CHICAGO DEADLINE
1949, Universal, 86 min, USA, Dir: Lewis Allen

Alan Ladd is a newspaper reporter obsessed with a young woman he finds dead in a cheap brothel. Connecting the dots all around Chicago, he cobbles together the sad history of a good girl (Donna Reed) gone wrong. Incredibly rare, not screened for decades before being resurrected by the Film Noir Foundation, the film makes excellent use of various Chicago locales (shot by the great John F. Seitz) to tell a tawdry, ink-stained variation of LAURA. Featuring a terrific supporting cast, including June Havoc, Irene Hervey, Arthur Kennedy and Berry Kroeger.


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).


WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
1951, Paramount, 83 min, USA, Dir: Rudolph Mate

Despite its age, WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE still remains far superior to all the other "giant-asteroid-on-a-collision-course-with-Earth" films that followed. Scientist Richard Derr tries to convince skeptical colleagues and world leaders about the Earth’s imminent demise. When they fail to listen, a dedicated band of pioneers constructs a Noah’s Ark-like rocket ship to save a few brave souls from annihilation. With Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen. Winner of the 1951 Special Effects Oscar - wait till you see the sinking of Manhattan!


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