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40. Convicted (1950)

A bit on the procedural side, with not much to offer in the way of tone or aesthetics, but still worth a watch.
Pinot Noir
1. Crime Doctor (1943)
2. Swamp Water (1941)
3. The 39 Steps (1935)
4. The Stranger (1946)
5. Nazi Agent (1942)
6. Caged (1950)
7. Call Northside 777 (1948)
8. Cry of the City (1948)
9. Kansas City (1996)
10. Another Man's Poison (1951)
11. Lucky Jordan (1942)
12. Sleep, My Love (1948)
13. Impact (1949)
14. The Enforcer (1951)
15. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
16. 5 Fingers (1952)
17. Diplomatic Courier (1952)
18. Scandal Sheet (1952)
19. Stray Dog (1949)
20. Ensayo de un crimen(1955)
21. Minority Report (2002)
22. The Set-Up (1949)
23. Tight Spot (1955)
24. The Scarlet Hour (1956)
25. Dick Tracy (1990)
26. Take One False Step (1949)
27. Nightmare Alley (2021)
28. Christmas Holiday (1944)
29. Scarlet Street (1945)
30. The Turning Point (1952)
31. Lured (1947)
32. The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
33. Niagara (1953)
34. Schwarzer Kies (1961)
35. Human Desire (1954)
36. Yoidore tenshi (1948)
37. Pickup on South Street (1953)
38. Dead End (1937)
39. Ruthless (1948)
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41. Compulsion (1959)

Re-watch. Somewhat derivative of Hitchock's Rope, yet it remains an engaging film all the same. Forgot Welles was in this, so that was a fun surprise to see him pop up here. And since last watching this, back in 2018 or 19 I believe, I've now seen more of director Richard Fleischer's other crime works, specifically The Boston Strangler and 10 Rillington Place, which gave me a stronger appreciation for this one.
Pinot Noir
1. Crime Doctor (1943)
2. Swamp Water (1941)
3. The 39 Steps (1935)
4. The Stranger (1946)
5. Nazi Agent (1942)
6. Caged (1950)
7. Call Northside 777 (1948)
8. Cry of the City (1948)
9. Kansas City (1996)
10. Another Man's Poison (1951)
11. Lucky Jordan (1942)
12. Sleep, My Love (1948)
13. Impact (1949)
14. The Enforcer (1951)
15. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
16. 5 Fingers (1952)
17. Diplomatic Courier (1952)
18. Scandal Sheet (1952)
19. Stray Dog (1949)
20. Ensayo de un crimen(1955)
21. Minority Report (2002)
22. The Set-Up (1949)
23. Tight Spot (1955)
24. The Scarlet Hour (1956)
25. Dick Tracy (1990)
26. Take One False Step (1949)
27. Nightmare Alley (2021)
28. Christmas Holiday (1944)
29. Scarlet Street (1945)
30. The Turning Point (1952)
31. Lured (1947)
32. The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
33. Niagara (1953)
34. Schwarzer Kies (1961)
35. Human Desire (1954)
36. Yoidore tenshi (1948)
37. Pickup on South Street (1953)
38. Dead End (1937)
39. Ruthless (1948)
40. Convicted (1950)
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68. Two O'Clock Courage (1945) - 6/10
69. The Sleeping Tiger (1954) - 7/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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37. The Night Runner (1957)


38. Sirocco (1951)

Humphrey Bogart plays a cynic, involved in a love triangle, in an Arab city with French colonizers, with several people trying to get out of the occupied city

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1. Backfire (1950)
2. Born to Be Bad (1950) #NicholasRay
3. Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)
4. Shakedown (1950)
5. Homicide (1991)
6. Le dernier tournant (1939)
7. Lonelyhearts (1958)
8. Wanted for Murder (1946)
9. Cry of the Hunted (1953) #JosephH.Lewis
10. Guncrazy (1992)
11. Black Hand (1950)
12. City Across the River (1949)
13. New Jack City (1991)
14. This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)
15-16a. Spicy City (1997)
16b. The Detectives: The Bodyguards (1960)
17. The Human Jungle (1954)
18. Storm Fear (1955)
19. The Beat Generation (1959)
20. The Blue Lamp (1950) #BasilDearden
21. White Sands (1992)
22. Hoodlum Empire (1952)
23. The Long Wait (1954)
24. Tight Spot (1955) #PhilKarlson
25. Queen Bee (1955)
26. Twilight (1998)
27. The Sleeping Tiger (1954) #JosephLosey
28. The Sun Sets at Dawn (1950)
29-30a. Fish Police (1992)
30b. Man Against Crime: Algiers Caper (1956)
31. A Cry in the Night (1956)
32. Ivy (1947)
33. A Kiss Before Dying (1991)
34. Lupin III: Goemon's Blood Spray (2017)
35. City of Industry (1997)
36. The Raging Tide (1951)
37. The Night Runner (1957)
38. Sirocco (1951)
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A dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets

1. Female Jungle (Bruno VeSota, 1955)
2. A Bullet for Joey (Lewis Allen, 1955) #LewisAllen
3. Storm Fear (Cornel Wilde, 1955)
4. A Life in the Balance (Harry Horner/Rafael Portillo (uncr), 1955)

5. Crime in the Streets (Don Siegel, 1956) #DonSiegel
6. The Long Arm / The Third Key (Charles Frend, 1956)
7. The Price of Fear (Albert Biberman, 1956)
8. The Hideout (Peter Graham Scott, 1956)

9. The Garment Jungle (Vincent Sherman/Robert Aldrich (uncr), 1957)
10. Ore wa matteru ze / I Am Waiting (Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1957)
11. Affair in Havana (Laslo Benedek, 1957)
12. House of Numbers (Russell Rouse, 1957)

13. Hot Car Girl (Bernard L. Kowalski, 1958)
14. Stakeout on Dope Street (Irvin Kershner, 1958)
15. Sabita naifu / Rusty Knife (Toshio Matsuda, 1958)
16. Nowhere to Go (Seth Holt/Basil Dearden, 1958) #BasilDeardenl
17. Le désordre et la nuit / The Night Affair (Gilles Grangier, 1958)
18. The Mugger (William Berke, 1958)
19. Heojil kyolshim / Decision to Leave (Park Chan-wook, 2022) (cinema)

Very good. Nearly all of Park's films have been very good, and I guess at this point I've seen all of his features but for his first two (which very few people have seen, apparently). But... like just about all of his films I'm left at the end with just a hint of disappointment...like, it should have knocked me out. Should have been even better. I wouldn't say he adheres to a formula in particular but there is a particular kind of twisty storytelling - seemingly commonplace in Korean crime films of the past quarter-century, but also apparent in plenty of films from Japan, China, Latin America and elsewhere - that while usually engaging to me is also usually a little bit too "movie". A little too obvious in the deliberate structuring to put the audience off, to play with our sympathies in particular ways. And in Korean film that can be amplified by the typical use of melodrama, though Park is not as prone to that as many of his contemporaries. Anyway, this is a cop-falls-for-suspect film, wherein Det. Jang Hae-joon (Park Hae-il), investigating a fall from a cliff that at first looks accidental, zeroes in on the victim's wife, Chinese immigrant Song Seo-rae (Tang Wei), develops an attraction, starts to believe she murdered her husband, then doesn't, then...well, there are plenty more twists, and another crime later in the film, and much switching of sympathies along the way. Both lead actors are really excellent, and it's typically well shot - and I'm glad I saw this in the cinema, because the blue-tinged color palette worked much better for me I think than it would at home - and as a Mahler fan I loved the way the Adagietto from Symphony 5 is used here. But, again, there's a feeling of calculation here that I feel like I see all too often in many modern crime films (especially revenge-themed films, though this doesn't fall exactly into that category), and that helps to keep it from the top tier for me; that and a somewhat overextended run time. Still I enjoyed it quite a bit and look forward to Park tackling a western next (supposedly).

20. The Naked Road (William Martin, 1959)
21. Blind Date (Joseph Losey, 1959) #JosephLosey
22. Un maledetto imbroglio / The Facts of Murder (Pietro Germi, 1959)

The 1959 trio starts with a film from the Weird Noir 6-film set from Something Weird that I've had for a while. I watched two of these years ago and decided to go through the rest this year, as they're all from the period I'm working on. And, well, I'll just be thankful that they weren't all like this one, likely the very worst, or at least the dullest, classic-period film that could be called noir that I've ever seen. Yep, just as bad as Ed Wood's forays into this area - but really, worse, because the Wood films are fun. This story of a young woman sold into prostitution after the man she's with is stopped in a phony speed-trap sting is just scene after static scene of 2-3 people in one barely furnished very cheap room talking about crimes or events that we mostly don't see, with some of the worst acting you're going to find. Even the police raid/shoot-out at the end is absolutely perfunctory, and the guy we see initially in the film - who was trying to get with the young woman, then abandoned her, then seems to feel guilty about it - never comes back into the film. Utterly pointless and terrible all around.

Blind Date is much, much better, though it's hardly top-drawer for director Losey or it's stars (Hardy Krüger, Micheline Presle, Stanley Baker). Most of it is a single-apartment setting, with flashbacks. Young artist Krüger shows up at the opulent apartment of Presle, only to find out she's been murdered - cop Baker is the man in charge of the case. But soon there's a twist when the identity of Presle's character is called into doubt; flashbacks show a relationship developing between the young, struggling Dutch artist and the somewhat older, wealthy French woman - both strangers in London and drawn together out of their feelings of isolation. This meshes interestingly with a class-conflict angle, in which we see working-class Welsh cop Baker at odds with his upper-crusty superior officer and partner, developing some sympathy for Baker - but not for the apparently rich Presle, who may not be the victim she seems to be from the beginning. It becomes sort of obvious by the end, but the class/nationality conflicts and solid acting by the three principals make it worth seeing overall.

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Un maledetto imbroglio is another film centered around a cop (director Germi, who also co-scripted) and an apartment - or in this case, a couple of apartments in a large building. A routine burglary case in one apartment leads into a murder case involving the apartment next door a day or two later, and while they seem like separate cases, guess what? They're not. Germi is absolutely great as the sarcastic, take no shit detective, full of nervous intensity and piercing intelligence, suspecting everyone and believing no one. There's a lot of great little pieces of business between him and his subordinates also - one of them is always eating large pieces of bread for example and getting insulted for it; the dialogue between the cops is always rapid-fire and has a feeling of easy authenticity to it. Among the many suspects in the case are a very young (and dubbed, as her Italian wasn't apparently up-to-snuff yet) Claudia Cardinale as a servant girl, and Nino Castelnuovo as the boyfriend of a neighbor who acts very suspicious - despite an apparent alibi. There's also business of a will being changed, a possibly corrupt doctor, etc. All very entertaining, with a rather strange kind of humor underlaying the ultimately quite serious story. A bit too long at nearly 2 hours, with Germi's character's frenetic behavior getting a bit much by the end, but still very solid overall.
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33. Goupi mains rouges -- Becker, 1943 -- 7/10

In One Hundred and One French Film Noirs. This murder mystery didn't seem very noir to me, but I did enjoy it.

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01. Strange Fascination -- Haas, 1952 -- 6.5/10
02. L'accident a.k.a. The Accident -- Gréville, 1963 -- 6.5/10
03. Undercurrent -- Kerr, 1998 -- 3/10
04. Kill Me Again -- Dahl, 1989 -- 6/10
05. Symphonie pour un massacre a.k.a. The Corrupt -- Deray, 1963 -- 7/10
06. The Sun Sets at Dawn -- Sloane, 1950 -- 4.5/10
07. Cell 2455, Death Row -- Sears, 1955 -- 6.5/10
08. Dick Barton: Special Agent -- A.J. Goulding, 1948 -- 4/10
09. The Mark of the Whistler -- Castle, 1944 -- 6/10\
10. Hickey & Boggs -- Culp, 1972 -- 6.5/10
11. Temptation -- Pichel, 1946 -- 5/10
12. Disorganized Crime -- Kouf, 1989 -- 6/10
13. Face Down -- Eberhardt, 1997 -- 4.5/10
14. The System -- Seiler, 1953 -- 6/10
15. La mort d'un tueur a.k.a. Death of a Killer -- Hossein, 1964 -- 7/10
16. Les yeux cernés a.k.a. Marked Eyes -- Hossein, 1964 -- 7/10
17. Joy Ride a.k.a. Roadkill -- Dahl, 2001 -- 6/10
18. Date with Death -- Daniels, 1959 -- 5/10
19. Par un beau matin d'été a.k.a. Crime on a Summer Morning -- Deray, 1965 -- 6.5/10
20. Corridor of Mirrors -- Young, 1948 -- 5/10
21. Chicago Syndicate -- Sears, 1955 -- 5/10
22. Fly-By-Night -- Siodmak, 1942 -- 6/10
23. Wanted for Murder -- Huntington, 1946 -- 5.5/10
24. The Great Gatsby -- Nugent, 1949 -- 6/10
25. Six Bridges to Cross -- Pevney, 1955 -- 6/10
26. To the Ends of the Earth -- Stevenson, 1948 -- 6/10
27. Slattery's Hurricane -- De Toth, 1949 -- 6/10
28. Wilder Urlaub -- Schnyder, 1943 -- 6.5/10
29. The Scarlet Hour -- Curtiz, 1956 -- 6.5/10
30. Take One False Step -- Erskine, 1949 -- 6/10
31. Shed No Tears -- Yarbrough, 1948 -- 5.5/10
32. The Flame -- Auer, 1947 -- 5.5/10
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A dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets

1. Female Jungle (Bruno VeSota, 1955)
2. A Bullet for Joey (Lewis Allen, 1955) #LewisAllen
3. Storm Fear (Cornel Wilde, 1955)
4. A Life in the Balance (Harry Horner/Rafael Portillo (uncr), 1955)

5. Crime in the Streets (Don Siegel, 1956) #DonSiegel
6. The Long Arm / The Third Key (Charles Frend, 1956)
7. The Price of Fear (Albert Biberman, 1956)
8. The Hideout (Peter Graham Scott, 1956)

9. The Garment Jungle (Vincent Sherman/Robert Aldrich (uncr), 1957)
10. Ore wa matteru ze / I Am Waiting (Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1957)
11. Affair in Havana (Laslo Benedek, 1957)
12. House of Numbers (Russell Rouse, 1957)

13. Hot Car Girl (Bernard L. Kowalski, 1958)
14. Stakeout on Dope Street (Irvin Kershner, 1958)
15. Sabita naifu / Rusty Knife (Toshio Matsuda, 1958)
16. Nowhere to Go (Seth Holt/Basil Dearden, 1958) #BasilDeardenl
17. Le désordre et la nuit / The Night Affair (Gilles Grangier, 1958)
18. The Mugger (William Berke, 1958)

19. Heojil kyolshim / Decision to Leave (Park Chan-wook, 2022) (cinema)

20. The Naked Road (William Martin, 1959)
21. Blind Date (Joseph Losey, 1959) #JosephLosey
22. Un maledetto imbroglio / The Facts of Murder (Pietro Germi, 1959)
23. Jungle Street (Charles Saunders, 1960)
24. Kyônetsu no kisetsu / The Warped Ones (Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1960)
25. The Shakedown (John Lemont, 1960)

1960's run-through begins with Jungle Street, a fairly low-rent British film which shows the increasing role that sex plays in these films as we go from "classic" to "neo" or "modern" noir, or whatever one wants to call it. Strip clubs and burlesque shows start to become common - though as yet, there's only minimal skin to be seen. Sue (Jill Ireland) is the main female attraction here, a dancer at a nightclub caught between a couple of small-time criminals, one of whom, Terry (David McCallum) mugs an old man at the beginning of the film - a man who later dies. Terry's got to get some dough - a lot of dough - fast, because somebody else knows what he did, and he's being blackmailed, and there's a safe in the club, and his pal Johnny will help him - only Johnny is actually Sue's boyfriend, and of course that's going to create problems. And Johnny's just out of prison, so the cops are keeping an eye on him in particular. This has a nice low-rent and downbeat feel to it, and the ending is rather surprising and I suspect would have had trouble passing muster in Hollywood - the Brits were more willing to go the dark ending route at this point in time.

Kyônetsu no kisetsu feels, for the most part, on the fringes of noir - but it's on the juvenile-delinquent fringe, which seems to get a pass most of the time. Certainly it's an example, like many in this period, of how the noir style and themes are changing to reflect an audience and protagonists for whom WWII and the Great Depression are no longer defining elements in life - we are now immersed in the generation of those people's kids, but they are no less involved in worlds of darkness and potential crime and punishment. Our go-to-guy here is Akira (Tamio Kawaji), a completely amoral and nihilistic young man who early on rapes a young woman after more or less kidnapping her from the journalist whose work helped send him to prison. Akira is an awful person, but he's so cheerfully and unrepentantly awful that he almost feels like a cartoon character at times - and the fact that nobody else seems to be able to rein him in eventually seems almost to reflect more on them than on him; he's the guy who runs the world if he's tolerated, and we have plenty of evidence that bad guys are tolerated all too often in this world; the only thing that makes him stand out in a sense is that he's poor and doesn't have the resources to hire lawyers or thugs to do dirty work for him. The film is rather plotless as Akira goes from petty crime to a different kind of petty crime, and eventually it seems he's going to get his comeuppance when he breaks into a house, gets drunk and sleeps while the couple finds him and... but I'll let you find out what happens yourself. As unpleasant as our lead guy is, the delirious performance of Kawaji and the delirious filmmaking made this a pretty amazing experience for me, and it's likely the best first-time watch of this challenge so far for me.

The Shakedown is another British film, of slightly larger budget perhaps, dealing again with a part of the sex trade - though which part isn't necessarily apparent at first. Augie (Terence Morgan), recently out of jail, meets struggling photographer Jessel (Donald Pleasance) by chance and decides to go into business with him - once he gets some dough, which he manages quite easily by pulling one over on a former boss. This robbery scene is kind of nicely done and is the best bit in the film. Now well funded, Augie puts together a studio for Jessel, but he's making his real money through means that remain his secret - at least for a while. A parade of models come through the studio - one Mildred (Hazel Court) catches Augie's eye, but she's got secrets also. While this starts out well, and it's got a solid cast, the last act is really pretty perfunctory and obvious, and in the end it feels like a lot of wasted potential.

26. Tension (John Berry, 1949) (re-watch)

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TCM. 3rd or possibly 4th viewing. This has slowly become one of my absolute favorites, despite having some narrative problems, a too-quick resolution, and one HUGE plot contrivance that must be overlooked if one is to enjoy it. And Eddie Muller admits as much in his intro. I think I saw this early on in my noir voyages, maybe around 2005 or so, and it's just one that I seem to gravitate back to every once in a while. Richard Basehart plays a put-upon drugstore manager/pharmacist whose hot wife (Audrey Totter) plays around under his nose - because he never made it big, and she knows she can get a sugar daddy. Eventually, they have it out, and she takes off - but on being insulted by her new playmate (Lloyd Gough), who literally kicks sand in his face at the beach and breaks his glasses*, he decides to stage the perfect murder by assuming a different persona and... well, that's as far as I'll go with the main plot element. Suffice it to say that how Basehart does it has to be seen to be believed - and then you probably won't believe it - yet somehow it works, because the film just runs with it and takes everything just seriously enough. Also on hand are Cyd Charisse, a new acquaintance of Basehart in his "new" identity, and Barry Sullivan as the inevitable cop who comes along when crime actually does get committed. Really top-drawer performances from everybody - OK, Charisse doesn't have much to do, but she's fine with it - but it's really Totter's film all the way, as one of the nastiest femme fatales around; her scenes with Sullivan are particularly wonderful.

