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  250 Quintessential Noir Films  Part 4  
     
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  250 Quintessential Noir Films (1940-1964): Parts 1  2  3  4  5  
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  Full listing of all films cited: Alphabetical  Chronological  By Director  
     
     
 
Nobody Lives Forever
Jean Negulesco
1946, 100 mins, Warner Bros
Scr W.R. Burnett Cin Arthur Edeson Cast John Garfield, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Walter Brennan, Faye Emerson, George Coulouris
"Predictable but well-acted Warners yarn, scripted by WR Burnett, with a horribly sugary conversion scene in a chapel at Capistrano, but a memorable finish on a fogbound pier..." - John Pym, Time Out
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Nocturne
Edwin L. Marin
1946, 88 mins, RKO
Scr Jonathan Latimer Cin Harry WildtCast George Raft, Lynn Bari, Virginia Huston, Joseph Pevney, Myrna Dell
"Pungent film of questing protagonist driven to expose a truth defined, in effect, as an amalgam of noir settings and characters." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Nora Prentiss
Vincent Sherman
1947, 111 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Richard N. Nash, Philip MacDonald Cin James Wong Howe Cast Ann Sheridan, Kent Smith, Robert Alda, Bruce Bennett, Rosemary DeCamp
"If there were a category of 'women's noir,' Nora Prentiss should certainly rank at the top...photographed by James Wong Howe in typically expressionistic style, the closed form of which enhances the entrapment of both principal players." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Notorious
Alfred Hitchcock
  GF1000 
1946, 101 mins, RKO
Scr Ben Hecht Cin Ted Tetzlaff Cast Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern, Leopoldine Konstantin
"Hitchcock's detailed portrait of the underneath earn this picture its place in noir...his haunting air of danger, and the inordinate pleasure he draws from the cruelty of lovers, make this the perfect prelude to his masterpiece, his noir paean to hopelessness, Vertigo." - David N. Meyer, A Girl and a Gun: The Complete Guide to Film Noir on Video
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Odds Against Tomorrow
Robert Wise
1959, 95 mins, United Artists
Scr Abraham Polonsky, Nelson Gidding Cin Joseph Brun Cast Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, Ed Begley, Gloria Grahame
"This ambitious but mainly unsuccessful 1959 black-and-white heist thriller founders on allegorical positioning, although the location photography of Manhattan and upstate New York has its moments...Jean-Pierre Melville worshipped this film, though I'm not clear why." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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On Dangerous Ground
Nicholas Ray
  GF1000 
1951, 82 mins, RKO
Scr A.I. Bezzerides Cin George E. Diskant Cast Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper, Ed Begley
"If it sometimes seems a little schematic, there is no denying the power of the performances, nor the eloquence of Ray's poetic but tough direction. Aided enormously by George Diskant's high contrast camerawork and by Bernard Herrmann's stunning score...it's a film of frequent brilliance. " - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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One Way Street
Hugo Fregonese
1950, 79 mins, Universal
Scr Lawrence Kimble Cin Maury Gertsman Cast James Mason, Marta Toren, Dan Duryea, Basil Ruysdael, William Conrad
"Doctor involved with mobsters steals gangleader's girlfriend and $2000,000...Grim, fatalistic noir with some good performances." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Not Seen
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Out of the Past
Jacques Tourneur
  GF1000 
1947, 97 mins, RKO
Scr Daniel Mainwaring Cin Nicholas Musuraca Cast Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Webb
"This is one of the most well-known noir melodramas, and deservedly so, because it's one of the best. The plot is over-complicated but it works largely due to the smooth interplay of the cast and the deft manner in which director Tourneur runs them in and out like substitutions in a football game." - Barry Gifford, The Devil Thumbs a Ride
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Panic in the Streets
Elia Kazan
1950, 93 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Richard Murphy Cin Joseph MacDonald Cast Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jack Palance, Zero Mostel
"For years, gangsters and criminals have been referred to in films as rats and scum, as a menace to society. Panic in the Streets takes this thought to its logical conclusion, making it literally as well as figuratively true." - Jonathan Benair, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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Party Girl
Nicholas Ray
1958, 99 mins, MGM
Scr George Wells Cin Robert Bronner Cast Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb, John Ireland, Kent Smith
"A film that might be regarded as Nicholas Ray's farewell to Hollywood (if not commercial filmmaking), as well as his tribute to Chicago in the 20s, this 1958 feature is also one of his most affecting love stories." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Note: Party Girl is one of only 4 colour films included within the 250 Quintessential Noirs listing.
