Events & Appearances

NOIR CITY International – San Francisco Castro Theatre – Jan 24th – Feb 2nd 2020 @ Castro Theater
Jan 24 – Feb 2 all-day

Alan K. Rode will be at the 18th edition NOIR CITY on 24-26 January and 31 January – 2 February 2020.

The Film Noir Foundation Presents

The 18th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival

poster for Noir City International Film FestivalAmerica doesn’t have a monopoly on swaggering gangsters, larcenous lovers, surly ex-cons, corrupt cops, and scheming femmes fatales. Six years after the first NOIR CITY: INTERNATIONAL—the Film Noir Foundation is at it again: presenting an array of classic films from around the globe, a wide-ranging, thematically cohesive immersion in a sordid world of sinister and sexy affairs—including the world premieres of two new restorations by the Film Noir Foundation! Yes, “It’s a Bitter Little World”— but for ten days and nights at the majestic Castro Theatre, photo of Castro Theatre neon lit marquee in San FranciscoNOIR CITY is cinema paradiso! As always, the festival is programmed and hosted by Eddie Muller, internationally renowned “Czar of Noir” and host of the popular Turner Classic Movies series Noir Alley.

For veteran cinephiles, it’s a chance to again experience cherished cinematic masterpieces in a bona fide movie palace. For those just starting their cinematic journey, NOIR CITY is the perfect introduction to a wide world of international filmmakers and stars, on the big screen, larger than life. The 10-day excursion travels through hot-blooded nightclubs of the Mexican cabareteras, neon-streaked alleys of Japanese yakuza thrillers, the stylish Parisian underworld, Italian palazzos hiding crimes of every social strata, a Kafkaesque Prague as envisioned by the Czech New Wave — even a rare serial killer film set in Nazi Germany made by Hollywood’s finest director of film noir, Robert Siodmak. Tour guides include some of the world’s most revered filmmakers: Michelangelo Antonioni, Andzrej Wajda, Julien Duvivier, Jean-Pierre Melville, Roberto Gavaldón, Jirí Weiss, and Masahiro Shinoda.

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THE NIGHT OF HUNTER (1955) March 19, 2020 – Alex Theater, Glendale, CA @ Alex Theatre
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm

Alan K. Rode will present Charles Laughton’s dark classic starring Robert Mitchum at the historic Alex Theater.

movie still from the night of the hunter showing robert mitchum with tatooed digits of right hand



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BEHIND THE BLACKLIST Film and Discussion – Skirball Center – June 11, 2023 @ Skirball Cultural Center
Jun 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

The Skirball Cultural Center June 11, 2023 BEHIND THE BLACKLIST film and discussion program moderated by AKR.

About the Program

See how prejudice manifested during the Hollywood Red Scare with a double feature that looks at antisemitism in the 1940s. Waging a “cold war” on minority groups, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) used the Hearings to target Jews and other oppressed peoples, whether or not evidence of their involvement with the Communist Party existed.

In between films, hear from film historian Alan Rode and Thomas Doherty, professor of American studies at Brandeis University and cultural historian focusing on Hollywood cinema.


11:00 am— Hollywood on TrialNine men in suit and tie assembled in 1940's photo.
This Oscar-nominated documentary is an authoritative account of the 1947 HUAC Hearings centering on the screenwriters, directors, and producers who were cited for contempt of Congress. Archival footage of the Hearings is punctuated by interviews with the participants and others who were affected. Directed by David Helpern. (1976, 105 min. No MPAA rating.)

12:45 pm—Conversation and Q&A with Thomas Doherty
Moderated by film historian, author, and cinema host Alan Rode.

2:00 pm—Crossfire
Crossfire is an essential post-war drama examining antisemitism in the US military. Despite its financial success and five Oscar nominations, the film led to its American Jewish director (Edward Dmytryk) and producer (Adrian Scott) being Blacklisted and jailed with the Hollywood Ten. (1947, 84 min. No MPAA rating.)Couple sharing drinks at nightclub table.

