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Lobby card for "Cornered" (RKO, 1945)

This Thursday (October 5) at the Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC)

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Lobby card for “Cornered” (RKO, 1945)

Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.

CORNERED (RKO, 1945). Directed by Edward Dmytryk. Screenplay by John Paxton; story and adaptation by John Wexley. With Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, Micheline Cheirel, Nina Vale, Morris Carnovsky, Luther Adler. (102 min, black & white, 35mm, archival print from the Copyright Collection).

A former P.O.W. investigates the murder of his bride, a member of the French Resistance. His quest takes him from London to France, then Switzerland, and finally to Buenos Aires. A quintessential film noir, “Cornered” was made by the creative team responsible for the previous year’s “Murder, My Sweet.” Dick Powell, who played Raymond Chandler’s detective Philip Marlowe in the earlier film, here portrays another tough, cynical, and distrustful individual, doggedly pursuing revenge in a world both psychologically and physically devastated by war. Following close on the heels of “Murder, My Sweet,” “Cornered” completed Powell’s remarkable transformation from romantic lead in musicals to hardboiled tough guy.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

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