LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN
1946, 20th Century Fox, 111 min, USA, Dir: John Stahl

Exhibit A in the argument that film noir isn't always black-and-white. Don't let the stunningly lush Technicolor fool you - this big-budget soap opera has the blackest of hearts and is as perverse and malignant as it got in the ’40s. Novelist Cornel Wilde falls for gorgeous Gene Tierney but has no idea of the darkness lurking behind those emerald eyes. A rare chance to see Leon Shamroy's Oscar-winning cinematography on the big screen.


ROAD HOUSE
1948, 20th Century Fox, 95 min, USA, Dir: Jean Negulesco

A star-powered faceoff between two film noir legends! Sparks fly when sassy Ida Lupino takes a job crooning in psychotic Richard Widmark's rural roadhouse. When she throws him over for his boyhood chum (Cornel Wilde), things really heat up. Ida sings the classics "One for My Baby" and "Again."


A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS
1945, Sony Repertory, 93 min, USA, Dir: Alfred E. Green

Cornel Wilde plays Aladdin in this gleeful riff on the "Arabian Nights" tale, and Phil Silvers is his wisecracking sidekick. When Aladdin finds his legendary magic lamp, he summons genie Babs (Evelyn Keyes) to help him with his love life. Unfortunately, Babs has designs of her own on Aladdin and decides to do everything in her power to thwart him on his romantic quest.


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