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Fritz Lang's most celebrated American film, is a chilling and
violent tale of corruption, vengeance, and loss. Dave Bannion,
played by distinguished Film Noir actor Glenn Ford, is an
upright but unscrupulous cop on the trail of a vicious gang he
suspects holds power over the police force.
Hard-hitting detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) takes
on thugs and atomic secrets in Robert Aldrich's fast-paced
thriller. Kiss me Deadly, an adaptation of the Mickey
Spillane novel. The night goes awry for Hammer soon after he
picks up a scantily clad hitchhiker (Cloris Leachman).
Police Lt. Leonard Diamond is on a personal crusade to bring
down sadistic gangster Mr. Brown. He's also dangerously
obsessed with Brown's girlfriend, the suici
Directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Victor Mature, Lee
Marvin, Richard Egan and Stephen McNally. The film, set in a
mining town, depicts the planning of a bank robbery as the
nexus in the personal lives of several townspeople. Prominent
actors Sylvia Sidney and Ernest Borgnine are in supporting
roles. Violent Saturday was filmed in color .
The only true "film noir" ever directed by a woman, this tour
de force thriller (considered by many, including Lupino herself,
to be her best film) is a classic, tension-packed, three-way
dance of death about two middle-class American homebodies
(Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) on vacation in Mexico on
a long-awaited fishing trip. Suddenly their car and their very
lives are commandeered by psychopathic serial killer Emmett
Myers (William Talman - Perry Mason)
D.O.A. is a film noir drama film directed by Rudolph Maté
, considered a classic of the stylistic genre. The
frantically-paced plot revolves around a doomed man's quest
to find out who has poisoned him – and why – before he dies.
Private investigator Bradford Galt has moved to New York from
San Fransisco after serving a jail term on account of his lawyer
partner Tony Jardine. When he finds someone is tailing - and
possibly trying to kill him, Galt believes Jardine is behind it.
As he finds there is rather more to it, he is increasingly glad to
have his attractive new secretary Kathleen around, for several
When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her
venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of some of the
fortune she thinks he has.
Directed by Fritz Lang Stars Edward G. Robinson,
Johnny McQueen (James Mason), leader of a clandestine Irish
organization, has been hiding in the house of Kathleen and
her mother, planning a hold-up that will provide his group with
the funds needed to continue its activities. During the hold-up,
things go sour: Johnny is wounded, cannot make it back to
the hideout, and disappears in the back-alleys of Belfast
. Immediately, a large-scale man-hunt is launched, and the
city is tightly covered by the constabulary, whose chief is
intent on capturing Johnny and the other members of the
gang.Directors: Carol Reed Stars: James Mason, Robert
Newton and Cyril Cusack
Piano player Al (Tom Neal) is bitter about having to work in
a New York nightclub. After his girlfriend Sue (Claudia Drake)
leaves to seek fame in Hollywood, he decides to join her. With
little money, he has to hitchhike his way across the country.
The Hollywood Production Code did not allow murderers to get
away with their crimes on film at the time, so the orginal
ending had to br changed .
Laura Mansfield's father is killed, apparently by a telegraphic
messenger. She spots Jackie Wales in a police lineup, but
can't identify him positively. Later, she arranges to meet him,
and is convinced he was the killer, but he was acting for
someone else. She gets to know Jackie to find out who the
boss is, taking a job in the Vogue Club, owned by a man
named Armitage. Meanwhile, Alice, Armitage's greedy mistress,
goes after Jackie and lures him into blackmailing the nightclub
owner. Armitage discovers the betrayal, and kills the two, but
Laura schemes to get closer so she can prove him guilty.
Beat the Devil On their way to Africa are a group of rogues
who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British
couple. They meet and things happen. Directed by John
Huston , screenplay written by Huston and Truman Capote .It
was intended by Huston as a parody of The Maltese Falcon .
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida,
Robert Morley, Peter Lorre, and Bernard Lee . Roger Ebert, who
included the film in his "Great Movies" list, notes that the film
has been characterized as the first camp movie.
Robert Bray, best known to baby-boomers as "Ranger Corey"
on TV's LASSIE, is cast as Mickey Spillane's rough-edged
private eye Mike Hammer in MY GUN IS QUICK. Mike's mission
this time out is to solve a murder and a jewel robbery. He
faces opposition from two warring criminal gangs, but when
has that ever stopped him in the past? Co-starring as a
typically Spillanesque cool blonde is Whitney Blake, who like
Bray later gained TV fame in a more sedate role on the weekly
sitcom HAZEL (incidentally, Ms. Blake is the mother of actress
Meredith Baxter). Not quite as accomplished as Robert
Aldrich's classic Mike Hammer yarn KISS ME DEADLY, MY GUN
IS QUICK works well within its modest limits.
