FLY-BY-NIGHT
1942, Universal, 74 min, USA, Dir: Robert Siodmak

Don’t miss this little-seen gem, one of the first Hollywood efforts of noir maestro Robert Siodmak. Shifting with Hitchcockian aplomb between suggestive light comedy and thickly shadowed suspense, Siodmak stuffs two features’ worth of stylish set pieces into a sprightly running time, making this as good as wartime B picture as anything produced in the era. Richard Carlson’s and Nancy Kelly’s romance-on-the-run chemistry, laced with witty innuendo (and plenty of Kelly’s fine gams) is reminiscent of Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll in THE 39 STEPS. Great fun, and surprisingly sexy for its time.


THE MAZE
1953, Kino Lorber, 80 min, USA, Dir: William Cameron Menzies

Gerald MacTeam (Richard Carlson) abruptly breaks off his engagement to pretty Kitty Murray (Veronica Hurst) after receiving word that his uncle has died and left him a mysterious castle in the Scottish highlands. When Kitty travels with her aunt to the castle, she’s shocked to discover that Gerald has aged and changed his manners; the events that follow in the castle and its hedge maze are even more mysterious. Art director extraordinaire William Cameron Menzies’ (INVADERS FROM MARS, THINGS TO COME) atmospheric horror film is one of the most fascinating 3-D films ever made. Do NOT reveal the surprising climax to your friends! Digitally restored from the original left and right eye camera negatives by Paramount Pictures Archive in association with The Film Foundation, with a special thanks to Martin Scorsese. Scanned in 4K at Pro-Tek with 3-D alignment process and restoration by 3-D Film Archive.


THE VALLEY OF GWANGI
1969, Warner Bros., 96 min, USA, Dir: James O’Connolly

One of Ray Harryhausen’s most rarely screened gems, GWANGI stars James Franciscus as a brash young cowboy who stumbles across a hidden valley teaming with prehistoric life. Trouble ensues when Franciscus captures one of the lost dinosaurs and tries to exhibit it in a traveling circus. Co-starring Richard Carlson, Gila Golan, Laurence Naismith.


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