1950. USA. Directed by Nicholas Ray. Screenplay by Andrew Solt, Edmund H. North, Dorothy B. Hughes. With Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Jeff Donnell. Humphrey Bogart is the hard-drinking, hot-tempered screenwriter Dixon Steele, whose history of violence toward women makes him a prime suspect when a hat check girl of his (brief) acquaintance turns up dead. This classic film noir was also a painfully personal cri de coeur on the part of the director Nicholas Ray, who placed much of the action on a set duplicating Ray’s own Hollywood home and cast his then-wife, Gloria Grahame, as an actress who comes to Steele’s defense, only to discover his destructive impulses for herself. 92 min.
Monday, July 21, 2014,4:30 p.m.T1, Titus Theater 1
Saturday, July 12, 2014,6:30 p.m.T1, Titus Theater 1