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Strangers in the Night (1944); The Man from Laramie (1955)

Strangers in the Night (1944)
February 5, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive, with funding provided by Paramount Pictures Corporation.

Strangers in the Night (1944)

Directed by Anthony Mann

The inky noir style and fatalist themes that would later emerge full force in T-Men (1947) and Border Incident (1949) take shape in director Anthony Mann’s sixth feature, an early gothic thriller about a veteran lured into a deadly psychological nightmare by the promise of love.  Strangers in the Night displays Mann’s deft facility for squeezing the most from a tight budget.

Republic Pictures Corp. Screenwriter: Bryant Ford, Paul Gangelin.  Cinematographer: Reggie Lanning.  Editor: Arthur Roberts.  Cast: William Terry, Virginia Grey, Helene Thimig, Edith Barrett, Anne O’Neal.

35mm, b/w, 56 min. 

Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive.

The Man from Laramie (1955)

Directed by Anthony Mann

In the last of his eight films with director Anthony Mann, James Stewart plays a vengeance-minded stranger who alights in a frontier town seeking the man responsible for his brother's death.  His revenge scheme involves him in a kind of high desert Oedipal struggle between ailing cattle baron Donald Crisp, his hotheaded son and his sober foreman over the future of the largest ranch in the territory. 

Columbia Pictures Corp.  Producer: William Goetz.  Screenwriter: Philip Yordan, Frank Burt, based on the novel by Thomas T. Flynn.  Cinematographer: Charles Lang.  Editor: William Lyon.  Cast: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O’Donnell, Alex Nicol.

35mm, color, 102 min. 

Watch the trailer below.