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  250 Quintessential Noir Films  Part 3  
     
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  250 Quintessential Noir Films (1940-1964): Parts 1  2  3  4  5  
  50 Key Noir Filmmakers  More American Noir (1940-1964)  Non-American Noir (1940-1964)  Noir Precursors (Pre-1940)  Neo-Noir / Modern Noir (Post-1964)  Noir Links  Noir Sources  
  Full listing of all films cited: Alphabetical  Chronological  By Director  
     
     
 
Johnny O'Clock
Robert Rossen
1947, 95 mins, Columbia
Scr Robert Rossen Cin Burnett Guffey Cast Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, Lee J. Cobb, Ellen Drew, Nina Foch
"Co-owner of casino is caught between police, hoodlum partner and several women. Hard-boiled thriller that was Robert Rossen's first directorial effort." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Journey Into Fear
Norman Foster
1942, 69 mins, RKO
Scr Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles Cin Karl StrusstCast Joseph Cotten, Dolores Del Rio, Orson Welles, Ruth Warrick, Agnes Moorehead
"It is an early noir film, but Journey Into Fear presents interesting flashes of a sensibility that Welles would develop more fully in The Stranger and The Lady from Shanghai." - Carl Macek, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Kansas City Confidential
Phil Karlson
1952, 98 mins, United Artists
Scr George Bruce, Harry Essex Cin George E. Diskant Cast John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Dona Drake, Jack Elam
"Kansas City Confidential is a gem in the rough, a condensed roller-coaster of vengeance, betrayal, deception, the fluidity of identity, the microscopic line between guilt and innocence, and the power of luck, both good and bad." - David N. Meyer, A Girl and a Gun: The Complete Guide to Film Noir on Video
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Key Largo
John Huston
1948, 101 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Richard Brooks Cin Karl Freund Cast Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor
"A little windy and rhetorical for my taste, but still one of John Huston's best efforts, a melodrama of ethics that soundly represses the Maxwell Anderson play it was based on (the ending is actually a lift from To Have and Have Not)." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Killer is Loose
Budd Boetticher
1956, 73 mins, United Artists
Scr Harold Medford Cin Lucien Ballard Cast Joseph Cotten, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey, Alan Hale Jr., Michael Pate
"A low budget quickie which bustles through its itinerary (bank heist, jail break, manhunt, about one sudden death per reel) with efficiency and despatch, if not much credibility." - Bob Baker, Time Out
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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The Killer That Stalked New York
Earl McEvoy
1950, 79 mins, Columbia
Scr Harry Essex Cin Joseph Biroc Cast Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin, William Bishop, Dorothy Malone, Lola Albright
"Two-timing husband directs wife in shrewd diamond smuggling plan...Little-known B noir that effectively extends an idea first postulated by Panic in the Streets." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Approach with Caution
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Killer's Kiss
Stanley Kubrick
1955, 67 mins, United Artists
Scr/Cin Stanley Kubrick Cast Frank Silvera, Jamie Smith, Irene Kane, Jerry Jarret, Julius Adelman
"Kubrick's use of obtuse flashbacks and surreal nightmare sequences, presented on negative film stock, give the film an alienating visual quality." - Carl Macek, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Killers
Robert Siodmak
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1946, 105 mins, Universal
Scr Anthony Veiller, John Huston Cin Elwood Bredell Cast Edmond O'Brien, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, Albert Dekker, Sam Levene
"It's a compelling tale, told in a flashback structure that plays with logic and clarity. The screenplay combines the tension of a mystery that unfolds one clue at a time, underscored by the more basic suspense of whether the narrator is going to live long enough to tell us what he's learned." - David N. Meyer. A Girl and a Gun: The Complete Guide to Film Noir on Video
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Killing
Stanley Kubrick
  GF1000 
1956, 83 mins, United Artists
Scr Stanley Kubrick, Jim Thompson Cin Lucien Ballard Cast Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Marie Windsor
