Saturday, January 01, 2005

Film Noir of the Week master list

Abandoned (1949)
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Act of Violence (1948)
After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
Alias Nick Beal (1949)
All the King's Men (1949)
Allotment Wives (1945)
The Amazing Mr. X (1948)
Angel Face (1952)
Angel's Flight (1965)
Apology for Murder (1945)
Appointment with Danger (1951)
Armored Car Robbery (1950)
Ascenseur pour l’echafaud (Elevator to the Gallows 1958)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
see also John Huston Part 2: The Asphalt Jungle
The Aura (2005)
Backfire (1950)
Bad Blonde (1953)
Bad Timing (1980)
The Bank Job (2008)
Beware, My Lovely (1952)
Blonde Ice (1948)
Blood Simple (1984)
Bluebeard (1944)
The Blue Lamp (1950)
The Blue Dahlia (1946)
A Blueprint for Murder (1953)
Bob le flambeur (1956)
Body and Soul (1947)
Body Heat (1980)
Bodyguard (1948)
Border Incident (1949)
Born to Kill (1947)
see also Born to Kill (1947)
Brainstorm (1965)
Brighton Rock (1947)
see also Brighton Rock (1947)
Broken Embraces (2009) aka Los abrazos rotos
The Brothers Rico (1957)
Brute Force (1947)
Bunco Squad (1950)
Burglar (1957)
Caged (1950)
see also Caged (1950)
Cape Fear (1962)
Canon City (1948)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Cast a Dark Shadow (1955)
Cat People (1942)
Cell 2455, Death Row (1955)
Champion (1949)
The Chase (1946)
Chicago Calling (1951)
Chicago Deadline (1949)
Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown at Midnight (1949)
Christmas Holiday (1944)
City That Never Sleeps (1953)
Clash by Night (1952)
Classe tous risques (AKA The Big Risk, 1960)
The Clay Pigeon (1949)
The Clouded Yellow (1950)
Conflict (1945)
Cop (1988)
Cornered (1945)
Count the Hours (1953)
Crashout (1955)
Crime of Passion (1957)
Crime Wave (1954)
see also Crime Wave (1954)
The Crimson Kimono (1959)
The Crooked Way (1949)
Criss Cross (1949)
see also Criss Cross (1949)
Crossfire (1947)
Croupier (1998)
Cutter's Way (1981)
D.O.A. (1950)
Dark City (1950)
Framed (1947)
Framed (1975)
I Confess (1953)
The Lady in the Lake (1947)
The Last Seduction (1994)
Laura (1944)
see also Laura (1944)
The Letter (1940)
The Limping Man (1953)
The Lineup (1958)
The Locket (1946)
The Long Memory (1952)
The Long Night (1947)
The Long Wait (1954)
Look in Any Window (1961)
see also The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Night Moves (1975)
Nightfall (1957)
Nightmare (1956)
Nightmare Alley (1947)
Night Train (1999)
1984 (1956)
99 River Street (1953)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Notorious (1946)
Odd Man Out (1947)
Stray Dog (aka Nora inu, 1949)
Street of Chance (1942)
Street with No Name (1948)
The Strip (1951)
Sudden Fear (1952)
Sunset Blvd (1950)
Suspense (1946)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
T-Men (1947)
Take One False Step (1949)
The Tattooed Stranger (1950)
The Temp (1993)
The Tender Hook (AKA Boxer and the Bombshell 2008)
Tension (1950)
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
They Drive By Night (1940)
They Live by Night (1949)
see also They Live by Night (1949)
They Made Me a Fugitive (1947)
They Won't Believe Me (1947)
Thieves' Highway (1949)
The Third Man (1949)
Time Table (1956)
The Trap (2007) aka Klopka
Trapped (1949)


  1. I was really happy to see that the films "Hangover Square" and the "The Lodger" (Both starring actor Laird Cregar) will be released on dvd along with a B film titled "The Undying Monster" on October 09, 2007.Film Noir fan watch out for it!

  2. Any chance you can note which films are available on DVD? I spent a lot of time searching for titles without much success.

  3. there's a link above to see what films are available on DVD. Many are not, unfortunately.

  4. Oh my goodness! I strong suggest you add "SECONDS" with Rock Hudson. It is definitely film noir. Produced by John Frankenheimer, who also gave us "THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE," starring Frank Sinatra. Back to "SECONDS". This is not a Rock Hudson/Doris Day lover movie. Storyline concerns a businessman (John Randolph) who is dissatisfied with his life. Via a friend (Murray Hamilton) he is directed to a strange company that changes people's lives. So John Randolph is turned into Rock Hudson in a gruesome-looking operation. Then he meets none other than an old man who runs the company played by Will Geer! Yes! Grampa Walton. :) So now the new John Randolph has a new life in Rock Hudson's body. As far as his wife is concerned, he died. SO now he does what he THINKS he always wanted to do. And so he is a painter and he meets a slick chick (Salome Jens). Then he meets a group of people at a party. It turns out they are all "seconds". Rock decides this life is not for him. It was not what he thought it would be. So back to the company and Grampa Walton who says, "These things happen. Sign this form, please." And immediately he is put on a gurney and taken to an operating room. Ya gotta see the movie to see what happens next. So, be careful what you wish for.