Two bit thief (Mature) puts his family in untold danger when
the district attorney convinces him to squeal on a fellow
inmate at Sing Sing: the homicidal psychopath (and the
ruthless, violent Tommy Udo (Richard Widmark) will stop at
nothing to gain revenge. Academy Award Nominations: Best
Supporting Actor--Richard Widmark, Best Original Story.
Alfred Hitchcock's classic romantic espionage thriller, with
passionate, brilliant performances by Cary Grant and Ingrid
Bergman, featuring one of the most famous screen kisses in
film history. At the end of World War II, American military
intelligence drafts the alluring daughter (Bergman) of a
convicted Nazi to infiltrate a band of nefarious Germans who
have fled to Brazil. She is teamed with a dashing but chilly
agent (Cary Grant) with whom she falls deeply in love.
In this film noir classic, a revenge-seeking gangster (Dennis
O'Keefe) is sent to prison after being framed for a crime he
didn't commit. After seducing a beautiful young woman, he
uses her to help him carry out his plot for vengeance, leading
him to the crazy pyromaniac (Raymond Burr) who set him up.
A chauffeur falls in love with the boss's wife but the boss is a
mafioso and the two elope to Cuba with hitmen on their trail.
The Chase is the best cinematic equivalent of the dark,
oppressive atmosphere that characterizes most of Cornell
Woolrich's best fiction.
In NIGHT AND THE CITY, director Jules Dassin brilliantly fuses
two styles of filmmaking, crossing the expressionist lighting
and framing of film noir with the almost documentary location
shooting he used for THE NAKED CITY (1948). Dassin treats
NIGHT AND THE CITY's central London locations as strange
exotic places. As the movie opens, it is nighttime and
small-time hood Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) is running
from almost unseen pursuers.
When a bag of money is thrown into the car of a young
couple, she murders him for the money and will murder
anybody else who tries to get in he
Blonde Ice is a 1948 American crime film noir directed by
Jack Bernhard and starring Leslie Brooks, Robert Paige and
Michael Whalen. It was based on the 1938 novel Once Too
Often by Whitman ChambersA ruthless newspaper woman
resorts to murder while clawing her way to the top.
Directed by Harry Horner and based on the novel I Wake
Up Screaming, written by Steve Fisher. The film features
Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters, Elliott Reid and Richard Boone.
Vicki is a remake of the 1941 film I Wake Up Screaming
starring Betty Grable, Victor Mature, and Carole Landis
Directed by Richard Wallace and featuring Glenn Ford,
Janis Carter, Barry Sullivan and Edgar Buchanan.
Mike Lambert takes to driving a truck when he falls on hard
times. When his rig brakes stop working in a small town he
meets Paula Craig (Janis Carter) at the La Paloma Cafe and is
quickly drawn into a criminal plot devised by the seductive
femme fatale.The B movie is generally praised by critics as an
effective crime thriller despite its low budget.
When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in
a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a
nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder.
Directed by Fritz Lang starring Edwar
Danny Hawkins has been tortured his entire life because
he is the son of a killer who was hanged. In a state of insanity
Danny kills Jerry Sykes. When the body is discovered Danny
flees from his true love Gilly Johnson and the law but is able
to reach salvation by coming to grips with his identity and by
turning himself in to the police.Directed by Frank Borzage and
starring Dane Clark, Gail Russell and Ethel Barrymore.
Stanwyck plays Thelma Jordon, a woman who late one night
shows up in the office of married Assistant district attorney
Cleve Marshall (Wendell Corey) with a story about prowlers
and burglars. Before Cleve can stop himself, he and Thelma
are involved in a love affair. But Thelma is a mysterious
woman, and Cleve can't help wondering if she is hiding
something. Directed by Robert Siodmak
The title refers to a jigsaw puzzle and the story begins with
the murder of a print shop owner that is quickly labeled a
suicide. But newspaper columnist Charlie Riggs is convinced
that it was a murder related to a white neo-Fascist
organization called the Crusaders and imparts this suspicion
to Assistant District Attorney Howard Malloy.
The film stars Franchot Tone, Jean Wallace, and Marc
Lawrence and has cameo appearances by Marlene Dietrich,
Henry Fonda, John Garfield, Burgess Meredith, Marsha Hunt,
Doe Avedon, Everett Sloane, newspaper columnist Leonard
Lyons, and the director Fletcher Markle