PLAYGIRL
1954, Universal, 85 min, Dir: Joseph Pevney

A New York chanteuse (Shelley Winters) tries to wise up her corn-fed friend (Coleen Miller) to the realities of city life but matters quickly spiral out of control. Shelley’s neighbor (Gregg Palmer) works for a scandal rag and her playboy friend (Richard Long) is little more than a pimp. Meanwhile, Winters warbles on the bandstand between trysts with her married boyfriend (Barry Sullivan). This lurid Joe Pevney-helmed melodrama has been vaulted for over half a century. Don’t miss its coming-out party!


CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS
1953, Paramount, 90 min, Dir: John H. Auer

Few things are as satisfying as a down-and-dirty crime noir filled with ingenious plot twists and bursting with eccentric characters in life-or-death struggles. For a brief, seedy moment in the ’50s, this wanton and wonderful world was the stamping ground of producer-director John H. Auer and writer Steve Fisher. Here they present a sordid tale of one night in the urban jungle, narrated by the city (Chicago) itself! A vivid cast of B-movie stalwarts (Gig Young, Mala Powers, Edward Arnold, William Talman, Marie Windsor) highlights the tale of a cop ensnared in the shady dealings of a slew of sinister suspects - including the tear-jerking Mechanical Man (Wally Cassell).


SHADOW ON THE WALL
1950, Warner Bros. , 84 min, Dir: Patrick Jackson

A young girl (Gigi Perreau) witnesses the murder of her stepmother, but represses all memory of it. Her father is charged and faces the hot seat. Her doctor tries to coax out the truth. The culprit wants to wipe out her memory forever. A stunning character shift for Ann Sothern, beloved star of MGM’s popular MAISIE film series, highlights this suspenseful adaptation of “Death in the Doll’s House.” British documentarian Pat Jackson was clearly liberated by noir’s expressionistic flourishes, concocting an overlooked gem. Co-starring Zachary Scott, Nancy (Davis) Reagan and Kristine Miller.


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