THE MIDNIGHT STORY
1957, Universal, 89 min, USA, Dir: Joe Pevney

A San Francisco motorcycle cop (Tony Curtis) becomes obsessed with solving the murder of his mentor, a popular North Beach priest. Not allowed to follow his suspicions, he chucks his badge and becomes an undercover vigilante. The prime suspect, a popular Italian patriarch (Gilbert Roland), ends up loving him like his own son. But is he guilty of murder? The San Francisco locations are accentuated by atmospheric black-and-white Cinemascope.


THE GLASS WEB
1953, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: Jack Arnold

Before emerging as one of the 1950s’ top sci-fi directors, Jack Arnold (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) turned his attention to film noir for this tense drama set in the then-new world of television. John Forsythe and Edward G. Robinson star as head writer and researcher, respectively, on a true-crime TV program. Both men are involved with femme fatale Kathleen Hughes; when she is murdered, the case is chosen for the season finale – but will the script reveal her real killer?


THE PETRIFIED FOREST
1936, Warner Bros., 83 min, USA, Dir: Archie Mayo

Based on the Robert E. Sherwood play, this hard-edged drama stars Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis and Leslie Howard as strangers whose lives collide with deadly results in a small desert town on the edge of Arizona’s petrified forest. Disillusioned British intellectual Alan Squier (Howard) meets young Gabby Maple (Davis), who sees him as her ticket to Paris and to her dreams. Squier hopes she succeeds but plans to leave alone - a plan that ends abruptly when gangster Duke Mantee (Bogart) takes them hostage.


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