The Hard Way 1943 Ages 15+

2.30PM Sat 27 Oct 2018 (1hr 49mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

‘After years of accepting Bette Davis’ cast-off casting offers, under-utilized leading lady Ida Lupino has her chance to dazzle as the worldly, callous creature that would help define her legacy as an on-screen performer.  Her hardboiled turn as a pushy, stern ‘stage sister’ to the moderately-talented, sequin-eyed Katie (Joan Leslie) substantiated Lupino’s nuanced talents to the critical elite, earning her the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress. Based on a story by famed American playwright Irwin Shaw, The Hard Way features self-serving personalities who sink their heels deep into this drama’s malevolent core.  Unfolding as an elongated flashback, a narrative technique considered shockingly fresh in the early 1940s, the sisters’ dead-end mining town is quickly abandoned for a co-dependent, hollow life of ever-escalating fame—achieved by any means necessary.’ – UCLA Film & Television Archive

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 109 MINUTES, UNITED STATES, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: VINCENT SHERMAN / PRODUCER: JERRY WALD / SCRIPT: DANIEL FUCHS, PETER VIERTEL / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JAMES WONG HOWE / CAST: IDA LUPINO, DENNIS MORGAN, JOAN LESLIE, JACK CARSON / PRODUCTION COMPANY: WARNER BROS. / PRINT SOURCE: UCLA FILM & TELEVISION ARCHIVE / RIGHTS: ROADSHOW ENTERTAINMENT / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM