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Every film listed in the Film Noir Encyclopedia 4th Edition: Classic Period by Alain Silver,
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Angel Face 1952

Apology for Murder 1945

Appointment with Danger 1951

Armored Car Robbery 1950

The Asphalt Jungle 1950

Backfire 1950

Backlash 1947

The Beat Generation 1959

Behind Locked Doors 1948

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Berlin Express 1948

Between Midnight and Dawn 1950

Beware, My Lovely 1952

Bewitched 1945

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 1956

Beyond the Forest 1949

The Big Clock 1948

The Big Combo 1955

The Big Heat 1953

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The Big Knife 1955

The Big Night 1951

The Big Sleep 1946

The Big Steal 1949

The Bigamist 1953

Black Angel 1946

Blackmail 1947

Blast of Silence 1961

Blind Spot 1947

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Blonde Ice 1948

Blood on the Moon 1948

The Blue Dahlia 1946

The Blue Gardenia 1953

Bluebeard 1944

Body and Soul 1947

Bodyguard 1948

Boomerang! 1947

Border Incident 1949

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Born to Kill 1947

The Brasher Doubloon 1947

The Breaking Point 1950

The Bribe 1949

The Brothers Rico 1957

Brute Force 1947

The Burglar 1957

Caged 1950

Calcutta 1947

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Call Northside 777 1948

Calling Dr. Death 1943

Canon City 1948

Cape Fear 1962

The Captive City 1952

Caught 1949

Cause for Alarm 1951

Champion 1949

The Chase 1946

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Chicago Deadline 1949

Christmas Holiday 1944

City for Conquest 1940

City of Fear 1959

City That Never Sleeps 1953

Clash by Night 1952

The Clay Pigeon 1949

Conflict 1945

Convicted 1950

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Cornered 1945

Crack-Up 1946

Crime of Passion 1957

Crime Wave 1954

The Crimson Kimono 1959

Criss Cross 1949

The Crooked Way 1949

Crossfire 1947

Cry Danger 1951

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A Cry in the Night 1956

Cry of the City 1948

Cry of the Hunted 1953

Cry Vengeance 1954

D.O.A. 1950

The Damned Don't Cry 1950

Danger Signal 1945

Dark City 1950

The Dark Corner 1946

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The Dark Mirror 1946

Dark Passage 1947

The Dark Past 1948

Dark Waters 1944

The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951

Dead Reckoning 1947

Deadline at Dawn 1946

Decoy 1946

Desperate 1947

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The Desperate Hours 1955

Destination Murder 1950

Detective Story 1951

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I concur. I've been spam watching them lately doe. No doubt I'll be over 100

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1949 Directed by Joseph M. Newman

Gale Storm plays Paula Consodine, who comes to Los


Angeles in search of her missing sister.
Newspaperman Mark Sitko (Dennis O'Keefe),
investigating on Paula's behalf, discovers that the
sister is dead, a supposed suicide. The whole thing
seems a bit fishy to Sitko, and indeed it is: the girl's
death was engineered by a black-market adoption
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What happens when you are a single, desperate, and pregnant woman in the late 1940s?
Well obviously, you get duped into living with a kind little old lady who promises to take
care of you and assist you during the birthing process, only to do a complete heel turn
after you have your baby, in which she murders you in cold blood and steals your child to
sell. That is the story of Abandoned, a 1949 Universal Pictures cheapie released as a
quick second feature to supplement theaters needing that extra film to pull in the crowds.
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Every time I sit down to watch a film categorized as noir, I'm hoping for a movie just like
Ice in the Hole.
A dirty and cynical journalist capable of anything to make his big shot is the protagonist,
he's living in the country and working for a local newspaper for far too long and now he's
bored with it. A man trapped in a "cursed" mountain is his ace in the hole. The man can
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Billy Wilder pushed the limits and put it all on the line with this cynical conviction of
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which is definately to consider the best noir i've seen in my 5 films back to back session
really surprised me. while all the other films consisted just of a drifter stepping in, this
"drifter" here is a surprisingly multi-layered character. the whole scenario is highly
minimalistic, which can always be of a true advantage if the story is realized in the right
hands. obviously wilder is the man for that. the point which makes this experimental set
up so good though: every single character - except the victim of course - is rotten, filthy
and miserable. what is basically a grotesquely exaggerated media satire is also a portrait of
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I can't say I liked this movie but I didn't dislike it. We watched it because Tom's been
intensely curious about it ever since reading a bio of Billy Wilder and learning that he
thought this one of his best films ... and we'd never heard of it. It is completely effective as
a scathing indictment of the American media circus that arises under the guise of "caring,"
whenever disaster strikes somewhere. As we all know, this is a trend that has not changed
in the slightest today, so the story is very modern. Kirk Douglas does a fantastic job as the
sleazy, self-serving media hound who corrupts almost everyone near him in order to be
the sole mouthpiece for the story of a man caught in a cave. I imagine this probably also
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While in Havana, a musician gets involved with a


