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  250 Quintessential Noir Films  Part 2  
     
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  Full listing of all films cited: Alphabetical  Chronological  By Director  
     
     
 
The Damned Don't Cry
Vincent Sherman
1950, 103 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Harold Medford, Jerome Weidman Cin Ted McCord Cast Joan Crawford, David Brian, Steve Cochran, Kent Smith, Hugh Sanders
"Ambitious, frustrated woman walks out on her lower-class life...Important Joan Crawford noir, with irony, excitement and a strong class theme." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Danger Signal
Robert Florey
1945, 78 mins, Warner Bros
Scr C.Graham Baker, Adele Comandini Cin James Wong HowetCast Faye Emerson, Zachary Scott, Richard Erdman, Rosemary DeCamp, Bruce Bennettz
"Danger Signal is an attempt to transpose the essential ingredients of Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt to an urban setting. Regrettably, Danger Signal contains little of its predecessor's suspense..." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Dark City
William Dieterle
1950, 98 mins, Paramount
Scr Larry Marcus, John Meredyth Lucas Cin Victor Milner Cast Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Viveca Lindfors, Dean Jagger, Jack Webb
"This loses its way when a conscience-stricken Heston heads for Los Angeles and encounters the businessman's widow, though Webb is good for a shot of venom every time he turns up." - J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Dark Corner
Henry Hathaway
1946, 99 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Jay Dratler, Bernard C. Schoenfeld Cin Joseph MacDonald Cast Mark Stevens, Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix, Kurt Kreuger
"Fine noir thriller, superbly paced by Hathaway, equally superbly shot by Joe MacDonald, and benefiting from the Fox trademark (at this time) of location shooting." - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Dark Mirror
Robert Siodmak
1946, 85 mins, Universal
Scr Nunnally Johnson Cin Milton Krasner Cast Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Long, Charles Evans
"The Dark Mirror reflects noir attitudes and style mainly through Siodmak's capable direction. His particular interest in the aberrant behavior of disturbed minds - as explored in his earlier Spiral Staircase - is underscored by to a much greater extent in this film's contemporary, urban setting." - Carl Macek, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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Dark Passage
Delmer Daves
1947, 106 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Delmer Daves Cin Sid Hickox Cast Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead, Tom D'Andrea
"Virtually everything that happens in this movie is silly, far-fetched, or just plain unreal. All of which is perfectly fine - movies aren't meant to be real. The reality is in the feelings produced by the viewing." - Barry Gifford, The Devil Thumbs a Ride
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Dark Past
Rudolph Maté
1948, 75 mins, Columbia
Scr Philip MacDonald, Michael Blankfort, Albert Duffy Cin Joseph Walker Cast Lee J. Cobb, William Holden, Nina Foch, Adele Jergens, Stephen Dunne
"Psychological concept film which attempts to analyze and explain the nightmarish roots of a killer's psychopathic behavior." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Dark Waters
André De Toth
1944, 90 mins, United Artists
Scr Joan Harrison, Marian Cockrell Cin John Mescall, Archie Stout Cast Merle Oberon, Franchot Tone, Thomas Mitchell, Fay Bainter, Elisha Cook Jr.
