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Classic Film Series Continues With ‘Crime Wave’

The Glendale Historical Society has partnered with the Alex Film Society once again for their 2024 Classic Film series at the Doctors House in Brand Park. Film fans can bring their chairs, blankets and picnic dinners and enjoy the second free outdoor screening in the series on Saturday, July 13: “Crime Wave” (1954).

The screening of this hidden gem of the film noir genre is being hosted by The Glendale Historical Society. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7.

In researching films with a historical connection to Glendale, the society found this thriller starring Sterling Hayden, Phyllis Kirk and a young actor named Charles Buchinsky (who found greater fame as Charles Bronson). The film features distinctive Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale locations, including a dramatic robbery and chase sequence down Brand Boulevard.

The program will begin with an introduction by historical author Marc Wanamaker, known for writing about early Los Angeles and Hollywood. The audience will have the chance to hear a brief presentation on the film and see rare photos of the historic Brand estate.

The final film in the series, “Bye Bye Birdie” (1963), will be shown on Saturday, Aug. 3.

For more information, email: events@glendalehistorical.org.

First published in the June 29 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

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