Film Noir Foundation president, author of many great books (including a couple of great noir novels and my favorite overview of film noir) and all around cool dude Eddie Muller is hosting and programming A NIGHT IN NOIR CITY this Thursday on TCM. Muller knows more about film noir than most of us will ever know about anything, so he makes an excellent guide though a night of great movies.
Here's what Eddie's got in store (with some thoughts on the selection):
CRY DANGER (1951)-topflight thriller starring Dick Powell (who was also producing behind the scenes) that also serves as a beautiful document of LA in early fifties. Lots of wonderful location footage and probably Powell's best turn as a tough guy.
99 RIVER STREET (1953)-if you can only tune in for one film in this program, make it this one. Easily one of my five favorite noirs. Great cast, great director, great cinematography. I'm in love with movie. If you've never seen it, do not miss this opportunity. Read my full review of the film here.
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (1951)-the best film from the underrated Felix E. Feist (who I wrote about for Film Noir: The Directors). Steve Cochran and Ruth Roman are lovers on the run. Sweet and dark. What could be better?
THE BREAKING POINT (1950)-One of the most underrated films I've ever seen. Should be interesting to hear Muller talk about why this masterpiece has been so overlooked for for long. Star John Garfield's best movie. If you only get to see two films in the program, make this the other one.
More about the program here.