Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RIP Jules Dassin

From: Mark R. Harris (
Date: 31 Mar 2008

Everyone knows Jules Dassin's classic noirs: Thieves' Highway, Brute Force, The Naked City, Night and the City, and Rififi. Two Smart People pre-dates those films and is also counted as a noir by some people.

But Dassin's true lost noir may be his 1968 film Up Tight!, a Cleveland-based African-American remake of John Ford's The Informer, co-written by Ruby Dee and starring an impressive group of black actors including Dee, Raymond St. Jacques, Frank Silvera, Dick Anthony Williams, Juanita Moore, and Roscoe Lee Browne. Roger Ebert's contemporary review is interesting and indicates that the film is largely set at night:

Rumored lost for many years, the film re-surfaced in a 35 millimeter print at the Cleveland Cinemateque just last week (March 25). One of the noir festivals ought to be enterprising and contact the folks in Cleveland about arranging to show this virtually forgotten film by a noir master.


Mark R. Harris
2122 W. Russet Court #8
Appleton WI 54914
(920) 470-9855

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