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 The hard-edged script (based on an unpublished novel by Horace McCoy) is a real-life lift from the Kefauver Committee’s exposé of organized crime on the national level.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!


DRAGNET
1954, Universal, 88 min, USA, Dir: Jack Webb

This feature-length expansion of the hit TV series has taciturn Sgt. Joe Friday (Webb) and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) investigating the murder of an organized-crime bookie. Webb gets tougher-than-TV in his often brutal pursuit, backstopped by Capt. James Hamilton (Richard Boone) and undercover policewoman Grace Downey (Ann Robinson). A no-holds-barred version of the famed TV series, this is a rarely screened melding of mid-20th-century American history and vintage pop culture.


ARMORED CAR ROBBERY
1950, Warner Bros., 67 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

The ultimate B-movie caper, helmed by the late, great friend of the American Cinematheque, Richard Fleischer (THE NARROW MARGIN). The toughest mug in noir, Charles McGraw, plays the prototypical L.A. robbery-homicide dick matched against goggle-eyed heavy William Talman in the film noir equivalent of King Kong vs. Godzilla! With sultry Adele Jergens as a duplicitous burlesque queen, strutting her stuff through gritty downtown L.A. locations.


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