"First-rate, exciting, fatalistic caper film (which recalls Jean-Pierre Melville's Bob le flambeur) was Stanley Kubrick's first major work - it is his one picture that almost everyone likes." - Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Kiss Me Deadly
Robert Aldrich
  GF1000 
1955, 105 mins, United Artists
Scr A.I. Bezzerides Cin Ernest Laszlo Cast Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Maxine Cooper, Paul Stewart, Gaby Rodgers
"Kiss Me Deadly is a thick-ear masterpiece, wrenched by director Robert Aldrich and screenwriter A.I. Bezzerides from Mickey Spillane's trash novel, shot through with poetry, unspeakable violence, hopped-up street talk, strange characters, and fringe-fantastical elements." - Kim Newman, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Kiss of Death
Henry Hathaway
1947, 98 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer Cin Norbert Brodine Cast Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Richard Widmark, Coleen Gray, Karl Malden
"Richard Widmark's film debut as a giggling psycho killer is the chief point of interest in this 1947 film noir, directed in a pseudodocumentary style by Henry Hathaway...The film is efficient enough, but it's a measure of Hathaway's limitations that it never once fulfills the paranoid delirium built into its subject." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
Norman Foster
1948, 80 mins, Universal
Scr Leonardo Bercovici Cin Russell Metty Cast Joan Fontaine, Burt Lancaster, Robert Newton, Lewis L. Russell, Aminta Dyne
"Embittered war veteran accidentally kills pub owner in a fight...Intelligent, sensitive treatment of the fugitive-on-the-run theme." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Gordon Douglas
1950, 102 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Harry Brown Cin Peverell Marley Cast James Cagney, Barbara Payton, Luther Adler, Helena Carter, Ward Bond
"A tough and unrelenting film from the novel by Horace McCoy, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is one of the most brutal and cynical noir films." - Carl Macek, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Lady from Shanghai
Orson Welles
  GF1000 
1948, 87 mins, Columbia
Scr Orson Welles Cin Charles Lawton Jr. Cast Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted De Corsia
"Lady is the clearest proof of the argument that noir makes its most important points not by storytelling, but by style. The style here is of a fever-dream." - David N. Meyer, A Girl and a Gun: The Complete Guide to Film Noir on Video
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Lady in the Lake
Robert Montgomery
1946, 103 mins, MGM
Scr Steve Fisher Cin Paul Vogel Cast Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan, Tom Tully, Leon Ames
"As a Raymond Chandler  adaptation, Montgomery's directorial debut is average. The movie is the only mainstream film to be shot entirely with a subjective camera. Although interesting at first, it becomes distracting." - The Rough Guide to Cult Movies
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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A Lady Without Passport
Joseph H. Lewis
1950, 72 mins, MGM
Scr Howard Dimsdale Cin Paul C. Vogel Cast Hedy Lamarr, John Hodiak, James Craig, George Macready, Steven Geray
"Lewis called the movie a "stinker" when he was interviewed by Peter Bogdanovich; it's less than inspired, but it's better than Lewis implied. His flair for foggy atmospherics and location shooting (in Havana and the Florida Everglades) is intermittently evident." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Laura
Otto Preminger
  GF1000 
1944, 85 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, Elizabeth Reinhardt, Ring Lardner Jr., Jerry Cady Cin Joseph LaShelle Cast Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson
"Less investigative thriller than an investigation of that genre's conventions - voyeurism, a search for solutions, and the race against time - the plot is deliberately perfunctory, the people deliciously perverse, and the mise-en-scène radical." - Paul Kerr, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Leave Her to Heaven
John M. Stahl
  GF1000 
1945, 110 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Jo Swerling Cin Leon Shamroy Cast Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Mary Philips
"Leave Her to Heaven is arguably the most vividly colored film noir...The glowing, healthy colors of nature are echoed in the costumes and makeup used to enhance Gene Tierney's mask-like beauty and serve to make her unnatural actions as Ellen Berent all the more disturbing." - Meredith Brody & Lee Sanders, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
Note: Leave Her to Heaven is one of only 4 colour films included within the 250 Quintessential Noirs listing.
