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runtime: ???m format: 16mm
(Fritz Lang, 1945) · Set in a knowingly artificial New York, Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street follows unhappily-married cashier, Chris Cross (Edward G. Robinson), as he runs afoul of a gorgeous Jezebel (Joan Bennett) and her vicious beau (Dan Duryea). A companion to his femme-fatale thriller, The Woman in the Window, Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street underscores its predecessor's grotesque farce, spinning its pulpy doom story in a style both nihilistic and campy. Print preserved by the Library of Congress.
runtime: 103m format: 35mm
(Busby Berkeley, 1939) · The eponymous criminal in this classic Hollywood action flick is Johnnie Bradfield, a championship boxer who's framed for murder by his shifty manager. With the coppers on his tail, Johnnie flees to the wastelands of Arizona, where he takes refuge in the home of a kindly old woman known only as Grandma. There, he meets the Dead End Kids, a group of raucous delinquents, and action ensues as they bond and work together to evade the law that's hot on Johnnie's trail. Print preserved by the Library of Congress.
runtime: 90m format: 35mm
(Elliot Nugent, 1939) · The will of the dead millionaire. The catalogue of eccentric relatives. The musty mansion. Set in Louisiana swampland draped with shadows and uncoiling vapors, this forgotten gem of a chiller writes the epitaph of the A-list Old Dark House horror movie by hammers all the familiar organ chords of the subgenre while cleverly suffusing them with a timeless creative vitality. Print preserved by the Library of Congress.
runtime: 72m format: 35mm
(William A. Wellman, 1943)· Adapted from Gypsy Rose Lee's The G-String Murders, this musical-comedy-mystery centers on the murder of two New York strippers and the hunt for their killer. With classic songs as "Take it off the E-String and Play it on the G-String," the film features performances from real burlesque dancers, including Lee herself. In trying to remain true to its source despite censorship pressure, the film is an example of the burden of mid-century Hollywood morality on creative freedom. Print preserved by the Library of Congress.
runtime: 91m format: 35mm
(James Cruze, 1929) · As an investigation into the problems of performance and human psychology, this early sound film tells the story of a talented ventriloquist Gabbo, who goes insane as his egotistic and neurotic character drives his beloved assistant away. Increasingly, the line between Gabbo and his dummy is blurred, as he becomes unable to communicate except through the dummy, at times even treating it as a separate being. Print preserved by the Library of Congress.
runtime: 92m format: 35mm
(Michael Curtiz, 1933) · Here lies the original creepy wax museum film, an expressionistic romp through the realm of the uncanny! Pre-Code horror star Lionel Atwill plays the crippled Doctor Igor, a sculptor whose wax museum houses near-perfect historical figures. But are these sculptures too life-like? Why does his statue of Joan of Arc look so much like his model, who committed suicide under strange conditions? And what shocking secrets will a down-on-her-luck reporter's investigation find? Print preserved by the Library of Congress.
runtime: 77m format: 35mm
(Lewis Milestone, 1931) · After Earl Williams, an accused murderer, escapes a hanging, investigative journalist Hildy Johnson seizes the opportunity to write what could be the biggest story of his career in The Front Page. In this 1931 classic, directed by the Oscar nominated Lewis Milestone, expect equal parts madcap humor and biting commentary on the period's commie hysteria, as the movie follows Hildy on his adventure to hide Earl from the other reporters. Print preserved by the Library of Congress.
runtime: 101m format: 35mm
(Mitchell Leisen, 1937) · A rowdy trumpeter recently discharged from the army, Skid (Fred MacMurray) finds himself in Panama looking for a date. Upon meeting Maggie (Carole Lombard), Skid attempts to win her affection by defending her honor in a bar brawl. Accidentally making her lose her job as a ship hairdresser in the process, Skid takes her in with his friend Harry and together they set out to make ends meet and get back to the U.S. Print preserved by the Library of Congress.
runtime: 92m format: 35mm
(Herbert J. Biberman, 1954) · Mexican-American zinc miners strike! The cast and crew bore hostility from local populations during the filming of this docu-drama. The director, screenwriter, composer, and producer all on Hollywood's blacklist for Communist sympathizers, co-produced by a labor union, released during McCarthy's senate hearings, the U.S. Gov't promptly banned the film. It would not be screened in the U.S. for 11 years. Who can resist something once forbidden?
runtime: 94m format: 16mm