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Post by Tarris1 » November 17th, 2018, 9:37 pm

20. The Desperate Hours (1955) 8/10
21. Sudden Fear (1952) 8/10
22. The Harder They Fall (1956) 7/10
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1. Murder, My Sweet (1944) 7/10
2. The Narrow Margin (1952) 8/10
3. Raw Deal (1948) 7/10
4. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) 8/10
5. Nightmare Alley (1947) 7/10
6. The Reckless Moment (1949) 7/10
7. Ride the Pink Horse (1947) 7/10
8. Thieves' Highway (1949) 8/10
9. Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) 7/10
10. Body and Soul (1947) 7/10
11. The Woman in the Window (1944) 7/10
12. The Docks of New York (1928) 6/10
13. Brute Force (1947) 7/10
14. The Naked City (1948) 8/10
15. The Big Clock (1948) 7/10
16. Criss Cross (1949) 7/10
17. The Big Combo (1955) 7/10
18. The Letter (1940) 7/10
19. La Bête Humaine (1938) 6/10

IMDB 49/50
DtC 30/46
Top 500 rank - Top 100 Noirs: 55/63

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » November 17th, 2018, 9:43 pm

24. Baby Face Nelson (1957 / Don Siegel) FTV 8+/10
25. The Fallen Idol (1948 / Carol Reed) 10/10
26. Secret of the Whistler (1946 / George Sherman) FTV 6/10
27. A Place in the Sun (1951 / George Stevens) FTV 8+/10
28. The Third Man (1949 / Carol Reed) 9+/10
29. The Thirteenth Hour (1947 / William Clemens) FTV 7/10
30. On Dangerous Ground (1951 / Nicholas Ray, Ida Lupino) FTV 9/10

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1. Hodejegerne, aka: Headhunters (2011 / Morten Tyldum / Norway, Sweden, Denmark) FTV 8+/10
2. Drive a Crooked Road (1954 / Richard Quine) FTV 8/10
3. Out of the Past (1947 / Jacques Tourneur) 10/10
4. The Letter (1940 / William Wyler) FTV 8/10
5. The Whistler (1944 / William Castle) FTV 7+/10
6. They Live By Night (1948 / Nicholas Ray) 10/10
7. The Asphalt Jungle (1950 / John Huston) 10/10
8. The Big Operator (1959 / Charles Haas) FTV 8/10
9. Kiss Me Deadly (1955 / Robert Aldrich) 9+/10
10. The Maltese Falcon (1941 / John Huston) 10/10
11. In a Lonely Place (1950 / Nicholas Ray) 9/10
12. Double Indemnity (1944 / Billy Wilder) 10/10
13. Ministry of Fear (1944 / Fritz Lang) 9+/10
14. Mark of the Whistler (1944 / William Castle) FTV 7+/10
15. The Seventh Victim (1943 / Mark Robson) 7/10
16. The Power of the Whistler (1945 / Lew Landers) FTV 7+/10
17. Nora inu, aka: Stray Dog (1949 / Akira Kurosawa) 9/10
18. Voice of the Whistler (1945 / William Castle) FTV 7/10
19. The Killing (1956 / Stanley Kubrick) 10/10
20. Killer’s Kiss (1955 / Stanley Kubrick) 7+/10
21. Mysterious Intruder (1946 / William Castle) FTV 7+/10
22. The Big Heat (1953 / Fritz Lang) 9/10
23. Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958 / Louis Malle) 10/10

24. Baby Face Nelson (1957 / Don Siegel) FTV 8+/10
25. The Fallen Idol (1948 / Carol Reed) 10/10
26. Secret of the Whistler (1946 / George Sherman) FTV 6/10
27. A Place in the Sun (1951 / George Stevens) FTV 8+/10
28. The Third Man (1949 / Carol Reed) 9+/10
29. The Thirteenth Hour (1947 / William Clemens) FTV 7/10
30. On Dangerous Ground (1951 / Nicholas Ray, Ida Lupino) FTV 9/10




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1940 – The Letter
1941 – The Maltese Falcon
1942
1943 – The Seventh Victim
1944 – The Whistler / Double Indemnity / Ministry of Fear / Mark of the Whisperer
1945 – The Power of the Whistler / Voice of the Whistler
1946 – Mysterious Intruder / Secret of the Whistler
1947 – Out of the Past / The Thirteenth Hour
1948 – They Live By Night / The Fallen Idol
1949 – Nora inu, aka: Stray Dog / The Third Man
1950 – The Asphalt Jungle / In a Lonely Place
1951 – A Place in the Sun / On Dangerous Ground
1952
1953 – The Big Heat
1954 – Drive a Crooked Road
1955 – Kiss Me Deadly / Killer’s Kiss
1956 – The Killing
1957 – Baby Face Nelson
1958 - Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
1959 – The Big Operator
2011 - Hodejegerne

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#283

Post by Renegade » November 17th, 2018, 10:44 pm

35. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

36. Born to Kill (1947)

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1. Fallen Angel (1945)
2. Side Street (1949)
3. Border Incident (1949)
4. Desperate (1947)
5. Call Northside 777 (1948)
6. Hollow Triumph (1948)
7. The Blue Gardenia (1953)
8. I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
9. Clash by Night (1952)
10. Ministry of Fear (1944)
11. While the City Sleeps (1956)
12. Human Desire (1954)
13. Night Moves (1975) (Rewatch)
14. Cry Danger (1951) (Rewatch)
15. Phantom Lady (1944)
16. Cry of the City (1948)
17. The Dark Mirror (1946)
18. The Spiral Staircase (1946)
19. The Suspect (1944)
20. The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)
21. The Big Steal (1949)
22. The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)
23. Pitfall (1948)
24. Night Editor (1946)
25. Black Angel (1946)
26. Road House (1948)
27. The Street with No Name (1948)
28. My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) (Rewatch)
29. Behind Locked Doors (1948) (Rewatch)
30. Escape in the Fog (1945)
31. Lady in the Lake (1947)
32. He Walked by Night (1948) (Rewatch)
33. Railroaded (1947)
34. The Hoodlum (1951)

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » November 17th, 2018, 11:20 pm

36. 'Out of the Past' / 1947, Jacques Tourneur / 9/10 / USA
37. 'Panic in the Streets' / 1950, Elia Kazan / 10/10 / USA
38. 'Padělek' / 'The Forgery' / 1957, Vladimír Borský / 6.5/10 / Czechoslovakia
39. 'Der rote Kreis' / 'The Red Circle' / 1960, Jürgen Roland / 6 or 6.5/10 / Denmark / West Germany
40. 'La voz de su amo' / 'His Master's Voice' / 2001, Emilio Martínez Lázaro / 8/10 / Spain

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Post by VincentPrice » November 18th, 2018, 12:40 am

