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Police Power: Naked Alibi (1953) & Suddenly (1954)

Posted by Charles Reece, April 23, 2012 01:51am | Post a Comment
It's film noir festival time again at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. First up for me was a Sterling Hayden double-feature. 

naked alibi poster

Hayden plays a totalitarian-minded chief detective whose brutal methods are currently being investigated by bureaucrats intent on making crime easier and policing harder. Dwelling in the loopholes of law and order, these hobgoblins are always the real villains in films with the ultimate goal of undermining what namby-pamby liberal types call checks and balances that are supposed to keep our country from being a police state: elected officials, lawyers and, of course, the press. Against the knee-jerks, the film suggests that the chief's mind is like a vast differential engine, intuiting the deterministic equations in the chaos of criminality where a wavering eyebrow inevitably leads to multiple homicides -- imagine a cross between Harry Callahan and the precogs from Philip K. Dick's The Minority Report. When he tries to explain how he knows that a church-going, family-oriented baker is a copkiller despite having solid character witnesses, airtight alibis and no priors, a fellow detective looks about as comprehending as a neanderthal hearing the obelisk play Ligeti for the first time. Rational deduction becomes mystical, a voodoo conjuring best left to the professional witchdoctors. The audience is assured of the chief's preternatural acumen when Gloria Grahame shows up as the baker's girlfriend in a border town. Anyone who's watched enough film noir knows that dating her means you're guilty of something and will soon die for what you've done. Had this film been made today, it most likely would've been about police brutality and the dangers of trusting those in power, but because it has Joseph Breen's stamp of approval, the "criminals" had to be punished and "cop" was mutually exclusive to "evil." Which means that'll you'll enjoy the film if you tend to wax nostalgic for 1930s Italy or lean left with a masochistic sense of humor.

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14th Annual Los Angeles Film Noir Begins This Friday, April 20th

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 17, 2012 06:15pm | Post a Comment
 

This Friday, April 20th is the kick off for the 14th annual Los Angeles Film Noir Festival @ the Egyptian Theatre! The schedule lists 15 double and triple features running through May 6th and guests include actors Norman Lloyd, Julie Adams and Marsha Hunt as well as the late Geraldine Fitzgerald's son Michael Lindsay-Hogg.



Opening week highlights include the elusive Alan Ladd version of The Great Gatsby, Gloria Grahame's seldom seen Naked Alibi paired with controversial Sinatra crime pic Suddenly, a Cornell Woolrich penned triple Phantom Lady / Black Angel / The Window and a prison break pairing Caged / Big House USA.  If you are unable to make it out to the theater for any of these screenings, our film noir DVD section has many of these titles as well as tons of other great noir gems.



Friday April 20th The Great Gatsby / This Gun For Hire
Saturday April 21st Naked Alibi / Suddenly
Sun 22nd Phantom Lady / Black Angel / The Window
Wednesday  April 25th T-Men / Strange Impersonation
Thursday April 26th Caged / Big House USA



14th Annual Film Noir Festival @ 
the Egyptian Theater 
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028-4605
(323) 466-3456

Film Noir Festival Final Weekend

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 15, 2010 11:01pm | Post a Comment

So the final weekend of the film noir festival is upon us! Friday features a couple of hard boiled crime films, including a prison break film featuring Perry Mason star William Talman and a revenge film featuring location shots filmed in 1950's Alaska! Saturday gives us a double dose of The Whistler and Sunday closes things out with a Femme Fatale double featuring the legendary Cleo Moore.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA
(between Las Palmas & McCadden)
(323) 466-3456

$11/$7 for members
all showings start at 7:30

Friday April 16th- Crashout / Cry Vengeance
Saturday April 17th- Power Of The Whistler / Voice Of The Whistler
Sunday April 18th- Strange Fascination / The Come On