Saturday, July 26, 2014 - one show only at 7:30 PM
A Car-Crazy Film Noir Double Feature!
Chrome-Plated Crime: Gun Crazy & The Lineup
1950/United Artists; 1958/Columbia Pictures
In Gun Crazy, John Dall succumbs to the charms of Peggy Cumminsí carnival sharpshooter femme fatale. His infatuation steers them down a one-way street to auto theft, armed robbery and murder. One of the essential films noir, it is notable for an extended bank robbery scene photographed from the back seat of the getaway car, filmed on Montrose locations.
In The Lineup, chrome-plated behemoths cruise the mean streets of 1958 San Francisco in search of prey. The cops are on the trail of a maniacal Eli Wallach and his gang; the gang is in pursuit of unsuspecting tourists returning from vacation, unknowingly carrying heroin hidden in their luggage. The high-speed car chase is a precursor to a more famous one featured ten years later in Bullitt. Director Don Siegel employs extensive location work to bring a gritty realism to the narrative; he would return with another case of a cop chasing a psychopath in 1971 with Dirty Harry.
The program will be introduced by Alan K. Rode, who is well-known to those who frequent the annual Noir City film festival at the American Cinematheque. Mr. Rode is the author of Charles McGraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy, and a soon-to-be-published biography of Michael Curtiz. He is a director of the Film Noir Foundation, and producer of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, which is held each May in Palm Springs.
As always, the program will start with a cartoon. In Bugsy and Mugsy, Bugs Bunny teaches gangsters Rocky and Mugsy that crime doesn't pay.
Cruise Night returns to Downtown Glendale - Saturday, July 19th
Cruise Night returns for its 21st annual edition - from 5:30 to 10:30 PM on Brand Boulevard. The event is free for all ages, with 400 pre-1979 cars on display. Live entertainment includes Beatles tribute band Abbey Road at 6:30 PM, followed by the legendary Kingsmen at 9:00 PM, capped by fireworks at the end of the program. Entertainment is at the intersection of Brand and Milford.