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Sunday, April 3rd, 2005

Los Angeles Noir Double Feature

HOLLOW TRIUMPH (aka THE SCAR) (1948) was dynamite.  It starred Paul Henreid as a gangster who is on the run and impersonates a psychiatrist in order to meld into society and avoid getting caught.  The script was excellent and full of surprises.  The locations of downtown Los Angeles in the 1940s were just marvelous!  The cinematographer on this film was the amazing John Alton who was known for his splendid black and white cinematography.  Excellent noir!

BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND DAWN (1950) was originally scheduled to be shown, but due to a problem with the print, it was unavailable. 

Instead we saw SCANDAL SHEET (1952).  This made for a fine substitution.  The film is about a corrupt tabloid newspaper boss who commits murder and then becomes the subject of an investigation by his lead reporter who doesn?t suspect a thing.  This was a really fun film.  Broderick Crawford plays the boss with absolute perfection.  He is so evil and menacing.  Rosemary DeCamp is also really terrific as the wronged wife who dares to expose him.  The look of this film is so stark and bleak and seedy?which feels totally right. 

Written by Karie (site owner) on 04/03 at 04:39 AM

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