This Friday, April 5th, kicks off the 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Things get moving fast with a Cy Enfield double, Try And Get Me (aka The Sound Of Fury) and Hell Drivers. The Film Noir Foundation's newly restored print of Try And Get Me should be a stunner- not available on DVD, this is rare glimpse into Enfield's U.S. career which was prematurely derailed due to HUAC blacklisting bullshit. Hell Drivers is a Rank Organization picture featuring Irish beauty Peggy Cummins, best known for her roles in Gun Crazy and Night Of The Demon.
Saturday brings a great pair of Hollywood damage tales in Sunset Boulevard and The Other Woman. Needing no introduction, Sunset Boulevard's brilliance never seems to diminish, it's depiction of desperation and delusion seems applicable to every generation of former greats and their hangers on. The Other Woman features the criminally under rated Cleo Moore as a scheming second string actress who gets involved in a blackmail plot that goes awry. Those of you unfamiliar with Ms. Moore should check out the Bad Girls Of Film Noir, Vol 2 DVD set, we often have used copies for sale at the Hollywood Amoeba.
The weekend ends with a double feature that I am very upset at having to miss. Not on DVD noir oddity Repeat Performance screens with He Walked By Night, making April 7th an unofficial Richard Basehart day. Both Sunset Boulevard and He Walked By Night offer some amazing LA location shots, HWBN captured by the amazing cinematographer John Alton.
15th Annual Film Noir Festival
at the Egyptian Theater
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028-4605
All shows start at 7:30pm.
Friday, April 5th
Try And Get Me/ Hell Drivers
Saturday, April 6th
Sunset Boulevard/ The Other Woman
Sunday, April 7th
Repeat Performance/ He Walked By Night
Sunset Boulevard Trailer