I WALK ALONE & DESERT FURY
Wednesday, August 7
I WALK ALONE
(1945, Byron Haskin) Back from a 14-year stretch, Burt Lancaster finds old partner Kirk Douglas now gone “semi-legit,” but Burt prefers the old ways. First pairing of the tough guy screen team. James Agee kvetched, “deserves to walk alone, tinkle a little bell, and cry ‘unclean, unclean.’” With Lizabeth Scott. DCP. Approx. 97 min.
“A tight, hard-boiled melodrama.”
(1947, Lewis Allen) Ménage à cinq: Lizabeth Scott, possible murderer John Hodiak, casino owner Mary Astor, Lawman Burt, and Hodiak’s “friend” Wendell Corey – in “the gayest movie ever produced in Hollywood’s golden era” (Eddie Muller). 35mm. Approx. 96 min.
“Very enjoyable on a narrative level, but it is the characters’ ambiguity that distinguishes Desert Fury from run-of-the-mill noir. But of all [Lewis Allen’s] films, Desert Fury remains the most fascinating, the one in which he made the best use of operatic material and an intriguing cast, all of whom had been or would be connected with film noir.”
– Ronald Bergan, Film Comment