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Ace in the Hole (1951)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal, Frank Jaquet. An early look at the impact of mass media in the public arena. Ex-New York reporter Charles Tatum (Kirk Douglas) lands a job on a Albuquerque newspaper in hopes that a sensational story will return him to the big time. When a man is trapped in an Indian cave, Tatum conspires with an unscrupulous sheriff to keep him there until the story can build to national proportions, which it does. Special features (Disc 2) : "Portrait of a 60% perfect man", featurette (includes in-depth interviews with Wilder by film critic Michel Ciment (60 min.)); excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute (24 min.); a 1984 interview with Douglas by Michael Thomas (14 min.); excerpts from a 1970 audio interview with co-scriptwriter Newman (10 min.); new video afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee (6 min.); gallery of production stills and behind-the-scenes photos. Program notes on container insert include an essay "Noir in broad daylight" by writer and film critic Molly Haskell, and an essay "Chin up for mother" on actor Kirk Douglas by director Guy Maddin. 111 min. DVD 8311
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Act of Violence(1948)
Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh, Mary Astor, Phyllis Thaxter. Ex-World War II pilot Frank Enley is a respected contractor and family man. Then his troubled, gimp-legged bombardier shows up with a gun and a score to settle. Perhaps neither man is what he seems to be. Special features: Film historian commentaries by Dr. Drew Casper on 'Act of violence' and Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward on 'Mystery street;' new featurettes "Act of violence: dealing with the devil" and "Mystery street: murder at Harvard;" theatrical trailers. Issued with: Mystery street. 82 min. DVD 8416
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Affair in Trinidad (1952)
Directed by Vincent Sherman. Cast: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Alexander Scourby, Valerie Bettis. When Steve Emery visits the steamy tropics of Trinidad, he gets more than he bargained for. Someone's murdered his brother, and his bombshell sister-for-law Chris might be the only one who can solve the mystery. Despite conflicting feelings of lust and loyalty, Chris and Steve must work together to track down the killer before the culprit catches them. 98 min. DVD X7289
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Angel Face (1950)
Directed by Otto Preminger. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman, Herbert Marshall, Leon Ames, Barbara O'Neil. When Mrs. Tremayne is mysteriously poisoned with gas, ambulance driver Frank Jessup meets her refined but sensuous stepdaughter Diane, who quickly pursues and infatuates him. Under Diane's seductive influence, Frank is soon the Tremayne chauffeur, but he begins to suspect danger under her surface sweetness. When he shows signs of pulling away, Diane schemes to get him in so deep he'll never get out. 92 min. DVD 6848
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Brook, Vincent. "The ABZs of Film Noir: Otto Preminger and Edgar G. Ulmer." In: Driven to darkness : Jewish émigré directors and the rise of film noir / Vincent Brook. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F54 B76 2009)
Gallagher, Tag. "Heroes: Otto Preminger." Film International; 2004, Vol. 2 Issue 7, p36-43, 8p
Lippe, Richard. "At the margins of film noir : Preminger's Angel face." In: Film noir reader / edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini. 1st Limelight ed. New York : Limelight Editions, 1996. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F54 F57 1996; PFA : PN1995.9.F54 F57 1996)
Orr, Christopher. "Genre theory in the context of the noir and post-noir film." Film Criticism; 1997, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p21-37, 17p UC users only
Pratley, Gerald. The cinema of Otto Preminger London, A. Zwemmer; New York, A. S. Barnes [1971] (MAIN: PN1998.A3 P6831)

Armored Car Robbery (1950)
Directed by Richard Fleischer. Cast: Charles McGraw, Adele Jurgens, William Talman,Steve Brodie, Douglas Fowley, Gene Evans. Film about a deadly heist and the battle of wits between a fugitive gangster, his stripper moll, and a bulldog cop out to avenge his partner's death. 67 min. DVD X5674
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Arson, Inc. (1949)
Directed by William Berke. Cast: Robert Lowery, Anne Gwynne, Edward Brophy, Marcia Mae Jones, Douglas Fowley, Maude Eburne. A Bureau of Fire Investigation agent goes under cover to confront a ruthless arson ring that has left a trail of bodies and burned out buildings with various and sundry carnage! 63 min. DVD 8238
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Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Directed by John Huston. Cast: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence, Barry Kelley, Anthony Caruso, Teresa Celli, Marilyn Monroe. When criminal mastermind Doc Riedenschneider is released from prison, he approaches lawyer Alonzo Emmerich with a plan for the biggest jewel heist in history. Doc carefully selects and rehearses his team, but Emmerich is planning to double-cross the thieves and flee the country with the loot. 112 min. DVD 2717
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

The asphalt jungle : a screenplay Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press ; London : Feffer & Simons, c1980 (MAIN: PN1997 .A78 1980; MOFF: PN1997 .A78 1980)

Backfire (1950)
Directed by Vincent Sherman. Cast: Viveca Lindfors, Dane Clark, Virginia Mayo, Edmund O'Brien, Gordon MacRae. A war veteran, aided by his resourceful nurse, is on a quest to prove his pal innocent of murder. 91 min. DVD X5674
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Bad for Each Other (1953)
Directed by Irving Rapper. Cast: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Dianne Foster, Mildred Dunnock, Arthur Franz, Ray Collins. A surgeon returning home from the Korean War gets drawn into a questionable lifestyle when he falls in with a socialite divorcee in his hometown. Her charms prove to be too much to resist, raising the concerns of of mother and a pretty young nurse. Special features: Original theatrical trailer; "The payoff:" All Star Theatre episode. 83 min. DVD X2720
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Behind Locked Doors (1948)
Directed by Oscar Boetticher. Cast: Richard Carlson, Lucille Bremer, Dickie Moore, Thomas Browne Henry, Tor Johnson, Douglas Fowley.Private dectective Ross Stewart checks himself into a mental hospital in an attempt to locate a corrupt judge hiding from justice. But before Stewart can reveal the truth, his true identity is discovered. With the help of a deranged ex-prizefighter the doctors at the sanitarium concoct a plan to make Stewart a permanent resident and the only person who can rescue him is the scheming woman who sent him there. Based on the story by Malvin Wald. 62 min. DVD 3826; vhs 999:2696
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Beware My Lovely (1952)
Directed by Harry Horner. Cast: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Taylor Holmes, Barbara Whiting, James Williams, O.Z. Whitehead, Dee Pollack. A rambling mansion becomes the setting for blood-curdling terror in this 1950's thriller. Ida Lupino is a wealthy widow looking for a hired hand to help clean up her huge, badly neglected estate. But when she employes drifter Robert Ryan, he turns out to be dangerously insane, and she suddenly finds herself a hunted prisoner in her own home. 77 min. vhs 999:3715
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Georgakas, Dan. "Ida Lupino: Doing It Her Way." Cineaste, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 32-36, 2000 UC users only
Queen of the 'B's : Ida Lupino behind the camera / edited by Annette Kuhn. Westport, Conn : Greenwood Press, 1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.L89)

The Big Chase (1954)
Directed by Arthur D. Hilton. Cast: Glenn Langan, Adele Jergens, Lon Chaney, Jim Davis, Douglas Kennedy. As his expectant wife enters the hospital in anticipation of the blessed event, cop Glenn Lanan is off to the races, trailing payroll robbers (including Jim Davis and Lon Changey, Jr.) on a mad chase that goes from cars to rowboat to motoroat to helicopter. The chase sequence, captured in all its bullet-to-bullet glory, comprises a third of the film. 88 min. DVD X906
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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Director, Fritz Lang. Cast: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz, Philip Bourneuf, Edward Binns, Shepperd Strudwick, Robin Raymond, Barbara Nichols. Crusading publisher Austin Spenser wants to prove a point about the insufficiency of circumstantial evidence. Spencer talks his prospective son-in-law Tom Garrett into participating in a hoax, the better to expose the alleged ineptitude of conviction-happy DA. Tom will plant clues indicating that he is the murderer of a nightclub dancer, then stand trial for murder; just as the jury reaches its inevitable guilty verdict, Spencer will step forth to reveal the set-up and humiliate the DA. Somewhat surprisingly, Tom eagerly agrees to this subterfuge. Unfortunately, an unforeseen event renders their perfectly formed scheme useless. 61 min. DVD X6039
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Fritz Lang bibliography
Bruzzi, Stella "Imperfect Justice: Fritz Lang's Fury (1936) and Cinema's Use of the Trial Form." Law & Humanities; 2010, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p1-19, 19p UC users only

The Big Clock (1948)
Directed by John Farrow. Cast: Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, George Macready, Rita Johnson, Elsa Lanchester, Harold Vermilyea. A hotshot crime magazine editor inadvertently becomes the subject of a murder investigation after spending an evening with his boss' mistress. She ends up dead and he is being framed by the actual killer. As his competent staff scurries for clues the description they uncover of the murderer matches himself! 95 min. DVD 2745; vhs 999:1879
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The Big Combo (1955)
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. Cast: Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Brian Donlevy, Richard Conte, Earl Holliman. Discouraged by his superior officers, but helped by a gangster's former girl friend, a dedicated detective lieutenant doggedly continues his investigation to obtain evidence that would convict the head gangster of a crime syndicate. 88 min. DVD 684; VHS 999:2502
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Capp, Rose. "First Is First and Second Is Nobody: Hoodlums and Heroines in Joseph H. Lewis' The Big Combo." Senses of Cinema, vol. 25, pp. (no pagination), Mar 2003
Hughes, Howard. "'First is first and second is nobody' - The Big Combo (1955)." In: Crime wave: the filmgoers' guide to the great crime movies / Howard Hughes. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : Distributed by Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only])
Kerr, Paul. "My name is Joseph H. Lewis." Screen, 1983; 24: 48 - 67. UC users only
Routt, William D. "A Tribute to Joseph H. Lewis." Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 10, Nov 2000
Thompson, Rick J. "Joseph H. Lewis." Senses of Cinema, vol. 10, pp. (no pagination), Nov 2000

Big Heat (1953)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin. A crime melodrama about an honest police sergeant who risks his life and his job when his investigations lead to the exposure of the crime syndicate that controls the city administration. Based on the Saturday Evening Post serial by William P. McGivern. DVD X2400; also DVD 987; vhs 999:3
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The Big Knife (1955)
Directed by Robert Aldrich. Cast: Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey, Jean Hagen, Rod Steiger, Ilka Chase, Everett Sloane, Shelley Winters. Charles Castle is a Hollywood actor whose career needs to rebound after several flops. When he sees his marriage and career crumbling before him, the last thing he needs is more headaches. And then along comes a blackmailer, who threatens to push Castle's sanity over the edge. 104 min. DVD 4938
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Robert Aldrich bibliography
Georgakas, Dan. "Ida Lupino: Doing It Her Way." Cineaste, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 32-36, 2000 UC users only

Big Sleep (1946)
Directed by Howard Hawks. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Regis Toomey. Detective Philip Marlowe is hired to find out who is blackmailing a wealthy young woman with pornographic pictures and becomes entangled with her sister. Based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. DVD 174 offers two versions: the familiar 1946 theatrical version (Side A) full of reshot scenes of incendiary Bogart/Bacall chemistry, and the less-familiar 1945 prerelease version (Side B), which recently resurfaced and whose plot and resolution are more linear in fashion. Special features: Documentary "The Big Sleep comparisons 1945/1946," featuring Robert Gitt of UCLA analyzing scene differences between versions; interactive menus, production notes, theatrical trailer, scene access. 114 min. DVD 174; VHS 999:10
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National Film Registry Selection

The Big Steal (1949)
Directed by Don Siegel. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, William Bendix, Patric Knowles, Ramon Novarro, Don Alvarado, John Qualen. Jane and Duke (alias Capt. Blake) accidently meet in Vera Cruz while chasing flim-flam man Fiske. Soon the local Inspector General (El Gato) is involved. Fiske races across Mexico, pursued by Jane and Duke, trailed by the real Capt. Blake. The crafty Inspector General is waiting for them in Tihuacan but they all give him the slip. Special features: Commentaries by Nina Foch and film historian Patricia King Hanson on 'Illegal' and film historian Richard B. Jewell on 'The big steal;' vintage "Behind the cameras" segment with Edward G. Robinson from the 'Warner Bros. presents' TV series; new featurettes: "Illegal: marked for life" and "The big steal: look behind you;" theatrical trailers. 72 min. DVD 8414
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Bogdanovich, Peter. "Don Siegel." In: Who the devil made it New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997 (Main Stack PN1995.9.P7.B58 1997; Moffitt PN1995.9.P7.B58 1997)
Lovell, Alan. Don Siegel : American cinema London : British Film Institute, 1975. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 S542 1975; PFA : PN1998.3.S54 L69 1975)
Sarris, Andrew. "Don Siegel: The Pro." Film Comment. New York: Sep 1991. Vol. 27, Iss. 5; p. 34 (4 pages) UC users only
Sheehan, Henry. "Dark worlds." Sight & Sound; Jun91, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p28-30, 2p

Black Angel (1946)
Directed by Roy William Neill. Cast: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford, Constance Dowling, Wallace Ford. When a beautiful blackmailer is murdered, the wife of the accused murderer sets out to clear her husbnd's name in this film noir classic. Includes original theatrical trailer. Based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich. 81 min. DVD 2742
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Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Directed by Richard Brooks. Cast: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Margaret Hayes, Sidney Poitier, Vic Morrow. Film about life in an inner city high school in the 50's that was the first to utilize a rock 'n' roll soundtrack. A dedicated young teacher soon loses his idealism when he has to deal with the tensions that threaten to destroy his classroom. Based on a novel by Evan Hunter (MAIN: PS3558.Hu58 B5) DVD 3821
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Blonde Ice(1948)
Directed by Jack Bernhard. Cast: Leslie Brooks, Robert Paige, Michael Whalen, Walter Sande, John Holland, James Griffith, David Leonard. The bizarre tale of a beautiful society columnist whose desire for money and position turn her into a serial killer...a story most Hollywood studios of the 1940's wouldn't touch. From the novel Once too often by Whitman Chambers. 74 min. DVD X971
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The Blue Dahlia (1946)
Directed by George Marshall. Cast: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling. Johnny, a returning Navy veteran, finds his wife cheating on him. When she is killed with his gun, he tries to find the real killer. In the meantime Johnny meets Joyce, a woman discontented with her husband but interested in Johnny. Joyce helps Johnny look for the killer and sticks around for romance. 100 min. DVD X2071; vhs 999:2207
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Chandler, Raymond. The blue dahlia : a screenplay Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1976 (MAIN: PN1997 .B6781; GRDS: XMAC.C456.B55 Modern Authors Collection)

Brewer, Gay. "Raymond Chandler without his knight: contracting worlds in 'The Blue Dahlia' and 'Playback.'" Literature-Film Quarterly v23, n4 (Oct, 1995):273 (6 pages).UC users only

The Blue Gardenia (1953)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr, Jeff Donnell, Richard Erdman, George Reeves, Ruth Storey, Ray Walker, Nat 'King' Cole. Norah Larkin is a working girl who wakes up a murderess after passing out in the apartment of brutish playboy Harry Prebble. Branded "The Blue Gardenia" by a sensational columnist, Norah dodges dragnets,informants and the cruel hand of fate as she struggles to conceal her involvement with Prebble, and to remember the details of her ill-fated night. As her hopes for justice fade, she decides to gamble her future on the journalist who transformed her into such a notorious figure. 88 min. DVD 1433; also DVD X4815; vhs 999:3401
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Body and Soul (1947)
Directed by Robert Rossen. Screenplay by Abraham Polonsky. Cast: John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks, Anne Revere, William Conrad, Joseph Pevney, Lloyd Goff, Canada Lee. Charley has become the middleweight champion of the world by winning a "fixed" fight. In his devious climb to the top, Charley has become hard and arrogant, and has estranged both his mother and the girl he loves. 104 min. DVD 164
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Boomerang (1947)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Cara Williams, Arthur Kennedy. Based on a true story this film noir tells of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder. 88 min. DVD X104
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Elia Kazan bibliography
Howard, Maureen. "You Are There." In: Beyond document : essays on nonfiction film / edited by Charles Warren. Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, c1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995.9.D6 B48 1996)
Lipkin, Steven N. "Real Emotional Logic: Persuasive Strategies in Docudrama." Cinema Journal Vol. 38, No. 4 (Summer, 1999), pp. 68-85 UC users only

Border Incident (1949)
Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard Da Silva, James Mitchell, Arnold Moss, Alfonso Bedoya. The Mexico-California border is the power-keg setting for a tale of government agents versus greed and murder. 95 min. DVD 5848
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Born to be Bad (1950)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan, Zachary Scott, Joan Leslie, Mel Ferrer. Using her charm and beauty like a scalpel, Christabel Caine skillfully removes whatever she needs from each man she seduces. Her web of deceit threatens to shatter, however, when both men discover her plans. Based on the novel "All kneeling" by Anne Parrish. Based on the novel "All kneeling" by Anne Parrish. 90 min. DVD X6528; vhs 999:3576
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Nicholas Ray bibliography

Born to Kill (1947)
Directed by Robert Wise. Cast: Lawrence Tierney, Claire Trevor, Walter Slezak. A suspense thriller dealing with two ruthless people who both want to win. A cold-hearted divorcee wants her step-sister's husband for herself, until she finds out the truth about him. A brutal killer on the run marries one woman to get her money, and discovers another is as ruthless as he. 83 min. DVD 4114
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Foster, Gwendolyn Audrey. "Queer Aesthetics of Film Noir: Born to Kill." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Jan2011, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p80-85, 6p UC users only

Keenan, Richard C. The films of Robert Wise / Richard C. Keenan. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.W569 K44 2007)
Leemann, Sergio. Robert Wise on his films : from editing room to director's chair / by Sergio Leemann. Los Angeles : Silman-James Press ; Hollywood, CA : Distributed by Samuel French Trade, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.W569 L44 1995)

The Brothers Rico (1957)
Directed by Phil Karlson. Cast: Richard Conte, Dianne Foster, Kathryn Grant, Larry Gates, James Darren, Harry Bellaver, Argentina Brunetti, Lamont Johnson. A businessman and husband is contacted by his former mafia boss, and is drawn back into the danger of the mob, putting his family on the line. Based on a story by Georges Simenon. 92 min. DVD X4142
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Shadoian, Jack. "Focus on Feeling: 'Seeing' through the Fifties: The Brothers Rico (1957)." In: Dreams & dead ends : the American gangster film / Jack Shadoian. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only): Print Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995.9.G3 S5 2003)

Brute Force (1947)
Directed by Jules Dassin. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne DeCarlo, Ann Blyth, Ella Raines, Anita Colby, Sam Levene, Howard Duff, Art Smith, Jeff Corey. Joe Collins of Cell R-17 in Westgate Penitentiary is planning a mass breakout. The warden, Capt. Munsey, gets wind of this plan and seeks to further his career by crushing it, meeting the break with machine guns as Collins and Munsey come face to face with each other. 102 min. DVD 404
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Horton, Andrew. "Jules Dassin: A Multi-National Filmmaker Considered." Film Criticism, Spring84, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p21-35, 15p; UC users only
McGilligan, Patrick. "I'll always be an American: Jules Dassin interviewed." Film Comment. Nov/Dec 1996. Vol. 32, Iss. 6; p. 34 (15 pages)UC users only
Neve, Brian. "Jules Dassin and Albert Maltz." In: Film and politics in America : a social tradition London ; New York : Routledge, 1992. pp. 115-118(MAIN: PN1995.9.S6 N46 1992 MOFF: PN1995.9.S6 N46 1992)

A Bullet for Joey (1955 )
Directed by Lewis Allen. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, George Raft, Audrey Totter, George Dolenz, Peter Van Eyck. When a Canadian police inspector investigates a murder, he is hurtled into an adventure involving 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 and his gang in a scheme that will ignite a firestorm of betrayal, murder and global intrigue. 87 min. DVD X1817
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Call Northside 777 (1948)
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker. Acclaimed for its authenticity, realism and suspense, this documentary-style drama is the powerful true story of a newspaper reporter who corrects a miscarriage of justice. Assigned to investigate a murder case, he uncovers evidence indicating that the convicted man is innocent and then convinces the governor to hold a hearing. Based on articles by James P. McGuire. 111 min. DVD 7671; vhs 999:325
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Howard, Maureen. "You Are There." In: Beyond document : essays on nonfiction film / edited by Charles Warren. Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, c1996. Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995.9.D6 B48 1996)
Lipkin, Steven N. Real Emotional Logic: Film and Television Docudrama as Persuasive Practice Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2002. pp: 14-27. (PN1995.9.H5 L56 2002)
Mnookin, Jennifer; West, Nancy. "Theaters of Proof: Visual Evidence and the Law in Call Northside 777." Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, Summer 2001 UC users only
Osteen, Mark. "Face Plates: T-Men and the Problem of Noir Counterfeiting." Quarterly Review of Film & Video; Apr2007, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p125-142, 18pUC users only
Rosenberg, Norman. "Law Noir." In: Legal reelism: movies as legal texts Edited by John Denvir. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, c1996. (Main Stack PN1995.9.J8.L45 1996; Moffitt PN1995.9.J8.L45 1996)

Cape Fear (1962)
Directed by J. Lee Thompson. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin, Martin Balsam, Telly Savalas, Barrie Chase. An ex-con is determined to wreak bloody revenge on the small-town lawyer who helped send him to jail. Based on a screenplay by James R. Webb and "The Executioners," a novel by John D. MacDonald (MAIN: PS3563.A28 E9 1958). 128 min. DVD 3820
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Cape Fear (1962)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. SEE Neo-Noir

Cat People (1942)
Directed by Jacques Tourneu; produced by Val Lewton. Cast: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway. The story of a tortured young woman whose lovers and rivals are stalked and done in by a leopard. DVD 4472; vhs 999:76
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Newman, Kim. Cat People London: British Film Institute, 1999. BFI film classics. (Main Stack PN1997.C365.N49 1999)

Caught (1949)
Directed by Max Ophuls. Cast: James Mason, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Ryan. Leonora Eames fulfills her life's dream when she marries a millionaire but she soon discovers that her husband is mentally unstable. She resents being used as his business hostess and leaves him. vhs 999:120
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Champion(1949)
Directed by Mark Robson. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy. Midge Kelly is a fun-loving former navy man whose life is made complex by his sudden rise to fame in professional boxing. He becomes popular after months of training and a series of fixed fights. But the champion falls from the top when he beats the prize fighter, Johnny Dunne, when he has been instructed by the syndicate to lose the fight. 100 min. DVD 165
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Boxing movie bibliography

The Chase (1946)
Directed by Arthur Ripley. Cast: Robert Cummings, Michele Morgan, Steve Cochran, Lloyd Corrigan, Jack Holt, Don Wilson, Peter Lorre, Alexis Minotis, Nina Koshetz, James Westerfield, Yolanda Lacca, Jimmy Ames. Returning a lost wallet gains unemployed veteran Chuck Scott a job as chauffeur to Eddie Roman, a seeming gangster whose enemies have a way of meeting violent ends. The job proves nerve-wracking, and soon Chuck finds himself pledged to help Eddie's lovely, fearful, prisoner-wife Lorna to escape. The result leaves Chuck caught like a trap, vainly seeking a way out. Based on the novel: The black path of fear by Cornell Woolrich. 84 min. DVD X1814
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Renzi, Thomas C. "The Chase." In: Cornell Woolrich: from pulp noir to film noir Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (MAIN: PS3515.O6455 Z85 2006)

City for Conquest(1940)
Directed by Anatole Litvak. Cast: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven, Donald Crisp, Frank McHugh, Arthur Kennedy, George Tobias, Jerome Cowan, Elia Kazan, Anthony Quinn, Lee Patrick. Ex-golden gloves fighter Danny Kenny turns pro to bankroll his brother's dream of writing a symphonic paean to New York City. Life changes quickly when he's blinded during a brutal 15-round welterweight title bout. 104 min. DVD 5836
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Brook, Vincent. "Pathological Noir, Populist Noir, and an Act of Violence: John Brahm, Anatole Litvak, Fred Zinnemann." In: Driven to darkness : Jewish émigré directors and the rise of film noir / Vincent Brook. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F54 B76 2009)