"Oberon is tiresomely tremulous, and the script almost as shaky; but the sterling efforts of De Toth and cameraman John Mescall combine to turn dross into a wonderfully mean and moody slice of Southern Gothic." - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Dead Reckoning
John Cromwell
1947, 100 mins, Columbia
Scr Oliver H.P. Garrett, Steve Fisher, Allen Rivkin Cin Leo Tover Cast Humphrey Bogart, Lizabeth Scott, Morris Carnovsky, Charles Cane, William Prince
"A sometimes brutal yet oddly sensitive film Dead Reckoning is an example of the femme fatale's inability to transcend the limitations of her persona." - Carl Macek, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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Deadline at Dawn
Harold Clurman
1946, 83 mins, RKO
Scr Clifford Odets Cin Nicholas Musuraca Cast Susan Hayward, Bill Williams, Paul Lukas, Joseph Calleia, Osa Massen
"Taxi dancer and cab driver try to help young sailor clear himself of impending murder charge. Atmosphere predominates as some "little people of the night" try to fight off darkness." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Desperate
Anthony Mann
1947, 73 mins, RKO
Scr Harry Essex Cin George E. Diskant Cast Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr, Douglas Fowley, William Challee
"One of Anthony Mann's apprentice works, this B-budget 1947 film noir doesn't depart from the standard formula, but the angled imagery is impressive and the more malignant of the minor characters are drawn with obvious delight." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Desperate Hours
William Wyler
1955, 112 mins, Paramount
Scr Joseph Hayes Cin Lee Garmes Cast Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Arthur Kennedy, Martha Scott, Dewey Martin
"One of a number of '50s films which revealed the paranoia lurking under the facade of the American dream, this time the respectability and security of the family being disrupted with a vengeance...Wyler directs efficiently, if somewhat mechanically." - Chris Petit, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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Destination Murder
Edward L. Cahn
1950, 72 mins, RKO
Scr Don Martin Cin Jackson Rose Cast Joyce Mackenzie, Stanley Clements, Hurd Hatfield, Albert Dekker, Myrna Dell
"Destination Murder is another in a long line of B thrillers in the RKO style with a plot more complicated than The Big Sleep. Albert Dekker here plays what would become a traditional noir role for him, that of the criminal aesthete." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Not Seen
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Detective Story
William Wyler
1951, 103 mins, Paramount
Scr Philip Yordan, Robert Wyler Cin Lee Garmes Cast Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, Cathy O'Donnell, George Macready
"Hubris in the precinct house. Sidney Kingsley's Broadway hit, modeled a little too clearly on Greek tragedy, becomes a solid film d'art under William Wyler's supple, impersonal direction." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Detour
Edgar G. Ulmer
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1945, 69 mins, PRC
Scr Martin Goldsmith Cin Benjamin Kline Cast Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald, Tim Ryan
"Neither pure thriller nor pure melodrama, on an emotional level it most resembles the wonderful purple-pulp fiction of David Goodis. Passion joins with folly to produce termite art par excellence." - Chris Wicking, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Double Indemnity
Billy Wilder
  GF1000 
1944, 106 mins, Paramount
Scr Raymond Chandler, Billy Wilder Cin John Seitz Cast Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather
"Adapted by director Billy Wilder and author Raymond Chandler for the hard-boiled novel by James M. Cain, Double Indemnity is the archetypal film noir, the tale of a desperate dame and a greedy man, of murder for sordid profit and sudden, violent betrayal." - Kim Newman, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Drive a Crooked Road
Richard Quine
1954, 82 mins, Columbia
Scr Blake Edwards, Richard Quine Cin Charles Lawton Jr. Cast Mickey Rooney, Dianne Foster, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Kelly, Harry Landers
"The lack of pretentiousness in a film like Drive a Crooked Road could be mistaken for a lack of artistic zeal; but such films take the motifs of the cycle out of the dark corners of a noir underworld and bring them into the sunlight, where human nature remains as corrupt as it is in the dark." - Blake Lucas, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Edge of Doom
Mark Robson
1950, 99 mins, RKO
Scr Philip Yordan Cin Harry Stradling Cast Dana Andrews, Farley Granger, Joan Evans, Robert Keith, Paul Stewart
"Confused, poverty-stricken man lashes out in an ironic act of murder. The only film noir produced by Samuel Goldwyn conveys its compassionate social theme with surprising intensity." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Not Seen
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The Enforcer
Bretaigne Windust
1951, 87 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Martin Rackin Cin Robert Burks Cast Humphrey Bogart, Everett Sloane, Zero Mostel, Ted De Corsia, Roy Roberts