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A nightclub singer enlists her brother-in-law to track


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I don't get Gilda, and I don't get this. A poorly-timed dance sequence from Rita Hayworth
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Albert Dekker plays two twin brothers, John and Paul.


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America, not quite out of the Depression and not yet at war, as a couple of siblings split
along gothic shivers and noir shadows. The southern community is "a beehive without
bees," the mill is dormant but the local juke joint is jumpin. Gated within the woods is
the decaying family mansion, the camera tracks deeper and deeper into its bowels until it
finds Albert Dekker in his straitjacket, rocking with delight at the thunderstorm outside:
"This is the exciting part... When its threatening, ready to break loose." As the Virtuous
Twin, Dekker wears business suits, is married to a thoroughly declawed Frances Farmer,
and is blissfully ignorant of the familial darkness stashed away. As the Damaged Twin, he
keeps his jaw stubbly and hides with the proletariat, is sweet on humid golddigger Susan
Hayward, and still hears his mothers screams rattling inside his head. Stuart Heisler
shows a keen sense of down-home expressionistic frenzies.

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Commended by critics for his gritty realism and strong dialogue, Elmore Leonard is an
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Jim Thompson is one of the most important writers in the history of noir fiction, prolific and
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A ambulance driver gets involved with a rich girl that


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I think the greatness of this pitch black film noir can best be illustrated by a picture of the
amazing Jean Simmons:
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She's like a beautiful tiger, you want to pet and cuddle it, but you know it will rip you to
pieces in the most horrific way given half a chance.
Great face, great character, exquisite film.
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Preminger's "Angel Face" is loved by many. I am unfortunately not a member of that club.
I liked a lot of aspects of the film, particularly the two lead performances. Overall though I
was not THAT impressed with the picture. I've seen better film noirs.
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Robert Mitchum once said: "I have two kinds of acting. One on a horse and one off a
horse. That's it." He makes it all look so easy, and yet I've always felt Mitchum was
captivating to watch onscreen. Until I saw this film that is.
It's Mitchum's occasionally, well, dull performance that was the only thing I found
deficient in this film. Often his dry non-style of just reading his lines turned out perfectly,
his natural screen-presence and charisma working its magic like always, but at other times
I felt like I was watching a sleepwalker (or a guy just reading his lines). But no matter, it's
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Though not on par with Premingers great noirs (Laura, Where the Sidewalk Ends), Angel
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plays a memorable femme fatale.

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"The angel face is that of Jean Simmons, a woman who will let nothing stand in her way.
Caught in her grasp is Robert Mitchum, playing a man who really wouldn't have behaved
the way his character did...."

Review by Ben Trout

Downright bleak. And I don't remember much else.

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Reporter Kenny Blake (Hugh Beaumont) falls in love


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1951 Directed by Lewis Allen

ALAN LADD AS THE U.S. MAIL'S ACE AGENT


SMASHES THE BIGGEST MAIL ROBBERY PLAN
INHISTORY!

Al Goddard (Alan Ladd), a detective who works for


the United States Postal Inspection Service, is
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murdered a U.S. postaldetective.


