THE BLUE DAHLIA
1946, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: George Marshall

Hard-luck WWII vet Alan Ladd returns to Los Angeles only to become the prime suspect in the murder of his two-timing wife (Doris Dowling). Fortunately, plucky Veronica Lake is around to help him navigate the twists and turns of Raymond Chandler’s Oscar-nominated screenplay. Ladd is accompanied by his faithful dogface pal William Bendix and a pre-Ward Cleaver Hugh Beaumont. An exquisite time capsule of 1940s L.A. hardboiled style, featuring the impeccable wardrobe stylings of Edith Head. Script by Raymond Chandler.


CALCUTTA
1947, Universal, 83 min, USA, Dir: John Farrow

Returned to the screen for the first time in decades, this long-lost noir stars real-life pals Alan Ladd and William Bendix as cargo pilots who seek revenge when their best buddy dies under suspicious circumstances. Gorgeous Gail Russell plays the dead man’s fiancée - but is she also the linchpin of an Asian smuggling ring? The sensational cinematography of John F. Seitz enhances the fantastic studio-bound exotica. One of the long-missing titles on the noir résumé of the great John Farrow (THE BIG CLOCK, ALIAS NICK BEAL).


DETECTIVE STORY
1951, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: William Wyler

Eleanor Parker’s second Best Actress nomination in as many years is a memorable turn as the unfortunate wife of tormented NYPD detective Kirk Douglas in a splendid screen adaptation of Sidney Kingsley’s hit play. Powerfully helmed by William Wyler and nominated for four Academy Awards. Co-starring William Bendix, Lee Grant, George Macready, Cathy O’Donnell, Horace McMahon, Gladys George, Joseph Wiseman, Gerald Mohr and Frank Faylen.


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