Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The 2022 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival Coming to Palm Springs in May

The 2022 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival opens in Palm Springs two weeks from today!

The festival will open on Wednesday, May 11th, with a special performance by Victoria Mature, "Victor and Victoria Cabaret, an Evening of Music and Reminisces."

The show is a multimedia event which will be a fundraiser for the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival and the Palm Springs Cultural Center, where the festival is held each year.

Victoria, an accomplished singer, will offer an evening which also celebrates the life and career of her father, Victor Mature. For more on the show, here's a March interview with Victoria in the Rancho Santa Fe Review.

The films shown at the 22nd edition of the festival will begin the following evening, on Thursday, May 12th, featuring Leonard Maltin at a screening of Nicholas Ray's THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (1948).

A reception will follow the movie.

Four films will be shown at the festival on Friday, May 13th: THE ARGYLE SECRETS (1948) starring William Gargan and Marjorie Lord; PHANTOM LADY (1944) starring Ella Raines and Franchot Tone; I WALK ALONE (1947) starring Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, and Kirk Douglas; and LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945) starring Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, and Vincent Price.

I just saw THE ARGYLE SECRETS at the Noir City Hollywood Festival and jokingly called it the "PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE of film noir." It's a pretty strange 64 minutes. And will I see it again? You bet! And the other films shown that day are all top-notch.

Saturday, May 14th, will feature four films shown in 35mm prints. The day kicks off with a screening of AMONG THE LIVING (1941), starring Albert Dekker and Susan Hayward. That will be followed by THE GUILTY (1947), featuring Bonita Granville as twins; the Argentinian noir LOS TALLOS AMARGOS (THE BITTER STEMS) (1956); and Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Orson Welles in the original theatrical version of TOUCH OF EVIL (1958).

The festival will draw to a close with three films on Sunday, May 15th: MOONRISE (1948) starring Dane Clark and Gail Russell; I WAKE UP SCREAMING (1941) starring Victor Mature, Betty Grable, and Carole Landis, introduced by Victoria Mature; and DETECTIVE STORY (1950) with Kirk Douglas and Eleanor Parker.

This is always an extremely enjoyable festival, and unlike some film fests, there's even time built in to eat meals between movies! I highly recommend attending.

The festival is held at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly known as the Camelot Theatres) located at 2300 East Baristo Road in Palm Springs.

Ticket information may be found at the festival website. Moviegoers may purchase either an "All Access Pass" for the entire festival or individual screening tickets.

For a look at past Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival coverage, please visit these links: 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021.

Updated: The Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Review.


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