Tribute to Glenn Ford: Film Noir Double Bill at The Egyptian with Biography Book Signing
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The last date listed for Framed and Mr. Soft Touch was Saturday April 16, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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_Framed, _1947, Columbia [Sony Repertory], 82 min, Film Noir.
In this rarely seen piece of prime-grade pulp, taciturn Glenn Ford barrels his broken-down truck into a rural California town and is quickly engulfed in adultery, embezzlement and murder. Janis Carter is the long, tall drink of delicious poison he can’t resist, a frosty sample of pure ’40s film noir femme fatale. Barry Sullivan is his usual sly self as the not-so-unwilling cuckold. The script by Ben Maddow (The Asphalt Jungle) hits all the notes originated by James M. Cain, and director Richard Wallace has a good time playing them.
Mr Soft Touch, 1949, Columbia [Sony Repertory], 93 min, Film Noir. This ultra-rare comedy-noir hybrid features Glenn Ford as a returning World War II vet who knocks over the Frisco nightclub he used to own. When the gangster owners come gunning for him, Ford finds sanctuary by getting arrested for a misdemeanor – only to find himself back in hot water when he’s sprung by a do-gooder social worker (Evelyn Keyes) for the holidays. Directed by Henry Levin and Gordon Douglas, this is an odd combination of romantic comedy, schmaltzy sentiment and hardboiled noir.
Neither film is available on DVD.
There will be a discussion between films with Ford’s son, Peter Ford, with a book signing in the Egyptian lobby from 6:30-7:15pm of Peter Ford’s new book Glenn Ford: A Life.