The Labor Day weekend marks the third annual HFA all-night movie marathon. This year's twelve-hour feast includes a handful of films featuring the star in the years from her postwar comeback following Mildred Pierce (1945) to her final appearance on the big screen in 1970. Crawford's long career saw her begin as a screen beauty at MGM in the silent era then rise to stardom in the thirties only to be named "box office poison" by the end of the decade. This return to Hollywood's good graces and the longevity of her career give special significance to Crawford's later films, which made of her an iconic presence still instantly recognizable today. We offer this marathon as tribute to her persistence in the face of Hollywood's ageism and the collapse of the studio system. Watch with us all night as a star rages against the dying of the light until the sun comes up. — David Pendleton
Flamingo RoadDirected by Michael Curtiz.
With Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet.
1949, 35mm, black & white, 94 min.
The Damned Don't CryDirected by Vincent Sherman.
With Joan Crawford, David Brian, Steve Cochran.
1950, 35mm, black & white, 103 min.
Female on the BeachDirected by Joseph Pevney.
With Joan Crawford, Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling.
1955, 35mm, black & white, 97 min.
Autumn LeavesDirected by Robert Aldrich.
With Joan Crawford, Vera Miles, Lorne Greene.
1956, 35mm, black & white, 108 min.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?Directed by Robert Aldrich.
With Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono.
1962, 35mm, black & white, 134 min.
Strait-jacketDirected by William Castle.
With Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson.
1964, 35mm, black & white, 89 min.
TrogDirected by Freddie Francis.
With Joan Crawford, Michael Gough, Bernard Kay.
1970, digital video, color, 93 min.
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