THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF
1951, 81 min, USA, Dir: Felix Feist

A veteran San Francisco homicide cop (Lee J. Cobb) spirals into a moral morass when his married socialite lover (Jane Wyatt, in a rare fatale role) “accidentally” bumps off her husband. Instead of playing it by the book (would that be noir?), he covers up the crime, only to have his younger brother (John Dall) - himself a fledgling homicide dick - start putting together the pieces. This James M. Cain-inspired thriller gets maximum impact out of its San Francisco locations, including a memorable climax at Fort Point.


GUN CRAZY
1950, Warner Bros., 86 min, USA, Dir: Joseph H. Lewis

A young man (John Dall) infatuated with firearms gets in way over his head when he falls for a reckless woman (Peggy Cummins) with a craving for armed robbery. Arguably the most hyper-charged, adrenaline-fueled B-movie of all time. Keep your eye out for a shot south down Las Palmas Avenue where you can see the newstand and the church that still stand there today!


ROPE
1948, Universal, 80 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

This startling Alfred Hitchcock film was doubly daring for 1948: First, it risked depicting the Leopold & Loeb-like tale of homosexual lovers committing murder solely for the thrill. If that wasn’t enough, it told the tale in a series of long, 10-minute takes, unlike anything any director had previously attempted. Having passed over the heads of most audiences when originally released, the film is a revelation by today’s standards. With James Stewart, Farley Granger and John Dall (GUN CRAZY).


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