News Release: ReelMassillon to Screen Underworld USA

As part of its 2015 film noir theme, the ReelMassillon series will screen Underworld USA on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Immel Circus Gallery. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $7.
Fourteen-year-old Tolly Devlin (played as an adult by Cliff Robertson) sees four hoods beat his father to death. Twenty years later, the killers have risen to the top of the crime syndicate and Tolly becomes obsessed with revenge. His vendetta leads him to become a criminal so he can be sent to prison to be near one of the perpetrators and an undercover government informant to bring down the mobsters. Written and directed by Samuel Fuller, the 1961 black and white film also stars Dolores Dorn (Cuddles, Tolly’s moll) and Beatrice Kay (Sandy, his mother-figure).
MassMu’s summer exhibitions can be viewed until the film screening begins: Civil War-Era Drawings from the Becker Collection, Civil War: The Battlefield and the Homefront, I Heard it through the Grapevine: The Telegraph and the Civil War, Massillon and the War of the Rebellion: The Grand Army of the Republic, and Mogollon and the Old West by Cheri Mohn.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available on adjacent streets.
Films for this year’s series feature stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those emphasizing cynical attitudes and sexual motivations—usually from the early 1940s through the late 1950s. The film noir genre of this era calls to mind a low-key black-and-white visual style.
ReelMassillon, managed by Kurtiss Hare, is a partnership of the Massillon Museum, Historic Massillon Main Street, and KinoArts. Funding for the series is provided by ArtsinStark. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit
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Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330.833.4061
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator – 330.844.1525