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Film noir classic is next Widmark movie

Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 12:04 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON – The next Widmark Wednesday movie finds Princeton’s own Richard Widmark portraying a two-bit hustler whose latest con game in post-war London lands him in big trouble with the underworld.

The film begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Princeton Public Library. Admission is free.

In the 1950 film noir classic, Widmark’s character schemes to take over London’s pro wrestling promotion racket. For a while, he appears to succeed. However, his ambition and self-deception lead to tragic consequences.

Co-stars are Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe, Francis L. Sullivan, and Herbert Lom, who went on to portray Chief Inspector Dreyfus in the Pink Panther movies.

Wrestling legend Stanislaus Zbyszko and pro wrestler Mike Mazurki also star.

Widmark, a 1932 graduate of Princeton High School, acted in more than 70 movies from 1947 until 1991.

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