Category Archives: Film Noir Review

Film Noir Review: The Long Goodbye (1973)

“That’s you Marlowe. You’ll never learn, you’re a born loser.” In the pantheon of great film detectives, Philip Marlowe stands alone. Sam Spade might have been first, and Mike Hammer might have more in common with the action heroes that … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Vertigo (1958)

“If I let you change me, will that do it? If I do what you tell me, will you love me?” As cinema’s reigning “Master of Suspense”, Alfred Hitchcock usually made a point of keeping his audience in the loop. … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

 “Operator, I’ve been ringing Murray Hill 35097 for the last half hour and the line is always busy.” While the film noir continues to thrive in the modern day, a stylistic shoot-off, the melodramatic noir, remains frozen in the ember … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Journey into Fear (1943)

“Oh, by the way, have you a gun in your luggage?” The public’s fascination with Orson Welles continues to grow over the years, much like the man’s waistline in his older age. This is partly by design (the fascination, not … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: He Walked by Night (1948)

“Police work is not all glamour and excitement and glory. There are days and days of routine, of tedious probing, of tireless searching.” Rarely have a director and cinematographer worked as succinctly as Anthony Mann and John Alton. During the … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: His Kind of Woman (1951)

“This place is dangerous. The time right deadly. The drinks are on me, my bucko!” There’s an old saying that all films are made at least three times: once, when the screenwriter commits the story to paper; again, when the … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Sniper (1952)

“Stop me — Find me and stop me. I’m going to do it again.” By 1951, filmmaker Edward Dmytryk was persona non grata in Hollywood. Blacklisted as one of the Hollywood Ten in 1947, the Oscar nominee was jailed for … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review : The Hoodlum (1951)

“You cheap hood. Always looking for a fall guy and never realizing you’re it.” Most films noir have a flicker of hope in them; a dangling carrot for characters to chase despite their seemingly impossible odds. Without it, they’d be … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Harper (1966)

“Hey, this detective work is really fun!” Ross Macdonald occupies an odd space in the world of film noir. He started out as an expert hack with The Moving Target (1949), a novel that borrowed heavily from the pulp authors … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Dark City (1950)

“Guys like you seldom get arrested. You get killed first.” Dark City is an interesting addition to 1950s film noir. It stands out for a couple of reasons: firstly, it combines horror and noir elements in ways that were uncommon for … Continue reading

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