Look out for related artifacts in the exhibition! Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare features protest materials by members of the Hollywood Ten, a spotlight on Crossfire, and more!

More information here: The Skirball Cultural Center

Behind the Blacklist Double Feature: Odds Against Tomorrow and Force of Evil – Skirball Cultural Center July 9, 2023 @ Skirball Cultural Center
Jul 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Two black and white movie stills: male stars of odds against tomorrow force of evil.

About the Program

Check out two classic films by Blacklisted screenwriter and director Abraham Polonsky! Born in New York City to Russian Jewish immigrants, Polonsky was a committed Marxist, union supporter, and proud member of the Communist Party. Like many Blacklisted screenwriters, Polonsky continued to write under pseudonyms and fronts. While it is now known Polonsky wrote Odds Against Tomorrow, many of his scripts remain uncredited to this day.

In between films, hear film historian Alan Rode speak with Hank Polonsky about Abraham Polonsky’s experience with the Hollywood Red Scare and its impact on their family.


11:00 am— Odds Against Tomorrow
This multi-layered film stars Hollywood legends Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, and Ed Begley as three desperate men who band together for a dangerous heist. Beyond its gripping plot, Odds Against Tomorrow issues a strong statement about the endemic racism at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Directed by Robert Wise. (1959, 96 min. No MPAA rating.)

12:45 pm—Conversation and Q&A with Hank Polonsky
Moderated by film historian, author, and cinema host Alan Rode.

2:00 pm— Force of Evil
Force of Evil stars John Garfield as a lawyer embroiled in a scheme to control “the numbers racket” in New York City, leading to a series of events that test his morality and loyalty. Polonsky’s directorial debut is a poetic urban saga underscoring how unbridled capitalistic greed creates personal debasement and tragedy. (1948, 78 min. No MPAA rating.)

More info and tickets:  Skirball Cultural Center

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.


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.

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The Night of the Hunter at Vidiots / Eagle Theater – October 8, 2023 @ Vidiots
Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Night of the Hunter

Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation will speak before screening this classic thriller.  4pm Sunday, October 8, 2023, at the newly rejuvenated nearly 100 year-old venerated Eagle Theater in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles.

Director: Charles Laughton Run Time: 93 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1955

Starring: Evelyn Varden, James Gleason, Lillian Gish, Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters

Screenwriters: James Agee, Charles Laughton

Producer: Paul Gregory

Co-presented by the Alex Film Society

Actor robert mitchum in the noir thriller night of the hunter.

Charles Laughton’s lone directorial departure, The Night of the Hunter, is one of the most chilling and haunting films ever set to celluloid. Robert Mitchum is beyond terrifying as a serial-killing preacher in the Deep South, set on hunting children in his search for fortune. With a striking Southern Gothic atmosphere and stunning black-and-white imagery that will burn itself into your brain, this is one gorgeously twisted masterpiece.


Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival celebrates 25th anniversary! @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
May 9 – May 12 all-day

Arthur lyons' film noir festival, may 9th through 12th, 2024.


Fest to be held at the Palm Springs Cultural Center on May 9-12, 2024.

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Palm Springs Cultural Center
2300 E Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-6565



Schedule of twelve films screening at arthur lyons film noir festival 2024.



Thursday May 9 Opening Night

7:30 PM Body and Soul (1947) Enterprise/Paramount 104 min. D: Robert Rossen. The undisputed champion of boxing movies depicts the seamy world of the so-called “sweet science” as an unforgettable metaphor for loss and redemption. The great John Garfield heads a stellar cast of: Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks, Canada Lee, Ann Revere, Joseph Pevney, Lloyd Gough and William Conrad. Nominated for three Academy Awards (Garfield, screenwriter Abe Polonsky and Francis Lyon and Robert Parrish winning for editing) with groundbreaking photography by James Wong Howe. Much of the picture’s superb talent in front of and behind the camera including: Garfield, Canada Lee, Ann Revere, producer Bob Roberts, director Robert Rossen, screenwriter Abraham Polonsky and others would tragically comprise a casting call for the Blacklist several years later.

