We’re Celebrating Noirvember with a Film Noir DVD/Blu-Ray Giveaway!
CMH will be celebrating Noirvember all month long with a ‘fun fatale’ Film Noir giveaway! Thanks to Kino Lorber, we’ll be giving away EIGHT Film Noir Classics (winners’ choice from the list below) via Twitter. BUT that’s not all… stay tuned here on this blog, because we’ll also be giving away TWO MORE Noir Classics via a separate Facebook/Blog giveaway as well (details to follow later this week). So, all told, there are Ten Chances to win!
To enter, just complete the entry task below by Saturday, November 26 at 10PM EST. Enter as soon as you can, because the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win – because we will pick two winners on four different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over. Please note that each winner will be able to choose their preferred format: DVD or Blu-Ray.
- Saturday, November 5: Two Winners
- Saturday, November 12: Two Winners
- Saturday, November 19: Two Winners
- Saturday, November 26: Two Winners
We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub or this Blog (depending how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 10PM EST (for example, we will announce the first winner on Sunday November 5 at 10PM EST on Twitter or this Blog).
Winners will choose their prize from the following list of 12 Noir Classics: Deadline U.S.A., The Crooked Way, Pitfall, A Bullet for Joey, Witness to Murder,
Shield for Murder, Cover Up, He Ran All the Way. The Hitch-Hiker, Scarlett Street, The Stranger , Storm Fear. Winners will also have their choice of DVD or Blu-Ray format. You can read about the films below.
TO ENTER: Complete the following (2-parts) by Saturday, November 26 at 10PM EST…
1) Answer this question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post: What is your favorite Film Noir and why?
2) *Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win the ‘Celebrating Noirvember’ #DVDGiveaway courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @KinoLorber #FilmNoir
*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.
NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to create the entry for you.
About the Prizes:
Deadline U.S.A. (DVD or Blu-Ray)
Screen legend Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca) stars as a fictional newspaper editor Ed Hutcheson of “The Day”, which will be folding in three days. Even though he and his staff will be out of work within days, he intends to expose the criminal activities of vicious crime boss Tomas Rienzi (Martin Gabel, The Thief). An abundance of subplots are expertly woven together by legendary screenwriter/director Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry) in Deadline – U.S.A. This classic film noir features stunning black-and-white cinematography by the great Milton R. Krasner (23 Paces to Baker Street) with an uniformly excellent cast that includes Ethel Barrymore (Portrait of Jennie), Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire), Ed Begley (12 Angry Men), Warren Stevens (Forbidden Planet), Paul Stewart (Kiss Me Deadly) and Jim Backus (Gilligan’s Island).
The Crooked Way (DVD or Blu-Ray)
Newly Re-mastered in HD! Everyone wants a piece of Eddie Rice! John Payne (99 River Street, Hidden Fear) plays Eddie Rice, a highly decorated and wounded war veteran who has lost his memory. As he heads to Los Angeles to try and figure out his identity, two police detectives arrest him. Turns out he is really Eddie Riccardi, a former employee of the notorious mob boss Vince Alexander (Sonny Tufts, The Seven Year Itch). No one seems happy to see Eddie again and when he’s framed for murder, Eddie must find the real killer and clear his name by navigating through the crooked underbelly of Los Angeles. Featuring top-notch direction by veteran filmmaker Robert Florey (The Cocoanuts) and stunning cinematography by the great John Alton (He Walked by Night, T-Men).
Pitfall (DVD or Blu-Ray)
Mastered in HD from a 35mm dupe negative preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive – Film noir great Dick Powell (Murder, My Sweet) plays an ex-vet living the American dream with a beautiful home, loving wife (Jane Wyatt, Lost Horizon), wonderful kid (Jimmy Hunt, Invaders From Mars) and a great job as an insurance executive. But Powell like many returning servicemen exhibits a restlessness experienced by many veterans, his penchant for excitement leads him on an illicit affair with sexy bombshell (Lizabeth Scott, Too Late For Tears) that leads to much more than a guilty conscience- a complicated web of intrigue, jealousy and murder. Considered by many as one of the greatest film noirs of all time, Pitfall features top-notch direction by the great Andre De Toth (Hidden Fear) and a great performance by Raymond Burr (TVs Perry Mason) as a corrupt private eye.