TSPDT: Recommended
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Phantom Lady
Robert Siodmak
1944, 87 mins, Universal
Scr Bernard C. Schoenfeld Cin Elwood Bredell Cast Ella Raines, Franchot Tone, Alan Curtis, Aurora Miranda, Thomas Gomez
"Siodmak's first American success, a moody thriller from a Cornell Woolrich novel which set the mould for a string of dark classics...Siodmak's angled compositions and dramatic lighting might be uncharitably ticked off as genre staples, but his manipulation of the film's key motif is masterly." - Paul Taylor, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Phenix City Story
Phil Karlson
1955, 100 mins, Allied Artists
Scr Daniel Mainwaring, Crane Wilbur Cin Harry Neumann Cast John McIntire, Richard Kiley, Kathryn Grant, Edward Andrews, Lenka Peterson
"A young lawyer returns from the service to find that his home town has turned into a corrupt, vice-ridden jungle. Seedy, violent crime drama with strong '50s noir look that was based on a true story." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Pickup on South Street
Samuel Fuller
  GF1000 
1953, 80 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Samuel Fuller Cin Joseph MacDonald Cast Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye, Richard Kiley
"The real distinction of Fuller's film is his visual realization. Pickup benefits from Joe MacDonald's high-contrast black-and-white photography and from the vividly created settings of subways, the waterfront, and Moe's (Ritter)shabby room." - Blake Lucas, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Pitfall
André De Toth
1948, 84 mins, United Artists
Scr Karl Lamb Cin Harry Wild Cast Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt, Raymond Burr, John Litel
"A grimy, superior film noir by Andre de Toth. Dick Powell is a foursquare family man who enjoys a harmless dalliance with model Lizabeth Scott, unaware that he's risking the wrath of a psychotically jealous private eye, Raymond Burr." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Recommended
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Plunder Road
Hubert Cornfield
1957, 71 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Steven Ritch Cin Ernest Haller Cast Gene Raymond, Jeanne Cooper, Wayne Morris, Elisha Cook Jr., Stafford Repp
"Five men carry out an elaborate plan to rob a San Francisco bound train of a million dollars in gold bullion. Crafted low budget heist film infused with deterministic fatalism." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Not Seen
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Possessed
Curtis Bernhardt
1947, 108 mins, Warner Bros
Scr Ranald McDougall,  Silvia Richards Cin Joseph Valentine Cast Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey, Geraldine Brooks, Stanley Ridges
"Possessed reflects Curtis Bernhardt's penchant for psychological themes...A past master at the creation of stimmung, or atmosphere, Bernhardt evokes the ethos of film noir in a variety of scenes." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Postman Always Rings Twice
Tay Garnett
1946, 113 mins, MGM
Scr Harry Ruskin, Niven Busch Cin Sidney Wagner Cast Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames
"Director Tay Garnett's tight framing emphasizes the imprisonment of the fatal lovers, and the film's gloomy and forbidding mise en scène is the perfect setting for their grim story." - R. Barton Palmer, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
TSPDT: Recommended
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Private Hell 36
Don Siegel
1954, 81 mins, Filmakers
Scr Collier Young, Ida Lupino Cin Burnett Guffey Cast Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff, Dean Jagger, Dorothy Malone
"Tight little Ida Lupino-produced low-budgeter in which cops Cochran and Howard Duff succumb to temptation after recovering stolen money, with predictably distressing results." - Robin Cross, 2000 Movies: The 1950s
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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The Prowler
Joseph Losey
1951, 92 mins, United Artists
Scr Dalton Trumbo, Hugo Butler Cin Arthur Miller Cast Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, Jon Maxwell, Katherine Warren, Emerson Treacy
"A rivetingly cool, clean thriller about the trap which inexorably closes on a woman unhappily married to a rich husband, and the cop on the make for the better things in life who, summoned to deal with a prowler, lingers to get rid of the husband and take both wife and money for himself." - Tom Milne, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Pushover
Richard Quine
1954, 88 mins, Columbia
Scr Roy Huggins Cin Lester White Cast Fred MacMurray, Philip Carey, Kim Novak, Dorothy Malone, E.G. Marshall
"Police detective falls for robber's girlfriend that is under his surveillance, ends up committing murder. Nocturnal B noir with MacMurray in a role that invites comparisons with Double Indemnity." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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The Racket
John Cromwell
1951, 88 mins, RKO
Scr William Wister Haines, W.R. Burnett Cin George E. Diskant Cast Robert Ryan, Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, William Talman, Ray Collins
"Corruption in The Racket is not some kind of abstract force or entity. It is the aggregate of all the desires, ambitions, and compromises of a city; and the film makes no moralistic, good-bad distinctions." - Dennis L. White, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Railroaded
