Exeter CACHE premieres noir film classics

(Rigo Moran)

Center for Art, Culture, and History hosts showings of a different classic noir movies on the first Mondays of March, April and May

EXETER – Delve into the dark and mysterious world of film noir with CACHE’s upcoming series, where classic movie-lovers have a chance to embark on an immersive journey into classic cinema filled with intrigue, suspense and vintage charm.

Get ready for a trip down cinematic memory lane as The Center for Art, Culture, and History, Exeter (CACHE), introduces a classic film noir cinema series every first Monday of the next few months, starting on March 4 at 6 p.m. with a showing of “The Stranger.” The rest of the spring season lineup includes “Detour” on April 1 and “Impact” on May 6.

Vintage dress is encouraged when attending a movie showing but not required to attend. Aida and Lee Bartoletti of Exeter will host a film discussion following the movies. This event is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted. The event is recommended for ages 13 and older.

The series’ first showing, the 1946 film “The Stranger,” follows the intriguing story of Charles Rankin (Orson Welles), a seemingly respectable professor with a dark past, as he faces a government investigation. When a former Nazi’s body is found in the same town, a government official (Edward G. Robinson) begins the investigation of Rankin, discovering that he is not whom he appears to be.

For the April 1 showing, the movie selection is the 1945 film “Detour.” In the film, Al Roberts (Tom Neal) is a pianist in a sleepy New York nightclub. When his girlfriend takes off for California to seek singing gigs, Roberts decides to hitch-hike after her.

On the way, Roberts gets a ride from a man who dies from a heart attack. Afraid that he’ll be suspected of killing the man, he buries the body in the desert and takes the man’s car and wallet, assuming his identity.

As for the May 6 viewing, this concludes the spring season lineup with the 1949 film “Impact.” In this movie, Businessman Walter Williams (Brian Donlevy) plans a business trip to Denver and asks his wife, Irene (Helen Walker), to come along. She declines but asks him to give a lift to her cousin Jim, who is on his way to the Midwest. This “cousin” turns out to be Helen’s lover, who planned to kill Williams. Jim attempts to murder Walter before he is killed and burned beyond recognition in an accident in Walter’s car.

Still alive, Walter ends up in a small town in Idaho where he assumes a fake identity and works with widow Marsha Peters (Ella Raines). When Walter finds out that Helen is now suspected of what appeared to be Walter’s death, he must decide whether to pursue his new life or go back and exonerate the woman who wanted to kill him.

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