Full on Film Noir from 1946.
Typically Depraved Hard-Boiled Film Noir.
The Post-War Noir Canon Blasts an Early Salvo.
One of the Finest Early Film Noirs.
A Favourite of the French New Wave.
A wise-ass, a scuzzball, a murderer and a blackmailing two-timer who loves to think he’s in charge.
Probably the most nudity you will see in a film of the 1940s, and the finest psychological film noir of them all.
Gun Crazy is an outlaw-couple thriller and film noir, that has titillation and education in the right balance.
We're used to seeing the corporate gangster these days, but in the mid 50s, at the tail end of film noir, it was a far harder pitch.
Darkness, shadows, the down-at-heel, a girl with a gun, and piece of music that is going to haunt everyone to their graves.
Detour is a fatalistic road-movie featuring the broke, the dissatisfied and a spade of bad luck. One of the greatest of all film noirs.
The Big Combo is rich in slick talk, from the sharp-toned to the evil-tongued ... and was a great source of material for Quentin Tarantino's early films.
"When a man’s partner is killed he’s supposed to do something about it. It doesn’t make any difference what you thought of him."
Los Angeles is pretty terrifying, from its low bars to mansions and beach houses, and Moose Molloy is probably one of the greatest grotesques in American film.
Phantom Lady is one of the most purely enjoyable film noirs out there — unpretentious, fast and pleasing to watch. Plus it has a frantic ‘rape by jazz’ drum scene.
This time yesterday Jean Dexter was just another pretty girl. But now she’s the marmalade on 10,000 pieces of toast.
In Thelma Jordon, Barbara Stanwyck offers some deviation from the traditional film noir femme fatale.
Stranger on the Third Floor is a film that wants a couple of hamburgers . . . and wants them raw.
Most enjoyable of all in The Enforcer is Zero Mostel as Big Babe Lazick; so vulnerable; so nervous; so curious to behold.
A happy-go-lucky Mickey Rooney winds up on a an epic moral descent after he successfully chats up femme fatale Jeanne Cagney but then needs twenty dollars to take her on a date.