  5. Hi Steve,
    This is a great site and many thanks for it. Was wondering have you ever seen The Scarlet Hour directed by Michael Curtiz 1956?
    I've been searching for it years and no sign of even bootleg copies out there. I'm a big fan of James Gregory who starred in it. Let me know if you if you have come across it. Cheers buddy.

  6. Hello,

    I've just stumbled across your amazing site. I have recently become a film noir fan, as a result from a detective fiction course at my university. Anyhow, I've added the site onto my blogroll- hope you don't mind!

  7. I can't believe you haven't reviewed "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang". Why?

  8. Last thursday, I saw a very old film noir (from 1936 actually) starring E.G Robinson and Humphrey Bogart. The movie is called "Bullets or ballots", directed by William Keighley. Have you heard about it? Very amazing: Robinson was the "good" and Boggie the "bad".
    Last thing: I saw it in a theater in France. It was a special event organised by a club in my city...

    1. The film is available at

  9. Hey, not sure if you've followed his career, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt has made a couple of fantastic noir flicks - "The Lookout" and "Brick."

    Also, surprised you don't have LA Confidential, Se7en or Usual Suspects up there. LA Confidential is probably my favorite noir flick since Chinatown.

    Great site, though.

  10. Hey Steve-O, I love this blog...i started to get into noir films recently. I have all the "best" (or just more popular) noir films like Maltese Falcon, Touch of Evil, The Big Sleep..but i didn't really enjoy them..the only big famous i like is Double Indemnity...can you recommend more? it doesn't have to be famous but just good..(if you have time..) thanx

    p.s- is D.O.A worth watching? it sounds interesting...thanx

  11. Hi Steve,

    Great site. I am looking for a movie. About a young married couple in Stalin's Russia. In the end, the wife hangs herself. Wow. Cannot think of the title. Any ideas?

  12. When will you review Orson Welles' Touch of Evil?

  13. hi people,

    i am looking for 2 NOIRS:



  14. tim, is it possible that your masterlist could include the number of stars you give to each film? or is there a list arranged by stars or rating like "The Best of the Noirs"?
    th you much.

  15. Hi,

    one of the best sites on film noir and movies in general on the net!
    Congratz with episode 300 :-)

    Please continue this marvelous work.

  16. I just saw "I Wake Up Screaming" in the midst of watching dozens of noirs. It's really a very good film, and perhaps the most glaring omission on your list. Hope you review it as soon as possible. Should it be deemed the first fully realized film noir -- in the sense that just about the whole template for the style is established with this film? (I haven't seen "Stranger on the Third Floor" or "The Green Cockatoo") Sure, films like "Fury" and "You Only Live Once" established precedents -- but this is the earliest movie I've seen where I thought, "This is definitely a film noir -- and so many of the classic films seem to follow it." (I think the commentary track on the DVD makes a strong case for this). Maybe just for this one movie H. Bruce Humberstone should be regarded in the pantheon of great directors? As Orson Welles told Bogdanovich, "All you need is one."

  17. Here is an excerpt of something I posted at Roger Ebert's site... I had an experience of frisson last night while watching William Wyler's "The Letter" with Bette Davis. I felt that shudder I get when I realize that I am in the hands of a master filmmaker (witness the set pieces with their beautiful camerawork!). I think "The Letter" is an underherralded gem, which reminds me of von Sternberg's films, especially in its sense of atmosphere. It also seems to point to what Sirk did later in the '50's. And James Stephenson was wonderful as Davis' attorney. I'm finding the term "film noir" to be getting a little annoying (and overapplied to sometimes any film that has something dark about it). But "The Letter" strikes me as being one of the first obvious noirs, which was released the year before "I Wake Up Screaming" (a great film too) and "The Maltese Falcon." Andrew Sarris and Quentin Tarantino have both been somewhat dismissive of Wyler. In an interview by Roger, Tarantino seemed to put him with some other filmmakers on a level below Joseph Mankiewicz. Actually, I saw "The Letter" after viewing three of Mankiewicz's films, and the only one that I found as powerful as "The Letter" was "Letter to Three Wives." Great site you have here in NOTW! Keep on keeping on!!

  18. I dont see "Dr. Petiot" on the list. The poetic style of the film is right up the noir alley.
    1942, during the German occupation of France. Dr Marcel Petiot appears to be a model citizen, a man who is dedicated to helping others, caring for the sick and giving free consultations to his less well-off patients. But there is a darker side to Dr Petiot. He offers to help Jewish families escape the Nazis, but he merely takes them to their death in a macabre ritual so that he can steal their money...

