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Free Afternoon Movie

Tuesday, February 13
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Mary J. Benson Branch

Free Afternoon Movie - DARKER NOIR CLASSICS

February 13   Touch Of Evil (1958) 1 hr 35 minutes

Mexican Narcotics officer “Mike” Vargas (Charlton Heston) has to interrupt his honeymoon on the Mexican-US border after an American building contractor is killed by a bomb planted in a car, and delay his return to Mexico City where he’s been mounting a case against the Grandi family crime syndicate. Police Captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles) is in charge of the investigation on the US side, but Vargas soon suspects him of corruption. With his new American wife, Susie (Janet Leigh), safely—or so he thinks—tucked away in a hotel on the US side of the border, Vargas starts to review Quinlan’s earlier cases. But the Grandis have their own plans for Vargas, and they start with his wife Susie...

This film won many awards. Orson Welles stated his goal was to infuriate the audience with the plot, and the story became even more confusing once the studio re-cut the picture.