City of Fear (1958)
Directed by Irving Lerner. Cast: Vince Edwards, John Archer, Patricia Blair, Steven Ritch, Kelly Thordsen, Lyle Talbot, Cathy Browne, Sherwood Price, Joseph Mell. A criminal escapes from jail with what he thinks is pure heroin, but is actually a radioactive powder. Now, the cops must find him before he exposes the whole city. 75 min. DVD X4142
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City That Never Sleeps (1953)
Directed by John H. Auer. Cast: Gig Young, Mala Powers, Edward Arnold, William Talman. Chicago police officer Johnny Kelly falls for a dancer, leaves his wife, and begins a new life by making a deal with a corrupt criminal lawyer. vhs 999:1234
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Gunning, Tom. "Invisible Cities, Visible Cinema: Illuminating Shadows in Late Film Noir." Comparative Critical Studies, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 319-332, 2009

Clash by Night (1952)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe, J. Carroll Naish, Silvio Minciotti, Keith Andes. Bitter and lonely, big city girl Mae Doyle, returns home to the sleepy fishing village of her childhood where she meets and marries Jerry, a local fisherman. Mae attempts to settle into her marriage and motherhood, but old habits die hard. Soon boredom and frustration take over and Mae finds herself entangled in an affair with a man she knows is no good--her husband's best friend. Based on the play by Clifford Odets (MAIN: PS3529.D46 C5 1942; GRDS: XMAC.O23.C54 ) 105 min. DVD 4117; vhs 999:2351
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Conflict (1945)
Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. Based on a story by Robert Siodmak and Alfred Neumann. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet, Rose Hobart, Charles Drake, Grant Mitchell, Pat O'Moore, Ann Shoemaker. When a man murders his wife because his affections have turned to her younger sister, it appears he has executed the perfect crime until a minor slip-up arouses the suspicions of a family friend who is a psychiatrist. 86 min. DVD X7271; vhs 999:620
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Cornered (1945)
Directed by Edward Dmytryk. Cast: Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, Morris Carnovsky, Edgar Barrier. A Canadian airman vows to track down the Nazis who killed his beautiful French wife. Relentless in his pursuit, the suspense never lets up as the trail leads from France to Switzerland and finally to a violent climax in Buenos Aires. 102 min. DVD X5674; vhs 999:3568
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Langdon-Teclaw, Jennifer. "Negotiating the Studio System: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Anti-Fascism in Cornered." Film Studies, Winter2005, Vol. 7 Issue 0, p16-31, 31p UC users only

Crack-up (1946)
Directed by Irving Reis. Cast: Pat O'Brien, Claire Trevor, Herbert Marshall, Ray Collins, Wallace Ford, Dean Harens, Damian O'Flynn, Erskine Sanford, Mary Ware. After a train wreck sends art critic George Steele into a mental tailspin, he's fired from his job at a New York art museum. Seems unjust, until you learn there was no train wreck. This relentless, nervy film noir explores the sinister world of violence and the monied world of aesthetics as Steele's attempt to reconstruct what really happened leads him to murder, mania and an international conspiracy that threatens the museum's masterpieces. Suggested by a short story 'Madman's holiday' by Fredric Brown 94 min. DVD X5685; vhs 999:3748
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Telotte, J. P. "Self-portrait: Painting and the Film Noir." Smithsonian Studies in American Art; 1989, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p3-17, 15p UC users only

Crime in the Streets (1956)
Directed by Don Siegel. Cast: James Whitmore, John Cassavetes, Sal Mineo, Mark Rydell. Following a turf rumble with a rival gang, the street gang leader tells his gang to kill the snitch. 91 min. DVD X5674
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Crime of Passion (1956)
Directed by Gerk Oswald. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr, Fay Wray, Virginia Grey, Royal Dano. Kathy Ferguson is smart, witty, and an ace at her job as an advice columnist at a San Francisco newspaper with her name on billboards all over town. But Kathy makes a big mistake, she falls in love and marries Bill Doyle, a Los Angeles detective, and begins to realize that Bill wants nothing more than this domesticity for her, forever. Kathy's thwarted ambition turns ugly, and before long this capable career woman is capable of anything. 86 min. DVD 3484; VHS 999:2413
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Crime Wave (1954)
Directed by André de Toth. Cast: Sterling Hayden, Gene Nelson, Phyllis Kirk. Three San Quentin escapees kill a cop in a gas-station holdup. Wounded, one of the escapees flees through black-shadowed streets to the handiest refuge: with former cellmate Steve Lacey. Steve is paroled, with a new life and lovely wife, and can't afford to be caught associating with old cronies. But homicide detective Sims wants to use Steve to help him catch the other two escapees, who in turn extort his help in a bank job. Special features: Commentaries by James Ellroy and film historian Eddie Muller on 'Crime wave' and writer Stabley Rubin and film historian Glenn Erickson on 'Decoy;' new featurettes: "Crime wave: the city is dark" and "Decoy: a map to nowhere;" 'Crime wave' theatrical trailer. 74 min. DVD 8415
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Criss Cross (1948)
Directed by Robert Siodmak. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Yvonne DeCarlo, Dan Duryea. An armored car driver secretly meets his ex-wife and then tries to convince her hoodlum husband that he met her only to get her husband's help in an upcoming robbery. DVD 2743
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The Crooked Way (1949)
Directed by Robert Florey. Cast: John Payne, Sonny Tufts, Ellen Drew, Rhys Williams, Percy Helton. John Payne plays a wounded WWII veteran who has lost his memory. As he heads to Los Angeles to try and figure out his identity, two police detectives arrest him. When he is framed for a murder he must find the real killer and clear his name by navigating through the crooked underbelly of Los Angeles. 86 min. DVD 4961
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Crossfire (1947)
Directed by Edward Dmytryk. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Robert Young, Gloria Grahame. A police captain methodically unravels the truth behind the brutal murder of an innocent Jewish man by a World War II soldier with a rabid hatred of Jews. DVD 4115; vhs 999:1027
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Cry Danger (1950)
Directed by Robert Parrish. Cast: Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, William Conrad, Richard Erdman, Jean Porter. Rocky Mulloy, a bookie who was framed, tried and sent to jail for a holdup and murder he didn't commit is surprisingly released from prison with the help of a phony alibi. Now his eyes are focused on sweet revenge and the $100,000 stolen payroll stashed five years ago. 80 min. vhs 999:2359
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Cry of the City (1948)
Directed by Robert Siodmak. Cast: Victor Mature, Richard Conte, Fred Clark, Shelley Winters, Betty Garde. Police Lieut. Candella, longtime friend of the Rome family, walks a tightrope in the case of cop-killer Martin Rome. Based on the novel "The chair for Martin Rome" by Henry Edward Helseth. 95 min. DVD X6251
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The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
Directed by Vincent Sherman. Cast: Joan Crawford, David Brian, Steve Cochran, Kent Smith, Selena Royle. Ethel Whitehead moves from the wrong side of the tracks to a mobster's mansion in high society one man at a time. Some of those men love her. Some use her. And one, a high-rolling racketeer, abuses her. When the racketeer murders his rival in Ethel's swanky living room, she flees a sure murder rap, right back to the poverty she thought she had escaped. And this time there may not be a man to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. 103 min. DVD 4048
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The Dark Corner (1946)
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix, Mark Stevens. Lucille Ball has a change of pace role in this sizzling film noir where she plays the secretary of a private eye who is framed for the murder of his ex-partner. Based on a story by Leo Rosten. Special DVD features: Commentary by film historians Alain Silver and James Ursini ; theatrical trailer. 99 min. DVD 7670
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Manon, Hugh S. "X-Ray Visions: Radiography, Chiaroscuro, and the Fantasy of Unsuspicion in Film Noir." Film Criticism; Winter2007/2008, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p2-27, 26p UC users only

Dark Mirror (1946)
Directed by Robert Siodmak. Cast: Olivia De Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell. A prying neighbor, a jilted paramour and a seasoned detective all point to a woman as a killer until her twin sister disappears. vhs 999:180
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Fischer, Lucy. "Two-faced women: the double in women's melodrama of the 1940's." Cinema Journal Vol XXIII nr 1 (Fall 1983); p 24-43. UC users only
Reyes, Carlos V. "Film Noir's Dark Secret or What Does the Hysteric Want?" Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Spring 2010, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p75-88, 14p UC users only

Dark Passage (1947)
Directed by Delmer Daves. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Moorehead, Tom D'Andrea. After successful plastic surgery on his face, a man wrongly convicted of murder hides out in an apartment in San Francisco. Tension builds in this tale of a fugitive hiding from the law as he feverishly works to prove his innocence. DVD 3485
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Dark Waters (1944)
Directed by André de Toth. Cast: Merle Oberon, Franchot Tone, Thomas Mitchell, Fay Bainter. A psychological thriller about a nervous young heiress driven to attempt suicide by a fake aunt and uncle who want to collect her estate. Aided by the oppressive vegetation and stifling heat, the would-be killers methodically implement a series of terrifying ploys to suffocate the young girl in her own madness. 90 min. DVD 3796; vhs 999:3432
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Danks, Adrian. "Driftin': In Tribute to André de Toth." Senses of Cinema vol. 25, pp. (no pagination), March 2003
Silver, Alain. "André de Toth (1913-2002): An Interview." Senses of Cinema vol. 25, pp. (no pagination), March 2003 UC users only

Dead Reckoning (1946)
Directed by John Cromwell. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lizabeth Scott, Morris Carnovsky, Charles Kane, William Prince, Marvin Miller, Wallace Ford, James Bell. An ex-G.I. tries to find out who framed his pal for murder--and then rubbed him out! While tracking his war buddy's shadowy past, the G.I. becomes involved with the mysterious night club singer who had once been his pal's sweetheart. 105 min. DVD 3828
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Krutnik, Frank. "The problem in 'algebra': Dead Reckoning and regimentation of the masculine." In: In a lonely street : film noir, genre, masculinity London : Routledge, 1991 (Main, Moffitt, PFA PN1995.9.F54 K6 1991; full-text available online [UCB users only])

Deadline at Dawn (1946)
Directed by Harold Clurman. Cast: Susan Hayward, Paul Lukas, Bill Williams. A sailor on leave appears to have killed a gangster's sister. He has until dawn to find the real killer, aided by a weary dance hall girl. 83 min. DVD X5674
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Decoy (1946)
Directed by Jack Bernhard. Cast: Jean Gillie, Edward Norris, Robert Armstrong, Herbert Rudley, Sheldon Leonard, Marjorie Woodwarth. Gangster Frank Olins is about to die in the gas chamber much to the dismay of his girlfriend Margot Shelby. Only Frank knows the location of $400,000. Margot seduces gangster Jim Vincent to get him to engineer the removal of Olins' body from the prison immediately after he dies. She forces the prison doctor to administer an antidote for cyanide gas poisoning to Olins. The revived Olins gives Margot half of a map showing the money location and Vincent, in a fit of jealousy, kills Olins and takes the other half. Because the doctor's plates on his car will get them through the police roadblocks, Vincent and Margot take him with them on the money hunt. Special features: Commentaries by James Ellroy and film historian Eddie Muller on 'Crime wave' and writer Stabley Rubin and film historian Glenn Erickson on 'Decoy;' new featurettes: "Crime wave: the city is dark" and "Decoy: a map to nowhere;" 'Crime wave' theatrical trailer. 76 min. DVD 8415
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Desperate (1947)
Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr, Douglas Fowley. An Everyman who accepts what he thinks is an honest trucking job, only to find he's the driver in a botched heist that puts Brodie and his bride on the run from the cops and the cons who planned the job. DVD X5674; vhs 999:476
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Desperate Hours (1955)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Arthur Kennedy, Martha Scott. Tells the harrowing story about an escaped convict who breaks into a suburban home and takes a family hostage. Adapted from the novel and play by Joseph Hayes (MOFF: PS3515.A942 D4; MAIN: 960.H417.des; Storage Info: B 3 342 433). 112 min. DVD 3818
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Detour (1946)
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald, Tim Ryan, Esther Howard, Pat Gleason. After his girlfriend Sue has left for the West Coast, Al Roberts decides to join her and starts a journey hitchhiking westwards. When he finds a driver who'd given him a lift dead, he decides to get rid of the body and take the man's identity, fearing he'd be accused of murder if he would go to the police. However, Vera, a hitchhiking girl Al picks up, sees through him and starts blackmailing him into going along with her schemes which get him deeper and deeper into trouble. [From the Internet Movie Database] DVD 391; DVD 2746
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Dial 1119(1950)
Directed by Gerald Mayer. Cast: Marshall Thompson, Virginia Field, Andrea King, Sam Levene. An asylum inmate escapes to the city where he takes hostages at a local dive, guns down a bar employee, and warns authorities his captives will be next if the doctor whose testimony first put him away doesn't arrive within the hour. 75 min. DVD X5674
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D.O.A. (1949)
Directed by Rudolph Mate. Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Campbell, Neville Brand, Lynn Baggett, William Ching. Small-town accountant Frank Bigelow goes to San Francisco for a week's fun prior to settling down with fiancée Paula. After a night on the town, he wakes up with more than just a hangover; doctors tell him he's been given a "luminous toxin" with no antidote and has, at most, a week to live! Not knowing who did it or why, Bigelow embarks on a frantic odyssey to find his own murderer. 83 min. DVD 2746; DVD 178
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Osteen, M. "The big secret: film noir and nuclear film." Journal of Popular Film and Television v. 22 (Summer 1994) p. 79-90 UC users only
Renov, Michael. "D. O. A.: Five Aspects of Textuality." New Orleans Review, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 65-72, Fall 1982
Shadoian, Jack. "Going Gray and Going Crazy: Disequilibrium and Change at Midcentury: D.O.A.(1949)." In: Dreams & dead ends : the American gangster film / Jack Shadoian. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only): Print Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995.9.G3 S5 2003)
Turner, George "'I Want to Report a Murder'." American Cinematographer, LXIX/8, Aug 88; p.35-40. (Production history and detailed plot description of the original version of "D.O.A.")

Double Indemnity (1944)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson. An insurance man and a suburban wife conspire to trick her husband into signing a policy that pays double for accidental death-- then push him from a train. It's an almost perfect crime. Based on the novel by James M. Cain. DVD 26; vhs 999:126
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Wilder, Billy. Double indemnity / Billy Wilder ; screenplay by Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler ; with an introduction by Jeffrey Meyers. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.D6553 W55 2000)

The Enforcer (1951)
Director, Bretaigne Windust. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Roy Roberts, Everett Sloane. A hard-hitting D.A. is facing the hottest case of the year. Armed with a killer's confession, a score of missing persons and a mob undertaker working full-time, he knows he's onto something. Relentless and determined he tracks down a notorious murder for profit ring, headed by a killer named Mendoza. 87 min. DVD 2193
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Fallen Angel (1945)
Directed by Otto Preminger. Cast: Dana Andrews, Alice Faye, Linda Darnell, Charles Bickford, Anne Revere. Eric Stanton, a press agent down on his luck, drifts into a small Californian coastal town. He meets June, a wealthy but reclusive woman, and has his eye on Stella, a sultry waitress. In love with Stella but broke, Eric marries June for her money, planning a rapid divorce. However when Stella is murdered, the story takes an unexpected turn. Non-US format (PAL) DVD. 98 min. DVD 3913
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Brook, Vincent. "The ABZs of Film Noir: Otto Preminger and Edgar G. Ulmer." In: Driven to darkness : Jewish émigré directors and the rise of film noir / Vincent Brook. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F54 B76 2009)
Frischauer, Willi. Behind the scenes of Otto Preminger; an unauthorized biography New York, Morrow, 1974 [c1973] (MOFF: PN1998.A3 .P674 1973)
Pratley, Gerald. The cinema of Otto Preminger London, A. Zwemmer; New York, A. S. Barnes [1971] (MAIN: PN1998.A3 P6831)
Preminger, Otto. Preminger : an autobiography Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1977. (MAIN: PN1998 A3.P6721 1977; PFA : PN1998.3.P74 P74 1977)
Smith, Imogen Sara. "Dana Andrews: The Forties Hero and His Shadow." Bright Lights Film Journal, November 2008 | Issue 62

FBI Girl (1951)
Directed by William A. Berke. Cast: Cesar Romero, George Brent, Audrey Totter, Raymond Burr, Tom Drake, Raymond Greenleaf. A state governor hires Raymond Burr to steal a file from the FBI that has fingerprint evidence proving he [the governor] previously was a wanted criminal. A clerk in the FBI office is killed, and agent Cesar Romero is hot on the case. 77 min. DVD 8249
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Fear in the Night (1947)
Directed by Maxwell Shane. Cast: Paul Kelly, DeForrest Kelley, Ann Doran, Kay Scott, Charles Victor, Robert Emmett Keane, Jeff Yorke. Vince Grayson wakes from a nightmare in which he and an unknown woman murdered a man in a strange, mirrored room. Only a dream...but Vince finds that he has physical objects and bruises from his "dream." His cop brother-in-law dismisses his story...until the family, on a picnic, takes shelter from a thunderstorm in a deserted mansion containing that mirrored room where Vince ultimately discovers he was hypnotized into commiting a murder. Based on the story Nightmare by William Irish 70 min. DVD X3835
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Fingerprints Don't Lie (1951)
Directed by Sam Newfield. Cast: Richard Travis, Sheila Ryan, Sid Melton, Tom Neal, Margia Dean, Lyle Talbot. The identity of the murderer of a town's mayor is decided by fingerprints on the weapon ... case closed. But is it? A reporter sets out to prove otherwise. Based on a story by Rupert Hughes. 56 min. DVD 8250
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5 Against the House (1955)
Directed by Phil Karlson. Cast: Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith, William Conrad, Kerwin Mathews. Four Korean war vets dream up a college prank to rob a casino, convincing the girlfriend of one of them to help. Problems arise when one of the vets, who suffers from a war injury, turns the prank serious. Based on a novel by Jack Finney. 83 min. DVD X2400
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Force of Evil (1948)
Directed by Abraham Polonsky. Cast: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Beatrice Pearson, Roy Roberts, Marie Windsor. A racketeer's lawyer finds that his boss has found a way to bankrupt New York's numbers banks but gets wedged between the numbers racket and a new prosecutor's anti-crime campaign. 82 min. DVD 3311; vhs 999:1859
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Fourteen Hours (1951)
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes, Debra Paget, Grace Kelly, Agnes Moorehead, Robert Keith.A young man, morally destroyed by his unloving parents and the fear of his inability to make his girlfriend happy, keeps police at bay for fourteen hours while attempting suicide. A swelling crowd and cynical reporters create a media circus in the streets. As the day wears on, psychiatrists, his dysfunctional parents, and his ex-fiancee all try to talk him off the ledge without success as the day gives way to an eerie night illuminated by floodlights. Based on a true story written by Joel Sayre in the New Yorker. DVD X1819
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Fury (1936)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel, Bruce Cabot, Edward Ellis, Walter Brennan. An ethical young man is forced to confront his own morality after he becomes a victim of vigilantism. DVD 3808
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The Gambler and the Lady (1952)
Directed by Patrick Jenkins. Cast: Dane Clark, Naomi Chance, Meredith Edwards, Thomas Gallagher, Eric Pohlmann, Anthony Forwood. A greedy but successful professional gambler wants to join the British Establishment when he falls in love with a blue-blooded lady. But first he must mend his ways and then dump his nightclub singer girl friend. She's not so easy to get rid of, and neither is his past. 72 min. DVD 6021
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The Gangster (1947)
Directed by Gordon Wiles. Cast: Barry Sullivan, Belita, Joan Lorring, Akim Tamiroff, Henry Morgan, John Ireland, Sheldon Leonard, Elisha Cook, Jr., Fifi D'Orsay, Leif Erickson, Virginia Christine. Shubunka pulled himself up by extorting protection money from small-time operators of policy number, gaming house and other illicit enterprises. But he had no friends, knew no happiness and tormented his moll until she finally put the finger on him for a rival mob. He ends up in the gutter on a rainy night, his body riddled with bullets. Based on the novel Low company by Daniel Fuchs. Rumored to be an uncredited work by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. 84 min. DVD X6042
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The Garment Jungle (1957)
Directed by Vincent Sherman; Robert Aldrich (uncredited). Cast: Lee J. Cobb, Kerwin Mathews, Gia Scala, Richard Boone, Valerie French, Robert Loggia. On the mean streets of the garment district in New York City, Alan Mitchell discovers that the dress business owned by his father is being controlled by the mob. 88 min. DVD X2890
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Silver, Alain. "The Gangster According to Aldrich." : In: The gangster film reader / edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini. Pompton Plains, N.J. : Limelight, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.G3 G36 2007)

Gilda (1946)
Directed by Charles Vidor. Cast: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George MacReady, Joseph Calleia. A South American casino owner hires a young American to be his right hand man. The owner's bride was at one time the American's lover. DVD 392; VHS 999:59
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Glass Key (1942)
Directed by Stuart Heisler. Cast: Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, William Bendix, Bonita Granville, Richard Denning, Joseph Calleia. Intricate mystery about a slightly corrupt politician, accused of murder, who solicits his right-hand man (Ladd) to hunt down the real killer. As he searches Ladd must endure a brutal beating from gangsters, the annoying hindrance of the police and the beguiling advances of his boss' fiancee. Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. 85 min. vhs 999:171
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The Glass Wall (1953)
Directed by Maxwell Shane. Cast: Vittorio Gassman, Gloria Grahame, Ann Robinson, Douglas Spencer, Jack Teagarden, Shorty Rogers and his Band, Jerry Paris. A European man who is desperate to immigrate to America, stows away and dodges quarantine to enlist the help of a pretty, down-on-her-luck jazz musician he helped in the war. 82 min. DVD X2720
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The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery(1959)
Directors, Charles Guggenheim, John Stix. Cast: Steve McQueen, David Clarke, Graham Denton, Molly McCarthy, James Dukas. Psychological drama based on true events that recounts the meticulous planning and thoroughly botched execution of a bank robbery. Actual St. Louis police officers play themselves in the same respective roles of the true story. 85 min. DVD 1151
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Guest in the House (1944)
Directed by John Brahm. Cast: Ann Baxter, Ralph Bellamy, Ruth Warrick, Marie McDonald, Aline MacMahon, Scott McKay, Jerome Cowan, Margaret Hamilton, Percy Kilbride. An emotionally disturbed girl turns an idyllic household into a chaotic nightmare. 120 min. DVD 7597; vhs 999:3385
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Gun Crazy (aka Deadly Is the Female) (1950)
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. Cast: Peggy Cummins, John Dall. Although Bart is not a violent man at heart, he allows the no-good Laurie to lure him into a life of crime. DVD 2716; vhs 999:517
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Hangmen Also Die (1943)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee, Dennis O'Keefe. Pursued by the Germans after the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Dr. Svoboda enlists the aid of a young woman who is oblivious to the lethal crosscurrents that surround her in Czechoslovakia. As she learns more about the mysterious doctor, she grows aware of the involvement of her father and fiance in the resistance, and soon finds herself entangled in the revolution's secret operations. 134 min. DVD 170; VHS 999:719
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The Harder They Fall (1956)
Directed by Alexander Hall. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Mike Lane, Max Baer, Jersey Joe Walcott, Edward Andrews. Humphrey Bogart stars as a sportswriter who joins forces with a corrupt boxing promoter. Together, they scheme to deceive a clumsy, seven-foot giant into believing he has a shot at the heavyweight title. Based on the novel by Budd Schulberg. 108 min. DVD X6085
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He Walked by Night (1948)
Directed by Alfred Werker and Anthony Mann. Cast: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell, Jack Webb, Reed Hadley. Semi-documentary chase drama showing how the Los Angeles police department frantically searches for a cold blooded killer on the loose in Los Angeles. DVD 163; vhs 999:1303
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Heat Wave (1942)
Directed by Ken Hughes. Cast: Alex Nicol, Hillary Brooke, Susan Stephen, Sid James, Alan Wheatley, Paul Carpenter. An American writer living in England gets entangled in a scheme by a beautiful blonde to murder her rich husband. 68 min. DVD 6021
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High Sierra (1941)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie, Henry Travers. Set against the captivating background of California's High Sierra Montains, the story begins when convicted killer Roy Earle is sprung from jail by mobster "Big Mac", who wants Earle to assist in a California hotel hold-up. As a favor to his old friend, he agrees to pull one more job and then settle down to a normal life. From a novel by W. R. Burnett. 101 min. DVD 3500; VHS 999:1812
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High Wall (1947)
Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. Cast: Robert Taylor, Audrey Totter, Herbert Marshall, Dorothy Patrick. Steven Kenet says he killed his wife, but even he doesn't really know. ... So Kenet enters a psych ward where, the DA asserts, he'll hide behind the wall of an insanity plea. But truth cannot hide. And Kenet - assisted by a ward doctor - is driven to find the truth. Suggested by a story and a play by Alan R. Clark and Bradbury Foote. 99 min. DVD X6043
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Hi-Jacked(1950)
Directed by Sam Newfield. Cast: Jim Davis, Marsha Jones, Sid Melton, David Bruce, Paul Cavanagh. Parolee/truck driver Jim Davis now wants to stick to the straight-and-narrow, but finds himself riding a highway of terror when his truck is hijacked and police suspect him because of his past record. 69 min. DVD X912
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His Kind of Woman! (1951)
Directed by John Farrow. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jan Russell, Vincent Price, Tim Holt, Charles McGraw. Hard-luck gambler Dan Milner is in sudden luck. He'll get $50,000 to hang out at a posh Mexican resort, $5,000 now and the big payoff when the reason he's been sent there is revealed. Of course, the gangsters making the offer don't expect him to live long enough to collect. 120 min. DVD 5847
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The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Directed by Ida Lupino. Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman. The only true 'film noir' ever directed by a woman, this tour de force thriller is a classic, tension-packed, three-way dance of death about two middle-class American homebodies on vacation in Mexico on a long-awaited fishing trip. Suddenly their car and their very lives are commandeered by a psychopathic serial killer. 70 min. DVD 169; VHS 999:2777
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Armstrong, Richard. "South of the Chocolate Mountains: Scattered Impressions of The Hitch-Hiker." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 37, pp. (no pagination), August 2002
Georgakas, Dan. "Ida Lupino: Doing It Her Way."Cineaste 25:3 [Summer 2000] p. 32-36 UC users only
Queen of the 'B's: Ida Lupino behind the camera / edited by Annette Kuhn. Westport, Conn : Greenwood Press, 1995. (Main Stack PN1998.3.L89.Q44 1995)

