SATURDAY JANUARY 28 11:30 AM;
MONDAY, JANUARY 30 7 PM;
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 9 PM
“A tense, terrifying New York crime melodrama,
with an unusually authentic seamy atmosphere; the director, Henry Hathaway, brought his crew in from Hollywood and shot the entire film on location, in such places as a Harlem nightclub, a house in Queens, the Criminal Courts Building, the Tombs, Sing Sing. Victor Mature gives an unexpectedly subdued, convincing performance as a hoodlum convict who, for the sake of his children (their mother has committed suicide), agrees to work with the police as an informer. Richard Widmark, in his film début, created a sensation; he’s a giggling, sadistic gunman with homicidal mania in his voice, and when he grins his white teeth are more alarming than fangs…. In the nightclub sequence, it’s Jo Jones on drums.” (Pauline Kael)
1947 Dir. Henry Hathaway. 1.33:1 B&W DCP 99 min.