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Crashout (1955) & Jet Storm (UK, 1961)

March 18, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Sound and Fury: The Films of Cy Endfield.”

Crashout (1955)
Directed by Lewis R. Foster

Before leaving the U.S. for his period of exile, director Cy Endfield sold a screenplay to producer Hal E. Chester, which became this feature about a prison breakout and its disastrous aftermath. Blacklisted, Endfield received no screen credit, though Crashout (1955) remains a fascinating part of his legacy, including such emblematic markers as a scene of card tricks (Endfield was an expert magician) and the presence of a character named “Cy Endaby.”

Production: Hal E. Chester Productions. Distribution: Filmmakers Releasing Organization, Inc. Producer: Hal E. Chester. Director: Lewis R. Foster. Screenwriter: Hal E. Chester, Lewis R. Foster. Cinematographer: Russell Metty. Editor: Robert Swink. Composer: Leith Stevens. With: William Bendix, Arthur Kennedy, Luther Adler, William Talman, Gene Evans.

35mm, b/w, 91 min.

Followed by:
Jet Storm (UK, 1961)
Directed by Cy Endfield (as C. Raker Endfield)

The clash of nobility and mob hysteria gets one more rehearsal in this fascinating, low-budget thriller. An explosives expert, embittered by the loss of his young daughter, reveals on an international flight that he has placed a bomb on the plane, setting up a series of fraught negotiations. The film offers a fascinating consideration of human despair and decency under intense pressure.

Production: Pendennis Pictures. Distribution: United Producers Releasing Organization. Producer: Steven Pallos. Director: Cy Endfield (as C. Raker Endfield). Based on a story by Sigmund Miller. Screenwriter: Cy Endfield (as C. Raker Endfield), Sigmund Miller. Cinematographer: Jack Hildyard. Editor: Oswald Hafenrichter, Kit Owens. Composer: Thomas Rajna. With: Richard Attenborough, Stanley Baker, Hermione Baddeley, Bernard Braden, Diane Cilento.

DCP, b/w, 91 min.

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

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


March 18, 2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States