9. The Sellout-1952: 6/10
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1. 8MM-1999: 10/10 (rewatch)
2. Panic in the Streets-1950: 8/10 (rewatch)
3. Heat Lightning-1934: 8/10
4. Dark Hazard-1934: 6/10
5. The Big Shakedown-1934: 6/10
6. Outrage-1950: 8/10
7. Double Indemnity-1944: 10/10 (rewatch)
8. Scene of the Crime-1949: 7/10 (rewatch)
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Post by wowwee123 » November 18th, 2018, 2:15 am

1. The Secret Four (1952)
2. Night Moves (1975)
3. Point Blank (1967)
4. Badlands (1973)
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Post by frbrown » November 18th, 2018, 3:36 am

47. Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On (1973)

The first of two pilot movies for the short-lived private eye series Harry O



48. Apartado de correos 1001 (1950)

Nice Spanish police procedural

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1. Calcutta (1947)
2. They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
3. Black Widow (1987)
4a. Dragnet: The Big Cast (1952)
4b. Dragnet: The Big September Man (1952)
4c. Dragnet: The Big Phone Call (1952)
5a. Peter Gunn: The Kill (1958)
5b. Peter Gunn: Streetcar Jones (1958)
5c. Peter Gunn: The Vicious Dog (1958)
6. The Glass Alibi (1946)
7. Insomnia (2002)
8. The Flanagan Boy AKA Bad Blonde (1953)
9. More Than Murder (1984)
10. Dark Waters (1944)
11a. Johnny Staccato: The Naked Truth (1959)
11b. Johnny Staccato: Murder for Credit (1959)
11c. Johnny Staccato: The Parents (1959)
12. Danger Signal (1945)
13. Pickup (1951)
14. Hell Drivers (1957)
15. The Border (1982)
16. Maneges (1950)
17. Naked Alibi (1954)
18. Whispering Footsteps (1943)
19. The Bribe (1949)
20. I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
21. Unpublished Story (1942)
22. A Woman's Face (1941)
23. A Window in London AKA Lady in Distress (1940)
24. No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)
25. Attack (1956)
26a. Fallen Angels: Dead-End for Delia (1993)
26b. Fallen Angels: I'll Be Waiting (1993)
27a. Fallen Angels: The Quiet Room (1993)
27b. Fallen Angels: The Frightening Frammis (1993)
28a. Fallen Angels: Murder, Obliquely (1993)
28b. Fallen Angels: Since I Don't Have You (1993)
29. The Departed (2006)
30. Two O'Clock Courage (1945)
31. Cottage to Let AKA Bombsight Stolen (1941)
32. Rio (1939)
33. The October Man (1947)
34. They Met in the Dark (1943)
35. Harikomi AKA The Chase AKA Stakeout (1958)
36. Entre onze heures et minuit (1949)
37. L'assassin a peur la nuit (1942)
38. House of Bamboo (1955)
39. Guest in the House (1944)
40. Marilyn AKA Roadhouse Girl (1953)
41. Secret People (1952)
42. The Dain Curse: Episode 1 (1978)
43. The Dain Curse: Episode 2 (1978)
44. The Dain Curse: Episode 3 (1978)
45a. Johnny Staccato: The Shop of the Four Winds (1959)
45b. Johnny Staccato: Nature of the Night (1959)
45c. Johnny Staccato: Viva, Paco! (1959)
46. The House Across the Bay (1940)
47. Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On (1973)
48. Apartado de correos 1001 (1950)

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » November 18th, 2018, 3:39 am

FTV:6:

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Ballad for a Hoodlum (1963) 6

Packing the suitcase when the French New Wave (FNW) was reaching its peak, co-writer/(with Jacqueline Sundstrom/ Alexandre Tabor and Marcel Moussy) director Claude-Jean Bonnardot & cinematographer Jean Badal cross the rural wilderness of the Film Noir with the fizzy youthfulness of the FNW. Shadowing Vivant’s eye-catching eagle jacket with side shots showcasing his isolated state with an exploding suitcase on the outskirts of town, Bonnardot twists FNW stylisation into the mix, with jagged jump-cuts and swaying camera moves building the pressure up of the Film Noir atmosphere.

Pre-dating “The man given tasks to do round town” outline which would re-appear in the likes of the Transporter flicks and Drive, the writers do very well at linking each task Vivant is given with his main mission of taking the suitcase across the border. Revealing the contents of the case, the writers crack the collective, calm hoodlum image of Vivant with a sweaty anger of being misused by his bosses. Kicking dirt into the faces of those who’ve set him up, Laurent Terzieff gives an excellent performance by peeling away Vivant calm, collective manner to reveal the simmering fury as the hoodlum performs a ballad.

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Post by Simba63 » November 18th, 2018, 4:37 am

71. Cop Hater (1958) - 5/10
72. A Cry in the Night (1956) - 6/10
73. Dangerous Crossing (1953) - 7/10
74. Dial 1119 (1950) - 7/10

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Post by Knaldskalle » November 18th, 2018, 6:23 am

4. Sudden Fear (Miller. 1952). Joan Crawford flexes her acting muscles, Jack Palance does his thing and Gloria Grahame is typecast, but it's not really coming together for me.
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1. I Wouldn't Be In Your Shoes (Nigh, 1948)
2. Body and Soul (Rossen, 1947)
3. Criss Cross (Siodmak, 1949)
4. Sudden Fear (Miller. 1952)
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » November 18th, 2018, 6:51 am

41. 'Ruthless' / 1948, Edgar G. Ulmer / 9/10 / USA
42. 'The Long Dark Hall' / 1951, Reginald Beck, Anthony Bushell / 6 or 6.5/10 / UK
43. 'Dnes naposled' / 'Today for the Last Time' / 1958, Martin Frič / 7.5 or 8/10 / Czechoslovakia
44. 'Mona Lisa' / 1986, Neil Jordan / 8.5/10 / UK
45. 'Hard Eight' / 'Sydney' / 1996, Paul Thomas Anderson / 7.5 or 8/10 / USA

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Post by vortexsurfer » November 18th, 2018, 9:20 am

13. Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang, 1945)

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1. They Drive by Night (Raoul Walsh, 1940)
2. High Sierra (Raoul Walsh, 1941)
3. Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)
4. The Woman in the Window (Fritz Lang, 1944)
5. Hamlet Goes Business (Aki Kaurismäki, 1987)
6. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick, 1956)
7. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)
8. Gilda (Charles Vidor, 1946)
9. The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett, 1946)
10. Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl, 1945)
11. The Letter (William Wyler, 1940)
12. Detective Story (William Wyler, 1951)
13. Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang, 1945)

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Post by sol » November 18th, 2018, 12:07 pm

The stuff that dreams are made ofShow
1. U Turn (1997)
2. Obsession (1949)
3. Harper (1966)
4. Rififi (1955)
5. Backfire (1950)
6. Insomnia (1997)
7. Payback (1999)
8. Hard Eight (1996)
9. The Uninvited (1944)
10. Fear X (2003)
11. Brute Force (1947)
12. Homicide (1991)

13. Bluebeard (1944)

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For a mystery movie, this is a pretty straightforward tale, give or take the clumsily verbose explanation speech at the end, and while there are scattered moments of suspense, they all come from wondering when the other characters will catch on. John Carradine certainly at least gives it his all in the lead role and his puppet show is pretty exquisite. Some of Ulmer's angular shots are pretty neat too. The film is ultimately undone though by an overbearing, inappropriately upbeat music score that constantly lingers in the background and a talky script.

14. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

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For a movie billed as a thriller, I found this neo-noir incredibly slow-moving movie with too much time spent on exposition; it takes over an hour for the protagonists' story threads to converge. The film also carries on for half an hour after the big mystery is solved. The middle part of the movie though is certainly well done with quite a few suspenseful moments (e.g. being shot at in the woods) and a terrific talk with a killer. The remainder of the film is far less compelling, though the amateur tattooing during the first hour is really something else.

15. The Element of Crime (1984)

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This neo-noir is named after the title of a manual that the detective protagonist uses - a manual that supposedly helps one get into the mind of a criminal. Intriguing as this sounds, the film shies over the content of the manual and the film never quite focuses on the case at hand either. There are certainly many striking images with von Trier shooting every scene in amber/orange light - something that makes the scattered blue light globes and blue television screens throughout all the more vivid, but this sadly didn't work for me as a mood piece or a narrative.
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Post by Nopros » November 18th, 2018, 12:22 pm

34. La cérémonie (1995) 7/10
35. Crime Against Joe (1956) 6/10
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1. Decoy (1946) 5/10
2. Ms .45 (1981) 6/10
3. Mauvais sang (1986) 6.5/10
4. Police (1985) 6/10
5. Koruto wa ore no pasupooto (1967) 8/10
6. Rolling Thunder (1977) 7/10
7. Un maledetto imbroglio (1959) 7.5/10
8. The Big Steal (1949) 7.5/10
9. Kiga kaikyô (1965) 8/10
10. Io non ho paura (2003) 7.5/10
11. The Pretender (1947) 4/10
12. Yajû no seishun (1963) 8/10
13. The Offence (1973) 6/10
14. The Gangster (1947) 4/10
15. Buta to gunkan (1961) 6/10
16. San taam (2007) 7/10
17. Judex (1963) 8/10
18. Dementia (1955) 6/10
19. Escape from New York (1981) 7.5/10
20. Il portiere di notte (1974) 7.5/10
21. The Guilty (1947) 5.5/10
22. Inherent Vice (2014) 9/10
23. Strange Impersonation (1946) 6/10
24. Erogotoshi-tachi yori: Jinruigaku nyûmon (1966) 7/10
25. Pafekuto buru (1997) 8/10
26. Hell Up in Harlem (1973) 6/10
27. Foxy Brown (1974) 7/10
28. Barton Fink (1991) 8/10
29. The Last House on the Left (1972) 5/10
30. Joshû 701-gô: Sasori (1972) 7/10
31.A Kiss Before Dying (1956) 7/10
32. Tenebre (1982) 7/10
33. I Drink Your Blood (1970) 5/10
34. La cérémonie (1995) 7/10
35. Crime Against Joe (1956) 6/10

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Post by sol » November 18th, 2018, 2:24 pm

The stuff that dreams are made ofShow
1. U Turn (1997)
2. Obsession (1949)
3. Harper (1966)
4. Rififi (1955)
5. Backfire (1950)
6. Insomnia (1997)
7. Payback (1999)
8. Hard Eight (1996)
9. The Uninvited (1944)
10. Fear X (2003)
11. Brute Force (1947)
12. Homicide (1991)
13. Bluebeard (1944)
14. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
15. The Element of Crime (1984)

16. A Little Trip to Heaven (2005)

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Almost certainly influenced by Double Indemnity, this Icelandic neo-noir focuses on an insurance adjuster's suspicion over the "accidental" death of a client with a lucrative policy. Unlike the Billy Wilder thriller though, we are positioned to root for the insurance man, which is a bit problematic since the story is delivered in an omniscient manner with it revealed very early on that the accident is an elaborate hoax. Some of the intricacies of the insurance scheme are intriguing though and the melancholic final note caps things off well.
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Post by Mate_cosido » November 18th, 2018, 3:34 pm

7. Waga jinsei saiaku no toki - The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1994, Kaizô Hayashi)

8. Harukana jidai no kaidan o - Stairway to the Distant Past (1995, Kaizô Hayashi)

9. Wana - The Trap (1996, Kaizô Hayashi)
Seen so far:Show
1. Sabita naifu - Rusty Knife (1958, Toshio Masuda)

2. Insomnia (1997, Erik Skjoldbjærg)

3. Touchez pas au grisbi - Hands Off the Loot (1954, Jacques Becker)

4. Boomerang! (1947, Elia Kazan)

5. Kutabare akutô-domo - Tantei jimusho 23 - Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! (1963, Seijun Suzuki)

6. All Night Long (1962, Basil Dearden)

7. Waga jinsei saiaku no toki - The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1994, Kaizô Hayashi)

8. Harukana jidai no kaidan o - Stairway to the Distant Past (1995, Kaizô Hayashi)

9. Wana - The Trap (1996, Kaizô Hayashi)

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Post by monclivie » November 18th, 2018, 6:03 pm

13. Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) 8/10
14. The Stranger (1946) 7/10
15. Dark Passage (1947) 9/10
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1. Murder, My Sweet (1944) 7,5/10
2. The Petrified Forest (1936) 8,5/10
3. The Big Clock (1948) 8/10
4. Point Blank (1967) 7,5/10
5. The Letter (1940) 5/10
6. Thieves' Highway (1949) 7,5/10
7. Brute Force (1947) 5,5/10
8. Odd Man Out (1947) 6/10
9. On Dangerous Ground (1951) 7/10
10. Night and the City (1950) 7,5/10
11. Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) 7,5/10
12. The Wrong Man (1956) 8,5/10
13. Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) 8/10
14. The Stranger (1946) 7/10
15. Dark Passage (1947) 9/10

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Post by jeroeno » November 18th, 2018, 6:58 pm

26. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
27. Homicide (1991)

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Post by albajos » November 18th, 2018, 9:30 pm

12. Dirk Ohm - Illusjonisten som forsvant (2015) Norway 29 checks
Inspired by a real story. But turned into a noir psychic story.

