A night of stylish, thrilling noir classics that unusually for the genre, have women in the lead detective role!
20 minute intermission in between films.
PHANTOM LADY // 87 mins
Dir. Robert Siodmak
After a fight with his wife, Scott Henderson (Alan Curtis, HIGH SIERRA) heads to a bar to drown his sorrows. There he strikes up a conversation with a mysterious, despondent lady who agrees to accompany him to a show uptown but withholds her name. Arriving home, Scott is met by grimly countenanced cops - his wife has been strangled with one of his neckties and he is the prime suspect. He has a solid alibi but his theatre companion is nowhere to be found and no one remembers seeing them together. When Scott is charged with murdering his wife, it falls to his devoted secretary ‘Kansas’ (Ella Raines, BRUTE FORCE) to find the phantom lady and save Scott from the electric chair...
Adapted from a hit novel by acclaimed crime writer Cornell Woolrich, PHANTOM LADY boasts stylish cinematography, cruel characters and memorable performances from Ella Raines and Franchot Tone (MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY).
SUDDEN FEAR // 111 mins
Dir. David Miller
In this rediscovered masterpiece of film noir, Joan Crawford plays a successful playwright who marries a young ambitious actor (Jack Palance). After his ex-lover (Gloria Grahame) unexpectedly shows up she soon suspects a diabolical plan afoot to steal her large inheritance.
SUDDEN FEAR received Academy Award Nominations in 1952 for Charles Lang Jr (Best Black & White Cinematography), Joan Crawford (Best Actress), and Jack Palance (Best Supporting Actor).