The Guilty / High Tide
The Guilty / High Tide
BLU-RAY / DVD DUAL-FORMAT EDITION
Flicker Alley, in partnership with the Film Noir Foundation, is proud to release two newly restored noir classics from 1947 – The Guilty and High Tide.
The Guilty, produced by Jack Wrather and released by Monogram Pictures, is a triumph of resourcefulness for its director, John Reinhardt. Based on a short story by legendary suspense writer Cornell Woolrich, this little-seen B movie centers on war veterans Mike Carr (Don Castle) and Johnny Dixon (Wally Cassell), roommates in a low-rent tenement. Working on only three sets, with a shoestring budget, Reinhardt and director of photography Henry Sharp evoke the dreadful, dead-of-night ambiance that was the domain of the era’s most prolific noir scribe, Cornell Woolrich. Thanks to the dedication of the Film Noir Foundation, The Guilty has been restored from a 35mm nitrate composite fine-grain master by UCLA Film & Television Archive, and is now presented in this world-premiere edition.
High Tide was the second of two crime thrillers independently produced in 1947 by Wrather. It carries over from The Guilty the same screenwriter and cameraman, the same protagonist in actor Don Castle, and the same director, John Reinhardt, whose playful inventiveness enlivened several post-WW II noir films. This forgotten noir, set in a spectacularly corrupt Los Angeles, is a crackling crime thriller rescued thanks to the combined efforts of the Film Noir Foundation, UCLA Film & Television Archive, and the British Film Institute. Restoration funding was provided by the Film Noir Foundation in conjunction with the Packard Humanities Institute.
BONUS MATERIALS INCLUDE:
- Introduction to The Guilty and High Tide – by author, film historian, and "noirchaelogist" Eddie Muller
- Jack Wrather: A Legacy of Film and Friendship – produced by Steven C. Smith and Alan K. Rode, featuring interviews with Chris Wrather and Gretchen (Castle) Bernfeld
- Nightmare: The Life and Films of Cornell Woolrich – a documentary by Steven C. Smith and Eddie Muller exploring the life and work of author Cornell Woolrich
- John Reinhardt: Direction Without Borders – produced by Steven C. Smith and Alan K. Rode, featuring interviews with critic Dave Kehr, film historian Maria Elena de las Carreras, former child actor Gordon Gebert, and film historian and biographer Alan K. Rode
- Lee Tracy: The Fastest Mouth in the West – a profile of the actor by writer and film historian Imogen Sara Smith
- Audio Commentary for The Guilty – by author and film scholar Jake Hinkson
- Audio Commentary for High Tide – by film historian Alan K. Rode
- Souvenir Booklet – featuring posters, lobby cards, and stills from both films, including a book-to-film essay by Brian Light
- English SDH Subtitles
- Reversible Cover Artwork