Current & Upcoming Films
I WAKE UP DREAMING 2013
I Wake Up Dreaming 2013:
99 44/100% NOIR
Friday, May 10 - Thursday, May 23
Another barrier-busting barrage of Hollywood hokum, film noir style! This season's marathon features an astonishing THIRTY films, bona fide classics as well as the customary overflow of ridiculously rare rediscoveries that have come to brand the Roxie as San Francisco's premiere showcase for film noir!
Hardcore favorites like I WAKE UP SCREAMING, CRISS CROSS, and SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS will share the screen this spring with exciting re-discoveries and noir hybrids like BLUES IN THE NIGHT, THE MONSTER AND THE GIRL, UNDER AGE, ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, NIGHTMARE, and JOHNNY O'CLOCK as well as tributes to Cornell Woolrich, Joan Crawford, Beverly Michaels, George Sanders, Arch Oboler and much, much more!
Programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.
Friday, May 10
BLUES IN THE NIGHT
Hollywood's great noir musical -- a deep-dish epic of love, death, and passion -- brilliantly conceived and stunningly rendered. An on-the-bum jazz band jams its way to fame and fortune while sidestepping the temptations of the high life and the murderous machinations of a desperate gangster. The film's full-bodied expressionistic photography and the pulsating music of the Jimmie Lunceford and Will Osborne orchestras mark this as a major rediscovery! The once-in-a-lifetime cast includes: Priscilla Lane, Richard Whorf, Betty Field, Jack Carson, Lloyd Nolan, Wallace Ford, Elia Kazan, Billy Halop, and Howard DaSilva. Photographed by Ernest Haller. Written by Robert Rossen. Directed by Anatole Litvak. In B&W. DIGITAL. 88 mins. 1941. FRI at 8:00 only!
I WAKE UP SCREAMING
Exciting, trend-setting early noir from pulp writer Steve Fisher! Frankie Christopher, a fast-talking Broadway promoter, becomes the prime suspect when the beautiful girl he's been putting over turns up murdered. Inspector Cornell (!!), a darkly obsessed detective is determined to put Frankie in the electric chair! Will the dead girl's sister help clear him -- or put him right in the hot spot? See this 4 star classic on the big screen! Starring Victor Mature, Betty Grable, Carole Landis, Laird Cregar, Elisha Cook, Jr. Photographed by Edward Cronjager. Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone. In B&W. 35mm Studio Archive Print. 82 mins. 1941. FRI at 6:15 and 9:45.
Saturday, May 11
A mind-bending triple-feature of Noir Rediscoveries!
A key noir film, conspicuously absent from the home video market and it's anybody's guess why. The souped-up erotica of Robert Rossen's directorial debut distinguishes itself mightily as glib casino operator Johnny juggles murder, a curious cop, a pair of winsome women, and a strangely edgy man-pal with equal aplomb. Subtexts abound in a dazzling exercise in mood and style. Starring Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, Lee J. Cobb, Ellen Drew, Thomas Gomez, Nina Foch, and John Kellogg. Photographed by Burnett Guffey. Written and directed by Robert Rossen. In B&W. 35mm Studio Archive Print. 85 mins. 1947. SAT at 3:15 and 8:00.
THE MONSTER AND THE GIRL
A young girl comes to the big city and is soon pulled into the sordid world of prostitution by a pack of venal gangsters. After they frame her brother for murder, things take an abrupt detour to Bizarro Land. Legendary and long thought lost, this outrageous B film pushes the boundaries of noir almost to the limit; a mind-boggling hybrid of hard-boiled noir and classic Hollywood horror. it is an absolute MUST-SEE on the big screen. Starring Ellen Drew, Robert Paige, Paul Lukas, Joseph Calleia, George Zucco, Rod Cameron, Philip Terry, Marc Lawrence, and Gerald Mohr. Photographed by Victor Milner. Directed by Stuart Heisler. In B&W. ARCHIVE DIGITAL. 65 mins. 1941. SAT at 5:00 and 9:45.
