Hello tough guys & gals.
The bleak post-holiday winter stretch is upon us and that of course means just one thing: It's time for the annual Noir City Film Noir Festival at the Castro.
And on Friday night February 1 NCFNF presents a blistering double bill featuring Noir greats Edmond O’Brien, Robert Ryan and (hubba, hubba) Rhonda Fleming.
That's right, mugs. 3D Noir! Let's get down to cases:
Feature One: MAN IN THE DARK (1953)
Edmond O’Brien undergoes an experimental treatment to erase his criminal urges. The good news is the treatment works. The bad news is Eddy forgets where he stashed the loot from a recent heist he masterminded. Well, Oprah might approve but as you’d expect, his mol and heist palies aren’t supportive of his makeover. Toss in the wrap-up chase through the old Santa Monica Amusement Park and it sounds like a cross between “Clockwork Orange” and “Carnival of Souls”.
Feature Two: INFERNO (1953)
Scheming Rhonda Fleming and her illicit lover, played by usually nice guy William Lundigan, hatch a plot to bump off Rhonda’s rich, domineering husband Robert Ryan. Bob gets dumped for dead in the desert and his passage through Mojave hell is something to behold. We're talkin' LITERALLY blisterin' here, palies!
An lissen ta dis, mugs. All dis excitement and suspense for 10 clams and change! Get your tix here Do it sooner than later and don’t wait to buy them at the box office. You’ll be oudda luck, palie. Dat’s why I awready got mine.
Let’s meet in the lobby of the Castro at 7:15. I'll be wearing a black overcoat.
And for anyone who’s interested, I’m thinking it would be fun to have pre-show dinner at John’s Grill, where Sam Spade went for lamb chops and tomatoes while waiting for a car to take him to Burlingame to check out a lead in “The Maltese Falcon”. We can follow dinner with a vintage streetcar ride up to the Castro. I’ll follow up later to check interest and work out the details.
So sign up now, palies. As Bogie said, "It's da schtuff dreams are made of."