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Bad Day at Black Rock

Saturday, Jun 10, 2023 at 3:15 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

Dir. John Sturges. 1955, 81 mins. 35mm from Park Circus. With Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Dean Jagger, Anne Francis, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Walter Brennan. Sturges’s lean-and-mean CinemaScope color desert noir features a beguiling Tracy as no-nonsense, one-armed man who arrives in a tiny town in the California desert called Black Rock. This mysterious figure has come to inquire about the disappearance of a local Japanese man named Komoko, and the suspicious Black Rock residents do not welcome this interloper kindly. With its thrilling, clockwork narrative, and a ruthless turn from Ryan as a local with a lot to hide, Bad Day at Black Rock is one of the great two-fisted thrillers of the 1950s. The film’s singular creation of a fabricated town in the middle of nowhere was a major influence on Asteroid City, for which an entire hamlet was built in a vast farmland.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.