Cinema a Go-Go presents a night of female noir film

​It’s A Women’s Centered Night Of Film Noir Thrillers At The Upcoming KPR Virtual Cinema a Go Go! Join us on friday august 26at 7 p.m. for a screening of blonde ice cream (1948) and The hitchhiker (1953). Don’t forget to claim your virtual ticket here.

blonde ice cream (1948) is a “delightfully naughty” noir about a devious society columnist who enjoys seducing rich older men and then dumping them for their money. She’s about as bad as she comes, eagerly accusing an ex-boyfriend of murder, among other things.

blonde ice cream is a little defeated by its small budget, but it has something of a cult. And how can you go wrong with THIS title? Director Jack Bernhard has made just a dozen films, including B-grade classics such as Lure and unknown island (which we have already seen at Cinema a Go Go).

Star Leslie Brooks started off in small parts, eventually moving to the second track – but almost always as seductive ladies with bad intentions. Robert Paige was a capable actor often trapped in B movies like emergency squad and The girl and the monster. He’s the much-hyped former lover getting ready for a murder charge in this one!

Our second feature film is that of Ida Lupino The hitchhiker (1953)a well-done film noir starring Edmond O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy as two fishermen who pick up a psychotic hitchhiker who’s already murdered a bunch of people and wants them to be next!

Actress Ida Lupino had already made a few films at that time, and The hitchhiker is notable as the first American mainstream film noir directed by a woman. Lupino and her then-husband, Collier Young, co-wrote the screenplay, which is based on the true story of madness killer Billy Cook, who murdered five people during a 22-day rampage that started in Joplin, Missouri and ended in California.

The psychopathic killer in this film is played by William Talman, who later appeared as Hamilton Burger, the ever-failing district attorney Perry Mason in the long-running TV series.

The hitchhiker was shot in about four weeks during the summer of 1952. It opened to little fanfare in 1953 but received very good reviews. Recently, the film was restored and screened by the Film Noir Foundation in San Francisco.

Admission to KPR’s Cinema a Go-Go is always free, but you must register for access credentials at the link here.


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