  19. Great site, Steve. I can tell you put a lot of work into it and it shows. Regarding your film of the week, "To Live and Die in L.A," I interviewed Gerald Petievich for my master's thesis. He wrote the novel of the same name as well as the screenplay. Friedkin got a co-writing credit. Petievich was formerly a treasury agent and came from a family of cops. In the interview, Petievich spoke at length about the fine line between cops and criminals and how cops cross the line all the time (out of necessity) to nab their quarry. Petievich also wrote "Money Men," which focused on the same theme (made as "Boiling Point" by James B. Harris). I interviewed Harris, too, and he was miffed that Warner execs had watered down Petievich's book, changed the title, and insisted on casting Snipes opposite Dennis Hopper. Petievich's voice and perspective permeate "To Live and Die in L.A." and his influence should not be overlooked nor diminished. Harris' "Cop," starring Jimmy Woods, is a good example of what he could do on a spartan budget ($5MM) without interference from the Suits.

  20. To acknowledge this most engaging and informative blog. Am looking forward to your reviews on 'Carl Colpaert's 'Delusion' and on Carl Franklin's 'Devil in a Blue Dress.'

  21. I just saw "99 River Street" and was blown away. Unfortunately it does not appear to be out on DVD else I'd purchase it immediately.

  22. Two strong noirs directed by the great Henry Hathaway you should include are "Call Northside 777" and "The House on 92nd Street."

  23. I dont see "Dr. Petiot" on the list. The poetic style of the film is right up the noir alley.

  24. "Witness to Murder" (1954) - This must be listed by all means.
    The endings of "Vertigo" and "North by Northwest" and a plot of "Rear Window" owe something to this film. Great performance by Barbara Stanwyck and George Sanders.

  25. Saw "The Stickup" starring James Sapder recently on cable TV. A great little heist flick, lots of twists. The jazzy and sultry music score lend a strong noir flavor, as does the snappy dialog. Worthy of a longer review on this site.

  26. Very good blog. I also have a new blog about film noir, if you're interested.

    but is in french...

  27. hi this is a nice work, why you not update your blog anymore?

  28. steve-o, just a note that the link to the amazon store doesn't work--just goes to 'build an a-store'. incredible site, keep up the good work.

  29. steve:

    I love this site. And have recommended/provided the link, to others.

    only one element on my mind: why no love for the #1 film noir on my all-time personal list? The title being, THEY MADE ME A CRIMINAL, 1939

    if you've viewed it, is contains all the fine elements does it not? :)

  30. I just saw Michael Curtiz's "King Creole" with Elvis and liked it quite a lot. I think it has so much film noir style, and the b/w cinematography by Russell Harlan is some of the most striking I've ever seen. Just watch the opening and you'll be hooked immediately. It's pure cinema magic -- set in the French Quarter. The director is Curtiz after all, the director of "Mildred Pierce, "Casablanca" and "Mystery of the Wax Museum" and scores of other classics, noir and otherwise. I read at AllRovi that James Dean was originally to be in the lead role. I really was surprised by how good this film is (yes, I have picked up on that common biased expectation that Elvis movies are cheesy, but this one is great). True, the script and dialogue get a little hokey, but again the atmosphere is positively rapturous. And there are a lot of great scenes of Elvis singing, especially when he does "Evil" in Walter Matthau's club (the same song he opened his '68 comeback special with).

  31. Really love your site. I am a film noir addict, but have only seen a small handful of the films you have mentioned; great motivation looking at your reviews to make me watch more! Mnay thanks!

  32. I don't see the link for the films available on DVD. Specifically, what's it named? Yours is the first site I view Monday mornings. Thanks.

  33. "My Name Is Julia Ross" !!!

  34. DELICIOUS site. Googled Pickup On South Street and ended up here. Glad you can see, as I do, that Pickup is one of the greatest film noirs ever. Now, I will be able to find many more great dark classics through your site. Awesome. BTW Have you ever compiled a top 20 list or something like that? Cheers!

  35. I had just commented about "Night and the City" being Dassin's final "Screw you!" to Hollywood then thought of 'Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia' as a starker statement of the same sentiment. I know I do but, would you consider 'Bring Me the Head..' as noir, and would you also consider reviewing it in the future if you do?

  36. Steve, I enjoy Noir films be they new or old. I suggest the following films for possible inclusion in your list:

    Man Hunt (1941)
    Mirage (1965)
    Count 5 and Die (1957)
    U Turn (1997)
    Red Rock West (1993)
    Derailed (2005)
    Third Degree Burn (1989) VHS
    Malice (1993)
    Mulholland Falls (1996)

    Respectfully submitted


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