A Bullet for Joey (DVD or Blu-Ray)
Mastered in HD! Edward G. Robinson (Scarlet Street) and George Raft (They Drive by Night) star in this espionage thriller that pulls out all the stops for excitement and edge-of-your-seat suspense. When a Canadian police inspector investigates a murder, he is hurtled into an adventure involving foreign spies, American gangsters and an explosive high-tech secret that could change the world. In a daring attempt to seize a brilliant physicist’s discoveries, a foreign superpower enlists mobster Joe Victor (Raft) and his gang in a scheme that will ignite a firestorm of betrayal, murder and global intrigue. Police Inspector Leduc (Robinson) is closing in, but the gangsters bring in their ultimate weapon: the stunning Joyce (Audrey Trotter, The Set-Up), a blonde temptress who will teach the scientist a thing or two even he doesn’t know! The breathtaking chase leads through the city streets to a pulse-pounding confrontation aboard an enemy cargo ship. Crackling with unrelenting tension, clever twists and a rapid-fire pace that will have you enthralled until the final action-packed moments, A Bullet For Joey is an adventure of the highest caliber with top-notch direction by the great Lewis Allen (Suddenly).
Witness to Murder (DVD or Blu-Ray)
Newly Re-mastered in HD! A woman fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder. One sleepless night, Cheryl Draper (Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity) witnesses a young woman being strangled to death in an apartment across the street. She reports the killing to the police, but when the police arrive there is no body to be found. The policemen are convinced that Cheryl probably dreamt the murder and leave ignoring her pleas. Similar to Alfred Hitchcock Rear Window, which opened less than a month later and overshadowed this top-notch film noir featuring great direction by Roy Rowland (The Girl Hunters) and beautiful black-and-white cinematography by legendary John Alton (He Walked by Night). Co-starring George Sanders (A Shot in the Dark) and Gary Merrill (All About Eve).
Shield for Murder (DVD or Blu-Ray)
Dame-Hungry Killer-Cop Runs Berserk! Edmond O’Brien (D.O.A., White Heat) stars in this crime drama about a crooked and brutal police detective who steals $25,000 from a criminal he murders and becomes the target of a colleague’s investigation… more and more he realizes that he must kill again to cover his tracks.
Cover Up (DVD or Blu-Ray)
Newly Re-mastered in HD. A Small Town…with Big Secrets! Sam Donovan (Dennis O’Keefe, T-Men, Raw Deal) is an insurance investigator sent to a small Midwest town, to find out whether the death of one of its policyholders was a suicide or murder. Sam is convinced that he was murdered but the entire town, led by the sheriff (William Bendix, Lifeboat), is not talking. It’s only when local girl Anita (Barbara Britton, I Shot Jesse James) breaks her silence does Sam begin to uncover the truth. As he falls in love with Anita, he begins to unravel the secret everyone in the town is keeping. Directed by Alfred E. Green (Baby Face), with stunning black-and-white cinematography by the great Ernest Laszlo (Judgment at Nuremberg).
