I WALK ALONE and NO MAN OF HER OWN

Sunday September 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM. Tickets: $10

I WALK ALONE
1948, Paramount. 97 min.
Scr. Charles Schnee, from a play by Theodore Reeves.
Dir. Byron Haskin
A true rarity! Never on home video or DVD! Burt Lancaster plays a Prohibition-era bootlegger who gets out of prison to discover that his former partner (Kirk Douglas) has gone legitimate, is wallowing in the spoils of their criminal enterprise, and has no intention of sharing. Can torch singer Lizabeth Scott douse the flames of Burt’s retribution? This seminal noir, long thought lost, traces the progress of American crime from prewar gangsterism to postwar legitimacy. Revived in a new digital restoration courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

NO MAN OF HER OWN
1950, Paramount. 98 min.
Scr. Catherine Turney and Sally Benson, from the novel I Married a Dead Man by
Cornell Woolrich.
Dir. Mitchell Leisen
Broke and pregnant, Helen Ferguson (Barbara Stanwyck) flees on the rails from the monstrous man who jilted her. Fate offers a fresh destiny (as only Woolrich can write ’em) when the train crashes—allowing her to pose as the bride of a man who dies in the wreck. Her acceptance into the dead man’s family is almost complete when the hellish boyfriend returns to blackmail her. Rarely does a film so transcend the implausibility of a Woolrich plot; making this crazy melodrama believable is the conviction of Stanwyck’s performance and Mitchell Leisen’s compelling storytelling skill. Arguably the best adaptation ever of a Woolrich story.

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