Scheduled Special Guest: Actor/Writer Jim Beaver

Festival opening night reception for all access pass holders & special guests following the screening.



Friday May 10

10:00 AM The Scarlet Claw (1944) Universal/Paramount, 74 min. D: Roy William Neill.  Definitely the most noir-influenced and gothic of the Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce that became preeminent on American theater screens during World War II. The game’s afoot as a series of gruesome murders in a small Quebec village are ascribed to a supernatural monster with Holmes (Rathbone) and Watson (Bruce) proceeding to unravel a seemingly baffling case amid numerous plot twists.  With: Gerald Hamer, Paul Cavanagh and Miles Mander.



1:00 PM Border Incident (1949) MGM/Warner Bros. 94 min. D: Anthony Mann. Mexican and American federal agents (Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy) go undercover to foil a vicious smuggling ring exploiting Mexican farm workers in Southern California. An uncompromisingly stark film is highlighted by brilliant day for night photography by legendary DOP John Alton. Memorable performances by Montalban, James Mitchell, Howard Da Silva, Arnold Moss, Alfonso Bedoya, and a merciless Charles McGraw.

Scheduled special guest: author Luis Reyes. Viva Hollywood: The Legacy of Latin and Hispanic Artists in American Film.



4:00 PM No Man of Her Own (1950) Paramount, 98 min. D; Mitchell Leisen.  Barbara Stanwyck stars as an impoverished woman who is dumped by her heel of a boyfriend (Lyle Bettger) after he discovers she’s pregnant. A desperate Babs assumes the identity of a wealthy railroad crash victim, settling in with the deceased’s well-to-do family until….  Adapted from Cornell Woolrich’s short story “They Call Me Patrice” later published as the novel I Married A Dead Man under the pseudonym of William Irish, this cinematic Woolrich fever dream is dominated by Stanwyck whose initial vulnerability morphs into murderous deceit.  Co-starring John Lund, Jane Cowl and Phyllis Thaxter. Scripted by Sally Benson and Catherine Turney (Mildred Pierce, A Stolen Life, Of Human Bondage).



7:30 PM Across the Bridge (1957) The Rank Organization, 103 min. D: Ken Annakin. A German born British millionaire (Rod Steiger) turns embezzler and flees via train to Mexico after his malfeasance is discovered. Along the way, he switches his identity with another passenger resulting in much more than he ever bargained for. Adapted from Graham Greene’s 1938 short story, this inexplicably overlooked picture is highlighted by Steiger’s gut-wrenching, tour de force performance and is capped by a mind-blowing finale. Director Ken Annakin (The Longest Day, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines) said this was his favorite and best film. With: David Knight, Bernard Lee, Noel Willman, Maria Landi and Dolores.



Saturday May 11

10:00 AM Crime Wave (1954) Warner Bros. 73 min. D: Andre de Toth Three ruthless convicts (Ted de Corsia, Charles Bronson and Nedrick Young) escape from San Quentin, rob a filling station and hide out at a parolee’s (Gene Nelson) apartment while forcing Nelson and his wife (Phyllis Kirk) to participate in a bank robbery.  A relentless homicide lieutenant (a toothpick chewing Sterling Hayden) figuratively tosses the Constitution in the nearest trash bin by using any means necessary to corral the bad guys. Originally titled The City is Dark, this terrific “B noir is characterized by a breakneck tempo accentuated by location filming in downtown L.A.’s Bunker Hill, Glendale and LAPD’s Homicide Division headquarters at City Hall.



