Crime Wave. 1954. USA. Directed by André de Toth. Screenplay by Crane Wilbur. With Sterling Hayden, Gene Nelson, Timothy Carey, Ted de Corsia, Charles Buchinsky (Bronson). 74 min.
This may be the last chance you’ll ever get to see André de Toth’s Crime Wave, one of the most thrilling B noirs of 1950s American cinema, in a pristine 35mm print struck from the original camera negative. Famed for Bert Glennon’s nighttime location photography throughout Los Angeles, Crime Wave stars Sterling Hayden as a cynical, brutal police sergeant who puts the screws on a newlywed ex-con (Gene Nelson) in order to nab a trio of jailbreak thugs. This screening is presented as a prelude to MoMA’s premiere of Pharos of Chaos and Der Havarist on January 19 and 27—two merciless (self-)portraits of Sterling Hayden, made at the end of his life.
New 35mm print courtesy of Warner Bros.