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High Wall (1947); The Scarf (1951)

The Scarf (1951)
August 23, 2014 - 7:30 pm

High Wall (1947)

Directed by Curtis Bernhardt.  

Steven Kenet (Robert Taylor) is a war veteran with a brain injury who is committed to an insane asylum after he has apparently murdered his wife.  However, the psychiatrist treating him begins to doubt his guilt (Audrey Totter).  Loss of identity or memory is a common trope in film noir, associated with veterans who seek to repress the trauma of war, as it was in German Expressionist cinema.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. Producer: Robert Lord. Based on the novel by Alan R. Clark and the play by Bradbury Foote. Screenwriter: Sydney Boehm, Lester Cole. Cinematographer: Paul Vogel. Editor: Conrad A. Nervig. Cast: Robert Taylor, Audrey Totter, Herbert Marshall, Dorothy Patrick, H.B. Warner.

35mm, b/w, 100 min.

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The Scarf (1951)

Directed by E.A. Dupont.

A man (John Ireland) escapes from an asylum for the criminally insane, hoping to find out whether he was guilty of strangling his girlfriend with a scarf or not.  Unfortunately, a lot of the people in this town on the edge of the desert can’t help him.  Franz Planer’s moody cinematography keeps the atmosphere nightmarish and noir, with Ireland giving a surprisingly good performance at the center.

Gloria Productions, Inc. Producer: I.G. Goldsmith. Screenwriter: E.A. Dupont. Cinematographer: Frank Planer. Editor: Joseph Gluck. Cast: John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge, Emlyn Williams, James Barton, Lloyd Gough.

35mm, b/w, 93 min.

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