Murder, Mischief and Mayhem! Six Classic Mystery Films!
We turn off the lights and revel in what dastardly deeds the darkness brings in this thrilling film history series devoted to American mystery motion pictures! In this special session, we look at the Golden Age of American mystery films – the 1940’s! Please join filmmaker and scholar Mark Larson for a personal tour of the most blood curdling cinematic adventures you will ever see! A spirited group discussion follows every film.
1. The Ghost Ship (1943) January 22nd, 2019
A young sailor boards a ship bound for murder! This little known masterpiece by groundbreaking horror producer Val Lewton must be seen to be believed! Starring Richard Dix as a ship’s captain with an alarming view of life – and death!
2. The Man Who Wouldn’t Die (1942) January 29th, 2019
From the fabulous Mike Shane mystery series from 20th Century Fox, starring Lloyd Nolan as the fast on his feet and fast with his mouth private eye, comes this wild and funny horror-whodone-it! The wonderful Marjorie Weaver backs Mike’s play at every turn!
*** No Film Series on February 5th, 2019 because room not available.
3. Road House (1948) February 12th, 2019
What could go wrong when Richard Widmark and Cornel Wilde fall in love with Ida Lupino in a bowling alley? Nothing but trouble, and some classic songs sung by Lupino, follows this doom laden trio in a beautiful operatic film noir from director Jean Negulesco.
4. The Scarlet Claw (1944) February 19th, 2019
Bodies are found when the church bells toll in an isolated French Canadian village! Only one man has the power to find the murderer! The one and only Basil Rathbone is Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson in this fabulous and legendary entry in the popular detective series.
5. The Locket (1946) February 26th, 2019
Lorraine Day has one heck of a trauma on her mind and she brings Bob Mitchum along for the ride – to danger! An unforgettable and spooky journey through time, this one of a kind film noir
classic helmed by director John Brahm has to be seen to be believed!
6. Dark Passage (1947) March 5th 2019
A man with a voice like Humphrey Bogart’s escapes from prison with the help of a woman who looks like Lauren Bacall and they both walk the mean streets of San Francisco in search of a killer! This legendary adaptation of the David.