"Bathed in a typically noir aura of fear, shot by Robert Burks in a semi-documentary style, and with a laconically witty script by Martin Rackin, it only occasionally reveals the cracks one might expect given that part of the footage had to be restaged by Raoul Walsh." - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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Fallen Angel
Otto Preminger
1945, 97 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Harry Kleiner Cin Joseph LaShelle Cast Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Charles Bickford, Anne Revere
"Made as a follow-up to the highly successful Laura, this less celebrated film boasts many of the same qualities, including Joseph LaShelle's imaginative lighting, a romantic David Raksin melody that complements the action, and the ideal Preminger actor, Dana Andrews." - Blake Lucas, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Fear in the Night
Maxwell Shane
1947, 72 mins, Paramount
Scr Maxwell Shane Cin Jack Greenhalgh Cast DeForest Kelley, Paul Kelly, Ann Doran, Kay Scott, Charles Victor
"A classic noir premise: man wakes up after having a nightmare that he killed someone and then finds thumb marks on his own throat. Throw in a sinister hypnotist (is there any other kind?) played by Robert Emmett Keane and you have a cracking mystery and Kelley's screen debut." - The Rough Guide to Cult Movies
TSPDT: Recommended
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The File on Thelma Jordon
Robert Siodmak
1949, 100 mins, Paramount
Scr Ketti Frings Cin George Barnes Cast Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly, Joan Tetzel, Stanley Ridges
"Assistant D.A. tries to help his illicit lover beat a murder rap. Elusive, sophisticated thriller by distinguished noir director, Robert Siodmak." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Recommended
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Follow Me Quietly
Richard Fleischer
1949, 59 mins, RKO
Scr Lillie Hayward Cin Robert de Grasse Cast William Lundigan, Dorothy Patrick, Jeff Corey, Nestor Paiva, Charles D. Brown
"Based on an original story by Francis Rosenwald and Anthony Mann, Follow Me Quietly is a strangely obsessive film noir...Fleischer's direction is direct, the dialogue tough, and the characters of the film infused with proper noir sensibilities." - Carl Macek, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Approach with Caution
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Force of Evil
Abraham Polonsky
1948, 78 mins, MGM
Scr Abraham Polonsky, Ira Wolfert Cin George Barnes Cast John Garfield, Beatrice Pearson, Thomas Gomez, Howland Chamberlain, Roy Roberts
"Garfield shines as a lawyer for the Mob who has a cash register where his heart should be. Polonsky gave cinematographer George Barnes a book of Edward Hopper paintings to show how he wanted this to look and Barnes did his best." - The Rough Guide to Cult Movies
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Framed
Richard Wallace
1947, 82 mins, Columbia
Scr Ben Maddow Cin Burnett Guffey Cast Glenn Ford, Janis Carter, Barry Sullivan, Edgar Buchanan, Karen Morley
"Framed is photographed by Burnett Guffey in his usual 'flat' style. The plot line owes much to the middle-class milieu first created in literature by James M. Cain." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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Gilda
Charles Vidor
  GF1000 
1946, 110 mins, Columbia
Scr Marion Parsonnet, Jo Eisinger Cin Rudolph Maté Cast Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray
"Gilda is one of a kind, a masterpiece as gripping if not as clean and well-proportioned as Sunset Boulevard, or as purposefully noir as, say, Touch of Evil...Gilda is delightfully tawdry, a world-view worth further examination." - Barry Gifford, The Devil Thumbs a Ride
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Glass Key
Stuart Heisler
1942, 85 mins, Paramount
Scr Jonathan Latimer Cin Theodor Sparkuhl Cast Brian Donlevy, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Bonita Granville, Richard Denning
"Significant early noir narrative of political corruption and aberrant violence, adapted from a Hammett novel that was filmed before, in 1935." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Recommended
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Guilty Bystander
Joseph Lerner
1950, 92 mins, Film Classics
Scr Don Ettlinger Cin Russell Harlan, Gerald Hirschfeld Cast Zachary Scott, Faye Emerson, Mary Boland, Sam Levene, J. Edward Bromberg
"Guilty Bystander is marred by budget limitations that lead to an overreliance on verbal exposition, a device that fails to mask an extremely contrived plot and a great deal of uninteresting photography despite the use of New York locations." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Not Seen
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Gun Crazy
Joseph H. Lewis
  GF1000 
1949, 86 mins, United Artists
Scr Mackinlay Kantor, Millard Kaufman Cin Russell Harlan Cast Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky, Anabel Shaw
"This movie was made for next to nothing; that shows but it doesn't matter. The camerawork is wicked, like Peggy's mind; the eye is unblinking, relentless, raking across everything it sees like a claw...A remarkable little movie: sexy, violent, stupid, sad, pretty, tense, strange. More than enough." - Barry Gifford, The Devil Thumbs a Ride
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Hangover Square
