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Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Greg Proops Film Club

GUN CRAZY, 1950, Warner Bros. 86 min. Dir. Joseph H. Lewis.

Deadly is the Female - Her Violent Loves! Her Vicious Crimes! Her Wild Escapes!

In the sexiest, most percussive caper film of all time, the recently departed Peggy Cummins plays sharpshooting criminal Annie Laurie - she puts the Fatale in femme fatale. She is fatally devoted to hot gunslinger Bart, played by the tall, sensitive John Dall (from Hitchcock’s ROPE). He is a reform school, ex-army guy adrift in boring America; she is a sideshow Annie Oakley who evidently killed a guy in St. Louis. It's the most memorable meeting in film noir as he eagerly volunteers to have a crown of matches lit on his head by her steady-shooting hand:

Laurie: How about the crowns? Would you like to light the matches?
Bart: Would you?
Laurie: Almost killed a man once. Shot a little too low.
Bart: So did I.

Then starts their propulsive, romantic crime spree; Bart always concerned that they are doing wrong and Laurie always wanting more. This movie was stylishly shot in glorious black and white in a month for no money and written by Dalton Trumbo while he faced a federal rap in the Commie witch hunt. Come for the cowboy outfits and sunglasses and topcoats and berets. Stay for the most bravura improvised, hand-held, shot from the backseat of a Cadillac bank robbery of all time. BONNIE AND CLYDE aspires to be this picture. It ain’t. Love, sex, justice, violence and devotion get the once over in a square white people world full of great sportswear and big cars. And guns. This movie satisfies like few others. Bring a date and be prepared to go on the lam.

Program begins with a live podcast by comedian Greg Proops. Feature starts at 8:00 PM.
Screening format: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Wed, Feb 21, 2018 • 7:30pm

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