Dec 6th 2018

In this essential film noir, gumshoe Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) picks up a beautiful hitchhiker (a young Cloris Leachman) wearing only a trench coat. Thugs hijack the car and murder the hitchhiker. At a police station, a detective is especially insistent that Mike forget about it, but Mike can’t help but investigate, instigating a tour of a degenerate cartoon mirage of Los Angeles infested with idiots, assholes, and weirdos. 35mm collection print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive

runtime: 106m format: 35mm
Part of our Thursday II series, Enter the Labyrinth
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