On Dangerous Ground


(Nicholas Ray, 1952).
Not to be missed. Among the finest of Ray’s work for RKO, this moving noir thriller stars Robert Ryan as an intelligent but brutal and fucked-up New York cop sent upstate to track down a killer and who finds salvation when he falls in love with the perp’s sister. Ryan is superb, Ida Lupino mesmerizing as the blind heroine. The great Bernard Herrmann believed his score for it the best film music he ever composed—maybe that’s why he re-used a chunk of it later in his score for Hitchcock’s Marnie.

Tue., July 28, 2:40, 6 & 9:20 p.m., 2009