Film Noir Festival opens in Palm Springs Thursday

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The 14th annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, which screens "landmark and obscure" vintage movies from the 1930s to the 1950s, opens Thursday in Palm Springs.

The festival runs through Sunday at Camelot Theatres and is organized by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. The festival will open Thursday with a 7:30 p.m. screening of 1946's "Three Strangers," starring Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. After the screening, Michael Lindsay Hogg, son of co-star Geraldine Fitzgerald, will answer questions and sign his book, "Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York and Points Beyond."

Writer and film historian Alan Rode will host the festival for the sixth straight year, festival spokesman Michael C. Green said. The festival will include celebrity appearances and introductions by film historians. Those scheduled to appear are actresses Marsha Hunt and Joan Evans, actors Jimmy Lydon and Stuart Whitman, and Patricia Ward Kelly, widow of actor and choreographer Gene Kelly.

"I try to keep the festival fresh for our core audience members who aren't necessarily habitues of the film noir festival circuit," Rode said. "While the guest stars and the commentators are a major component of the festival's rich heritage, our loyal patrons continue to sustain the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival primarily because of the unique mix of films that are programmed every year."

The festival was founded in 2000 by mystery author and Palm Springs community leader Arthur Lyons and his wife, Barbara, as the Palm Springs Film Noir Festival. The event was renamed the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in 2008 after Lyons' death.

All-access passes are $125, and include the opening night reception. Individual tickets are $13; $11 for 10 a.m. matinees.

For tickets, go to www.arthurlyonsfilmnoir.org or www.camelottickets.com, call (800) 595-4849, or go to the Camelot Theatres box office from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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