Events & Appearances

May
12
Thu
Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival – May 12-15, 2022 – Palm Springs @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
May 12 @ 7:30 pm – May 15 @ 9:30 pm

Please join me for the 22nd annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, May 12-15, 2022, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly the Camelot Theaters) 2300 E. Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262. TICKETS: Film program, all-access passes and individual tickets on sale now!


Full Schedule:

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 7:00 pm

Special Presentation:

Victor & Victoria Cabaret

Victoria Mature presents an Evening of Music and Reminiscences. This special multimedia event is a fundraiser for the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival and the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

Thursday May 12, 2022 7:00 pm Opening Night

THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (1949) RKO/WB 95 min. Dir: Nicholas Ray.

Nicholas Ray’s expressive adaptation of Edward Anderson’s 1937 novel Thieves Like Us chronicles the fatalistic saga of a pair of youthful Depression era lovers. Bowie (Farley Granger) breaks jail along with a pair of older, hardened criminals (Jay C. Flippen and Howard Da Silva) and falls in love with the wide-eyed Keechie (Cathy O’Donnell) as the pair strive to craft a new life for themselves while on the run. With innovative camera techniques and an existential sensitivity, Nick Ray’s ground-breaking film debut is the film noir version of Romeo and Juliet.

Introduction with critic and film historian Leonard Maltin. Opening Night reception for festival pass holders and guest after the screening.


Friday May 13, 2022

10:00 am

THE ARGYLE SECRETS (1948) Film Classics 64 min. Dir: Cy Endfield. Adapted from his radio play, Cy Endfield’s forgotten title was restored in 2021 by the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive. Harry Mitchell (William Gargan) is the prototype hard-charging noir reporter eager for a front-page scoop by any means necessary. Getting a hot tip about “The Argyle Album,” a tome detailing a scandalous listing of prominent WWII traitors, Mitchell embarks on a breakneck search for the album while tussling with a bizarre entourage of treasure hunters determined to beat him to the punch. Clearly an inspired parody of The Maltese Falcon, three films worth of plot are shoehorned into a fast-paced 64 minutes amid set-piece scenes and hardboiled dialogue.

1:00 PM

PHANTOM LADY (1944) Universal 85 min. Dir: Robert Siodmak. The debut of groundbreaking producer Joan Harrison and the shaded acumen of director Robert Siodmak created one of the most atmospheric mysteries of the classic noir period. Adapted from Cornell Woolrich’s novel of an innocent man (Alan Curtis) who is condemned and waiting for his trip to the death house. His loyal secretary (Ella Raines) risks all to find the mystery woman who can clear her boss with help from his friend (Franchot Tone) and a case-hardened police inspector (Thomas Gomez). Watch for Elisha Cook Jr.’s infamous orgasmic drum solo!

4:00 PM

I WALK ALONE (1947) Hal Wallis Prod./Paramount 97 min. Dir: Byron Haskin.

In this first of five films co-starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, the dynamic duo portrays a pair of bootleggers who agree to share and share alike if one of them gets busted. After Burt finishes a 14 year prison stretch, Kirk is set up in the rackets with a swanky nightclub but isn’t inclined to honor their agreement. Complicating matters is an alluring nightclub chanteuse (Lizabeth Scott) and Burt’s old friend (Wendell Corey) who is under Kirk’s thumb. With a colorful supporting cast and a rousing Victor Young score, this hard-boiled melodrama established Wallis’s credentials as an independent producer of consequence after decades of success at Warner Bros.

7:00 PM

LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945) Fox/Disney 110 min, Technicolor. Dir: John M. Stahl. Gene Tierney’s Academy Award nominated performance and gorgeous Oscar-winning color photography by Leon Shamroy highlight this elegantly crafted psychological thriller about a cold blooded woman’s possessive love for a writer (Cornel Wilde) that ends up destroying those around in and around them. Hollywood’s second biggest box office hit of 1945 was nominated for four Oscars. Co-starring: Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Ray Collins and Darryl Hickman.


Saturday May 14, 2022

10:00 AM

AMONG THE LIVING (1941) Paramount/Universal 67 min. D: Stuart Heisler.