Another unbelievably RARE and sensational early noir, a shocking expose of the insidious racketeers and pimps who prey on young girls who are in desperate need of food and money. Jane and her kid sister Edie are the latest victims of this scandalous societal disgrace, but this time the tables will be turned! Wild and totally provocative, this is one B film that truly delivers the goods! Unforgettable! Starring Nan Grey, Alan Baxter, Tom Neal, and Mary Anderson. Photographed by John Stumar. Directed by Edward Dmytryk. In B&W. 35mm Studio Archive Print! 59 mins. 1941. SAT at 2:00 and 6:30.
Sunday, May 12
Woolrich X 3: A Trio of dark and dangerous films from the literary Godfather of Film Noir.
NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES
When a carnival clairvoyant comes to finally believe that he actually does have the ability to foresee the future, he withdraws from society rather than live with the fear and pain of having his often terrifying predictions come true. But when a beautiful young woman from his mysterious past re-appears, it sets off a fateful chain of events that will forever alter the course of their lives. Starring Edward G. Robinson, Gail Russell, John Lund, Virginia Bruce, and William Demarest. Photographed by John Seitz. Directed by John Farrow. In B&W. 35 mm Studio Archive Print. 81 mins. 1948. SUN at 2:50 and 7:45.
While a man sits on death row for the murder of his blackmailing mistress, his blindly faithful wife leads a desperate chase in the night for the truth. That journey proves to be unexpectedly tragic. One of the author's most popular and powerful books, offering a story as dark and dissolute as his own forlorn life. Starring Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford, Constance Dowling, and Wally Ford. Photographed by Paul Ivano. Directed by Roy William Neill. In B&W. 35mm Studio Archive Print. 80 mins. 1946. SUN at 4:30 and 9:30.
A dazed young man, ripped on cocaine and covered in blood, is picked up one night by the cops. With his memory severely impaired, he's having a tough time accounting for the brutally murdered girl discovered in the apartment he lasts remembers being in. A supremely RARE and wonderful poverty row B noir, making its first appearance at the Roxie! Starring Leo Penn, Robert Armstrong, Teala Loring, Elisha Cook, Jr. Photographed by Mack Stengler. Directed by Reginald Le Borg. In B&W. 16mm film print. 64 mins. 1947. SUN at 1:30 and 6:15.
Monday, May 13
ISLAND OF DOOMED MEN
Bad enough that Stephen Danel, the brutally sadistic owner of a remote prison island, beats and humiliates his beautiful young wife--he's also torturing his convict captives and using them for slave labor! An special agent is sent there to uncover the dirt and blow the lid off the whole corrupt mess. Mesmerizingly lurid, an over the top early noir with the legendary star at his most demented best. Starring Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson, Robert Wilcox, and Charles Middleton. Photographed by Benjamin Kline. Directed by Charles Barton. In B&W. 35mm Studio Archive Print! 68 mins. 1940. MON at 8:00 only!
A cross-section of humanity (poverty row style) congregates at Club Havana, a Miami nightclub where murder makes a most unwelcome appearance. Grand Hotel on a minimalist budget and a sense of fatalism that larger films were somehow less capable of achieving. RARE and amazingly essential. Starring Tom Neal, Margaret Lindsay, Mark Lawrence, Donald Douglas. Photographed by Benjamin Kline and (uncredited) Eugen Schufftan. Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. In B&W. 16mm film print. 62 mins. 1945. MON at 6:40 and 9:30.
Tuesday, May 14
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
"Gloves" Donahue, a certain charming Runyon-esque Broadway gambler and his somewhat dubious underworld cronies, mix it up with Nazi spies smack dab in the middle of Manhattan! With tongue firmly planted in cheek, this darkly comic wartime melodrama manages to elicit equal measures of thrills and laughs. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Kaaren Verne, Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt, Judith Anderson, William Demarest, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers, and Barton MacLane. Photographed by Sid Hickox. Directed by Vincent Sherman. In B&W. DIGITAL. 107 mins. 1942. TUES at 8:00 only!
