Category Archives: Film Noir Review

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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Film Noir Review: Desperate (1947)

“Out of every seven guys who go to the chair, six go yelling, “I’m innocent!’” Desperate (1947) is a prime example of what I’d like to call the “partial noir.” These are films that, despite their accomplished casts and moody visuals, … Continue reading

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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 of … 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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