masterson (novel)
STARRING: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh

Original 1958 Version | Double Feature ticket option includes admission to THE LINEUP

Mexican cop Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) and his American wife Susan (Janet Leigh) encounter more than they bargained for when they drive into the California border town of Los Robles—extortion, kidnapping, and murder are par for the course in the dusty fiefdom of veteran sheriff Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). Can Vargas unveil decades of corruption and protect his bride from a marauding gang? Welles' return to Hollywood from European exile is the stuff of legend—a crime drama so extraordinarily stylish it looms symbolically as the end of the classic noir era. Time and changing tastes have led some critics to laud it as the equal of Welles' earlier masterworks. 

Presented in 35mm courtesy of Universal Pictures

Technical Information

Production Year: 1958
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 95 mins
Format: 35mm

Trapped

A FILM BY: Richard Fleischer
WRITTEN BY: Earl Felton, George Zuckerman
STARRING: Lloyd Bridges, Barbara Payton, John Hoyt

Double Feature ticket option includes admission to APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER

T-Men investigating a flood of phony $20s spring convicted counterfeiter Tris Stewart (Lloyd Bridges) from the joint to use as an undercover operative. But Tris is only stringing the Feds along until he makes a score and scoots to Mexico with his red-hot squeeze, Meg (Barbara Payton). The double- and triple-crosses come fast and furious, as no one's sure who's a crook and who's a copper. A hasty and hard-edged B from director Fleischer, with exceptional camerawork by DP Guy Roe. Rescued from oblivion by the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive. 

Newly restored 35mm print by the Film Noir Foundation

Technical Information

Production Year: 1949
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 78 mins
Format: 35mm

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