In wartime London, an American reporter comes to the aid of a beautiful young woman who may or may not have murdered her husband. An extremely RARE film, bristling with intrigue and steeped in shadowy romance, it's long overdue for a Roxie revival. Starring Diana Barrymore, Brian Donlevy, and Henry Daniell. Photographed by George Barnes. Directed by Tim Whelan. In B&W. 35mm Studio Archive Print. 81 mins. 1942. TUES at 6:15 and 9:50.
Wednesday, May 15
Discover the Weird World of Arch Oboler!
After a nuclear holocaust reduces the world to a cinder, the last five people remaining manage to find one another. But the road to a renewed civilization is often paved with very bad intentions. One of the most starkly bleak films of the 1950s, a cautionary tale to end them all. This rarely screened gem will haunt your dreams. Starring William Phipps, Susan Douglas, James Anderson, Charles Lampkin, and Earl Lee. Photographed by Sid Lubow and Louis Clyde Stoumen. Written and directed by Arch Oboler. In B&W. 35mm Studio Archive Print. 90 mins. 1951. WED at 8:00 only!
A beautiful young woman sits on death row, accused of the cold-blooded murder of her fiancé. But what about the strange voices she hears in her head? Is it possible that there are actually two different women living inside her body? A renowned psychiatrist tries desperately to unravel the psychological terrors locked away inside her mind before the clock in the death house tolls. A gripping, atmospheric B noir as rare as it is sublime. Starring Phyllis Thaxter, Edmund Gwenn, and Henry Daniels. Photographed by Charles Salerno, Jr. Written and directed by Arch Oboler. In B&W. Archive Digital. 65 mins. 1945. WED at 6:30 and 9:45.
Thursday, May 16
A rotten to the core photographer will stop at nothing in order to get the lurid, sensational picture he wants, often at the expense of the picture's subject. Rarely has the lead character in a film been more unsympathetically portrayed than in this wildly under-appreciated, completely cynical gem. Brilliant on many levels and NOT available on DVD. Starring Howard Duff, Brian Donlevy, Peggy Dow, Lawrence Tierney, Bruce Bennett. Photographed by Irving Glassberg. Directed by Joseph Pevney. In B&W. 35mm Studio Print. 80 mins. 1950. THURS at 8:00 only!
Tough, low-budget noir with a highly intricate plot: an ex-con, trying to go straight, is framed for the murder of a notorious crime boss. When he goes on the lam in an effort to clear himself, his problems only begin to escalate. A rarely screened noir from an acknowledged master of the form. Starring Scott Brady, John Russell, Dorothy Hart, and Peggy Dow. Photographed by Irving Glassberg. Directed by William Castle. In B&W. 35mm Studio Print. 71 mins. 1949. THURS at 6:30 and 9:40.
Friday, May 17
A Roxie Tribute to Beverly Michaels!!
A blonde floozy drifts into town and lands a job as a waitress in a broken-down bar. She sets her sights on the owner of the bar and soon a hair-brained scheme to knock off his alcoholic wife is hatched. Complications arise when her repulsively lecherous neighbor learns of the plot. One of Hollywood's great (but rarely seen) sleaze classics, a mind-warping experience! Starring Beverly Michaels, Richard Egan, and Percy Helton. Photographed by Edward Fitzgerald. Directed by Russell Rouse. In B&W. 35mm Studio Print. 77 mins. 1953. FRI at 8:00 only!
