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Chicago Calling (1952) & Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

September 22, 2014 @ 7:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Exile Noir.”

Chicago Calling (1952)
Directed by John Reinhardt.

Bill Cannon (Dan Duryea) is a loser and an alcoholic whose wife and child have left him. When his wife calls to say that their child is in the hospital, Bill desperately tries to raise the money for his phone bill, so he can stay in touch. Filmed in the seediest parts of Los Angeles’ old Bunker Hill, director John Reinhardt’s film is as much neo-realist as noir, the environment reflecting the hero’s emotional state.

Arrowhead Pictures Corp. Producer: Peter Berneis. Screenwriter: Peter Berneis, John Reinhardt. Cinematographer: Robert de Grasse. Editor: Arthur H. Nadel. Cast: Dan Duryea, Mary Anderson, Gordon Gebert, Ross Elliott, Melinda Plowman.

35mm, b/w, 76 min.



Followed by:
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Directed by Anatole Litvak.

Wealthy New York socialite, Leona Stevenson (Barbara Stanwyck), is psychosomatically bedridden, married to a socially inferior husband who may be embezzling. After overhearing two thugs plot a murder on the phone, Leona desperately tries to warn the victim, only to realize that it is she. Claustrophobically structured in seemingly real time as a series of telephone calls, director Anatole Litvak’s film speeds to its depressing conclusion.

Hal Wallis Productions, Inc. Producer: Hall Wallis, Anatole Litvak. Based on the radio play by Lucille Fletcher. Screenwriter: Lucille Fletcher. Editor: Warren Low. Cinematographer: Sol Polito. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey, Harold Vermilyea.

35mm, b/w, 89 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!


September 22, 2014
7:30 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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