Anthony Mann
1947, 71 mins, PRC
Scr John C. Higgins Cin Guy Roe Cast John Ireland, Sheila Ryan, Hugh Beaumont, Jane Randolph, Ed Kelly
"Police detective tries to prove that the brother of his girlfriend did not commit murder. Compact, violent cheapie with strong noir settings and mood." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Recommended
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Raw Deal
Anthony Mann
1948, 79 mins, Eagle Lion
Scr Leopold Atlas, John C. Higgins Cin John Alton Cast Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, John Ireland, Raymond Burr
"Anthony Mann transcended the typically brutal environment in the gangster film and created an interesting paradox of sex and violence in Raw Deal...John Alton's photography suggests a half-lit world magnified by the strong use of shadows and cluttered composition." - Carl Macek, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Reckless Moment
Max Ophüls
  GF1000 
1949, 82 mins, Columbia
Scr Mel Dinelli, Robert E. Kent, Henry Garson, Robert W. Soderberg Cin Burnett Guffey Cast James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Henry O'Neill, Shepperd Strudwick
"Viennese director Max Ophüls is more interested in irony and emotion than crime and drama, which gives this a uniquely nerve-fraying feel, and he nudges the lead actors into revelatory, unusual performances." - Kim Newman, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Red House
Delmer Daves
1947, 100 mins, United Artists
Scr Delmer Daves Cin Bert Glennon Cast Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Allene Roberts, Judith Anderson, Julie London
"It's a pastoral, noir-inflected psychodrama with supernatural overtones, dealing chiefly with the thin line between healthy and sick sexuality. All very Freudian, in fact, and often very frightening, with Robinson in superb form as the patriarch tormented by his past." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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Red Light
Roy Del Ruth
1949, 83 mins, United Artists
Scr George Callahan Cin Bert Glennon Cast George Raft, Virginia Mayo, Gene Lockhart, Raymond Burr, Harry Morgan
"When his priest brother is murdered, a trucking company owner decides to take the law into his own hands. Unusual revenge thriller with an overt religious theme." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Ride the Pink Horse
Robert Montgomery
1947, 101 mins, Universal
Scr Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer Cin Russell Metty Cast Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix, Andrea King, Thomas Gomez, Fred Clark
"Embittered veteran arrives in small Mexican town bent on revenge. Oft-mentioned noir adaptation of significant hard-boiled suspense novel." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Approach with Caution
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Road House
Jean Negulesco
1948, 95 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Edward Chodorov Cin Joseph LaShelle Cast Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm, Richard Widmark, O.Z. Whitehead
"Road House impresses first of all with its sharp dialogue exchanges between the characters and the bizarre look of the interiors. The roadhouse itself is designed in such a way as to conjure up a synthetic vision of the postwar period, seeming at once modern and rustic." - Blake Lucas, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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Roadblock
Harold Daniels
1951, 73 mins, RKO
Scr George Bricker, Steve Fisher  Cin Nicholas Musuraca Cast Charles McGraw, Joan Dixon, Lowell Gilmore, Louis Jean Heydt, Milburn Stone
"Trying to please his ambitious girlfriend, insurance investigator gets himself involved in a robbery. Well-paced, fatalistic noir thriller with good performance by McGraw." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Rogue Cop
Roy Rowland
1954, 92 mins, MGM
Scr Sydney Boehm Cin John Seitz Cast Robert Taylor, Janet Leigh, George Raft, Steve Forrest, Anne Francis
"The year after writing The Big Heat, William McGivern published Rogue Cop...Auteur principles being what they are, Fritz Lang's movie of the former is a classic, while Rowland's adaptation of the latter is little known, though dramatically it's tougher, more complex, more unpredictable." - Bob Baker, Time Out
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Ruthless
Edgar G. Ulmer
1948, 104 mins, Eagle Lion
Scr S.K. Lauren, Gordon Kahn Cin Bert Glennon Cast Zachary Scott, Louis Hayward, Diana Lynn, Martha Vickers, Sydney Greenstreet
"Man tells his girlfriend the story of a powerful financier that was his childhood pal. One of the most elegant and fascinating of all B noirs, that has been called Ulmer's Citizen Kane." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Recommended
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Scandal Sheet
Phil Karlson
1952, 82 mins, Columbia
Scr Eugene Ling, James Poe, Ted Sherdeman Cin Burnett Guffey Cast John Derek, Donna Reed, Broderick Crawford, Rosemary DeCamp, Henry O'Neill
"A Sam Fuller novel is the basis for this taut thriller in which a newspaper editor accidentally kills his ex-wife and then finds his star reporter delving into the story." - Robin Cross, 2000 Movies: The 1950s
TSPDT: Recommended
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Scarlet Street
Fritz Lang
  GF1000 
1945, 103 mins, Universal
Scr Dudley Nichols Cin Milton Krasner Cast Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay, Rosalind Ivan
