THE TURNING POINT
1952, Paramount, 85 min, USA, Dir: William Dieterle

Prosecutor Edmond O’Brien leads a government probe into a crime syndicate headed by sinister Ed Begley, but he’s hamstrung by pervasive political corruption. Crusading reporter William Holden agrees to assist - while he and O’Brien vie for the attention of a loyal Alexis Smith. The hard-edged script (based on an unpublished novel by Horace McCoy) is a real-life lift from the Kefauver Committee’s exposé of organized crime on the national level. Bunker Hill, Angel’s Flight and Olympic Auditorium all accentuate the period realism. Co-starring Tom Tully, Ted de Corsia and Ray Teal. Presented in a new digital restoration by Paramount Pictures, created specifically for NOIR CITY!


THE SLEEPING TIGER
1954, Astor Pictures, 89 min, Dir: Joseph Losey

Psychologist Clive Esmond (Alexander Knox) boards a criminal youth (Dirk Bogarde) in his home, in order to test his methods of behavior modification through psychoanalysis. Just wait until the doctor’s wife (Alexis Smith) gets her hands on the young stud. Losey’s first British-made film is an early example of what would become his métier - characters engaged in wicked sex and class warfare.


THE TWO MRS. CARROLLS
1947, Warner Bros., 99 min, USA, Dir: Peter Godfrey

Humphrey Bogart gives one of his strongest - if barely known - performances as a mentally disturbed painter whose second wife (sensational Barbara Stanwyck) gradually realizes her husband’s preferred medium is… murder! Released at the height of public fascination with the Bogart-Bacall romance, the film flopped and has rarely been revived in recent decades. Here’s a chance to see Bogart at his most deliciously villainous, opposite one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history, and a wicked and witty Alexis Smith. “You’ll see the tensest star-teaming in years! You’ll see excitement to keep your pulse jiggling!”


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