Film Noir 2020
Screening Dates
  • July 31, 2020 6:00
  • August 1, 2020 8:30
  • August 2, 2020 8:15
  • August 3, 2020 6:00
  • August 5, 2020 4:00

A taut film that still plays like a house afire.”

James Monaco, The Movie Guide

Tamed by a brunette, framed by a blonde, blamed by the cops!” A dark tone of postwar pessimism pervades the noir universe; a common motif has a serviceman returning from WWII only to find disillusionment or betrayal at home. The Blue Dahlia, made from Raymond Chandler’s Oscar-nominated script (the writer’s only produced original screenplay), has Alan Ladd as a veteran who discovers that his wife has been seriously misbehaving in his absence. When she turns up dead, he goes on the lam. Veronica Lake co-stars as the mysterious woman Ladd befriends; William Bendix is Ladd’s war-wounded army buddy Buzz. Unfolding in a well-rendered atmosphere of brutality, corruption, chaos, and despair, this hard-boiled thriller was the third (after This Gun for Hire and The Glass Key) of three classic noirs pairing Ladd and Lake.


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