Hollow Triumph (The Scar) (1948)
Directed by Steve Sekelye. Cast: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz, Leslie Brooks, John Qualen. An ex-medical student in trouble with gambling debts kills a psychiatrist who is his exact look-alike, except for a scar on the doctor's cheek. The student impersonates the dead psychiatrist, but mistakenly makes his own scar on the wrong cheek. It is not long before the doctor's secretary is on to him and he discovers the doctor had a few gambling debts himself. Originally made in 1948 as a motion picture under the title Hollow Triumph. Based on the novel by Murray Forbes. 83 min. DVD 3657; also VHS 999:2245
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House By the River (1950)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Louis Hayward, Lee Bowman, Jane Wyatt. Stephen Byrne is so caught up in murder that it finally catches up with him. From a novel by A.P. Herbert. 85 min. DVD 4918; vhs 999:667
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House of Bamboo (1955)
Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi, Cameron Mitchell, Brad Dexter, Sessue Hayakawa. Filmed on location in Tokyo, Japan. Sandy Dawson has assembled a platoon of ex-Army thugs to run pachinko parlors while pulling off bloody heists and armed robbery. The murder of a friend brings Eddie Spanier into the group, along with his beautiful mistress. But Spanier's behavior grows treacherous, and his loyalties become questionable, leading to a breathless, murderous conclusion high above the ancient city of Tokyo. 102 min. DVD 4215
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House of Strangers (1949)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Luther Adler. Set in the rich historical atmosphere of New York's turn-of-the century Lower East Side, this is the powerful story of Gino Monetti, a ruthless immigrant who builds a banking empire on fraud and exploitation which is eventually destroyed by hate and greed. DVD special features: Audio commentary with film author & historian Foster Hirsch; poster gallery; production stills gallery; unit photography gallery; theatrical trailer; Fox flix. Based on the novel I'll never go there any more, by Jerome Weidman. 101 min. DVD 7668; vhs 999:3100
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Boozer, Jack. "The Entrepreneurial Impulse." In: Career Movies : American Business and the Success Mystique Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.B87 B66 2002)

The House on 92nd Street (1945)
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: William Eythe, Lloyd Nolan, Signe Hasso, Gene Lockhart, Leo. G. Carroll, Lydia St. Clair, William Post. When a young German American is solicited as a Nazi spy during WWII, he accepts the job after agreeing to go undercover for the FBI. Once he learns that his mission is to send atomic bomb secrets to the German government, the FBI chief works relentlessly to prevent this while not giving his agent's identity away. 89 min. DVD 4382
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Howard, Maureen. "You Are There." In: Beyond document : essays on nonfiction film / edited by Charles Warren. Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, c1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995.9.D6 B48 1996)
Jowett, Garth S. "Hollywood, Propaganda and the Bomb: Nuclear Images in Post World War II Films." Film & History; May1988, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p26-38, 13p UC users only
Lipkin, Steven N. "Real Emotional Logic: Persuasive Strategies in Docudrama." Cinema Journal Vol. 38, No. 4 (Summer, 1999), pp. 68-85 UC users only

The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
Directed by Robert Wise. Cast: Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortesa, William Lundigan, Fay Baker, Gordon Gebert. Victoria Kowelska has lived through World War II bombings and relocation camps, and has finally emigrated to San Francisco. She has assumed her dead friend's identity and now lives among her family, including a young boy who is to inherit a fortune. She falls for the boy's guardian but soon learns that she may be in danger again. 93 min. DVD 5258
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Keenan, Richard C. The films of Robert Wise / Richard C. Keenan. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.W569 K44 2007)
Leemann, Sergio. Robert Wise on his films : from editing room to director's chair / by Sergio Leemann. Los Angeles : Silman-James Press ; Hollywood, CA : Distributed by Samuel French Trade, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.W569 L44 1995)

Human Desire (1954)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan. Upon discovering that his seductive, young wife Vicki has done more than just talk with a railroad official, former railroader Carl Buckley knifes his rival. Jeff Warren sees Vicki emerge from the murder compartment, but because of mutual attraction, refuses to testify against her. Based on a novel by Emile Zola. 81 min. DVD X4142
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Callahan, Dan. "Fatal Instincts: The Dangerous Pout of Gloria Grahame." Bright Lights Films Journal, August 2008 | Issue 61

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I Married a Communist (aka Woman on Pier 13) (1949)
Directed by Robert Stevenson. Cast: Laraine Day, Robert Ryan, John Agar. Brad Collins, former stevedore, is rising fast in a shipping company when local communist agitators use his former Party affiliation to extort his help in stirring up trouble. When Brad resists, communist femme fatale Christine works through his brother-in-law Don. But Brad's new wife Nan sees that her husband and brother are under pressure; when she investigates on her own, party boss Vanning takes ruthless action. 73 min. DVD X4710
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I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
Directed by Bruce Humberstone. Cast: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Laird Cregar. Murder mystery about Vicky Lynn, a waitress who becomes a cafe society celebrity only to be killed just before her departure to Hollywood. The main suspect is sports promoter Frankie Christopher who engineered Vicky's rise to fame, but Vicky's sister Jill is also a suspect and things become further complicated when she and Frankie fall in love. DVD Special features: Audio commentary with film noir historian Eddie Muller; "Daddy" deleted scene; poster gallery; production stills gallery; unit photography gallery; theatrical trailer; Fox flix. 82 min. DVD 5634; vhs 999:2778
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I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (1951)
Directed by Gordon Douglas. Cast: Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey, James Millican, Richard Webb. Ostensibly based on a "Saturday Evening Post" article in which a Pittsburgh steel company worker recounted his experiences as an undercover FBI agent in the Communist Party, this is a well-crafted propaganda piece in the form of a noir thriller. 83 min. DVD X1805
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Doherty, Thomas. "Hollywood Agit-Prop: The Anti-Communist Cycle, 1948-1954." Journal of Film & Video; Fall88, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p15-27, 13p, UC users only
Leab, Dan. "I Was A Communist For The FBI." History Today 1996 46(12): 42-47. UC users only

Illegal (1955)
Directed by Lewis Allen. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe, Jayne Mansfield. Ambitious D.A. Victor Scott zealously prosecutes Ed Clary for a woman's murder. But as Clary walks to the electric chair, Scott receives evidence that exonerates the condemned man. Realizing that he's made a terrible mistake he tries to stop the execution, but is too late. Scott resigns as a prosecutor and enters private practice. He draws the attention of mob kingpin Frank Garland. Scott represents one of Garland's stooges on a murder rap and Scott, in a grand display of courtroom theatrics, wins the case. Embroiled in dirty mob politics, the situation becomes intolerable when his former protege is charged with a murder that seems to implicate her as an informant to the Garland mob. Special features: Commentaries by Nina Foch and film historian Patricia King Hanson on 'Illegal' and film historian Richard B. Jewell on 'The big steal;' vintage "Behind the cameras" segment with Edward G. Robinson from the 'Warner Bros. presents' TV series; new featurettes: "Illegal: marked for life" and "The big steal: look behind you;" theatrical trailers. 88 min. DVD 8414
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Impact (1949)
Directed by Arthur Lubin. Cast: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Helen Walker, Anna May Wong. Millionaire industrialist Walter Williams is marked for murder by his wife and her lover. When the plot ends in a fiery disaster, Williams is thought dead. In reality, he finds himself without a clue of who he is or what happened. As his memory returns, his life becomes a roller coaster ride of suspense and excitement. 111 min. DVD 2152
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In a Lonely Place (1950)
Director, Nicholas Ray. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Jeff Donnell, Martha Stewart. A hotheaded Hollywood screenwriter, questioned for murder, is drawn to his neighbor when she confirms his alibi. His volatile nature eventually threatens to destroy their one last chance for real love. Based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. 94 min. DVD 3486; also VHS 999:974
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Johnny Eager (1941)
Director, Melvin LeRoy. Cast: Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Edward Arnold, Van Heflin, Robert Sterling, Patricia Dane, Glenda Farrell, Barry Nelson. One of the last great gangster movies from the studio system's heyday. Taylor plays Johnny, a racketeer looking to tighten his grip on local gambling operations. Turner is the sociology student (and daughter of district attorney Edward Arnold) who falls for Johnny and then becomes a pawn in his schemes. 107 min. DVD X4504; vhs 999:3569
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Jordan, Jessica Hope. The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield / Jessica Hope Jordan. Amherst, N.Y. : Cambria Press, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F44 J67 2009)
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Kansas City Confidential (1952)
Directed by Phil Karlson. Cast: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, Dona Drake, Mario Siletti. In this film noir a bitter ex-cop turns criminal mastermind, pulling off a huge armored car robbery. A reformed con man turns investigator when he is unwittingly framed for the robbery. 98 min. DVD 3809; vhs 999:2870
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Key Largo (1948)
Directed by John Huston. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall. A disillusioned returning World War II veteran has lost the will to fight ... until he arrives at a rundown hotel in Key Largo. There a mobster holes up against a raging storm, holding the veteran, the hotel owner and the owner's widowed daughter-in-law at gunpoint. Based on the play of the same title by Maxwell Anderson. DVD 294
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The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)
Directed by Earl McEvoy. Cast: Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin, William Bishop, Dorothy Malone, Lola Albright, Barry Kelley, Carl Benton Reid. After helping to smuggle diamonds into the country and getting burned by her lastest flame, Sheila Bennet decides to get even. But she unwittingly puts herself and millions and others at risk, requiring an all-out manhunt for a killer. Based on the Colliers magazine article by Milton Lehman. 79 min. DVD X2720
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The Killers (1946)
Directed by Robert Siodmak. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker, Sam Levene, William Conrad, Jack Lambert, Jeff Corey. After killing a man, two killers dig into their victim's past to discover who hired them and why. Based on a story by Ernest Hemingway. The DVD includes the 1964 version of "The Killers," and Andrei Tarkovsky's 1956 student film version (19 min.), plus other special features. 102 min. DVD 1567; vhs 999:1857
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The Killers (aka Ernest Hemingway's The Killers) (1964)
Directed by Don Siegel. Cast: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavettes, Clu Gulager, Ronald Reagan. Melodramatic thriller based on the Hemingway story about two hit men who become curious about the life and death of the man they were hired to kill. The DVD includes the 1946 version of "The Killers," and Andrei Tarkovsky's 1956 student film version (19 min.), plus other special features. 94 min. DVD 1567
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Killer's Kiss (1956)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Frank Silvera, Jamie Smith, Irene Kane, Ruth Sobotka. Film noir about a struggling boxer in New York City who protects a nightclub dancer from her boyfriend and boss, unaware that he is a gangster. Special DVD features: 4-page booklet goes behind the scenes with Stanley Kubrick--his style, technique and creative genius ; theatrical trailer. DVD 561
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The Killing (1956)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Ted DeCorsia, Marie Windsor, Elisha Cook, Jr., Kola Kwariani, Timothy Carey, Joe Sawyer. A group of small-time crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery--but their well-laid plans go awry. From the novel Clean break by Lionel White. DVD 720
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A Kiss Before Dying (1955)
Director, Gerd Oswald. Cast: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward, Mary Astor. Troubled by the death of her twin sister, a young woman unwittingly falls in love with an ambitious man. As she investigates her sister's death, she discovers that what she doesn't know about her boyfriend may kill her. 95 min. DVD 2035
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Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Directed by Robert Aldrich. Cast: Ralph Meeker, Paul Stewart, Albert Dekker. A detective gives a ride to a half-naked girl, who is abruptly killed by thugs. Almost killed himself, the detective tries to solve the murder. Along the way, he is told to back off by the Feds, a bomb is placed in his car, a friend is killed, and he himself is beaten, drugged, and held hostage. Special features: Alternate ending, original theatrical trailer. Based on the novel Kiss me deadly, by Mickey Spillane. DVD 1077; vhs 999:146
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Kiss of Death (1947)
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray, Richard Widmark. This gripping crime melodrama set a new standard for realism in Hollywood. Victor Mature is Nick Bianco, a two-bit crook who is trying to go straight. He has a wife and two girls to feed, but nobody hires ex-cons. Nick cooperates with the D.A. (Brian Donlevy) to save his family. The D.A. wants Nick to squeal on up-and-coming hood Tommy Udo (Richard Widmark), but that could be very unhealthy -- for Nick and his two young daughters. Special DVD features: Commentary by James Ursini and Alain Silver, theatrical trailer, still gallery. DVD 7669; vhs 999:471
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Shadoian, Jack. "The Genre’s 'Enlightenment': The Stress and Strain for Affirmation: Kiss of Death (1947)." In: Dreams & dead ends : the American gangster film / Jack Shadoian. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only): Print Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995.9.G3 S5 2003)
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
Directed by Gordon Douglas. Cast: James Cagney, Barbara Payton, Helena Carter, Ward Bond. "From the trial of the survivors, we flash back to amoral crook Ralph Cotter's violent prison break, assisted by Holiday Carleton, sister of another prisoner...who doesn't make it. Soon Ralph manipulates the grieving Holiday into his arms, and two crooked cops follow her into his pocket. Ralph's total lack of scruple brings him great success in a series of robberies. But his easy conquest of gullible heiress Margaret Dobson proves more dangerous to him than any crime." [from Internet Movie Database] 102 min. DVD 3816; vhs 999:2370
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Monk, Philip. Double-cross : the Hollywood films of Douglas Gordon Toronto: Power Plant, c2003. (MAIN Stack; PFA: N6797.G67 M65 2003)

Knock on Any Door (1949)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Alex Karras, Jane Greer, Richard Widmark. Andrew Morton is an attorney who made it out of the slums while his client, Nick Romano, has a long string of crimes behind him. After Nick lost his paycheck gambling, his wife announces she is pregnant and later he finds her dead from suicide. When he turns again to robbery he's caught by a cop and Nick pumps all his bullets into him in frustration. Film is notable for Morton's appeal to the court which emphasizes the evils of the slums. From the novel "Knock on any door" by Willard Motley. 100 min.DVD X4752; vhs 999:2335
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Lady From Shanghai(1948)
Directed by Orson Welles. Cast: Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia. Baffling murders, fascinating plot twists and remarkable camera work all contribute to this spellbinding film noir in which a seaman becomes involved in the murderous intrigue of a crippled lawyer and his homicidal frustrated wife. The film culminates in a shoot-up in a hall of mirrors. 87 min. DVD 332; VHS 999:63
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Lady in the Lake (1947)
Directed by Robert Montgomery. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan, Tom Tully, Leon Ames. Philip Marlowe searches for a missing wife--and discovers a different woman's corpse in a mountain lake. Film utilizes a daring technique in which the subjective camera becomes the "I" and viewers experience the action--socks to the jaw and all--from Marlowe's viewpoint. See the clues as Marlowe sees them and maybe solve the case before he does. DVD 5849; vhs 999:1529
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Gernalzick, Nadja. "To Act Or To Perform: Distinguishing Filmic Autobiography." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 1-13, Winter 2006UC users only
Telotte, J. P. "The Detective As Dreamer: The Case of The Lady in the Lake." Journal of Popular Film and Television, vol. 12 no. 1. 1984 Spring. pp: 4-15.
Williamson, Catherine. "'You'll see it just as I saw it': voyeurism, fetishism, and the female spectator in Lady in the Lake." Journal of Film and Video (48:3) 1996, 17-29.

Lady on a Train (1945)
Directed by Charles David. Cast: Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, David Bruce, George Coulouris, Allen Jenkins, Dan Duryea, Edward Everett Horton. A young woman on a New York-bound train is witness to a murder outside her compartment window. When police refuse to believe her story, she draws on her penchant for reading mystery novels and sets out to solve the case herself. 95 min. DVD 3886; vhs 999:2306
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Laura (1944)
Directed by Otto Preminger. Cast: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson. Cynical detective investigates the murder of a beautiful girl, but finds himself falling in love with the dead woman through her striking portrait. Adapted from the novel by Vera Caspary. Special DVD features: Extended movie version with alternate opening ; commentary by composer David Raksin and Wesleyan University Film Professor Jeanine Basinger ; commentary by film historian/author Rudy Behlmer ; documentaries: "Gene Tierney: a shattered portrait" and "Vincent Price: the versatile villian" as seen on Biography on the A&E Network ; deleted scene with optional commentary by Rudy Behlmer ; theatrical trailer. DVD 3643
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Frischauer, Willi. Behind the scenes of Otto Preminger; an unauthorized biography New York, Morrow, 1974 [c1973] (MOFF: PN1998.A3 .P674 1973)
Pratley, Gerald. The cinema of Otto Preminger London, A. Zwemmer; New York, A. S. Barnes [1971] (MAIN: PN1998.A3 P6831)
Preminger, Otto. Preminger : an autobiographyGarden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1977. (MAIN: PN1998 A3.P6721 1977; PFA : PN1998.3.P74 P74 1977)

Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Directed by John M. Stahl. Cast: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price. Melodrama with Tierney as a psychopathic young wife whose jealous, obsessive love for her husband leads to murder, treachery, and suicide. Based on the novel by Ben Ames Williams. Special DVD features: Commentary by Darryl Hickman and film critic Richard Schickel; movietone news footage (film premiere, Oscar presentations); restoration comparison; still gallery; theatrical trailer. 111 min. DVD 3807; vhs 999:1763
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Deutelbaum, Marshall. "Costuming and the Color System of Leave Her to Heaven." Film Criticism, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 11-20, Spring 1987
Turim, Maureen. "The Question of Ideology: Fictive Psyches: The Psychological Melodrama in 40s Films." boundary 2, Vol. 12, No. 3, (Spring - Autumn, 1984), pp. 321-331. UC users only

The Letter (1940)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Gale Songergaard. A rubber plantation owner's wife kills a man in what seems to have been self-defense but a letter from her which proves it to have been a crime of passion, becomes an instrument of blackmail. Based on the play by W. Somerset Maugham. Special DVD features: Alternate ending ; 4/21/41 Lux Radio Theater adaptation and 3/5/44 Lux Radio Theater adaptation ; theatrical trailer. 95 min. DVD 3431; VHS 999:2356
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The Limping Man (1953)
Directed by Charles De Latour [Cy Endfield]. Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Gale Songergaard. An ex G.I. returns to England to look up a wartime girlfriend and rekindle their romance. He soon realizes that she has become involved with racketeers but before he can untangle her mess, he helps the local police track down a deadly sniper. 76 min. DVD 3657
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The Lineup (1958)
Directed by Don Siegel. Cast: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Warner Anderson, Richard Jaeckel, Emile Meyer. Follows the duel plots of two criminals smuggling dope, and the policemen trailing them across San Francisco. The film features a wildly disorienting car chase that culminates on the then unfinished Embarcadero Freeway. Based on the CBS television series "Lineup" ; from an idea created by Lawrence L. Klee. Bonus features: "The influence of Noir with Christopher Nolan", commentary with authors Eddie Muller and James Ellroy. 86 min. DVD X2400
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Loan Shark (1952)
Directed by Seymour Friedman. Cast: George Raft, Dorothy Hart, John Hoyt, Paul Stewart, Helen Westcott. Tough ex-con George Raft is hired by a factory owner and a union leader to help smash a loan-sharking mob preying on their employees. To obtain the necessary evidence, Raft puts his life on the line by joining the gang. 74 min. DVD 8238
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The Locket (1946)
Directed by John Brahm. Cast: Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum, Gene Raymond. On the day of his wedding to Nancy, John is visited by a man who claims to be her ex-husband, and who tells him of her penchant for thieving and lying. Film is notable for its flashback-within-a-flashback story structure. 86 min. DVD X4102
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The Long Night (1947)
Directed by Anatole Litvak. Cast: Henry Fonda, Barbara Bel Geddes, Vincent Price, Ann Dvorak, Elisha Cook Jr. Joe Adams, a factory worker pinned inside his third-floor apartment after gunning down a mysterious gentleman, reconstructs the events leading up to the shooting through an intricate series of flashbacks. 97 min. DVD 634
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Lost Weekend (1945)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard da Silva, Doris Dowling, Frank Faylen. A would-be writer's dissatisfaction with his life leads him on a three-day binge. This film gives an uncompromising look at the devestating effects of alcoholism. Based on the novel by Charles Jackson. DVD 535; vhs 999:433
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Wilder, Billy. The lost weekend / Billy Wilder ; screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder ; with an introduction by Jeffrey Meyers. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.L748 W55 2000)

Lured (1947)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Boris Karloff, Charles Coburn, Sir Cedric Hardwick. A serial killer terrorizes London by luring women into meeting with him through the personal ads in the newspaper and taunting the police with gruesome poems. A Scotland Yard detective enlists the aid of a feisty American redhead (Lucille Ball) to draw the murderer into the dragnet. 100 min. DVD 2043
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Macao (1952)
Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix. A story of crime, passion, and international intrigue played out in the infamous Portuguese island off the south coast of China. 80 min. DVD 6849; vhs 999:2875
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Maltese Falcon (1941)
Directed by John Huston. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre. Centers around an unrelenting search for a valuable and elusive falcon statuette. 100 min. DVD 173; VHS 999:17
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National Film Registry Selection