* this will be especially amusing if you have seen the old ads that used to be in comic books and other places for Charles Atlas products - it's almost EXACTLY what happens in those body-builder promotions.

27-28. Naked City Season 1 Episodes 29-34 (6x30 = 180 minutes)

I got the boxed set of this series, which ran for four seasons from 1958-63 some years ago, and thought it'd be something I'd watch with my mom, but I never got around to it before she died. We both loved M Squad, with Lee Marvin, from around this period. That show is clearly lower budget, was shot almost entirely on sets, and is only available on a really crappy PD transfer from Timeless or one of those other el cheapo DVD label. This was a much more prestigious production, seemingly done on a significantly higher budget, and the DVDs are from Image, so I expected something pretty swell.

John McIntire starred as the senior partner of the two lead cops for the first 25 episodes - I like McIntire as an actor, but his smooth, easy-going, grandfatherly type attitude can be a bit dull at times in a regular cop show; he left mid-season because he just wasn't interested in the weekly grind and they actually killed his character off in a violent crash sequence, which was kind of cool. He was replaced by the tougher, meaner Horace McMahon, who stayed on until the end. The junior cop is James Fanciscus for the first season; Harry Bellaver, a sort of back-up, secondary detective, is the only cast member who stuck around for the duration of the show, but his contributions are fairly minimal on some episodes. And of course there are tons of guest stars, some of whom will be familiar to those who know their American TV or movies of the period.

Unfortunately, the show hasn't really delivered for me, overall. Don't get me wrong, it's not a BAD series, in fact overall I'd call it "good", but it just lacks the punch of the Marvin series - maybe because, well, none of the cast here is Lee Marvin. And maybe because they make a really big deal out of shooting on location, in New York City, and given technology and costs at the time, that may well have eaten into other parts of the budget - the direction in particular seems fairly slack at times while M Squad tends to have better pacing and often feels really punchy in it's dialogue delivery. And that show somehow managed to do half-hour stories that felt basically complete most of the time; a lot of these just don't, and end on a somewhat unsatisfying note. Also these DVDs are very dark and the night scenes can be hard to watch - no idea how much that has to do with the original masters or the transfer, or what.

Anyway, it is interesting to watch regardless - the location work is frequently imaginative, they make use of lots of little spots that I'd imagine were fairly obscure at the time (there's a little lighthouse island in one episode, a couple of episodes with bits in a part of Central Park I don't recognize, etc). Curious if any of our NYC residents have seen them, and what they think.

27a. Baker's Dozen (George Sherman, 1959)
Features Joseph Ruskin, excellent as a dead-eyed hitman lured out of retirement to kill a mob witness. Richard Jaeckel and Vincent Gardenia are the other familiar faces here.

27b. The Rebirth (Stuart Rosenberg, 1959)
Betty Sinclair plays an aging British cleaning woman who's had enough of her toil and decides to rob a bank. For her cats, you see.

27c. Four Sweet Corners (Stuart Rosenberg, 1959)
Returning soldier George Maharis has to deal with his baby sister, who has embarked on a life of shoplifting - with a seasoned criminal behind her.

28a. The Sandman (John Brahm, 1959)
Franciscus goes undercover on the docks to find the hitman who dumped a guy in cement into the drink, finding a seriously damaged boxer and his friend involved.

28b. Turn of Events (John Brahm, 1959)
An anything-for-a-buck private eye is murdered - plenty of people have a reason, but who did it? Maybe his wife, maybe a rich couple searching for their daughter.

28c. A Little Piece of the Action (Stuart Rosenberg, 1959)
A washed-up driver begs his way into a last-chance job, but it all goes south when one of his accomplices is killed - and the other might come gunning for him. Probably the best of this lot with a pretty good robbery sequence early on.
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Fergenaprido wrote: November 26th, 2022, 7:55 am (obviously it's just a film based on real events, so I can't conclude that that's how the police actually operated... but it made my blood boil watching them behave so reprehensibly, and if that part was factual it does little to improve my poor impression of the institution of the police).
It's the NYPD, so reprehensible behavior is a safe assumption.
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Good_Will_Harding wrote: November 26th, 2022, 3:10 pm Somewhat derivative of Hitchock's Rope
Both Rope and Compulsion are based on the true story of Leopold & Loeb, two of the most infamous American murderers of the twentieth century.
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34. Guncrazy (Tamra Davis, 1992) 4/10
Noirvember
1. The Face Behind the Mask (Robert Florey, 1941) 8/10
2. Among the Living (Stuart Heisler, 1941) 7/10
3. Flight from Destiny (Vincent Sherman, 1941) 7/10
4. Dressed to Kill (Eugene Forde, 1941) 8/10
5. I Wake Up Screaming (H. Bruce Humberstone, 1941) 6/10
6. A Woman's Face (George Cukor, 1941) 7/10
7. Blues in the Night (Anatole Litvak, 1941) 10/10
8. Out of the Fog (Anatole Litvak, 1941) 6/10
9. The Shanghai Gesture (Josef von Sternberg, 1941) 8/10
10. Dangerously They Live (Robert Florey, 1941) 6/10
11. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick, 1956) 9/10 (rewatch)
12. Strange Alibi (D. Ross Lederman, 1941) 5/10
13. Sleepers West (Eugene Forde, 1941) 5/10
14. I'll Wait for You (Robert B. Sinclair, 1941) 6/10
15. The Wagons Roll at Night (Ray Enright, 1941) 7/10
16. Ladies in Retirement (Charles Vidor, 1941) 6/10
17. Rage in Heaven (W.S. Van Dyke, 1941) 7/10
18. Swamp Water (Jean Renoir, 1941) 4/10
19. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese, 2010) 9/10 (rewatch)
20. Unholy Partners (Mervyn LeRoy, 1941) 7/10
21. The Penalty (Harold S. Bucquet, 1941) 4/10
22. Man Hunt (Fritz Lang, 1941) 8/10 #FritzLang
23. Johnny Eager (Mervyn LeRoy, 1941) 9/10
24. Basic Instinct (Paul Verhoeven, 1992) 9/10 (rewatch)
25. Basic Instinct 2 (Michael Caton-Jones, 2006) 2/10
26. The Public Eye (Howard Franklin, 1992) 5/10
27. Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941) 7/10 #AlfredHitchcock
28. Manpower (Raoul Walsh, 1941) 6/10
29. High Sierra (Raoul Walsh, 1941) 8/10
30. Single White Female (Barbet Schroeder, 1992) 3/10
31. Light Sleeper (Paul Schrader, 1992) 9/10
32. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991) 10/10 (rewatch)
33. The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, 1992) 8/10
34. Guncrazy (Tamra Davis, 1992) 4/10
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18. Life Sentence (1979, Arturo Ripstein) 6/10
19. The Big Knife (1955, Robert Aldrich) 6/10
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01. One False Move (1992, Carl Franklin) 6,5/10
02. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995, Carl Franklin) 6/10
03. The Petrified Forest (1936, Archie Mayo) 7/10
04. The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973, Peter Yates) 6,5/10
05. Blood on the Moon (1948, Robert Wise) 6,5/10 - #RobertWise
06. Plunder Road (1957, Hubert Cornfield) 6,5/10
07. Murder by Contract (1958, Irving Lerner) 7/10
08. Possessed (1947, Curtis Bernhardt) 6,5/10
09. Rolling Thunder (1977, John Flynn) 6,5/10
10. Breathless (1983, Jim McBride) 5,5/10
11. Union Station (1950, Rudolph Maté) 6/10
12. At Close Range (1986, James Foley) 6,5/10
13. The Limey (1999, Steven Soderbergh) 6/10
14. The House on 92nd Street (1945, Henry Hathaway) 5,5/10
15. Rogue Cop (1954, Roy Rowland) 6/10
16. Deep Cover (1992, Bill Duke) 6,5/10
17. The Deep End (2001, McGehee/Siegel) 6/10
18. Life Sentence (1979, Arturo Ripstein) 6/10
19. The Big Knife (1955, Robert Aldrich) 6/10
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80. Pleins feux sur l'assassin a.k.a. Spotlight on a Murderer (Georges Franju, 1961)
List: One Hundred and One French Film Noirs

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81. El Cortez (Stephen Purvis, 2006)
List: Encyclopédie du Film Noir Vol II

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82. Who'll Stop the Rain (Karel Reisz, 1978)
List: TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films #671

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83. Huan tu a.k.a. A Land Imagined (Siew Hua Yeo, 2018)
List: Netflix Film Noir Collection
It's always a dame...
1. Railroaded! (Anthony Mann, 1947)
2. Shade (Damian Nieman, 2003)
3. The Midnight Story (Joseph Pevney, 1957)
4. The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Francis D. Lyon, 1969)
5. The Racketeer (Howard Higgin, 1929)
6. Unknown (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2011)
7. They Met in the Dark (Karel Lamac, 1943)
8. Edge of Darkness (Martin Campbell, 2010)
9. I Died a Thousand Times (Stuart Heisler, 1955)
10. Crime in the Streets (Don Siegel, 1956) #DonSiegel
11. The First Deadly Sin (Brian G. Hutton, 1980)
12. The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (Anatole Litvak, 1938)
13. Messenger of Death (J. Lee Thompson, 1988)
14. Knock on Any Door (Nicholas Ray, 1949) #NicholasRay
15-22. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - 2nd Gig E1-26 (2005)
23. Heat Wave (Ken Hughes, 1954) #KenHughes
24. Voice of the Whistler (William Castle, 1945) #WilliamCastle
25. Penny Gold (Jack Cardiff, 1974)
26. Larceny, Inc (Lloyd Bacon, 1942)
27. Albino Alligator (Kevin Spacey, 1996)
28. You and Me (Fritz Lang, 1938) #FritzLang
29. The Little Giant (Roy Del Ruth, 1933)
30. Golden Salamander (Ronald Neame, 1950)
31. Landru a.k.a. Bluebeard (Claude Chabrol, 1963) #ClaudeChabrol
32-34. Dick Tracy E1-15 (Ray Taylor, Alan James, 1937)
35. Suspect (Peter Yates, 1987)
36. Without Honor (Irving Pichel, 1949)
37. Lisa (Gary Sherman, 1989)
38. The Undercover Man (Joseph H. Lewis, 1949) #JosephHLewis
39. Snowbound (David MacDonald, 1948)
40. Un flic (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1972) #JeanPierreMelville
41. Because of You (Joseph Pevney, 1952)
42. Nachts wenn der Teufel kam a.k.a. The Devil Strikes at Night (Robert Siodmak, 1957) #RobertSiodmak
43. Freeway (Francis Delia, 1988)
44. Outside the Law (Jack Arnold, 1956)
45. Good Neighbours (Jacob Tierney, 2010)
46. The Unseen (Lewis Allen, 1945) #LewisAllen
47. The Mad Bomber a.k.a. The Police Connection (Bert I. Gordon, 1973)
48. Tight Spot (Phil Karlson, 1955) #PhilKarlson
49. Reign of Terror (Anthony Mann, 1949) #AnthonyMann
50. Shake Hands with the Devil (Michael Anderson, 1959)
51. Wild Card (Simno West, 2015)
52. Nobody Lives Forever (Jean Negulesco, 1946) #JeanNegulesco
53. Criminal Law (Martin Campbell, 1988)
54. Lost, Lonely and Vicious (Frank Myers, 1958)
55. The Night Listener (Patrick Stettner, 2006)
56. Benefit of the Doubt (Jonathan Heap, 1993)
57. Number Seventeen (Alfred Hitchcock, 1932) #AlfredHitchcock
58. Mystery in Mexico (Robert Wise, 1948) #RobertWise
59. The Bank Job (Roger Donaldson, 2008)
60. Johnny Cool (William Asher, 1963)
61, The Last Run (John Huston, Richard Fleischer, 1971) #RichardFleischer
62. Eva (Joseph Losey, 1962) #JosephLosey
63. Lemming (Dominik Moll, 2005)
64. East Side, West Side (Mervyn LeRoy, 1949)
65. Ijung gancheob a.k.a. Double Agent (Hyeon-jeong Kim, 2003)
66. Man-Trap (Edmond O'Brien, 1961)
67. Pool of London (Basil Dearden, 1951)
68. Goku Midnight Eye (Yoshiaki Kawajiri, 1989)
69. Stolen Face (Terence Fisher, 1952) #TerenceFisher
70. The Rosary Murders (Fred Walton, 1987)
71. The Unholy Wife (John Farrow 1957) #JohnFarrow
72. Armitage: Dual Matrix (Katsuhito Akiyama, 2002)
73. Disorganized Crime (Jim Kouf, 1989)
74. Internal Affairs (Mike Figgis, 1990)
75. Violated (Walter Strate, 1953)
76. La polizia chiede aiuto a.k.a. What Have They Done To Your Daughters? (Massimo Dallamano, 1974)
77. Shadow on the Wall (Pat Jackson, 1950)
78. The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (Harold French, 1952)
79. Experiment Perilous (Jacques Tourneur, 1944)
80. Pleins feux sur l'assassin a.k.a. Spotlight on a Murderer (Georges Franju, 1961)
81. El Cortez (Stephen Purvis, 2006)
82. Who'll Stop the Rain (Karel Reisz, 1978)
83. Huan tu a.k.a. A Land Imagined (Siew Hua Yeo, 2018)
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The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre - British Film Noir Guide