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12. Dirk Ohm - Illusjonisten som forsvant (2015)
02. Flaskepost fra P (2015)
11. Hypnotisören (2012)
03-10. Mammon (2016)
01. Schpaaa (1998)

Year
01. Schpaaa (1998)
11. Hypnotisören (2012)
12. Dirk Ohm - Illusjonisten som forsvant (2015)
02. Flaskepost fra P (2015)
03-10. Mammon (2016)

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02. Flaskepost fra P (2015) 297
11. Hypnotisören (2012) 284
01. Schpaaa (1998) 194
03-10. Mammon (2014-16) 38
12. Dirk Ohm - Illusjonisten som forsvant (2015) 29

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Post by flavo5000 » November 19th, 2018, 3:23 am

56. Repeat Performance (1947)
57. Pushover (1954)
58. Time Is My Enemy (!954)
59. Madeo (2009)
60. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
61. A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
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1. Pitfall (1948)
2. The Glass Key (1942)
3. Black Angel (1946)
4. Human Desire (1954)
5. Brother (2000)
6. City for Conquest (1940)
7. The Strange Woman (1946)
8. Good Time (2017)
9. Fallen Angel (1946)
10. Détective (1985)
11. Road House (1948)
12. Police (1985)
13. Night Editor (1946)
14. True Confessions (1981)
15. L'appartement (1996)
16. The Dark Corner (1946)
17. The Breaking Point (1950)
18. Hijôsen no onna (1933)
19. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. (2017)
20. Desperate (1947)
21. Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
22. Le beau Serge (1958)
23a. The Wrong Trousers (1993)
23b. A Close Shave (1995)
24. Too Late for Tears (1949)
25. No Way Out (1950)
26. The Pledge (2001)
27. The Harder They Fall (1956)
28. The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)
29. Brainstorm (1965)
30. Der Verlorene (1951)
31. Where the Truth Lies (2005)
32. Highway Dragnet (1954)
33. Inner Sanctum (1948)
34. Jigsaw (1949)
35. The Green Glove (1952)
36. The Second Woman (1950)
37. Johnny Eager (1941)
38. Impact (1949)
39. Quicksand (1950)
40. Two of a Kind (1951)
41. The Salton Sea (2002)
42. The Small Back Room (1949)
43. Wind River (2017)
44. It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
45. The Paradine Case (1947)
46. Bad for Each Other (1953)
47. Nowhere to Go (1958)
48. The Mask of Diijon (1946)
49. Ripley's Game (2002)
50. Yajû no seishun (1963)
51. Pusher II (2004)
52. Moontide (1942)
53. Ivy (1947)
54. The Glass Wall (1953)
55. Pusher III (2005)
56. Repeat Performance (1947)
57. Pushover (1954)
58. Time Is My Enemy (!954)
59. Madeo (2009)
60. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
61. A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

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Post by allisoncm » November 19th, 2018, 4:11 am

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1. Corridor of Mirrors (1948) 4/10 This ranges from horrible to okay to cliche and derivative. Think Jane Eyre and Rebecca, but not that good.
2. Hell Is a City (1960)

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Post by Simba63 » November 19th, 2018, 4:19 am

75. Two of a Kind (1951) - 7/10
76. Decoy (1946) - 6/10

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Post by frbrown » November 19th, 2018, 4:39 am

49. The Man Who Cried Wolf (1937)

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1. Calcutta (1947)
2. They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
3. Black Widow (1987)
4a. Dragnet: The Big Cast (1952)
4b. Dragnet: The Big September Man (1952)
4c. Dragnet: The Big Phone Call (1952)
5a. Peter Gunn: The Kill (1958)
5b. Peter Gunn: Streetcar Jones (1958)
5c. Peter Gunn: The Vicious Dog (1958)
6. The Glass Alibi (1946)
7. Insomnia (2002)
8. The Flanagan Boy AKA Bad Blonde (1953)
9. More Than Murder (1984)
10. Dark Waters (1944)
11a. Johnny Staccato: The Naked Truth (1959)
11b. Johnny Staccato: Murder for Credit (1959)
11c. Johnny Staccato: The Parents (1959)
12. Danger Signal (1945)
13. Pickup (1951)
14. Hell Drivers (1957)
15. The Border (1982)
16. Maneges (1950)
17. Naked Alibi (1954)
18. Whispering Footsteps (1943)
19. The Bribe (1949)
20. I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
21. Unpublished Story (1942)
22. A Woman's Face (1941)
23. A Window in London AKA Lady in Distress (1940)
24. No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)
25. Attack (1956)
26a. Fallen Angels: Dead-End for Delia (1993)
26b. Fallen Angels: I'll Be Waiting (1993)
27a. Fallen Angels: The Quiet Room (1993)
27b. Fallen Angels: The Frightening Frammis (1993)
28a. Fallen Angels: Murder, Obliquely (1993)
28b. Fallen Angels: Since I Don't Have You (1993)
29. The Departed (2006)
30. Two O'Clock Courage (1945)
31. Cottage to Let AKA Bombsight Stolen (1941)
32. Rio (1939)
33. The October Man (1947)
34. They Met in the Dark (1943)
35. Harikomi AKA The Chase AKA Stakeout (1958)
36. Entre onze heures et minuit (1949)
37. L'assassin a peur la nuit (1942)
38. House of Bamboo (1955)
39. Guest in the House (1944)
40. Marilyn AKA Roadhouse Girl (1953)
41. Secret People (1952)
42. The Dain Curse: Episode 1 (1978)
43. The Dain Curse: Episode 2 (1978)
44. The Dain Curse: Episode 3 (1978)
45a. Johnny Staccato: The Shop of the Four Winds (1959)
45b. Johnny Staccato: Nature of the Night (1959)
45c. Johnny Staccato: Viva, Paco! (1959)
46. The House Across the Bay (1940)
47. Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On (1973)
48. Apartado de correos 1001 (1950)
49. The Man Who Cried Wolf (1937)

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Post by ororama » November 19th, 2018, 7:01 am

8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) * 158 min.
9. The Killing: Episode #1.1 (2007) * 54 min.
10. The Killing: Episode #1.2 (2007) * 55 min.
11. Act of Violence (1949) * 82 min.
12. The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) * 117 min.
13. The Killing: Episode #1.3 (2007) * 58 min.
14. The Killing: Episode #1.4 (2007) * 57 min.
15. The Killing: Episode #1.5 (2007) * 55 min.
16. The Killing: Episode #1.6 (2007) * 58 min.
17. The Killing: Episode #1.7 (2007) * 57 min.
18. The Killing: Episode #1.8 (2007) * 56 min.

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1. Mr. Arkadin (1955) * 100 min.
2. Terribly Happy (2008) * 104 min.
3. The Glass Wall (1953) * 80 min.
4. Shock (1946) * 70 min.
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) * 153 min.
6. The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) * 130 min.
7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009) * 147 min.

*First time viewing.

