San Francisco shipping executive Robert Ryan and new bride Laraine Day are looking forward to a happy and successful life together, but when Bob was a young man working on the dock, he was a member of the Communist Party, and his old pals are looking to play rough - and you know Commies, they can play PLENTY rough.
Originally marketed as I Married a Communist, which frankly sounds like a 1950s TV situation comedy, The Woman on Pier 13 is an important historical part of Hollywood's response to the HUAC investigation.
Reportedly more than a dozen directors turned the project down before RKO chief Howard Hughes finally brought in Robert Stevenson, a Britisher, to make the picture.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All patrons will be asked to confirm their loyalty to the United States of America, such as it is, before viewing tonight's film. If you're a Communist, you must sit in the designated section.
(73 min. / B&W / 1.37:1)
The Woman on Pier 13
(1949, Dir. Robert Stevenson)
Also on the Program
Well, of course, the big news is that we've reached the 15th and final episode of our sock-a-second serial, The Secret Code. The following week, Columbia debuted a new chapterplay, the western Valley of Vanishing Men with Wild Bill Elliott. The Black Commando bows out with "The Secret Code Smashed!"
Cartoons this week include Tex Avery's Lonesome Lenny, the fifth and final Screwy Squirrel cartoon, and the Warner Bros. cartoon Roughly Squeaking with those two "Yeah, yeah, sure sure" mice.
In addition, TravelTalks takes us Over the Andes, Pete Smith, more soundies, and whatever else we can sweep up off the projection room floor.
Next week, it's one of those Balcony trademark Double Feature presentations from The "B" Hive and the thrilling days of yesteryear, and in two weeks watch for the premiere of our new serial! And coming soon: a foreign film that we think is one of the most exciting movies ever made! Stay tuned!