THEY WON’T BELIEVE ME
1947, RKO [Warner Bros.], 95 min, USA, Dir: Irving Pichel

Robert Young is brilliantly cast against type as a married Lothario whose sexual antics lead to tragedy. Director Irving Pichel elicits superb, nuanced performances from Susan Hayward (his latest lover), Jane Greer (his former lover) and Rita Johnson (his beleaguered wife), all full-blooded characters in Jonathan Latimer’s sharp-edged screenplay. Produced by Hitchcock protégé Joan Harrison, this sophisticated “adult” film is one of the most unjustly obscure titles of the original noir era. “When a man goes to the devil he usually takes a woman with him… this man took three!” Not on DVD!


KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE
1950, Warner Bros., 102 min, USA, Dir: Gordon Douglas

While not as famous as Jimmy Cagney’s huge hit WHITE HEAT (made the previous year), this brutal, hard-as-nails adaptation of Horace McCoy’s superb novel is one of the best crime films of the noir era. A handful of battered survivors recount in court the violent saga of criminal Ralph Cotter, from his prison breakout to his fateful double-dealings with women (Barbara Payton and Helena Carter, both terrific). Tremendously tough direction by Gordon Douglas, featuring an amazing crew of noir tough guys. “The whole blistering story of the crimson-stained career of Ralph Cotter, thug with a heart… of ice!” Not on DVD!


SHOW GIRL IN HOLLYWOOD
1930, Warner Bros., 80 min, USA, Dir: Mervyn LeRoy

Alice White stars as "Dizzy" Dixie, a Broadway understudy who is lured out to Hollywood when a smooth-talking director promises her fame and fortune. But when Dixie, against the odds of the crummy empty promise that brought her to Hollywood, actually starts to get starring roles in the movies, her ego soars along with her paycheck. Featuring brilliant Technicolor musical sequences! With cameos by Al Jolson and Loretta Young.


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