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Post by Renegade » November 19th, 2018, 8:32 am

37. Dead Reckoning (1947)

38. Where Danger Lives (1950)

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1. Fallen Angel (1945)
2. Side Street (1949)
3. Border Incident (1949)
4. Desperate (1947)
5. Call Northside 777 (1948)
6. Hollow Triumph (1948)
7. The Blue Gardenia (1953)
8. I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
9. Clash by Night (1952)
10. Ministry of Fear (1944)
11. While the City Sleeps (1956)
12. Human Desire (1954)
13. Night Moves (1975) (Rewatch)
14. Cry Danger (1951) (Rewatch)
15. Phantom Lady (1944)
16. Cry of the City (1948)
17. The Dark Mirror (1946)
18. The Spiral Staircase (1946)
19. The Suspect (1944)
20. The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)
21. The Big Steal (1949)
22. The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)
23. Pitfall (1948)
24. Night Editor (1946)
25. Black Angel (1946)
26. Road House (1948)
27. The Street with No Name (1948)
28. My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) (Rewatch)
29. Behind Locked Doors (1948) (Rewatch)
30. Escape in the Fog (1945)
31. Lady in the Lake (1947)
32. He Walked by Night (1948) (Rewatch)
33. Railroaded (1947)
34. The Hoodlum (1951)
35. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
36. Born to Kill (1947)

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Post by cinephage » November 19th, 2018, 3:50 pm

04. This Gun for Hire, by Frank Tuttle (1942) 8/10

Alan Ladd is great as a killer. Some psychological moments are a little too cliche today, but must have been new at the time. Still, we get some strong depiction of corporate cynicism...
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01. Undercurrent, by Vincente Minnelli (1946) 6/10 - Rewatch
02. Flamingo Road, by Michael Curtiz (1949) 7,5/10
03. Bad Times at the El Royale, by Drew Goddard (2018) 8/10

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » November 19th, 2018, 5:51 pm

46. 'Faubourg Montmartre' / 1931, Raymond Bernard / 7/10 / France
47. 'The Shanghai Gesture' / 1941, Josef von Sternberg / 8/10 / USA
48. 'L.A. Confidential' / 1997, Curtis Hanson / 8.5 or 9/10 / USA
49. 'Down by the Riverside' / 2007, Brad Davison, Marama Killen / 6/10 / New Zealand
50. 'City of Tiny Lights' / 2016, Pete Travis / 5/10 / UK

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Post by jeroeno » November 19th, 2018, 9:54 pm

28. Money Madness (1948)
29.The Glass Web (!953)

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Post by OldAle1 » November 19th, 2018, 10:49 pm

Going chronologically, at least for the first several - all films appear here

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/a+co ... ignatzkat/

unless otherwise noted, and all FTVs unless otherwise noted
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1. Marked Woman (Lloyd Bacon/Michael Curtiz (uncr), 1937) (re-watched)
2. Tip-Off Girls (Louis King, 1938)
3. Blackwell's Island (William C. McGann/Michael Curtiz, 1939)
4. Phantom Raiders (Jacques Tourneur, 1940)
5. Dressed to Kill (Eugene Forde, 1941)
6. Crossroads (Jack Conway, 1942)
7. Lady Gangster (Robert Florey, 1942)
8. Afsporet / Derailed (Bodil Ipsen / Lau Lauritzen, 1942)
9. Calling Dr. Death (Reginald Le Borg, 1943)
10. Experiment Perilous (Jacques Tourneur, 1944)
11. The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (Robert Siodmak, 1945)
12. Danger Signal (Robert Florey, 1945)
13. Crack-Up (Irving Reis, 1946)
14. The Brasher Doubloon (John Brahm, 1947)
15. Blackmail (Lesley Selander, 1947)

A rather promising idea and reasonably interesting plot, in which a P.I., hired by a wealthy entertainment personage to find and stop a blackmailer, finds himself involved in a murder case, with his client as the major suspect... until the body disappears. What could have been a fine example of either the unreliable narrator or something more dreamlike and complex quickly becomes very routine unfortunately, and it's not helped by a cast of mostly no-names - Adele Jergens as our femme fatale, more or less, is probably the biggest name here - and a hack director. I find myself more initially intrigued by the b-noirs and even c-noirs these days, they often have more energy and grit than some of the big studio productions that I still have left too see, but sometimes a b is just bad, or at least pretty darn mediocre.

16. Nora Prentiss (Vincent Sherman, 1947)

An interesting twist on the femme fatale idea, as our title character (Ann Sheridan) really isn't one - at least not deliberately so - and yet the married doctor (Kent Smith) who falls for her winds up pretty fucked just the same. In other words, in this film it's pretty clear that the woman's temptations, however strong they might be, aren't the real issue at all - it's entirely the man's weakness - at least after the first meet-cute scene in which Dr. Talbot takes care of Nora after she suffers a minor injury in a street accident. Talbot can't find a way out of his predicament - married to a wife he doesn't want to hurt, but not being able to get Nora out of his mind - until the unexpected death in his office of a patient just about his size gives him an idea... you can probably guess much of the rest. This has a similar kind of fatalism to Lang's Beyond a Reasonable Doubt and while perhaps a slight step less impressive overall - the rather boring Smith and Bruce Benett as his co-practitioner who first starts to unravel what's going on have a lot to do with that - it's a pretty solid and memorable pic that is worth it's rather long-for-noir running time.

17. Johnny O'Clock (Robert Rossen, 1947)

Dick Powell as a high-class, greedy casino manager and gambler with seemingly no regard for anybody or anything but himself, his own looks, and his money. Of course he becomes President of the USA. Nah just kidding, a crooked cop and a murdered girl - and his eventual development of some kind of real feelings for the girl's sister, as well as the toughness and doggedness of cynical cop Lee J. Cobb, will give him at least a chance of proving that he's got some humanity to him, that he can be something more than a criminal all his life. This is quite well directed by first-time director/co-writer Rossen, and the supporting cast of Ellen Drew, Thomas Gomez, Nina Foch and Evelyn Keyes is terrific, but it ultimately feels a little light, with the bantering nature of the dialogue (particularly when delivered by the male characters) making it somewhat hard to take seriously or to feel the aura of gloom that a film with several murders needs. Still worthwhile.

18. Night Has a Thousand Eyes (John Farrow, 1948)

Easily among the few best films I've seen for this challenge so far, and also like a couple of others among the furthest from pure noir. Edward G. Robinson as a hack stage magician who seems to have the gift of the second sight navigates a rather complex plot full of flashbacks in which he may be the key to solving the murder of his old partner - and saving the life of the partner's grown daughter. While the rest of the cast - including John Lund, Gail Russell and Virginia Bruce - can't really come within a mile of Robinson's performance, and the bits of comedy involving the police led by William Demarest are occasionally a bit much, this has a tragic power that is simply wonderful and a mysticism that is quite uncommon in this kind of film, certainly from this era. While the excellent lighting and production - with lots of real LA locations including the Angels Flight and the Bunker Hill area - do give a very noir feel, overall this is something a little different I think, but marvelous just the same.

19. The Naked City (Jules Dassin, 1948) (re-watch)

Pretty sure I first saw this around 2006-7 when I was first getting really seriously into noir, and it was time for another go as my memory wasn't that strong, apart from the exciting chase/shootout climax at the end. It's a police procedural with Barry Fitzgerald as the wizened old detective in charge of investigating a young woman's suicide that quickly turns out to be murder instead. Howard Duff is the principal suspect and he's rarely been better, just a weak sleazy lying asshole of a guy who you never really feel could pull the trigger, but could easily be behind the job, but the real star here is the terrific NYC location work: just about every scene and every space in the film is a real location, so we have one of our best views of New York from that era, when such intensive location shooting was still quite uncommon. This does lead to some unfortunately poor sound recording at times and I rather wish I'd watched a copy with subs for some of the sequences in cramped small spaces with too much ambient noise or distortions in the sound mix, and Barry Fitzgerald isn't that easy to understand either for the non-Irish. Producer Mark Hellinger's narration can be kind of droning and dull on occasion, but thankfully as the plot ramps up we hear him less and less.

