Noir City: Chicago 7

Friday, August 28th – Thursday, September 3rd, 2015


Join us for the 7th sensational edition of Noir City: Chicago as the Music Box teams up with the Film Noir Foundation for a festival that combines extraordinary rarities with revivals of recognized classics!

<cite>Woman on the Run</cite>


Fri 28 Aug

Woman on the Run

directed by Norman Foster in English starring Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe

New FNF 35mm Restoration!
Witness the resurrection of one of great forgotten noir films! San Franciscan Frank Johnson disappears after witnessing a gangland killing. Police think his wife Eleanor (Ann Sheridan) will lead them to her husband, but she never wants to see him again. Enter newspaperman Danny Leggett (Dennis O’Keefe), who charms Mrs. Johnson with stunning and poignant results. Gorgeously restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, with funding from the Film Noir Foundation and Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Charitable Trust.



Fri 28 Aug


directed by Joseph M. Newman in English starring Dennis O'Keefe, Gale Storm, Marjorie Rambeau

Original 35mm Archival Print!
Gale Storm plays a naïve young woman who’s come to Los Angeles in search of her missing sister. Shunned by the police, she’s assisted by an intrepid reporter (Dennis O’Keefe) who smells a story when he gets wind of an underground racket in black-market babies. Featuring the whipcrack wisecracks of screenwriter Bill Bowers, and noir favorites Raymond Burr and Mike Mazurki, plus the screen debut of future star Jeff Chandler.

<cite>The Guilty</cite>


Sat 29 Aug

The Guilty

directed by John Reinhardt in English starring Bonita Granville, Don Castle, Regis Toomey

New FNF 35mm Restoration!
Two war buddies (Don Castle and Wally Cassel) fall for twin sisters (both played by Bonita Granville). When one sister turns up dead, the boys are dogged by a suspicious police inspector (Regis Toomey). Working with only three sets and virtually no budget, director Reinhardt and DP Henry Sharp evoke the dreadful, dead-of-night ambiance that was the domain of prolific noir scribe Cornell Woolrich.

<cite>The Chase</cite>


Sat 29 Aug

The Chase

directed by Arthur Ripley in English starring Robert Cummings, Michèle Morgan, Steve Cochran

35mm Restoration!
Script by Philip Yordan, from the novel The Black Path of Fear by Cornell Woolrich.
In this hallucinatory Woolrich adaptation Robert Cummings plays a drifter hired as a chauffeur by two Florida crooks (Steve Cochran and Peter Lorre). He falls for Cochran’s dishy wife (Michelle Morgan) with dire, unpredictable results. As close to Lynch-like as movies got in the 1940s. 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

<cite>No Abras Nunca esa Puerta / Si Muero Antes di Despertar</cite>


Sat 29 Aug

No Abras Nunca esa Puerta / Si Muero Antes di Despertar

directed by Carlos Hugo Christensen in Spanish

FNF 35mm Preservations!
Be here for an incredibly rare screening of this stunning Argentine anthology film, adapted from three short stories by noir master Cornell Woolrich. With brilliant camerawork by Pablo Trabernero, this is breathtaking noir every bit as good as the Hollywood variety. Originally conceived by its makers as a single film, the titles were released separately. The FNF is presenting them as a unified whole, in newly struck prints with—for the first time ever—English subtitles.



Sun 30 Aug


directed by Sam Wood in English starring Joan Fontaine, Patric Knowles, Herbert Marshall

35mm Archival Print!
Joan Fontaine obliterated her innocent screen persona with this portrayal of Ivy Lexton, an Edwardian femme fatale who beneath the bows and bustle is one of the most calculating bitches in the history of film noir. Sam Wood’s stately direction is abetted by the bold production design of William Cameron Menzies and the dark shadows of Russell Metty’s exceptional cinematography.

<cite>Hangover Square</cite>


Sun 30 Aug

Hangover Square

directed by John Brahm in English starring Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders

Laird Cregar, one of the most memorable film actors of the forties, makes his final screen appearance (he died at 29 years of age) in this stark and haunting tale of a Victorian era composer driven by the sounds in his head to create masterful concertos — and beautiful corpses. See Joseph LaShelle’s stunning cinematography on the big screen and hear Bernard Herrmann’s thrilling “Concerto Macabre” in all its baroque glory.

<cite>Ladies in Retirement</cite>


Sun 30 Aug

Ladies in Retirement

directed by Charles Vidor in English starring Ida Lupino, Louis Hayward, Evelyn Keyes

New 35mm Restoration!
Ida Lupino is indelible as a timid housekeeper who becomes enmeshed in murder and madness. Ida tends to an aged actress (Isobel Elsom) and persuades her to take in her two eccentric sisters (Elsa Lanchester and Edith Barrett). All bets are off when a mysterious stranger (future Lupino spouse Louis Hayward) arrives to stir the pot further. There is nothing retiring about this suspenseful Victorian noir, too long unjustly overlooked and underappreciated.

<cite>The Suspect</cite>


Sun 30 Aug

The Suspect

directed by Robert Siodmak in English starring Charles Laughton, Ella Raines, Dean Harens

Timid tobacconist Philip Marshall (Charles Laughton) develops a friendship with a poor young woman (Ella Raines), igniting his wife’s shrewish jealousy. Despite the Edwardian era decorum, The Suspect is a classic noir—one of Siodmak’s best—featuring Charles Laughton’s memorable portrait of a repressed and lonely man who will do anything to protect the unexpected joy he’s found too late in his life. Costarring Stanley Ridges and Rosalind Ivins.

