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Tue, Jun 24, 7:00; Thu, Jun 26, 7:00; Fri, Jun 27, 2:45;
Tue, Jul 1, 5:20; Wed, Jul 2, 9:30
This psychologically skewed Western features jaded Civil
War vet Robert Mitchum marrying his stepsister (!) Teresa
Wright after killing her brother in a gunfight—with the
duplicitous Wright bent on revenge on their wedding night.
Written by Niven Busch (DUEL IN THE SUN) and shot by the
great James Wong Howe (SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS),
director Walsh brings to the Western the mood and
atmosphere of a great film noir.
DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR Niven Busch; PROD
Milton Sperling. US, 1947, b&w, 101 min. NOT RATED
Wed, Jun 25, 7:00; Sun, Jun 29, 11:00 a.m.;
Wed, Jul 2, 5:20
“There should be a law against knowing the things I found out
about men!” Ida Lupino impresses as tough nightclub singer
Petey Brown in this hard-boiled, jazzy melodrama, nearly a
film noir in its yen for doomy romance. Quitting New York for
California to be reunited with her siblings, Petey is soon busy
sorting out the problems of her sisters Ginny (Martha Vickers)
and Gloria (Dolores Moran) and fending off the unwanted
attention of her nightclub boss, Nicky Toresca (Robert Alda),
while wondering if love will really bloom between her
and damaged jazz man San Thomas (Bruce Bennett). An
inspiration for Martin Scorsese’s musical NEW YORK, NEW
DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR Catherine Turney, from the novel “Night Shift” by Maritta M.
Wolff; PROD Arnold Albert. US, 1947, b&w, 96 min. NOT RATED
Action! The Films of Raoul Walsh, Part 2
“Cinema is movement.
And I made it move.”
—Raoul Walsh
Part 2 of AFI Silver’s
Raoul Walsh
retrospective focuses on
his great run of 1940s
films, mostly at his new
home studio of Warner
Bros., and includes
a number of screen
classics featuring iconic
performances by such
stars as Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Errol Flynn,
Ida Lupino and Alan Ladd.
“There was never as much poetry or tightly wound
tough-guy aesthetics in a Walsh picture as there was in
his work during these Warner Bros. years.”
–Walsh biographer Marilyn Ann Moss
AFI Member Passes will be accepted at all
Sat, May 10, 11:10 a.m.; Tue, May 13, 9:15; Wed, May 14, 5:15
In pre-Civil War Lawrence, Kansas, Texas transplant Bob
Setton (John Wayne) defeats local school teacher William
Cantrell (Walter Pidgeon) for the job of town marshal.
Soon Setton has his hands full, as violent clashes between
anti-slavery and pro-South locals erupt into mob violence,
jury tampering and paramilitary raids on the town and its
surroundings. And then the Civil War actually begins. Walsh’s
loosely fictionalized account of Quantrill’s Raiders also stars
Claire Trevor, Gabby Hayes, Marjorie Main and a non-singing
Roy Rogers.
DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR Grover Jones, Lionel Houser, F. Hugh Herbert, from the
novel by W. R. Burnett; PROD Sol C. Siegel. US, 1940, b&w, 94 min. NOT RATED
Sun, Apr 27, 8:50; Mon, Apr 28, 7:05
Humphrey Bogart and George Raft are the Fabrini brothers,
ambitious owner/operators of a small, scrappy trucking
company that hauls produce all over California. These men
work hard and play harder, all the while battling institutional
corruption and intense competition from bigger trucking outfits.
Walsh’s hard-boiled working class melodrama also stars
Ida Lupino—who gives a powerhouse performance—Ann
Sheridan, Gale Page and Alan Hale.
DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR Jerry Wald,
Richard Macaulay, from the novel “The Long Haul” by A. I. Bezzerides; PROD Hal B. Wallis. US,
1940, b&w, 95 min. NOT RATED
Sat, May 3, 1:10; Sun, May 4, 1:10; Mon, May 5, 9:30
Paroled from a lengthy prison
sentence after his mob boss
pulls some strings, “Mad
Dog” Roy Earle (Humphrey
Bogart, in a career-making
early star turn) gets back to
work by planning the heist of
a tony resort in Palm Springs,
along with hot-headed
youngsters Alan Curtis and
Arthur Kennedy. The job goes
smoothly, but the getaway is
another story. Also starring
Ida Lupino, Joan Leslie,
Cornel Wilde and Bogart’s
own dog Zero as “Pard.”
Screenplay by John Huston,
who would himself direct
Bogart, and rocket them both
to A-list stardom, later that
same year in THE MALTESE FALCON.
DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR John Huston,
W. R. Burnett, from his novel; PROD Hal B. Wallis. US, 1941, b&w, 100 min. NOT RATED
“Chase scenes are very easy to shoot. Just keep going,
keep going, keep going. Get up on top of the mountain,
turn around, bring ‘em down again.” –Raoul Walsh
Sat, May 17, 11:00 a.m.; Tue, May 20, 4:40;
Wed, May 21, 4:40; Thu, May 22, 4:40
The Gay ‘90s in
New York City:
who should walk
into the office of
tough-guy dentist
Biff Grimes (James
Cagney), badly
needing a tooth
pulled, than his
old pal Hugo
Barnstead (Jack
Carson), whose
scheming got Biff
sent up the river for a stretch while Hugo got off scot-free,
and who then made off with Biff’s girl Virginia Brush (Rita
Hayworth)? Intent on extracting not just the tooth but terrible
revenge, Biff comes to realize that Hugo did him a favor in
taking the shrewish Brush off his hands, and that his wife Amy
(Olivia de Havilland) is the real catch. Cagney and company
dazzle in Walsh’s nostalgic New York comedy.
DIR Raoul Walsh;
SCR Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, from the play “One Sunday Afternoon” by James Hagan;
PROD Hal B. Wallis. US, 1941, b&w, 97 min. NOT RATED
Sun, May 18, 11:00 a.m.; Thu, May 22, 2:00
“To hell or glory. It depends on one’s point of view.” Custer’s
Last Stand gets the Hollywood treatment, based on decades
of dime-novel legend-burnishing. Walsh’s film may fail as
history, but it gets high marks for screen entertainment. Errol
Flynn makes for a flamboyant and wily George Custer;
Olivia de Havilland is his loyal wife Elizabeth, here paired
opposite Flynn for the ninth and final time. With Arthur
Kennedy, Anthony Quinn, Sydney Greenstreet and Hattie
DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR Wally Kline, Æneas MacKenzie; PROD Hal B. Wallis.
US, 1941, b&w, 140 min. NOT RATED
Fri, May 23, 3:00; Sat, May 24, 6:10; Sun, May 25, 12:40;
Wed, May 28, 7:00
“Made it, Ma! Top of the world!” James Cagney gives
an impressive, unhinged and iconic performance as
psychologically unstable gangster Cody Jarrett. A murderous
criminal and tyrannical gang boss, Jarrett’s only soft spot is for
his mother (Margaret Wycherly), herself a tough old broad
who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. With Virginia Mayo
as Jarrett’s neglected moll, Steve Cochran as his second-in-
command with ambitions of his own, and Edmond O’Brien as
the G-man sent undercover to root out Jarrett’s operation.
DIR Raoul
Walsh; SCR Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts; PROD Louis F. Edelman. US, 1949, b&w, 114 min. NOT RATED
Sat, May 24, 11:05 a.m.; Sun, May 25, 11:05 a.m.;
Wed, May 28, 5:00; Thu, May 29, 5:00
Western remake of Walsh’s own HIGH SIERRA. Joel McCrea
is the longtime outlaw whose hope to make one more
score and then retire peacefully to the country goes awry;
Virginia Mayo is the dance-hall girl he initially mistrusts, only
to discover, in the end, that she was in fact his most trusted
friend. The same story would get yet another remake, once
more as a gangster tale, in 1955 with Jack Palance and
Shelley Winters as I DIED A THOUSAND TIMES.
DIR Raoul Walsh;
SCR John Twist, Edmund H. North, from the novel by W. R. Burnett; PROD Anthony Veiller. US,
1949, b&w, 94 min. NOT RATED
Mon, May 26, 11:00 a.m.; Tue, May 27, 2:15;
Wed, May 28, 2:15; Thu, May 29, 2:15
On a dangerous mission to destroy a Japanese radar station
in the jungles of Burma, Errol Flynn must lead his team of
paratroopers on a 150-mile march out of enemy territory to
safety after their escape plan via airplane gets scuppered.
This is one of Walsh’s patented “map movies”—charting the
adventure and savoring the suspense of getting from here to
there—and among the best of the WWII-era combat movies,
in no small part due to the exquisite cinematography by the
great James Wong Howe.
DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR Ranald MacDougall, Lester
Cole; PROD Jerry Wald. US, 1945, b&w, 142 min. NOT RATED
Sun, Jun 1, 11:05 a.m.; Tue, Jun 3, 4:45; Thu, Jun 5, 4:45
Shot down over Germany and taken prisoner, Aussie
lieutenant Errol Flynn and his surviving crew members—Yank
bombardier Ronald Reagan, Canadian navigator Arthur
Kennedy, Brit sergeant Ronald Sinclair and feisty Scot Alan
Hale, a WWI vet—promptly bust out of their prisoner camp
and begin a perilous journey across Germany and occupied
Netherlands, sowing sabotage in their wake. Will they make
it out alive and back to Blighty? Or will the risk-taking Flynn
foolishly court danger?
DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR Arthur T. Horman; PROD Hal B.
