I know it is spring when there is murder in the air! 20 films! 10 days! Many not on DVD!
Noir City Hollywood kicks off year #19 at the Egyptian Theatre this Friday & the LARE will be there! Why would you wish to be anywhere other than the scene of the crime?
We will be in attendance with special guest Renee Patrick who will be signing the new paperback edition of, “Design For Dying- A Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel”.
Then, our Masters of Ceremony, Muller & Rode will lead us down the path to the double feature, “This Gun For Hire” & “Quiet Please, Murder”.
And this is only the beginning! We will be back with more Noir City news soon very soon! In the meantime, get ready baby, it’s time to go for a ride…
NOIR CITY: FILM NOIR FESTIVAL 2017 75th Anniversary Double Feature! THIS GUN FOR HIRE / QUIET PLEASE, MURDER Presented by the American Cinematheque and Film Noir Foundation Big Boss Sponsor: Warner Archive Femmes Fatale Sponsors: Bonhams, GOLDEN AGE Gumshoe Sponsors: Hoccomocco Pictures/Thin Ice, Museum of Neon Art, Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop Opening Night Beverage Sponsors: CLARENDELLE inspired by Haut-Brion and Teeling Irish Whiskey.
Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation. Cocktail hour between films for all ticket buyers, sponsored by CLARENDELLE inspired by Haut-Brion and Teeling Irish Whiskey.
New 35mm Print! THIS GUN FOR HIRE 1942, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: Frank Tuttle
“He’s dynamite with a gun or a girl.” With a screenplay by W.R. Burnett (THE ASPHALT JUNGLE) and Albert Maltz (NAKED CITY) based on the novel by Graham Greene, here is one of the genuinely seminal films in Hollywood’s original noir movement! This taut thriller made stars of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, who’d become Paramount’s biggest box-office duo of the 1940s. Ladd plays lone-wolf assassin Philip Raven, who enlists Lake’s aid in freeing himself from a frame-up by a secret cadre of “fifth columnists.” John Seitz’s camerawork presages the shadowy dread he’d bring to sunny Los Angeles in DOUBLE INDEMNITY. Lake sports sensational outfits created by the legendary Edith Head. Costarring Robert Preston and the fabulous Laird Cregar, in one of his earliest performances. A must-see!
Archival 35mm Print! Never on DVD! QUIET PLEASE, MURDER 1942, 20th Century Fox, 70 min, USA, Dir: John Francis Larkin George Sanders is at his arrogant best as a master forger who steals a priceless Shakespeare folio while teaming up with femme fatale Gail Jackson. The scene of the crime: the Los Angeles Public Library! An example of the Fox B-unit at its best! Also starring Richard Denning.
More about the book :
Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and the Left Coast Crime Award for Best Debut Mystery! reviews for design for dying “A champagne-flavored frolic of a first mystery … sure to delight fans of old Hollywood and Turner Classic Movies.” —Library Journal
“Set in 1937, Patrick’s upbeat, name-dropping debut starring real-life Hollywood costume designer Edith Head puts feminine cleverness, fashion sense, and social acumen front and center … create(s) both a complex environment for sleuthing replete with possibilities and an exciting sense of the glamorous, gossipy, and creative world of cinema’s golden age. The warm working relationship that develops between Lillian and Edith will leave readers eager to see more of their adventures.” —Publishers Weekly
“As effervescent as champagne and as charming as Myrna Loy, Design for Dying is an enchanting debut that promises fun and adventure in vintage Hollywood … Here’s hoping this is the first in a long-lived series.” —Crimespree Magazine
“In this first of a planned Lillian Frost & Edith Head series, readers will be swept away on a murder mystery set in Hollywood’s Golden Era … Design for Dying is well designed indeed … Fans of Hollywood noir films, the Poirot series, and other cozy mysteries will want to read Design for Dying as will anyone with a love of historical characters brought to life.” —New York Journal of Books
“Plucky protagonist Lillian Frost joins forces with pragmatic, witty Edith Head to help solve the murder of beauty queen Ruby Carroll, found in an alley wearing a costume thieved from Paramount’s wardrobe department. Add a flamboyant Argentinian lothario, whose family made its fortune mining emeralds, an enigmatic Hungarian princess on-the-lam, and an elegant Burmese cat called Miss Sarah Bernhardt and you’ll begin to understand why this champagne-cocktail-of-a-crime-novel is so beguiling. Supporting parts played by Barbara Stanwyck and Preston Sturges will make every seasoned cinephile swoon. Design for Dying is a delight.” —Louise Penny, New York Times best-selling author of the Chief Inspector Gamache series