CALCUTTA
1947, Universal, 83 min, USA, Dir: John Farrow

Returned to the screen for the first time in decades, this long-lost noir stars real-life pals Alan Ladd and William Bendix as cargo pilots who seek revenge when their best buddy dies under suspicious circumstances. Gorgeous Gail Russell plays the dead man’s fiancée - but is she also the linchpin of an Asian smuggling ring? The sensational cinematography of John F. Seitz enhances the fantastic studio-bound exotica. One of the long-missing titles on the noir résumé of the great John Farrow (THE BIG CLOCK, ALIAS NICK BEAL).


7 MEN FROM NOW
1956, Batjac Prod., 78 min, USA, Dir: Budd Boetticher

The first of the Randolph Scott Westerns (and Budd Boetticher’s personal favorite of all his movies), the legendary 7 MEN FROM NOW was long thought to be a lost film – until it was restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, with the cooperation of producer John Wayne’s son, Michael. And what a rediscovery it is: Scott stars as a tight-lipped sheriff relentlessly hunting the men who killed his wife, while fending off distractions from lovely Gail Russell and loquacious bandito Lee Marvin.


NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES
1948, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: John Farrow

"This gift, which I never asked for and don’t understand, has brought me only unhappiness!" Edward G. Robinson gives a doom-laden performance as a bogus carnival "mentalist" who becomes cursed with the ability to see into the future. Now he foresees danger for his best friend's daughter. A flower crushed under foot, a sudden wind, the clock striking 11, the foot of a lion... what does it all mean? John Farrow, a director at his most stylish in noir terrain, adapts from the novel by master of suspense Cornell Woolrich (REAR WINDOW). Co-starring Gail Russell (THE UNINVITED) and John Lund (NO MAN OF HER OWN), and featuring gorgeous camerawork from John Seitz (DOUBLE INDEMNITY). "Attention residents of Westwood Village, there is a lion loose at Wilshire and Sepulveda!" NOT ON DVD!


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