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Letter
William Wyler
1940, 95 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Howard Koch Cin Tony Gaudio Cast Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Gale Sondergaard, Bruce Lester
"Wyler's direction is very moody; there are long passages in which dialogue is sparse or nonexistent and the erotic tension is built through Max Steiner's music, shadows, sounds, the moon floating through the clouds, character movements and expressions." - Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Lineup
Don Siegel
1958, 86 mins, Columbia
Scr Sterling Silliphant Cin Hal Mohr Cast Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Warner Anderson, Richard Jaeckel, Mary LaRoche
"The film moves in a pattern of tension and release, culminating in a brilliantly executed car chase over an unfinished freeway. A major B movie by one of Hollywood's most accomplished craftsmen." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Recommended
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Loan Shark
Seymour Friedman
1952, 74 mins, Lippert
Scr Eugene Ling, Martin Rackin Cin Joseph Biroc Cast George Raft, Dorothy Hart, Helen Westcott, John Hoyt, Paul Stewart
"This film is a low-budget attempt to capitalize on the success of such films as The Enforcer. It is distinguished primarily by the characterizations of Paul Stewart and John Hoyt, as well as by some vivid photography." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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The Locket
John Brahm
1946, 86 mins, RKO
Scr Sheridan Gibney Cin Nicholas Musuraca Cast Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum, Gene Raymond, Sharyn Moffett
"Told using the now famed flashback within a flashback device, Brahm never lets this lapse into an exercise in pure style, keeping a close eye on the plot and the finale." - The Rough Guide to Cult Movies
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Lodger
John Brahm
1944, 84 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Barre Lyndon Cin Lucien Ballard Cast Merle Oberon, George Sanders, Laird Cregar, Cedric Hardwicke, Sara Allgood
"The second remake of Alfred Hitchcock's silent classic, directed by John Brahm in 1944. Effective in terms of atmospherics...Lucien Ballard is in charge of the impressive cinematography." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Long Night
Anatole Litvak
1947, 101 mins, RKO
Scr John Wexley Cin Sol Polito Cast Henry Fonda, Barbara Bel Geddes, Vincent Price, Queenie Smith, June Duprez
"Hollywood's cannibalisation (sometimes shot for shot) of Carné's Le Jour se lève. Bowdlerised and tricked out with a silly happy ending, but a better film than critics allowed at the time with Carné's film under threat of definitive suppression to make way for it. " - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Lost Weekend
Billy Wilder
1945, 101 mins, Paramount
Scr Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder Cin John Seitz Cast Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard da Silva, Doris Dowling
"Dialogue is tough and cynical, Milland (who usually played nice guys) is mean right from the beginning, film pulls few punches (until the final scene). Wilder makes strong use of New York streets and backgrounds." - Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Joseph Losey
1951, 88 mins, Columbia
Scr Leo Katcher, Norman Reilly Raine, Waldo Salt Cin Ernest Laszlo Cast David Wayne, Howard Da Silva, Martin Gabel, Luther Adler, Steve Brodie
"Low-budget remake of Lang's 1931 masterpiece is set in Los Angeles. Distinguished by its narrative economy and fine performance from Wayne as the child killer hunted down by the underworld." - Robin Cross, 2000 Movies: The 1950s
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Macao
Josef von Sternberg
1952, 80 mins, RKO
Scr Bernard C. Schoenfeld, Stanley Rubin Cin Harry Wild Cast Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix, Gloria Grahame, Thomas Gomez
"...What is so enjoyable, apart from Harry Wild's shimmering camerawork, is the tongue-in-cheek tone of the script and performances, best evidenced in the sparkling banter and innuendo between Mitchum and Russell." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Maltese Falcon
John Huston
  GF1000 
1941, 100 mins, Warner Bros
Scr John Huston Cin Arthur Edeson Cast Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Gladys George, Peter Lorre
"Humphrey Bogart gives a memorable performance in the first and best noir detective film of the 1940s, adapted from Dashiell Hammett's classic." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Man Who Cheated Himself
Felix E. Feist
1950, 81 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Philip MacDonald, Seton I. Miller Cin Russell Harlan Cast Lee J. Cobb, John Dall, Jane Wyatt, Lisa Howard, Harlan Warde
"The Man Who Cheated Himself adeptly interweaves two familiar noir elements, a bad cop, and a double-crossing wife, to maintain interest and suspense. The film is enhanced by Russell Harlan's skillful use of San Francisco locales and credible performances." - Bob Porfirio & Alain Silver, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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The Mask of Dimitrios
Jean Negulesco
1944, 95 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Frank Gruber Cin Arthur Edeson Cast Zachary Scott, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Faye Emerson, George Tobias