He Ran All the Way (DVD or Blu-Ray)
Newly Re-mastered in HD! Nick Robey (John Garfield, The Postman Always Rings Twice) is a dim-witted thug who lives with his mother and scrapes by on petty crime. He and his slick accomplice plot a big-time payroll robbery, but their plan goes horribly awry when they’re discovered by a uniformed policeman, a shootout ensues leaving Al and the cop wounded and Nick on the run. While seeking cover, Nick meets Peggy Dobbs (Shelley Winters, Lolita), a lonely young girl who takes Nick to her family’s apartment, while there the paranoid thief decides to take the family hostage until he can escape. This was the great John Garfield’s final film, he died less than a year later at age thirty-nine from heart complications as accusations of his involvement with the Communist Party and his refusal to name names before the HUAC led to his blacklisting in Hollywood; During the film’s initial run, director John Berry (Tension) and screenwriters Dalton Trumbo (Lonely are the Brave) and Hugo Butler (The Southerner) were un-credited due to Hollywood blacklisting during the Red Scare. Stunning black-and-white cinematography by the legendary James Wong Howe (Hud).
The Stranger (DVD or Blu-Ray)
Having directed two undisputed masterpieces – Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons – Orson Welles delved into the suspense film, crafting a baroque postwar thriller that drew upon the style of his previous work, while laying the groundwork for his later film noir classics The Lady from Shanghai and Touch of Evil. Edward G. Robinson stars as Wilson, a government agent who tracks down a high-ranking Nazi officer (Welles) who has managed to craft a new identity for himself in a quaint Connecticut town, marrying the daughter (Loretta Young) of a local judge. Circulated in poor versions for decades, this edition of THE STRANGER was mastered in HD from an original 35mm print preserved by the Library of Congress, and is accompanied by a wealth of supplemental material.
The Hitch-Hiker (DVD or Blu-Ray)
Beyond its obvious cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman (actress Ida Lupino), THE HITCH-HIKER is perhaps better remembered as simply one of the most nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s. Inspired by the true-life murder spree of Billy Cook, THE HITCH-HIKER is the tension-laden saga of two men on a camping trip (Edmond O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy) who are held captive by a homicidal drifter (William Talman). He forces them, at gunpoint, to embark on a grim joyride across the Mexican desert.
Scarlet Street (DVD or Blu-Ray)
A box-office hit (despite being banned in three states), SCARLET STREET is one of legendary director Fritz Lang’s (M, Metropolis) finest American films. When middle-aged milquetoast Chris Cross (Edward G. Robinson, Double Indemnity) rescues street-walking bad girl Kitty (Joan Bennett) from the rain-slicked gutters of an eerily artificial back-lot Greenwich Village, he plunges into a whirlpool of lust, larceny and revenge. As Chris’ obsession with the irresistibly vulgar Kitty grows, the meek cashier is seduced, corrupted, humiliated and transformed into an avenging monster before implacable fate and perverse justice triumph in the most satisfyingly downbeat denouement in the history of American film. Dan Duryea, as Kitty’s pimp boyfriend, skillfully molds “a vicious and serpentine creature out of a cheap, chiseling tin horn.” (The New York Times). Packed with hairpin plot twists and “bristling with fine directorial touches and expert acting” (Time), SCARLET STREET is a dark gem of film noir.
Storm Fear (DVD or Blu-Ray)
Newly Re-mastered in HD! Storm Fear is a classic film noir starring, produced and directed by Cornel Wilde (The Naked Prey) as a wounded bank robber, Charlie Blake hiding out with his gang at his brother, Fred (Dan Duryea, Scarlet Street) and sister-in-law, Elizabeth’s (Jean Wallace, No Blade of Grass) farmhouse during a snowstorm. As time passes the criminals are anxious to move on, but need to rest so Charlie has time to recover, complicating matters more is Charlie’s love for Elizabeth with whom he once had an affair. The stellar supporting cast includes Lee Grant (The Landlord), Steven Hill (A Child is Waiting) and Dennis Weaver (Duel) – with an adapted screenplay by the great Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird) and stunning black-and-white cinematography by Joseph LaShelle (Laura).
Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.
And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).
If you don’t want to wait to win, you can use the below 20% off coupon code CMHNOIR to purchase the titles we’re giving away — OR any Kino Lorber title for that matter — at the Kino Lorber online store:
–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub