I’ve just returned from Noir City 2013, the annual film noir festival held in San Francisco at the historic Castro Theater. Noir City was founded by an old friend of mine, Eddie Muller, whom I know from my days as a journalist in the shipping industry. I’ve lost track of how many years I’ve been going to the Noir City festival; I think this is my fifth year.
The theme this year was films based on the writings of the great early-mid 20th Century crime writer, Cornell Woolrich.
Street of Chance gives a rare view of the grizzled character actor Burgess Meredith (Rocky’s cornerman!) as a young leading man. It also stars Claire Trevor, probably the most epochal film noir actress after Barbara Stanwyk.
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