JEWEL ROBBERY
1932, Warner Bros., 68 min, USA, Dir: William Dieterle

William Powell (THE THIN MAN films) stars as a debonair thief who steals both gems and hearts in this romantic crime comedy based on the play "Ekszerrablás a Váci-uccában" by Ladislas Fodor. Bored Baroness Teri von Horhenfels (Kay Francis) is on the prowl for a new lover when she witnesses a jewelry store robbery and decides the head of the gang (Powell) will be her next prey. She casts aside her current amour, but her husband (Henry Kolker) will not surrender so easily: He dedicates himself to putting The Robber behind bars.


THE TURNING POINT
1952, Paramount, 85 min, USA, Dir: William Dieterle

Prosecutor Edmond O’Brien leads a government probe into a crime syndicate headed by sinister Ed Begley, but he’s hamstrung by pervasive political corruption. Crusading reporter William Holden agrees to assist - while he and O’Brien vie for the attention of a loyal Alexis Smith. The hard-edged script (based on an unpublished novel by Horace McCoy) is a real-life lift from the Kefauver Committee’s exposé of organized crime on the national level. Bunker Hill, Angel’s Flight and Olympic Auditorium all accentuate the period realism. Co-starring Tom Tully, Ted de Corsia and Ray Teal. Presented in a new digital restoration by Paramount Pictures, created specifically for NOIR CITY!


DARK CITY (1950)
1950, Paramount, 98 min, USA, Dir: William Dieterle

The murder of a fellow grifter following a fixed poker game leads a small-time gambler (Charlton Heston, in his feature debut) to track down a psychopathic killer bent on revenge. The complex tale, ranging from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, is evocatively directed by William Dieterle (PORTRAIT OF JENNIE, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME) and features film noir’s favorite throaty thrush, lovely Lizabeth Scott. Co-starring Viveca Lindfors, Dean Jagger, Don Defore, Ed Begley and Harry Morgan.


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