112. Never Back Losers (1964) An insurance adjuster investigating the suspicious death of a jockey who lost a race runs into a bookmaker who never backs losers.
113. The Verdict (1964) Deported back to England, a criminal is picked up for a 20 year old murder. Can he alter the verdict of his trial and remain free?
114. We Shall See (1964) Can a psychopathic wife ruin her husband's career and then his life? We shall see.
115. Face of a Stranger (1964) When a released prisoner impersonates his cellmate to get at some stolen loot, he counts on the cellmate's blind wife to not recognize the face of a stranger.
116. Act of Murder (1964) Spurned lover tries to win back the woman from her husband, leading to an act of murder, but only after a convoluted plot.
117. Never Mention Murder (1964) Heart surgeon plans devious revenge on his wife's lover, but plans are interrupted by a double dealing P.I.
It's a Bitter Little World
1. L'horloger de Saint-Paul (1974) A watchmaker's son becomes a murderer, so he wants to understand what makes him tick.
2. Le septième juré (1962) After a crime of passion, a murderer becomes the seventh juror judging an innocent man for the crime he committed.
3. L'oeil du malin (1962) Journalist tries to seduce the wife of a successful author, but it doesn't go quite as expected.
4. Police (1985) Un flic falls for a small time drug dealer's girl, but she has other plans
5. The Visit (1964) Driven out of town as a pregnant teen, a woman, now a millionaire, returns for a visit…and revenge.
6. Assalto ao Trem Pagador (1962) The Great (1960 Rio de Janeiro) Train Robbery and its aftermath.
7. Obaltan (1961) Two brothers, both war veterans, struggle in post-war Korea.
8. Susana (1951) A beautiful escapee from the state reformatory wreaks havoc among the men of the ranch where she takes refuge.
9. Garde à vue (1981) After an all night grilling, a lawyer confesses to a grisly crime that he did not commit.
10. Nachts wenn der Teufel kam (1957) You've seen it before - the wrong man is arrested for being a serial killer, and a detective searches for the real killer, but this time it's in Nazi Germany.
11. Another Thin Man (1939) Nick and Nora solve a murder that was predicted in some dreams, but not committed by who it seems.
12. Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) Nick and Nora happen to be at the track where a jockey has been murdered, and help the police solve the case.
13. The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) Nick and Nora travel to Nick's hometown, and land in the middle of a murder mystery.
14. Song of the Thin Man (1947) Nick and Nora are at a charity event on a gambling boat when, can you believe it, a murder occurs.
15. The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) Doctor turns criminal to understand the criminal mind, but underestimates the former head his new gang.
16. The Big Shot (1942) Three-time loser gets framed for a robbery, winds up on death row.
17. Tokyo Joe (1940) Casablanca, but if Casablanca were made in Japan, with a third-rate cast, and These Foolish Things instead of As Time Goes By.
18. All Through the Night (1942) Gangster "Gloves" Donahue battles Nazi saboteurs all through the night.
19. King of the Underworld (1939) Doctor husband got killed helping gangster. Now doctor wife must track him down to prove she wasn't part of the gang.
20. Racket Busters (1938) Special prosecutor breaks the hold that the rackets "czar" has on the city but not without the help of the city's truckers.
21. The Bad Sister (1931) The bad sister falls for a con-man, almost ruins the town, but it all turns out ok in the end. (Noirish)
22. Two Against the World (1936) Radio network broadcasts a play based on a 20 year old murder, dramatically affecting the acquitted murderer and her family. (Encyclopédie du Film Noir Vol I)
23. The Great O'Malley (1937) A by-the-book cop's intransigence sends a man to jail, but he soon learns the error of his ways.(Encyclopédie du Film Noir Vol I)
24. Once a Sinner (1950) After a bank clerk marries a party girl he learns too late that once a sinner always a sinner. (British Film Noir Guide)
25. Once a Thief (1965) Ex-con tries to go straight, but once a thief, his brother wants to pull him back in, while cop wants to settle a grudge. (A Comprehensive Encyclopedia...)
26. Once You Kiss a Stranger... (1969) Once you kiss a stranger you'll stick with Strangers on a Train. (A Comprehensive Encyclopedia...)
27. A Shriek in the Night (1933) A shriek in the night proceeded a fall from the penthouse. Was it an accident, suicide or murder?
28. Before Dawn (1933) Gangster hid loot in the old family house 15 years ago. Now that he's dead, who will be first to find it - the bad guys, the cops or the beautiful psychic?
29. Juggernaut (1936) Disillusioned doctor and scheming woman team up to poison her husband for his money. Some things never change.
30. Phantom of Chinatown (1940) Somebody's killing people in Chinatown because of a missing ancient scroll that might lead to a fortune..
31. The Black Raven (1943) A group of strangers, a dark hotel in a storm, murder and missing money. Enough plot elements for 10 movies at least.
32. The Shadow Strikes (1937) After foiling a robbery at an attorney's office, The Shadow gets mistaken for that attorney, and caught up in murder. You'd think The Shadow would know better.
33. Arsène Lupin (1932) Gentleman thief matches wits with the Paris police while committing daring robberies.
34. Buy Me That Town (1941) Gangsters buy a small town and turn it into a haven for mobsters on the lam.
35. Counsellor-at-Law (1933) An up-from-the-streets lawyer finds that his upper class wife has been unfaithful.
36. I Love a Mystery (1945) I love a mystery too, but this tale of eastern mysticism, prophecies of death and decapitation misses the mark.
37. Special Agent (1935) Newspaper reporter is really an undercover Treasury Agent, after the big boss
38. The Unholy Three (1930) When their circus is shut down, three sideshow performers embark on a life of crime.
39. Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) Can Sherlock Holmes track down the voice of terror and stop the wartime sabotage in time?
40. Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) Sherlock Holmes is in Washington to retrieve top secret plans before they fall into enemy hands.
41. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) Sherlock Holmes faces death, but a chess board uncovers the murderer.
42. The Spider Woman (1943) Can Sherlock Holmes escape the web of death spun by the Spider Woman?
43. The House of Fear (1945) The house of fear sees one murder after another, until Sherlock Holmes uncovers a sinister plot.
44. Pursuit to Algiers (1945) Sherlock Holmes is entrusted with the safety of a royal heir, during a pursuit to Algiers.
45. Terror by Night (1946) Terror by night with murder on the Scotland Express and a stolen diamond. Can Holmes solve the murder and recover the diamond?
46. Dressed to Kill (1946) What is it about those music boxes that prompts someone to be dressed to kill?
47. Bedelia (1946) Detective posing as an artist tries to paint a guilty portrait of a serial husband killer.
48. Blanche Fury (1948) Woman marries into money, but falls for the servant who is the rightful heir to the estate. Tragedy ensues.
49. Madeleine (1950) Woman delays marriage due to a forbidden affair. Is poison the only way out?
50. Fortune Is a Woman (1957) Art+Insurance+Arson+Love=Blackmail+Murder.
51. I See a Dark Stranger (1946) Irish lass grows up so bitter against the English that she becomes a Nazi spy.
52. Women Without Men (1956) Amercan singer jailed in England is freed by the U.S. State Department to track down her former lover, who was a wartime traitor. I think.
53. The Black Widow (1951) Car theft amnesia victim thought dead finally returns home, only for his wife to plan his death for certain.
54. Cat Girl (1957) Isn't being possessed by a leopard a small price to pay for a hefty inheritance?
55. A Circle of Deception (1960) Soldier is chosen for a mission during WW II based on his likelihood of cracking under torture, thus revealing misleading plans to the Nazis.
56. Circle of Danger (1951) Man comes to England to uncover the circumstances of his brother's death during the war; finds out more than he wants to, but also finds love.
57. The Narrowing Circle (1956) A journalist is framed for the murder of his colleague who got the job he thought he should get.
58. Whirlpool (1959) Woman on the run from her criminal boyfriend and a murder charge finds temporary refuge on the Rhine but will she be able to navigate the Lorelei?
59. Wheel of Fate (1953) Two brothers tempt the wheel of fate over a woman.
60. The Man in the Back Seat (1961) The man in the back seat is unconscious and has a moneybag handcuffed to him, but the hoods who abducted him don't have the key.
61. The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952) The man who watched trains go by stumbles across his boss's embezzlement scheme and finally takes a train of his own, with stolen money and a murder rap chasing after him.
62. Man in Black (1949) After a woman's father apparently dies in a yoga accident (!) her stepmother tries to gaslight her out of her inheritance. Told in flashback by the man in black.
63. Man on the Run (1949) The man on the run is an army deserter trying to clear his name for a murder he didn't commit.
64. The Dark Man (1951) The dark man is a hired killer who is tracking down the only witness to his last job.
65. A Place to Go (1963) Working class stiff joins warehouse robbing gang to get out of a rut, but has no place to go.
66. A Window in London (1940) Thinking he witnessed a murder through a window in London, Peter is plunged into the middle of domestic upheaval.
67. Cottage to Let (1941) Nazi spies are after a new bombsight, while undercover agents are after the spies, and they all meet in a cottage to let.
68. Waterfront (1950) Sailor walks out on his family leaving them to fend for themselves in the Liverpool waterfront slums. Returns years later and tragedy ensues.
69. West 11 (1963) When Notting Hill was still a slum, an underachiever gets recruited to commit murder.
70. And Soon the Darkness (1970) Two young women are cycling through the French countryside. One disappears. Will her friend be next?
71. Hot Summer Night (1957) Honeymooning journalist runs across bank robber, tries to get his story, gets more than he bargained for.
72. Night Watch (1973) A woman witnesses a murder - or did she?
73. Ten 'til Noon (2006) A lot can happen in ten minutes, and it sure did.
74. Tomorrow at Ten (1963) Kidnapped boy hidden in a house with a time bomb that will explode tomorrow at ten. Will Scotland Yard be able to save him?
75. Razzia sur la chnouf (1955) Henri returns from the States to improve the French drug trade, but not all is as it seems.
76. Le dossier 51 (1978) Who is spying on a French diplomat and what are they compiling in dossier 51?
77. Le signe du lion (1962) Pierre lives off his friends in anticipation of an inheritance, but when it doesn't come through he devolves into a homeless bum.
78. Le lieu du crime (1986) The scene of the crime is the Macguffin - the story is about the choices made in its aftermath.
79. L'assassin habite... au 21 (1942) After receiving a tip where a serial killer lives, an inspector moves in to try to catch the killer.
80. A Dandy in Aspic (1968) Cold war era double agent intrigue between the British and Soviet spy agencies.
81. Kid Glove Killer (1942) State of the art forensics (for 1942) help track down a killer in a corrupt city
82. Madame X (1966) After the death of her lover, a married woman fakes her own death to avoid a scandal, giving up her son in the process, but then fate intervenes.
83. Mr. Soft Touch (1949) Club owner steals his share from the mob that took over his club while he was in the army, hides out in a settlement house where he falls in love.
84. Smart Woman (1948) The criminal defense lawyer is a smart woman, but then she falls for the special prosecutor.
85. Algiers (1938) Come with me to the Casbah for this remake of Pepe Le Moko.
86. Fuzz (1972) Come with me to the 87th Precinct as they deal with a mad bomber extorting the city.
87. The Frightened City (1961) Come with me to London as mobs join forces, but are no match for Scotland Yard.
88. The Conspirators (1944) Come with me to Lisbon in this wannabe Casablanca
89. Gumshoe (1971) Come with me to Liverpool where a comedian decides he wants to be Sam Spade.
90. Crossroads to Crime (1960) Policeman thinks a truck stop is the crossroads to crime, and conducts an unauthorized undercover investigation.
91. Urge to Kill (1960) One of the boarders living at the boarding house has the urge to kill, but who is it?
92. The Malpas Mystery (1960) Jewel thief impersonates eccentric to steal more jewels.
93. Marriage of Convenience (1960) Instead of waiting for her bank robbing boyfriend's parole, she married the police inspector who put him in jail - quite the marriage of convenience.
94. The Man Who Was Nobody (1960) The man who was nobody was really somebody tracking down the murderer of the man who stole his identity.
95. Clue of the New Pin (1961) The clue of the new pin solves two locked door murders before a third one is committed.
96. Man Detained (1961) A man detained gets a crime explained.
97. Candidate for Murder (1962) A man's wife is a candidate for murder, but the hitman he hires declines to elect her.
98. Time to Remember (1962) Jewel thieves hide jewels in house they just robbed, then try to buy the house to recover the loot.
99. The Share Out (1962) Professional blackmailers turn on each other when it comes to the share out of their ill-gotten gains.
100. Playback (1962) If only he could play back his mistakes, a cop wouldn't be charged with murder.
101. Locker 69 (1962) Crooked businessman fakes his death to get hold of the evidence his partner has on him, evidence stored in Locker 69.
102. The Set Up (1963) A chance encounter leads a released convict to stage a robbery for insurance purposes, but the robbery turns to murder - or was it just a set up?
103. Incident at Midnight (1963) Intrigue swirls around a drug deal rendezvous at an all night drugstore.
104. The £20,000 Kiss (1963) Blackmail turns an indiscreet encounter into the £20,000 kiss.
105. On the Run (1963) Frank escapes prison and is on the run to get to his stolen bonds before his double crossing boss can get to them.
106. Ricochet (1963) Lawyer dupes unfaithful wife into thinking her lover is blackmailing her so that she will kill him, but of course the plan ricochets.
107. The Rivals (1963) Car thieves steal the wrong car - the one that kidnappers were going to use to deliver the ransom note.
108. To Have and to Hold (1963) Police inspector falls for a woman he is protecting, only for it to turn into a double cross double indemnity situation.
109. Five to One (1963) A bookmaker/fence makes a deal with crooks to launder their loot at a rate of five to one, not realizing he is the intended robbery target.
110. Return to Sender (1963) On trial for swindling his partners a conman seeks to destroy the prosecutor's credibility.
111. Downfall (1964) Defense attorney's downfall begins when he hires an acquitted client who he plans to frame into killing his wife.
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10. Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)
An equal mix of noir and HP Lovecraft, which means we get a private dick who has to deal with magic, gremlins, and zombies. I always appreciate the opportunity to see Fred Ward in a movie (not to mention early appearances by Julianne Moore and Clancy Brown), but this didn't do much for me.

11. The Well (1951)
This is on the TSPDT noir list, but it’s not really a noir. In a small town, a black girl falls down a well. Suspicion falls on a white man seen talking to her. Soon, further suspicions and recriminations run wild. The movie quickly becomes a procedural about the development of a race riot. It’s hard to overstate how rare and incendiary this narrative was for a movie in 1951.

As remarkable as it is to see a 1950s movie address racial violence, there are two major problems here. First, about halfway through, the girl is discovered in the well, and the rest of the movie is about a rescue effort. This saps the movie’s energy. The bigger problem is that the race riot itself is depicted as a moment of mass hysteria in which all are equally blameworthy. There have been thousands of race riots in American history, and in the vast majority, all parties were not equally blameworthy. The majority of violence went one way, levied by white people against black people. A movie showing a riot where the violence and guilt are equally distributed is simply at variance with historical reality. The Well is a brave movie for even taking on this topic, but it’s also a cop out.
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Good_Will_Harding wrote: November 26th, 2022, 3:10 pm 41. Compulsion (1959)

Re-watch. Somewhat derivative of Hitchock's Rope, yet it remains an engaging film all the same. Forgot Welles was in this, so that was a fun surprise to see him pop up here. And since last watching this, back in 2018 or 19 I believe, I've now seen more of director Richard Fleischer's other crime works, specifically The Boston Strangler and 10 Rillington Place, which gave me a stronger appreciation for this one.
Pinot Noir
1. Crime Doctor (1943)
2. Swamp Water (1941)
3. The 39 Steps (1935)
4. The Stranger (1946)
5. Nazi Agent (1942)
6. Caged (1950)
7. Call Northside 777 (1948)
8. Cry of the City (1948)
9. Kansas City (1996)
10. Another Man's Poison (1951)
11. Lucky Jordan (1942)
12. Sleep, My Love (1948)
13. Impact (1949)
14. The Enforcer (1951)
15. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
16. 5 Fingers (1952)
17. Diplomatic Courier (1952)
18. Scandal Sheet (1952)
19. Stray Dog (1949)
20. Ensayo de un crimen(1955)
21. Minority Report (2002)
22. The Set-Up (1949)
23. Tight Spot (1955)
24. The Scarlet Hour (1956)
25. Dick Tracy (1990)
26. Take One False Step (1949)
27. Nightmare Alley (2021)
28. Christmas Holiday (1944)
29. Scarlet Street (1945)
30. The Turning Point (1952)
31. Lured (1947)
32. The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
33. Niagara (1953)
34. Schwarzer Kies (1961)
35. Human Desire (1954)
36. Yoidore tenshi (1948)
37. Pickup on South Street (1953)
38. Dead End (1937)
39. Ruthless (1948)
40. Convicted (1950)
You're at 42, not 41. You forgot that you saw The Long Haul.
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59. They Made Me a Fugitive (1947)

Wrong man on the run British noir with Trevor Howard as a prison escapee.

60. Panic in the Streets (1950)

The pre-covid covid film. Police procedural plus a spreading epidemic to spice things up. Really liked the premise and how much it rose the stakes.

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Panic in the Streets.

61. The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Ladd-Lake murder mystery with some strange twists. I feel like the slow pace worked against it and I found the ending very clumsy.

62. Pitfall (1948)

First André de Toth. Dick Powell plays an ordinary white-collar worker that gets dragged into the underworld after having an affair with Lizabeth Scott. Not much suspense, but a strong focus on crumbling morality and traditional family dynamics being threatened.

63. Crime Wave (1953)

Lacey is now a clean man on parole, but some former cellmates wanted by the law pay him a visit and ask for his collaboration. Great performance from Sterling Hayden. Best one from this batch.

64. Cruel Gun Story | Kenjû zankoku monogatari (1964)

Action-packed robbery-gone-wrong film starring Joe Shishido.

65. A Colt Is My Passport | Koruto wa ore no pasupooto (1967)

Another stylish film with Joe Shishido, this time playing a hitman. He manages to complete the job, but the aftermath doesn't go smoothly.

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Dark Pictures
1. Beauty and the Dogs | Aala Kaf Ifrit (2017)
2. The Bitter Stems | Los tallos amargos (1956)
3. The Beast Must Die | La bestia debe morir (1952)
4. Rosaura at 10 O'clock | Rosaura a las 10 (1958)
5. Atlantic City (1980)
6. Killer's Kiss (1955)
7. The Set-Up (1949) #RobertWise
8. Force of Evil (1948)
9. 'G' Men (1935)
10. The Petrified Forest (1936)
11. Deadline - U.S.A (1952)
12. The Narrow Margin (1952) #RichardFleischer
13. Night Train | Pociag (1959)
14. If I Should Die Before I Wake | Si muero antes de despertar (1952)
15. Don't Ever Open That Door | No abras nunca esa puerta (1952)
16. The Black Vampire | El vampiro negro (1953)
17. Kill and Be Killed | A hierro muere (1962)
18. Woman on the Run (1950)
19. Brighton Rock (1948)
20. Another Dawn | Distinto Amanecer (1943)
21. Victims of Sin | Víctimas del pecado (1951)
22. The Big Clock (1948) #JohnFarrow
23. The Ogre of Athens | O drakos (1956)
24. Caged (1950)
25. Hands Off the Loot | Touchez pas au grisbi (1954)
26. The Kneeling Goddess | La diosa arrodillada (1947)
27. In the Palm of Your Hand | En la palma de tu mano (1951)
28. The Absentee | La ausente (1952)
29. Twilight | Crepúsculo (1945)
30. Red Fish | Los peces rojos (1955)
31. Express Train from Andalucía | El expreso de Andalucía (1956)
32. Such a Pretty Little Beach | Une si jolie petite plage (1949)
33. The Adultress | Thérèse Raquin (1953)
34. The Wild Wild Rose | Ye mei gui zhi lian (1960)
35. Take Aim at the Police Van | 'Jûsangô taihisen' yori: Sono gosôsha o nerae (1960)
36. I Am Waiting | Ore wa matteru ze (1957)
37. Rusty Knife | Sabita naifu (1958)
38. Phantom Lady (1944) #RobertSiodmak
39. Cry of the City (1948) #RobertSiodmak
40. The Devil Strikes at Night | Nachts wenn der Teufel kam (1957) #RobertSiodmak
41. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) #RobertWise
42. Body and Soul (1947)
43. Raw Deal (1948) #AnthonyMann
44. Zero Focus | Zero no shôten (1961)
45. Casque d'Or (1952)
46. The Adventuress | Aventurera (1950)
47. Sensualidad (1951)
48. Niagara (1953)
49. Clash by Night (1952) #FritzLang
50. While the City Sleeps (1956) #FritzLang
51. On Dangerous Ground (1951) #NicholasRay
52. Outrage (1950)
53. Black Test Car | Kuro no tesuto kâ (1962)
54. Tiger Bay (1959)
55. Confidential Report (Mr. Arkadin) (1955)
56. The Truth | La vérité (1960)
57. The Murderer Lives at Number 21 | L'assassin habit... au 21 (1942)
58. Murder by Contract (1958)
59. They Made Me a Fugitive (1947)
60. Panic in the Streets (1950)
61. The Blue Dahlia (1946)
62. Pitfall (1948)
63. Crime Wave (1953)
64. Cruel Gun Story | Kenjû zankoku monogatari (1964)
65. A Colt Is My Passport | Koruto wa ore no pasupooto (1967)
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39. Shattered (1991)

Neo-noir about very rich people who can afford houses and offices with beautiful views of San Francisco. That, plus an amnesia plot.

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1. Backfire (1950)
2. Born to Be Bad (1950) #NicholasRay
3. Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)
4. Shakedown (1950)
5. Homicide (1991)
6. Le dernier tournant (1939)
7. Lonelyhearts (1958)
8. Wanted for Murder (1946)
9. Cry of the Hunted (1953) #JosephH.Lewis
10. Guncrazy (1992)
11. Black Hand (1950)
12. City Across the River (1949)
13. New Jack City (1991)
14. This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)
15-16a. Spicy City (1997)
16b. The Detectives: The Bodyguards (1960)
17. The Human Jungle (1954)
18. Storm Fear (1955)
19. The Beat Generation (1959)
20. The Blue Lamp (1950) #BasilDearden
21. White Sands (1992)
22. Hoodlum Empire (1952)
23. The Long Wait (1954)
24. Tight Spot (1955) #PhilKarlson
25. Queen Bee (1955)
26. Twilight (1998)
27. The Sleeping Tiger (1954) #JosephLosey
28. The Sun Sets at Dawn (1950)
29-30a. Fish Police (1992)
30b. Man Against Crime: Algiers Caper (1956)
31. A Cry in the Night (1956)
32. Ivy (1947)
33. A Kiss Before Dying (1991)
34. Lupin III: Goemon's Blood Spray (2017)
35. City of Industry (1997)
36. The Raging Tide (1951)
37. The Night Runner (1957)
38. Sirocco (1951)
39. Shattered (1991)
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38 - Criss Cross (1949) - 7/10 - Burt Lancaster stars as a man who returns home after a number of years and gets his old job back for an armored car company. He also looks up his ex-wife (Yvone De Carlo), even though she is married to a gangster (Dan Duryea). The story is a bit slow at times, but ultimately isn't bad.

39 - Murder, My Sweet (1944) - 7/10 - Dick Powell stars as private detective Philip Marlowe. He's hired to find the girlfriend (Claire Trevor) of an ex-con and also gets hired to try and locate a stolen jade necklace. He also gets involved with the daughter (Anne Shirley) of the owner of the jewels. It's a decent film and I definitely enjoyed it more than Lady in the Lake, though not as much as a few other Marlowe films with other actors.

40 - Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) - 7/10 - Three men who are down on their luck plan a bank robbery. The plan is good, but will luck be with them. One of the men (Robert Ryan) is upset when he discovers that one of the partners is a black man (Harry Belafonte).

41 - The File on Thelma Jordon (1949) - 7/10 - Wendell Corey stars as an assistant district attorney who falls for a woman (Barbara Stanwyck) who manipulates him as part of a plot she has to steal from her wealthy aunt. It took a while for this film to get going and I didn't full buy the relationship between the two leads at first, but the film got better as it went along.

