Run, Don’t Walk, to John Berry’s Classic John Garfield Noir He Ran All the Way in 35mm – May 15th at NEIU

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $7 • NEIU Students: $3

Wednesday, May 15 @ 7:30 PM / NEIU
Directed by John Berry • 1951
Nick Robey (John Garfield) is a bumbling petty criminal who shoots a cop during a payroll holdup gone horribly wrong. Poor Peg (Shelley Winters) meets Nick at a public pool and takes him home only for her whole family to end up his hostages while he hides from police. This noir-cum-home invasion thriller, made just after the height of the House Un-American Committee’s terror in Hollywood, featured a coterie of soon-to-be-blacklisted talent: director John Berry, writing team Dalton Trumbo and Hugo Butler, and, of course, leading man Garfield. Most would rebound in the more liberal cultural climate of the 1960s and ’70s and deliver some of their most memorable work under their own names: Berry would direct Claudine, Butler would write the infamous Legend of Lylah Claire, and Trumbo would break the black list with the one-two punch of Exodus and Spartacus. Alas, there would be no happy ending for Garfield; He Ran All the Way was his last film before his death at age 39 from a heart attack, possibly from HUAC-induced stress. No wonder the film is so concerned with issues of trust. Who can you rely on when you’re all in danger? How do you protect the ones you love in moments of trial and duress? (JR)
77 min • United Artists • 35mm from Park Circus
Film Stock: Eastman B+W (1996, Acetate)
Short:“In Our Hands, Part 1: How We Got What We Have” (Wilding Picture Productions, 1950) – 21 min – 16mm

“…a fitting and powerful testament to [John Garfield’s] poignancy and power as a working-class punk. …a highly affecting thriller that draws us relentlessly into its plangent moral tensions” — Chicago Reader

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