The Man from Cairo (Dramma nella Kasbah) (Italy / UK / USA, 1953)
Directed by Ray Enright. Cast: George Raft, Gianna Maria Canale, Leon Lenoir, Alfredo Varelli, Irene Papas. Tough-guy Raft investigates the wartime theft of 100 million dollars in gold hidden somewhere in the Algerian desert. Solid film noir with action, adventure and ...Irene Papas in a hot tub! 82 min. DVD 8248
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The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Sydney Greenstreet, Zachary Scott, Faye Emerson, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen. When the body of Dimitrios Makropoulos washed up ashore in Istanbul, there is cause for celebration all across Europe. The devious sociopath has left as his legacy an array of crimes including blackmail, thievery, murder and high treason. Interested in chronicling his unscrupulous exploits, a mystery writer takes up his trail, aided by a mysterious man. 96 min. vhs 999:2347
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Mask of the Dragon (1951)
Directed by Sam Newfield. Cast: Richard Travis, Sheila Ryan, Sid Melton, Michael Whalen, Lyle Talbot, Charles Iwamoto. An American soldier in Korea agrees to deliver a jade dragon to a curio shop in Los Angeles. Soon after his return to the States, he is murdered in this tale of intrigue and mystery produced on a dime store budget! 55 min. DVD 8248
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Mildred Pierce (1945)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth. The story of a self-made woman's attempt to provide her daughter with luxuries and social status only to see the daughter become spoiled and unscrupulous and eventually murder her own stepfather. 111 min. DVD 1689; vhs 999:215
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Ministry of Fear (1944)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, Hillary ) Brooke, Percy Waram, Dan Duryea, Alan Napier, Erskine Sanford. A man is released into World War II England after 2 years in an asylum, but the outside world does not seem so sane either. On his way back to London to rejoin civilization, he stumbles across a murderous spy ring and does not quite know to whom to turn. Based on a novel by Graham Greene. 87 min. DVD X4808; vhs 999:1858
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Moontide (1942)
Directed by Archie Mayo. Cast: Jean Gabin, Ida Lupino, Thomas Mitchell, Claude Rains, Jerome Cowan. After a drunken binge on the San Pablo waterfront, longshoreman Bobo fears he may have killed a man. Afraid he has committed the crime, Bobo prepares to skip town with his pal Tiny but is delayed when he meets Anna, who he rescues from drowning herself in the surf. They fall in love and open a business together selling bait. Jealous and desperate to leave, Tiny attempts to ruin the relationship, and when Anna learns that Tiny has been keeping a dark secret, it's clear only one of them will survive. From the novel by Willard Robertson; screenplay by John O'Hara. Special features: Audio commentary by Foster Hirsch, author of The dark side of the screen: film noir; Turning of the tide : the ill-starred making of Moontide featurette; still photo galleries. 95 min. DVD X1983
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Mr. Arkadin (aka Confidential Report) (1955)
Directed by Orson Welles. Cast: Welles, Paola Mori, Robert Arden, Patricia Medina, Michael Redgrave. American smuggler Guy van Strattan decides to investigate the mysterious Mr. Arkadin after hearing about the wealthy man from a prison cellmate, but Arkadin claims amnesia about his own life, sending van Strattan off to investigate Arkadin's past. Three different versions are presented in this collection since Orson Welles never completed a final cut of Mr. Arkadin, several edits of the film exist, in different languages, with different sequences, actors, narrative structures, and even titles. The Corinth version was unearthed by filmaker Peter Bogdanovich in the early 1960s, based on statements made by Welles and editor Renzo Lucidi, the Corinth version is thought to be the latest version to have been under Welles's control. The Confidential report version is believed to be the cut finished by producer Louis Dolivet after he barred Welles from the editing room. The Confidential version is a new version of the film representing a "best guess" approach following Welles's later statements, style, and continuity clues and includes as much existing footage as possible. Disc 1 DVD X2037. Mr. Arkadin / Film Organization S.A., Cervantes Film, Sevilla Film Studios (Madrid) ; a Mercury Production by Orson Welles ; executive producer, Louis Dolivet ; photography, Jean Bourgoin ; original story, screen-play,direction, Orson Welles (Corinth version) (1955; 99 min.) -- Disc 2. Confidential report / Film Organisation S.A. in co-production with Cervantes Films, Sevilla Film Studios (Madrid) ; photography, Jean Bourgoin ; producer, Louis Dolivet ; original story, screen play, direction, Orson Welles (1955; 98 min.) -- Disc 3. Mr. Arkadin / Film Organisation S.A., Cervantes Film, Sevilla Films Studios (Madrid) ; a Mercury Production by Orson Welles ; photography, Jean Bourgoin ; producer, Louis Dolivet ; original story, screen play, direction, Orson Welles (Comprehensive version) (2006; 105 min.). Special features DVD X2037: Disc 1. Optional commentary featuring film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum and author James Naremore; The lives of Harry Lime (radio program); Stills gallery. Disc 2. Men of mystery (video interview with biographer Simon Callow). Disc 3. On the comprehensive version; Outtakes and rushes; The Spanish actresses.93 min. DVD X2037; also DVD 465; VHS 999:492
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Murder by Contract (1958)
Directed by Irving Lerner. Cast: Vince Edwards, Phillip Pine, Herschel Bernardi, Caprice Toriel. Claude is a self-made hitman who gets picked up by the big boys to handle a troublesome witness. But the job turns out to be a little more difficult than he expects when he is told he has to kill a woman. 80 min. DVD X2400
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Murder My Sweet (1945)
Directed by Edward Dmytryk. Cast: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger, Mike Mazurki. The story of a private detective who gets drawn into a complex web of murder, blackmail, and double-dealing while searching for a missing jade necklace. Based on Raymond Chandler's "Farewell My Lovely." DVD 2718; vhs 999:584
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Mystery Street (1950)
Directed by John Sturges. Cast: Ricardo Montalban, Sally Forrest, Bruce Bennett, Elsa Lanchester, Marshall Thompson. Vivian is being brushed off by her rich, married boyfriend. To confront him, she hijacks Henry Shanway and his car from Boston to Cape Cod. Once there, she strands Henry. Months later, a skeleton is found on a lonely Cape Cod beach. Using the macabre expertise of Harvard forensic specialist Dr. McAdoo, Lt. Pete Morales must work back from bones to find the victim's identity and killer. Special features: Film historian commentaries by Dr. Drew Casper on 'Act of violence' and Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward on 'Mystery street;' new featurettes "Act of violence: dealing with the devil" and "Mystery street: murder at Harvard;" theatrical trailers. 93 min. DVD 8416
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Naked City(1948)
Directed by Jules Dassin. Cast: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor, Ted DeCorsica. In this film-noir thriller, one of the first pictures filmed on location in New York City, a squad of homicide detectives roams through the seamier parts of the City as they solve a murder case. Through the use of a hidden camera, the movie gives viewers an unvarnished look at life in the city using the technique neorealism. DVD 403
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Wald, Malvin. The naked city : a screenplay / by Malvin Wald and Albert Maltz ; story by Malvin Wald ; edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli ; afterword by Malvin Wald. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1979] c1948 (NRLF PN1997 .N324)

Naked Kiss(1964)
Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, Virginia Grey. Kelly, a prostitute, shows up in the town of Grantville, where she engages in a tryst with sheriff Griff, who then tells her to get out of town. Instead, she decides to give up her illicit lifestyle, and becomes involved in working with handicapped children. Griff doesn't trust her, and continues trying to run her out of town. Kelly falls in love with Grant, scion of the town's founding family and Griff's best friend. Just as Griff begins to believe that Kelly may be on the level, a murder and perversion scandal threaten to destroy Kelly's new life [from Internet Movie Database]. DVD 1079; vhs 999:495
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The Narrow Margin (1952)
Directed by Richard Fleischer. Cast: Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White. A hard-boiled cop, transporting a gangster's widow to a trial in which she'll testify, must dodge three hitmen aboard their train who are trying to kill her. 71 min. DVD 4116
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New York Confidential(1955)
Directed by Russell Rouse. Cast: Broderick Crawford, Richard Conte, Marilyn Maxwell, Anne Bancroft, J. Carrol Naish. Broderick Crawford is the NYC mob boss dealing out death as the answer to every crisis--from a minor member of his own syndicate, to a Washington lobbyist, to his own hired killers! Bonus features: audio commentary by film historian & author Alan K. Rode and film writer Kim Morgan; advertising gallery; and before and after restoration examples.DVD X5980
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Niagra(1953)
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Casey Adams, Denis O'Dea, Richard Allen, Don Wilson, Lurene Tuttle, Russell Collins, Will Wright. Although the quaint motel overlooking the famed falls seems like the perfect honeymoon retreat, in fact, it's where the young and beautiful Rose Loomis plans to kill her husband George. Special features: Restoration comparison; still photo gallery; original theatrical trailer. DVD X1823
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Night Editor (1946)
Directed by Henry Levin. Cast: William Gargan, Janis Carter, Jeff Donnell. Jill Merrill may just be the coldest gal in town. Her extramarital affair with a cop forces him to forsake his duty when they witness a murder. Even when an innocent man's life may be at stake, Jill's biggest concerns are no different than any other ice-blooded society gal in Noirdom. Based on the radio program by Hal Burdick ; and the story "Inside story" by Scott Littleton. 68 min. DVD X2721
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The Night of the Hunter(1955)
Directed by Charles Laughton. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, Don Beddoe, Billy Chapin, Gloria Castilo, Sally Jane Bruce. A tale of a psychopathic self-styled preacher, who marries and murders a young widow for her money, pursues her children to get his hand on it, only to meet his match in the form of a saintly farm woman, who becomes the children's protector. 94 min. DVD 283; VHS 999:402

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Nightfall(1956)
Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Cast: Aldo Ray, Brian Keith, Anne Bancroft, Jocelyn Brando, James Gregory. When a commercial artist meets and befriends a woman at a bar, as they are leaving they are accosted by two crooks who abduct the artist thinking he has a bag containing $300,000 stolen in a bank robbery. Eventually he escapes and he and his woman companion find the loot in a ghost town where the crooks are also hiding resulting in a final confrontation. Based on a novel by David Goodis. DVD X4142; vhs 999:1262
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Fujiwara, Chris. Jacques Tourneur : the cinema of nightfall Published: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. (PFA : PN1998.3.T68 F84 2000; MAIN: PN1998.3.T6 F85 1998 [Earlier edition])

Nightmare Alley (1947)
Directed by Edmund Goulding. Cast: Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker, Taylor Holmes, Mike Mazurki, Ian Keith. "Circus geeks — those lowdown human wrecks willing to bite the heads off live chickens for sensation-seeking crowds — aren't exactly au courant on the entertainment circuit these days, but there's a doozy in Nightmare Alley. Though he's only seen in shadow, his creepy image and maniacal laughter dominate this rarest of film noirs, unseen for many years in any format due to a rights problem. Set in a cheesy carnival, the film presents an unforgettable gallery of grotesques whose lives intertwine romantically, criminally, and, ultimately, fatally. There's a con-artist drifter (Tyrone Power), a phony mind-reader (Joan Blondell), her alcoholic husband (Ian Keith), a brutal strongman (Mike Mazurki), and an unscrupulous shrink (Helen Walker), all players in a dance-of-death, shadow-drenched scenario of infidelity, mayhem, and murder. The grim atmosphere, razor-sharp dialogue, and sordid doings are rendered in high studio style courtesy of waspish director Edmund Goulding, who worked with Garbo and Crawford; screenwriter Jules Furthman (To Have and Have Not); and Dietrich's cinematographer, Lee Garmes. The author of the source novel, William Lindsay Gresham, eventually committed suicide. You'll understand why when (if) you see the film." [Morris, Gary. "Little Stabs of Happiness (and Horror)." Bright Lights,August 2004 | Issue 45 ] 111 min. DVD 4028
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No Way Out (1950)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally, Sidney Poitier. When a young African-American doctor operates on two white brothers brought in for gunshot wounds, it sets off a chain of violent confrontations between a vicious psychopath, his gang and the black community. DVD special features: Commentary by film historian Eddie Muller, still gallery, Fox Movietone news, original theatrical trailer. 106 min. DVD 7667
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Porfino, Robert. "No way out : existential motifs in the film noir." In: Film noir reader / edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini. 1st Limelight ed. New York : Limelight Editions, 1996. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F54 F57 1996; PFA : PN1995.9.F54 F57 1996)
Rosenbaum, Julia B. "Trading Places or No Way Out." In: Visions of belonging : New England art and the making of American identity / Julia B. Rosenbaum. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA E169 .S655 2004)

Nocturne (1947)
Directed by Edwin L. Marin. Cast: George Raft, Lynn Bari, Virginia Huston, Joseph Pevney, Myrna Dell. Mystery surrounds the death of a womanizing composer named Vincent. Tough homicide detective Joe Warne believes Vincent's death was no suicide... that he was murdered and Joe now has 10 beautiful suspects in the crime! He finds himself in deep trouble investigating the strangest, most dangerous case he's ever worked on! If he's not careful, he's going to end up like Vincent! 87 min. vhs 999:3565
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Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
Directed by Robert Wise. Cast: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, Ed Begley, Gloria Grahame. A bigoted ex-con slumming through life with a patronizing girlfriend, an obliging neighbor and zero expectations agrees to be part of a bank job planned by former cop Burke. Until, that is, he finds out one of his partners will be a black man. Earl's desperate need for cash, however, leads him to reconsider. For the job only, he'll put his racism aside ... until moments away from the score, hatred erupts. In this film to obtain the edgy look desired by the director a rare filming technique was used: infrared photography. DVD 2229; vhs 999:1843
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Keenan, Richard C. The films of Robert Wise / Richard C. Keenan. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.W569 K44 2007)
Leemann, Sergio. Robert Wise on his films : from editing room to director's chair / by Sergio Leemann. Los Angeles : Silman-James Press ; Hollywood, CA : Distributed by Samuel French Trade, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.W569 L44 1995)

On Dangerous Ground(1951)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper. Hard, withdrawn city cop Jim Wilson roughs up one too many suspects and is sent upstate to help investigate the murder of a young girl in the winter countryside. There he meets Mary Malden, whom he finds attractive and independent. However, Mary's brother is chief suspect in the killing. And Mary herself is blind [Internet Movie Database]. DVD 5850; vhs 999:140
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One Girl's Confession (1953)
Directed by Hugo Haas. Cast: Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, Glenn Langan. People think Mary is a bad girl because she's just too sexy to be good. So she decides to even the score, even if it means jail time. After stealing $10,000 and serving her time, Mary's determined to go straight, but she needs someone to help get the buried cash, and a good investment strategy. 72 min. DVD X2721
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Out of the Past (1947)
Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, Jane Greer, Rhonda Fleming. Jeff (Robert Mitchum), a former private detective, is hired by a gangster (Kirk Douglas) to find his former girlfriend (Jane Greer) whom he still loves, who took 10,000 from him and disappeared. Jeff not only finds the girl, but falls in love with her as well, thus, making the gangster very jealous. During the investigation and the unexpected love affair several murders occur which ultimately lead to further tragedies. DVD 2720; vhs 999:657
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Over-exposed (1956)
Directed by Lewis Seiler. Cast: Cleo Moore, Richard Crenna. An inexperienced, ambitious girl who, after being caught in a raid at a clip joint, has the chance to learn a trade as a photographer. Her new profession brings her closer to respectability and the opportunity to use her talent to extract blackmail. 80 min. DVD X2721
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Panic In the Streets (1950)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes. Classic crime melodrama about a twisted killer who harbors bubonic plague -- a deadly disease that could wipe out an entire city. DVD 3848
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Party Girl (1958)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb, John Ireland, Kent Smith, Claire Kelly, Corey Allen. Lawyer Thomas Farrell has made a career defending crooks in trials. He has never realised that there is a downside to his success, until he meets the dancer Vicki Gayle. She makes him decide to get out of the business, but mob king Rico Angelo insists that he continue his services. Based on a story by Leo Katcher. 99 min. DVD X4503; vhs 999:3570
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Phantom Lady (1943)
Directed by Robert Siodmak. Cast: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes. An unhappily married man spends the evening on a no-names basis with a woman he picks up at a bar. He later returns home, only to find the police present and his wife strangled. Every effort to establish his alibi fails; oddly, no one seems to remember seeing the phantom lady. In prison, the man gives up hope, but his secretary (secretly in love with him) doggedly follows clues through shadowy nocturnal streets hoping to clear her employer. 87 min. DVD X4811; vhs 999:1855
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The Phenix City Story(1955)
Directed by Phil Karlson. Cast: John McIntire, Richard Kiley, Kathryn Grant, Edward Andrews. Corruption, brutality and vice plagued Phenix City, Alabama for 100 years. This is Phil Karlson's semidocumentary telling the jolting tale of those who risked their lives to bring the burg's syndicate of thugs and murderers to justice. 100 min. DVD X5674
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Shadoian, Jack. "Focus on Feeling: 'Seeing' through the Fifties: The Phenix City Story (1955)." In: Dreams & dead ends : the American gangster film / Jack Shadoian. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only): Print Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995.9.G3 S5 2003)

Pickup on South Street (1953)
Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter. "Petty crook Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) has his eyes fixed on the big score. When the cocky three-time convict picks the pocketbook of unsuspecting Candy (Jean Peters), he finds a haul bigger than he could have imagined: a strip of microfilm bearing confidential U.S. secrets. Tailed by manipulative Feds and the unwitting courier's Communist puppeteers, Skip and Candy find themselves in a precarious gambit that pits greed against redemption, Right versus Red, and passion against self preservation. With its dazzling cast and director Samuel Fuller's signature raw energy and hardboiled repartee, Pickup on South Street is a true film noir classic by one of America's most passionate cinematic craftsmen." [Criterion catalog] DVD 2709
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Pier 23 (1951)
Directed by William Berke. Cast: J Hugh Beaumont, Ann Swayze, Edward Brophy, Richard Travis, Margia Dean, Mike Mazurki. In the first of two separate stories, Private-Detective Dennis O'Brien becomes involved with a gang that uses a rigged wrestling match as a means for murder. In the second story O'Brien tries to discourage a convict from making an escape-attempt from Alcatraz. Later O'Brien mistakes another man for the convict, and winds up charged with a murder. 59 min. DVD X919
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The Pitfall(1948)
Directed by André de Toth. Cast: Dick Powell, Jane Wyatt, Raymond Burr, Elizabeth Scott. A happily married insurance salesman becomes bored with his perfect wife and ideal son. When he succumbs to the advances of a pretty younger woman, it leads to a complicated web of intrigue, jealousy and murder. vhs 999:1238
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Danks, Adrian. "Driftin': In Tribute to André de Toth." Senses of Cinema vol. 25, pp. (no pagination), March 2003
Silver, Alain. "André de Toth (1913-2002): An Interview." Senses of Cinema vol. 25, pp. (no pagination), March 2003 UC users only

Port of New York (1949)
Directed by Laslo Benedek. Cast: Scott Brady, Richard Rober, K.T. Stevens, Yul Brynner, Arthur Blake, Lynne Carter, John Kellog, William Chalee. Two narcotics agents go after a gang of murderous drug dealers who use ships docking at the New York harbor to smuggle in their drugs. Shot on location in 1949, film is notable for great shots of old New York, including street scenes, harbor and skyline shots. 83 min. DVD X3096; vhs 999:3573
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Portland Expose (1957)
Directed by Harold D. Schuster. Cast: Edward Binns, Carolyn Craig, Virginia Gregg, Lawrence Dobkin, Frank Gorshin. The story concentrates on an honest tavern owner named George Madison who is involuntarily sucked into the city's rotten-to-the-core political machine. When Madison refuses to allow his establishment to serve as the gathering place for hoods and delinquents, the powers-that-be threaten to harm his family. Only after his daughter is attacked by a syndicate flunkey does Madison decide to fight back. At great personal risk, he manages to tape-record damning evidence against Portland's 'untouchable' criminal kingpin. 72 min. DVD 8237
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Possessed (1947)
Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. Cast: Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey, Geraldine Brooks, Stanley Ridges, John Ridgely, Moroni Olsen, Gerald Perreau. A solitary, emotionally unstable private nurse obsessively attempts to regain the love of a callous bachelor, which ultimately drives her into madness--and murder. DVD 4047; vhs 999:1085
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Brook, Vincent. "Woman's Directors: Curtis Bernhardt and Max Ophuls." In: Driven to darkness : Jewish émigré directors and the rise of film noir / Vincent Brook. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F54 B76 2009).

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Directed by Tay Garnett. Cast: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, Audrey Totter, Alan Reed. Steamy tale of a drifter offered a job at a roadside diner by the owner, an easy-going older man. When the drifter and the owner's voluptuous wife fall in love, they plot to kill her husband and run away together. DVD 2232; vhs 999:902
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Jordan, Jessica Hope. The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield / Jessica Hope Jordan. Amherst, N.Y. : Cambria Press, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F44 J67 2009)

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Private Hell 36 (1954)
Directed by Don Siegel. Cast: Ida Lupino, Howard Duff, Steve Cochran, Dean Jagger, Dorothy Malone. After receiving a stolen $50 bill from a patron, night club singer Lilli Marlow joins with two detectives to identify the criminal. During a high-speed car chase up a mountain road the fugitive crashes over an embankment and the detectives and Lilli find a box beside his body full of money -- enough money to lure the trio into a web of greed that will eventually cost one man his life. 81 min. vhs 999:2756
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Bogdanovich, Peter. "Don Siegel." In: Who the devil made it New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997 (Main Stack PN1995.9.P7.B58 1997; Moffitt PN1995.9.P7.B58 1997)
Georgakas, Dan. "Ida Lupino: Doing It Her Way." Cineaste, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 32-36, 2000 UC users only
Lovell, Alan. Don Siegel : American cinema London : British Film Institute, 1975. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 S542 1975; PFA : PN1998.3.S54 L69 1975)
Sarris, Andrew. "Don Siegel: The Pro." Film Comment. New York: Sep 1991. Vol. 27, Iss. 5; p. 34 (4 pages) UC users only
Sheehan, Henry. "Dark worlds." Sight & Sound; Jun91, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p28-30, 2p

The Prowler (1951)
Directed by Joseph Losey. Cast: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell, Katharine Warren, Emerson Treacy, Madge Blake, Wheaton Chambers, Robert Osterloh. A nefarious cop stalks a lonely, repressed Los Angeles housewife and decides to win her by killing her husband. Bonus features: Documentary featurette "The cost of living : creating The prowler" with James Ellroy et al; "Masterpiece in the margins" Bertrand Tavernier on The prowler; "On the prowl: restoring The prowler" the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive partnership. 92 min. DVD X5973
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Pushover(1954)
Directed by Richard Quine. Cast: Fred MacMurray, Phil Carey, Kim Novak, Dorothy Malone, E.G. Marshall, Allen Nourse. A cop, staking out the apartment of a bank robber's girlfriend, makes a move on her to get information. But she ups the stakes, turning the case deadly. Based upon stories by Thomas Walsh and William S. Ballinger. 88 min. DVD X4142
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Quicksand (1950)
Directed by Irving Pichel. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney, Barbara Bates, Peter Lorre, Taylor Holmes, Art Smith, Wally Cassell. A law-abiding citizen "borrows" a few dollars to go out on a date. As fast as quicksand, his first minor criminal act turns into tragedy. Every means he tries to get out of trouble only gets him deeper into crime, while everyone he meets is out for what they can get. 79 min. DVD 2133
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The Racket (1947)
Directed by John Cromwell. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan. A straight-arrow cop and an old-school gangster find a common foe: big shots who run crime like a corporation. 89 min. DVD 5851
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Railroaded (1951)
Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: John Ireland, Sheila Ryan, Hugh Beaumont, Jane Randolph, Ed Kelly. A detective attempts to clear his girlfriend's brother of a murder rap and find the real killer. In the process he uncovers the hidden workings of the city's seedy underworld. 74 min. DVD 166; VHS 2865
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Raw Deal (1948)
Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, Raymond Burr, John Ireland. Film noir involving a gangster seeking revenge afer being framed and sent to prison. With help from an innocent woman, the ex-con carries out his murderous plan of vengeance, eventually coming face-to-face with the pyromaniac responsible for his stay in prison. DVD 163; vhs 999:1261
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The Reckless Moment (1949)
Directed by Max Opuls. Cast: Joan Bennett, James Mason, Geraldine Brooks, Henry O'Neill, Shepperd Strudwick, David Bair, Ray Roberts. With her husband out of town, Lucia Harper has her hands full keeping her household in order. Her headstrong daughter, Bea, has taken up with a louse named Ted Darby and persists in meeting him despite her mother's warnings. During one tryst, Bea and Darby quarrel violently. Bea accidentally kills Darby and runs away. To protect her family, Lucia disposes of the body. Because of this rash act, she faces not only a murder investigation, but two ruthless blackmailers, Donnelly and Nagle. Fortunately for the Harper family, Donnelly has a change of heart and becomes their savior. Non-US format DVD (PAL, region 2). 79 min. DVD 6370
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The Red House (1947)
Directed by Delmer Daves. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Judith Anderson, Lon McCallister, Allene Roberts. A farmer tries to keep the curious away and protect the secret of the sinister decaying old house deep in the woods. In order to fend off trespassers, he hires Teller to stand guard. Teller lives with his sister and his adopted daughter Meg. When they hire Meg's friend Nath to help out on the farm, the two kids start to wonder about the mysterious red house and decide to investigate. Features an eerie original score by Miklos Rozsa. 100 min. DVD 2134
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Riff-Raff (1947)
Director, Ted Tetzlaff. Cast: Pat O'brien, Walter Slezak, Anne Jeffreys, George Givot. A mysterious map holds the key to billions of dollars worth of crude oil, and there's nothing that some men won't do to possess it. 80 min. vhs 999:3711
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Road House (1948)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm, Richard Widmark. da Lupino plays a sexy singer trying to make a quick buck as the star "attraction" at a roadside cocktail lounge and bowling alley. Richard Widmark plays a psychotic rich kid who wants to marry her. 95 min. DVD X105
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Georgakas, Dan. "Ida Lupino: Doing It Her Way." Cineaste, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 32-36, 2000 UC users only

