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He Walked by Night (1948) & The Naked Spur (1953)
February 9, 2014 @ 7:00 PM$10
UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present
“He Walked by Night”(1948)
Directed by Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann
This story following the cat-and-mouse pursuit of a cop-killing, black marketeer is the quintessential “police procedural,” featuring a degree of technical detail heretofore unknown. An un-credited Anthony Mann (who assumed directorial duties from Alfred Werker) is generally acknowledged as the creative force behind this innovative noir, featuring cutting-edge location shooting by cinematographer John Alton, and climaxing in a gripping chase through the Los Angeles sewer system.
Eagle-Lion Films, Inc. Producer: Robert T. Kane. Screenwriter: John C. Higgins, Crane Wilbur, from a story by Crane Wilbur. Cinematographer: John Alton. Editor: Alfred De Gaetano. Cast: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell, James Cardwell.
35mm, b/w, 80 min.
“The Naked Spur” (1953)
Directed by Anthony Mann
Actor James Stewart portrays relentless bounty hunter Howard Kemp, who together with a drifter and morally dubious ex-soldier pursues outlaw Ben Vandergroat (played to perfection by Robert Ryan) for the $5,000 reward on his head. Stewart delivers a morally complex performance as he struggles to resist killing and violence, only to finally give in to his primal urges.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. Producer: William H. Wright. Screenwriter: Sam Rolfe, Harold Jack Bloom. Cinematographer: William Mellor. Editor: George White. Cast: James Stewart, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell.
35mm, color, 93 min.
FREE admission at the box office for UCLA students with valid I.D.!