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Kiss Me Deadly (1955) & M (1951)

December 13, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 10:45 PM


Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Directed by Robert Aldrich

Director Robert Aldrich’s film noir finds private investigator Mike Hammer picking up a beautiful young hitchhiker and finding deadly intrigue—from Bunker Hill to the beach—as various shady characters vie for a small valise that supposedly is worth a fortune. Aldrich struck box office gold with his Mickey Spillane adaptation, which has been read as Hollywood’s most powerful statement on the Cold War and nuclear annihilation.

Production: Parklane Pictures, Inc. Distribution: United Artists Corp. Producer: Robert Aldrich. Director: Robert Aldrich. Based on the novel by Mickey Spillane. Screenwriter: A.I. Bezzerides. Cinematographer: Ernest Laszlo. Editor: Michael Luciano. Composer: Frank De Vol. With: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez, Wesley Addy.

35mm, b/w, 105 min.

Followed by:
M (1951)
Directed by Joseph Losey

Director Joseph Losey’s postwar remake of Fritz Lang’s M (1931) transposes the story of a serial child killer from the streets of Berlin to Los Angeles’ now torn down Bunker Hill district. The script follows the original down to the last speech. David Wayne gives a masterful performance as the psychopathic killer, both sympathetic and horrifying, his face as forgettable as yesterday’s news.

Production: Superior Pictures, Inc. Distribution: Columbia Pictures Corp. Producer: Seymour Nebenzal. Director: Joseph Losey. Screenwriter: Norman Reilly Raine, Leo Katcher. Cinematographer: Ernest Lazlo. Editor: Edward Mann. Composer: Michel Michelet. With: David Wayne, Howard Da Silva, Luther Adler, Martin Gabel, Steve Brodie, Raymond Burr.

35mm b/w, 90 min.

Preceded by:
Dragnet: “The Human Bomb” (1951)
Directed by Jack Webb

In this television debut of Jack Webb’s long-running crime-drama series, City Hall, crown jewel of the Los Angeles skyline, faces a bomb threat.

Producer: Homer Canfield. Director: Jack Webb. Based on the radio play by James E. Moser. Writer: James E. Moser. Photography: Frederick Gately. Editor: Robert Angus, Herbert L. Strock. With: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Raymond Burr, Stacy Harris, Herbert Butterfield.

16mm, b/w, 30 min.


More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


December 13, 2015
7:00 PM - 10:45 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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