Category Archives: Film Noir Review

Film Noir Review: Touch of Evil (1958)

“Your future’s all used up.” Orson Welles was an architect of film noir before the style had even been identified. His debut release, Citizen Kane (1941), was revolutionary for the artform as a whole, but the film’s shadowy visuals and … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: 10 (More) Film Noir-Horror Crossovers

10 (More) Film Noir-Horror Crossovers Horror and noir are the demented cousins of cinema. Dark in style and content, they approach the worst elements of mankind from different angles, though they often arrive at the same morbid destination. Given how … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Harder They Fall (1956)

“Some guys can sell out; some guys can’t.” Humphrey Bogart is the icon of film noir. Despite working tirelessly in genres like drama, romance, and comedy, the man, affectionately known as “Bogie,” is best remembered for the dozen or so … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Where Danger Lives (1950)

“I didn’t fall in love with a woman – I fell in love with a patient.” Robert Mitchum was part of a generation of leading men who rose to prominence in film noir. Along with Burt Lancaster, Alan Ladd, and … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: He Ran All the Way (1951)

“I wish I knew how you wanted me to be. If only you’d tell me.” Most fans who make their way through film noir will invariably stumble upon the tragedy of John Garfield. A remarkably naturalistic actor, Garfield was adept … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Killers (1964)

“If I knew you were coming, I would’ve set fire to the place.” Remakes are a risky endeavor, especially in the world of film noir. There have been countless instances of remakes coasting on the iconography of its predecessor, sans … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Abbott & Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)

“Things have been awfully dead around here.” I am forever indebted to Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. The duo were my entry point into classic film as a kid, and many of their comedies (Buck Privates, Rio Rita, Abbott & … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Dark Passage (1947) Is Bogie & Bacall’s Unsung Classic

“It’s wonderful when guys like you lose out. Makes guys like me think maybe we got a chance in this world.” Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall remain one of the most famous couples in Hollywood history. Between the former’s gruff … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Angel Face (1953)

“If I were a cop, and not a very bright cop at that, I’d say that your story was as phony as a three dollar bill.” The quality of a film can usually be gauged by a few key elements. … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: 10 (More) Classic Films Noir for the Holidays

10 More Classic Film Noirs for the Holidays Novelist Douglas Coupland once said that “Christmas makes everything twice as sad.” His quote may have stemmed from a place of tender melancholy, but here at CMH’s Film Noir section, we’d like … Continue reading

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