A hardened city girl (Barbara Stanwyck) returns home from the big city, marries a good-hearted fisherman (Paul Douglas), but falls for a cynical and violent film projectionist (Robert Ryan). This tough, emotionally wrought, highly atmospheric and precisely observed Cannery Row drama, partly shot on location in Monterey and based on Clifford Odets’ play, is meticulously directed by Lang and buoyed by a stellar cast, including a strong supporting performance by Monroe in her first above-the-title role.
Also screening on Wed 12 April
Return Fire: Marilyn Monroe, actor and icon
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) – Wed 12 April, 7pm
Clash by Night (1952) – Wed 12 April, 8.50pm
The Misfits (1961) – Wed 19 April, 7pm
Don't Bother to Knock (1952) – Wed 19 April, 9.20pm
Monkey Business (1952) – Wed 26 April, 7pm
Bus Stop (1956) – Wed 26 April, 8.50pm
About the program
Marilyn Monroe's (1926–62) image, as the personification of Hollywood glamour, beauty and desirability, is perhaps the most iconic in popular culture...
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