Category Archives: Film Noir Review

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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Film Noir Review: The Bribe (1949)

“I never knew a crooked road could look so straight.” In his 1998 book Dark City, Eddie Muller coined the term “Steinbeck Noir” to describe the film Thieves’ Highway (1949). In referencing the Southern California backdrop of many of John Steinbeck’s stories, … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

“Nobody ever gave me anything, so I don’t owe nobody!” There was once a kid named Billy Cook, Jr. A rotten kid with a chip on his shoulder, Cook shot six people during the summer of 1950, before his arrest … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Big Steal (1949)

“It’ll be getting dark soon. I hate the thought of spending the night with an empty revolver.” Robert Mitchum was arrested for smoking marijuana in 1948. The scandal shocked few within the industry, but for the reefer-fearing public, his career was … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Lady in the Lake (1947)

“Some cases, like this one, kind of creep up on you on their hands and knees and the first thing you know, you’re in it up to your neck.” Film noir liked to play with first-person perspective in the 1940s. … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Prowler (1951)

“So I’m no good, but I’m no worse than anybody else.” Film gris, noir’s political apt little brother, typically goes undiscussed in the industry. Granted, it’s far less sexy than a private eye or a femme fatale flick, but gris, … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

“Match me, Sidney…” Hollywood loved their exposés in the early 1950s. Films like Sunset Boulevard (1950), Ace in the Hole (1951), and The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) showed audiences the ugly side of show business with exacting clarity. It … Continue reading

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