"Fritz Lang's most harrowing study of guilt and damnation, this 1945 feature is a remake of Jean Renoir's La chienne...In many ways the apotheosis of Lang's expressionism, a film that lives in the dark night of the Catholic soul." Strongly recommended. - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Second Woman
James V. Kern
1951, 91 mins, United Artists
Scr Mort Briskin, Robert Smith Cin Hal Mohr Cast Robert Young, Betsy Drake, John Sutton, Florence Bates, Morris Carnovsky
"Successful architect, who feels responsible for his fiancée's accidental death, begins to doubt his own sanity. Somber noir melodrama with evocative postwar California setting." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Secret Beyond the Door
Fritz Lang
1948, 98 mins, Universal
Scr Silvia Richards Cin Stanley Cortez Cast Joan Bennett, Michael Redgrave, Anne Revere, Barbara O'Neil, Natalie Schafer
"This scrapes by in some accounts as a respectable film noir, but it is the beguiling mixture of many genres - women's melodrama, Freudian case study, serial killer mystery, and allegory of the artistic/creative process - that makes it such a special and haunting oddity in the director's career." - Adrian Martin, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Set-Up
Robert Wise
1949, 72 mins, RKO
Scr Art Cohn Cin Milton Krasner Cast Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter, Wallace Ford
"A pungent noir from 1948, with Ryan as an aging boxer preparing to take a fall...Wise directed during his best period, as an efficient studio craftsman. I probably wouldn't tag this the greatest of all boxing pictures, but it's certainly a contender - and I'd pick it in a flash over Raging Bull." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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711 Ocean Drive
Joseph M. Newman
1950, 102 mins, Columbia
Scr Richard English, Francis Swann Cin Franz Planer Cast Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru, Otto Kruger, Barry Kelley, Dorothy Patrick
"Former telephone repairman uses his technical knowledge to get strong foothold in syndicate gambling operation. One of O'Brien's better noirs, with a "powerful" climax at the Hoover Dam." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Shadow of a Doubt
Alfred Hitchcock
  GF1000 
1943, 108 mins, Universal
Scr Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, Alma Reville Cin Joseph Valentine Cast Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge
"One of Hitchcock's finest films of the '40s, with Cotten as the infamous 'Merry Widow' murderer, who takes refuge with the small-town family of his sister...Funny, gripping, and expertly shot by Joe Valentine, it's a small but memorable gem." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
TSPDT: Highly Recommended
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The Shanghai Gesture
Josef von Sternberg
  GF1000 
1941, 98 mins, United Artists
Scr Jules Furthman, Geza Herczeg, Karl Vollmoller, Josef von Sternberg Cin Paul Ivano Cast Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Victor Mature, Ona Munson, Phyllis Brooks
"The nightmarish, almost Baroque environment that von Sternberg creates in The Shanghai Gesture contains much of what was to become a standard expression of the noir vision." - Alain Silver & Meredith Brody, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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Shock
Alfred L. Werker
1946, 70 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Eugene Ling Cin Joseph MacDonald Cast Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, Frank Latimore, Anabel Shaw, Stephen Dunne
"The ultimate expression of the psychiatrist as Dr. Evil. Woman sees a murder, goes into shock and is handed over to a shrink, who just happens to be the killer." - The Rough Guide to Cult Movies
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Side Street
Anthony Mann
1950, 83 mins, MGM
Scr Sidney Boehm Cin Joseph Ruttenberg Cast Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, James Craig, Paul Kelly, Jean Hagen
"The stars of Nicholas Ray's They Live by Night, Cathy O'Donnell and Farley Granger, reunited for a 1950 film noir...Mann gives the story a surprisingly naturalistic treatment, moving away from the wild visuals and hysterical dramatics of his 40s films and toward the refined expressionism of his mature 50s work." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Sleeping City
George Sherman
1950, 85 mins, Universal
Scr Joe Eisinger Cin William Miller Cast Richard Conte, Coleen Gray, Richard Taber, John Alexander, Peggy Dow
"Forceful melodrama in which another "sacred American institution" (a hospital) has its unspoiled image shattered by the all-pervasive noir vision." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Worth a Look
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Slightly Scarlet
Allan Dwan
1956, 99 mins, RKO
Scr Robert Blees Cin John Alton Cast John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl, Kent Taylor, Ted De Corsia
"Slightly Scarlet is one of a series of films made by RKO which Allan Dwan directed, John Alton photographed, and Van Nest Polglase was art director...As Slightly Scarlet is the only modern subject of this Dwan-Alton series, it is perhaps also the most interesting photographically." - Blake Lucas, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
Note: Slightly Scarlet is one of only 4 colour films included within the 250 Quintessential Noirs listing.