"Long before he became the foremost exponent of pointless, empty 1950s CinemaScope styling on pictures like Three Coins in the Fountain, Jean Negulesco put Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and Zachary Scott through a pretty fair adaptation of Eric Ambler's incomparable mystery-melodrama." - Don Druker, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Mildred Pierce
Michael Curtiz
  GF1000 
1945, 109 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Ranald MacDougall Cin Ernest Haller Cast Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth
"Told in flashback from the moment of Scott's murder, the film is a chilling demonstration of the fact that, in a patriarchal society, when a woman steps outside the home the end result may be disastrous." - Phil Hardy, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Ministry of Fear
Fritz Lang
1944, 85 mins, Paramount
Scr Seton I. Miller Cin Henry Sharp Cast Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, Hillary Brooke, Percy Waram
"Lang's first film noir was a powerful addition to the developing nightmare concept which was to become one of the most important ideas behind the cycle." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Mob
Robert Parrish
1951, 87 mins, Columbia
Scr William Bowers Cin Joseph Walker Cast Broderick Crawford, Betty Buehler, Richard Kiley, Otto Hulett, Matt Crowley
"The Mob is a rehash of several gangster thrillers inspired by the crackdown on organized crime following World War II. What distinguishes The Mob from these other films is its depiction of the ruthless hard-boiled character of both the police and the criminals." - Carl Macek, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Moonrise
Frank Borzage
1948, 90 mins, Republic
Scr Charlie Haas Cin John L. Russell Cast Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Ethel Barrymore, Allyn Joslyn, Rex Ingram
"Frank Borzage's last masterpiece and one of his best-known films...Made on a middling budget for Republic Pictures, the film adopts a rich and elaborate expressionist style; with its shadows and tension-racked frames, it resembles no other film in the Borzage canon." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Mr. Arkadin
Orson Welles
aka Confidential Report
1955, 99 mins, M & A Alexander
Scr Orson Welles Cin Jean Bourgoin Cast Orson Welles, Paola Mori, Robert Arden, Michael Redgrave, Patricia Medina
"Flamboyantly melodramatic, it's a playfully egocentric display of egocentrism and a magician's perverse revelation of his own trickery. Failure or not, it's irresistible." - Paul Taylor, Time Out
Note: Mr. Arkadin is one of only 2 films included within the 250 Quintessential Noirs listing that was not produced in the USA.
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Murder by Contract
Irving Lerner
  GF1000 
1958, 81 mins, Columbia
Scr Ben Simcoe Cin Lucien Ballard Cast Vince Edwards, Phillip Pine, Herschel Bernardi, Caprice Toriel, Michael Granger
"This rarely screened 1958 gem about the mind of a contract killer is one of Martin Scorsese's favorite thrillers, and it's easy to see why. Neither the screenwriter nor the director ever acquired a big reputation, but here they achieved something singular and nearly perfect." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Murder, My Sweet
Edward Dmytryk
aka Farewell My Lovely
1944, 95 mins, RKO
Scr John Paxton Cin Harry Wild Cast Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger, Mike Mazurki
"Fine adaptation of Chandler's novel, evocatively creating a seedy, sordid world of shifting loyalties and unseen evil...Powell is surprisingly good as Marlowe, certainly more faithful to the writer's conception than Bogart was in The Big Sleep." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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My Name is Julia Ross
Joseph H. Lewis
1945, 65 mins, Columbia
Scr Muriel Roy Bolton Cin Burnett Guffey Cast Nina Foch, George Macready, Dame May Whitty, Roland Varno, Anita Sharp Bolster
"My Name is Julia Ross is the first of a series of film noir directed by Joseph H. Lewis and is the film that Lewis likes to consider as the 'real' beginning of his career." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Mystery Street
John Sturges
1950, 93 mins, MGM
Scr Sydney Boehm, Richard Brooks Cin John Alton Cast Ricardo Montalban, Sally Forrest, Marshall Thompson, Bruce Bennett, Elsa Lanchester
"A neat thriller, despite getting itself a little hung up on the contemporary vogue for documentary trimmings. The opening sequences, set in Boston for a change and magnificently shot by John Alton, are classic film noir." - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Approach with Caution
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The Naked City
Jules Dassin
1948, 96 mins, Universal
Scr Albert Maltz, Marvin Wald Cin William Daniels Cast Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor, Ted De Corsia
"Two police detectives comb New York for the murderers of a beautiful young woman. Well-known policier with strong location work and a powerful climactic chase scene." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Naked Kiss
Samuel Fuller
1964, 93 mins, Allied Artists
Scr Samuel Fuller Cin Stanley Cortez Cast Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, Virginia Grey, Patsy Kelly
"The Naked Kiss is, above all, an impolite film, lingering over the uncomfortable subjects of prostitution, perversion, and physical handicaps...This is a nightmarish vision; but it is Fuller's reality, unflinchingly captured by Stanley Cortez's hard, sharply delineated black-and-white photography." - Julie Kirgo, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
Note: The Naked Kiss is one of only 3 films included within the 250 Quintessential Noirs listing not to fall within the classic noir period (1940 to 1959).
