Film Noir Flix

 

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Welcome to a superb collection of FILM NOIR MOVIES offered from The Stellar Film Associates Collection.

Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood's classic film noir period is generally regarded as stretching from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key black-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Many of the prototypical stories and much of the attitude of classic noir derive from the hardboiled school of crime fiction that emerged in the United States during the Depression.

The term film noir (French for "black film"), first applied to Hollywood movies by French critic Nino Frank in 1946, was unknown to most American film industry professionals of the classic era.[2] Cinema historians and critics defined the noir canon in retrospect; before the notion was widely adopted in the 1970s, many of the classic film noirs were referred to as melodramas. The question of whether film noir qualifies as a distinct genre is a matter of ongoing debate among scholars.

Like ART, some of us might not be able to describe the art form, but we know what we like. When it comes to the Film Noir films listed below, we know what we like. It's ALL OF THEM.

 

Borderline

Fred MacMurray, Claire Trevor, Raymond Burr, Jose Torvay, Morris Ankrum, Roy Roberts. Police officer Madeleine Haley goes undercover to gain drug smuggler Pete Ritchie's trust and find out any information that could lead to his arrest. Haley soon finds herself in constant danger as she works on finding incriminating evidence on Ritchie. One day as she is talking with Ritchie, a bunch of men burst in and they provoke a violent confrontation. From then on, Haley is in constant danger as she attempts to figure out everything that is happening in the smuggling operation. 1950 B&W 88 minutes

The Bigamist

Eve Graham, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, Edmond O'Brien. Lupino directs and stars in this classic tale. The plot centers around the Grahams, who are trying to adopt a baby. After investigating the family, the adoption agency discovers that Harry Graham has been traveling to Los Angeles regularly. When they find out that he has a second wife and a baby in LA, he is forced to explain the messy situation to the agency. 1953 B&W 80 minutes

 

D.O.A.

Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland, Lynn Baggett. This film noir drama, directed by Rudolph Maté, is considered a classic of the genre. Accountant Frank Bigelow wakes up after a night out in San Francisco, only to find out that he has been poisoned and only has a week to live. Bigelow frantically searches for the answers to who poisoned him and why they did it. 1950 B&W 83 minutes

Detour

Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald, Tim Ryan. This cult classic was released by the Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC), one of the "poverty row" film studios in mid-twentieth century Hollywood. When pianist Al Roberts singer girlfriend decides to travel to Los Angeles in search of movie fame, he decides to follow her there. As he is hitchhiking, the driver giving him a ride suddenly dies. Roberts decides to assume the driver's identity. However, he soon runs into a woman who knew the deceased, leading to a string of blackmails with tragic consequences. 1945 B&W 67 minutes

The Devil's Sleep

Lita Grey, John Mitchum, William Thomason, Tracy Lynne. The first film in producer George Weiss's Umberto Scalli trilogy. Scalli is the head of a drug ring that uses a women's health spa as a front for illegally selling sleeping pills. Once on the pills, the youth run rampant, holding up banks, burglarizing houses, doing lewd things in public and more. This classic film is a classic anti-drug movie of the time. Think "Reefer Madness" for pills. Be sure not to miss the doctor's speech at the end. 1949 B&W 79 minutes

 

Gaslight

Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell, Cathleen Cordell. A young woman's aunt is murdered in cold blood by Louis Bower, who is never found. Years later, she and her husband move into the same London townhouse her aunt was murdered in. She soon finds herself misplacing small objects, and her husband has her believing she is losing her sanity. A former detective involved in the original murder investigation, still living in the area, begins to suspect the husband of actually being Bower. The term gaslighting originated from this film. The husband uses the gas lamps in the attic, causing the rest of the lamps in the house to dim slightly. 1940 B&W 84 minutes

 

He Walked by Night

Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Jack Webb, Whit Bissell. When a police officer is killed, a city-wide search fails to come up with the killer. The police later discover that the suspect has been selling stolen equipment through an electronics dealer. When he manages to shoot his way out of a trap they set for him, they must piece together a description of the man and go on nothing but a few small clues. 1946 B&W 79 minutes

 

The Hitch-Hiker

Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman. Ida Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker is considered the first film noir directed by a woman. The film is based on the true story of Billy Cook, a psychopathic murderer and escaped convict who is picked up by two buddies on a road trip to Mexico. Cook plans on killing the two, but is eventually captured by Mexican police before he can do so. In 1998, The Hitch-Hiker was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." 1953 B&W 71 minutes.

