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Join us as the Aero's Film Noir
Festival, NOIR CITY OCEAN VIEW - an adjunct to the NOIR CITY Festival playing at
the Egyptian Theatre - spotlights eight films set or shot on the Santa Monica coastline
featuring 1940s and 50s murder, mayhem, femmes fatale, gangsters, gumshoes and all sorts
of underhanded rackets. Over half of them are still not available on DVD!
Don't miss these rare screenings! We are pleased to welcome actress
Terry Moore to the Aero Theatre for a discussion following SHACK OUT ON 101.
Wednesday, April 18 7:30 PM
Kevin Thomas Favorite
Noirs Double Feature:
DOUBLE INDEMNITY, 1944, Universal, 107 min. Dir.
Billy Wilder. Wilders cunning masterpiece helped spawn Hollywoods dark
renaissance in mordant murder thrillers. It still hasnt been equaled. Starring Fred
MacMurray as the sardonic insurance salesman seduced by blonde bombshell Barbara Stanwyck
into helping to murder her newly-insured husband. Edward G. Robinson is MacMurrays
pal, the intrepid insurance investigator colleague, Keyes who smells something fishy when
Stanwycks spouse has a fatal train "accident."
BLOOD MONEY, 1933, 20th Century Fox, 65 min.
"Director Rowland Brown's BLOOD MONEY is a stylish evocation of wide-open L.A., where
good-bad guy George Bancroft's politically powerful bail bondsman is smitten with
thrill-seeking Brentwood deb Frances Dee while down-to-earth nightclub proprietor Judith
Anderson holds a torch for the big lug. Legendary vaudeville singer Blossom Seeley is the
star attraction at Anderson's swanky joint." -- Kevin Thomas NOT ON DVD. Kevin Thomas will introduce the screening.
Thursday, April 19 - 7:30 PM
New 35mm Print! NOBODY LIVES FOREVER,
1946, Warner Bros., 100 min. Dir. Jean Negulesco. Forties' favorite John
Garfield plays a shady ex-GI hooked up in a plot to bilk a war widow (gorgeous Geralidine
Fitzgerald). He rents a swanky, Malibu shoreside home as a front. But when he falls
for Fitzgerald, the gang wants them both dead, leading to a suspenseful climax on the
Santa Monica piers! Negulesco ladles noir atmospherics onto W.R. Burnett's original
screenplay, which offers colorful roles for supporting actors Walter Brennan, George
Tobias, Faye Emerson and George Coulouris. New 35mm print courtesy of the Film
Noir Foundation. NOT ON DVD
711 OCEAN DRIVE, 1950, Sony Repertory, 102 min. Edmund
OBrien stars as an ambitious telephone technician who ruthlessly climbs the
ladder of a nationwide gambling syndicate. One of the most entertaining of the
racket-noirs spawned by the Kefauver organized crime hearings is helmed by the
late friend of the American Cinematheque, director Joseph Newman. Co-starring Joanne
Dru and Otto Kruger with a memorable climax shot on location at Hoover Dam. "Operations
of the syndicates are given a realistic touch by the screenplay, and Joseph M. Newman's
direction keeps action at a fast pace. O'Brien is excellent as the hot-tempered, ambitious
young syndicate chief." Variety NOT
Friday, April 20 - 7:30 PM
MURDER MY SWEET, 1944, Warners Bros., 95 min.
Dir. Edward Dmytryk. Philip Marlowe, the quintessential L.A. private eye, searches
for an ex-con's girlfriend, but, as always, winds up swimming in deceit and
double-crosses, all of it washing up at a lavish Malibu beach house. A brilliant
studio-lot evocation of Raymond Chandler's favorite corrupt city, featuring former hoofer Dick
Powell in a career-transforming turn as Marlowe, and tempting Claire Trevor as
the fabulous femme fatale. Earns plenty of votes as the best adaptation of a Chandler
novel (Farewell, My Lovely).
New 35mm Print! THE SPIRITUALIST (aka THE AMAZING DR. X), 1948, Sony
Pictures, 78 min. Dir. Bernard Vorhaus. "In his eyes, the threat of terror!
In his hands, the power to destroy!" screamed the tagline. John Alton's finest
B&W cinematography elevates to exhilarating heights this entertaining story of a phony
psychic (Turhan Bey) insinuating himself into the L.A. cliffside mansion of a
wealthy widow (Lynn Bari) and preying on both her and her impressionable daughter (Cathy
O'Donnell). One of the most satisfying "B" films of the era. Story by Crane
Saturday, April 21 - 7:30 PM
MILDRED PIERCE, 1945, Warner Bros., 111 min. Dir. Michael
Curtiz. Joan Crawford gives her signature performance (an Oscar winner!) as
James M. Cain's ultimate maternal martyr, in thrall to her own femme fatale daughter, Veda
(a deliciously venal Ann Blyth). The twisted combination of high-strung soap opera
and hard-edged pulp produced what may be the greatest Hollywood melodrama of all time.
With an incredibly strong supporting cast featuring Eve Arden, Jack Carson, Zachary
Scott and Bruce Bennett, and fabulous views of Los Angeles and Santa Monica,
FEMALE ON THE BEACH, 1955, Universal, 97 min.
Dir. Joseph Pevney. "He was the kind of man that her kind of woman can't
leave alone!" Joan Crawford is back on the Santa Monica beach in this
deliriously over-the-top mystery-melodrama, featuring some of the most outrageous double
entendre dialogue ever heard in a Hollywood movie. Something very weird happened to the
previous owner of the beach house in which Joan is having a hot and heavy dalliance with
sailor-stud Jeff Chandler. Are neighbors Jan Sterling and Cecil Kellaway
involved? What do you think? NOT ON DVD
Sunday, April 22 - 7:30 PM
SHACK OUT ON 101, 1955, Paramount, 90 min. Dir.
Edward Dein. Hands down, the goofiest, loopiest and most entertaining Red Scare
movie ever produced in Hollywood. A time-capsule farce on 1950s America set entirely
in a beachside beanery, this is a film like no other, combining smuggled secrets, seafood,
runaway lust, civil service exams and weightlifting in the kitchen. The go-for-broke cast
includes Frank Lovejoy, delectable Terry Moore, kooky Keenan Wynn,
and, as "Slob," Lee Marvin at his outrageous best! NOT
1949,Warner Bros., 95 min. Directed by John Berry. One of the truly terrific
underrated noir films of the forties. Richard Basehart plays a milquetoast druggist
married to the over-sexed and chronically unfaithful Audrey Totter. But the sad
sack has a plan to get revenge, so he can start a new life with Cyd Charisse! Cops Barry
Sullivan and William Conrad pursue -- but is Barry pursuing the truth, or the
red-hot Totter? More fabulous 1940s coast-side action (with a de rigueur
muscle-man-beating-up-the-guy-with-glasses-on-the-beach scene), in this vastly
entertaining thriller, laced with acid dialogue. NOT ON DVD. Actress Terry Moore to appear for discussion in between