The scion of a Southern town’s wealthiest citizen (Albert Dekker) returns home for his father’s funeral and discovers his long dead twin brother alive and imprisoned at the family estate. What follows is a compelling mixture of Southern Gothic, horror and film noir spooled around social commentary concerning mob violence. Co-starring: A young Susan Hayward, Harry Carey and Francis Farmer. A rarity on the big screen in 35mm!

1:00 PM

THE GUILTY (1947) Jack Wrather Productions/Monogram Pictures. D; John Reinhardt. Enjoy “B” film noir at its best with this clever adaptation of Cornell Woolrich’s short story “Two Men in a Furnished Room.” Directed by low budget auteur John Reinhardt and co-starring Bonita Granville (in a good/bad sister dual role) and Poverty Row leading man and former Palm Springs hotelier Don Castle. With: Regis Toomey, John Litel and long-time Palm Desert resident Wally Cassell.

4:00 PM

LOS TALLOS AMARGOS (The Bitter Stems) (1956) 88 Min, In Spanish with English subtitles Dir: Fernando Ayala. This brilliant film was lauded in its native country upon release, winning Argentina’s Silver Condor Award as the best film of the year before falling into obscurity. In 2016, it was rediscovered and restored by the Film Noir Foundation and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. A deep-seated inferiority complex causes a Buenos Aires newspaper reporter (Carlos Cores) to enter into a correspondence-school scam with a clever Hungarian expat (Vassili Lambrinos). As the money rolls in, so do rising suspicions about the Hungarian’s true motives as his partner is driven to commit the perfect crime — with stunning and tragic results. Lauded by American Cinematographer as #49 of the “50 Best Photographed Films of All Time” (by cinematographer Ricardo Younis) and featuring an inventive score by Astor Piazzolla, the greatest Argentine musician of the 20th century.

7:00 PM

TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) 111 min, Universal. Mexican cop Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) and his American wife Susan (Janet Leigh) encounter more than they bargained for when they leave Mexico and enter the border town of Los Robles. Extortion, kidnapping, and murder are par for the course in the corrupt fiefdom of perverse sheriff Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). Can Vargas uncover a murder frame job and protect his bride from a terrifying gang of criminals? Orson Welles’ return to Hollywood from European exile was the stuff of legend—a crime drama so extraordinarily stylish it looms as a symbolic signpost at the conclusion of the classic noir era. Time and changing tastes have led some critics to laud it as the equal of Welles’ earlier cinematic masterpieces. Note: this is the original theatrical version presented in 35mm.


Sunday May 15, 2022

10:00 AM

MOONRISE (1948) 90 min, Republic/Paramount D: Frank Borzage. The renowned directorial romanticist Frank Borzage adapted Theodore Strauss’s novel into an evocative film stained with noir sensibilities in a dreamlike rural setting. Danny Hawkins (Dane Clark in the performance of his career) suffers a traumatic childhood and endures years of abuse in a small town after his father is hanged for murder. His sense of preordained guilt is tragically validated during a moment of rage as he seeks redemption from the woman he loves (Gail Russell) and his friend and fellow outcast (Rex Ingram). With Ethel Barrymore, Allyn Joslyn and Harry Morgan.

1:00 PM

I WAKE UP SCREAMING (1941) 82 min Fox/Disney. D: H. Bruce Humberstone. Victor Mature and Betty Grable rocketed to stardom in this stellar adaptation of Steve Fisher’s novel (who co-wrote the screenplay). New York sports promoter Frankie Christopher (Mature) is being hounded by obsessed detective Ed Cornell (Laird Cregar) for the death of Vicky Lynn (Carole Landis) who was found murdered by her sister (Grable)—is he innocent or guilty? Through a clever use of flashbacks, voice over and lighting, this early noir classic established the template that many films would imitate but few could equal. With: William Gargan, Alan Mowbray, Allyn Joslyn and Elisha Cook Jr.

Introduction by vocalist Victoria Mature, daughter of Victor Mature.

4:00 PM

DETECTIVE STORY (1951) 103 min. Paramount D: William Wyler.