Beyond lurid, this notorious low-budget head-scratcher tempts us with the premise of a dotty, neurotic widower (with a sizable wad of cash) being subjected to the venomous wiles of a heartless gold-digger. Deliriously lowbrow in the best possible sense, this tawdry film will baffle and delight anyone with a thirst for down and dirty noir and a healthy sense of humor. Starring Beverly Michaels, Hugo Haas, and Allan Nixon. Photographed by Paul Ivano. Written and directed by Hugo Haas. In B&W. 35mm Studio Print. 78 mins. 1951. FRI at 6:15 and 9:45.
Saturday, May 18
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
Sidney Falco, an unctuous Broadway press agent butts heads with J. J. Hunsecker, New York's most influential and vicious newspaper columnist. It seems that poor Falco was assigned the task of breaking up the romance between Hunsecker's neurotic young sister and a loose cannon jazz musician. Hunsecker doesn't seem to be pleased with Falco's lack of progress. An unforgettable panorama of late night manners and morals. Starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, and Barbara Nichols. Featuring the music of the Chico Hamilton Quintet. Photographed by James Wong Howe. Written by Ernest Lehman and Clifford Odets. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. In B&W. 35mm Studio Print. 96 mins. 1957. SAT at 3:30 and 7:30.
ALL NIGHT LONG
Aurelius Rex, a brilliant black orchestra leader comes to believe his beautiful white wife is having a steamy affair with another musician, an idea put in his head by the conniving drummer in his band. A stunning, modern retelling of Shakespeare's OTHELLO which will completely catch you off guard. A total classic. On-screen jazz performances by Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus, and Johnny Dankworth (as themselves) and a fair amount of marijuana inhalation all contribute to an uncommonly noir palette. Starring Patrick McGoohan, Marti Stevens, Keith Mitchell, Paul Harris, and Betsy Blair. Photographed by Edward Scaife. Directed by Basil Dearden. In B&W. Archive Digital. 91 mins. 1961. SAT at 1:30, 5:30, and 9:30.
Sunday, May 19
Millicent Wetherby is a lonely and love-starved middle-aged woman whose life is turned upside down when Burt, a handsome, charismatic younger man enters her world. Their whirlwind courtship and resulting marriage cause certain nasty rumors to surface. Like maybe Burt is a deranged maniac, capable of anything horrible. Things really get interesting when a woman claiming to be Burt's first wife shows up. A hot noir melodrama! Starring Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson, Vera Miles, Lorne Greene, and Ruth Donnelly. Photographed by Charles Lang. Directed by Robert Aldrich. In B&W. 35mm Studio Print. 107 mins. 1956. SUN at 3:15 and 7:30.
FEMALE ON THE BEACH
After moving into a funky but fashionable beach house, Lynn Markham, an uptight middle-aged widow, becomes romantically entangled with Drumm Hall, a mysterious local beach bum. Does the shadowy Mr. Hall have anything to do with the death of the beach house's former tenant, Eloise Crandall, who fell to her death from a nearby cliff? A jaw-droppingly amazing film, alternately pungent and hilarious. Starring Joan Crawford, Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling, Cecil Kellaway, Judith Evelyn, and Natalie Schafer. Photographed by Charles Lang. Directed by Joseph Pevney. In B&W. 35mm Studio Print. 97 mins. 1955. SUN at 1:15, 5:30 and 9:30.
Monday, May 20
In this highly unusual and rare B noir, a man wakes up in a strange apartment after a wild party only to find the corpse of a girl he met there the night before. Fearing he'll be implicated, he flees. Living the life of a vagrant, he one night discovers a disfigured corpse by the railroad tracks and decides to assume the dead man's identity. Uh-oh. Starring John Beal, Trudy Marshall, Jimmuy Lloyd, and Helen Mowery. Photographed by Philip Tannura. Directed by D. Ross Lederman. In B&W. 35mm Studio Print. 66 mins. 1947. MON at 8:00 only!