42 - The Street with No Name (1948) - 7.5/10 - An FBI agent goes undercover during a crime wave to try and infiltrate the gang they think is responsible. It is filmed in documentary style at times and is a pretty good film. I certainly liked it a lot more than its predecessor, The House on 92nd Street.

43 - Thieves' Highway (1949) - 7.5/10 - Nick Garcos returns from WWII to find that his father was robbed and crippled by a crooked businessman who runs a fruit and vegetable market. He sets out to get even, but ends up partnering with the guy who bought his father's broken down old truck. The two have a deal to pick up a load of apples and Nick plans to use this to get the money his father is owed. Nice performances from Richard Conte and some of the supporting cast, including Millard Mitchell and Lee. J. Cobb.

This gets me the platinum on the TSPDT 100 Essential Noirs list. I may watch a couple from the 1000 Noir list, though I'll wait until next year to work on that one seriously. I'm only at 276/1000 on that list, though at least I'm in the Top 500.

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1 - D.O.A. (1949) - 7.5/10
2 - He Walked by Night (1948) - 6.5/10
3 - Niagara (1953) - 8/10
4 - Raw Deal (1948) - 7/10 - #AnthonyMann
5 - Side Street (1950) - 7.5/10
6 - The Big Combo (1955) - 5.5/10 - #JosephH.Lewis
7 - Night and the City (1950) - 8.5/10
8 - The Dark Corner (1946) - 7/10
9 - Hollow Triumph (1948) - 5.5/10
10 - The Reckless Moment (1949) - 7.5/10
11 - This Gun for Hire (1942) - 8/10
12 - Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) - 8/10
13 - Born to Kill (1947) - 5.5/10 - #RobertWise
14 - Kansas City Confidential (1952) - 8/10 - #PhilKarlson
15 - Phantom Lady (1944) - 7.5/10 - #RobertSiodmak
16 - Road House (1948) - 7/10 - #JeanNegulesco
17 - The Blue Gardenia (1953) - 7/10 - #FritzLang
18 - The Prowler (1951) - 6/10 - #JosephLosey
19 - Where Danger Lives (1950) - 5.5/10 - #JohnFarrow
20 - Gilda (1946) - 8/10
21 - Stray Dog (1949) - 9/10
22 - Nightmare Alley (1947) - 7.5/10
23 - Border Incident (1949) - 7.5/10
24 - High Sierra (1941) - 8/10
25 - While the City Sleeps (1956) - 7.5/10
26 - Act of Violence (1948) - 7.5/10
27 - Angel Face (1953) - 5.5/10
28 - On Dangerous Ground (1951) - 7.5/10 - #NicholasRay
29 - I Wake Up Screaming (1941) - 8/10
30 - Black Angel (1946) - 7.5/10
31 - Call Northside 777 (1948) - 7/10
32 - Dead Reckoning (1947) - 7.5/10
33 - Clash By Night (1952) - 6.5/10
34 - Cry of the City (1948) - 8/10
35 - Fallen Angel (1945) - 5/10
36 - Human Desire (1954) - 7/10
37 - Pitfall (1948) - 7.5/10

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30. Le deuxième souffle [Second Wind] (1966 France #Jean-PierreMelville) - TSDPT Extended - I kind of see it as a "post-noir" film, but not sure if it's noir enough for me to include in my list for next month's poll. I did really like it, though, and found it engaging throughout despite the 2.5 hour runtime - it's rare for a film that long to not lag for me at some point. I was a bit confused in the beginning with so many characters (barely) introduced, but they more or less sorted themselves out after the first half hour; might need to rewatch the start to fully grasp who everyone was (I'm still not clear on who the guy was who left Ricci's place in Marseille to go to Paris at the beginning). That opening scene is pretty cool too. I'm warming up to Melville with every film I see; I should prioritize him more.

31. Poulet au vinaigre [Cop au vin] (1985 France #ClaudeChabrol) - Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir & French Film Noir - Surprised to find that Chabrol has 0 films on the TSPDT list, so chose this film since it's one of the ones of his expiring on Mubi at the end of month, and it said it was a crime thriller comedy. Well, it's more of a crime suspense mystery with a few comedic points. It was okay, but you could more or less see the plot points coming a mile away, and my attention was waning by the end. Kind of neo-noirish, but not really. The whole premise was outlandish from the start, too, but the acting's probably was kept me going; not great but entertaining enough. Might watch the sequel too.

And with that, I should be done the bonus challenge. At first I was unpleasantly surprised by it, because it threw a wrench in my viewing schedule for the month, but I'm glad I decided to do it anyway, as I ended up with a few films I liked that I probably wouldn't have prioritized otherwise, and I saw my first film from 4 directors I hadn't realized I'd neglected thus far (Farrow, Allen, Negulesco, & Castle).

I think I've hit my other noir goals for the month, so I'll check on that and may watch a few more. I'll still see some noirs in December in final preparation for the poll, though.

Bold will be on my noir ballot next month, italics may be.
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1. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940 USA Boris Ingster) - TSPDT #1
2. Afsporet [Derailed] (1942 Denmark Ipsen & Lauritzen) - Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Noir
3. High Sierra (1941 USA Raoul Walsh) - TSPDT #2
4. The Blue Lamp (1950 UK #BasilDearden) - TSPDT Extended
5. The Glass Key (1942 USA Stuart Heisler) - TSPDT #5
6. Brighton Rock (1948 UK John Boulting) - TSPDT Extended
7. This Gun for Hire (1942 USA Frank Tuttle) - TSPDT #6
8. Slučajna raskoš prozirnog vodenog rebusa [Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus] (2020 Croatia Dalibor Barić)
9. Murder, My Sweet (1944 USA Edward Dmytryk) - TSPDT #10
10. Yoidore tenshi [Drunken Angel] (1948 Japan Akira Kurosawa) - TSPDT Extended
11. Phantom Lady (1944 USA #RobertSiodmak) - TSPDT #11
12. Sabita naifu [Rusty Knife] (1958 Japan Toshio Masuda - TSPDT Extended
13. The Woman in the Window (1944 USA #FritzLang) - TSPDT #12 & IMDb
14. Jiokhwa [The Flower in Hell] (1958 Korea Shin Sang-ok) - CrimeReads' Korean Noir
15. The Big Clock (1948 USA #JohnFarrow) - TSPDT #43 & IMDb
16. The Set-up (1949 USA #RobertWise) - TSPDT #61 & IMDb
17. The Narrow Margin (1952 USA #RichardFleischer) - TSPDT #82 & IMDb
18. Desert Fury (1947 USA #LewisAllen) - TSPDT Extended
19. Railroaded! (1947 USA #AnthonyMann) - TSPDT Extended
20. Road House (1948 USA #JeanNegulesco) - TSPDT #53
21. The Big Steal (1949 USA #DonSiegel) - TSPDT Extended
22. Born to Be Bad (1950 USA #NicholasRay) - TSPDT Extended
23. Undertow (1949 USA #WilliamCastle) - TSPDT Extended
24. The Prowler (1951 USA #JosephLosey) - TSPDT #78
25. The House Across the Lake (Heat Wave) (1954 UK #KenHughes) - TSPDT Extended
26. Murder by Proxy [Blackout] (1954 UK #TerenceFisher) - TSPDT Extended
27. The Phenix City Story (1955 USA #PhilKarlson) - TSPDT Extended
28. The Big Combo (1955 USA #JosephHLewis) - TSPDT #91
29. The Wrong Man (1956 USA #AlfredHitchcock) - TSDPT #96
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43. The Lady in Question (1940)

Thanks for the reminder about my real number, blocho!
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1. Crime Doctor (1943)
2. Swamp Water (1941)
3. The 39 Steps (1935)
4. The Stranger (1946)
5. Nazi Agent (1942)
6. Caged (1950)
7. Call Northside 777 (1948)
8. Cry of the City (1948)
9. Kansas City (1996)
10. Another Man's Poison (1951)
11. Lucky Jordan (1942)
12. Sleep, My Love (1948)
13. Impact (1949)
14. The Enforcer (1951)
15. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
16. 5 Fingers (1952)
17. Diplomatic Courier (1952)
18. Scandal Sheet (1952)
19. Stray Dog (1949)
20. Ensayo de un crimen(1955)
21. Minority Report (2002)
22. The Set-Up (1949)
23. Tight Spot (1955)
24. The Scarlet Hour (1956)
25. Dick Tracy (1990)
26. Take One False Step (1949)
27. Nightmare Alley (2021)
28. Christmas Holiday (1944)
29. Scarlet Street (1945)
30. The Turning Point (1952)
31. Lured (1947)
32. The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
33. Niagara (1953)
34. Schwarzer Kies (1961)
35. Human Desire (1954)
36. Yoidore tenshi (1948)
37. Pickup on South Street (1953)
38. Dead End (1937)
39. Ruthless (1948)
40. Convicted (1950)
41. Compulsion (1959)
42. The Long Haul (1957)
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13. Body Heat (1981) - 8.2/10
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1. King of New York (1990) - 8.5/10
2. High Sierra (1941) - 7.1/10
3. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) - 8.4/10
4. The Desperate Hours (1955) - 8.1/10
5. This Gun for Hire (1942) - 7.6/10
6. The Salton Sea (2002) - 8.2/10
7. Cape Fear (1962) - 7.4/10
8. Klute (1971) - 4.7/10
9. Get Carter (1971) - 7.7/10
10. Purple Noon (1960) - 8.2/10
11. The Long Good Friday (1980) - 8.1/10
12. Manhunter (1986) - 8.3/10
13. Body Heat (1981) - 8.2/10
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34. No Way Out (1987) * 114 min.
A remake of The Big Clock, the Pentagon setting works better than the office building, and Kevin Costner has to be smarter than Ray Milland to avoid capture. A successful variation and update.

35. The Secret Partner (1961) * 91 min.  #Basil Dearden
A very twisty blackmail/robbery movie, with an unexpectedly bleak ending.

36. Crossroads (1942) * 83 min.
A clever blackmail scheme with a mystery that seems almost insoluble.

37. El vampiro negro (1953) * 89 min.
A remake of M that is not as exciting as Lang's or Losey's versions and its revelation of a corrupt society is more hidden and possibly unintended, but it has great noir atmosphere and does a very good job of showing the killer's compulsion, although the psychological explanation of it seems a bit off.
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1. The Big Easy (1986) 100 min.
2. Brighton Rock  (1947) * 92 min.
3. Fingers at the Window (1942) * 80 min.
4. Stormy Monday (1988) * 93 min.
5. The Argyle Secrets (1948) * 64 min.
6. Criminal Court (1946) * 60 min.  #Robert Wise
7. Black Hand (1950) * 92 min.
8. The Long Night (1947) * 97 min.
9. The Crime of Doctor Crespi (1935) * 63 min.
10. The Thirteenth Chair (1929) * 72 min.
11. Woman in the Dark (1934) * 69 min.
12. Time Without Pity (1957) * 85 min.  #Joseph Losey
13. Back Page (1933) * 65 min.
14. Jeopardy (1953) * 69 min.
15. Murder Is My Beat (1955) * 77 min.
16. Still of the Night (1982) * 91 min.
17. The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) * 81 min.
18. A Woman's Secret (1949) * 85 min.  #Nicholas Ray
19. Manhattan Melodrama (1934) * 90 min.
20. Across 110th Street (1972) * 101 min.
21. The Dark Mirror (1946) * 85 min.  #Robert Siodmak
22. The Conspirators (1944) * 101 min.  #Jean Negulesco
23. Murder by an Aristocrat (1936) * 60 min.
24. I Was Framed (1942) * 61 min.
25. Dark Waters (1944) * 90 min.
26. Experiment Perilous (1944) * 91 min.
27. Two O'Clock Courage (1945) * 66 min.  #Anthony Mann
28. The Killers (1946) 103 min.
29. London by Night (1937) *  69 min.
30. The Big Clock (1948) 95 min.  #John Farrow
31. Nazi Agent (1942) * 83 min.
32. The Phantom of Crestwood (1932) * 76 min.
33. Alias Nick Beal (1949) 92 min.
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8. Walk a Crooked Mile (1948, Gordon Douglas): 7.2
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1. Johnny O'Clock (1947, Robert Rossen): 8.0
2. The Dark Past (1948, Rudolph Maté): 7.2
3. Convicted (1950, Henry Levin): 7.8
4. Between Midnight and Dawn (1950, Gordon Douglas): 7.5
5. The Sniper (1952, Edward Dmytryk): 7.8
6. Cast a Deadly Spell (1991, Martin Campbell): 7.2
7. City of Fear (1959, Irving Lerner): 7.8
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40. Without Warning! (1952)

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1. Backfire (1950)
2. Born to Be Bad (1950) #NicholasRay
3. Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)
4. Shakedown (1950)
5. Homicide (1991)
6. Le dernier tournant (1939)
7. Lonelyhearts (1958)
8. Wanted for Murder (1946)
9. Cry of the Hunted (1953) #JosephH.Lewis
10. Guncrazy (1992)
11. Black Hand (1950)
12. City Across the River (1949)
13. New Jack City (1991)
14. This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)
15-16a. Spicy City (1997)
16b. The Detectives: The Bodyguards (1960)
17. The Human Jungle (1954)
18. Storm Fear (1955)
19. The Beat Generation (1959)
20. The Blue Lamp (1950) #BasilDearden
21. White Sands (1992)
22. Hoodlum Empire (1952)
23. The Long Wait (1954)
24. Tight Spot (1955) #PhilKarlson
25. Queen Bee (1955)
26. Twilight (1998)
27. The Sleeping Tiger (1954) #JosephLosey
28. The Sun Sets at Dawn (1950)
29-30a. Fish Police (1992)
30b. Man Against Crime: Algiers Caper (1956)
31. A Cry in the Night (1956)
32. Ivy (1947)
33. A Kiss Before Dying (1991)
34. Lupin III: Goemon's Blood Spray (2017)
35. City of Industry (1997)
36. The Raging Tide (1951)
37. The Night Runner (1957)
38. Sirocco (1951)
39. Shattered (1991)
40. Without Warning! (1952)
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70. Without Honor (1949) - 3/10
71. Walk East on Beacon! (1952) - 3/10
72. The Tattooed Stranger (1950) - 3/10
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34. Cha-i-na-ta-un a.k.a. Coin Locker Girl -- Han, 2015 -- 6.5/10

On some Asian noir / Korean noir lists. A girl found in a coin locker is taken in by a ruthless female gangster, and the two coexist until they fall afoul of each other.

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01. Strange Fascination -- Haas, 1952 -- 6.5/10
02. L'accident a.k.a. The Accident -- Gréville, 1963 -- 6.5/10
03. Undercurrent -- Kerr, 1998 -- 3/10
04. Kill Me Again -- Dahl, 1989 -- 6/10
05. Symphonie pour un massacre a.k.a. The Corrupt -- Deray, 1963 -- 7/10
06. The Sun Sets at Dawn -- Sloane, 1950 -- 4.5/10
07. Cell 2455, Death Row -- Sears, 1955 -- 6.5/10
08. Dick Barton: Special Agent -- A.J. Goulding, 1948 -- 4/10
09. The Mark of the Whistler -- Castle, 1944 -- 6/10\
10. Hickey & Boggs -- Culp, 1972 -- 6.5/10
11. Temptation -- Pichel, 1946 -- 5/10
12. Disorganized Crime -- Kouf, 1989 -- 6/10
13. Face Down -- Eberhardt, 1997 -- 4.5/10
14. The System -- Seiler, 1953 -- 6/10
15. La mort d'un tueur a.k.a. Death of a Killer -- Hossein, 1964 -- 7/10
16. Les yeux cernés a.k.a. Marked Eyes -- Hossein, 1964 -- 7/10
17. Joy Ride a.k.a. Roadkill -- Dahl, 2001 -- 6/10
18. Date with Death -- Daniels, 1959 -- 5/10
19. Par un beau matin d'été a.k.a. Crime on a Summer Morning -- Deray, 1965 -- 6.5/10
20. Corridor of Mirrors -- Young, 1948 -- 5/10
21. Chicago Syndicate -- Sears, 1955 -- 5/10
22. Fly-By-Night -- Siodmak, 1942 -- 6/10
23. Wanted for Murder -- Huntington, 1946 -- 5.5/10
24. The Great Gatsby -- Nugent, 1949 -- 6/10
25. Six Bridges to Cross -- Pevney, 1955 -- 6/10
26. To the Ends of the Earth -- Stevenson, 1948 -- 6/10
27. Slattery's Hurricane -- De Toth, 1949 -- 6/10
28. Wilder Urlaub -- Schnyder, 1943 -- 6.5/10
29. The Scarlet Hour -- Curtiz, 1956 -- 6.5/10
30. Take One False Step -- Erskine, 1949 -- 6/10
31. Shed No Tears -- Yarbrough, 1948 -- 5.5/10
32. The Flame -- Auer, 1947 -- 5.5/10
33. Goupi mains rouges -- Becker, 1943 -- 7/10
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A dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets

1. Female Jungle (Bruno VeSota, 1955)
2. A Bullet for Joey (Lewis Allen, 1955) #LewisAllen
3. Storm Fear (Cornel Wilde, 1955)
4. A Life in the Balance (Harry Horner/Rafael Portillo (uncr), 1955)

5. Crime in the Streets (Don Siegel, 1956) #DonSiegel
6. The Long Arm / The Third Key (Charles Frend, 1956)
7. The Price of Fear (Albert Biberman, 1956)
8. The Hideout (Peter Graham Scott, 1956)

9. The Garment Jungle (Vincent Sherman/Robert Aldrich (uncr), 1957)
10. Ore wa matteru ze / I Am Waiting (Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1957)
11. Affair in Havana (Laslo Benedek, 1957)
12. House of Numbers (Russell Rouse, 1957)

13. Hot Car Girl (Bernard L. Kowalski, 1958)
14. Stakeout on Dope Street (Irvin Kershner, 1958)
15. Sabita naifu / Rusty Knife (Toshio Matsuda, 1958)
16. Nowhere to Go (Seth Holt/Basil Dearden, 1958) #BasilDeardenl
17. Le désordre et la nuit / The Night Affair (Gilles Grangier, 1958)
18. The Mugger (William Berke, 1958)

19. Heojil kyolshim / Decision to Leave (Park Chan-wook, 2022) (cinema)

20. The Naked Road (William Martin, 1959)
21. Blind Date (Joseph Losey, 1959) #JosephLosey
22. Un maledetto imbroglio / The Facts of Murder (Pietro Germi, 1959)

23. Jungle Street (Charles Saunders, 1960)
24. Kyônetsu no kisetsu / The Warped Ones (Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1960)
25. The Shakedown (John Lemont, 1960)

26. Tension (John Berry, 1949) (re-watch)

27-28. Naked City Season 1 Episodes 29-34 (6x30 = 180 minutes)
29. The Seventh Commandment (Irvin Berwick, 1961)
30. The Man in the Back Seat (Vernon Sewell, 1961)
31. L'affaire Nina B / The Nina B. Affair (Robert Siodmak, 1961) #Robert Siodmak

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The Seventh Commandment is another film from the "Weird Noir" Something Weird set; like the others, it's very cheap, and a mediocre transfer to boot, but this one is kind of special, thanks in part to it's fairly crazy story, but also to the lead performances of Lyn Statten and Jonathan Kidd, above, which may not be "great" but are certainly memorable. Statten only has one other credit per IMDb; Kidd made a few other low-rent films and had many guest-starring TV roles from the late 40s through the 70s, but certainly remains unknown. Perhaps if more people saw this... whatever this is, they might at least have some cult reps. The two play a couple who get involved in a car crash at the beginning of the film - Kidd's character Ted is dazed and wanders away, happening on a little traveling preacher show. Flash to a few years later, and he's become famous charismatic preacher and faith healer Tad Morgan, having completely forgotten his earlier life - but Statten's character Terry James hasn't forgotten, and when she runs across his picture in the paper one day, she decides to get some of that sweet preaching lucre for herself and her new guy. Unfortunately for her, he's sincere in his new life, and it's only by trying to hold over him the threat of exposing his earlier and rather unsavory career that she can hope to make a buck from him - which of course leads to complications. One thing that sets this apart from some other stories of this kind of preacher is that Tad really seems to believe in what he's doing, and isn't a grifter at all - but in his former life, that's exactly what he was, and if his memory can be brought back, well...

