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The Underworld Story  /  Try and Get Me

Try and Get Me
January 9, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Brian Neve will sign copies of his book, "The Many Lives of Cy Endfield: Film Noir, The Blacklist, and Zulu," beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Underworld Story  (1950)

Opportunistic newspaper reporter Dan Duryea, recently fired due to his excesses, invests in a small, private paper and sets out to raise its prospects by ginning up the story of a young, black housekeeper accused of her employer's murder.  The wantonness and pandering of the Yellow Press are excoriated by director Cy Endfield's film, even as his protagonist is given a shot at redemption.

35mm, b/w, 90 min.  Production: Filmcraft Trading Corp.  Distribution: United Artists Corp.  Producer: Hal E. Chester.  Director: Cy Endfield (as Cyril Endfield).  Based on the novel The Big Story by Craig Rice.  Screenwriter: Henry Blankfort, Cy Endfield (as Cyril Endfield).  Cinematographer: Stanley Cortez.  Editor: Richard Heermance.  Composer: David Rose.  With: Dan Duryea, Herbert Marshall, Gale Storm, Howard da Silva, Michael O'Shea.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the Film Noir Foundation

Try and Get Me (a.k.a. The Sound of Fury)  (1951)

Based upon an infamous true story, Try And Get Me (later reissued as The Sound of Fury) tells of a public lynching of two murder suspects (Frank Lovejoy and Lloyd Bridges) by an unruly mob, goaded to action by the reckless, provocative reporting of a frenzied media.  The ugliness and ferocity of mob rule are shockingly illustrated in director Cy Endfield's unnerving feature.

35mm, b/w, 85 min.  Production: Robert Stillman Productions Inc.  Distribution: United Artists Corp.  Producer: Robert Stillman.  Director: Cy Endfield (as Cyril Endfield).  Based on the novel The Condemned by Jo Pagano.  Screenwriter: Jo Pagano.  Cinematographer: Guy Roe.  Editor: George J. Amy.  Composer: Hugo Friedhofer.  With: Frank Lovejoy, Kathleen Ryan, Richard Carlson, Katherine Locke, Lloyd Bridges.