20. Døden er et kjærtegn / Death is a Caress (Edith Carlmar, 1949)

Like #18 above, this is fairly thin on the noir elements, though for a different reason - here we have a basic noir plot situation - a murder, which we find out about fairly early on - but the style of the film is really domestic drama and there's little suspense. Still the moodiness and feelings of desperation on the part of the young Oslo mechanic (Claus Wiese) who finds himself falling for the older wealthy married woman (Bjørg Riiser-Larsen) is palpable and I suppose the sense of being caught in a trap and the inevitable consequences do make it worthy of the noir label after all on some level. Overall it got a little wearing for me, but Riiser-Larsen - only 33 when she made this, her last film according to IMDb, but playing probably 10 years older - is really excellent and her performance is enough to lift a fairly ordinary work into something fairly watchable and worthwhile.

21. The Accused (William Dieterle, 1949)

Another film in which spoilers are relatively unnecessary - we know from the first few moments, or at least we can assume, that young psychology professor Loretta Young has murdered a man and run away from the crime at the edge of a cliff in California - but where the details are really what make things fun, and of course the resolution as, in 1949 in Hollywood, we have to assume that anybody who has really murdered someone will have to pay. But Loretta Young? No way! So maybe there's a little bit more to it...and uncle of the young man who was murdered, or at least is dead, Robert Cummings, and cop Wendell Corey are going to be involved in figuring out just what happened, and why. The opening of this, as Young runs from the scene of the crime, hitch-hikes, and eventually makes it home, is just awesome, one of the great noir openings, beautifully shot by Milton Krasner and nicely integrating both real locations and set work in the best dark low-key style, and if the whole film had kept up to that level it'd be a classic. But it doesn't, though it never falls apart either and it does keep up a little bit of surprise until the end. Never been a huge fan of either Young or Cummings, but they're all right, and I am a fan of Corey who doesn't disappoit even in the kind of character he could have played in his sleep.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » November 20th, 2018, 1:02 am

51. 'The Killers' / 1946, Robert Siodmak / 9/10 / USA
52. 'Apartado de correos 1001' / 1950, Julio Salvador / 6.5 or 7/10 / Spain
53. 'Night Was Our Friend' / 1951, Michael Anderson / 3/10 / UK
54. 'A Bullet for Joey' / 1955, Lewis Allen / 7.5/10 / USA
55. 'The Frightened City' / 1961, John Lemont / 7.5 or 8/10 / UK

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Post by India Istanbul » November 20th, 2018, 1:11 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 5:55 am
India Istanbul wrote:
November 17th, 2018, 2:17 am
5. Detour (1945)
6. Decoy (1946)
7. Double Indemnity (1944)
8. The Big Operator (1959)
9. San Quentin (1946)
10. High School Big Shot (1959)
11. Narcotics Squad (1957)
12. Female Jungle (1955)
13. High Sierra (1941)
14. Jail Bait (1954)

Total: 14 Points


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1. Sudden Fear (1952) 9/10
2. On Dangerous Ground (1951) 9/10
3. The Whistler: Mysterious Intruder (1946) 7/10
4. Madonna of the Desert (1948) 7/10
I have you at 18 - your spoiler doesn't include the ones from this post: viewtopic.php?p=543866#p543866

D'oh! Thank you Maxwell. I'm sorry for the error.

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Post by Simba63 » November 20th, 2018, 3:25 am

77. Dead Reckoning (1947) - 8/10
78. Don't Bother to Knock (1952) - 6/10
79. For You I Die (1947) - 6/10
80. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) - 7/10

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Post by maxwelldeux » November 20th, 2018, 4:01 am

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1. Gun Crazy (1950)
2. Scarface (1932)
3. Se7en (1995)
4. Pitfall (1948)
5. The Pretender (1947)
6. Dark Waters (1944)
7. In a Lonely Place (1950)
8. Mildred Pierce (1945)
9. Key Largo (1948)
10. Lilyhammer s1e1: Reality Check (2012)
11. Lilyhammer s1e2: The Flamingo (2012)
12. Branded to Kill (1967)
13. Girl with Hyacinths (1950, Sweden)
14. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
15. Marathon Man (1976)
16. New Jack City (1991)
17. Lilyhammer s1e3: Guantanamo Blues (2012)
18. Le Samourai (1967)

A stylish French noir film. The mystery element to it was lacking, but the suspense was not. Really quite enthralling piece.

19. Fargo (1996) [rewatch]

I forgot just how much I liked this Coen brothers film. The worst thing about it is the title, which has nothing to do with the film. Aside from that, it was amazing. This was one of two films I watched in preparation for attending grad school in Minnesota (Drop Dead Gorgeous being the other). And it is spot on perfect in capturing the region. When I first saw it, prior to moving there, I though the accents and culture were over-the-top stereotypes. But they're not - it's shocking just how accurate that film was to the area. And what a darkly funny thriller.

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Post by frbrown » November 20th, 2018, 5:20 am

50. Crime Story: Pilot (1986)


51. Shock (1946)

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52. Bodyguard (1948)

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1. Calcutta (1947)
2. They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
3. Black Widow (1987)
4a. Dragnet: The Big Cast (1952)
4b. Dragnet: The Big September Man (1952)
4c. Dragnet: The Big Phone Call (1952)
5a. Peter Gunn: The Kill (1958)
5b. Peter Gunn: Streetcar Jones (1958)
5c. Peter Gunn: The Vicious Dog (1958)
6. The Glass Alibi (1946)
7. Insomnia (2002)
8. The Flanagan Boy AKA Bad Blonde (1953)
9. More Than Murder (1984)
10. Dark Waters (1944)
11a. Johnny Staccato: The Naked Truth (1959)
11b. Johnny Staccato: Murder for Credit (1959)
11c. Johnny Staccato: The Parents (1959)
12. Danger Signal (1945)
13. Pickup (1951)
14. Hell Drivers (1957)
15. The Border (1982)
16. Maneges (1950)
17. Naked Alibi (1954)
18. Whispering Footsteps (1943)
19. The Bribe (1949)
20. I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
21. Unpublished Story (1942)
22. A Woman's Face (1941)
23. A Window in London AKA Lady in Distress (1940)
24. No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)
25. Attack (1956)
26a. Fallen Angels: Dead-End for Delia (1993)
26b. Fallen Angels: I'll Be Waiting (1993)
27a. Fallen Angels: The Quiet Room (1993)
27b. Fallen Angels: The Frightening Frammis (1993)
28a. Fallen Angels: Murder, Obliquely (1993)
28b. Fallen Angels: Since I Don't Have You (1993)
29. The Departed (2006)
30. Two O'Clock Courage (1945)
31. Cottage to Let AKA Bombsight Stolen (1941)
32. Rio (1939)
33. The October Man (1947)
34. They Met in the Dark (1943)
35. Harikomi AKA The Chase AKA Stakeout (1958)
36. Entre onze heures et minuit (1949)
37. L'assassin a peur la nuit (1942)
38. House of Bamboo (1955)
39. Guest in the House (1944)
40. Marilyn AKA Roadhouse Girl (1953)
41. Secret People (1952)
42. The Dain Curse: Episode 1 (1978)
43. The Dain Curse: Episode 2 (1978)
44. The Dain Curse: Episode 3 (1978)
45a. Johnny Staccato: The Shop of the Four Winds (1959)
45b. Johnny Staccato: Nature of the Night (1959)
45c. Johnny Staccato: Viva, Paco! (1959)
46. The House Across the Bay (1940)
47. Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On (1973)
48. Apartado de correos 1001 (1950)
49. The Man Who Cried Wolf (1937)
50. Crime Story: Pilot (1986)
51. Shock (1946)
52. Bodyguard (1948)

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Post by maxwelldeux » November 20th, 2018, 6:14 am

A bit off topic, but does anyone have a good screenshot for Black Angel (1946)?

If you haven't noticed, I've been updating the OP with a different pic each day, corresponding to the rank on the TSPDT list. But our forum doesn't have a pic saved for Black Angel... so can anyone help?

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Post by funkybusiness » November 20th, 2018, 6:47 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 6:14 am
A bit off topic, but does anyone have a good screenshot for Black Angel (1946)?

If you haven't noticed, I've been updating the OP with a different pic each day, corresponding to the rank on the TSPDT list. But our forum doesn't have a pic saved for Black Angel... so can anyone help?
a selection: https://imgur.com/a/iy73H25

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » November 20th, 2018, 4:07 pm

56. 'Mens porten var lukket' / 'While the Gate Was Closed' / 1948, Asbjørn Andersen / 7.5/10 / Denmark
57. 'Waterfront' / 1950, Michael Anderson / 8/10 / UK
58. 'Kansas City Confidential' / 1952, Phil Karlson / 8/10 / USA
59. 'The Narrow Margin' / 1952, Richard Fleischer / 10/10 / USA
60. 'Out of the Fog' / 1962, Montgomery Tully / 7/10 / UK

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Post by OldAle1 » November 20th, 2018, 5:41 pm

Going chronologically, at least for the first several - all films appear here

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/a+co ... ignatzkat/

unless otherwise noted, and all FTVs unless otherwise noted
Keep Your Gumshoe Off My FedoraShow
1. Marked Woman (Lloyd Bacon/Michael Curtiz (uncr), 1937) (re-watched)
2. Tip-Off Girls (Louis King, 1938)
3. Blackwell's Island (William C. McGann/Michael Curtiz, 1939)
4. Phantom Raiders (Jacques Tourneur, 1940)
5. Dressed to Kill (Eugene Forde, 1941)
6. Crossroads (Jack Conway, 1942)
7. Lady Gangster (Robert Florey, 1942)
8. Afsporet / Derailed (Bodil Ipsen / Lau Lauritzen, 1942)
9. Calling Dr. Death (Reginald Le Borg, 1943)
10. Experiment Perilous (Jacques Tourneur, 1944)
11. The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (Robert Siodmak, 1945)
12. Danger Signal (Robert Florey, 1945)
13. Crack-Up (Irving Reis, 1946)
14. The Brasher Doubloon (John Brahm, 1947)
15. Blackmail (Lesley Selander, 1947)
16. Nora Prentiss (Vincent Sherman, 1947)
17. Johnny O'Clock (Robert Rossen, 1947)
18. Night Has a Thousand Eyes (John Farrow, 1948)
19. The Naked City (Jules Dassin, 1948) (re-watch)
20. Døden er et kjærtegn / Death is a Caress (Edith Carlmar, 1949)
21. The Accused (William Dieterle, 1949)
22. Destination Murder (Edward L. Cahn, 1950)

Cool opening, as a young man watching a movie goes out during intermission, gets in a car driven by an older man, and goes to a house, rings the doorbell, and shoots the man who answers dead, then speeds off back to the movie theater where his date doesn't notice that he's been gone. Nice alibi, right? Unfortunately the murdered man's daughter was home and saw a bit of it, and eventually figuring out that it was perhaps a messenger ('cuz he had a messenger uniform) gets herself involved in solving the crime, which ultimately revolves around a couple of gangsters that run a nightclub - whose relationship with each other is not what it seems at first. Fast-paced brief (72 m) film undermined a bit by the bare-bones cheapness and a couple of fairly mediocre performances, but it moves along and has enough small surprises to keep it interesting.

23. The Sleeping City (George Sherman, 1950)

Another all-on-location film set in New York City, this one also having the relative novelty of being set in a hospital, and involving a murder/drug racket therein. An intern is killed just steps outside of Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, and the cops suspect it was an inside job, so they send in an undercover detective (Richard Conte) with some medical training. He quickly becomes involved with the victim's girlfriend (Colleen Gray) and finds that a lot of the cash-strapped young students and interns have been using the elevator man (Richard Taber) as a bookie, and that there are outside interests at play as well. Really nicely shot and authentic-feeling, with an excellent chase scene at the ending and a rather different resolution to Conte and Gray's nascent romance than one usually finds in this era.

24. The Damned Don't Cry (Vincent Sherman, 1950)

Joan Crawford in her typical melodramatic, over-the-top mode as a young and beautiful (Crawford was 44 when she made this and looks it, but is continuously referred to as if she's a Marilyn Monroe type stunner - I guess Crawford fans don't care or are blind to it, I just found it pretty amusing) wife and mother from Texas oil country who abandons her hubby after the death of their child and goes to New York, where she gets involved with an honest but dull accountant (who else but Kent Smith?) as a step to moving up the social and wealth ladders - but in her case, this also means getting involved with organized crime in the figures of hoods David Brian and Steve Cochran and, eventually, a gang war that moves from New York to Tahoe. It's all quite well done and very much an obvious A picture star vehicle, though it's no match for something like Mildred Pierce, and while I'll probably never be a huge Crawford fan, I think there's a certain amount of autobiography in this tale (Crawford was from a working-class family in Texas) that gives her performance some extra juice.

25. The Second Woman (James V. Kern, 1950)

Another film significantly lessened by it's simplistic wrap-it-up ending - which I started to figure out around the halfway point - this does nevertheless contain some points of interest in it's story of architect Robert Young who owns a modernist self-designed house on the northern California coast, haunted by memories of his dead fiancee and guilt, who seems to be cracking up and possibly enacting self-destructive and dangerous acts on himself and those around him. Enter sympathetic Betsy Drake, niece of his neighbor, to help put things right. Lots of red herrings - in addition to his own mental instability, our hero seems to have made some local enemies - but it just doesn't add up to a very convincing or interesting resolution. The location work inn Carmel and Monterery with all those windswept pines is nice though, and uncommon in this period.

