TRY AND GET ME (1950)

Dir. Cy Endfield

Originally perceived as an anti-McCarthy statement, this rarely seen combination of film noir and social commentary seems even more timely today. It starts with a near-documentary depiction of unemployment, as veteran Frank Lovejoy tries to support his family in a world that seems indifferent to his problems. When he hooks up with mentally unstable petty crook Lloyd Bridges for a series of crimes culminating in a kidnapping gone wrong, the film takes on the lynch-mob mentality, with parallels today's politics of hate and anger. TRY AND GET ME is based on the same case that inspired MGM's anti-lynching drama Fury (1936), but sticks closer to the original facts. Director Cy Endfield shot the picture in Phoenix, Arizona, which provided an edgier environment than the predictable world of the studio back lot. The film faired poorly at the box office, partly because it was denounced by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Blacklisted, Endfield had to move to England to find work, eventually emerging as a provocative action director with films like Hell Drivers (1957) and Zulu (1964). This new 35mm print was restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the Film Noir Foundation.

In attendance: Beau Bridges, Eddie Muller.

TRY AND GET ME
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