THE ACCUSED
1948, Paramount, 101 min, USA, Dir: William Dieterle

A spinsterish college professor (Loretta Young) finds herself in jeopardy after killing an amorous student in self-defense. As the noose tightens around her, both the victim’s guardian (Robert Cummings) and a dogged homicide detective (Wendell Corey) begin to fall for her - apparently being a killer makes her irresistible to men. The provocative script gives a decidedly feminine slant to a classic noir premise. Presented in a gorgeously restored print, giving new life to a neglected classic of the genre.


BACKLASH
1947, 20th Century Fox, 66 min, USA, Dir: Eugene Forte

When a body is discovered in a burned-out car, the police have to ID the victim before they can hunt down the killer. This down-and-dirty B movie compresses a jailbreak, adultery and uxoricide into a breakneck story with a startling denouement. One of the best offerings from the redoubtable Sol Wetzel-helmed B unit at Fox. Starring Jean Rogers, Richard Travis, Larry J. Blake, John Eldredge and Robert Shayne. An ultra-rarity that can only be seen at NOIR CITY!


BEHIND GREEN LIGHTS
1946, 20th Century Fox, 64 min, USA, Dir: Otto Brower

Scott Darling and Charles G. Booth’s crackling script details political corruption in a Midwest city that has a mayoral candidate’s daughter (Carole Landis) involved in a murder, with a reticent police lieutenant (William Gargan) saddled with unraveling the mystery. This little-known gem is unavailable on DVD and hasn’t been theatrically screened in decades. Don’t miss it!


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