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Narrow Margin
Richard Fleischer
1952, 70 mins, RKO
Scr Earl Fenton Cin George E. Diskant Cast Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White, Queenie Leonard, Paul Maxey
"With a tight budget and just 13 days to get the film in the can, more directors should do as Fleischer does: focus on one specific locale (the train taking the witness and cop to the trial) and the dialogue." - The Rough Guide to Cult Movies
TSPDT: Recommended
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Niagara
Henry Hathaway
1953, 89 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch, Richard Breen Cin Joseph MacDonald Cast Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter, Don Wilson
"Henry Hathaway's hypnotic contemplation of two American monuments, Niagara Falls and Marilyn Monroe...Hathaway isn't quite at home with this claustrophobic, motel-bound story of adultery and murder, but he gives it his all, most famously in the Freudian rampage that climaxes the film." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
Note: Niagara is one of only 4 colour films included within the 250 Quintessential Noirs listing.
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Night and the City
Jules Dassin
  GF1000 
1950, 101 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Joe Eisinger Cin Mutz Greenbaum Cast Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe, Francis L. Sullivan
"Bizarre film noir with Widmark as a small time nightclub tout trying to hustle his way into the wrestling rackets...Fascinating, even though the stylised characterisations remain theoretically interesting rather than convincing." - Tom Milne, Time Out
Note: Night and the City was a USA-UK co-production.
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Night Has a Thousand Eyes
John Farrow
1948, 80 mins, Paramount
Scr Barre Lyndon, Jonathan Latimer Cin John Seitz Cast Edward G. Robinson, Gail Russell, John Lund, Virginia Bruce, William Demarest
"Fortune teller's discovery of genuine clairvoyance brings him only torment and guilt. Noir theme of implacable fate is perfectly suited to this dark tale of occult power." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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The Night of the Hunter
Charles Laughton
  GF1000 
1955, 93 mins, United Artists
Scr James Agee Cin Stanley Cortez Cast Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, Shelley Winters, Peter Graves, Billy Chapin
"Most notable as Charles Laughton's sole directorial effort, Night of the Hunter is superb in every way, particularly for Mitchum's role as a crazed preacher." - Barry Gifford, The Devil Thumbs a Ride
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Nightfall
Jacques Tourneur
1956, 78 mins, Columbia
Scr Stirling Silliphant Cin Burnett Guffey Cast Aldo Ray, Brian Keith, Anne Bancroft, Jocelyn Brando, James Gregory
"In this superb adaptation of David Goodis' novel, a man (Ray), evidently on the run in California, befriends a girl (Bancroft) in a bar, but thinks (wrongly) she has set him up for two men on his tail...A minor film compared to Out of the Past, perhaps, but no less gripping." - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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Nightmare
Maxwell Shane
1956, 89 mins, United Artists
Scr Maxwell Shane Cin Joseph Biroc Cast Edward G. Robinson, Kevin McCarthy, Connie Russell, Virginia Christine, Rhys Williams
"New Orleans musician discovers evidence that his dream of committing a bizarre murder actually took place. Atmospheric remake of Fear in the Night, Shane's 1947 filmization of Woolrich's classic story." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
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Nightmare Alley
Edmund Goulding
1947, 111 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Jules Furthman Cin Lee Garmes Cast Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker, Taylor Holmes
"The characterizations in Nightmare Alley are studies in film noir. People are shown as venal, gullible, and obsessed with success at any price...Cyril Mockridge's score eerily underlines the film's evocation of bizarre terror." - Joan Cohen, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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99 River Street
Phil Karlson
1953, 83 mins, United Artists
Scr Robert Smith Cin Franz Planer Cast John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen, Peggie Castle
"Phil Karlson directed this low-budget independent film noir in 1953, and it's an example of the kind of humble brilliance that often emerged from the American genre cinema." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Recommended
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25 Key Noir Screenwriters
Ben Hecht
Sydney Boehm, Mel Dinelli, Ben Hecht, Jonathan Latimer, Orson Welles, John Paxton, Philip Yordan, Ranald McDougall, Barre Lyndon, John C. Higgins, Steve Fisher, W.R. Burnett, Charles Brackett, Jay Dratler, Billy Wilder, John Huston, Richard Murphy, A.I. Bezzerides, Samuel Fuller, Richard Brooks, Joe Eisinger, Allan Rivkin, Jules Furthman, Crane Wilbur, Raymond Chandler.
 
             
             
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