Ruthless (1948)
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Zachary Scott, Louis Hayward, Diana Lynn, Edith Barrett, Sydney Greenstreet, Raymnd Burr, Lucille Bremer. Horace Vendig portrays himself as a rich philanthropist to the world but in fact, he has a jaded past and a pathalogical streak of hurting those closest to him. His ex-best friend has come back to see him, and his girlfriend has a haunting resemblance to the woman who severed their friendship. Horace's obsessive tendencies come into play as he tries to win over the new girl. 104 min. DVD X4842; vhs 999:3567
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Williams, Tony. "Beyond Citizen Kane: Ruthless as Radical Psychobiography." In: Edgar G. Ulmer : Detour on Poverty Row / edited by Gary D. Rhodes. Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.U46 E34 2008; PFA PN1998.3.U46 E34 2008)

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The Scar (Hollow Triumph) (1948)
Directed by Steve Sekelye. Cast: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz, Leslie Brooks, John Qualen. An ex-medical student in trouble with gambling debts kills a psychiatrist who is his exact look-alike, except for a scar on the doctor's cheek. The student impersonates the dead psychiatrist, but mistakenly makes his own scar on the wrong cheek. It is not long before the doctor's secretary is on to him and he discovers the doctor had a few gambling debts himself. Originally made in 1948 as a motion picture under the title Hollow Triumph. Based on the novel by Murray Forbes. 83 min. DVD 3657; also VHS 999:2245
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Scarlet Street (1945)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay. Chris Cross, 25 years a cashier, has a gold watch and little else. That rainy night, he rescues delectable Kitty from her abusive boyfriend Johnny. Smitten, amateur painter Chris lets Kitty think he's a wealthy artist. At Johnny's urging, she lets Chris establish her in an apartment (with his shrewish wife's money). There, Chris paints masterpieces; but Johnny sells them under Kitty's name, with disastrous and ironic results. DVD 4911, DVD 2746; vhs 999:331
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The Second Woman(1951)
Directed by James V. Kern. Cast: Robert Young, Betsy Drake, John Sutton, Florence Bates, Morris Carnovsky, Henry O'Neill. A suspense-filled psychological melodrama of an architect whose life suddenly turns upside-down with the accidental death of his fiance. As the community suspects him of being responsible, he begins to doubt his own innocence. 91 min. DVD 3904; vhs 999:2873
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Secret Beyond the Door (1948)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Joan Bennett, Michael Redgrave, Anne Revere, Barbara O'Neil, Natalie Schafer. While on vacation, Celia, a wealthy heiress, meets and marries an architectural editor named Mark. They travel to Mark's New England mansion where Celia meets Mark's domineering older sister and son from a previous marriage. Celia is shocked to learn that her new husband collects rooms where murders have been committed, and adds them to his mansion. As more bizzare facts are revealed, Celia is determined to stay and find the cause of her husband's strange fascination with murder, even though she must risk her own life to do so. 99 min. DVD X4815; vhs 999:3101
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Auerbach, Jonathan "North from Mexico : Border incident, Hold back the dawn, Secret beyond the door, and Out of the past." In: Dark borders : film noir and American citizenship / Jonathan Auerbach. Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F54 A947 2011)
Oliver, Kelly. "Sleeping Beauty and Her Doubles: The (Uncanny) Secret beyond the Door." In: Noir anxiety / Kelly Oliver, Benigno Trigo. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2003. (Full text available online (UCB users only); print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F54 O44 2003)
Reyes, Carlos V. "Film Noir's Dark Secret or What Does the Hysteric Want?" Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Spring 2010, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p75-88, 14p UC users only

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The Set-Up (1949)
Directed by Robert Wise. Cast: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter, Wallace Ford. An over-the-hill boxer thinks he can still win a bout, despite doubts from his wife and his manager. He goes into his next fight determined to beat his opponent, not realizing his manager has taken money for a 'dive' from a tough gambler. 72 min. DVD 2719
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Hunter, Jefferson. "Poem Noir Becomes Prizefight Film." Hudson Review; Summer2008, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p269-289, 21p UC users only
Keenan, Richard C. The films of Robert Wise / Richard C. Keenan. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.W569 K44 2007)
Leemann, Sergio. Robert Wise on his films : from editing room to director's chair / by Sergio Leemann. Los Angeles : Silman-James Press ; Hollywood, CA : Distributed by Samuel French Trade, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.W569 L44 1995)

The Seventh Victim (1953)
Directed by Mark Robson; produced by Val Lewton. Cast: Kim Hunter, Jean Brooks, Tom Conway. During the 1940's, producer Val Lewton created a style of horror film that remains an important influence on the genre even today. His speciality: psychological terror, relying on the powers of his viewer's imagination. And nowhere is his hand more evident than in this mystery revolving around devil worship. When Jean Brooks disappears, her innocent sister (Kim Hunter) sets out to find her in the seamier regions of Greenwich Village. What she finds instead is a satanic cult with the intent of applying the title to her. 99 min. DVD 4481; vhs 999:3101
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Ashbery, John. "The Seventh Victim." Modern Painters v. 16 no. 3 (Aut 2003) p. 98-100UC users only
Siegal, Joel E. Val Lewton: the reality of terror London, Secker and Warburg; British film Institute, 1972. Cinema one, 22. (Main Stack PN1993.C45 v.22)
Telotte, J. P. Dreams of darkness: fantasy and the films of Val Lewton / Urbana, IL : University of Illinois Press, c1985. (Main Stack PN1998.A3.L488 1985)

Shadow of a Doubt(1943)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, MacDonald Carey, Patricia Collinge. Joseph Cotten stars in this understated thriller as a beguiling murderer who charms his unsuspecting family, but soon his niece and namesake begins to suspect her uncle is hiding a terrible secret. DVD 638
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The Shanghai Gesture(1941)
Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Cast: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Victor Mature, Ona Munson, Phyllis Brooks, Albert Basserman. A film masterpiece of corruption and degradation long suppressed and censored. The terraced pit of Mother Gin Sling's gambling room with the whirling roulette wheel at the core, is her domain. The gamblers are her creatures in this melodrama of decadence and sexual guilt that uses Oriental motifs as a cypher for all that is unknowable. DVD 2998; also DVD X2068; vhs 999:1257
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Shock (1946)
Director, Alfred Werker. Cast: Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, Frank Latimore, Anabel Shaw, Michael Dunne, Reed Hadley. Vincent Price is Dr. Cross, a psychiatrist who murders his wife and discovers that the only witness is a neighbor who goes into shock after witnessing the carnage. Her well-meaning husband has her committed to the sanitarium run by Dr. Cross, who resolves to silence her forever by shocking her to death with an overdose of insulin. 70 min. DVD 2036
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Shock Corridor (1963)
Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Peter Breck, Constance Towers, James Best, Hari Rhodes. A journalist gets himself admitted to a mental hospital to solve the murder of an inmate, but as he closes in on the killer, madness closes in on him. DVD 1076; vhs 999:494
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Side Street (1950)
Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, James Craig, Paul Kelly. Joe Norson, a poor letter carrier with a sweet, pregnant wife, yields to momentary temptation and steals $30,000 belonging to a pair of ruthless blackmailers who won't stop at murder. After a few days of soul-searching, Joe offers to return the money, only to find that the "friend" he left it with has disappeared. Now every move Joe makes plunges him deeper into trouble, as he's pursued and pursuing through the shadowy, sinister side of New York. Special features: Commentaries by Farley Grange and film historian Eddie Muller on 'They live by night' and historian/critic Richard Schickel on 'Side street;' new featurettes: "They live by night: the twisted road" and "Side street: where temptation lurks;" 'Side street' theatrical trailer. 82 min. DVD 8400
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Slightly Scarlet(1956)
Directed by Allan Dwan. Cast: John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl. Kent Taylor, Ted de Corsia. Driven by blind ambition, fast-talking publicity man Ben Grace aims to smear the reputation of "reform" mayoral candidate Frank Jansen by exposing Jansen's red-haired girlfriend and secretary, June. In the process, however, Ben finds himself falling for June and seduced by Dorothy, June's kelptomaniac sister who is out on parole. All the while, crime boss Solly Caspar is breathing down his neck, expecting him to deliver on his promise to bring down Jansen. 99 min. DVD X3459
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The Sniper(1952)
Directed by Edward Dmytryk. Cast: Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor, Frank Faylen. Apparently rejected by women all his life, a loner with a high-power rifle starts on a trail of murder, choosing his victims randomly, with no motive. The police are baffled by the apparently random killings until their psychologist comes up with some ideas. 88 min. DVD X2400
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Somewhere in the Night (1946)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Lloyd Nolan, Richard Conte, Josephine Hutchinson, Fritz Kortner, Margo Woode, Sheldon Leonard, Lou Nova. A man awakens in a Honolulu hospital with no memory of his identity. He has three personal items : a wallet, a letter from an angry ex-lover, and a note from one Larry Cravat, an apparent business associate. Searching for Cravat, the amnesiac heads to Los Angeles, enlisting the help of a saloon singer, her boss and a police lieutenant. When he starts asking questions, he's blindsided by goons and chased by cops, but ultimately makes a shocking discovery. 108 min. DVD 4381
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Sorry, Wrong Number(1948)
Directed by Anatole Litvak. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey, Harold Vermilyea, Ann Richards. Young, rich, bedridden Barbara Stanwyck dials a telephone number one night and overhears two men plotting the murder of an unidentified woman. She becomes frantic. Her terror is intensified by mysterious calls from an old college rival and a friend of her father. With time running out, Stanwyck pieces evidence together that leads her to suspect that it is her husband who wants her murdered. 89 min. DVD 3908; vhs 999:1300
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Lawrence, Amy. "Sorry, Wrong Number": The Organizing Ear." Film Quarterly Vol. 40, No. 2 (Winter, 1986), pp. 20-27UC users only
Telotte, J. P. "The Call of Desire and the Film Noir." Literature/ Film Quarterly, vol. 17 no. 1. 1989. pp: 50-58.
Telotte, J. P. "Tangled Networks and Wrong Numbers." Film Criticism, vol. 10 no. 3. 1986 Spring. pp: 36-48.

The Spiral Staircase (1946)
Directed by Robert Siodmak. Cast: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith, Rhonda Fleming, Gordon Oliver, Elsa Lanchester, Sara Allgood, Rhys Williams. A terrifying melodrama about a mute servant girl in a gloomy house who is threatened by a mysterious killer. 83 min. DVD 1461
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The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)
Directed by Robert Siodmak. Cast: George Sanders, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ella Raines, Sara Allgood. Bachelor Harry Quincey, head designer in a small-town cloth factory, lives with his selfish sisters, glamorous hypochondriac Lettie and querulous widow Hester. His developing relationship with new colleague Deborah Brown promises happiness at last...thwarted by passive, then increasingly active opposition from one sister. Will Harry resort to desperate measures? Based on the play by Thomas Job. 80 min. DVD X7274; DVD X4812
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Strange Illusion (1947)
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: James Lydon, Sally Eilers, Warren William, Regis Toomey, Charles Arnt. A son is haunted by dreams of the mysterious death of his father, dreams which he fears portend future events. The noir tone of the film is accentuated by the claustrophobic atmosphere of the mental hospital where the son is incarcerated with its controlled vision of chaos and corruption. 85 min. DVD 863
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"Edgar G. Ulmer's Homicidal Noirs: Psychosis and Possession in Strange Illusion, The Strange Woman, and Bluebeard." In: Edgar G. Ulmer : Detour on Poverty Row / edited by Gary D. Rhodes. Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.U46 E34 2008; PFA PN1998.3.U46 E34 2008)

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Strange Impersonation (1946)
Directed by Anthony Mann. Brenda Marshall stars as Nora Goodrich, a scientist working on an anesthesiology project. Her lab partner sabotages an experiment leaving Nora's face badly scarred. After her face is surgically altered, she plots revenge on her enemies. Based on a story by Anne Wigton and Lewis Herman. DVD 3849; vhs 999:2695
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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Directed by Lewis Milestone. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas, Judith Anderson. When streetwise gambler Sam Masterson returns to his home town, childhood sweetheart Martha assumes he has come to blackmail her over the suspicious death of her aunt, which he witnessed years earlier. Thus begins a deadly game of cat and mouse, in which the wealthy and powerful Martha, whose husband is the local district attorney, attempts to threaten, connive and seduce the truth from Sam's clenched lips. 118 min. DVD 685; VHS 999:1860
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The Stranger (1946)
Directed by Orson Welles. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles, Philip Merivale, Richard Long, Konstantin Shayne, Byron Keith, Billy House, Martha Wentworth. An ex-Nazi is allowed to escape from a German war crimes prison after WWII to lead the Allies to a notorious spy planning to revive the Third Reich. The trail leads to a small Connecticut town where intrigue and murder combine for a tense situation. 95 min. DVD X5514; DVD 1262; DVD 2746; vhs 999:1906
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Stranger on the 3rd Floor (1940)
Directed by Boris Ingster. Cast: Peter Lorre, John McGuire, Elisha Cook, Jr., Margaret Tallichet, Charles Waldron. An innocent man, framed and imprisoned for a series of mysterious murders, is released from prison. He seeks his persecutors with a vengeance and finally discovers it was the maniacal Lorre that sent him up. DVD X5348; vhs 999:1235
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Duncan, Paul. "Force of Evil." In: Film Noir Trafalgar Square Pub., North Pomfret, VT: 2000. Full-text of this book available online via ebrary [UC Berkeley users only]
Turner, George. "Wrap shot." (origins of film noir) American Cinematographer v 78 Oct 1997. p. 112

Street With No Name (1948)
Directed by William Keighley. Cast: Mark Stevens, Richard Widmark, Lloyd Nolan. Richard Widmark is Stiles, an up-and-coming crime boss trying to stake his claim in the criminal underworld. DVD 4069
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Sudden Fear (1952)
Directed by David Miller. Cast: Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett, Virginia Huston, Touch Conners. Myra Hudson (Joan Crawford) is a successful Broadway playwright who rejects Lester Blaine (Jack Palance) as the lead in her new play. Later, she meets Lester on a train bound for San Francisco, is swept off her feet, and, after a brief courtship, marries him. When Lester learns Myra is writing her will and plans to leave the bulk of her fortune to a foundation, he plots her murder in cahoots with Irene Neves (Gloria Grahame), an old girlfriend hiding in the wings. Myra discovers their plans and concocts a diabolical scheme to kill Lester and place the blame on Irene. Lester learns of Myra's intention and accidentally kills Irene and himself in an attempt on Myra's life. Myra hears the two pronounced dead and breathes a sigh of relief. 110 min. DVD 680
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Suddenly (1954)
Directed by Lewis Allen. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates, Kim Charney. Frank Sinatra's chilling central performance as a cold-blooded assassin with a heart of steel sparks this explosive thriller about a trio of hired gunmen who plan to murder the President of the United States during his stopover in a small town. 75 min. DVD 3906; vhs 999:2866
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Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim. A harsh look at Hollywood in which an aging silent-movie queen makes a tragic attempt to return to stardom. 110 min. DVD 1476; vhs 999:182
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Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Director; Best Actress, Drama (Gloria Swanson)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Actress (Gloria Swanson)
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Wilder, Billy. Sunset Boulevard / Billy Wilder ; screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman, Jr. ; with an introduction by Jeffrey Meyers. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1999. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .S844 1999)

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, Sam Levene. Film about a popular and powerful newspaper columnist and a slimy press agent in New York City. The columnist is obsessed with dominating the city, his readers and his lovely young sister. 97 min. DVD 1883; vhs 999:2262
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Sweet smell of success : the short fiction of Ernest LehmanWoodstock : Overlook Press, 2000. (MAIN: PS3562.E4283 A6 2000)
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T-Men (1947)
Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: Dennis O'Keefe, June Lockhart, Alfred Ryder, Mary Meade, Wally Ford, Charles McGraw, Jane Randolph. There's plenty of action when two treasury agents infiltrate the ranks of a notorious counterfeiting ring known as the Vantucci Gang in this stylish film noir. DVD 163; VHS 999:710
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Tension (1950)
Directed by John Berry. Cast: Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse, Barry Sullivan. A drugstore manager turns attempted killer after his conniving wife leaves him for another man. He devises a complex plan, which involves assuming a new identity, to make it look like someone else murdered her new boyfriend. Things take an unexpected turn when someone else commits the murder first and he becomes the prime suspect. Special features: Film historian commentaries by Alain silver and James Ursini on Where danger lives and Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward with Audrey Totter on Tension; new featurettes: "Where danger lives: white rose for Julie" and "Tension: who's guilty y Mann: Looking at the Male." DVD 8401
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They Drive by Night (1940)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, Alan Hale, Roscoe Karns. Paul Fabrini and his brother Joe are wildcat drivers-- men who buy their trucks on installment plans and then worry that loan sharks will repossess their trucks. As they drive their truck over rough California roads, night after night, their rough life gets even tougher when they get involved with murder and the mob. 94 min. DVD 3905; vhs 999:2532
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Everson, William K. "They Drive by Night"." Film History ; 15:3 (2003), p354-355, 2pUC users only
Georgakas, Dan. "Ida Lupino: Doing It Her Way." Cineaste, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 32-36, 2000 UC users only
Hollyfield, Jerod Ra'Del. "Driving Deadhead off the Big Road: Pre-interstate Representations of the American Trucker in Raoul Walsh's They Drive By Night and Jules Dassin's Thieves' Highway." Film International, Jul2010, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p21-35, 15p UC users only
Lipsitz, George. "Rank and file fantasy in films of the forties." Jump Cut; December, 1976, Issue 12/13, p 24-27, 4p

They Live By Night (1948)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: Cathy O'Donnell, Farley Granger, Howard da Silva, Jay C. Flippen, William Phipps, Ian Wolfe, Helen Craig. Three prisoners flee from a state prison farm in Mississippi. Among them is 23-years-young Bowie, who spent the last seven years in prison and now hopes to be able to prove his innocence or retire to a home in the mountains and live in peace together with his new love, Kitty. But his criminal companions persuade him to participate in several heists, and soon the police believe him to be their leader and go after "Bowie the Kid" harder than ever. Special features: Commentaries by Farley Grange and film historian Eddie Muller on 'They live by night' and historian/critic Richard Schickel on 'Side street;' new featurettes: "They live by night: the twisted road" and "Side street: where temptation lurks;" 'Side street' theatrical trailer. 95 min. DVD 8400
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The Thief (1952)
Director, Russell Rouse. Cast: Ray Milland, Martin Gabel, Rita Gam, Harry Bronson, John McKutcheon, Rita Vale, Rex O'Malley, Joe Conlin. An atomic scientist and communist agent is caught by an FBI man while stealing vital documents, and is forced to kill him. While on the run from government agents he kills another man when cornered by the FBI, is overcome with remorse and turns himself in. The whole film is without dialogue, with only the musical score and magnified sound effects to create the feeling of tension and danger. 86 min. DVD 2042
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Thieves' Highway (1949)
Directed by Jules Dassin. Cast: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortesa, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Lawrence, Jack Oakie, Millard Mitchell, Joseph Pevney, Morris Carnovsky, Tamara Shayne, Kasia Orzazewski, Norbert Schiller, Hope Emerson. Ex-G.I. Nick Garcos is a tyro trucker bent on satisfaction from the man responsible for crippling his father, a ruthless market operator by the name of Mike Figlia. But when Figlia gets wise to his plan, Nick finds himself in a web of treachery and heartbreak. Based on the novel: Thieves' market by A.I. Bezzerides. Special features: Optional audio commentary by film scholar Alain Silver; new video interview with director Jules Dassin (11 min.); original theatrical trailer. 94 min. DVD X2109
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Hollyfield, Jerod Ra'Del. "Driving Deadhead off the Big Road: Pre-interstate Representations of the American Trucker in Raoul Walsh's They Drive By Night and Jules Dassin's Thieves' Highway." Film International, Jul2010, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p21-35, 15p UC users only
McGilligan, Patrick. "I'll always be an American: Jules Dassin interviewed." Film Comment. Nov/Dec 1996. Vol. 32, Iss. 6; p. 34 (15 pages)UC users only
Neve, Brian. "Jules Dassin and Albert Maltz." In: In: Film and politics in America : a social tradition London ; New York : Routledge, 1992. pp. 115-118(MAIN: PN1995.9.S6 N46 1992 MOFF: PN1995.9.S6 N46 1992)

This Gun for Hire (1942)
Directed by Frank Tuttle. Cast: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar. This film noir is a hard-edged story of love, power, and betrayal set in the seamy underworld of the 1940's. Ladd portrays a cold-blooded professional killer who's been double-crossed by his client. DVD 2744
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Alley, Kenneth D. "High Sierra: Swan Song for an Era." Journal of Popular Film 1976 5(3-4): 248-262.
Dinerstein, Joel. "Emergent Noir": Film Noir and the Great Depression in High Sierra (1941) and This Gun for Hire (1942). Journal of American Studies, Dec2008, Vol. 42 Issue 3, p415-448, 34p UC users only

