REPEAT PERFORMANCE
1947, Film Noir Foundation, 91 min, USA, Dir: Alfred L. Werker

Consider it the noir version of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Broadway actress Sheila Page (Joan Leslie) rings in the New Year by shooting her husband to death. She blurts out a confession to her friend, poet William Williams (Richard Basehart), but as she leads him to the crime scene ... the preceding year begins again! Will Sheila be able to correct what went so dreadfully wrong, or will Fate demand a ... REPEAT PERFORMANCE? Back-stabbing backstage melodrama crossed with “The Twilight Zone.” NOT ON DVD!


HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN
1944, Warner Bros., 124 min, USA, Dir: Delmer Daves

Some of Warners’ biggest stars turn out to do their part for the war effort in this delightful romantic comedy inspired by the nightspot created to entertain servicemen during WWII. Robert Hutton plays a GI on leave in L.A. for a week with a fellow soldier; when he becomes the club’s millionth customer, he wins a date with the actress of his dreams, Joan Leslie. The Andrews Sisters, Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra and Roy Rogers (with Trigger in tow) are among the musical performers, Jack Benny, Joe E. Brown and Eddie Cantor supply comic relief, and an army of movie greats like Bette Davis and John Garfield (who together founded the real-life Hollywood Canteen) play themselves. They really don’t make ‘em like this anymore!


HIGH SIERRA
1941, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Raoul Walsh

Script by John Huston and W.R. Burnett, from Burnett’s novel. The quintessential gangster romance, from the pen of one of America’s most important crime writers. Humphrey Bogart plays Mad Dog Earle, an outlaw looking for one last score, sidetracked by love, hounded by inescapable fate. With the incomparable Ida Lupino and Joan Leslie, both taking excellently to Walsh’s rugged and fast-paced direction. Remade twice, as COLORADO TERRITORY and I DIED A THOUSAND TIMES.


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