Friday through Sunday

The Big Sleep (1946)

In this film noir masterpiece, detective Philip Marlowe (Bogart) is hired to discover why a woman is being blackmailed.

Few people (then or now) can explain the intricate plot, but nobody doubts that The Big Sleep is one of the greatest detective films ever made.

With Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Peggy Knudsen, Regis Toomey, Charles Waldron, Charles D. Brown, Bob Steele, Elisha Cook, Jr.

Directed by Howard Hawks. Written by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman, from the novel by Raymond Chandler. Photographed by Sid Hickox. Music by Max Steiner. Warner Bros. 114 minutes.

Friday through Sunday (October 24-26) at 7:30, plus 3:10 matinee on Sat/Sun.


Dark Passage (1947)

A man wrongly convicted of killing his wife escapes from San Quentin and is befriended by a mysterious woman.

The first part of the story is shot entirely from Bogart’s point of view, and the audience doesn’t see his face until halfway through the picture.

With Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead, Tom D’Andrea, Clifton Young, Douglas Kennedy, Rory Mallinson, Houseley Stevenson.

Written and directed by Delmer Daves. Photographed by Sid Hickox. Music by Franz Waxman. Warner Bros. 106 minutes.

Friday through Sunday (October 24-26) at 5:30 and 9:50.


Wednesday and Thurday

Written on the Wind (1956)

Douglas Sirk’s overwrought melodramas, with (mostly) overripe performances and lush Technicolor, were very popular in the 1950s. Here, Bacall marries an alcoholic wastrel and falls in love with his honorable best friend (Rock Hudson), who is being pursued by the wastrel’s troubled sister.

Director Sirk said: “…there is a very short distance between high art and trash, and trash that contains an element of craziness is by this very quality nearer to art.” Decide for yourself!

With Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Rock Hudson, Robert Keith.

Directed by Douglas Sirk. Produced by Albert Sugsmith. Screenplay by George Zuckerman, from the novel by Robert Wilder. Music by Frank Skinner. Universal. 99 min.

Wednesday and Thursday (October 29-30) at 7:30.


The Cobweb (1955)

A kind of Grand Hotel set in a psychiatric clinic, where the most pressing crisis is the (seemingly) trivial choice of new drapes, which brings out all manner of personality disorders.

With Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer, Lillian Gish, Gloria Grahame, John Kerr, Susan Strasberg, Oscar Levant, Tommy Rettig, Adele Jergens.

Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Produced by John Houseman. Screenplay by John Paxton, from the novel by William Gibson. Music by Leonard Rosenman. MGM. 123 minutes.

Wednesday and Thursday (October 29-30) at 5:15 and 9:35.