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Review by Brook Kennon

Sharp, cynical noir dialogue with a few terrific one liners and Phyllis Calvert's
performance as a sweet, yet feisty nun who unwittingly witnesses a crime make this stand
out despite its shoestring budget, crooks written to make dumb mistakes, a somewhat stiff
Alan Ladd and an unshakably 50's faith in government institutions.

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A film noir that never rises above mediocrity.

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Crazy! A movie with a pre-Dragnet Harry Morgan and Jack Webb as two hoods who
murder a postal inspector.
That's pretty cool, though once that initial surprise passes, settle in for a fairly average
crime thriller. Alan Ladd stars as Goddard, the post office man assigned to figure out who
killed his colleague. The trail leads him to a nun (Phyllis Calvert, Madonna of the Seven
Moons) who accidentally saw the killers, and then to the gang that set the whole thing off.
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1950 Directed by Richard Fleischer

The film tells the story of a well-planned robbery of an


armored car when it stops at a sports stadium. Yet,
the heist goes awry, and a tough Los Angeles cop
named Cordell (Charles McGraw) is in hotpursuit.
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Review by Don Marks

Lean, but perhaps too much so - this tale of hard-nosed cops tracking equally hard-nosed
hoods barely left an impression on me beyond procedural details (from both sides of the
law) and location shooting of urban and industrial Los Angeles circa 1950.

Review by Paul Corupe

Decent and economical 1950s B-crime exercise gives the cops and robbers equal screen
time in the aftermath of the titular act. Double-crosses and shoot-outs are littered
throughout to keep things interesting, and it has some decent acting as well. At barely
more than an hour, its an easily enjoyable time-waster.

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Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar "Doc"


Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo
Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of
veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big
jewelheist.
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I have to admit that I was a bit predisposed to like this movie, I might say even giddy. It
stars Sterling Hayden, and he plays two of my favourite characters in two of my favourite
films; The Killing, and Dr. Strangelove. While it could be argued, successfully, that he
plays the same character every time, I dont really care. I just love his no nonsense tough
guy delivery. Probably even more than James Cagney or Humphrey Bogart.
The first thing that struck me was the absence of score. Beyond the opening, there is
none. The second thing that struck me was the sumptuous cinematography. This is a
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I don't know why I expected Asphalt Jungle to be one of the best film noirs ever made.
Perhaps it was because I was so familiar with the title that I made that assumption. There
is little doubt that my very high expectations contributed to my disappointment.
The film isn't bad by any stretch; it just isn't the masterpiece I thought it would be.
It takes a while for the film to get going, and there is very little drama in the first few
segments to be fully engrossing. The word "flat" describes it best but I'm not sure I could
explain it if asked.
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There's part of me that, for the rest of my life, wants to watch nothing but movies about
criminal masterminds pulling off elaborate capers. What it says about me as a person I
cannot say, but the vicarious thrill I get from watching intelligent professionals pulling off
"the crime of the century" is frankly unmatched by any other type of film. As such, I have a
tremendous amount of admiration for John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle, as it is
generally considered the genesis of the modern heist film. But here's the funny thing
about this movie - it's probably the most unglamorous look at the inner-workings of a
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Much of the film is too talky and the police characters are shallow figures of drawn
dimension meant only to cater to the anti-crime message. 'The Asphalt Jungle', though a
solid - if unexceptional - film noir, could have done it darker.

Review by Adam Moody

Remembered for starting the crime subgenre known as caper (or heist/robbery) films.
John Huston directs the film with a fitting lack of flair, instead making it a gritty and ugly
film that while being an entertaining thriller also works as a convicting condemnation of
crime and corruption. Revolving around a group of criminals, lead by German mastermind
Erwin "Doc" Riedenschneider (Sam Jaffe), who devise a scheme for a jewelry heist.
Sterling Hayden quietly steals the show as Dix Handley, a brutish, small-time crook
described affectionately as a "hooligan." He is short-tempered and menacing, but we see
him in more tender moments with his lady friend, Doll (Jean Hagen), who gets him to
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When he's discharged from a military hospital, ex-GI


Bob Corey (Gordon MacRae) goes on a search for his
army buddy Steve Connolly (Edmond O'Brien). A
reformed crook, Connolly is on the lam from a
trumped-up murder rap, and Corey hopes to clear his
pal. Tagging along is Army nurse Julie Benson

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(Virginia Mayo), who has fallen for Corey.