Sidney Kingsley’s hit Broadway play is brought to the screen with melodramatic verve by the great William Wyler. A day in the life of an N.Y.P.D. detective squad turns out to have shattering consequences for uber dedicated Detective McLeod (Kirk Douglas in a powerful performance) and his devoted wife Mary (Eleanor Parker’s Oscar nominated turn). Controversial for its time due to adult themes, Wyler reprised much of the original Broadway cast in the film including Lee Grant (Oscar nom Best Supporting Actress), Joseph Wiseman and Horace McMahon. Also starring: William Bendix, Cathy O’Donnell, George Macready and Gladys George. An outstanding film.


Source: https://arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com/page/2926187:Page:2939

May
28
Sat
Canon City – Alan K. Rode Introduction at Columbus Moving Picture Show Festival – Saturday May 28, 2022 @ Renaissance Hotel
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Columbus Moving Picture Show Memorial Weekend Film Festival May 26-29, 2022

Alan K. Rode will be a guest at the Columbus Moving Picture Show Film Festival from May 26-29 in Columbus, Ohio.

Canon City (1948)

Alan will be presenting a 25-minute documentary on Eagle-Lion film studio at 2pm, Saturday May 28, 2022, and introducingMovie still from Canon City featuring Scott Brady. CANON CITY (1948) 2:30pm Saturday May 28, 2022.

Plot

This account of a violent prison break is a semi-documentary opens with a newsreel type tour of the prison. Led by Carl Schwartzmiller (Jeff Corey), 12 convicts plan their escape but prisoner Jim Sherbondy (Scott Brady) is reluctant to go along with the group.

Cast

Scott Brady as Sherbondy
Jeff Corey as Schwartzmiller
Whit Bissell as Heilman
Stanley Clements as New
Charles Russell as Tolley
DeForest Kelley as Smalley
Ralph Byrd as Officer Gray
Mabel Paige as Mrs. Oliver
Roy Best as Himself (as Warden Roy Best)

Background

The film is based on a prison break that occurred at the Colorado State Penitentiary at Cañon City, Colorado on 30 December 1947. Within a week all were killed or captured.

Production

The film was shot almost entirely on location at the site of the Canon City state penitentiary in March 1948. It was originally budgeted at $350,000.

source: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_City_(film)>


Alan will also be signing copies of his books: Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film and Charles McGraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy.


Complete Screenings Listing: <https://www.columbusmovingpictureshow.com/film-schedule>

 

Nov
16
Wed
Jack Wrather: A Legacy of Film and Friendship – Alan K. Rode and Steven C. Smith – Nov. 16, 2022 @ Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Alan K. Rode and Steven C. Smith

 . . . at Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory

November 16, 2022 — 7:00PM PDT

 

Jack Wrather: A Legacy of Film and FriendshipAlan K. Rode and Steven C. Smith will present their documentary “Jack Wrather: A Legacy of Film and Friendship” followed by a Q&A about the film and their work on classic Hollywood cinema.1940's era noir movie poster for The Guilty


Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
CA-111, Rancho Mirage CA 92270
Mar
4
Sat
Hot Off The Press! — Tucson Festival of Books – March 4, 2023 @ University of Arizona
Mar 4 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Alan K. Rode Panel Discussion at Tucson Festival of Books 2023

Tucson Festival of Books

Hot Off The Press!

Book launch party exclusively for Sponsors and Friends of the Festival!

Student Union South Ballroom (Seats 213, Wheelchair accessible)
Sat, Mar 4, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Panelists: Cara Black, Laura Cathcart Robbins, Alexis Daria, Sean Doolittle, J. A. Jance, Alex Prud’homme, Alan K. Rode, Will Schwalbe, Joanna Schwartz, Ari Tison

Alan will be signing his latest book BLOOD ON THE MOON, available to pre-order here.

The University of Arizona | Tucson, Arizona 85721 | 520‑621‑2211

Map link to The University of Arizona

Blood on the Moon

Alan K. Rode

Of the movies that writers and historians call “Noir Westerns,” none is more celebrated than 1948’s Blood on the Moon. The comingling of the Western genre and the noir style crystalized in this extraordinary film, in turn influencing Westerns in the 1950s to become darker and more psychological. Produced during the height of the post–World War II film noir movement, Blood on the Moon is a classic Western immersed in the film noir netherworld of double crosses, government corruption, shabby barrooms, gun-toting goons, and romantic betrayals. With this volume, biographer and noir expert Alan K. Rode brings the film to life for a new generation of readers and film lovers.