John Brahm
1945, 77 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Barre Lyndon Cin Joseph LaShelle Cast Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Glenn Langan, Faye Marlowe
"Notable example of film noir's frequent interest in art and artists, whose climax takes place during the performance of the protagonist's "Concerto Macabre" (written for the film by Bernard Herrmann)." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Recommended
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He Ran All the Way
John Berry
1951, 77 mins, United Artists
Scr Dalton Trumbo, Hugo Butler Cin James Wong Howe Cast John Garfield, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, Selena Royle, Bobby Hyatt
"Enhanced by an effective script, superb cinematography by James Wong Howe, and a keen sense of working-class manners, this is a highly affecting thriller that draws us relentlessly into its plangent moral tensions." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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He Walked by Night
Alfred L. Werker
1948, 79 mins, Eagle Lion
Scr John C. Higgins, Crane Wilbur, Harry Essex Cin John Alton Cast Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell, Jack Webb
"The fact that Anthony Mann had an uncredited hand in the direction may have something to do with the successful creation of a tense atmosphere, although most notable is the superb noir photography by John Alton, who really comes into his own during the final chase through the LA sewers." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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High Sierra
Raoul Walsh
1941, 100 mins, Warner Bros
Scr John Huston, W.R. Burnett Cin Tony Gaudio Cast Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie
"High Sierra is a landmark of the gangster genre, a career turning point for Humphrey Bogart, and a model of action-film existentialism by Raoul Walsh." - Martin Rubin, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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High Wall
Curtis Bernhardt
1947, 99 mins, MGM
Scr Sydney Boehm, Lester Cole Cin Paul C. Vogel Cast Robert Taylor, Audrey Totter, Herbert Marshall, Dorothy Patrick, H.B. Warner
"German refugee Curtis Bernhardt, apparently drawn to thrillers with psychological overtones such as Conflict and The Possessed embellishes the straightforward plot of this otherwise ordinary melodrama with a noir Mise-en-scène." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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His Kind of Woman
John Farrow
1951, 120 mins, RKO
Scr Frank Fenton, Jack Leonard Cin Harry Wild Cast Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price, Tim Holt, Charles McGraw
"Rough, tough gambler takes a lucrative but mysterious job in Mexico, tangling with a gold-digger and a racketeer. Odd noir entertainment that has a lot of depth and meaning for a film that often verges on self-parody." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Hitch-Hiker
Ida Lupino
1953, 71 mins, RKO
Scr Collier Young, Ida Lupino, Robert Joseph Cin Nicholas Musuraca Cast Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, Jose Torvay, Sam Hayes
"Actress Ida Lupino enjoyed a second career as a director of B movies in the late 40s and early 50s, and this hell-for-leather 1953 noir demonstrates her facility with actors and flawless pacing." - J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Hollow Triumph
Steve Sekely
aka The Scar
1948, 83 mins, Eagle Lion
Scr Daniel Fuchs Cin John Alton Cast Joan Bennett, Paul Henreid, Eduard Franz, Leslie Brooks, John Qualen
"Not half bad, despite a loopy plot about a conman/thief hiding from pursuit who kills a look-alike psychiatrist and assumes his identity...Good supporting performances, a satisfyingly bleak ending, and absolutely stunning lighting and LA location shooting from John Alton." - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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The House by the River
Fritz Lang
1950, 88 mins, Republic
Scr Mel Dinelli Cin Edward Cronjager Cast Louis Hayward, Jane Wyatt, Lee Bowman, Dorothy Patrick, Ann Shoemaker
"It's a bleak, gloomy film, one in which the psychological undercurrents seem to be flooding over the banks, drowning any fleeting vestige of rationality in a perverse Teutonic romanticism." - Tom Charity, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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House of Strangers
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1949, 101 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Philip Yordan Cin Milton Krasner Cast Edward G. Robinson, Richard Conte, Susan Hayward, Luther Adler, Paul Valentine
"House of Strangers exploits the traditional concept of the immigrant family in order to develop a corrosive story of a patriarchal domination that is destroyed from within." - Blake Lucas & Alain Silver, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The House on 92nd Street
Henry Hathaway
1945, 88 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Barre Lyndon, Charles G. Booth, John Monks Jr. Cin Norbert Brodine Cast William Eythe, Lloyd Nolan, Signe Hasso, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll
