Repeat Performance

Type: New Blu-Ray

The most requested film in the early years of the Film Noir Foundation’s restoration campaign, is finally available in digital form!


An amazingly original hybrid of film noir, supernatural fantasy, and backstage melodrama, the film stars Joan Leslie as a Broadway actress who magically relives the previous year of her life, but can she alter the fateful mistakes and misjudgments that led to a New Year’s Eve tragedy? Think of it as film noir’s answer to It’s a Wonderful Life or a full-length precursor to The Twilight Zone.


Produced as a rare prestige picture by fledgling Eagle-Lion Pictures, the movie features an array of vivid performances: 21-year-old Joan Leslie as Sheila Page; Louis Hayward as her husband Barney; Virginia Field as Sheila’s personal and professional rival; Tom Conway as a suave stage producer; and Richard Basehart in his movie debut as poet William Williams.


In the years after its 1947 release, Repeat Performance seemingly vanished. For many who’d seen it, the film’s startling premise and stunning set-pieces became merely a tantalizing memory. But thanks to the dedication and diligence of the Film Noir Foundation in collaboration with UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Packard Humanities Institute, Repeat Performance lives again.

VIDEO INTRODUCTION by author, film historian, and “noirchaeologist” Eddie Muller

VIDEO PROFILE OF JOAN LESLIE by author and film historian Farran Smith Nehme

MINI-DOC on Eagle-Lion Pictures, by film historian Alan K. Rode & author Steven C. Smith

AUDIO COMMENTARY by film historian Nora Fiore (“The Nitrate Diva”)

DIGITAL PRESS BOOK: A complete digital edition of the film’s original 1947 pressbook

BOOKLET with author Brian Light’s book-to-film comparison, original photos, lobby cards, and posters