This reads in the end sort of like a cross between Detour and The World's Greatest Sinner, and while it certainly isn't as good as the former, it's just strange and goofy enough to be really compelling, and it keeps going places that seem pretty unlikely - especially in an era still more or less under the Production Code. One of the IMDb reviews also compares this to Hugo Haas, and I guess the relationship between femme fatale Terry and earnest Ted does have some similarities to a typical Haas film, though the resolution and the overall emphasis on religion is pretty different from Haas, and really most other films noir. It is, as I said, very low budget, with shoddy sets and an aura of the sleazy grindhouse throughout, which in some ways makes it's theme of redemption and starting over even more potent. Not the best film of the month by any means, but definitely one of the most fascinating finds.

The Man in the Back Seat is another under-an-hour British cheapie, a really solid example of minimalism both in plot and in filmmaking. Tony and Frank (Derren Nesbitt and Keith Faulkner) couple of young thugs have planned to rob a bookie just as he leaves the track with a briefcase full of money - but they haven't counted on him being chained to the case. Knocking him out and seriously injuring him, they have to drive around with him (hence the film's title) until they can get the case off - but one of the two, Frank, is actually pretty concerned for the bookie's condition, worrying that if he's dead or seriously injured they could pay a high price for their scheme, while Tony is completely callous and couldn't give a shit, but keeps telling little lies to mollify the more naive Frank. Frank's also got a girlfriend (Carol White) who they end up going to a couple of times for help, who is immediately suspicious of their lies. This is a really well done piece of suspense, with an almost real-time feel to it, as the two desperate men drive all around London trying to dump the hurt man off but running into problems everywhere.

L'affaire Nina B sits uncomfortably between the crime and international spy arenas, as the new driver (Walter GIller) for a big-shot businessman (Pierre Brasseur) finds himself getting more and more involved in his boss's intrigues while falling for his younger and beautiful wife (Nadja TIller). This is a French-West German production, filmed mostly in the latter country, but with the dialogue all in French, and even if you aren't French or German I think you may feel a sort of disconnect, as I did. Siodmak of course was a master and made an enormous number of films, many of them crime/noir, in French, German and English, and he's also partially responsible for the screenplay in this case, but something just didn't click here. Brasseur is really good as the charismatic, Mr.Arkadin-like powerful man whose secret source of income must be protected at all costs (it isn't, naturally, especially from the audience, who learn what he's up to fairly early), but the other two leads just seem a bit directionless to me, like their characters. Not a terrible film or anything but just kind of something that sits there. Likely Siodmak's weakest film in this genre.
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I'm in a white room and I want to paint it noir
"1. He Walked by Night (1948) #AnthonyMann
2. Hollow Triumph (1948)
3. The Set-Up (1949) #RobertWise
4. Black Angel (1946)
5. The Dark Corner (1946)
6. The Wrong Man (1956) #AlfredHitchcock
7. The Dark Mirror (1946) #RobertSiodmak
8. Fury (1936) #FritzLang
9. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
10. The Blue Lamp (1950) #BasilDearden"
"11. Cry of the City (1948)
12. D.O.A. (1949)
13. Body and Soul (1947)
14. The Roaring Twenties (1939)
15. Caged (1950)
16. My Name is Julia Ross (1945) #JosephHLewis
17. The House Across the Lake (1954) #KenHughes
18. The Letter (1940)
19. Sudden Fear (1952)
20. The Big Steal (1949) #DonSiegel"
"21. Desert Fury (1947) #LewisAllen
22. Nightmare Alley (1947)
23. The Last Page (1952) #TerenceFisher
24. Hell's Island (1955) #PhilKarlson
25. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
26. Desperate (1947)
27. Where Danger Lives (1950) #JohnFarrow
28. The Big Clock (1948)
29. Criss Cross (1949)
30. Knock on Any Door (1949) #NicholasRay"
31. The Narrow Margin (1952) #RichardFleischer
32. The Prowler (1951) #JosephLosey
33. Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
34. Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949) #WilliamCastle
35. Road House (1948) #JeanNegulesco
36. Le Cercle Rouge (1970) #JeanPierreMelville
37. Raw Deal (1948)
38. The Blue Gardenia (1953)
39. This Man Must Die (1969) #ClaudeChabrol
40. The File on Thelma Jordan (1949)
41. Stray Dog (1949)
42. Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
43. The Fallen Idol (1948)
44. Dark Passage (1947)
45. Kiss of Death (1947)
46. Act of Violence (1948)
47. The Reckless Moment (1949)
48. Call Northside 777 (1948)
49. Lady in the Lake (1946)
50. The Street with No Name (1948)
51. Clash by Night (1952)
52. Border Incident (1949)
53. Human Desire (1954)
54. Angel Face (1952)
55. Thieves' Highway (1949)
56. Panic in the Streets (1950)
57. Niagara (1953)
58. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
This has an absolutely fantastic premise that is unfortunately timely, as well. Chief of police kills his mistress, leaves a ton of clues, and can't even get himself arrested. Though if I were to offer any advice on this, don't watch it on Amazon Prime - the subs are 3-5 seconds behind for the entire film.

59. Too Late for Tears (1949)
Woman gets money thrown in her car randomly, and wants to keep it. Enough to murder. Interesting journey.

60. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
Fun to see a German Lang film, after seeing so many American ones this month. Much cooler craft of filmmaking in this.
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A dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets

1. Female Jungle (Bruno VeSota, 1955)
2. A Bullet for Joey (Lewis Allen, 1955) #LewisAllen
3. Storm Fear (Cornel Wilde, 1955)
4. A Life in the Balance (Harry Horner/Rafael Portillo (uncr), 1955)

5. Crime in the Streets (Don Siegel, 1956) #DonSiegel
6. The Long Arm / The Third Key (Charles Frend, 1956)
7. The Price of Fear (Albert Biberman, 1956)
8. The Hideout (Peter Graham Scott, 1956)

9. The Garment Jungle (Vincent Sherman/Robert Aldrich (uncr), 1957)
10. Ore wa matteru ze / I Am Waiting (Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1957)
11. Affair in Havana (Laslo Benedek, 1957)
12. House of Numbers (Russell Rouse, 1957)

13. Hot Car Girl (Bernard L. Kowalski, 1958)
14. Stakeout on Dope Street (Irvin Kershner, 1958)
15. Sabita naifu / Rusty Knife (Toshio Matsuda, 1958)
16. Nowhere to Go (Seth Holt/Basil Dearden, 1958) #BasilDeardenl
17. Le désordre et la nuit / The Night Affair (Gilles Grangier, 1958)
18. The Mugger (William Berke, 1958)

19. Heojil kyolshim / Decision to Leave (Park Chan-wook, 2022) (cinema)

20. The Naked Road (William Martin, 1959)
21. Blind Date (Joseph Losey, 1959) #JosephLosey
22. Un maledetto imbroglio / The Facts of Murder (Pietro Germi, 1959)

23. Jungle Street (Charles Saunders, 1960)
24. Kyônetsu no kisetsu / The Warped Ones (Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1960)
25. The Shakedown (John Lemont, 1960)

26. Tension (John Berry, 1949) (re-watch)

27-28. Naked City Season 1 Episodes 29-34 (6x30 = 180 minutes)

29. The Seventh Commandment (Irvin Berwick, 1961)
30. The Man in the Back Seat (Vernon Sewell, 1961)
31. L'affaire Nina B / The Nina B. Affair (Robert Siodmak, 1961) #Robert Siodmak
32. Fallguy (Donn Harling, 1962)
33. Stark Fear (Ned Hochman / Skip Homeier (uncr), 1962)
34. Strongroom (Vernon Sewell, 1962)

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Fallguy is the penultimate viewing in the "Weird Noir" set, and, like most of the others, it's not really that weird - but it is cheap and obscure. And it's not very good, though there are some laughable enough moments to maybe put it in the so-bad-it's-good category. Certainly it was much more entertaining than the deadly dull The Naked Road. A young guy, Sonny (Ed Dugan - who? I don't know either - the whole cast here is deeply obscure) witnesses a botched mob hit, and saves the guy who was about to be killed, only instead of being thanked he gets a gun pulled on him, and is forced to take the would-be victim to a shady doctor's house. Soon he's on the run from both the mob and the cops, with only the doctor's daughter (aka potential love interest) as a possible aid. This has a wild shootout at the end and some interesting use of grungy locations, but it's just terribly silly and the acting is amateurish at best. There's also some filler to get this up to even b-title run time (just over an hour), which includes some completely pointless shots of women lounging around in their underclothes that has no bearing on the plot, such as it is. Hard to say how I felt about this - like most fun-but-awful movies, I'll know better if it holds up for a repeat viewing.

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The last of the "Weird Noir" group, Stark Fear turns out to be overall one of the best - though I'm using best in an advisory capacity here. This one though has a lot of potential in it's sometimes fairly serious treatment of abuse, and feels at times borderline feminist; it's just hampered by it's budget and running time enough such that it doesn't - quite - succeed the way it could have. Beverly Garland - a Corman regular and one of the best b-movie actresses of this era - is Ellen, a young wife regularly abused and insulted by her husband Gerry (Skip Homeier). They live a reasonably decent middle-class life in Oklahoma City, but Ellen can't seem to please Gerry, who gets worse and worse in his treatment of her until one day, after she takes a new job (while Gerry is failing in his career), he goes berserk and then... disappears. For some reason she decides to find him - and she finds out rather quickly that he's lied about his past, that he's not from Pennsylvania but instead from a small OK town just a few hours away. She goes there and hears more stories that make her doubt him more and more but she still wants him (yes, I said it's borderline feminist - that borderline is really later in the film), which leads to some unsavory interactions culminating in an act of violence. Fleeing the town and going back to OK City, she takes solace in her boss, Cliff, a decent man - but she still holds to her marriage vows even though she now knows that Gerry is basically a psycho. There's a lot of stuff going on in this tight little (84 m) film, but what makes it ultimately compelling is Garland's performance of a traditional meek wife type woman who manages to find her inner strength and ultimately fight the abuse - a rare kind of storyline for 1962. Also, the use of a best friend (Hannah Stone) who actually articulates the standard traditional responses ("yes he's a brute, but you don't want to end up alone like me, do you") acts as a goad to maybe seeing the world as maybe a bit more changeable. Garland apparently really disliked the film, but I suspect much of this comes from her experience working on it - credited director Hochman apparently walked off the set, leaving her co-star Homeier to finish the job. Actually filmed in Oklahoma and Arkansas, so there's an unusual authenticity for a film of this time set in the middle of the country.

Strongroom reunites director Sewell with the co-stars of the previous year's The Man in the Back Seat, Derren Nesbitt and Keith Faulkner, again playing criminals - only this time it's Faulkner who is the more brutal and uncaring sort, and Nesbitt the one who is unwilling to put innocent lives on the line. The two of them and Faulkner's brother plan to rob a bank just after it closes, with a can't-miss plan that, of course, misses bigtime. They do get away with a pile of dough, but they lock the bank manager and his assistant (Colin Gordon and Ann Lynn) in the titular strongroom, which only has a limited amount of air of course, and plan to get the keys to the cops anonymously before the air runs out. Alas Faulkner's brother who is in charge of this part of the operation runs into...complications, and it's race against time along with a race by Nesbitt to breach Faulkner's amorality and actually save these innocent lives. This wasn't quite as compelling to me as the previous year's teaming of these actors and director, but still quite solid, with a terrific downbeat ending.
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41. Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)

Bizarre movie, with annoying, intrusive voice-over. But, it did get me Gold on 1,000 Noirs list.

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1. Backfire (1950)
2. Born to Be Bad (1950) #NicholasRay
3. Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)
4. Shakedown (1950)
5. Homicide (1991)
6. Le dernier tournant (1939)
7. Lonelyhearts (1958)
8. Wanted for Murder (1946)
9. Cry of the Hunted (1953) #JosephH.Lewis
10. Guncrazy (1992)
11. Black Hand (1950)
12. City Across the River (1949)
13. New Jack City (1991)
14. This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)
15-16a. Spicy City (1997)
16b. The Detectives: The Bodyguards (1960)
17. The Human Jungle (1954)
18. Storm Fear (1955)
19. The Beat Generation (1959)
20. The Blue Lamp (1950) #BasilDearden
21. White Sands (1992)
22. Hoodlum Empire (1952)
23. The Long Wait (1954)
24. Tight Spot (1955) #PhilKarlson
25. Queen Bee (1955)
26. Twilight (1998)
27. The Sleeping Tiger (1954) #JosephLosey
28. The Sun Sets at Dawn (1950)
29-30a. Fish Police (1992)
30b. Man Against Crime: Algiers Caper (1956)
31. A Cry in the Night (1956)
32. Ivy (1947)
33. A Kiss Before Dying (1991)
34. Lupin III: Goemon's Blood Spray (2017)
35. City of Industry (1997)
36. The Raging Tide (1951)
37. The Night Runner (1957)
38. Sirocco (1951)
39. Shattered (1991)
40. Without Warning! (1952)
41. Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
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32. The Lady from Shanghai (1947 USA Orson Welles) - TSPDT #37 - This was all over the place. Nice mood setting for the first hour with the intro, the trip on the boat, and the initial scenes in San Francisco. Welles chews the scenery and is pretty great with his snarky character. The dialog is probably the best part of this film, with so many great and quotable lines from it - it even makes me forgive the sometimes overbearing narration. Then the film does a 180° and has a farcical courtroom scene, followed up by a thrilling escape and exquisitely-shot finale in the Funhouse. Not sure what to make of this one, overall.

Bold will be on my noir ballot next month, italics may be.
Seen
1. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940 USA Boris Ingster) - TSPDT #1
2. Afsporet [Derailed] (1942 Denmark Ipsen & Lauritzen) - Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Noir
3. High Sierra (1941 USA Raoul Walsh) - TSPDT #2
4. The Blue Lamp (1950 UK #BasilDearden) - TSPDT Extended
5. The Glass Key (1942 USA Stuart Heisler) - TSPDT #5
6. Brighton Rock (1948 UK John Boulting) - TSPDT Extended
7. This Gun for Hire (1942 USA Frank Tuttle) - TSPDT #6
8. Slučajna raskoš prozirnog vodenog rebusa [Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus] (2020 Croatia Dalibor Barić)
9. Murder, My Sweet (1944 USA Edward Dmytryk) - TSPDT #10
10. Yoidore tenshi [Drunken Angel] (1948 Japan Akira Kurosawa) - TSPDT Extended
11. Phantom Lady (1944 USA #RobertSiodmak) - TSPDT #11
12. Sabita naifu [Rusty Knife] (1958 Japan Toshio Masuda - TSPDT Extended
13. The Woman in the Window (1944 USA #FritzLang) - TSPDT #12 & IMDb
14. Jiokhwa [The Flower in Hell] (1958 Korea Shin Sang-ok) - CrimeReads' Korean Noir
15. The Big Clock (1948 USA #JohnFarrow) - TSPDT #43 & IMDb
16. The Set-up (1949 USA #RobertWise) - TSPDT #61 & IMDb
17. The Narrow Margin (1952 USA #RichardFleischer) - TSPDT #82 & IMDb
18. Desert Fury (1947 USA #LewisAllen) - TSPDT Extended
19. Railroaded! (1947 USA #AnthonyMann) - TSPDT Extended
20. Road House (1948 USA #JeanNegulesco) - TSPDT #53
21. The Big Steal (1949 USA #DonSiegel) - TSPDT Extended
22. Born to Be Bad (1950 USA #NicholasRay) - TSPDT Extended
23. Undertow (1949 USA #WilliamCastle) - TSPDT Extended
24. The Prowler (1951 USA #JosephLosey) - TSPDT #78
25. The House Across the Lake (Heat Wave) (1954 UK #KenHughes) - TSPDT Extended
26. Murder by Proxy [Blackout] (1954 UK #TerenceFisher) - TSPDT Extended
27. The Phenix City Story (1955 USA #PhilKarlson) - TSPDT Extended
28. The Big Combo (1955 USA #JosephHLewis) - TSPDT #91
29. The Wrong Man (1956 USA #AlfredHitchcock) - TSDPT #96
30. Le deuxième souffle [Second Wind] (1966 France #Jean-PierreMelville) - TSDPT Extended
31. Poulet au vinaigre [Cop au vin] (1985 France #ClaudeChabrol) - Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir & French Film Noir
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The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre - A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir

