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

A young man (John Dall) infatuated with firearms gets in over his head when he falls for a reckless carnival sharpshooter (Peggy Cummins) with a craving for armed robbery. Arguably the most hyper-charged, adrenaline-fueled B-movie of all time, the film has had a profound impact on several generations of filmmakers, from Jean-Luc Godard to Arthur Penn to Quentin Tarantino. Keep your eye out for a shot south down Las Palmas Avenue where you can see the newsstand and the church that still stand there today!


MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS
1945, Sony Repertory, 65 min, USA, Dir: Joseph H. Lewis

Unemployed Julia (Nina Foch) gets a dream job working for a wealthy widower, only to awaken in a nightmare - married to a man with a scheming mother-in-law (George Macready and Dame May Whitty), neither of whom she’s ever seen before! Director Joseph H. Lewis (GUN CRAZY, THE BIG COMBO) made his mark in Hollywood with this incredibly tense and well-acted mystery thriller, one of the best B films of the era. “She went to sleep as a secretary… and woke up as a madman’s bride!”


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