It is time for our next TFC film screening @ CSL. This Friday, May 2, 2008, we will enjoy PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953), directed by the outspoken director, Samuel Fuller. Sammy started out as a young crime reporter in NYC. He was a rifleman in the 1st Infantry Division during WWII. He started out in Hollywood as a writer, specializing in crime and war scripts. PICKUP was his only film noir, and it is considered to be his best film. Earlier he had directed the gritty war films THE STEEL HELMET (1951), and FIXED BAYONETS (1951). In 1980 he had a chance to make his last major film, THE BIG RED ONE, with Lee Marvin.
PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953) Director Samuel Fuller @ 81 minutes.
The film starred Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, and Richard Kiley. A woman had her purse picked on the New York subway. The purse contained microfilm that was to be given to Communist spies. Federal agents were watching the whole event. They endeavored to put pressure on Skip, the pickpocket, trying to appeal to his “patriotism”—but he had a different agenda, feeling that he could work both ends against the middle. This terrific and classic film noir plunges us headlong into a criminal world we had heretofore only imagined. Tagline, “How the law took a chance on a B-girl…and won!”
So join us at the CSL, which is located at 206 North J Street in Tacoma. There will be soup and snacks served in the kitchen around 6:00pm. The socialization is as much fun as the screenings, and it gives members a chance to meet and greet new people who are attending their first time. Roger will bring a short film which will screen promptly at 7pm. We have a remastered Criterion print of PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET, and so you will see it just like folks did in 1953. See you at the movies!