118. Clue of the Twisted Candle (1960) The clue of the twisted candle helped Inspector Meredith catch the killer in a locked-door murder.
119. Seven Keys (1961) One con inherits seven keys from another con who died, now all he has to do is find the right door to unlock for the stolen loot.
120. The Fourth Square (1961) Was the fourth square a clue, or was it the address where the murder and jewel thefts were solved.
121. The Sinister Man (1961) An archaeologist with evidence that could stop an international invasion is murdered by the sinister man.
122. Partners in Crime (1961) One of the partners in crime has his real-life partner killed, but his plan to get away with it fizzled out.
It's a Bitter Little World
1. L'horloger de Saint-Paul (1974) A watchmaker's son becomes a murderer, so he wants to understand what makes him tick.
2. Le septième juré (1962) After a crime of passion, a murderer becomes the seventh juror judging an innocent man for the crime he committed.
3. L'oeil du malin (1962) Journalist tries to seduce the wife of a successful author, but it doesn't go quite as expected.
4. Police (1985) Un flic falls for a small time drug dealer's girl, but she has other plans
5. The Visit (1964) Driven out of town as a pregnant teen, a woman, now a millionaire, returns for a visit…and revenge.
6. Assalto ao Trem Pagador (1962) The Great (1960 Rio de Janeiro) Train Robbery and its aftermath.
7. Obaltan (1961) Two brothers, both war veterans, struggle in post-war Korea.
8. Susana (1951) A beautiful escapee from the state reformatory wreaks havoc among the men of the ranch where she takes refuge.
9. Garde à vue (1981) After an all night grilling, a lawyer confesses to a grisly crime that he did not commit.
10. Nachts wenn der Teufel kam (1957) You've seen it before - the wrong man is arrested for being a serial killer, and a detective searches for the real killer, but this time it's in Nazi Germany.
11. Another Thin Man (1939) Nick and Nora solve a murder that was predicted in some dreams, but not committed by who it seems.
12. Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) Nick and Nora happen to be at the track where a jockey has been murdered, and help the police solve the case.
13. The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) Nick and Nora travel to Nick's hometown, and land in the middle of a murder mystery.
14. Song of the Thin Man (1947) Nick and Nora are at a charity event on a gambling boat when, can you believe it, a murder occurs.
15. The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) Doctor turns criminal to understand the criminal mind, but underestimates the former head his new gang.
16. The Big Shot (1942) Three-time loser gets framed for a robbery, winds up on death row.
17. Tokyo Joe (1940) Casablanca, but if Casablanca were made in Japan, with a third-rate cast, and These Foolish Things instead of As Time Goes By.
18. All Through the Night (1942) Gangster "Gloves" Donahue battles Nazi saboteurs all through the night.
19. King of the Underworld (1939) Doctor husband got killed helping gangster. Now doctor wife must track him down to prove she wasn't part of the gang.
20. Racket Busters (1938) Special prosecutor breaks the hold that the rackets "czar" has on the city but not without the help of the city's truckers.
21. The Bad Sister (1931) The bad sister falls for a con-man, almost ruins the town, but it all turns out ok in the end. (Noirish)
22. Two Against the World (1936) Radio network broadcasts a play based on a 20 year old murder, dramatically affecting the acquitted murderer and her family. (Encyclopédie du Film Noir Vol I)
23. The Great O'Malley (1937) A by-the-book cop's intransigence sends a man to jail, but he soon learns the error of his ways.(Encyclopédie du Film Noir Vol I)
24. Once a Sinner (1950) After a bank clerk marries a party girl he learns too late that once a sinner always a sinner. (British Film Noir Guide)
25. Once a Thief (1965) Ex-con tries to go straight, but once a thief, his brother wants to pull him back in, while cop wants to settle a grudge. (A Comprehensive Encyclopedia...)
26. Once You Kiss a Stranger... (1969) Once you kiss a stranger you'll stick with Strangers on a Train. (A Comprehensive Encyclopedia...)
27. A Shriek in the Night (1933) A shriek in the night proceeded a fall from the penthouse. Was it an accident, suicide or murder?
28. Before Dawn (1933) Gangster hid loot in the old family house 15 years ago. Now that he's dead, who will be first to find it - the bad guys, the cops or the beautiful psychic?
29. Juggernaut (1936) Disillusioned doctor and scheming woman team up to poison her husband for his money. Some things never change.
30. Phantom of Chinatown (1940) Somebody's killing people in Chinatown because of a missing ancient scroll that might lead to a fortune..
31. The Black Raven (1943) A group of strangers, a dark hotel in a storm, murder and missing money. Enough plot elements for 10 movies at least.
32. The Shadow Strikes (1937) After foiling a robbery at an attorney's office, The Shadow gets mistaken for that attorney, and caught up in murder. You'd think The Shadow would know better.
33. Arsène Lupin (1932) Gentleman thief matches wits with the Paris police while committing daring robberies.
34. Buy Me That Town (1941) Gangsters buy a small town and turn it into a haven for mobsters on the lam.
35. Counsellor-at-Law (1933) An up-from-the-streets lawyer finds that his upper class wife has been unfaithful.
36. I Love a Mystery (1945) I love a mystery too, but this tale of eastern mysticism, prophecies of death and decapitation misses the mark.
37. Special Agent (1935) Newspaper reporter is really an undercover Treasury Agent, after the big boss
38. The Unholy Three (1930) When their circus is shut down, three sideshow performers embark on a life of crime.
39. Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) Can Sherlock Holmes track down the voice of terror and stop the wartime sabotage in time?
40. Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) Sherlock Holmes is in Washington to retrieve top secret plans before they fall into enemy hands.
41. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) Sherlock Holmes faces death, but a chess board uncovers the murderer.
42. The Spider Woman (1943) Can Sherlock Holmes escape the web of death spun by the Spider Woman?
43. The House of Fear (1945) The house of fear sees one murder after another, until Sherlock Holmes uncovers a sinister plot.
44. Pursuit to Algiers (1945) Sherlock Holmes is entrusted with the safety of a royal heir, during a pursuit to Algiers.
45. Terror by Night (1946) Terror by night with murder on the Scotland Express and a stolen diamond. Can Holmes solve the murder and recover the diamond?
46. Dressed to Kill (1946) What is it about those music boxes that prompts someone to be dressed to kill?
47. Bedelia (1946) Detective posing as an artist tries to paint a guilty portrait of a serial husband killer.
48. Blanche Fury (1948) Woman marries into money, but falls for the servant who is the rightful heir to the estate. Tragedy ensues.
49. Madeleine (1950) Woman delays marriage due to a forbidden affair. Is poison the only way out?
50. Fortune Is a Woman (1957) Art+Insurance+Arson+Love=Blackmail+Murder.
51. I See a Dark Stranger (1946) Irish lass grows up so bitter against the English that she becomes a Nazi spy.
52. Women Without Men (1956) Amercan singer jailed in England is freed by the U.S. State Department to track down her former lover, who was a wartime traitor. I think.
53. The Black Widow (1951) Car theft amnesia victim thought dead finally returns home, only for his wife to plan his death for certain.
54. Cat Girl (1957) Isn't being possessed by a leopard a small price to pay for a hefty inheritance?
55. A Circle of Deception (1960) Soldier is chosen for a mission during WW II based on his likelihood of cracking under torture, thus revealing misleading plans to the Nazis.
56. Circle of Danger (1951) Man comes to England to uncover the circumstances of his brother's death during the war; finds out more than he wants to, but also finds love.
57. The Narrowing Circle (1956) A journalist is framed for the murder of his colleague who got the job he thought he should get.
58. Whirlpool (1959) Woman on the run from her criminal boyfriend and a murder charge finds temporary refuge on the Rhine but will she be able to navigate the Lorelei?
59. Wheel of Fate (1953) Two brothers tempt the wheel of fate over a woman.
60. The Man in the Back Seat (1961) The man in the back seat is unconscious and has a moneybag handcuffed to him, but the hoods who abducted him don't have the key.
61. The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952) The man who watched trains go by stumbles across his boss's embezzlement scheme and finally takes a train of his own, with stolen money and a murder rap chasing after him.
62. Man in Black (1949) After a woman's father apparently dies in a yoga accident (!) her stepmother tries to gaslight her out of her inheritance. Told in flashback by the man in black.
63. Man on the Run (1949) The man on the run is an army deserter trying to clear his name for a murder he didn't commit.
64. The Dark Man (1951) The dark man is a hired killer who is tracking down the only witness to his last job.
65. A Place to Go (1963) Working class stiff joins warehouse robbing gang to get out of a rut, but has no place to go.
66. A Window in London (1940) Thinking he witnessed a murder through a window in London, Peter is plunged into the middle of domestic upheaval.
67. Cottage to Let (1941) Nazi spies are after a new bombsight, while undercover agents are after the spies, and they all meet in a cottage to let.
68. Waterfront (1950) Sailor walks out on his family leaving them to fend for themselves in the Liverpool waterfront slums. Returns years later and tragedy ensues.
69. West 11 (1963) When Notting Hill was still a slum, an underachiever gets recruited to commit murder.
70. And Soon the Darkness (1970) Two young women are cycling through the French countryside. One disappears. Will her friend be next?
71. Hot Summer Night (1957) Honeymooning journalist runs across bank robber, tries to get his story, gets more than he bargained for.
72. Night Watch (1973) A woman witnesses a murder - or did she?
73. Ten 'til Noon (2006) A lot can happen in ten minutes, and it sure did.
74. Tomorrow at Ten (1963) Kidnapped boy hidden in a house with a time bomb that will explode tomorrow at ten. Will Scotland Yard be able to save him?
75. Razzia sur la chnouf (1955) Henri returns from the States to improve the French drug trade, but not all is as it seems.
76. Le dossier 51 (1978) Who is spying on a French diplomat and what are they compiling in dossier 51?
77. Le signe du lion (1962) Pierre lives off his friends in anticipation of an inheritance, but when it doesn't come through he devolves into a homeless bum.
78. Le lieu du crime (1986) The scene of the crime is the Macguffin - the story is about the choices made in its aftermath.
79. L'assassin habite... au 21 (1942) After receiving a tip where a serial killer lives, an inspector moves in to try to catch the killer.
80. A Dandy in Aspic (1968) Cold war era double agent intrigue between the British and Soviet spy agencies.
81. Kid Glove Killer (1942) State of the art forensics (for 1942) help track down a killer in a corrupt city
82. Madame X (1966) After the death of her lover, a married woman fakes her own death to avoid a scandal, giving up her son in the process, but then fate intervenes.
83. Mr. Soft Touch (1949) Club owner steals his share from the mob that took over his club while he was in the army, hides out in a settlement house where he falls in love.
84. Smart Woman (1948) The criminal defense lawyer is a smart woman, but then she falls for the special prosecutor.
85. Algiers (1938) Come with me to the Casbah for this remake of Pepe Le Moko.
86. Fuzz (1972) Come with me to the 87th Precinct as they deal with a mad bomber extorting the city.
87. The Frightened City (1961) Come with me to London as mobs join forces, but are no match for Scotland Yard.
88. The Conspirators (1944) Come with me to Lisbon in this wannabe Casablanca
89. Gumshoe (1971) Come with me to Liverpool where a comedian decides he wants to be Sam Spade.
90. Crossroads to Crime (1960) Policeman thinks a truck stop is the crossroads to crime, and conducts an unauthorized undercover investigation.
91. Urge to Kill (1960) One of the boarders living at the boarding house has the urge to kill, but who is it?
92. The Malpas Mystery (1960) Jewel thief impersonates eccentric to steal more jewels.
93. Marriage of Convenience (1960) Instead of waiting for her bank robbing boyfriend's parole, she married the police inspector who put him in jail - quite the marriage of convenience.
94. The Man Who Was Nobody (1960) The man who was nobody was really somebody tracking down the murderer of the man who stole his identity.
95. Clue of the New Pin (1961) The clue of the new pin solves two locked door murders before a third one is committed.
96. Man Detained (1961) A man detained gets a crime explained.
97. Candidate for Murder (1962) A man's wife is a candidate for murder, but the hitman he hires declines to elect her.
98. Time to Remember (1962) Jewel thieves hide jewels in house they just robbed, then try to buy the house to recover the loot.
99. The Share Out (1962) Professional blackmailers turn on each other when it comes to the share out of their ill-gotten gains.
100. Playback (1962) If only he could play back his mistakes, a cop wouldn't be charged with murder.
101. Locker 69 (1962) Crooked businessman fakes his death to get hold of the evidence his partner has on him, evidence stored in Locker 69.
102. The Set Up (1963) A chance encounter leads a released convict to stage a robbery for insurance purposes, but the robbery turns to murder - or was it just a set up?
103. Incident at Midnight (1963) Intrigue swirls around a drug deal rendezvous at an all night drugstore.
104. The £20,000 Kiss (1963) Blackmail turns an indiscreet encounter into the £20,000 kiss.
105. On the Run (1963) Frank escapes prison and is on the run to get to his stolen bonds before his double crossing boss can get to them.
106. Ricochet (1963) Lawyer dupes unfaithful wife into thinking her lover is blackmailing her so that she will kill him, but of course the plan ricochets.
107. The Rivals (1963) Car thieves steal the wrong car - the one that kidnappers were going to use to deliver the ransom note.
108. To Have and to Hold (1963) Police inspector falls for a woman he is protecting, only for it to turn into a double cross double indemnity situation.
109. Five to One (1963) A bookmaker/fence makes a deal with crooks to launder their loot at a rate of five to one, not realizing he is the intended robbery target.
110. Return to Sender (1963) On trial for swindling his partners a conman seeks to destroy the prosecutor's credibility.
111. Downfall (1964) Defense attorney's downfall begins when he hires an acquitted client who he plans to frame into killing his wife.
112. Never Back Losers (1964) An insurance adjuster investigating the suspicious death of a jockey who lost a race runs into a bookmaker who never backs losers.
113. The Verdict (1964) Deported back to England, a criminal is picked up for a 20 year old murder. Can he alter the verdict of his trial and remain free?
114. We Shall See (1964) Can a psychopathic wife ruin her husband's career and then his life? We shall see.
115. Face of a Stranger (1964) When a released prisoner impersonates his cellmate to get at some stolen loot, he counts on the cellmate's blind wife to not recognize the face of a stranger.
116. Act of Murder (1964) Spurned lover tries to win back the woman from her husband, leading to an act of murder, but only after a convoluted plot.
117. Never Mention Murder (1964) Heart surgeon plans devious revenge on his wife's lover, but plans are interrupted by a double dealing P.I.
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9. Walk East on Beacon (1952, Alfred L. Werker): 7.0 - Adopted from an article credited to Edgar J. Hoover himself about the famous Rosenberg-Fuchs-Gold spy ring and so made with backing off the FBI, the chauvinism is laid on meters thick on this. But if one can see past through that it's an enjoyable, tho a bit dry, procedural spy-thriller (I hesitate to call it a noir) about the workings of the FBI at the time.

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1. Johnny O'Clock (1947, Robert Rossen): 8.0
2. The Dark Past (1948, Rudolph Maté): 7.2
3. Convicted (1950, Henry Levin): 7.8
4. Between Midnight and Dawn (1950, Gordon Douglas): 7.5
5. The Sniper (1952, Edward Dmytryk): 7.8
6. Cast a Deadly Spell (1991, Martin Campbell): 7.2
7. City of Fear (1959, Irving Lerner): 7.8
8. Walk a Crooked Mile (1948, Gordon Douglas): 7.2
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WalterNeff wrote: November 28th, 2022, 4:28 am The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre - A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir