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Sniper
Edward Dmytryk
1952, 87 mins, Columbia
Scr Harry Brown Cin Burnett Guffey Cast Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor, Frank Faylen
"Tight little drama of unhinged marksman Franz going on the rampage. Good companion piece to He Lived by Night (1948) and Targets (1968)." - Robin Cross, 2000 Movies: The 1950s
TSPDT: Recommended
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So Dark the Night
Joseph H. Lewis
1946, 71 mins, Columbia
Scr Dwight Babcock, Martin Berkeley Cin Burnett Guffey Cast Steven Geray, Micheline Cheirel, Eugene Borden, Ann Codee, Egon Brecher
"This is what Joseph H Lewis is all about. The script is a perfunctory and frequently silly murder mystery...However, none of this matters. The film is directed like a million bucks...In other words, it's a 'typical' Lewis movie: low on thinks, but with enough style to send lovers of cinema reeling." - Tony Rayns, Time Out
TSPDT: Not Seen
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Somewhere in the Night
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1946, 108 mins, 20th Century-Fox
Scr Howard Dimsdale, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Lee Strasberg Cin Norbert Brodine Cast John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Lloyd Nolan, Richard Conte, Josephine Hutchinson
"Whilst searching for his true identity, amnesiac war veteran gets tangled up with the murderous thieves of precious Nazi war booty. Quintessential postwar amnesia film." - Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir
TSPDT: Recommended
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Sorry, Wrong Number
Anatole Litvak
1948, 89 mins, Paramount
Scr Lucille Fletcher Cin Sol Polito Cast Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey, Ed Begley
"Sorry, Wrong Number was originally a 22-minute radio script...The film is not as tightly constructed as the radio play, but it is a fine example of how the hermetic world of film noir creates a sense of entrapment." - Bob Porfirio & Lee Sanders, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Recommended
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Southside 1-1000
Boris Ingster
1950, 73 mins, Allied Artists
Scr Boris Ingster, Leo Townsend Cin Russell Harlan Cast Don DeFore, Andrea King, George Tobias, Barry Kelley, Morris Ankrum
"Southside 1-1000 is significant if only because it was written and directed by Boris Ingster, who also directed what is probably the first true film noir, Stranger on the Third Floor...This film is in the style of the pseudodocumentary, but with much chiaroscuro and location work." - Bob Porfirio, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style
TSPDT: Not Seen
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Spellbound
Alfred Hitchcock
1945, 111 mins, United Artists
Scr Ben Hecht Cin George Barnes Cast Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Leo G. Carroll, Rhonda Fleming, John Emery
"It's one of Hitchcock's more interesting "failures," notable for its acting, production design, and music but not especially for the central mystery...Spellbound did serve to introduce Hitchcock's increasingly literal interest in the subconscious." - Joshua Klein, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
TSPDT: Recommended
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The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
Robert Siodmak
1945, 80 mins, Universal
Scr Stephen Longstreet Cin Paul Ivano Cast George Sanders, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ella Raines, Sara Allgood, Moyna MacGill
"Though less deliriously noir than Siodmak's best work (Phantom Lady, The Killers, Cry of the City) this rather Hitchcockian smalltown thriller, produced by the Englishman's former associate Joan Harrison, is a typically impressive psychological study in various forms of obsession." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out
TSPDT: Recommended
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250 Quintessential Noirs
Studio Breakdown
46 RKO
35 United Artists
29 20th Century-Fox
27 Columbia
25 Warner Brothers
23 Paramount
20 MGM
20 Universal
 6 Eagle Lion
 5 Allied Artists
 3 PRC
 3 Republic
 2 Monogram
 
             
             
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