<cite>Ride the Pink Horse</cite>


Mon 31 Aug

Ride the Pink Horse

directed by Robert Montgomery in English starring Robert Montgomery, Thomas Gomez, Wanda Hendrix

35mm Archival Print!
A surly vet (director/actor Robert Montgomery) ventures into a New Mexico resort town during fiesta to settle a score with a vacationing mobster. A strange, oddly paced film that plays as much like a Japanese samaurai movie as film noir. With Thomas Gomez, Wanda Hendrix, Andrea King, from the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes.

<cite>The Fallen Sparrow</cite>


Mon 31 Aug

The Fallen Sparrow

directed by Richard Wallace in English starring John Garfield, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak

This convoluted but compelling story, from the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, is told in creepy Val Lewton style as John Garfield’s Spanish Civil War veteran is slowly driven mad by stateside fascists. Is porcelain-gorgeous Maureen O’Hara his only ally… or his enemy? Stunning photography by RKO’s in-house noir master, Nicholas Musuraca. With Walter Slezak, Patricia Morison, Martha O’Driscoll.

<cite>House of Bamboo</cite>


Tue 1 Sep

House of Bamboo

directed by Samuel Fuller in English starring Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi

A military investigator (Robert Stack) infiltrates a gang of American ex-GIs (led by menacing and sexually ambiguous Robert Ryan) muscling in on the Japan’s Yakuza underworld. Fuller’s re-do of Fox’s The Street With No Name is a visual spectacle, with stunning Technicolor and Cinemascope giving extra dimension to the director’s singularly no-holds-barred style.

<cite>The Racket</cite>


Tue 1 Sep

The Racket

directed by John Cromwell in English starring Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan

A pair of film noir heavyweights—Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan—square off in this elemental cops and robbers saga, a postwar film noir update of the silent 1929 gangland drama by Bartlett Cormack. Noir favorite Lizabeth Scott is along for the bumpy ride, caught between the cops, crooks and corrupt politicians vying for control of the city. Sam Fuller wrote the first draft, deemed to incendiary for studio boss Howard Hughes, and Nicholas Ray (among others) directed added scenes to pump up the violence.

<cite>Crime of Passion</cite>


Wed 2 Sep

Crime of Passion

directed by Gerd Oswald in English starring Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr

San Francisco newspaper columnist Kathy Ferguson trades her career for marriage to an L.A. cop. With nowhere to channel her talent and ambition, Kathy quickly becomes a dangerous woman. Jo Eisenger’s script is a subversive excoriation of women’s circumscribed roles in Eisenhower-era America, tailor-made for Stanwyck, who pulls out all the stops in her final, riveting performance in a film noir. Costarring noir stalwarts Sterling Hayden and Raymond Burr.

<cite>Witness To Murder</cite>


Wed 2 Sep

Witness To Murder

directed by Roy Rowland in English starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders, Gary Merrill

This distaff version of Rear Window (released before the Hitchcock classic) stars Barbara Stanwyck as an independent career woman who watches neighbor George Sanders strangle a victim in his swanky digs. It’s the word of a single woman against that of a renowned author (and closet Nazi)—so guess who the LAPD believes?? Featuring the chiaroscuro camerawork of noir’s master shadow-meister, John Alton.

<cite>Criss Cross</cite>


Thu 3 Sep

Criss Cross

directed by Robert Siodmak in English starring Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea

When he died in 1947, producer Mark Hellinger had just begun pre-production on this crime-infected love story. Thanks to the inspired vision of director Siodmak, Criss Cross now reigns as perhaps the most darkly poetic rendering of amour fou in all film noir. Burt Lancaster and Dan Duryea plot a daring heist, while vying for the affections of sensual Yvonne DeCarlo. As good as it gets in the classic film noir era!

<cite>The Underworld Story</cite>


Thu 3 Sep

The Underworld Story

directed by Cy Endfield in English starring Dan Duryea, Herbert Marshall, Gale Storm

New 35mm FNF Preservation!
Another unjustly neglected noir by director Cy Enfield (Try and Get Me!), in which the always entertaining Dan Duryea plays a cynical reporter who digs dangerously close to a corrupt publisher’s family secrets. Craig Rice’s terrific story features a powerful subplot about the ingrained racism in the American upper class. With dazzling cinematography by the great Stanley Cortez (Night of the Hunter). New 35mm print courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.


Individual tickets are $12. Each film is part of a double feature and buying a ticket to a feature entitles the holder to the next film of the day as part of the festival.

$75 Full Festival Pass, which grants admittance for every film in Noir City: Chicago 7



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The Film Noir Foundation has been at the forefront of the noir revival, cracking studio vaults to resurrect long-neglected examples of America’s most revered genre, funding restorations and preservation, ensuring that these hard-bitten yet sleekly sexy cinematic offerings remain available in their original form for generations to come.

Among the offerings at Noir City: Chicago 7 are tributes to genre heavyweights like Robert Ryan, Barbara Stanwyck & Dan Duryea, and acclaimed authors Cornell Woolrich & Dorothy B. Hughes. We’ll also be showcasing Edwardian Noir, a special Saturday night of Argentinian Noir, and as always, new 35mm restorations! See these classic films as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen!

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