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LOVE'S VIOLENT RECOIL!

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In a series of flashbacks, shows that attorney John


Morland (John Eldredge) has given a lift to a
hitchhiker (Douglas Fowley) who turns out to be a
murderer. As a result, Morland himself is implicated
in a killing. A pair of detectives discover that Morland
has been having business problems and no end of
difficulties with his wife Catherine. The trail of clues

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BEHIND THE WEIRD "WAY-OUT" WORLD OF


THEBEATNIKS!

A group of beatniks unwittingly harbor a serial rapist.


A cop goes after him after his wife isattacked.

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Ray Anthony

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Billy Daniels

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To get the goods on Drake, private detective Ross


Stewart has himself committed to the asylum as a
patient. Meanwhile, reporter Kathy Lawrence (Lucille
Bremer), posing as Stewart's wife, acts as his liaison to
the outsideworld.
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Behind the locked doors of a mental institution resides


crooked politico Judge Drake (Herbert Heyes), free
from prosecution so long as he pretends to be crazy.

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TRAPPED ON A TRAIN OFTERROR!

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underground Nazi group in post-warEurope.
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Merle Oberon

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Robert Coote

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For quite some time Robert Ryan has been one of my very favourite actors. He was
perhaps better known for many of his supporting roles but as he shows here, he was more
than capable as a leading man, even if the film itself isn't up to his standards.
This post-WW2 mystery drama centres on a train full of multi-national passengers who
become embroiled in an assassination plot involving a German who, after fighting an
internal resistance against the Nazis during the war, has turned his attentions to
reunifying his country. However, his enemies remain hot on his trail.

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It's a slightly odd film, really. It employs an extremely intrusive voiceover that almost
works in a way to try and more
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Review by Otie Wheeler

Not even Tourneur can rescue this lousy script from its simplistic, can't-we-all-just-getalong premise. Perhaps only the Archers could have

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Occupied territory is well represented. "Go America" vibe permeates to distraction. Great
vat fight with Ryan.

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Ah, black and white thrillers set on trains! Interesting take of post-war European politics

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1950 Directed by Gordon Douglas

THE STORY OF PROWL CAR 13...BASED ON


THE POLICE FILES OF A GREATCITY!

Rocky and Dan, war buddies, are prowl car cops on


night duty. Dan is a cynic who views all lawbreakers
as scum; Rocky feels more lenient. Both are attracted
to the radio voice of communicator Kate Mallory; but
in person, Kate proves reluctant to get involved with
men who just might stop a bullet. By lucky chance,

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Rocky and Dan cause big trouble for murderous


racketeer Ritchie Garris; but when he swears
vengeance, Kate's fears may provejustified.
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Madge Blake

Philip Van Zandt

Cliff Bailey

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Roland Winters
Lora Lee Michel
Tony Barr

Donald Buka
Tito Vuolo
Jack Del Rio

Peter Mamakos

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1952 Directed by Harry Horner

TRAPPED BY A MAN BEYOND CONTROL!

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A psychopath takes a job as a handyman at the house


of a lonelywidow.
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Ida Lupino

Robert Ryan

Taylor Holmes

James Willmas

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Jimmy Mobley

Shelly Lynn Anderson

Barbara Whiting

Dee Pollock

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Obviously a time frozen allegory (but a good one, I think) organizing the cluttered trap of
existence for women of the era and the disturbing psychological effects of isolation men of
the era squared off with in the face of their own shortcomings (namely, being left out of
the hero-fest that started with a W and a W). Richard Ryan and Ida Lupino are terrific
sports and give tidy performances, even though most of the film is all about its subtext.

