Leslie Stevens’ 1960 film “Private Property” follows two Southern California drifters, played by Warren Oates and Corey Allen (“Rebel Without a Cause”), who wander into a seemingly-perfect Beverly Hills home of an unhappy housewife (Kate Manx, who was Stevens’ spouse at the time) and worm their way into her life. Thought to be lost for many years until the UCLA Film & Television Archive dug up some missing elements and Cinelicious Pics completed a full 4K restoration of the film. Now this eerie, voyeuristic neo-Hitchcockian thriller, shot almost entirely in Stevens and Manx’s own home, will finally see the light of day once again during the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Warren Oates retrospective running from July 1st through July 7th. Watch the trailer for the film above.
Warren Oates was a character actor best known for his work in the 1970’s. Some of his best known work includes Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” and “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia,” Terrence Malick’s “Badlands,” Monte Hellman’s “Two-Lane Blacktop,” Peter Fonda’s “The Hired Hand,” and Ivan Reitman’s “Stripes.” Meanwhile, Leslie Stevens is best known for creating the 1960’s sci-fi anthology series “The Outer Limits” and directing the horror film “Incubus” starring William Shatner.
“Private Property” will open in New York on July 4th weekend. The Film Society Lincoln Center has also just announced an Oates retrospective, which you can find more about here. Check out the poster below.