THE FILE ON THELMA JORDON
1950, Paramount, 100 min, Dir: Robert Siodmak

Barbara Stanwyck is an ambiguous femme fatale who ensnares a lovelorn assistant D.A. (Wendell Corey) in a murder scheme. Ketti Frings’ screenplay imbues a traditional noir recipe with a genuine sense of longing and loss. This was Siodmak’s next-to-last film before abandoning Hollywood, and we’re thrilled to give it a rare theatrical screening. With Paul Kelly, Stanley Ridges, and Richard Rober.


OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS
1928, Warner Bros., 85 min, USA, Dir: Harry Beaumont

Joan Crawford shot to stardom as a good-hearted party girl vying for the affections of millionaire John Mack Brown while golddigging Anita Page lies in wait. Though it was produced at the very end of the silent era (and includes some music and sound effects), the 1920s roar throughout this drama, with flappers Crawford and Page looking their best thanks to George Barnes’ Oscar-nominated cinematography.


THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
1953, Paramount, 85 min, USA, Dir: Byron Haskin

Gene Barry and Ann Robinson battle invading Martian war machines in this still amazingly visceral, comic book-style feast of apocalyptic images – one of the defining sci-fi films of the 1950s. Produced by George Pal, based on the classic novel by H.G. Wells.


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