1:00 PM Dead Reckoning (1946) Sony-Columbia, 100 min. D; John Cromwell Humphrey Bogart is a decorated WWII paratrooper investigating the disappearance of his comrade in arms as both men are enroute to Washington DC. He tracks the missing soldier to the Gulf Coast and untangles his pal’s past involving an alluring chanteuse (Lizabeth Scott) and a sinister nightclub owner (Morris Carnovsky). Bogie and Liz never looked or sounded better than in this classic post war noir replete with flashbacks, ominous characters and smarmy dialogue with murder and mayhem folded in. Artfully directed by John Cromwell and scripted by a collage of writers including Steve Fisher and Allen Rivkin.



4:00 PM Woman in Hiding (1950) Universal, 93 min.  A car careens off a bridge into a river in the Great Smoky Mountains with the driver (Ida Lupino) observing the search for her body from a hiding place while reflecting on the events resulting in the accident. A suspenseful “woman in peril” film penned by Oscar Saul and Roy Huggins is directed to maximum effect by Michael Gordon two years before he was blacklisted. Co-starring: Ida’s future hubby Howard Duff, the always sinister Stephen McNally, Peggy Dow, John Litel and Taylor Holmes.



7:30 PM Day of the Outlaw (1959) United Artists, 91 minutes. D: Andre de Toth. A simmering range dispute between a ruthless cattle rancher (Robert Ryan) and a group of homesteaders explodes into chaos when a gang of sadistic renegades led a sociopathic ex-Army officer (Burl Ives) takes over and runs amuck. This noir stained western with an emphasis on adult themes boasts an incredible cast led by Ryan, Ives, Tina Louise, Alan Marshal, Nehemiah Persoff, Jack Lambert, Elisha Cook Jr and Mike McGreevey among many other familiar faces. Filmed on location near Bend, Oregon.

Scheduled special guest: Actor/Producer/Director Mike McGreevey.



Sunday May 12

10:00 AM The Enforcer (1951) Warner Bros./Paramount, 88 min. D: Brentaigne Windust.  Mid 20th century audiences were introduced to alternate meanings of “hit” and “contract” by this groundbreaking film.  In his final Warner Bros. feature, Humphrey Bogart stars as a crusading district attorney (inspired by actual racket buster Burton Turkus) who takes on a vicious murder-for-hire organization led by a lethal Everett Sloane and an ominously sweaty Ted de Corsia, Co-starring a splendid Zero Mostel, Roy Roberts, Michael Tolan, and Bob Steele. Partially directed by an uncredited Raoul Walsh, this fact-based picture was the initial cinematic rendering of the infamous 1940s Murder Inc. case.



1:00 PM Escape in the Fog (1945) Sony-Columbia, 65 min. D: Budd Boetticher.  A woman recovering from shock (Nina Foch) in a San Francisco hotel room has a nightmare about a murder on the Golden Gate Bridge and screams uncontrollably. After the innkeeper and a stranger awakens her, she recognizes the stranger as the intended murder victim in her dream! This nifty World War II espionage-themed programmer is directed with fast paced verve by Budd Boetticher and also stars Otto Kruger. With: William Wright, Konstantin Shayne and Ivan Triesault.

Scheduled Special Guest: Emmy Award winning screenwriter/producer Kirk Ellis.



4:00 PM Shadow of a Doubt (1942) Universal, 108 min. D: Alfred Hitchcock.  Hitchcock’s all-time favorite of his 60-odd films is based on an actual 1938 event in Connecticut. A revered uncle (Joseph Cotten) visiting his sister’s (Patricia Collinge) family in a peaceful California town is being surreptitiously tracked by the authorities.  When his namesake niece (Teresa Wright) discovers her beloved uncle’s horrific secret, the ramifications become shatteringly deadly. Adapted for the screen by Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson and Alma Reville (Hitchcock’s wife) from an Oscar nominated original story by Gordon McDonnell, this classic has been digitally restored and is a must see on the big screen! With: Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Hume Cronyn and Wallace Ford.