Pushover & Kiss Me Deadly NOIR CITY Detroit Double Feature

Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $10.00

1954, Columbia [Sony Pictures]. 88 minutes
Screenplay by Roy Huggins, based on novels by Bill Ballinger and Thomas Walsh
Directed by Richard Quine
Following a daring bank heist, cop Paul Sheridan (Fred MacMurray) is assigned to keep covert tabs on the main suspect’s girlfriend. But once he makes contact with sexy Lona McLane (budding superstar Kim Novak in her first starring role), he’s on a slippery slope; she persuades Sheridan that they can escape together with the loot and leave both the crooks and the cops high and dry. A bristling, beautifully directed and photographed thriller, from a dynamite script by the redoubtable Roy Huggins. One of several films from 1954 (Witness to Murder, Rear Window) to exploit voyeurism as a theme. Touted by Jean-Luc Godard as one of the best American films of the 1950s. Presented in 35mm courtesy of Sony Pictures
Cast: Fred MacMurray (Paul Sheridan), Kim Novak (Lona McLane), Phil Carey (Rick McAllister), Dorothy Malone (Ann Stewart), E.G. Marshall (Lt. Carl Eckstrom)

Kiss Me Deadly
1955, United Artists [Park Circus]. 106 minutes
Screenplay by A. I. Bezzerides, from the novel by Mickey Spillane
Directed by Robert Aldrich
America’s anti-Communist crusaders found their superhero in crime writer Mickey Spillane’s private-eye hero, Mike Hammer, who enjoyed a flurry of film adaptations in the ’50s. But in this one, screenwriter Bezzerides pulled the rug out from under Hammer, slyly subverting his “heroics” and replacing Spillane’s routine crime plot with a jaw-dropping doomsday scenario. Ralph Meeker is uncomfortably attractive as Hammer: sexy, sadistic, and terminally stupid. Aldrich directs the twisted plot with a bust-out verve that heralded both the end of traditional film noir and the start of a new, more aggressive style of cinema. Presented as it was released in 1955: in 35mm, courtesy of Park Circus
Cast: Ralph Meeker (Mike Hammer), Albert Dekker (Dr. Soberin), Paul Stewart (Carl Evello), Maxine Cooper (Velda), Gaby Rodgers (Lily Carver), Cloris Leachman (Christina Bailey), Juano Hernandez (Eddie Yeager), Wesley Addy (Lt. Pat Murphy), Jack Lambert (Sugar Smallhouse), Jack Elam (Charlie Max), Marian Carr (Friday)

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