Wallis. US, 1942, b&w, 107 min. NOT RATED
Mon, Jun 2, 7:15; Wed, Jun 4, 4:45; Thu, Jun 5, 7:00
Errol Flynn portrays James “Gentleman Jim” Corbett, the bank
clerk-turned-bare-knuckle boxer in 1880s San Francisco who
helped boxing transition from an outlaw sport to mainstream
respectability, culminating in his title fight against John L.
Sullivan (Ward Bond), governed under the newly adopted
Marquis of Queensbury rules. Alexis Smith is society girl
Victoria Ware, who at first doesn’t like the cut of Jim’s jib, but
in time is won over by his sincerity and sensitivity.
DIR Raoul Walsh;
SCR Vincent Lawrence, Horace McCoy, from the autobiography “The Roar of the Crowd” by
James J. Corbett; PROD Robert Buckner. US, 1942, b&w, 104 min. NOT RATED
Sat, Jun 7, 1:00; Tue, Jun 10, 5:15; Wed, Jun 11, 5:00;
Thu, Jun 12, 5:15
Because of his German background, Canadian mountie
Steve Wagner (Errol Flynn) is selected for undercover duty
and tasked with infiltrating a network of Nazi sympathizers.
Wagner must match wits against wily special agent Hugo von
Keller (Helmut Dantine), recently escaped from custody and,
hidden away in the frozen wasteland above Hudson Bay,
intent on unleashing a nefarious sabotage plot. Subterfuge
and skullduggery abound in this twisty tale of WWII intrigue.
DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR Frank Gruber, Alvah Bessie; PROD Jack Chertok. US, 1943, b&w, 93
Fri, Jun 13, 12:30; Sun, Jun 15, 11:05 a.m.;
Tue, Jun 17, 5:10
“He was a Frenchman.” In Occupied France, career criminal
and escaped convict Jean Picard (Errol Flynn), recently
recaptured by dogged police detective Marcel Bonet (Paul
Lukas), volunteers for a suicide mission: he will turn himself in to
the Nazi authorities and confess to a recent act of sabotage by
the Resistance, in exchange for the freedom of 100 innocent
men taken prisoner by the Nazis to force the saboteur’s
surrender. All the while, Picard plans to make a last-minute
escape of his own, but a romance with shopgirl Marianne
(Jean Sullivan) inspires a new sentiment in him.
DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR
László Vadnay, Max Brand; PROD Robert Buckner. US, 1944, b&w, 102 min. NOT RATED
Sat, Jun 14, 11:05 a.m.; Mon, Jun 16, 9:45
WWII intrigue in Turkey, from the pages of Eric Ambler, also
the author of the source material for TOPKAPI, THE MASK
American undercover agent Joe Barton, who rather accidentally
comes into possession of a packet of photos being carried
by Nazi agent Ana Remzi (Osa Massen). A German spy
ring led by Sydney Greenstreet wants to use the photos as
propaganda, claiming Russia plans to invade neutral Turkey;
Russian agents Peter Lorre and Brenda Marshall are tasked with
preventing that from happening.
DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR W. R. Burnett, from the
novel by Eric Ambler; PROD Jerry Wald. US, 1943, b&w, 80 min. NOT RATED
Sat, Jun 14, 5:15; Wed, Jun 18, 5:10, 9:15
Deep in debt, gambler Salty O’Rourke (Alan Ladd) takes a flier
on a high-strung horse named Whipper and Brooklyn-bred
jockey Johnny Cates (Stanley Clements), currently banned from
the sport for race fixing. Using his 17-year-old brother’s birth
certificate, Cates gets a new racing license but is ordered
to attend jockey school, taught by the comely Miss Brooks
(Gail Russell). The team has a good shot at winning if the
love triangle between Salty, Johnny and Miss Brooks doesn’t
trip them up. With William Demarest as Salty’s beleaguered
best pal Smitty. Cited by French maverick Léos Carax as an
influence on his film BAD BLOOD [Mauvais sang].
DIR Raoul Walsh;
SCR Milton Holmes; PROD E. D. Leshin. US, 1945, b&w, 100 min. NOT RATED
Tue, Jun 24, 5:15; Wed, Jun 25, 5:15; Thu, Jun 26, 5:15;
Sat, Jun 28, 11:10 a.m.
Jack Benny wrung 20 years’ worth of self-deprecating jokes
out of the box-office failure of this quirky apocalyptic fantasy.
Radio orchestra trumpeter Athanael (Benny) dozes off during
a broadcast, and dreams he’s a trumpet-playing angel in a
heavenly combo. Word comes down from the “Front Office”
that the defective Earth, “just a six-day job,” is slated for
destruction, with Athanael tasked to sound off the start of the
latest apocalypse. Luckily, Heaven's hapless hepcat gets lost
in New York, pawns his trumpet and becomes one of the “left
DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR Sam Hellman, James V. Kern; PROD Mark Hellinger. US,
1945, b&w, 78 min. NOT RATED
April 27–July 2
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