 

Kill Me Tomorrow

Lois Maxwell, Pat O'Brien, George Coulouis, Tommy Steele, Robert Brown. An alcoholic reporter finds his life is falling apart around him. He loses his wife and then his job. After he discovers that his son needs an expensive operation to remove a a tumor behind his eye, he makes an unusual bargain in confessing to a murder he did not commit to earn the money for the operation. 1957 B&W 88 minutes

 

The Man Who Cheated Himself

 

Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, John Dall, Lisa Howard. While Socialite Lois Frazer is trying to divorce her wealthy husband, she begins to suspect that he is plotting to murder her. She contacts Lieutenant Ed Cullen, with whom she's been having an affair. When Frazer's husband turns up dead, Cullen is assigned to the case. In addition to attempting to control the investigation, he also has the misfortune of his little brother, a new detective on the force, being by his side and eager to prove himself. 1950 B&W 81 minutes

 

 

The Naked Kiss

Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, Virginia Grey. Kelly, a prostitute, arrives in the town of Grantville where she meets Griff, the local police captain. Kelly eventually finds a job as a nurse in a Hospital for handicapped children. When it finally seems as though she will settle down and find happiness in her new life, she witnesses a shocking event that will threaten everything. 1964 B&W 90 minutes

The Scar

Paul Henried, Joan Bennett. John Muller, a medical school dropout and crook, has just been released from prison. He carries out a robbery at an illegal gambling casino. The gangster who runs the casino has a reputation for tracking down and killing his enemies. When the robbery goes bad, Muller is forced to run and hide. Soon he discovers that he's an exact look-a-like of a psychologist named Dr. Bartok. The only difference is that the doctor has a prominent scar on the side of his face. He kills the doctor in order to take over his life, but his plan backfires when he discovers that Bartok was broke and owed money to the mob. 1948 B&W 83 minutes.


Scarlet Street

Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea. Christopher Cross, an impoverished amateur painter, saves a young woman from an assault on the street without knowing that he is her lover. Cross invites her for a drink at a bar and pretends he is a successful, wealthy artist. The woman's lover convinces her to take advantage of Cross and take as much money from him as possible. When the woman's lover takes in Cross' paintings for evaluation, he finds out they are considered masterpieces by an art critic and by the owner of a gallery. The woman then pretends to be the painter, becomes famous, and leads them to a tragic ending. 1945 B&W 103 minutes

 

 

The Second Woman

Robert Young, Betsy Drake, John Sutton, Florence Bates. The plot centers around Jeff Cohalan, a successful architect tormented by the death of his fiancée in a mysterious car accident the night before their wedding. He also notices that ever since the accident, he seems to be followed by bad luck. His horse and dog turn up dead without explanation and he wonders if he is cursed. Later, after more bad luck, he meets another woman. When she learns of his past, she starts to question her own safety. 1950 B&W 91 minutes.

Slightly Scarlet

John Payne, Arlene Dahl, Rhonda Fleming, Kent Taylor. Dorothy Lyons is paroled from prison in custody of her sister June, secretary to political candidate Frank Jansen. Ben Grace, associate of crime boss Sol Caspar, sees this as a way to ruin Jansen's campaign. But after a falling out with Caspar, Grace tries to help June, who he is secretly in love with. Sexy sister Dorothy also has a thing for Grace. June goes along with Ben's schemes, but slowly realizes that there might be more to them than meets the eye. 1956 Color 99 minutes

 

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