University of New Mexico Press, Booth #210 (Seats 1)
Sun, Mar 5, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
History / Biography

Author: Alan K. Rode


Books:
Book cover: blood on the moon by alan k rode.
Blood on the Moon
Music / Performing Arts
University of New Mexico Press
January 2023
ISBN 9780826364692
136 pages
Lights! Camera! America! — Tucson Festival of Books – March 4, 2023 @ University of Arizona
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lights! Camera! America!

Authors Johnny Boggs, Kirk Ellis and Alan Rode all know a thing or two about history . . . and Hollywood. Today they’ll discuss how history has been brought to life on film.

Student Union Sabino (Seats 87)
Sat, Mar 4, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)

Panelists: Johnny Boggs, Kirk Ellis, Alan K. Rode
Moderator: Andrew Patrick Nelson

Tucson Festival of BooksMORE INFO about this event will be provided as it is available. Also visit the Tucson Festival of Books 2023 website as it is updated.

The University of Arizona | Tucson, Arizona 85721 | 520‑621‑2211

Map link to The University of Arizona

Mar
5
Sun
Workshop: How to Critique a Movie — Tucson Festival of Books – March 5, 2023 @ University of Arizona
Mar 5 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Workshop: How to Critique a Movie

We all have a critic within us. Learn how to hone your inner critic when critiquing movies with Alan Rode.

UA Library 112/Downstairs (Seats 60)
Sun, Mar 5, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)

Panelist: Alan K. Rode

Tucson Festival of BooksThe University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721
520‑621‑2211

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May
11
Thu
23rd Annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival – Palm Springs – May 11-14, 2023 @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
May 11 – May 14 all-day

Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival - May 11-14, 2023 - Palm Springs Cultural Center

Please join me for the 22nd annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, May 11-14, 2023, at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly the Camelot Theaters) 2300 E. Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

TICKETS $14.50 – $149: Ticket sales here.

Jun
17
Sat
Michael Curtiz Horror Film Double Feature Hosted by Alan K. Rode, June 17, 2023, San Diego Digital Gym @ San Diego Digital Gym
Jun 17 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Doctor X + Mystery of the Wax Museum

San Diego Digital Gym June 17, 2023 will be showing two Michael Curtiz horror films and I’ll be presenting the films, doing Q&A and signing my books.

More info here: https://digitalgym.org/programs/michael-curtiz-horror-double-feature-w-biographer-alan-k-rode/

Mystery of the wax museum movie poster.Michael Curtiz may be best known for directing Oscar-winning films such as Casablanca and Mildred Pierce but in the 1930s he made a trio of stunning pre-Code horror films (the only time he worked in the genre). Film Geeks will be screening the gorgeously restored two-strip Technicolor films Doctor X (1933) and Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933 with a feisty pair of performances from Fay Wray and Glenda Farrell) with Curtiz biographer Alan K. Rode on hand to introduce the films and answer questions.
VIP tickets include admission to both movies, buttons for each film, poster reprints and a personally autographed copy of Rode’s Michael Curtiz book.

Price: $45.00
General Admission for the Double Feature is $20.00.
Individual tickets for each screening may be available at the door for $12.00 if there are unsold seats.
Tentative Schedule:
11:00AM – Introduction by Alan K. Rode
11:10AM – Screening of Doctor X
12:30PM – Intermission / Book Signing
1:00PM – 2nd Introduction by Alan K. Rode
1:15PM – Screening of Mystery of the Wax Museum
2:30PM – Q&ASan diego film geeks.

Aug
4
Fri
NOIR CITY, Hollywood – Aero Theatre Santa Monica – August 4 – 13, 2023 @ Aero Theatre
Aug 4 – Aug 13 all-day

American Cinematheque and Film Noir Foundation Present

Noir City, Hollywood — at Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, August 4-13, 2023

 

A joint production of the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation, NOIR CITY Hollywood celebrates its 24th anniversary with 24 movies -—including 15 35mm prints -— during August 4-13 2023 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

Programmed and hosted by the Film Noir Foundation’s Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode. The 2023 edition of NOIR CITY celebrates the apex year of classic film noir with all of the scheduled films originally released in 1948.

