Directed by Phil Karlson with Ginger Rogers, Edward G. Robinson, Brian Keith
1955, U.S. Karlson’s tense, claustrophobic adaptation of Lenard Kantor’s play Dead Pigeon posits Ginger Rogers as a former moll and now endangered (and reluctant) material witness for the prosecution of a notorious gangster. Crackling with hard-boiled toughness, Rogers—holed up in a hotel suite with a cynical detective watching over and eventually falling for her—gives one of the finest dramatic performances of her career. Studio vault print. Special thanks to Chris Lane, Sony Repertory. NOT ON DVD!
"The neglected but powerful noirmeister Phil Karlson shows how good he can be in this taut 1955 thriller." — Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Noir Nights' double bill Hand of Justice pairs pantheonic director Fritz Lang’s last American film with B-movie king Phil Karlson’s tough take on morality and injustice. A key figure in the history of film noir, Lang arrived in Hollywood after fleeing Nazi Germany, bringing with him an understandably fatalist view of humanity. Karlson also knew his way around cruelty and menace—he witnessed a mob killing while working as a bootlegger’s lookout in 1920s Chicago. Both directors’ grim visions set characters caught in webs of violence and crime alongside prevailing questions of individual culpability and modern systems of justice.
June 11 @ 7pm
Bright Family Screening Room
$10. $7.50 for Members & Seniors. $5 for Students.
Black and White, 35mm