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A girl enlists a psychic to get rid of her murderous


alternatepersonality.

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1945 Directed by Arch Oboler

SHE LIVED TWO AMAZING LIVES! DARLING OF


SOCIETY... CRUELLOVE -KILLER

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1956 Directed by Fritz Lang

A newspaper publisher, wanting to prove a point


about the insufficiency of circumstantial evidence,
talks his possible son-in-law Tom into a hoax in an
attempt to expose ineptitude of the city's hard-line
district attorney. The plan is to have Tom plant clues
leading to his arrest for killing a female nightclub
dancer. Once Tom is found guilty, he is to reveal the
setup and humiliate theDA.
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Philip Bourneuf

Sidney Blackmer
Edward Binns

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Robin Raymond

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Review by Scott

This film pulverized me. It took everything I have that lets me cling to life. The trick is the
twist ending. The film is already pulling teeth, but probably most people thinks they have
it down. The can steel themselves: the hero has to die, it's just plain old Sophocles, and
Hollywood is too damn cheap to even dress it up for the twentieth century. This we have
practiced. I have practiced. But it turns out the twist is something primal. The twentieth
century is sick and dying because man is the only evil animal, whether he knows it or not.
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- Lang's fatalism is not Bergman's. Bergman sits in the shit and smiles while deluding
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"I had already seen the recent awful remake of Lang's film, I'm not sure if I would have
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Dull and silly script with quite astonishingly boring direction from somebody of Lang's
calibre. The same premise was told in a more interesting fashion in The Life of David
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"What a dump!" That's the classic line delivered by


Bette Davis at the halfway point of Beyond the Forest,
her final Warner Bros. effort of the 1940s. Some Davis
devotees feel as though this vituperative utterance is
the high point of an otherwise turgid melodrama;
others consider the line a succinct assessment of the

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By all means this is not a great script or wise casting choice, but the infallible Bette Davis
tackles it with aplomb. I'll never forget her furious portrayal of Rosa Moline in this hard to
find classic which features the famed line, "What a dump!"
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his publishing boss Janoth to find the killer. As the


investigation proceeds to its conclusion, Stroud must
try to disrupt his ordinarily brilliant investigative
team as they increasingly build evidence (albeit
wrong) that he is thekiller.

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Stroud, a crime magazine's crusading editor has to


post-pone a vacation with his wife, again, when a
glamorous blonde is murdered and he is assigned by

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Luis Van Rooten

Margaret Field

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Richard Webb

Lloyd Corrigan

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The Big Clock isn't quite cynical enough to be a true film noir, and seems to lack the
malice necessary to be a truly great thriller, but it's got a clever set-up for a game of cat
and mouse: Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton) is the tyrannical head of a publishing empire,
George Stroud (Ray Milland) is the true crime-magazine editor with a knack for finding
fugitives, and Pauline York (Rita Johnson) is Janoth's mistress whom he murders in a fit
of range after finding evidence of another man. Janoth insists George help find "the
killer", not knowing that George himself was the one who spent the evening drinking and
comiserating with Pauline.
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Stylish mystery with good story and lots of drinking. Harry Morgan at his most menacing.

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The film meanders with no real definable plot. There is not enough of Laughton to carry
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THE MOST STARTLING STORY THE SCREEN


HAS EVER DAREDREVEAL!

Police Lt. Leonard Diamond vies to bring a clever,


well connected, and sadistic gangster to justice all the

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while obsessing over the gangsters'girlfriend.


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Robert Middleton

John Hoyt

Roy Gordon

Richard Conte

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Steve Mitchell

Tony Michaels

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Some snazzy, intimate noir filmmaking and storytelling that unfortunately misses a few
high stakes punches early on. Mainly I'm thinking the film lacks deliberateness concerning
Lt. Diamond's motives for chasing after Brown. Yea the part where it's pointed out he's
doing it because he's in love with Brown's girlfriend rather than the high-minded (but
underthought) crap about the titular combination more or less sticks out, but it's an
apolitical gesture that poisons the film a bit. Diamond is a bungler, always chasing after
the right thing for the completely wrong reasons, never stopping to question if he's as
smart as he thinks he is. This is interesting, but the film seems a bit oblivious.
Quite liked the ending, but it didn't have the force of a feature length film behind it. A
good film with regrets.