118. Clue of the Twisted Candle (1960) The clue of the twisted candle helped Inspector Meredith catch the killer in a locked-door murder.
119. Seven Keys (1961) One con inherits seven keys from another con who died, now all he has to do is find the right door to unlock for the stolen loot.
120. The Fourth Square (1961) Was the fourth square a clue, or was it the address where the murder and jewel thefts were solved.
121. The Sinister Man (1961) An archaeologist with evidence that could stop an international invasion is murdered by the sinister man.
122. Partners in Crime (1961) One of the partners in crime has his real-life partner killed, but his plan to get away with it fizzled out.
It's a Bitter Little World
1. L'horloger de Saint-Paul (1974) A watchmaker's son becomes a murderer, so he wants to understand what makes him tick.
2. Le septième juré (1962) After a crime of passion, a murderer becomes the seventh juror judging an innocent man for the crime he committed.
3. L'oeil du malin (1962) Journalist tries to seduce the wife of a successful author, but it doesn't go quite as expected.
4. Police (1985) Un flic falls for a small time drug dealer's girl, but she has other plans
5. The Visit (1964) Driven out of town as a pregnant teen, a woman, now a millionaire, returns for a visit…and revenge.
6. Assalto ao Trem Pagador (1962) The Great (1960 Rio de Janeiro) Train Robbery and its aftermath.
7. Obaltan (1961) Two brothers, both war veterans, struggle in post-war Korea.
8. Susana (1951) A beautiful escapee from the state reformatory wreaks havoc among the men of the ranch where she takes refuge.
9. Garde à vue (1981) After an all night grilling, a lawyer confesses to a grisly crime that he did not commit.
10. Nachts wenn der Teufel kam (1957) You've seen it before - the wrong man is arrested for being a serial killer, and a detective searches for the real killer, but this time it's in Nazi Germany.
11. Another Thin Man (1939) Nick and Nora solve a murder that was predicted in some dreams, but not committed by who it seems.
12. Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) Nick and Nora happen to be at the track where a jockey has been murdered, and help the police solve the case.
13. The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) Nick and Nora travel to Nick's hometown, and land in the middle of a murder mystery.
14. Song of the Thin Man (1947) Nick and Nora are at a charity event on a gambling boat when, can you believe it, a murder occurs.
15. The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) Doctor turns criminal to understand the criminal mind, but underestimates the former head his new gang.
16. The Big Shot (1942) Three-time loser gets framed for a robbery, winds up on death row.
17. Tokyo Joe (1940) Casablanca, but if Casablanca were made in Japan, with a third-rate cast, and These Foolish Things instead of As Time Goes By.
18. All Through the Night (1942) Gangster "Gloves" Donahue battles Nazi saboteurs all through the night.
19. King of the Underworld (1939) Doctor husband got killed helping gangster. Now doctor wife must track him down to prove she wasn't part of the gang.
20. Racket Busters (1938) Special prosecutor breaks the hold that the rackets "czar" has on the city but not without the help of the city's truckers.
21. The Bad Sister (1931) The bad sister falls for a con-man, almost ruins the town, but it all turns out ok in the end. (Noirish)
22. Two Against the World (1936) Radio network broadcasts a play based on a 20 year old murder, dramatically affecting the acquitted murderer and her family. (Encyclopédie du Film Noir Vol I)
23. The Great O'Malley (1937) A by-the-book cop's intransigence sends a man to jail, but he soon learns the error of his ways.(Encyclopédie du Film Noir Vol I)
24. Once a Sinner (1950) After a bank clerk marries a party girl he learns too late that once a sinner always a sinner. (British Film Noir Guide)
25. Once a Thief (1965) Ex-con tries to go straight, but once a thief, his brother wants to pull him back in, while cop wants to settle a grudge. (A Comprehensive Encyclopedia...)
26. Once You Kiss a Stranger... (1969) Once you kiss a stranger you'll stick with Strangers on a Train. (A Comprehensive Encyclopedia...)
27. A Shriek in the Night (1933) A shriek in the night proceeded a fall from the penthouse. Was it an accident, suicide or murder?
28. Before Dawn (1933) Gangster hid loot in the old family house 15 years ago. Now that he's dead, who will be first to find it - the bad guys, the cops or the beautiful psychic?
29. Juggernaut (1936) Disillusioned doctor and scheming woman team up to poison her husband for his money. Some things never change.
30. Phantom of Chinatown (1940) Somebody's killing people in Chinatown because of a missing ancient scroll that might lead to a fortune..
31. The Black Raven (1943) A group of strangers, a dark hotel in a storm, murder and missing money. Enough plot elements for 10 movies at least.
32. The Shadow Strikes (1937) After foiling a robbery at an attorney's office, The Shadow gets mistaken for that attorney, and caught up in murder. You'd think The Shadow would know better.
33. Arsène Lupin (1932) Gentleman thief matches wits with the Paris police while committing daring robberies.
34. Buy Me That Town (1941) Gangsters buy a small town and turn it into a haven for mobsters on the lam.
35. Counsellor-at-Law (1933) An up-from-the-streets lawyer finds that his upper class wife has been unfaithful.
36. I Love a Mystery (1945) I love a mystery too, but this tale of eastern mysticism, prophecies of death and decapitation misses the mark.
37. Special Agent (1935) Newspaper reporter is really an undercover Treasury Agent, after the big boss
38. The Unholy Three (1930) When their circus is shut down, three sideshow performers embark on a life of crime.
39. Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) Can Sherlock Holmes track down the voice of terror and stop the wartime sabotage in time?
40. Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) Sherlock Holmes is in Washington to retrieve top secret plans before they fall into enemy hands.
41. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) Sherlock Holmes faces death, but a chess board uncovers the murderer.
42. The Spider Woman (1943) Can Sherlock Holmes escape the web of death spun by the Spider Woman?
43. The House of Fear (1945) The house of fear sees one murder after another, until Sherlock Holmes uncovers a sinister plot.
44. Pursuit to Algiers (1945) Sherlock Holmes is entrusted with the safety of a royal heir, during a pursuit to Algiers.
45. Terror by Night (1946) Terror by night with murder on the Scotland Express and a stolen diamond. Can Holmes solve the murder and recover the diamond?
46. Dressed to Kill (1946) What is it about those music boxes that prompts someone to be dressed to kill?
47. Bedelia (1946) Detective posing as an artist tries to paint a guilty portrait of a serial husband killer.
48. Blanche Fury (1948) Woman marries into money, but falls for the servant who is the rightful heir to the estate. Tragedy ensues.
49. Madeleine (1950) Woman delays marriage due to a forbidden affair. Is poison the only way out?
50. Fortune Is a Woman (1957) Art+Insurance+Arson+Love=Blackmail+Murder.
51. I See a Dark Stranger (1946) Irish lass grows up so bitter against the English that she becomes a Nazi spy.
52. Women Without Men (1956) Amercan singer jailed in England is freed by the U.S. State Department to track down her former lover, who was a wartime traitor. I think.
53. The Black Widow (1951) Car theft amnesia victim thought dead finally returns home, only for his wife to plan his death for certain.
54. Cat Girl (1957) Isn't being possessed by a leopard a small price to pay for a hefty inheritance?
55. A Circle of Deception (1960) Soldier is chosen for a mission during WW II based on his likelihood of cracking under torture, thus revealing misleading plans to the Nazis.
56. Circle of Danger (1951) Man comes to England to uncover the circumstances of his brother's death during the war; finds out more than he wants to, but also finds love.
57. The Narrowing Circle (1956) A journalist is framed for the murder of his colleague who got the job he thought he should get.
58. Whirlpool (1959) Woman on the run from her criminal boyfriend and a murder charge finds temporary refuge on the Rhine but will she be able to navigate the Lorelei?
59. Wheel of Fate (1953) Two brothers tempt the wheel of fate over a woman.
60. The Man in the Back Seat (1961) The man in the back seat is unconscious and has a moneybag handcuffed to him, but the hoods who abducted him don't have the key.
61. The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952) The man who watched trains go by stumbles across his boss's embezzlement scheme and finally takes a train of his own, with stolen money and a murder rap chasing after him.
62. Man in Black (1949) After a woman's father apparently dies in a yoga accident (!) her stepmother tries to gaslight her out of her inheritance. Told in flashback by the man in black.
63. Man on the Run (1949) The man on the run is an army deserter trying to clear his name for a murder he didn't commit.
64. The Dark Man (1951) The dark man is a hired killer who is tracking down the only witness to his last job.
65. A Place to Go (1963) Working class stiff joins warehouse robbing gang to get out of a rut, but has no place to go.
66. A Window in London (1940) Thinking he witnessed a murder through a window in London, Peter is plunged into the middle of domestic upheaval.
67. Cottage to Let (1941) Nazi spies are after a new bombsight, while undercover agents are after the spies, and they all meet in a cottage to let.
68. Waterfront (1950) Sailor walks out on his family leaving them to fend for themselves in the Liverpool waterfront slums. Returns years later and tragedy ensues.
69. West 11 (1963) When Notting Hill was still a slum, an underachiever gets recruited to commit murder.
70. And Soon the Darkness (1970) Two young women are cycling through the French countryside. One disappears. Will her friend be next?
71. Hot Summer Night (1957) Honeymooning journalist runs across bank robber, tries to get his story, gets more than he bargained for.
72. Night Watch (1973) A woman witnesses a murder - or did she?
73. Ten 'til Noon (2006) A lot can happen in ten minutes, and it sure did.
74. Tomorrow at Ten (1963) Kidnapped boy hidden in a house with a time bomb that will explode tomorrow at ten. Will Scotland Yard be able to save him?
75. Razzia sur la chnouf (1955) Henri returns from the States to improve the French drug trade, but not all is as it seems.
76. Le dossier 51 (1978) Who is spying on a French diplomat and what are they compiling in dossier 51?
77. Le signe du lion (1962) Pierre lives off his friends in anticipation of an inheritance, but when it doesn't come through he devolves into a homeless bum.
78. Le lieu du crime (1986) The scene of the crime is the Macguffin - the story is about the choices made in its aftermath.
79. L'assassin habite... au 21 (1942) After receiving a tip where a serial killer lives, an inspector moves in to try to catch the killer.
80. A Dandy in Aspic (1968) Cold war era double agent intrigue between the British and Soviet spy agencies.
81. Kid Glove Killer (1942) State of the art forensics (for 1942) help track down a killer in a corrupt city
82. Madame X (1966) After the death of her lover, a married woman fakes her own death to avoid a scandal, giving up her son in the process, but then fate intervenes.
83. Mr. Soft Touch (1949) Club owner steals his share from the mob that took over his club while he was in the army, hides out in a settlement house where he falls in love.
84. Smart Woman (1948) The criminal defense lawyer is a smart woman, but then she falls for the special prosecutor.
85. Algiers (1938) Come with me to the Casbah for this remake of Pepe Le Moko.
86. Fuzz (1972) Come with me to the 87th Precinct as they deal with a mad bomber extorting the city.
87. The Frightened City (1961) Come with me to London as mobs join forces, but are no match for Scotland Yard.
88. The Conspirators (1944) Come with me to Lisbon in this wannabe Casablanca
89. Gumshoe (1971) Come with me to Liverpool where a comedian decides he wants to be Sam Spade.
90. Crossroads to Crime (1960) Policeman thinks a truck stop is the crossroads to crime, and conducts an unauthorized undercover investigation.
91. Urge to Kill (1960) One of the boarders living at the boarding house has the urge to kill, but who is it?
92. The Malpas Mystery (1960) Jewel thief impersonates eccentric to steal more jewels.
93. Marriage of Convenience (1960) Instead of waiting for her bank robbing boyfriend's parole, she married the police inspector who put him in jail - quite the marriage of convenience.
94. The Man Who Was Nobody (1960) The man who was nobody was really somebody tracking down the murderer of the man who stole his identity.
95. Clue of the New Pin (1961) The clue of the new pin solves two locked door murders before a third one is committed.
96. Man Detained (1961) A man detained gets a crime explained.
97. Candidate for Murder (1962) A man's wife is a candidate for murder, but the hitman he hires declines to elect her.
98. Time to Remember (1962) Jewel thieves hide jewels in house they just robbed, then try to buy the house to recover the loot.
99. The Share Out (1962) Professional blackmailers turn on each other when it comes to the share out of their ill-gotten gains.
100. Playback (1962) If only he could play back his mistakes, a cop wouldn't be charged with murder.
101. Locker 69 (1962) Crooked businessman fakes his death to get hold of the evidence his partner has on him, evidence stored in Locker 69.
102. The Set Up (1963) A chance encounter leads a released convict to stage a robbery for insurance purposes, but the robbery turns to murder - or was it just a set up?
103. Incident at Midnight (1963) Intrigue swirls around a drug deal rendezvous at an all night drugstore.
104. The £20,000 Kiss (1963) Blackmail turns an indiscreet encounter into the £20,000 kiss.
105. On the Run (1963) Frank escapes prison and is on the run to get to his stolen bonds before his double crossing boss can get to them.
106. Ricochet (1963) Lawyer dupes unfaithful wife into thinking her lover is blackmailing her so that she will kill him, but of course the plan ricochets.
107. The Rivals (1963) Car thieves steal the wrong car - the one that kidnappers were going to use to deliver the ransom note.
108. To Have and to Hold (1963) Police inspector falls for a woman he is protecting, only for it to turn into a double cross double indemnity situation.
109. Five to One (1963) A bookmaker/fence makes a deal with crooks to launder their loot at a rate of five to one, not realizing he is the intended robbery target.
110. Return to Sender (1963) On trial for swindling his partners a conman seeks to destroy the prosecutor's credibility.
111. Downfall (1964) Defense attorney's downfall begins when he hires an acquitted client who he plans to frame into killing his wife.
112. Never Back Losers (1964) An insurance adjuster investigating the suspicious death of a jockey who lost a race runs into a bookmaker who never backs losers.
113. The Verdict (1964) Deported back to England, a criminal is picked up for a 20 year old murder. Can he alter the verdict of his trial and remain free?
114. We Shall See (1964) Can a psychopathic wife ruin her husband's career and then his life? We shall see.
115. Face of a Stranger (1964) When a released prisoner impersonates his cellmate to get at some stolen loot, he counts on the cellmate's blind wife to not recognize the face of a stranger.
116. Act of Murder (1964) Spurned lover tries to win back the woman from her husband, leading to an act of murder, but only after a convoluted plot.
117. Never Mention Murder (1964) Heart surgeon plans devious revenge on his wife's lover, but plans are interrupted by a double dealing P.I.
Hey Walter, of all these British Edgar Wallace movies, which ones have you liked the most? I'm considering recording an Edgar Wallace book for Librivox, but he's written so many it's hard to know where to start.
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flavo5000 wrote: November 28th, 2022, 1:00 pm
WalterNeff wrote: November 28th, 2022, 4:28 am The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre - A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir

118. Clue of the Twisted Candle (1960) The clue of the twisted candle helped Inspector Meredith catch the killer in a locked-door murder.
119. Seven Keys (1961) One con inherits seven keys from another con who died, now all he has to do is find the right door to unlock for the stolen loot.
120. The Fourth Square (1961) Was the fourth square a clue, or was it the address where the murder and jewel thefts were solved.
121. The Sinister Man (1961) An archaeologist with evidence that could stop an international invasion is murdered by the sinister man.
122. Partners in Crime (1961) One of the partners in crime has his real-life partner killed, but his plan to get away with it fizzled out.
It's a Bitter Little World
1. L'horloger de Saint-Paul (1974) A watchmaker's son becomes a murderer, so he wants to understand what makes him tick.
2. Le septième juré (1962) After a crime of passion, a murderer becomes the seventh juror judging an innocent man for the crime he committed.
3. L'oeil du malin (1962) Journalist tries to seduce the wife of a successful author, but it doesn't go quite as expected.
4. Police (1985) Un flic falls for a small time drug dealer's girl, but she has other plans
5. The Visit (1964) Driven out of town as a pregnant teen, a woman, now a millionaire, returns for a visit…and revenge.
6. Assalto ao Trem Pagador (1962) The Great (1960 Rio de Janeiro) Train Robbery and its aftermath.
7. Obaltan (1961) Two brothers, both war veterans, struggle in post-war Korea.
8. Susana (1951) A beautiful escapee from the state reformatory wreaks havoc among the men of the ranch where she takes refuge.
9. Garde à vue (1981) After an all night grilling, a lawyer confesses to a grisly crime that he did not commit.
10. Nachts wenn der Teufel kam (1957) You've seen it before - the wrong man is arrested for being a serial killer, and a detective searches for the real killer, but this time it's in Nazi Germany.
11. Another Thin Man (1939) Nick and Nora solve a murder that was predicted in some dreams, but not committed by who it seems.
12. Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) Nick and Nora happen to be at the track where a jockey has been murdered, and help the police solve the case.
13. The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) Nick and Nora travel to Nick's hometown, and land in the middle of a murder mystery.
14. Song of the Thin Man (1947) Nick and Nora are at a charity event on a gambling boat when, can you believe it, a murder occurs.
15. The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) Doctor turns criminal to understand the criminal mind, but underestimates the former head his new gang.
16. The Big Shot (1942) Three-time loser gets framed for a robbery, winds up on death row.
17. Tokyo Joe (1940) Casablanca, but if Casablanca were made in Japan, with a third-rate cast, and These Foolish Things instead of As Time Goes By.
18. All Through the Night (1942) Gangster "Gloves" Donahue battles Nazi saboteurs all through the night.
19. King of the Underworld (1939) Doctor husband got killed helping gangster. Now doctor wife must track him down to prove she wasn't part of the gang.
20. Racket Busters (1938) Special prosecutor breaks the hold that the rackets "czar" has on the city but not without the help of the city's truckers.
21. The Bad Sister (1931) The bad sister falls for a con-man, almost ruins the town, but it all turns out ok in the end. (Noirish)
22. Two Against the World (1936) Radio network broadcasts a play based on a 20 year old murder, dramatically affecting the acquitted murderer and her family. (Encyclopédie du Film Noir Vol I)
23. The Great O'Malley (1937) A by-the-book cop's intransigence sends a man to jail, but he soon learns the error of his ways.(Encyclopédie du Film Noir Vol I)
24. Once a Sinner (1950) After a bank clerk marries a party girl he learns too late that once a sinner always a sinner. (British Film Noir Guide)
25. Once a Thief (1965) Ex-con tries to go straight, but once a thief, his brother wants to pull him back in, while cop wants to settle a grudge. (A Comprehensive Encyclopedia...)
26. Once You Kiss a Stranger... (1969) Once you kiss a stranger you'll stick with Strangers on a Train. (A Comprehensive Encyclopedia...)
27. A Shriek in the Night (1933) A shriek in the night proceeded a fall from the penthouse. Was it an accident, suicide or murder?
28. Before Dawn (1933) Gangster hid loot in the old family house 15 years ago. Now that he's dead, who will be first to find it - the bad guys, the cops or the beautiful psychic?
29. Juggernaut (1936) Disillusioned doctor and scheming woman team up to poison her husband for his money. Some things never change.
30. Phantom of Chinatown (1940) Somebody's killing people in Chinatown because of a missing ancient scroll that might lead to a fortune..
31. The Black Raven (1943) A group of strangers, a dark hotel in a storm, murder and missing money. Enough plot elements for 10 movies at least.
32. The Shadow Strikes (1937) After foiling a robbery at an attorney's office, The Shadow gets mistaken for that attorney, and caught up in murder. You'd think The Shadow would know better.
33. Arsène Lupin (1932) Gentleman thief matches wits with the Paris police while committing daring robberies.
34. Buy Me That Town (1941) Gangsters buy a small town and turn it into a haven for mobsters on the lam.
35. Counsellor-at-Law (1933) An up-from-the-streets lawyer finds that his upper class wife has been unfaithful.
36. I Love a Mystery (1945) I love a mystery too, but this tale of eastern mysticism, prophecies of death and decapitation misses the mark.
37. Special Agent (1935) Newspaper reporter is really an undercover Treasury Agent, after the big boss
38. The Unholy Three (1930) When their circus is shut down, three sideshow performers embark on a life of crime.
39. Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) Can Sherlock Holmes track down the voice of terror and stop the wartime sabotage in time?
40. Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) Sherlock Holmes is in Washington to retrieve top secret plans before they fall into enemy hands.
41. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) Sherlock Holmes faces death, but a chess board uncovers the murderer.
42. The Spider Woman (1943) Can Sherlock Holmes escape the web of death spun by the Spider Woman?
43. The House of Fear (1945) The house of fear sees one murder after another, until Sherlock Holmes uncovers a sinister plot.
44. Pursuit to Algiers (1945) Sherlock Holmes is entrusted with the safety of a royal heir, during a pursuit to Algiers.
45. Terror by Night (1946) Terror by night with murder on the Scotland Express and a stolen diamond. Can Holmes solve the murder and recover the diamond?
46. Dressed to Kill (1946) What is it about those music boxes that prompts someone to be dressed to kill?
47. Bedelia (1946) Detective posing as an artist tries to paint a guilty portrait of a serial husband killer.
48. Blanche Fury (1948) Woman marries into money, but falls for the servant who is the rightful heir to the estate. Tragedy ensues.
49. Madeleine (1950) Woman delays marriage due to a forbidden affair. Is poison the only way out?
50. Fortune Is a Woman (1957) Art+Insurance+Arson+Love=Blackmail+Murder.
51. I See a Dark Stranger (1946) Irish lass grows up so bitter against the English that she becomes a Nazi spy.
52. Women Without Men (1956) Amercan singer jailed in England is freed by the U.S. State Department to track down her former lover, who was a wartime traitor. I think.
53. The Black Widow (1951) Car theft amnesia victim thought dead finally returns home, only for his wife to plan his death for certain.
54. Cat Girl (1957) Isn't being possessed by a leopard a small price to pay for a hefty inheritance?
55. A Circle of Deception (1960) Soldier is chosen for a mission during WW II based on his likelihood of cracking under torture, thus revealing misleading plans to the Nazis.
56. Circle of Danger (1951) Man comes to England to uncover the circumstances of his brother's death during the war; finds out more than he wants to, but also finds love.
57. The Narrowing Circle (1956) A journalist is framed for the murder of his colleague who got the job he thought he should get.
58. Whirlpool (1959) Woman on the run from her criminal boyfriend and a murder charge finds temporary refuge on the Rhine but will she be able to navigate the Lorelei?
59. Wheel of Fate (1953) Two brothers tempt the wheel of fate over a woman.
60. The Man in the Back Seat (1961) The man in the back seat is unconscious and has a moneybag handcuffed to him, but the hoods who abducted him don't have the key.
61. The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952) The man who watched trains go by stumbles across his boss's embezzlement scheme and finally takes a train of his own, with stolen money and a murder rap chasing after him.
62. Man in Black (1949) After a woman's father apparently dies in a yoga accident (!) her stepmother tries to gaslight her out of her inheritance. Told in flashback by the man in black.
63. Man on the Run (1949) The man on the run is an army deserter trying to clear his name for a murder he didn't commit.
64. The Dark Man (1951) The dark man is a hired killer who is tracking down the only witness to his last job.
65. A Place to Go (1963) Working class stiff joins warehouse robbing gang to get out of a rut, but has no place to go.
66. A Window in London (1940) Thinking he witnessed a murder through a window in London, Peter is plunged into the middle of domestic upheaval.
67. Cottage to Let (1941) Nazi spies are after a new bombsight, while undercover agents are after the spies, and they all meet in a cottage to let.
68. Waterfront (1950) Sailor walks out on his family leaving them to fend for themselves in the Liverpool waterfront slums. Returns years later and tragedy ensues.
69. West 11 (1963) When Notting Hill was still a slum, an underachiever gets recruited to commit murder.
70. And Soon the Darkness (1970) Two young women are cycling through the French countryside. One disappears. Will her friend be next?
71. Hot Summer Night (1957) Honeymooning journalist runs across bank robber, tries to get his story, gets more than he bargained for.
72. Night Watch (1973) A woman witnesses a murder - or did she?
73. Ten 'til Noon (2006) A lot can happen in ten minutes, and it sure did.
74. Tomorrow at Ten (1963) Kidnapped boy hidden in a house with a time bomb that will explode tomorrow at ten. Will Scotland Yard be able to save him?
75. Razzia sur la chnouf (1955) Henri returns from the States to improve the French drug trade, but not all is as it seems.
76. Le dossier 51 (1978) Who is spying on a French diplomat and what are they compiling in dossier 51?
77. Le signe du lion (1962) Pierre lives off his friends in anticipation of an inheritance, but when it doesn't come through he devolves into a homeless bum.
78. Le lieu du crime (1986) The scene of the crime is the Macguffin - the story is about the choices made in its aftermath.
79. L'assassin habite... au 21 (1942) After receiving a tip where a serial killer lives, an inspector moves in to try to catch the killer.
80. A Dandy in Aspic (1968) Cold war era double agent intrigue between the British and Soviet spy agencies.
81. Kid Glove Killer (1942) State of the art forensics (for 1942) help track down a killer in a corrupt city
82. Madame X (1966) After the death of her lover, a married woman fakes her own death to avoid a scandal, giving up her son in the process, but then fate intervenes.
83. Mr. Soft Touch (1949) Club owner steals his share from the mob that took over his club while he was in the army, hides out in a settlement house where he falls in love.
84. Smart Woman (1948) The criminal defense lawyer is a smart woman, but then she falls for the special prosecutor.
85. Algiers (1938) Come with me to the Casbah for this remake of Pepe Le Moko.
86. Fuzz (1972) Come with me to the 87th Precinct as they deal with a mad bomber extorting the city.
87. The Frightened City (1961) Come with me to London as mobs join forces, but are no match for Scotland Yard.
88. The Conspirators (1944) Come with me to Lisbon in this wannabe Casablanca
89. Gumshoe (1971) Come with me to Liverpool where a comedian decides he wants to be Sam Spade.
90. Crossroads to Crime (1960) Policeman thinks a truck stop is the crossroads to crime, and conducts an unauthorized undercover investigation.
91. Urge to Kill (1960) One of the boarders living at the boarding house has the urge to kill, but who is it?
92. The Malpas Mystery (1960) Jewel thief impersonates eccentric to steal more jewels.
93. Marriage of Convenience (1960) Instead of waiting for her bank robbing boyfriend's parole, she married the police inspector who put him in jail - quite the marriage of convenience.
94. The Man Who Was Nobody (1960) The man who was nobody was really somebody tracking down the murderer of the man who stole his identity.
95. Clue of the New Pin (1961) The clue of the new pin solves two locked door murders before a third one is committed.
96. Man Detained (1961) A man detained gets a crime explained.
97. Candidate for Murder (1962) A man's wife is a candidate for murder, but the hitman he hires declines to elect her.
98. Time to Remember (1962) Jewel thieves hide jewels in house they just robbed, then try to buy the house to recover the loot.
99. The Share Out (1962) Professional blackmailers turn on each other when it comes to the share out of their ill-gotten gains.
100. Playback (1962) If only he could play back his mistakes, a cop wouldn't be charged with murder.
101. Locker 69 (1962) Crooked businessman fakes his death to get hold of the evidence his partner has on him, evidence stored in Locker 69.
102. The Set Up (1963) A chance encounter leads a released convict to stage a robbery for insurance purposes, but the robbery turns to murder - or was it just a set up?
103. Incident at Midnight (1963) Intrigue swirls around a drug deal rendezvous at an all night drugstore.
104. The £20,000 Kiss (1963) Blackmail turns an indiscreet encounter into the £20,000 kiss.
105. On the Run (1963) Frank escapes prison and is on the run to get to his stolen bonds before his double crossing boss can get to them.
106. Ricochet (1963) Lawyer dupes unfaithful wife into thinking her lover is blackmailing her so that she will kill him, but of course the plan ricochets.
107. The Rivals (1963) Car thieves steal the wrong car - the one that kidnappers were going to use to deliver the ransom note.
108. To Have and to Hold (1963) Police inspector falls for a woman he is protecting, only for it to turn into a double cross double indemnity situation.
109. Five to One (1963) A bookmaker/fence makes a deal with crooks to launder their loot at a rate of five to one, not realizing he is the intended robbery target.
110. Return to Sender (1963) On trial for swindling his partners a conman seeks to destroy the prosecutor's credibility.
111. Downfall (1964) Defense attorney's downfall begins when he hires an acquitted client who he plans to frame into killing his wife.
112. Never Back Losers (1964) An insurance adjuster investigating the suspicious death of a jockey who lost a race runs into a bookmaker who never backs losers.
113. The Verdict (1964) Deported back to England, a criminal is picked up for a 20 year old murder. Can he alter the verdict of his trial and remain free?
114. We Shall See (1964) Can a psychopathic wife ruin her husband's career and then his life? We shall see.
115. Face of a Stranger (1964) When a released prisoner impersonates his cellmate to get at some stolen loot, he counts on the cellmate's blind wife to not recognize the face of a stranger.
116. Act of Murder (1964) Spurned lover tries to win back the woman from her husband, leading to an act of murder, but only after a convoluted plot.
117. Never Mention Murder (1964) Heart surgeon plans devious revenge on his wife's lover, but plans are interrupted by a double dealing P.I.
Hey Walter, of all these British Edgar Wallace movies, which ones have you liked the most? I'm considering recording an Edgar Wallace book for Librivox, but he's written so many it's hard to know where to start.
Any of the ones with Bernard Lee (M in the James Bond Films) as Inspector Meredith. His character adds an enjoyable dimension:

