THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 84 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

1930s matinee idol Jeff Daniels walks down off the movie screen into sweet, adoring fan Mia Farrow’s life in this bittersweet comic fantasy. With Dianne Wiest, Danny Aiello, Van Johnson, Milo O’Shea, Edward Herrmann.


THE PRICE OF POWER
IL PREZZO DEL POTERE
1969, 108 min, Italy, Dir: Tonino Valerii

In Dallas, as a liberal, anti-racist president cavalcades through the town, violence breaks out, with an alleged assassin shot down during a prison transfer. 1963? JFK? No, it’s 1881 and Van Johnson’s President Garfield, with Fernando Rey leading the conspirators. In Italian with English subtitles. Not available on DVD.


SCENE OF THE CRIME
1949, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Roy Rowland

Van Johnson plays a dogged flatfoot determined to solve the murder of his partner, who may have been taking payoffs from local bookies. Nice noir touches enliven this early police procedural, and Norman Lloyd and Gloria De Haven are sensational in supporting turns. Charles Schnee’s script offers plenty of juicy bit parts for a cast of noir favorites, including costar Arlene Dahl. Directed by Roy Rowland. NOT ON DVD


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