Thu, 27 Apr|
Try and Get Me! (1950): Film Noir UK
Time & Location
27 Apr 2023, 18:00
Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
About the Event
Try and Get Me! (1950)
Director: Cy Endfield
Starring: Lloyd Bridges, Frank Lovejoy, Kathleen Ryan, Richard Carlson
PG / USA / 85mins
A crime film in the tradition of the great Fritz Lang (M, Dr Mabuse, Scarlet Street) and Anthony Mann (Strangers in the Night), Try And Get Me is a taut tale directed by Cy Endfield (The Underworld Story, Hell Drivers, Zulu) inspired by actual events and infused with the classic style of film noir.
Based on the Jo Pagano novel The Condemned (itself co-opting the real-life
Brooke Hart kidnapping), Try and Get Me stars Lloyd Bridges (Trapped, Airplane!, Hot Shots!) as the deranged, cold-as-ice Jerry Slocum, and Frank Lovejoy (In a Lonely Place) as Howard Tyler, Jerry’s unwitting accomplice.
Howard’s life begins to spiral out of control when he’s sucked into a kidnapping plot. At the same time, Richard Carlson (Creature from the Black Lagoon) portrays Gil Stanton, a gung-ho journalist who may have crossed ethical boundaries when his series of newspaper articles leads to even further tragedy for all concerned.
Try And Get Me is a first-rate film noir with more on its mind than just thrills (which there are plenty of ) as it navigates heady themes such as journalistic ethics and vigilante justice. The film also stars Kathleen Ryan (Captain Lightfoot), Katherine Locke (The Snake Pit), Adele Jergens (Day the World Ended) and Art Smith (Letter From An Unknown Woman).
Presented in partnership with Film Noir UK.
Special introduction and Q&A with Cy Enfield’s daughter Eden Enfield and biographer Brian Neve.