Heat Lightning – Steamiest, Sweatiest Pre-Code Drama Author Margaret Talbot in Person! Restored 35mm Print!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Northwest Chicago Film Society will not be screening films at the Portage Theater this week. We apologize for the inconvenience. This screening has been moved to the Patio Theater.

13A_Heat Lightning
Wednesday, June 26 @ 8:00pm at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd.
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy • 1934
A sweaty, snarly helping of desert dreams and dead-end desire, Heat Lightning is a startling pre-Code drama. Aline MacMahon and Ann Dvorak play rugged sisters who run an auto garage-greasy spoon-flophouse trifecta in the middle of the Mojave, the only spot for miles around that serves bickering couples, satisfied divorcées, gangsters on the lam, and a whole car full of Mexican kids. Preceding the somewhat similar Petrified Forest by two years, Heat Lightning finds the New Deal optimism of Warner’s Busby Berkeley musicals thoroughly curdled in the arid blaze. (“Prosperity’s just across the border,” opines hood Preston Foster.) Features an impressive supporting turn from WB contract player Lyle Talbot as a jumpy bank robber who nibbles on his own necktie and murmurs “Holy cats” as if he was really cussing. (KW)
63 min • Warner Bros. • 35mm from the Library of Congress, permission Warner Bros.
Preceded by: Selected Cartoon – 16mm – 7 min

Margaret Talbot will introduce the film and sign copies of The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century, a biography of her father, Lyle Talbot.

13B_Margaret Talbot

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