KILLER AT LARGE
Another terrific and obscure poverty row (PRC this time!) B noir! A hard-nosed newspaper reporter walks off his job after his editor refuses to print his story about the questionable suicide of a public official. Smelling a much bigger story, he begins his own dangerous investigation. Tough little picture, told quickly and sharply. Starring Robert Lowery, Anabel Shaw, Charles Evans, and Frank Ferguson. Photographed by James Brown. Directed by William Beaudine. In B&W. 16mm film print. 63 mins. 1947. MON at 6:40 and 9:30.
Tuesday, May 21
MY GUN IS QUICK
Thick as a brick private dick Mike Hammer takes pity on a sexy prostitute one night in a dingy L.A. diner after she's roughed up by her thug boyfriend. He fronts her the price of a bus ticket back home but when she turns up dead the next morning, the cops come calling on Hammer. Before long our hero is up to his chin stubble in murder and worse! Tough, slick late-model noir from the pen of Mickey Spillane. Starring Robert Bray, Whitney Blake, Patricia Donahue, Donald Randolph, and Pamela Duncan. Photographed by Harry Neumann. Directed by Phil Victor and George White. In B&W. 35mm Studio Print. 90 mins. 1957. TUES at 8:00 only!
THE TATTOOED STRANGER
The grisly remains of an unknown murdered woman turn up in an abandoned stolen car and the only clue the cops have to her identity is the tattoo on her arm. A gritty, low-budget noir atmospherically shot on grubby New York locations with a largely unknown cast. Rare! Starring John Miles, Patricia Barry, Walter Kinsella, and Frank Tweddell. Photographed by William Steiner. Directed by Edward Montagne. In B&W. 16mm film print. 64 mins. 1950. TUES at 6:40 and 9:45.
Wednesday, May 22
DEATH OF A SCOUNDREL
After a mysterious European tycoon is found murdered, his secretary reveals to the police the tawdry details of his past -- a life dedicated to betrayal, womanizing, and fraud, leaving behind an impressive trail of enemies -- and each of them with a deep desire to see him dead. A fascinating tale of duplicity with an astonishing cast of characters, to wit: George Sanders, Yvonne De Carlo, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Victor Jory, Nancy Gates, Coleen Gray, John Hoyt, and Tom Conway. Photographed by James Wong Howe. Directed by Charles Martin. In B&W. 35mm Archive Print. 119 mins. 1956. WED at 7:45 only!
BLUEBEARD'S TEN HONEYMOONS
A debonair conman finds the quickest route to riches leads him down a deadly course of murder for money. This perversely obscure serial-killer melodrama will surprise those who casually dismiss the work of its director (the older brother of Billy Wilder) as worthless trash. To the contrary, it is wholly worthwhile trash. Starring George Sanders, Corinne Calvert, Jean Kent, and Patricia Roc. Photographed by Stephen Dade. Written by Myles Wilder. Directed by W. Lee Wilder. In B&W. Digital. 92 mins. 1960. WED at 6:00 and 10:00.
Thursday, May 23
Seminal noir classic of sex, violence, and betrayal played against the steamy background of post-war Los Angeles. A disillusioned man returns home in an attempt to reclaim his former wife who now hangs on the arm of one of the city's most ruthless gangsters. But will this stand in his way? Featuring one of the most cinematically exciting robbery scenes in all of noir. Unmissable on the big screen!! Starring Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, Percy Helton, and electrifying on-screen musical performances by Esy Morales and his band. Photographed by Frank Planer. Directed by Robert Siodmak. In B&W. 35mm Studio Print. 88 mins. 1949. THURS at 8:00 only.
THE CROOKED WAY
A war veteran, plagued by amnesia, returns to L.A. in the hopes of learning his real identity only to realize that a bloody trail of criminality precedes him. A desperate struggle to extricate himself from his past looms dangerously over his frightening present and threatens to all but eliminate his future. Stylishly pure from opening to closing frame. Starring John Payne, Sonny Tufts, Ellen Drew, Percy Helton, and John Doucette. Photographed by the legendary John Alton. Directed by Robert Florey. In B&W. Digital. 90 mins. THURS at 6:10 and 9:45.