RAMROD & DESERT FURY
Saturday, August 24
12:30 Buy Tickets
(1947, André De Toth) Cowhand Joel McCrea helps ruthless lady rancher Veronica Lake (wife of director De Toth) pursue her plans of revenge, in this tough actioner, based on a Luke Short Saturday Evening Post story. With Lloyd Bridges. 35mm print courtesy UCLA Film & Television Archive. Approx. 94 min.
Funding provided by The Film Foundation and AFI/NEA Film Preservation Grants Program.
“A striking ‘psychological’ Western.”
– Tom Milne, Time Out (London)
2:20 Buy Tickets
(1947, Lewis Allen) Ménage à cinq: Lizabeth Scott, possible murderer John Hodiak, casino owner Mary Astor, lawman Burt Lancaster, 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