NIGHT AND THE CITY
1950, 20th Century Fox, 96 min, UK/USA, Dir: Jules Dassin

One of the most baroque and bleak film noirs of them all, its greatness - besides Richard Widmark's devastating portrayal of the maniacal, pathetic con man and small-time promoter Harry Fabian - is its stubborn refusal to allow even the tiniest ray of light into Harry's headlong descent into hell. Featuring an unforgettable supporting rogue's gallery, including Googie Withers, Herbert Lom, Francis L. Sullivan, Mike Mazurki, Stanislaus Zbyszko - and the gorgeous Gene Tierney (LAURA). With a screenplay by Jo Eisinger from the novel by Gerald Kersh.


IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY
1947, Rialto, 92 min, UK, Dir: Robert Hamer

A former barmaid, now the harried matriarch of a family in impoverished Bethnal Green, jeopardizes everything when she shelters the escaped fugitive who was once her lover. A slice-of-life noir and prototype of British “kitchen sink” drama. Googie Withers stars.


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