White Heat

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

White Heat

1949 / Warner Bros.

James Cagney portrays an explsoive psychopath that only a mother could love in our presentation of Raoul Walsh's White Heat (1949), screening Thursday, Feburary 23rd at 7:30 PM on the big screen at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre.

As the trailer for the film proclaims, "It's your kind of Cagney, in his kind of story, blazing his way to the top of the world!" The quintessential gangster film, White Heat packs a train robbery, an extended prison sequence, and a payroll heist at an oil refinery into an action-packed 114 minutes, propelled by Cagney's electrifying performance. Southern California locations circa 1949 include the railroad tunnel in Chatsworth, Burbank's San Val Drive-in, and the Shell Oil refinery in Torrance.

James Cagney

Our cartoon for the evening: Big House Bunny

I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang, Brute Force, Cool Hand Luke, The Shawshank Redemption. In the annals of great prison pictures, no one has done it better than Friz Freleng directing Bugs Bunny in the 1950s Warner Bros. classic, Big House Bunny. If you think Strother Martin’s “failure to communicate” with Paul Newman was iconic, wait until you see Yosemite Sam's prison guard versus "Prisoner 3½" in this hare-raising tale of animated incarceration.

Big House Bunny

Plus, a Newsreel

Hearst Metrotone News - THE NEWS PARADE OF 1934 includes a segment entitled "The War on Crime," showing real-life tough guys paying their debt to society: John Dillinger, Public enemy No. 1 killed by Federal agents; Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly and forty others going to Alcatraz; Baby Face Nelson, Dillinger aide killed in Government’s relentless hunt.


The Big Sleep

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM

The type of man she hated... was the type she wanted!

The Big Sleep

1946 / Warner Bros.

Sparks fly between Bogart and Becall and memorable dialogue abounds in this much-admired film noir.