CHICAGO DEADLINE
1949, Universal, 86 min, USA, Dir: Lewis Allen

Alan Ladd is a newspaper reporter obsessed with a young woman he finds dead in a cheap brothel. Connecting the dots all around Chicago, he cobbles together the sad history of a good girl (Donna Reed) gone wrong. Incredibly rare, not screened for decades before being resurrected by the Film Noir Foundation, the film makes excellent use of various Chicago locales (shot by the great John F. Seitz) to tell a tawdry, ink-stained variation of LAURA. Featuring a terrific supporting cast, including June Havoc, Irene Hervey, Arthur Kennedy and Berry Kroeger.


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!


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