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This film defines the term "noir."


Alton's cinematography is unmatched in his era. The way he paints with light draws the
eye into the action in a way that is rare, even and especially today.

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1953 Directed by Fritz Lang

A HARD COP AND A SOFTDAME.

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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically


powerful crimesyndicate.
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ni tan misgina como scarlet street, ni tan azotada como M, ni tan esperanzada como
hangmen also die!, sta es tal vez la mejor pelcula de fritz lang.

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Of all the Lang movies that I have seen post-Germany this is the one whose visual style
most resembles his German films. He always does a brilliant job but it seems that in some
of his other films he put less of his individual stamp on them. In here, the camera moves
constantly, there is gorgeous and interesting lighting, etc.
As a noir itself, despite its somewhat happy ending, it is pretty fucking brutal. Violent,
angry and depressing. Glenn Ford plays perfectly a good cop with a sweet home life. He
has morals and a really strong sense of justice being done. These good qualities are what
causes him to become twisted and dark as the movie goes on. His more
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Mostly because Dan Bannion is the good cop protagonist (played by roughneck Glenn
Ford), which was the real pole sticking up in this film noir flag waving contest. A
wonderfully moral-driven story that bewilders at start and makes satisfying sense at close.
A senior detective's suicide trickles events all the way down the path to the hero cop's
promotion, which he pays dearly for. Fortunately, Lang sidesteps the pungent anti-crime
tag, even slyly attempts a satirical film noir tone in early family breakfast scenes as
Bannion flirts with his wife and plays the good father (dumbass grin and fifties confidence
builder poster in hand). The domestic scenes play out emotionally overt as the rest of the
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The film's blood runs hotter than Lee Marvin's coffee with moral disgust, but Lang's eye
remains critically, crucially cool. Easily a contender for the greatest 50's noir.
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Fantastic Noir Film!

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Rod Steiger

Shelley Winters

Ilka Chase

Wesley Addy

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1955 Directed by Robert Aldrich

An unscrupulous movie producer blackmails an


unhappy star - who opted for box-office success over
art- into signing a newcontract.
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Solid noir-drama that might feel a little too stagey for some. Worth watching for all the
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One of the few Bob Aldrich films I had not seen is described as a noir, but in reality is a
kind of west coast version of 'Sweet Smell of Success.' Most of the movie takes place in the
huge Bel Air home of the lead, played by Palance-whom I never realized was such a large
and commanding figure. I feel like this is an indictment of how John Garfield was
harangued by the studios until his early death from stress and sadness. Garfield played
the lead in the stage play, penned by Clifford Odets, and his ghost hangs solemnly over
this production. Shot in 15 days, in huge one-ers by the terrific Ernie Laszlo, the film can
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Very stagey but that just highlights the great acting by Palance, Lupino, et al. Runs long
just the tiniest bit towards the end but ends with a bang.

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vortex of downtown Los Angeles while seeking


vengeance on the man who beat his Father. This
superbly crafted trial by fire tale with memorable
dialogue and shaded photography co-stars Preston
Foster, Joan Lorring, Harold St. John and
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A film noir treatise about the coming of age of a young


man is beautifully realized by the great Joseph Losey.
John Drew Barrymore zigzags through the sordid

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Joan Lorring

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1946 Directed by Howard Hawks

THE PICTURE THEY WERE BORN FOR!