Tokyo Film 212 (1951)
Directed by Dorrell and Stuart McGowan. Cast: Florence Marley, Robert Peyton, Tetsu Nakamura, Tatsuo Saito, Satoshia Nakamura, Katsuhiko Haida, Reiko Atani. An American intelligence officer posing as a journalist comes to Japan to find an old college classmate who's mixed up with a crime syndicate involved in just about every form of 1950's corruption, including labor agitation and spying for the North Koreans. A fast-paced little film noir with many exotic and intriguing location shots, which manage to make Tokyo look both beautiful and mysterious. 83 min. DVD X5996
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Too Late for Tears (Killer Bait) (1949)
Directed by Byron Haskin. Cast: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Arthur Kennedy, Dan Duryea. A bag containing $60,000 is thrown into the convertible of a young couple. The wife murders her husband to keep the money and is prepared to murder anyone who gets in her way. 98 min. DVD 2746; also DVD X971; vhs 999:2876
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Touch of Evil (1958)
Directed by Orson Welles. Cast: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich, Joseph Calleia, Ray Collins, Akim Tamiroff, Zsa Zsa Gabor. An elaborate mystery involving a corrupt police official in a squalid town on the Mexican border and a murder that ensnares a narcotics agent and his wife. Based on the novel "Badge of evil" by Whit Masterson. DVD X1822 includes 3 versions of the film: restored version, 1998 cut restored to Welles' vision based on a memo to the studio; theatrical version, original version seen by audiences in 1958; preview version, created prior to the theatrical version and incorporating some of Orson Welles' requests. Bonus Materials: Bringing evil to life, retrospective documentary on the production of the film including interviews with Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, crew members and film historians; Evil lost and found, behind-the-scenes of the restoration; preview version feature commentary, with Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, restoration producer Rick Schmidlin and film historians; restored version feature commentary, with Rick Schmidlin; theatrical version feature commentary, with writer/filmmaker F.X. Feeney. DVD X1822; DVD 382 (Restored version); VHS 999:645
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Tough Assignment (1949)
Directed by William Beaudine. Cast: Don "Red" Barry, Steve Brodie, Marjorie Steele, Marc Lawrence, Iris Adrian. A newspaper reporter pursues a modern-day rustling gang whose truck driving 'cowboys' are far more dangerous than their horse riding counterparts. 66 min. DVD 8249
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Two of a Kind (1951)
Directed by Henry Levin. Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Lizabeth Scott, Terry Moore, Alexander Knox. Brandy Kirby is on a manhunt to locate a lookalike for a missing heir imposter in an inheritance scam. She finds a willing participant in Lefty Farrell who was raised in an orphanage and trained in small-time rackets. Special features: Original theatrical trailer; Terry Moore on Two of a kind. 76 min. DVD X2720
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Undercurrent (1946)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, Robert Mitchum, Edmund Gwenn, Marjorie Main, Jayne Meadows. The young bride of a power hungry husband, who is driven to madness and murder, desperately attempts to unravel the cause of her brooding husband's problems. A desperate search for the key to his unbridled hatred for his missing brother takes her down a dark road of twisted emotions, culminating in an unexpected and unforgettable climactic sequence. 126 min. DVD 7602; vhs 999:2350
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The Underworld Story (1950)
Directed by Cyril Endfield. Cast: Dan Duryea, Herbert Marshall, Gale Storm. Crime reporter Mike Reese has a nose for news, and an eager hand under the table in return for spinning the truth in favor of moneyed perps. But after he tries to cash in on a story involving a maid accused of a society murder, Reese ultimately finds the courage to reveal the truth and make amends for his tainted past. 90 min. DVD X7257; vhs 999:468
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Underworld U.S.A. (1961)
Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn, Beatrice Kay, Paul Dubov, Robert Emhardt, Larry Gates. Embittered ex-convict, Tolly Devlin, has spent a lifetime tracking down the men who murdered his father. Desirous of handling matters on his own, Devlin pretends to be loyal to both the Mob and the Government, playing one against the other in hopes of flushing out the killers. He learns that the three surviving assassins are employed by a supposedly charitable "cover" operation known as National Projects. To get what he wants, Devlin ingratiates himself with mob boss (and outwardly solid citizen) Conners. What Robertson didn't count on was falling in love with "Cuddles," which leads to his own downfall -- but not before justice is served. Special DVD feature: Martin Scorsese on Underworld U.S.A. 99 min. DVD X2350; vhs 999:493
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The Verdict (1946)
Directed by Don Siegel. Cast: Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Joan Lorring, George Coulouris, Rosalind Ivan. Scotland Yard superintendent Grodman retires in disgrace when a man he helped convict is exonerated after being hanged. When someone commits the perfect crime, a locked-room murder, Grodman seeks to redeem himself by solving the case. From a novel by Israel Zangwill. 86 min, DVD X2916
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Vicki (1953)
Directed by Harry Horner. Cast: Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters, Elliott Reid, Richard Boone, Max Showalter. The untimely murder of a New York glamor-girl sparks an investigation with an emotionally driven detective at the helm. Based on the novel I wake up screaming by Steve Fisher. 85 min, DVD X1820
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Wages of Fear (Le Salaire de la peur) (France / Italy, 1952)
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. A study of courage and cowardice in the face of almost insurmountable odds. After establishing the characters of the protagonists in a long prologue, director Clouzot follows them as they transport a cargo of nitroglycerin over a primitive mountain road to a conclusion of high suspence and final irony. 148 min. DVD 431
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Where Danger Lives (1950)
Directed by John Farrow. Cast: Maureen O'Sullivan, Charles Kemper, Robert Mitchum, Claude Rains, Faith Domergue. Jeff Cameron, a young intern at the beginning of his career, links his destiny to that of a patient who is brought to the hospital after a suicide attempt. Jeff dumps the secure, rather plain nurse Julie, for the passionate but perplexing Margo. Confused and caught up in Margo's deceptions, Jeff loses his sense of reality and finds himself fleeing with her for the Mexican border. Special features: Film historian commentaries by Alain silver and James Ursini on Where danger lives and Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward with Audrey Totter on Tension; new featurettes: "Where danger lives: white rose for Julie" and "Tension: who's guilty now?;" theatrical trailers. 80 min. DVD 8401
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Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Directed by Otto Preminger. Cast: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Karl Malden, Gary Merrill. Cop Mark Dixon is already in trouble with his superiors for his brutal tactics when he accidentally kills a murder suspect. To protect himself, he decides to cover it up and pin the killing on a racketeer he hates and knows has committed many crimes like this in the past.148 min. DVD 3481
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Wegner, Hart. "From Expressionism to Film Noir: Otto Preminger's Where the Sidewalk Ends." Journal of Popular Film and Television, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 56-65, Summer 1983 UC users only

Brook, Vincent. "The ABZs of Film Noir: Otto Preminger and Edgar G. Ulmer." In: Driven to darkness : Jewish émigré directors and the rise of film noir / Vincent Brook. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F54 B76 2009)
Frischauer, Willi. Behind the scenes of Otto Preminger; an unauthorized biography New York, Morrow, 1974 [c1973] (MOFF: PN1998.A3 .P674 1973)
Pratley, Gerald. The cinema of Otto Preminger London, A. Zwemmer; New York, A. S. Barnes [1971] (MAIN: PN1998.A3 P6831)
Preminger, Otto. Preminger : an autobiography Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1977. (MAIN: PN1998 A3.P6721 1977; PFA : PN1998.3.P74 P74 1977)
Smith, Imogen Sara. "Dana Andrews: The Forties Hero and His Shadow." Bright Lights Film Journal, November 2008 | Issue 62

While the City Sleeps (1956)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Howard Duff, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, John Barrymore, Jr., Sally Forrest, James Craig, Ida Lupino. "Bedridden Amos Kyne is owner and manager of media conglomerate Kyne Enterprises. Upon Amos' death, his son, the ineffective Walter Kyne, takes control of the business. Not wanting to do any of the work but retain the glory, Walter creates a new position - Executive Director - that person who effectively will become head of the organization. The heads of the three primary arms of the business - John Day Griffith (newspaper), Mark Loving (wire service) and Harry Kritzer (photographic service) - are those in line for the job, each who will do whatever he needs to for the appointment. Walter has decided that whoever of the three solves and reports the Lipstick Killings first will get the position. The Lipstick Killings are the murders of young women, the murderer who scrawls a note in lipstick at the murder scene after the fact. Pulitzer Prize winning author and reporter Edward Mobley is seen by most to be the real brains of the organization, although he has no desire for the top job. Although he initially will not get into the internal fight for the job, Ed, who has connections to the police department and has his own thoughts as to the psychological profile of the killer, decides to assist his old friend, John Griffith, in solving the case. In their quest, those involved do not hesitate to use the women in their lives - namely Nancy Liggett (Ed's fiancée and Mark's secretary), Dorothy Kyne (Walter's wife), and Women's Affairs columnist Mildred Donner - in whatever manner they can." [IMDB] Based on the novel The bloody spur by Charles Einstein. 99 min. DVD X6113
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Whirlpool (1950)
Directed by Otto Preminger. Cast: Gene Tierney, Richard Conte, Jose Ferrer, Charles Bickford. Ann Sutton, the wealthy wife of a remote psychoanalyst, is caught shoplifting and is rescued from certain scandal by a suave and sinister hypnotist. She is soon in his power and enmeshed in a web of blackmail and murder. 93 min. DVD 4410; Non-US (PAL) format DVD 4126
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Brook, Vincent. "The ABZs of Film Noir: Otto Preminger and Edgar G. Ulmer." In: Driven to darkness : Jewish émigré directors and the rise of film noir / Vincent Brook. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F54 B76 2009)
Frischauer, Willi. Behind the scenes of Otto Preminger; an unauthorized biography New York, Morrow, 1974 [c1973] (MOFF: PN1998.A3 .P674 1973)
Pratley, Gerald. The cinema of Otto Preminger London, A. Zwemmer; New York, A. S. Barnes [1971] (MAIN: PN1998.A3 P6831)
Preminger, Otto. Preminger : an autobiography Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1977. (MAIN: PN1998 A3.P6721 1977; PFA : PN1998.3.P74 P74 1977)

White Heat (1949)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Fred Clark. Cody Jarrett is a psychopathic gangster and a ruthless killer who is anything but rational with his fierce headaches and strong mother-fixation. DVD 3513
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Why Won't They Believe Me (1947)
Directed by Irving Pichel. Cast: Susan Hayward, Robert Young, Rita Johnson, Jane Greer, Tom Powers, George Tyne, Don Beddoe, Frank Ferguson, Harry Harvey. On trial for murder, Larry Ballantyne regurgitates an unbelievable story. He recounts how he philanders to other women while his rich loving wife Gretta tries to keep him in line. According to Larry, his girlfriend Verna dies accidentally in a car crash and his distraught wife tosses herself over a cliff after he runs out on her. The jury has a tough decision on this one. 80 min. DVD 9597
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The Woman in the Window (1945)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey, Edmund Breon, Dan Duryea. Professor Richard Wanley, with his wife and kids out of town, engages in an innocent flirtation with a chance acquaintance and inadvertently commits a shocking crime! But that's just the beginning of his problems, for as the cunning D.A. gets closer to identifying the killer, Wanley finds he's more and more willing to resort to desperate measures to avoid being caught. Based on the novel Once off guard by J.H. Wallis. 99 min. DVD 8253; vhs 999:2677
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Woman on Pier 13 (aka I Married a Communist) (1949)
Directed by Robert Stevenson. Cast: Laraine Day, Robert Ryan, John Agar. Brad Collins, former stevedore, is rising fast in a shipping company when local communist agitators use his former Party affiliation to extort his help in stirring up trouble. When Brad resists, communist femme fatale Christine works through his brother-in-law Don. But Brad's new wife Nan sees that her husband and brother are under pressure; when she investigates on her own, party boss Vanning takes ruthless action. 73 min. DVD X4710
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The Woman on the Run(1950)
Directed by Norman Foster. Cast: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith, Ross Elliott, Frank Jenks, John Qualen, Victor Sen Yung. Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and... the real murderer. 77 min. DVD X6137
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A Woman's Secret (1949)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: Maureen O'Hara, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Grahame, Bill Williams, Victor Jory. Susan, a successful radio songstress is shot following a quarrel with her closest friend Marian, who calmly admits the crime. While Susan fights to recover and Marian is held in custody, Luke, who is in love with Marian, tries to justify through flashback his belief in Marian's innocence. 85 min. vhs 999:3605
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Women's Prison (1955)
Directed by Lewis Seiler. Cast: Ida Lupino, Jan Sterling, Cleo Moore, Audrey Totter, Phyllis Thaxter, Howard Duff. In an adjoining men's and women's big houses, a warden in the women's side of the prison goes overboard in her discipline policies, to the point that the prisoners try to take her hostage. 79 min. DVD X2721
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You and Me
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Sylvia Sidney, George Raft, Barton MacLane, Harry Carey, Roscoe Karns. In this unusual film noir a group of ex-cons work in a department store whose owner believes in rehabilitation. Projecting the message that "crime doesn't pay," this is a romantic crime story, laced with comedy and social commentary. 94 min. vhs 999:2871
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British Film Noir and Neo-Noir

Bibliography of articles and books about British Film Noir
Hammer Films bibliography
Hammer Films web site

Bad Blonde (aka The Flanagan Boy) (UK, 1953)
Directed by Reginald Le Borg. Cast: Barbara Payton, Frederick Valk, John Slater, Sid James, Tony Wright. A scheming blonde seduces a fighter and convinces him to murder her husband, a fight manager who is promoting the young man's career. 81 min. DVD 6021
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Black Glove (aka Face the Music) (UK, 1954)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Cast: Eleanor Summerfield, John Saley, Paul Carpenter, Geoffrey Keen. A famed trumpet player is suspected of murdering a blues singer. Using only two minor clues, he narrows the suspects to four people, but only after surviving poison placed on the mouthpiece of his trumpet. 84 min. DVD 8360
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Blackout (aka Murder by Proxy) (UK, 1954)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Cast: Dane Clark, Belinda Lee, Betty Ann Davies, Eleanor Summerfield, Andrew Osborn. An American drifter in London meets a stunning blonde while on a bender at a bar. The girl tricks him into marrying her while he is in a drunken stupor. When he wakes up he finds 500 pounds in his pocket and discovers he is involved in a murder and an inheritance scam. 87 min. DVD 6021
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Brighton Rock(aka Third Party Risk) (UK, 1947)
Directed by John Boulting. Cast: Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Carol Marsh, Nigel Stock, Wylie Watson, Alan Wheatley, Harcourt Williams.Set in 1947 in post-war Brighton, the elegant and respectable facade hides a sinister underworld ruled by intimidation and terror. Pinkie, a ruthless and sadistic young criminal, commits a murder and then marries the only witness to cover his tracks. A trail of killings and double crossings lead to his eventual downfall, when savage justice is finally meted out in a thrilling and memorable climax. Based on the novel by Graham Greene. 89 min. DVD X1655; vhs 999:3890
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Deadly Game (aka Third Party Risk) (UK, 1954)
Directed by Daniel Birt. Cast: Simone Silva, Finlay Currie, Maureen Swanson, Ferdy Mayne. Vacationing at a resort hotel in Spain, Phil runs into an old friend and agrees to drive his car to London for him. After saying goodbye to his old buddy, another hotel guest, the enigmatic Mr. Darius, as well as a local police inspector, tell Phil that his old friend has become involved in criminal enterprises. When Phil finds him murdered upon returning to Britain, he finds himself in possession of an envelope filled with mysterious microfilm that everyone seems to want. 63 min. DVD 8360
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Framed (UK / USA, 1992)
Directed by Geoff Sax. Cast: Timothy Dalton, Timothy West, David Morrissey, Annabelle Apsion. Larry Jackson, an ambitious young police officer on holiday in Spain, recognises Eddie Myers, an escaped master criminal and onetime informer, who had been presumed dead. Extradited to London, Myers agrees to cooperate on one condition, Jackson must be his interrogator. So begins a deadly duel of wits between a brilliantly perceptive criminal and his determined adversary. 115 min. DVD 2041
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The Gambler and the Lady (1952)
Directed by Patrick Jenkins. Cast: Dane Clark, Naomi Chance, Meredith Edwards, Thomas Gallagher, Eric Pohlmann, Anthony Forwood. A greedy but successful professional gambler wants to join the British Establishment when he falls in love with a blue-blooded lady. But first he must mend his ways and then dump his nightclub singer girl friend. She's not so easy to get rid of, and neither is his past. 72 min. DVD 6021
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The Glass Tomb (aka The Glass Cage) (UK, 1955)
Directed by Montgomery Tully. Cast: John Ireland, Honor Blackman, Geoffrey Keen, Eric Pohlman, Sidney James. A circus barker stages a sensational new act, the world's longest fast undertaken by "Sapolio", on view in a glass cage. But this act also results in several murders, a kidnapping, and a poisoning. 59 min. DVD 8346
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Gumshoe (UK, 1972)
Directed by Stephen Frears. Cast: Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw, Franklin Finlay, Janice Rule. A private eye caper loaded with adventure, intrigue and laughs. Part-time comic and full-time dreamer, Ginley places an ad in a Liverpool paper offering his services as a detective. Before you can say "gumshoe," his mundane world turns to mayhem as this newcomer sleuth tangles with a big-time drug operation--and murder. Bonus features: Original trailer, Martini minutes: "how to become a villain" and "secrets of seduction". 85 min. DVD X1715; vhs 999:2406
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Heat Wave (aka The House Across the Lake) (1954)
Directed by Ken Hughes. Cast: Alex Nicol, Hillary Brooke, Susan Stephen, Sid James, Alan Wheatley, Paul Carpenter. An American writer living in England gets entangled in a scheme by a beautiful blonde to murder her rich husband. 68 min. DVD 6021
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I'll Get You (aka Escape Route) (UK, 1952)
Directed by Seymour Friedman and Peter Graham Scott. Cast: George Raft, Sally Grey, Frederick Piper, Reginald Tate, Clifford Evans. An F.B.I. agent illegally enters England following the disappearance of several noted atomic scientists. He promptly 'disappears' himself and is dogged by trouble and the Scotland Yard. 79 min. DVD 8250
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Man Bait (aka The Last Page) (UK, 1952)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Cast: George Brent, Marguerite Chapman, Raymond Huntley, Diana Dors. The married owner of a bookstore is attracted to his sexy blonde clerk. He finally gives in to temptation and makes a pass at her, but that only results in his entanglement in blackmail and murder. 84 min. DVD 6021
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Night and the City (UK, 1950)
Directed by Jules Dassin. Cast: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe, Francis L. Sullivan, Herbert Lom. "Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) aches for a life of ease and plenty. Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he stumbles upon a chance of a lifetime in the form of legendary wrestler Gregorius the Great (Stanislaus Zbyszko). But there is no easy money in this underworld of shifting alliances, bottomless graft, and pummeled flesh––and Fabian soon learns the horrible price of his ambition. Luminously shot in the streets of London, Jules Dassin's Night and the City is film noir of the first order and one of the director's crowning achievements." [Criterion catalog] 96 min. DVD 3579
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Erickson, Glenn. "Expressionist doom in Night and the city." In: Film noir reader / edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini. 1st Limelight ed. New York : Limelight Editions, 1996. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F54 F57 1996; PFA : PN1995.9.F54 F57 1996)
Neve, Brian. "Jules Dassin and Albert Maltz." In: In: Film and politics in America : a social tradition London ; New York : Routledge, 1992. pp. 115-118(MAIN: PN1995.9.S6 N46 1992 MOFF: PN1995.9.S6 N46 1992)

Paid to Kill (aka Five Days) (UK, 1954)
Directed by Montgomery Tully. Cast: Dane Clark, Paul Carpenter, Thea Gregory, Cecile Chevreau. A man's business deal fails and to provide for his "adoring" wife, he hires his best friend to kill him so his wife can collect on his insurance. The business deal comes through at the last minute, but he finds he can't call off the murder. His treacherous double-crossing wife has different ideas. 71 min. DVD 8346
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Race for Life (aka Mask of Dust) (UK, 1954)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Cast: Richard Conte, Mari Aldon, George Coulouris, Peter Illing, Alec Mango. An idol of auto-racing fans attempts a comeback after serving in the Air Force. When his former rival lies dying in the hospital, he must decide whether to continue in the Grand Prix or make peace with his adversary. 65 min. DVD 8361
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Stolen Face (UK,1952)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Cast: Paul Henreid, Lizabeth Scott, Mary Mackenzie, Andre Morell, John Wood. A plastic surgeon has a brief fling with a concert pianist, who leaves him to return to her previous boyfriend. He finds a horribly scared patient and fashions her face into the image of his former lover and enters into a marriage that is disappointing. 72 min. DVD 6021
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Terror Street (aka 36 Hours) (UK, 1953)
Directed by Montgomery Tully. Cast: Elsy Albin, Ann Gudrun, Eric Polmann, Dan Duryea. U.S. Air Force pilot becomes the logical suspect after his wife is shot and killed. The thirty-six hours he has to clear himself are filled with twists and turns culminating in an exciting climax. 85 min. DVD 8345
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They Made Me a Fugitive (UK, 1947)
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti. Cast: Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones, Rene Ray. Ex-RAF flyer Morgan, bored with civilian life, joins a gang led by Narcy. On his first job, a policeman is killed, Morgan is framed for the killing and jailed. He escapes and makes it to London, where he is sheltered by Sally, who falls in love with him. Seeking revenge, he confronts Narcy and the gang in an abandoned warehouse. 103 min. DVD 3951; vhs Video/C 999:3232
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Unholy Four (aka A Stranger Came Home) (UK, 1954)
Director, Terence Fisher. Cast: Paulette Goddard, William Sylvester, Patrick Holt, Paul Carpenter. Someone knocked a man out and left him for dead during a fishing trip in Portugal. That someone is either his fetching wife or two business partners, all sporting guilty faces after his unexpected return. Two more murders and a frame-up befall the quartet before an inspector closes the case. 80 min. DVD 8361
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Wings of Danger (UK, 1952)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Cast: Zachary Scott, Robert Beatty, Kay Kendall, Naomi Chance, Arthur Lane. A former pilot suffering from blackouts discovers that a fellow flyer is supected of being mixed up with a web of smugglers. While searching for his missing buddy, he unwittingly becomes entangled in a morass of suspicion. 73 min. DVD 8345
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Japan and other Asian Noir and Neo-noir

The Bad Sleep Well (Japan, 1960)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Akira Kurosawa, the acclaimed Japanese director, adopts the American gangster-film style to weave a fascinating tale of corporate greed. The story focuses on a grieving son, (Toshiro Mifune), who seeks revenge for his father's murder as he infiltrates the corrupt construction company that was responsible for his father's death. 152 min. DVD 2834; also vhs 999:2283
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Boiling Point (3-4x jugatsu) (1990)
Director, 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano. Two members of a Japanese junior baseball team get mixed up with the local yakuza. After their coach is severely injured by the gangsters, the two boys set off to Okinawa to purchase a gun in order to get revenge. While in Okinawa they get befriended by a psychotic yakuza outcast who is planning a revenge of his own. 98 min. DVD 1093; vhs 999:3200
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A Colt is My Passport (Koruto wa ore no pasupoto) (1967)
Director: Takashi Nomura. Cast: Joe Shishido, Chitose Kobayashi, Jerry Fujio, Shoki Fukae, Zenji Yamada, Hideaki Esumi, Jun Hongo, Akio Miyabe, Toyoko Takechi, Kojiro Kusanagi, Ryotaro Sugi, Takamaru Sasaki, Asao Uchida, Zeko Nakamura, Kanjuro Arashi. Summary A hard-boiled hit man is hired by Yakuza to rub out a rival gang's boss, only to be betrayed and targeted by both sides. Based on a story by Shinji Fujiwara. 85 min. DVD X1954
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Cruel Gun Story (Kenju zankoku monogatari)(1964)
Directed by Takumi Furukawa. Cast: Joe Shishido, Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawachi, Yuji Odaka, Minako Kazuki, Hiroshi Nihonyanagi, Hiroshi Kondo, Shobun Inoue, Saburo Hiromatsu, Junichi Yamanobe. Fresh out of jail, Togawa has no chance to go straight because he is immediately coerced by a wealthy mob boss into organizing a heist on an armored car carrying racetrack receipts. After assembling a ragtag bunch to carry out the robbery, Togawa learns that all is not what it seems. 87 min. DVD X1953
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Bullet Ballet (1998)
Director: Shinya Tsukamoto. Cast: Shinya Tsukamoto, Kirina Mano, Tatsuya Nakamura, Takahiro Murase, Tomorowo Taguchi, Kyoka Suzuki.A man sees his life changed for ever when his fiancee shoots herself. Baffled, he wants by all means to obtain such a weapon of destruction and he finds himself caught in a violent group of of young vicious punks. 87 min. DVD X1478
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The Dumb Die Fast, The Smart Die Slow! ( Ka lok na ban dia cha, ka lok na dai korn) (Thailand, 1991)
Directed by Manop Udomdej. Salak and Tuang are two mechanics in Thailand who are tired of eking out a living and decide to rob the house of one of the richest men in town. While breaking into the house, Tuang kills the owner and escapes, while Salak is caught but subsequently escapes. In a small town Boonpreng offers Salak a ride and then a job at his gas station. All goes well until Boonpreng's wife discovers Salak's past and blackmails him into breaking into her husband's safe to steal his money. Then Tuang's car breaks down at the gas station where he discovers Salak and works his way into the already tense situation. 110 min. vhs 999:2210
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Guard from Underground (Jigoku no keibiin) (1992)
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi. Cast: Kuno Makiko, Matsushige Yutaka, Hasegawa Hatsunori, Ogata Kanta, Osugi Ren. An evil security guard stalks the claustrophobic corridors of the Akebono Corporation, in the form of an inhuman security guard who preys on any unsuspecting salaryman that gets in his way. With the building locked off from the outside world, it's up to new girl Akiko and her fellow workers of Department 12 to survive long enough to escape the guard's brutal rampage. 81 min. DVD X1480
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High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (Japan, 1963)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. "Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa's highly influential High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku). Adapting Ed McBain's detective novel King's Ransom, Kurosawa moves effortlessly from compelling race-against-time thriller to exacting social commentary, creating a penetrating portrait of contemporary Japanese society. Criterion is proud to present High and Low in an all-new high-definition digital transfer." [Criterion catalog] 143 min. DVD 2819; also vhs 999:2284
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Bernstein, Matthew "High and Low: art cinema and pulp fiction in Yokohama." In: Film adaptation / edited and with an introduction by James Naremore. p. 172-189. New Brunswick, NJ.: Rutgers University Press, c2000. (UCB Main PN1997.85 .F55 2000)
Maxfield, J. "The Moral Ambiguity Of Kurosawa Early Thrillers." Film Criticism 18: (1) 20-35 Fall 1993

I Am Waiting (Ore wa matteru ze) (1957)
Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara. Cast: Yujiro Ishihara, Mie Kitahara, Isamu Kosugi, Kenjiro Uemura, Hideaki Nitani, Ken Hatano, Kojiro Kusanagi. A restaurant manager and ex-boxer get roped into the criminal underworld when the ex-boxer falls hard for a mysterious, young suicidal club hostess who is fleeing her gangster boss. 91 min. DVD X1950
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Intimidation (Aru kyouhaku) (Japan, 1960)
Directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara. Cast: Kaneko Nobuo, Shiraki Mari, Nishimura Akira, Kusanagi Ko-jiro-, Yamada Zenji. This film noir concerns the intertwined fates of a desperate bank manager, blackmailed for book-cooking, and his resentful but timid underling, passed over for a promotion. 65 min. DVD X6336
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Maiku Hama Private Eye Trilogy

