Not the usual suspects: a sensational lineup of hard-to-find films noir from the vaults, courtesy of our friends at Kit Parker, coming this April. Per Mr. Parker himself, materials came from the Columbia vault courtesy of Sony, so we're expecting impeccable transfers from grade-A material. Here's the full rundown on what's in the set:
Address Unknown (1944, dir. William Cameron Menzies) Intrigue and suspense in prewar Germany. Paul Lukas and Carl Esmond star.
The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947, dir. Henry Levin) Rosalind Russell's husband gave up his life to save five men in the war: but were they worth his sacrifice? She's going to find out. Melvyn Douglas co-stars.
Escape in the Fog (1945, dir. Budd Boetticher) Nina Foch dreams of murder... and her reality takes on a homicidal bent. Otto Kruger co-stars.
Assignment - Paris! (1952, dir. Robert Parrish) Actually, Dana Andrews is off to Budapest in a Cold War thriller with George Sanders and Audrey Totter. Love that cast!
711 Ocean Drive (1950, dir. Joseph M. Newman) Bad gambler Edmund O'Brien is blackmailed into helping with a heist; Joanne Dru co-stars.
Johnny Allegro (1949, dir. Ted Tetzlaff) George Raft is a bad guy gone straight - which doesn't endear him to his old buddies. Nina Foch co-stars.
The Black Book (a/k/a Reign of Terror, 1949, dir. Anthony Mann) A "film noir" set during the French Revolution? Huh? Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart and Arlene Dahl star.
The Miami Story (1954, dir. Fred Sears) Sam Katzman production (oh, boy) with G-Man Barry Sullivan going undercover to infiltrate the mob.
The Killer that Stalked New York (1950, dir. Earl McEvoy) Smugglers not only are carting diamonds around the city – they’re carrying smallpox, too! Evelyn Keyes stars.
Bonus materials to be announced. Stay tuned to In The Balcony for more info!