Don’t miss this 75th anniversary of classic film noir on the big screen!

 

Source for more information, tickets: American Cinematheque

Read More about KEY LARGO / SORRY, WRONG NUMBER


FRI AUG 4, 2023

7:30 PM

KEY LARGO / SORRY, WRONG NUMBER

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Opening Night!

NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’ 

 

Read More about HOLLOW TRIUMPH


SAT AUG 5, 2023

3:00 PM

HOLLOW TRIUMPH

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller 

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’

 

Read More about A DOUBLE LIFE / THE VELVET TOUCH


SAT AUG 5, 2023

7:30 PM

A DOUBLE LIFE / THE VELVET TOUCH

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller

 

 

Read More about THE HUNTED


SUN AUG 6, 2023

3:00 PM

THE HUNTED

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller 

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’ 

 

Read More about CALL NORTHSIDE 777 / LARCENY


SUN AUG 6, 2023

7:30 PM

CALL NORTHSIDE 777 / LARCENY

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller 

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’ 

 

Read More about I WALK ALONE / T-MEN


MON AUG 7, 2023

7:30 PM

I WALK ALONE / T-MEN

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Alan K. Rode

Rare 35mm print of T-MEN courtesy of the BFI

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’

 

Read More about CRY OF THE CITY / THE NAKED CITY


TUE AUG 8, 2023

7:30 PM

CRY OF THE CITY / THE NAKED CITY

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Alan K. Rode, Victoria Mature, daughter of Victor Mature and actor Tommy Cook

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’

 

Read More about BLOOD ON THE MOON / PURSUED


WED AUG 9, 2023

7:30 PM

BLOOD ON THE MOON / PURSUED

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Alan K. Rode

 

 

Read More about TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH / WHIPLASH


THU AUG 10, 2023

7:30 PM

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH / WHIPLASH

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Alan K. Rode

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’ 

 

Read More about RAW DEAL / HE WALKED BY NIGHT


FRI AUG 11, 2023

7:30 PM

RAW DEAL / HE WALKED BY NIGHT

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller 

Rare 35mm print of RAW DEAL courtesy of the BFI

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’ 

 

Read More about THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI / MOONRISE


SAT AUG 12, 2023

7:30 PM

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI / MOONRISE

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller 

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’

 

Read More about BODYGUARD


SUN AUG 13, 2023

3:00 PM

BODYGUARD

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by Eddie Muller 

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’

 

Read More about NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES / THE BIG CLOCK


SUN AUG 13, 2023

7:30 PM

NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES / THE BIG CLOCK

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Closing Night! Introduction by Eddie Muller 

‘NOIR CITY: Hollywood 2023’ 

 


Aero Theatre info: https://www.americancinematheque.com/about/theatres/aero-theatre/, and read about the Aero Theatre’s storied history here.

 

Sep
3
Sun
Behind the Blacklist: The Breaking Point (1950) – Skirball Cultural Center September 3, 2023 @ Skirball Cultural Center
Sep 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Movie still from the breaking point, 1950, actress canada lee on board boat piloted by actor John garfield.

Feature Screening and Book Signing with Alan Rode

About the Program

Enjoy a thrilling noir starring Blacklisted Jewish actor and anti-fascist activist John Garfield! 

While he was never a member of the Communist Party, his wife was. In a brave act of loyalty that effectively ended his career, Garfield testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee saying that he did not know any Communists.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

11:00 am— The Breaking Point
This definitive screen adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not features one of John Garfield’s finest performances as a hard-luck skipper in what would be his next-to-last film. Directed by Michael Curtiz. (1950, 97 min. No MPAA rating.)

12:45 pm—Book Signing
Film historian, author, and cinema host Alan Rode will sign copies of his book, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, about the director of The Breaking Point and Casablanca.

  • Screening FREE to all visitors

Separate tickets required for Museum admission.
Museum admission is FREE to WGA members with code 99949 and SAG-AFTRA members with code 99950*.
*Please present your membership card at check in.


More info: Skirball Cultural Center