The Most Terrible Time in My Life (Waga jinsei saiaku no toki) (Japan / China / Taiwan, 1994)
Director: Kaizo Hayashi. Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Jo Shishido, Yu Wei Yan, Caroline Lu, Wu Kao Hsiung, Haruko Wanibuchi, Noriko Sengoku, Kaho Minami. Detective Maiku Hama navigates the Yokohama underworld with super cool threads and two-fisted street smarts. But when he comes to the aid of a Taiwanese waiter at a local parlor, the unflappable Hama has no idea what he's in for. Though seemingly a luckless immigrant on the threshold of Yokohama's gutter, Hama's client holds the secret to a ferocious gangland revenge triangle that soon has bullets and fists flying. 92 min. DVD 8330
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Geller, Theresa L. "Transnational noir : style and substance in Hayashi Kaizo's The most terrible time in my life." In: East Asian cinemas : exploring transnational connections on film / edited by Leon Hunt and Leung Wing-Fai. London : New York : I.B. Tauris, 2008. (Main Stack PN1993.5.E19.E27 2008)

The Stairway to the Distant Past (Harukana jidai no kaidan o) (Japan, 1995)
Directed by Kaizo Hayashi. Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Jo Shishido, Kiyotaka Nanbara, Haruko Wanibuchi, Shiro Sano, Eiji Okada, Tetta Sugimoto, Mika Ohmine, Shinya Tsukamoto, Keiji Matsuda. Broke, his vintage Nash convertible repossessed, private eye Mike Hama is reduced to combing the mean streets of the Yokohama waterfront on a borrowed bicycle. But when Lily, a beautiful stripper from out of Hama's past, returns to town, the fuse is lit on a criminal powder keg set to blow the lid off the Yokohama underworld. Hama's search for his long lost parents soon has him up to his neck in a simmering conspiracy pitting corrupt politicians, local Yakuza gangsters and the Taiwanese mafia against the mysterious 'Man in White.' 100 min. DVD 8332
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The Trap (Wana) (Japan 1997)
Directed by Kaizo Hayashi. Cast: Nagase Masatoshi, Natsukawa Yui, Yamaguchi Tomoko, Shishido Jo. In love for the first time, cases booked solidly for months and a brand new fax machine prodding his office into the nineties, down-on-his-luck private eye 'Maiku' Mike Hama has the world on a string at last. Or does he? When a hooded stranger appears in his office with the cryptic challenge "I want you to look for me," Hama is drawn into a string of bizarre serial murders that have Yokohama's police baffled and the city terrified. 100 min. DVD 8331
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9 Souls (Nain souruzu)(2003)
Directed by Toshiaki Toyoda. Cast: Satsuei, Fujisawa Jun'ichi ; henshu, Kusakabe Mototaka ; ongaku, DIP. A bomber, a patricide, a mad biker and a pornographer break free from jail together with various other forms of social detritus. 120 min. DVD X1479
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Rusty Knife (Sabita naifu) (1958)
Director: Toshio Masuda. Cast: Yujiro Ishihara, Mie Kitahara, Shoji Yasui, Mari Shiraki, Joe Shishido, Akira Kobayashi, Masao Shimizu, Naoki Sugiura, Toshio Takahara. Best friends, who are former criminals and trying to go straight, are outed as witnesses to a murder committed by a local Yakuza boss. The police try to convince them to come forward. The gangsters try to pay them off, with the threat of death looming. 90 min. DVD X1951
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Stray Dog (1949)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Ko Kimura, Keiko Awaji. Set in Tokyo during the late 1940's, the film captures the chaos and humiliation that existed in Japan immediately after World War II. When detective Murakami loses his revolver, he must descend into Tokyo's underworld and face the killer who has taken it. 122 min. DVD 2732; vhs 999:2243
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Maxfield, J. "The Moral Ambiguity Of Kurosawa Early Thrillers." Film Criticism 18: (1) 20-35 Fal 1993
Silverstein, Norman. "Kurosawa's Detective-Story Parables." Japan Quarterly 12:3 (1965:July/Sept.) 351

Take Aim at the Police Van (Sono gososha o nerae)(1960)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Michitaro Mizushima, Mari Shiraki, Misako Watanabe, Shinsuke Ashida, Shoichi Ozawa, Ryohei Uchida, Toru Abe, Tatsuo Matsushita, Saburo Hiromatsu, Reiko Arai, Toyo Fukuda, Kotoe Hatsui, Hiroshi Osa, Akira Hisamatsu. A prison truck is attacked and a convict inside is murdered. Daijiro, the penitentiary guard on duty, is accused of negligence and suspended. Now, he will dole out his own brand of justice when he goes in search of the criminals who put his job, not to mention the lives of those he is guarding, on the line. 79 min. DVD X1952
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European Noir and Neo-noir

Abenteuer in Wien (Gefährliches Abenteuer) / Stolen Identity(Austria / USA, 1952)
Director: Emil E. Reinert (Abenteur in Wien); Gunther von Fritsch (Stolen Identity. Abenteuer in Wien: Gustave Fröhlich, Cornell Borchers, Franz Lederer.; Stolen Identity: Donald Buka, Joan Camden, Francis Lederer. The films Abenteuer in Wien and Stolen identity, are two Austrian/US co-productions with the same story produced in the same year but with different leading actors and director. These noir-styled films concern a jealous concert pianist who murders his wife's lover and then frames an innocent taxi driver for the crime. Based on the book Ich war Jack Mortimer by Alexander Lernet-Holenia. 84 min; 86 min. DVD X778
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Alphaville (Alphaville, une Ètrange aventure de Lemmy Caution) (France, 1965)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. A story which unfolds in a utopian world of the future. Alphaville is governed by a totalitarian system in which the individual counts for almost nothing, and an alienated society has no use for art, poetry, love, or even thought. People are reduced essentially to the level of robots. 98 min.DVD 86; vhs 999:73
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Bob Le Flambeur (Bob the Gambler) (France, 1955)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Isabel Corey, Daniel Cauchy, Roger Duchesne, Guy Decomble, Andrée Garet. Bob the Gambler finds out that the Deauville Casino expects to pull in 800 million francs on a certain date. On the night of the heist, Bob plays at the casino tables where before dawn breaks some of the men and women will win, some will lose and some will die. 95 min. DVD 1264; vhs 999:413
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Breathless (À Bout de Souffle) (France, 1960)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. In this groundbreaking new wave classic a playful car thief accidentally shoots a policeman, then hides out in Paris with a hip American girl, trying to hustle enough cash for a getaway. 90 min. DVD 937; vhs 999:417
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Le Cercle rouge (Red Circle) (France / Italy, 1970)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Alain Delon, André Bourvil, Gian Maria Volante, Yves Montand, Paul Crauchet, François Perier. "Master thief Corey (Alain Delon) is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line of law-abiding freedom, he finds his steps leading back to the shadowy world of crime, crossing those of a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonté) and alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). As the unlikely trio plots a heist against impossible odds, their trail is pursued by a relentless inspector (Bourvil), and fate seals their destinies. Jean-Pierre Melville's Le cercle rouge combines honorable anti-heroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces to create a masterpiece of crime cinema." [Criterion catalog] 140 min. DVD 2201
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Classe tous risques (The Big Risk)(France, 1960)
Directed by Claude Stutet. Cast: Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcel Dalio, Claude Cerval, Jacques Dacqmine. After hiding out in Milan for nearly a decade, former gang boss Abel Davos sneaks back into Paris, along with his children and appointed guardian, Eric Stark. Beset by backstabbing former friends, Abel begins a journey through the postwar Parisian underworld that is both throat grabbing and soul searching. A character study of a career criminal at the end of his rope. Special features: Excerpts from "Claude Sautet ou la magie invisible:" a 2003 documentary on the director by N.T. Binh and Dominique Rabourdin; interview with Classe tous risques novelist and screenwriter Jose Giovanni; archival interview footage featuring actor Lino Ventura discussing his career; original French and U.S. theatrical trailers; booklet: features new essays by director Bertrand Tavernier and Binh, a reprinted interview with Sautet, and a 1962 tribute by Jean-Pierre Melville. 108 min. DVD X94
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Coup de Torchon (France, 1981)
Directed by Bernard Tavernier. Cast: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Stephane Audran, Eddy Mitchell, Guy Marchand, Irené Skobline. "An inspired rendering of Jim Thompson's pulp novel Pop. 1280, Bertrand Tavernier's Coup de torchon (Clean Slate) deftly transplants the story of an inept police chief- turned-heartless killer and his scrappy mistress from the American South to French West Africa. Featuring pitch-perfect performances by Philippe Noiret and Isabelle Huppert, this striking neo-noir straddles the line between violence and lyricism with dark humor and visual elegance, perfectly captured by Criterion's glorious new anamorphic transfer." [Criterion catalog] 128 min. DVD 1797
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Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista) (Spain / Italy, 1955)
Director, Juan Antonio Bardem. Cast: Lucia Bose, Alberto Closas, Bruna Corra, Carlos Casaravilla, Otello Toso, Julia Delgado Caro. Upper-class geometry professor Juan and his wealthy, married mistress Maria Jose, driving back from a late-night rendezvous, accidentally hit a cyclist and run. The resulting tale of guilt, infidelity, and blackmail reveals the wide gap between the rich and the poor in Spain and surveys the corrept ethics of a society seduced by decadence.

"...with few exception, there was no genuine Spanish film noir up until the 1970s because of the lack of any indigenous hard-boiled urban crime fiction, the pressures of moral censorship and the politically motivated desire of the Spanish authorities to render any policiaca (urban police drama) serviceable to the authoritarian interests of the state." Despite this, many critics now argue that Death of a Cyclist nonetheless possesses many of the attributes of conventional film noir, in terms of boths aspects of its narrative construction and its evocative misen en scène. [Hillier, Jim; Phillips, Alastair. 100 Film Noirs Palgrave, 2009] 88 min. DVD 9690

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Le Doulos (France, 1968)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Jean Desailly, Michel Piccoli. A complicated thriller about the fatalistic relationship between two men, Maurice, a crook just out of prison, and Silien, a mysterious, cryptic informer caught up in the complex relationship between the criminal underworld and the police. In French without subtitles. DVD X646; copy 2 DVD 3655 (Non-US format DVD (PAL))
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The Element of Crime (Forbrydelsens element) (Denmark, 1984)
Directed by Lars von Trier. Cast: Cast: Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Meme Lai, Jerold Welss, Ahmed El Shenawi, Astrid Henning-Jensen, Janos Hersko, Preben Leerdorff-Rye, Gotha Anderson, Lars von Trier. The story of an exiled ex-cop who returns to his old beat to catch a serial killer preying on young girls. Set in Germany and shot in sepia tones with brilliant blue flashes, Von Trier boldly reinvents the expressionist style, combining dark mystery and operatic sweep to yield a celluloid nightmare. 104 min. DVD 1568
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Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud) (France, 1957)
Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly. "In his mesmerizing debut feature, twenty-four-year-old director Louis Malle brought together the beauty of Jeanne Moreau, the camerawork of Henri Decaë, and a now legendary score by Miles Davis. A touchstone of the careers of both its star and director, Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud) is a richly atmospheric thriller of murder and mistaken identity unfolding over one restless Parisian night." [Criterion catalog] 87 min. DVD 5933; DVD 9353 (PAL); vhs 999:3729
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Pickpocket(France, 1959)
Directed by Robert Bresson. Cast: Martin Lassalle, Marika Green, Pierre Leymarie, Jean Pelegri. Michel, an insignificant man who drifts into crime, is arrested and imprisoned. Upon release, he abandons an attempt at reform when a master pickpocket teaches him his art. Special features: Audio commentary by film scholar James Quandt, new video introduction by writer-director Paul Schrader, the models of "Pickpocket", a 2003 documentary by filmmaker Babette Mangolte, featuring actors from the film; a 1960 interview with Bresson, from the French television program Cinepanorama; Q&A on Pickpocket, with actress Marika Green and filmmakers Paul Vecchiali and Jean-Pierre Ameris fielding questions at a 2000 screening of the film; footage of sleight-of-hand artist and Pickpocket consultant Kassagi, from a 1962 episode of the French television show La piste aux etoiles; original theatrical trailer; plus a new essay by novelist and culture critic Gary Indiana. 75 min. DVD 4973; vhs 999:3086
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Quai des Orfèvres (France, 1947)
Director, Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Louis Jouvet, Simone Renant, Bernard Blier, Pierre Larquey, Suzy Delair. "Blacklisted for his daring "anti-French" masterpiece, Le corbeau, Henri-Georges Clouzot returned to cinema four years later with the 1947 crime fiction adaptation, Quai des Orfèvres. Set within the vibrant dance halls and crime corridors of 1940s Paris, Quai des Orfèvres follows ambitious performer Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair), her covetous husband Maurice Martineau (Bernard Blier), and their devoted confidante Dora Monier (Simone Renant) as they attempt to cover one another's tracks when a sexually orgreish high-society acquaintance is murdered. Enter Inspector Antoine (Louis Jouvet), whose seasoned instincts lead him down a circuitous path in this classic whodunit murder mystery." [Criterion catalog] 106 min. DVD 1816
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Mayne, Judith. "Dora the Image-Maker, and Henri-Georges Clouzot's Quai des Orfèvres." Studies in French Cinema, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 41-52, 2004 UC users only

Rififi (Du rififi chez les hommes) (France, 1955)
Directed by Jules Dassin. Cast: Jean Servais, Carl Mohner, Robert Manuel, Perlo Vita (i.e. Jules Dassin), Marie Sabouret, Janine Darcy, Claude Sylvain, Marcel Lupovici, Pierre Grassel, Robert Hossein, Magali Noel, Dominique Maurin. A suspenseful story of a successful jewel robbery engineered by an aging ex-con in which the four thieves betray each other. The film ends in an orgy of torture, murder, kidnapping and retribution. One of the greatest crime capers, it set the standard for all others that followed. Most notable is Dassin's exquisitely intense silent burglary sequence which runs nearly half an hour. "After making such American noir classics as The Naked City and Brute Force, blacklisted director Jules Dassin went to Paris and embarked on his masterpiece: a twisting, turning tale of four ex-cons who hatch one last glorious heist in the City of Lights. At once naturalistic and expressionistic, this melange of suspense, brutality, and dark humor was an international hit and earned Dassin the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival." [Criterion catalog] 117 min. DVD 3903; vhs 999:2779
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Arthur, Paul. "Rififi." (motion picture review) Cineaste v 26 no1 2000. p. 52-4
McGilligan, Patrick. "I'll always be an American: Jules Dassin interviewed." Film Comment. Nov/Dec 1996. Vol. 32, Iss. 6; p. 34 (15 pages)UC users only
Neve, Brian. "Jules Dassin and Albert Maltz." In: In: Film and politics in America : a social tradition London ; New York : Routledge, 1992. pp. 115-118(MAIN: PN1995.9.S6 N46 1992 MOFF: PN1995.9.S6 N46 1992)
Sragow, Michael. "A Noir Classic Makes It Back From the Blacklist." New York Times (Late Edition (East Coast)). New York, N.Y.: Jul 16, 2000. p. 2.7UC users only

Le Samourai (France, 1967)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Alain Delon, Francois Perier, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier, Jacques Leroy, Michel Boisrond. A steely-eyed and enigmatic hitman is hired to do away with the boss of a nightclub, which places him under total surveillance by police. At the same time, he discovers that the man he is working for has marked him for death. "In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays a contract killer with samurai instincts. A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture--with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology--maverick director Jean-Pierre Melville's masterpiece Le Samouraï defines cool." [Criterion catalog] 101 min. DVD 4557; vhs 999:2357
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Touchez pas au grisbi (Hands Off the Loot) (France, 1954)
Directed by Jacques Becker. Cast: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll, Lino Ventura, Paul Frankeur, Jeanne Moreau. An aging gangster is unwillingly brought out of retirement after one of his associates unwittingly betrays him to a rival. Based on the novel of the same title by Albert Simonin. Special features: Video interviews with actor Lino Ventura (originally aired as part of an episode of the television program "Pour le cinema" on 5/01/1972, 9 min.), composer Jean Wiener (originally aired as part of the television special "Hommage à Jean Gabin" in Feb. 1978, 2 min.) & actor Daniel Cauchy (conducted by Lenny Borger in Jan. 2002, 7 min.); excerpt from an episode of the French television series "Cinéastes de notre temps" dedicated to Becker (featuring Griffe, Simonin, Ventura & filmmaker François Truffaut, 1967, 6 min.); original theatrical trailer. 96 min. DVD X1813
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Neo-Noir and Noir-Inspired Films

An Introduction to Neo-Noir
Hirsch, Foster. Detours and lost highways : a map of neo-noir / Foster Hirsch. New York : Limelight Editions, [1999] (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.F54 H57 1999)
The philosophy of neo-noir / edited by Mark T. Conard. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F54 P56 2007)
Schwartz, Ronald. Neo-noir : the new film noir style from Psycho to Collateral / Ronald Schwartz. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F54 S387 2005)

After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
Directed by James Foley. Cast: Jason Patric, Rachel Ward, Bruce Dern. An ex-boxer seems the perfect pawn to pull off a kidnapping planned by a sexy widow and a cop-turned-con man. What they don't know is that he is an escapee from a mental institution. When he realizes he's been manipulated, he turns the tables with a game of deceit and raw desire that can only end in death. 114 min. DVD 2005
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Against All Odds (1984)
Directed by Taylor Hackford. Cast: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Alex Karras, Jane Greer, Richard Widmogan, a cynical ex-football star, is hired to find Jessie Wyler, the runaway mistress of a ruthless L.A. nightclub owner, Jake Wise. According to Jake, Jessie had stabbed him and vanished with $50,000. But Terry's mission is soon forgotten when he tracks down the beautiful Jessie on a Mexican island and falls in love with her. 122 min. DVD 3817
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Arnett, Robert. "Eighties noir: the dissenting voice in Reagan's America.(analysis of outstanding film noir works in the 1980s)." Journal of Popular Film and Television 34.3 (Fall 2006): 123(7). UC users only
Orr, Christopher. "Genre theory in the context of the noir and post-noir film." Film Criticism; 1997, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p21-37, 17p UC users only

Angel Heart (1987)
Directed by Alan Parker. Cast: Mickey Rourke, Robert DeNiro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling. A journey of violence and murder that canvasses the streets of Harlem, the jazz clubs of New Orleans, and voodoo rituals in the swamps of Louisiana. From the novel "Falling angel" by William Hjortsberg. 98 min. DVD 3819
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Bad Influence (1990)
Directed by Curtis Hanson. Cast: Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane. Michael Boll, an ambitious young businessman who seems to have everything, befriends Alex, a mysterious drifter with fatal charm and an insatiable appetite for wine, women and danger ... but Michael soon learns that hanging out with Alex can be murder! 100 min. DVD 2033
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Big Easy (1986)
Directed by Jim McBride. Cast: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman. When a hood's murder triggers a bloody gangland drug war, New Orleans detective Remy McSwain, who fits right in with the easy style of Cajun country, meets his match in Anne Osborne, a no-nonsense Assistant D.A. in town to investigate police corruption. At odds from the moment they meet, this is a saucy blend of New Orleans nightlife, romance and suspence. Special features: Cast and crew information, interactive menus, scene access, theatrical trailer. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1986. 100 min. DVD 130
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Arnett, Robert. "Eighties noir: the dissenting voice in Reagan's America.(analysis of outstanding film noir works in the 1980s)." Journal of Popular Film and Television 34.3 (Fall 2006): 123(7). UC users only

The Black Dahlia (2007)
Directed by Brian De Palma. Cast: Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Mia Kirshner, Mike Starr, Fiona Shaw, Patrick Fischler, James Otis. Set in 1940s Los Angeles, two police officers, Bucky Bleichert and his partner, Lee Blanchard, investigate the death of Elizabeth Short - also known as The Black Dahlia, a young woman who is found brutally murdered. Bucky soon realizes that his girlfriend had ties to the deceased, and soon after that, he begins uncovering corruption and conspiracy within the police department. The case becomes an obsession for the two men as their lives begin to unravel. Special features: "Reality and fiction: the story of 'The Black Dahlia" ; the case file ; the De Palma touch. Based on the novel by James Ellroy. 122 min. DVD 7640
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Black Rain (1989)
Directed by Ridley Scott. Cast: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw. Two New York cops escort a vicious assassin back to his native Japan where they are led into Osaka's exotic underworld and straight into the center of a raging, brutal "Yakuza" gangland battle. 125 min. DVD 2034
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Black Widow (1987)
Directed by Bob Rafelson. Cast: Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey, Dennis Hopper, Nicol Williamson. Catharine is a sultry beauty who meticulously sets her traps. Alex is a federal agent who just as meticulously uncovers what no one else suspects--that this woman tricks wealthy men into marrying her, then kills them to inherit their fortunes. 101 min. DVD 3822
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Blade Runner: The Director's Cut (1982)
Directed by Ridley Scott. Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah. A science fiction film set in Los Angeles in 2019. Deckard, an expert "blade runner," must identify and execute four replicants, genetically engineered beings virtuallyidentical to humans, which have illegally returned to earth from their off-world slave duty. 117 min. DVD 4; VHS 999:540

Another edition: DVD 9222: Disc 1: Blade Runner: the final cut (117 min.) -- Disc 2: Blade Runner: Dangerous days: making Blade Runner (special features) -- Disc 3: Blade Runner (contains U.S. theatrical cut (1982) ; International theatrical cut (1982) ; director's cut (1992) (117 min.) -- Disc 4: Blade Runner: enhancement archive (special features) -- Disc 5: Blade Runner: Workprint (110 min.)

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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick Video/C 7650

Blood Simple (1983)
Directed by Joel Coen. Cast: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams, M. Emmet Walsh. A jealous husband hires a sleezy private eye to murder his adulterous wife and her lover in this thriller set in rural Texas which combines chilling suspense with offbeat humor to create an all-American version of the classic "film noir." 96 min. DVD 3334; also VHS 999:2120
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Coen, Joel. Blood simple : an original screenplay / by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1988. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .B263 1987)

Blue Velvet (1986)
Directed by David Lynch. Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, George Dickerson, Dean Stockwell. A young man finds a severed ear whose trail leads him to a detective's daughter and a mesmerizing beauty in this surreal journey that peeks through the windows and over the well-trimmed hedges of a seemingly serene small town, discovering murder, mystery and perversion. 136 min. DVD 299; VHS 999:1844
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Body Double (1984)
Director/producer/story, Brian De Palma. Cast: Craig Wasson, Gregg Henry, Melanie Griffith, Deborah Shelton. A house-sitting actor finds himself obsessed with his beautiful neighbor. When she is brutally murdered, he engages the unwitting key to the crime, porn queen Holly Body, to help him catch the killer. 117 min. DVD 1228
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Arnett, Robert. "Eighties noir: the dissenting voice in Reagan's America.(analysis of outstanding film noir works in the 1980s)." Journal of Popular Film and Television 34.3 (Fall 2006): 123(7). UC users only

Body Heat (1981)
Direced by Lawrence Kasdan. Cast: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, Mickey Rourke. A likable, unambitious Florida attorney and his siren-like lover plot to kill her wealthy husband. 113 min. DVD 3827
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Arnett, Robert. "Eighties noir: the dissenting voice in Reagan's America.(analysis of outstanding film noir works in the 1980s)." Journal of Popular Film and Television 34.3 (Fall 2006): 123(7). UC users only
Burkoff, John M. "If God Wanted Lawyers to Fly, She Would Have Given Them Wings: Life, Lust &(and) Legal Ethics in Body Heat A Symposium on Film and the Law." Oklahoma City University Law Review 22(1997) p. 187- UC users only
Orr, Christopher. "Cain, naturalism and noir." Film Criticism, 2000, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p47-64, 18p UC users only
Schwartz, Ronald. "Double Indemnity and Body Heat." In: Noir, now and then [electronic resource] : film noir originals and remakes, (1944-1999) / Ronald Schwartz. Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2001.

