Category Archives: Posts by Danilo Castro

Film Noir Review: The Sniper (1952)

“Stop me — Find me and stop me. I’m going to do it again.” By 1951, Edward Dmytryk had become persona (or director) non grata. 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 a rare space in the world of crime fiction. He started out as an expert hack with The Moving Target (1949), a novel that borrowed heavily from the works of … 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 a prime example of intermingling genres. It’s upfront in its blend of horror and film noir, an agenda that’s alluded to in the opening sequence. Danny Haley (Charlton Heston) confidently struts … 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!” With the Interstate Highway Act of the 1950s, film noir became mobile. Four lane freeways lined the country, and big city crooks were given free reign to explore rural America. … 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.” First person perspective was an idea that film noir flirted with … 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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