The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
- Who Was Maddox? (1964) ... Superintendent Meredith
- The Share Out (1962) ... Det. Supt. Meredith
- Clue of the Silver Key (1961) ... Superintendent Meredith
- Partners in Crime (1961) ... Inspector Mann
- Clue of the Twisted Candle (1960) ... Superintendent Meredith

Enjoy!
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42. Wings Of Danger (1952) #TerenceFisher

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1. Backfire (1950)
2. Born to Be Bad (1950) #NicholasRay
3. Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)
4. Shakedown (1950)
5. Homicide (1991)
6. Le dernier tournant (1939)
7. Lonelyhearts (1958)
8. Wanted for Murder (1946)
9. Cry of the Hunted (1953) #JosephH.Lewis
10. Guncrazy (1992)
11. Black Hand (1950)
12. City Across the River (1949)
13. New Jack City (1991)
14. This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)
15-16a. Spicy City (1997)
16b. The Detectives: The Bodyguards (1960)
17. The Human Jungle (1954)
18. Storm Fear (1955)
19. The Beat Generation (1959)
20. The Blue Lamp (1950) #BasilDearden
21. White Sands (1992)
22. Hoodlum Empire (1952)
23. The Long Wait (1954)
24. Tight Spot (1955) #PhilKarlson
25. Queen Bee (1955)
26. Twilight (1998)
27. The Sleeping Tiger (1954) #JosephLosey
28. The Sun Sets at Dawn (1950)
29-30a. Fish Police (1992)
30b. Man Against Crime: Algiers Caper (1956)
31. A Cry in the Night (1956)
32. Ivy (1947)
33. A Kiss Before Dying (1991)
34. Lupin III: Goemon's Blood Spray (2017)
35. City of Industry (1997)
36. The Raging Tide (1951)
37. The Night Runner (1957)
38. Sirocco (1951)
39. Shattered (1991)
40. Without Warning! (1952)
41. Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
42. Wings Of Danger (1952) #TerenceFisher
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A dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets

1. Female Jungle (Bruno VeSota, 1955)
2. A Bullet for Joey (Lewis Allen, 1955) #LewisAllen
3. Storm Fear (Cornel Wilde, 1955)
4. A Life in the Balance (Harry Horner/Rafael Portillo (uncr), 1955)

5. Crime in the Streets (Don Siegel, 1956) #DonSiegel
6. The Long Arm / The Third Key (Charles Frend, 1956)
7. The Price of Fear (Albert Biberman, 1956)
8. The Hideout (Peter Graham Scott, 1956)

9. The Garment Jungle (Vincent Sherman/Robert Aldrich (uncr), 1957)
10. Ore wa matteru ze / I Am Waiting (Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1957)
11. Affair in Havana (Laslo Benedek, 1957)
12. House of Numbers (Russell Rouse, 1957)

13. Hot Car Girl (Bernard L. Kowalski, 1958)
14. Stakeout on Dope Street (Irvin Kershner, 1958)
15. Sabita naifu / Rusty Knife (Toshio Matsuda, 1958)
16. Nowhere to Go (Seth Holt/Basil Dearden, 1958) #BasilDeardenl
17. Le désordre et la nuit / The Night Affair (Gilles Grangier, 1958)
18. The Mugger (William Berke, 1958)

19. Heojil kyolshim / Decision to Leave (Park Chan-wook, 2022) (cinema)

20. The Naked Road (William Martin, 1959)
21. Blind Date (Joseph Losey, 1959) #JosephLosey
22. Un maledetto imbroglio / The Facts of Murder (Pietro Germi, 1959)

23. Jungle Street (Charles Saunders, 1960)
24. Kyônetsu no kisetsu / The Warped Ones (Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1960)
25. The Shakedown (John Lemont, 1960)

26. Tension (John Berry, 1949) (re-watch)

27-28. Naked City Season 1 Episodes 29-34 (6x30 = 180 minutes)

29. The Seventh Commandment (Irvin Berwick, 1961)
30. The Man in the Back Seat (Vernon Sewell, 1961)
31. L'affaire Nina B / The Nina B. Affair (Robert Siodmak, 1961) #Robert Siodmak

32. Fallguy (Donn Harling, 1962)
33. Stark Fear (Ned Hochman / Skip Homeier (uncr), 1962)
34. Strongroom (Vernon Sewell, 1962)
35. Mélodie en sous-sol / Any Number Can Win (Henri Verneuil, 1963)
36. West 11 (Michael Winner, 1963)

The opening of Verneuil's film, in which career criminal Charles (Jean Gabin) returns to his home after years in prison, walking through a city changed completely, to a lovely low-key scene with his faithful wife, feels like it belongs to a completely different - and maybe better film - it's poignant and stresses the losses of time, of regret. Gabin and Viviane Romance as Ginette feel very real and right together, and I wondered at the tragic turns this might take... but it soon goes in a completely different direction, becoming a fun heist movie, after Charles dispenses with his wife's dream of settling down, and goes after the biggest score of all - a billion francs from a casino. The people he picks to help him - young Francis (Alain Delon), who he met in stir, and Francis' brother-in-law Louis (Maurice Biraud) alas do not seem the likeliest of men to help pull off a crime that depends on absolute precision, and, well, there are problems as we the audience (and, eventually, an exasperated Charles) start to see right away. Francis is more interested in girls than money, apparently, and Louis is a reluctant wheelman from the get-go, but the day of the robbery eventually does come about, and things seem to go smoother in the moment than might have been expected until... well, I won't spoil the enjoyably ironic ending. This very much falls into the tradition of light serio-comic heist films like Ocean's 11 from a couple of years earlier - except, as I said, for the more realistic and serious-seeming beginning - and it works well within that paradigm. Nothing particularly novel here but much fun, and the contrast between hyper-serious older pro Gabin and young guy on the make Delon is really nicely highlighted without being overdone.

West 11 is the earliest Michael Winner film I've seen; I know him almost entirely for his work with Charles Bronson starting a decade or so later. This is something quite different, a low-rent crime film steeped in realism, with lots of scenes set in real pubs and cheap apartments - kitchen-sink realism mixing with a crime-noir story. Joe (Alfred Lynch) is something of a ne'er-do-well, as we see him being dumped from a shop assistant job right at the beginning of the film. He's got a way with the ladies - a regular girlfriend (Kathleen Breck) and a somewhat older woman (Diana Dors) also on the line, and he knows how to get in and out of trouble, but when the classy-seeming Richard Dyce (Eric Portman) starts to pay attention to him - going so far as to have him followed - we know something's up that he may not be able to handle. Sure enough Dyce suggests a big score - a murder for which he'll pay Joe a handsome sum - going on the Strangers on a Train theory that if he has somebody he doesn't know at all eliminate a close relative, it'll be the perfect crime. Um... no, didn't he ever watch that Hitchcock film? The cast is really good here and, as with many films from this era, the seediness and sexual elements make for a clear distinction from a noir of a decade earlier - leaving aside matters of style though, this is fairly typical. The style and cast are enough in the end though and this is a pretty fun ride.

37. The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946) (re-watch)

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4th viewing of the 1946 general release version I think; I've also seen the 1945 pre-release, which is included on this BD, and someday I'll watch them back-to-back, but I didn't this time. I read the 1939 Raymond Chandler book a few years ago and this is one case where the script - though it went through many hands, including the credited William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman - actually ends up relatively close to the book, though lots of minor details - like what happened to Regan - are changed a bit. While this remains one of my favorite films noir, it's really not very "noir" through much of it's running time, playing closer to wisecracking romantic comedy at times - the seriousness really only starts to wrestle successfully with the humor in the last act. But I think it succeeds for many reasons outside of it's convoluted plot and perhaps unserious self-consciousness - it's got an amazing cast, particular the seemingly endless supply of smart, beautiful, sarcastic women - Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Peggy Knudsen, Sonia Darren just for starters - and for me it's one of the finer examples of studio-shot fakery - no, it doesn't feel like "real" Los Angeles or anywhere else in particular, but it also doesn't feel bound to it's sets either. There's a looseness and vigor to the whole production that makes it easy to imagine that this is some kind of weird alternate real world of fast-talking private dicks, gunsels, pornographers and femmes fatales. Or maybe I just wish it were so.
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never mind
It was the truth, vivid and monstrous, that all the while he had waited the wait was itself his portion..
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73. Unmasked (1950) - 3/10
74. The Hoodlum (1951) - 5/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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84. Finger Man (Harold Schuster, 1955)
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85. Trick Baby (Larry Yust, 1972)
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86. The River's Edge (Allan Dwan, 1957)
List: Encyclopédie du Film Noir Vol I
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1. Railroaded! (Anthony Mann, 1947)
2. Shade (Damian Nieman, 2003)
3. The Midnight Story (Joseph Pevney, 1957)
4. The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Francis D. Lyon, 1969)
5. The Racketeer (Howard Higgin, 1929)
6. Unknown (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2011)
7. They Met in the Dark (Karel Lamac, 1943)
8. Edge of Darkness (Martin Campbell, 2010)
9. I Died a Thousand Times (Stuart Heisler, 1955)
10. Crime in the Streets (Don Siegel, 1956) #DonSiegel
11. The First Deadly Sin (Brian G. Hutton, 1980)
12. The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (Anatole Litvak, 1938)
13. Messenger of Death (J. Lee Thompson, 1988)
14. Knock on Any Door (Nicholas Ray, 1949) #NicholasRay
15-22. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - 2nd Gig E1-26 (2005)
23. Heat Wave (Ken Hughes, 1954) #KenHughes
24. Voice of the Whistler (William Castle, 1945) #WilliamCastle
25. Penny Gold (Jack Cardiff, 1974)
26. Larceny, Inc (Lloyd Bacon, 1942)
27. Albino Alligator (Kevin Spacey, 1996)
28. You and Me (Fritz Lang, 1938) #FritzLang
29. The Little Giant (Roy Del Ruth, 1933)
30. Golden Salamander (Ronald Neame, 1950)
31. Landru a.k.a. Bluebeard (Claude Chabrol, 1963) #ClaudeChabrol
32-34. Dick Tracy E1-15 (Ray Taylor, Alan James, 1937)
35. Suspect (Peter Yates, 1987)
36. Without Honor (Irving Pichel, 1949)
37. Lisa (Gary Sherman, 1989)
38. The Undercover Man (Joseph H. Lewis, 1949) #JosephHLewis
39. Snowbound (David MacDonald, 1948)
40. Un flic (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1972) #JeanPierreMelville
41. Because of You (Joseph Pevney, 1952)
42. Nachts wenn der Teufel kam a.k.a. The Devil Strikes at Night (Robert Siodmak, 1957) #RobertSiodmak
43. Freeway (Francis Delia, 1988)
44. Outside the Law (Jack Arnold, 1956)
45. Good Neighbours (Jacob Tierney, 2010)
46. The Unseen (Lewis Allen, 1945) #LewisAllen
47. The Mad Bomber a.k.a. The Police Connection (Bert I. Gordon, 1973)
48. Tight Spot (Phil Karlson, 1955) #PhilKarlson
49. Reign of Terror (Anthony Mann, 1949) #AnthonyMann
50. Shake Hands with the Devil (Michael Anderson, 1959)
51. Wild Card (Simno West, 2015)
52. Nobody Lives Forever (Jean Negulesco, 1946) #JeanNegulesco
53. Criminal Law (Martin Campbell, 1988)
54. Lost, Lonely and Vicious (Frank Myers, 1958)
55. The Night Listener (Patrick Stettner, 2006)
56. Benefit of the Doubt (Jonathan Heap, 1993)
57. Number Seventeen (Alfred Hitchcock, 1932) #AlfredHitchcock
58. Mystery in Mexico (Robert Wise, 1948) #RobertWise
59. The Bank Job (Roger Donaldson, 2008)
60. Johnny Cool (William Asher, 1963)
61, The Last Run (John Huston, Richard Fleischer, 1971) #RichardFleischer
62. Eva (Joseph Losey, 1962) #JosephLosey
63. Lemming (Dominik Moll, 2005)
64. East Side, West Side (Mervyn LeRoy, 1949)
65. Ijung gancheob a.k.a. Double Agent (Hyeon-jeong Kim, 2003)
66. Man-Trap (Edmond O'Brien, 1961)
67. Pool of London (Basil Dearden, 1951)
68. Goku Midnight Eye (Yoshiaki Kawajiri, 1989)
69. Stolen Face (Terence Fisher, 1952) #TerenceFisher
70. The Rosary Murders (Fred Walton, 1987)
71. The Unholy Wife (John Farrow 1957) #JohnFarrow
72. Armitage: Dual Matrix (Katsuhito Akiyama, 2002)
73. Disorganized Crime (Jim Kouf, 1989)
74. Internal Affairs (Mike Figgis, 1990)
75. Violated (Walter Strate, 1953)
76. La polizia chiede aiuto a.k.a. What Have They Done To Your Daughters? (Massimo Dallamano, 1974)
77. Shadow on the Wall (Pat Jackson, 1950)
78. The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (Harold French, 1952)
79. Experiment Perilous (Jacques Tourneur, 1944)
80. Pleins feux sur l'assassin a.k.a. Spotlight on a Murderer (Georges Franju, 1961)
81. El Cortez (Stephen Purvis, 2006)
82. Who'll Stop the Rain (Karel Reisz, 1978)
83. Huan tu a.k.a. A Land Imagined (Siew Hua Yeo, 2018)
84. Finger Man (Harold Schuster, 1955)
85. Trick Baby (Larry Yust, 1972)
86. The River's Edge (Allan Dwan, 1957)
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