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.


THE ACCUSED
1948, Paramount, 101 min, USA, Dir: William Dieterle

A spinsterish college professor (Loretta Young) finds herself in jeopardy after killing an amorous student in self-defense. As the noose tightens around her, both the victim’s guardian (Robert Cummings) and a dogged homicide detective (Wendell Corey) begin to fall for her - apparently being a killer makes her irresistible to men. The provocative script gives a decidedly feminine slant to a classic noir premise. Presented in a gorgeously restored print, giving new life to a neglected classic of the genre.


HELL’S HALF ACRE
1954, Paramount, 91 min, USA, Dir: John Auer

This wonderfully trashy Steve Fisher yarn concerns a woman (Evelyn Keyes) who heads to Hawaii in search of her husband (Wendell Corey), believed killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. Her only clue? A hit record with lyrics he’d written to her! Keyes is spunky and irresistible, as is Elsa Lanchester (as a gabby cabbie). The great Marie Windsor is the slatternly wife of a drunken sleaze (Jesse White). Filmed on location in Honolulu’s notorious red-light district. Don’t miss Tiki Noir on the big screen! Also starring Nancy Gates, Philip Ahn and Keye Luke.


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