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Dance With a Stranger (1985)
"This thing haunts and, so far as I may say it, disgusts me as something obscene," Raymond Chandler wrote. "I am not referring to the trial, of course, but to the medieval savagery of the law . . . I have been tormented for a week at the idea that a highly ...
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Forbidden (1949
Like fine wine and Guinness Stout, genre movies don’t always travel well. These would include a surprising number of cheapie British B-thrillers featuring - ironically - name Hollywood actors brought over to England in the 1940’s and ‘50’s to add box office...
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The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)
One of the joys of collecting and watching movies is that, from time to time, you chance upon a little neglected gem. Sure, there are the disappointments too but that’s more than balanced out by the buzz of seeing something previously unknown for the first ...
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The Underworld Story (1950)
Nobody could deliver a line quite like Dan Duryea . My favorite comes in 1949’s Manhandled , when his slimy, gum-chewing private detective brags, “You’re not talking to a cluck Charlie. You’re talking to a guy who knows all the angles.” It wasn’t his wittie...
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Ruthless (1948)
I became extremely intrigued by Ruthless around 2004, long before I finally got a chance to see it for the first time. Start with the name – Ruthless . Noir titles don’t come much more straightforward than that, eh? Then there’s the cast -- Zachary Scott , ...
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Rage in Heaven (1941)
Producer David O. Selznick once said of Ingrid Bergman : “She had an extraordinary quality of purity and nobility and a definite star personality that is very rare.” We couldn’t agree more. One of the reasons I love classic film is the extensive number of “...
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Hell's Half Acre (1954)
Film noir boundaries extend beyond the continental US to Hawaii in  Hell's Half Acre , a noir entry seldom referenced but more than worthy of review. The film's atypical setting does nothing to defy the conventions of the genre, but rather confirms the adap...
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Lauren Bacall
No words this week.  I plan on watching To Have and Have Not , The Big Sleep and Key Largo in one long dark night.
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The Blind Goddess (1948)
Derek Waterhouse ( Michael Denison ) learns from a friend (subsequently murdered) that his employer Lord Brasted ( Hugh Williams ) has been embezzling thousands of pounds intended for post-war relief efforts. He confronts Brasted who, while denying the alle...
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Hell Bound (1957)
“I have an allergy - people with a conscience.” - Jordan  “There isn’t any part of the anatomy I don’t know, even with my eyes closed” – Paula Two titles with differing ambitions, the baroque Touch of Evil  (1958) and the sour and portentous Odds Against To...
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Lady on a Train (1945)
Editor's note:  This week David J. Hogan lets us read a piece from his highly entertaining book, Film Noir FAQ .  Lady on a Train is one of two Christmas-themed film noirs starring Deanna Durbin -- the other, the bleakest Christmas Holiday .   Sweet Songs o...
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