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Private Detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich


family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen
murder, blackmail, and what might belove.
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Humphrey Bogart
Martha Vickers

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Dorothy Malone

Charles Waldron

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John Ridgely
Peggy Knudsen
Charles D. Brown
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I now know that I've seriously been missing out by not watching any 40s Noir or Bogart. I
found this utterly compelling, the dialogue, the mood, the humour. I had no idea where
the plot was heading to.
Thank you Toby. More please.
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Review by Marte Olsen

If youre looking for a noir that plays around with angles, this is not the way to go. If
youre looking for a noir were tone is essential, this is the film for you.
Hawks adaptation of Chandlers universe is dark and filled to the edge with shadows. The
plot takes you everywhere; its a world of intrigues and twists. Ambiguous, doublecrossing and manipulative characters are waiting around every corner; you really dont
know whos going to die next. As if that wasn't enough; the film is topped with snappy
dialogue. Fantastic!
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Review by Colin the dude

It's a convoluted experience, not about answers in a case but a smoke and mirrors
investigation about mood, dialogue, faces, mystery, intimidation, an urban jungle of
would-be criminals, and everyone has a secret. This is an era in films unmatched to this
day. One of the great marriages of writing and acting.
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Review by Peaceful Stoner

On my boozed up Saturday night I watched this.


It never did lose its fizz.
It was for me like a wake up call.
And it had the exquisitely beautiful Laureen Bacall.
This is a classic piece of Film noir art.
And it has the smooth talking and ever stylish Humphrey Bogart.

Review by Carl Sandell

A lot of greatness, but the plot has too many holes for being so complicated.

Review by Roman Rangel

Uno ve "The Big Sleep" tratando de entender su compleja red de intriga pero disfrutando
escenas aisladas brillantemente actuadas y disfrutando aun mas la quimica entre
Humphrey Boggart y Lauren Bacall (quienes fueron una de las grandes parejas en
Hollywood). Tal como otras historias del escritor Raymond Chandler, "The Big Sleep" es
como un laberinto donde cambian los motivos de sus personajes en cada momento sin
embargo es un deleite verla gracias a sus actores.
Sin duda es otra pelicula Noir muy recomendable.

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1949 Directed by Don Siegel

Army Lieutenant Halliday, accused of stealing the


Army payroll, pursues the real thief on a frantic chase
through Mexico aided by the thief's ex-girlfriend and
is in turned being chased by his accuser, Capt.Blake.
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Robert Mitchum
Patric Knowles
John Qualen

Jane Greer

William Bendix

Ramon Novarro

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Pascual Garca Pea

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You know, when discussions are had about the great directors in the history of cinema, the
name of Don Siegel is not often part of those discussions. For a while, I've thought that
maybe it should be part of said debates, and The Big Steal is more evidence that it should
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After all, this was a director that created outstanding examples of films noir, westerns,
crime thrillers, sci-fi horror and plenty of other genres besides. The Big Steal sees him reteaming Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer two years after the stunning Out Of The Past,
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Review by Owen Erasmus

Comes billed as a noir these days and trading on the reputation of Out of the Past. Here
Mitchum and Greer share the same excellent chemistry, this movie is at it's best when
they are flirting in the car chasing the money or evading escape.
It's more of a caper movie or romantic thriller than fatalistic noir but it has great mexican
location shooting, solid direction from the underrated siegel and a hell of a lot of sexual
chemistry. Mitchum and Greer are both incredibly cool in this one.
Only 71 minutes so it doesnt outstay its welcome. Just try to avoid the colourised print I
saw it on.

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Semi-decent early film from Don Siegel. However, despite it's relatively short running
time, the film drags quite considerably.

Review by KasperL

Weak.

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A woman discovers her husband has another family in


anothercity.
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Joan Fontaine

Ida Lupino

Edmond O'Brien
Peggy Maley

Edmund Gwenn

Kenneth Tobey

Lillian Fontaine

Jane Darwell

Matt Dennis

John Maxwell

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Ida Lupino seems like an utterly fascinating character, but really I think the story behind
this movie must be more interesting than the movie itself. Which is, as the title suggests,
about a guy who marries two women, because he's an idiot. The best sequence is when
Harry and Phyllis meet on a Hollywood tour bus; the rest is kind of boring.

Review by CJ

An interesting, low-key drama that suffers a little from being a dated "issue-led" film but
recovers ground through its strong dialogue, skillful avoidance of clich and excellent
performances from Joan Fontaine and Ida Lupino as the unfortunate wives of the titular
Edmond O'Brien. A worthwhile curio.

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"Very melodramatic, very 1950s, but pretty good at making us feel sorry for the bigamist,
instead of thinking of him as an evil family-wrecking lawbreaker."

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of the murder of a blonde singer, who is Martin's wife.


Their investigation leads them to confrontations with
a determined policeman (Crawford) and a shifty
nightclub owner (Lorre), whom Catherine and Martin
suspect may be the realkiller.

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A falsely convicted man's wife, Catherine (Vincent),


and an alcoholic composer and pianist, Martin
(Duryea) team up in an attempt to clear her husband

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June Vincent

Constance Dowling
Freddie Steele

Peter Lorre

Wallace Ford

Ben Bard

Broderick Crawford

Hobart Cavanaugh

Junius Matthews

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John Phillips
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Review by Dan Gaertner

Unremarkable film noir. Dan Duryea finally gets to play a role where he is not the killer...
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Don't remember this one.

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Musical romance murder melodrama. Lorre steals the show from somewhat stiff leads.

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A private detective is offered a job protecting a rich


business man from suspected blackmail. Before he can
accept the case a murder isuncovered.

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Grant Withers
Roy Barcroft

Ricardo Cortez

Stephanie Bachelor
George J. Lewis

Tristram Coffin

Adele Mara

Eva Novak

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Richard Fraser

Gregory Gaye
Bud Wolfe

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A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a


second-string mob boss in New York. But a special
girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats,

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If every there was a film that defined the genre of pulp the most, it would be this. Most
pulp films have a black heart, but this film has a black heart that rots and oozes black and
white hate throughout the body. The intense blackness comes out of the screen and
wrestles you into your seat. Film Noir can be dirty, but this film gets right down in the
mud.
While many Noir's, especially studio ones, can be black, they have a studio sheen all over
them. Even classics like Night and the City and Double Indemnity feel as if they take place
in a foreign world. Blast of Silence takes place in New York City. Not fantasy New more

Review by Jacob Olsen

And this is it, baby boy Frankie Bono. You're alone now. All alone. The scream is dead.
There's no pain. You're home again, back in the cold, black silence.
Have to admit, Allen Baron is a filmmaker I knew absolutely nothing about before this.
Still don't, actually, but this was quite interesting anyhow.
Baron also plays the lead, and it turns out he's just one mole short of being the spitting
image of Robert De Niro! But he holds his own, and the film is quite cool. I like voice over
in cases like this, when they actually add something which can't easily be seen otherwise,
like thoughts not directly linked to the events taking place on screen. And it's more
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Review by Rick Burin

A lean, mean Christmas noir, in which a self-hating hitman violence coursing through
him like a virus comes to NYC to do a job, but finds himself tempted by the lure of a
real life. The actings not always the best, but Larry Tucker is super as a sweaty gundealer, the location photography is absolutely stunning and theres a florid, doom-laden

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Review by Anthony Moretta

Gorgeous, cold, bleak, spare. Anchored by dynamite acting and shot completely on
location. NYC has rarely looked so right on. Takes us to Staten Island and the marshes of
the Belt Parkway, too. Nobody films on Staten Island, except Brian De Palma. It's 77
minutes of camera and character.

Review by bbbgtoby

You're a movie, one of the best they said. You've got a first time director with a vision, a
good vision. You're loved by Scorsese they said. You wonder just how much influence you
had on Le Samourai by Melville but you don't say nothing, what do you know about
French cinema, you're just some little film from New York doing the best you can with a
low budget. You're film noir they said, but you were made after A Touch of Evil so you're
different to your peers; you've got a jazz score to hide your lack of production sound,
you've got a second person narrative written by the blacklisted Waldo Salt and its so
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Really pulpy and awesome. The narration was awesome. The only scene that felt a little
strange to me was the one with Frankie and the girl, Lori.
Felt weird.
Otherwise, AWESOME.

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