26. Edge of Doom (Mark Robson, 1950)

Noir and religion don't intersect all that often, though when they have (most memorably perhaps in Hitchcock's I Confess and Laughton's Night of the Hunter) the results have often been interesting; after all guilt and repentance are typical elements of crime films, and most of the more famous noir filmmakers were Jewish or Catholic and certainly were familiar with these ideas. Here we have a tale narrated by a middle-aged priest (Dana Andrews) to a younger man who is thinking about leaving the poor, crime-ridden parish they belong to - Andrews claims that being involved with the young man (Farley Granger) at the center of a crime brought him closer to God, and we get to decide watching the tale play out whether that makes sense or not. Granger is angry at the church because of an incident involving the death of his father years before; as his mother is dying and he feels helpless, he lashes out, with tragic results. This is another film shot on a lot of real locations (in Los Angeles) that has a good gritty feel to it - especially the horrible tenement that Farley, his mother and other residents including the always-wonderful Paul Stewart live in - though it was never clear to me which city it actually was supposed to be. Being pretty cynical about religion and faith it was more than a little difficult for me to swallow the way the moral lesson was delivered, but it's a tribute to the skill of those involved that I still liked the film a lot, redemptive message or no.

27. Hunt the Man Down (George Archainbaud, 1950)

Preposterous or poorly set-up endings seem to be one of the banes of my viewing for this challenge, and here's another example though it doesn't defeat the film so much as just feel very obvious - and necessary according to the rules of the production code. A nice opening, as a man in a bar saves the young woman working there from being robbed or murdered - but then, appearing in the newspaper, we find that he's actually wanted for murder himself - that he escaped from custody 12 years earlier and has been living under assumed names and moving around since then. And he claims he's innocent, and has a half-dozen witnesses who can prove it - if they can be found after more than a decade which included a war. Not surprisingly, at least one is already dead, one suffered an injury during the war that will prevent him from easily testifying - and a couple of others end up murdered or assaulted over the course of the film. Despite the quick and somewhat silly wrap-up this ends up being a pretty exciting and fun little b flick with such novel scenes as a one-armed cop driving a car and getting in a gun battle.

28. Flicka och hyacinter / Girl With Hyacinths (Hasse Ekman, 1950)

Thanks to the community here for bringing this to my attention! While this isn't listed as noir on any of the usual lists, I definitely feel after watching it that is belongs as much as some of the other sort-of-noir, proto-noir or other questionable choices, and in fact it bears some significant comparisons in important respects to one of the most influential of all films in the noir cycle that isn't itself usually called noir - Citizen Kane. I don't want to suggest that it's on that level, but in it's basic premise - the investigation of a tragic life, a life of unfulfilled potential - particularly the potential of love and feeling and connection with others - it works very much the same way, and it's conclusion is ultimately more sad and heartbreaking. The beginning really is all noir, shadowy streets and moods, a young woman (Eva Henning, wife of director/writer Ekman at the time, just perfect for this role) in despair, a dark river, gloomy apartments. And when the tragedy occurs, after this first scene, it becomes a mystery of why, of who this woman really was, and how as a beautiful and reasonably bright young woman she never quite fit in, and never quite connected with anybody who could "save" her. What emerges is a portrait of loneliness as stark and hopeless as any I've seen, and being a lonely and fairly disconnected person myself I found it ultimately shattering and deeply sad. The revelation of the young woman's real inner torment - left until the very end of the film though probably guessable to most people much earlier watching it today - is extremely well executed as are the many flashbacks which seem unreliable singly (this is also somewhat Kane-like) but together add up to a full portrait of a life un-led. What is saddest at the end is that the revelation, the reason for this woman's ineffable sadness, is still operable today in much of the world; perhaps the fact that it could be dealt with at all in Sweden as early as 1950 points out one of the reasons why Sweden has been at the forefront of human rights and the liberalization of our attitudes towards sex and gender in the decades since. A masterpiece and certainly the best first-time viewing I've had this month so far.

29. 711 Ocean Drive (Joseph M. Newman, 1950)

I always get excited to see a noir with a number in the title, for whatever reason this always speaks to me of urban crime, of mysterious locations, hidden storerooms on gloomy docks where all manner of crime gets committed...anyway, given that irrational expectation, this is a bit of a disappointment, thought it's still reasonably entertaining and without really serious flaws. Edmond O'Brien is a lowly guy working a lowly job for the telephone company, who by chance meets a guy who knows a guy who...and he ends up a gangster in charge of a huge wire service operation all over the southwest. Things aren't gonna end well, are they? Especially when the nationwide syndicate decides he's getting too big for his britches and comes gunning for him - while O'Brien thinks he can have ever more and it will never end. Good supporting cast including Joanne Dru as the obligatory wife/girlfriend who exchanges one mobster for another, and who desperately hopes she can help her man avoid a violent end, but given all the bad things O'Brien does in the film... while this is fairly predictable overall, the cast and the really excellent location work - some of the best I've seen really, with a great violent confrontation at Hoover Dam maybe the high point - keep it interesting enough. Amazing how many star actors there were in the 40s and 50s like O'Brien, Ernest Borgnine and Brorderick Crawford, average-looking guys who actually stayed on top of the pile for years because of their work and talent though they were never matinee idols. Have we gotten more shallow as viewers since then? In many ways I think so.

30. Guilty Bystander (Joseph Lerner, 1950)

It's hard for me to review this fairly as a) it was a pretty poor copy - there don't seem to be better ones available, and b) I was a bit drunk and too tired when I watched it. If the copy were better I'd probably re-watch the second half but I'll just hope for something better to turn up eventually. It's definitely the kind of film I'm attracted to these days - gritty and grimy (though some of that's probably the print's fault) with Zachary Scott, one of the all-time best sleazebag villains in film playing a rare semi-sympathetc role as a drunk ex-cop/low-rent PI trying to find his kidnapped young son, and perhaps get back in the good graces of his ex-wife (Faye Emerson). There's also Mary Boland as the seedy owner of the flophouse Scott stays in, and a number of lesser luminaries who all look as hard-up as they probably were in real life. Scott's performance is one of his best and really treads the line between asshole and semi-likable, and the feel of poverty and desperation is palpable. I can't quite say I loved this and the ending was, once again, too neat, but a really good copy might go a long way to arguing for it.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » November 20th, 2018, 6:00 pm

I quite like the sound of 'Guilty Bystander'. Big fan of Zachary Scott here as well and it's an intriguing title. Might try to watch it sometime before the end of the month.
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Post by OldAle1 » November 20th, 2018, 6:08 pm

Like I said, it was a pretty poor copy - both in picture and sound. I've looked around a bit and there doesn't seem to be anything really better - the YouTube copy is pretty much what you're gonna get. If it weren't part of the old "Quintessential 250"' list which I've just about completed, I would have skipped it and waited. Frustrating, but maybe something better will show up someday, certainly there are a zillion noir fans out there and new restorations are coming out all the time; I remember when I watched The Red House a decade ago it was similarly terrible-looking and now there's a shiny nice BD that while still not perfect is more than acceptable. But then again I'm still waiting for a decent copy of Algiers - even when shown on TCM is was almost impossible to watch.

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