"Louis de Rochemont, the producer of the "March of Time" newsreels, entered feature filmmaking with this 1945 spy caper. Its documentary style and on-location realism started a trend that lasted into the early 50s." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Human Desire
Fritz Lang
1954, 90 mins, Columbia
Scr Alfred Hayes Cin Burnett Guffey Cast Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan, Kathleen Case
"Lang's version of Zola's La Bête Humaine is, like all his best '50s work, as cold, hard and steely grey as the railway tracks which here mark out the action." - Steve Jenkins, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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I Married a Communist
Robert Stevenson
aka The Woman on Pier 13
1950, 73 mins, RKO
Scr Charles Grayson, Robert Hardy Andrews Cin Nicholas Musuraca Cast Laraine Day, Robert Ryan, John Agar, Thomas Gomez, Janis Carter
"Shipping executive is pressured by Communist infiltrators to take over a labor union. Waterfront noir; also the first of the 'Red scare' melodramas." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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I Wake Up Screaming
H. Bruce Humberstone
1941, 82 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Dwight Taylor Cin Edward Cronjager Cast Victor Mature, Betty Grable, Laird Cregar, Carole Landis, William Gargan
"H. Bruce Humberstone was an amiable Fox contract director (Charlie Chan at the Opera, Sun Valley Serenade); this 1941 feature is his one film with something extra going for it, a tough little thriller with memorable atmosphere and character work." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Recommended
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I Walk Alone
Byron Haskin
1947, 98 mins, Paramount
Scr Charles Schnee Cin Leo Tover Cast Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas, Wendell Corey, Kristine Miller
"I Walk Alone incorporates a subjective quality into a story about bitterness and vengeance that is unusual in film noir of this period." - Blake Lucas, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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I Was a Communist for the FBI
Gordon Douglas
1951, 83 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Crane Wilbur Cin Edwin DuPar Cast Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey, James Millican, Richard Webb
"Glowering Lovejoy plays real-life investigator Matt Cvetic, finding Reds under every conceivable bed in strident McCarthyite tract." - Robin Cross, 2000 Movies: The 1950s
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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I, the Jury
Harry Essex
1953, 87 mins, United Artists
Scr Harry Essex Cin John Alton Cast Biff Elliot, Preston Foster, Peggie Castle, Margaret Sheridan, Alan Reed
"I, the Jury is probably the only film noir to be shot in the 3-Dimensional technique. John Alton's photography is, as always, brilliant although budget limitations force the use of such devices as Christmas card scenes instead of establishing shots." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Impact
Arthur Lubin
1949, 111 mins, United Artists
Scr Dorothy Davenport, Jay Dratler Cin Ernest Laszlo Cast Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Helen Walker, Charles Coburn, Anna May Wong
"Nice-guy Donlevy's wife is cheating on him. She and her lover plot to do him in, but there are complications. Entertaining, thoughtful drama will keep you guessing at every turn." - Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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In a Lonely Place
Nicholas Ray
  GF1000 
1950, 91 mins, Columbia
Scr Andrew Solt Cin Burnett Guffey Cast Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Robert Warwick
"Nick Ray's ability to present case histories of men and women unable to integrate themselves or remain sane in so-called civilized society is non pareil, and In a Lonely Place is a masterful study of man's inhumanity to himself, among others." - Barry Gifford, The Devil Thumbs a Ride
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Jeopardy
John Sturges
1953, 69 mins, MGM
Scr Mel Dinelli Cin Victor Milner Cast Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Ralph Meeker, Lee Aaker, Bud Wolfe
"Neat little programmer about a trapped man and a rising tide gives Stanwyck the chance to run through her repertoire of expressions of anguish and despair." - Robin Cross, 2000 Movies: The 1950s
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Johnny Angel
Edwin L. Marin
1945, 79 mins, RKO
Scr Steve Fisher, Frank Gruber Cin Harry Wild Cast George Raft, Claire Trevor, Signe Hasso, Lowell Gilmore, Hoagy Carmichael
"A ghost ship emerges out of the fog: bullet-holes, overturned chairs and broken photographs point to a perturbed past. The world of Johnny Angel is very noir indeed." - Ruth Baumgarten, Time Out
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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25 Key Noir Cinematographers
John Alton
John Alton, Harry Wild, George E. Diskant, Nicholas Musuraca, John Seitz, Joseph LaShelle, Burnett Guffey, Joseph MacDonald, Norbert Brodine, Lee Garmes, Milton Krasner, Ernest Laszlo, Elwood Bredell, Lucien Ballard, James Wong Howe, Franz Planer, Robert Burks, Stanley Cortez, Charles Lang, Sid Hickox, Bert Glennon, George Barnes, Paul Ivano, Harry Stradling, Hal Mohr.
 
             
             
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