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Bound (1996)
Directed by Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski. Cast: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John Ryan. This thriller tells the story of a gangster's moll and her tough lesbian, ex-con lover who steal $2 million in loot from the former's brutish lover and must then flee for their lives in the seedy, crime-filled city. -- Sandra Brennan [All Movie Guide] 108 min. DVD X1071; vhs 999:1908
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Brick (2005)
Directed by Rian Johnson. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin, Noah Fleiss, Matt O'Leary. Brendon Frye is a loner, someone who always knows all the angles but has chosen to stay on the outside. When the girl he loves turns up dead, he is determined to find the 'who' and 'why'. 110 min. DVD 6125
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Cape Fear (1991)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Joe Don Baker, Juliette Lewis. Fourteen years after being imprisoned, psychopath Max Cady emerges with a single-minded mission: to seek revenge on his attorney Sam Bowden. 128 min. DVD 3298
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Cat Chaser (1988)
Directed by Abel Ferrara. Cast: Peter Weller, Kelly McGillis, Charles Durning, Frederic Forrest, Tomas Milian, Juan Fernandez. Something was calling former Lance Corporal George "Cat Chaser" Maran away from his quiet retreat-- the haunting memory of his violent brush with death. On a trip to Santo Domingo in search of the woman who saved his life, George Moran instead reunites with the sensual Mary de Boya-- a woman whose love could cost him everything. He's about to pay the steep price for lust, desception and revenge. From the novel by Elmore Leonard. 90 min.DVD X3084; vhs 999:107
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Lehman, Peter. "The male body within the excesses of exploitation and art: Abel Ferrara's "Ms. 45," "Cat Chaser," and "Bad Lieutenant."" Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Fall 1993, Issue 32, p23-29, 7p UC users only

China Moon (1991)
Directed by John Bailey. Cast: Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Benicio Del Toro, Charles Dance. Veteran homicide detective Kyle Bodine must learn the secrets of his lover's sordid past and her role in her husband's mysterious death, before it's too late. 99 min. vhs 999:2874
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Chinatown (1974)
Directed by Roman Polanski. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, Perry Lopez, Burt Young, Bruce Glover, Joe Mantell, Roy Jenson, Diane Ladd, Dick Bakalyan, John Huston. The plot is a labyrinth of successive revelations having to do with Los Angeles water reserves, land rights, fraud and intra-family hanky-panky, climaxing in Los Angeles's Chinatown. DVD 162; VHS 999:381
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Towne, Robert. Chinatown ; The last detail : screenplays / by Robert Towne. New York : Grove Press, 1997. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 T69 1997)

City of Industry (1997)
Directed by John Irvin. Cast: Harvey Keitel, Stephen Dorff, Timothy Hutton. Roy Egan is a master at armed robbery, but he's seen enough and done enough time, that he wants out--until his brother proposes a job he can't resist, which appears to be a sure thing. One of the friends gets greedy, however, and pulls a deadly double-cross. This sets the stage for a pulse-pounding game of cat and mouse, as Roy relentlessly tracks him down, hell-bent on revenge. 97 min. DVD 3829
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Collateral (2004)
Directed by Michael Mann. Cast: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Bruce McGill, Irma P. Hall, Barry Shabaka Henley. Vincent is a cool, calculating contract killer at the top of his game. Max is a cabbie with big dreams looking for his next fare. This fateful night, Max becomes Vincent's collateral, and will transport him on his next mission - one night, five stops, five hits and then a perfect getaway. Together, Vincent and Max find themselves in a non-stop race against time. With the LAPD and the FBI after them, they each become dependent on the other to survive. 119 min. DVD 3780
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Dark City (Australia / USA, 1998)
Directed by Alex Proyas. Cast: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, Richard O'Brien, Ian Richardson, William Hurt. When John Murdoch awakens in a strange hotel room, he finds that he is wanted for a series of brutal murders. The problem is he can't remember a thing. Pursued by the police and haunted by the Strangers, mysterious beings who possess the ability to stop time and alter reality, he seeks to unravel the twisted riddle of his identity. But in a city where reality is the ultimate illusion, discovering the truth could be fatal. 100 min. DVD 6088; vhs 999:2690
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Dark Streets (2008)
Directed by Rachel Samuels. Cast: Gabriel Mann, Bijou Phillips, Izabella Miko, Elias Koteas, Michael Fairman. Tells the story of Chaz Davenport, a dashing playboy who owns what promises to become the hottest new nightclub in town. Surrounded by the sumptuous blues music he adores, and with his pick of the gorgeous women who perform their sensual dance numbers on stage every night, Chaz is the envy of every man. But when he begins to investigate the suspicious death of his father his own life starts to spin out of control. "Features 12 original songs written by James Compton, Tim Brown and Tony DeMeur, performed by stars Bijou Phillips and Izabella Miko as well as legendary artists including Dr. John, Etta James, Natalie Cole, Aaron Neville, Solomon Burke, Chaka Khan and Richie Sambora." Based on a play by Glenn M. Stewart. 83 min. DVD X1731
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Dead Again (1995)
Directed by Carl Franklin. Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Andy Garcia, Derek Jacobi, Wayne Knight, Hanna Schygulla, Campbell Scott, Emma Thompson. Supernatural-tinged romantic murder mystery about a private detective, Mike Church, who is hired to help a beautiful amnesia victim tormented by terrible nightmares. Eventually a hypnotist leads Church to believe the source of the nightmares may lie in a past-life connection to Margaret Strauss, a world-famous pianist allegedly murdered by her composer husband in 1948. 107 min. vhs 999:2230
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Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Directed by Carl Franklin. Cast: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Beals, Tom Szemore, Mauri Chaykin, Leon Lee. Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins is a decorated war hero who returns home to work as a private eye. His job of finding a missing socialite puts him between the white power elite and the vibrant black commumnity of Central Avenue. As soon as Easy and his trigger-happy friend Mouse find Daphne Monet, trouble follows. 101 min. DVD 3806
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Dirty Harry Films

Dirty Harry (1971)
Directed by Don Siegal. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santori, John Vernon, Andy Robinson, John Larch, John Mitchum. A violently inclined San Francisco police inspector is the only cop who is able to arrest a rooftop sniper. When the man is released through lack of evidence, he takes private revenge. In the course of the action, Eastwood cruises by North Beach and Washington Square. The East Harbor's Marina Green is the first stop in a chase that has Eastwood racing to telephone booths across the city. The rivals have a final meeting at Larkspur Landing. 102 min. DVD 3804; also DVD 9857; vhs 999:500
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Magnum Force (1973)
Directed by Ted Post. Cast:Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul, Felton Perry, Robert Urich. Detective Harry Callahan is pitted against an unexpected lawbreaker: one who carries a badge. Sharpshooting rookie motorcycle cops have turned vigilante, rubbing out crooks the courts can't touch. Their real enemy is the system. Unfortunately for them, the system is what Harry is sworn to protect. 124 min. DVD 9854
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The Enforcer (1976)
Directed by James Fargo. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Bradford Dillman, Tyne Daly. Detective Harry Callahan has a new partner, Inspector Kate Moore, who has two jobs: tracking down a band of armed-and-wacko terrorists and winning Harry's confidence. (97 min. DVD 9856
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Sudden Impact (1983)
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman, Paul Drake. In the aftermath of a brutal rape, a beautiful woman has begun to hunt down her attackers. Harry has to find her and stop her before she kills again or her attackers find her. 117 min. DVD 2013
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The Dead Pool (1988)
Directed by Buddy Van Horn. Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Liam Neeson, Evan Kim, Jim Carrey. Dirty Harry Callahan must stop a sick secret contest to murder local celebrities, which includes himself as a target. He is up against media attention, an enraged hit men, and a new killer, who's attempting to throw off the dead pool game anyway possible. Callahan has to find the connection between the killings and then the perpetrator, before the game can be declared over. 91 min. DVD 9855
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The Driver (1978)
Directed by Walter Hill. Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ronee Blakley. A skilled getaway driver faces finally being caught in a double-cross scheme planned by an obsessed detective who promises remission of punishment to a gang if they help to convict the driver in a set-up robbery. Special features: (widescreen format): alternate beginning (4 min.) ; (full screen format): theatrical trailer. 89 min. DVD X1811
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Farewell My Lovely (1975)
Directed by Dick Richards. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Sylvia Miles. Private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by an ex-con to find the ex-con's missing sweetheart. In the course of Marlowe's search he is beaten unconscious and wakes up next to a corpse. So Marlowe's tasks are multiplying- find the girl, clear himself of the murder and discover the link between the two. 97 min. DVD 295; VHS 999:1880
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Luhr, William. "Pre-, Prime-, and Post-Film Noir: Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely and Three Different Film Styles." Michigan Academician, vol. 15 no. 1. 1982 Fall. pp: 125-132.

Genuine Risk (1990)
Directed by Kurt Voss. Cast: Terence Stamp, Michelle Johnson, Peter Berg. Emotions sizzle and inhibitions melt when the gorgeous girlfriend of an underworld kingpin seduces his brooding bodyguard. Lust turns to love and love turns to betrayal as the wronged boyfriend determines to keep them apart ... no matter what the cost. 89 min. vhs 999:176
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The Grifters (1990)
Directed by Stephen Frears. Cast: John Cusack, Anjelica Huston, Annette Bening. Three con artists walk on the razor's edge of life. Lilly has decided it's time to get out, and wants her son out, too. But Roy has fallen for sleek Myra, who wants him for her partner. Based on the novel by Jim Thompson. 114 min. DVD 3832
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Hammett (1982)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner, Roy Kinnear, Lydia Lei. Imaginary story about Dashiell Hammett, a writer who lives the hard-boiled life he writes about. 97 min. DVD 4747; vhs 999:360
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Hard Eight (2000)
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Cast: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson. Sydney, a poker-faced professional gambler plays guardian angel to unlucky John and his girlfriend. When John's and his bride's honeymoon night leads to a disastrous hostage situation, the gambler takes care of it as usual. But when a slick casino pro threatens to reveal a secret from Sydney's past, Sydney decides to hedge his bets and not leave anything to chance. 101 min. DVD 9292
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Heat (1995)
Directed by Michael Mann. Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Mykelti Williamson, Wes Studi, Ted Levine, Jon Voight, Val Kilmer. Vincent Hanna is a brilliant L.A. cop. following the trail from a deadly armed robbery to a crew headed by master thief Neil McCauley. The trouble is, McCauley's expertise is at least equal to Hanna's. 172 min. DVD 3730
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A History of Violence (2005)
Directed by David Cronenberg. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes, Peter MacNeill, Stephen McHattie, Greg Bryk. Tom is a loving, well-respected family man from a small Indiana town. When two criminals show up at his diner, Tom is forced to take action and thwart the robbery attempt. Suddenly heralded as a local hero who took the courage to stand up to crime, people look up to Tom as a man of high moral regard. But all the media attention attracts the likes of the mob, who show up at Tom's doorstep. Is it a case of mistaken identity or does Tom have a history that no one knows about? Based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke. 95 min. DVD 5245
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Hollywoodland (2006)
Directed by Allen Coulter. Cast: Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Ben Affleck, Bob Hoskins, Lois Smith, Robin Tunney, Larry Cedar, Jeffrey DeMunn, Brad William Henke, Dash Mihok, Molly Parker, Caroline Dhavernas, Kathleen Robertson, Joe Spano. Made famous as Superman on television, George Reeves finds it hard to not be typecast because of it. When he is found dead of a gunshot wound, rumors begin to run rampant. Based on Hollywood's most notorious unsolved mystery. 127 min. DVD 7139
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The Hot Spot (1990)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly, Charles Martin Smith. Harry Madox, a charismatic drifter finds work as a car salesman in a small town in Texas. He quickly becomes involved with two beautiful, complex women. When Madox hatches a sure-fire plan to rob the local bank, he becomes enmeshed in a lethal web of lust, greed, and extortion, whose only escape is murder. 129 min. DVD 2021
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House of Games (1987)
Director/screenplay, David Mamet. Cast: Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna. A woman psychiatrist, trying to help a patient whose life has been threatened, is drawn into the dangerous but provocative underworld of a smooth-talking con man. 102 min. DVDV 3810
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van Wert, William F. "Psychoanalysis and Con Games: "House of Games"Psychoanalysis and Con Games: "House of Games." Film Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 4, Summer, 1990 UC users only

Jagged Edge (1985)
Directed by Richard Marquand. Cast: Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Peter Coyote, Robert Loggia. San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires lawyer Teddy Barnes to defend him, despite the fact she hasn't handled a criminal case in years. There's a certain chemistry between them and Teddy soon finds herself defending the man she loves. 108 min. DVD X2244
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Arnett, Robert. "Eighties noir: the dissenting voice in Reagan's America.(analysis of outstanding film noir works in the 1980s)." Journal of Popular Film and Television 34.3 (Fall 2006): 123(7). UC users only

Kill Me Again (1989)
Directed by John Dahl. Cast: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Michael Madsen, Jonathan Gries. A down-and-out private eye is hired by a sexy femme fatale who seduces him, double crosses him, and then sets him up for trouble with the law, her ex-boyfriend, and the mob. 95 min. DVD 3774; vhs 999:2315
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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1978)
Directed by John Cassavetes. Cast: Ben Gazzara, Timothy Agoglia Carey, Seymour Cassell, Robert Phillips, Morgan Woodward. When the gambling losses of nightclub owner Cosmo Vitelli (Gazzara) mount, he is pressured by a gangster to commit a murder to free himself of the debt. Now he is caught in a dangerous game, where every move is a deadly risk, and the only goal is to survive. (Originally released in a 135-min. version in 1976.) 109 min. DVD 2990; vhs 999:2453
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Klute (1971)
Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Cast: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Roy Scheider, Charles Cioffi, Dorothy Tristan, Rita Gam. A small-town policeman comes to New York in search of a missing friend, and during his investigation meets and falls in love with a call girl who is being stalked by a vicious psychotic killer. 114 min. DVD 3312; vhs 999:999
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L.A. Confidential (1997)
Directed by Curtis Hanson. Cast: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito. Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slaying of the patrons at an all-night diner. A lush tribute to tough film-noir crime films. Also includes a behind-the scenes documentary "Off the record'" with the film's creators, lead actors and novelist, James Elroy. 156 min. DVD 3831
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Last Embrace (1979)
Directed by Jonathan Demme. Cast: Roy Scheider, Janet Margolin, John Glover, Sam Levene, Charles Napier, Christopher Walken. When Harry Hannan, a government agent, goes to Mexico to meet a contact, he instead meets an ambush in which his wife is assassinated, sending him over the edge. After his stay in a sanitarium, Harry is pushed toward the path of a moving train and then receives a letter that is written in ancient Hebrew and signed "Avenger of Blood." Someone is out to get him, but who? The answer is revealed in one of the most exciting climaxes ever filmed at the rushing Niagara Falls. Based on the novel "The 13th man" by Murray Teigh Bloom. 102 min. DVD X4813; vhs 999:2314
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The Last Seduction (1993)
Directed by John Dahl. Cast: Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Nunn, Bill Pullman. Bridget Gregory makes her husband Clay steal more than half a million dollars, and then steals it from him. Hiding out in a small town, she grabs the first man she sees, Mike, to keep her cover. When Clay tracks her down, she stands to lose everything unless she can use her sexual power over Mike to lead him to murder. 110 min. DVD 2011
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Boozer, Jack. "Eroticized Success Mastry and Repetition Compulsion." In: Career Movies : American Business and the Success Mystique Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.B87 B66 2002)
The Last Way Out (1997)
Directed by Mark Steensland. Cast: Kurt Johnson, Kevin Reed, Katie Brown, John Lamb, Karyn Casl. A first class "modern" film-noir drama. For two years, Frank White has kept himself hidden from his former partners in crime, But when an unexpected turn of events thrusts them together again, Frank's new life is turned upside down. Caught in the collision of past and present, Frank is forced to choose between one last heist and the last way out. 88 min. vhs 999:2437
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Liebestraum (1991)
Directed by Mike Figgis; Cast: Kevin Anderson, Pamela Gidley, Kim Novak. Nick, a professor of architecture who's come home to visit his dying mother, knows he must preserve a cast-iron building marked for demolition by Paul, a ruthless developer and former friend. But when he falls for Paul's wife, Jane, Nick unwittingly tempts fate with his own life. For buried within the walls of the landmark lies a dark secret-- a murderous history which is linked to Nick and now may find him as its next victim! 113 min. DVD X4309
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Walker, Michael. "A Hollywood Art Film: Liebestraum." In: Style and meaning : studies in the detailed analysis of film / edited by John Gibbs and Douglas Pye. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2005. (Main Stack PN1995.S778 2005)

Long Goodbye (1973)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Elliott Gould, Nina Van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden. Philip Marlowe is an unromanticized snoop for hire in an unromanticized Los Angeles. Working for fifty bucks a day plus expenses, he tries to solve a case which the police have dismissed as a murder/suicide. 113 min. DVD 1334
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Lost Highway (1996)
Directed by David Lynch. Cast: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robert Blake, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Gary Busey, Robert Loggia. A successful jazz musician whose marriage is on the rocks, a man in black who threatens to expose him, a young mechanic with links to a mobster, and the mobster's moll are the riders on the lost highway, trapped in their worlds of desire, destiny and unknown destination. 134 min. DVD 3916; vhs 999:2226
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The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Directed by Joel Coen. Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Adam Alexi-Malle, Michael Badalucco, Katherine Borowitz, Richard Jenkins, Scarlett Johansson, Jon Polito, Tony Shalhoub, James Gandolfini. In a sleepy Northern California town in the 1940s, Ed Crane, a humble barber, suspects that his wife Doris is having an affair with her boss. When a stranger comes into town hinting that there is a fortune to be made in investing in the new invention of dry cleaning, Ed hatches a blackmail scheme he hopes will make him rich and get him some revenge at the same time. His plan goes horribly awry when he accidentally commits a murder for which Doris is blamed, landing her in jail, and Ed at the mercy of big-city lawyer Freddy Riedenschneider. 116 min. DVD 2063
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Mona Lisa (1986)
Directed by Neil Jordan. Cast: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Caine, Clarke Peters, Sammi Davis, Kate Hardie, Zoe Nathenson. "Writer-director Neil Jordan's breakthrough film is a brilliant, noir-infused love story. Bob Hoskins (who snagged an Oscar nomination for his performance) plays George, a small-time loser employed as a chauffeur to an enigmatic, high-class call girl. His fascination with her leads him on a dangerous quest through the sordid underbelly of London, where love is a weakness to be exploited and betrayed. Criterion is proud to present Mona Lisa in a director-approved special edition." [Criterion catalog] 104 min. DVD 1927
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Directed by David Lynch. Cast: Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring, Ann Miller, Dan Hedaya, Mark Pellegrino, Brent Briscoe, Robert Forster. A beautiful woman riding in a limosine along Los Angeles' Mulholland Drive is targeted by a would-be shooter, but before he can pull the trigger, she is injured when her limo is hit by another car. The woman stumbles away from the accident and meets up with a plucky ingenue new to L.A. But are things really as they seem? 147 min. DVD 1349
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Mulholland Falls (1996)
Directed by Lee Tamahori. Cast: Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, John Malkovich. A rough and vicious group of detectives stumble onto a conspiracy involving the murder of a general and a top secret nuclear program. 107 min. DVD 1349
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The Naked Gun (1988)
Directed by David Zucker. Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, O. J. Simpson. In this wacko comedy a granite-jawed, rock-brained cop, Frank Drebin, bumbles across a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth when she's at a baseball game while visiting in the United States. 85 min. vhs 999:2741
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The Naked Gun 2-1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)
Directed by David Zucker. Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Robert Goulet, O.J. Simpson, George Kennedy. The inept cop, Lt. Frank Drebbin returns to save the day once again. This time he's out to foil the "big boys" in the energy business. A top scientist is about to publish his report on energy for the future and things don't look good for the traditional suppliers of oil and coal. To save their industries, the suppliers kidnap the scientist and replace him with a decoy with a more favourable report. 85 min. vhs 999:2742
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Naked Gun 33-1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
Directed by Peter Segal. Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson, Fred Ward. Lt. Frank Drebin is persuaded out of retirement to go undercover in a state prison. There he is to find out what top terrorist, Rocco, has planned for when he escapes. Eventually they both wind up at the Academy Award ceremony where Drebin blunders his way humiliating the guests while trying to foil Rocco's terrorist plot. 83 min. vhs 999:2743
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Night Moves (1975)
Directed by Arthur Penn. Cast: Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Edward Binns, Susan Clark, Harris Yulin. A self-styled detective who is scrounging a living out of divorce actions, missing persons, and runaway kids finally gets his first big case. It begins as a search for a runaway teen, but plunges him into a world of intrigue, smuggling and murder. 100 min. vhs 999:3566
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No Country for Old Men (2007)
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald. One morning while hunting antelope, Vietnam vet Llewelyn Moss spies several trucks surrounded by dead bodies and decides to investigate. He finds a case filled with $2 million and a truck loaded with heroin. Moss takes it with him and hits the road until he can determine his next move. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh, on his trail as he dispassionately murders nearly every rival, bystander and even employer in his pursuit of his quarry and the money. Meanwhile, the laconic Sherrif Ed Tom Bell blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart. Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Special features: "The making of No country for old men" featurette; Working with the Coens: reflections of cast & crew" featurette; "Diary of a country sheriff" featurette. 122 min. DVD 9439
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The Outfit (1973)
Directed by John Flynn. Cast: Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker, Robert Ryan. Earl is a small-time crook targeted by a crime syndicate for knocking over the wrong bank ... theirs! Upon his release from prison, he's informed by his girlfriend that his brother has been executed and that he's next. Earl teams with his former partner Cody seeking retribution but they find themselves engaged in a no-holds-barred blood war. 103 min. vhs 999:2412
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Palmetto (1998)
Directed by Volker Schlondorff, Cast: Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon, Rolf Hoppe, Chloe Sevigny, Tom Wright, Michael Rapaport. Harry, a desperate Florida drifter, goes from perpetrator to patsy when he is lured into an abduction scam proposed by a mysterious blonde. Harry must scramble to untangle a mystery involving three women, false identities, cold corpses, and a string of clues that set him up for a very hard fall. Based on the novel "Just Another Sucker" by James Hadley Charse. 114 min. DVD X5528; vhs 999:2330
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Philip Marlowe, Private Eye
Originally produced for television in 1986. 51 min. each installment

Pickup on Noon Street Cast: Powers Boothe, Robin Givens, Kate Trotter, Christopher Newton, Ken Pogue, Gene Clark, Al Waxman. Originally produced for television in 1986. 51 min. Video/C 7171
Guns at Cyrano's Cast: Powers Boothe, Roxanne Hart, Cec Linder, Mark Humphrey, Angelo Rizacos, John Ireland. Video/C 7171
Trouble is My Business Cast: Powers Boothe, Kate Reid, Jennifer Dale, Booth Savage, Paul Hecht. Video/C 7172
Spanish Blood Cast: Powers Boothe, Helen Shaver, Ron Van Hart, Mavor Moore, Dixie Seatle, John Vernon. Video/C 7172
Blackmailers Don't Shoot Cast: Powers Boothe, Melody Anderson, Allan Royal, Peter Dvorsky, Robert Morelli, John Winston Carroll, August Schellenberg. Video/C 7173
Red Wind Cast: Powers Boothe, Linda Griffiths, Maury Chaykin, Frank Pellegrino, R. H. Thompson. Video/C 7173

Point Blank (1967)
Directed by John Boorman. Cast: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O'Connor, Lloyd Bochner, Michael Strong. A professional criminal helps pull off an underworld heist, then is gunned down and left for dead on deserted Alcatraz Island. He resurfaces in Los Angeles to track down his share of the loot. Aided by a lovely accomplice, he takes on the sundicate at its own deadly game, doggedly stalking his prey across the backdrop of seething '60's L.A. Based on the novel "The Hunter" by Richard Stark. Special features: Commentary by John Boorman and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh; vintage featuretttes The rock part 1 and part 2; theatrical trailer. 89 min. DVD X1067
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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Directed by Bob Rafelson. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos. Steamy tale of a drifter offered a job at a roadside diner by the owner, an easy-going older man. When the drifter and the owner's voluptuous wife fall in love, they plot to kill her husband and run away together. Based on the novel by James M. Cain. 121 min. DVD 297
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Orr, Christopher "Cain, naturalism and noir." Film Criticism; Fall 2000, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p47-64, 18p UC users only
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Pulp Fiction (1994)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken, Bruce Willis. A clever, dark gangster film noir that tells four separate stories that are gradually brought together. Involved are two low-rent men, their boss and his sexy wife, a prizefighter and a pair of desperate robbers. 164 min. DVD 575
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Red Rock West (1992)
Directed by John Dahl. Cast: Nicholas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle. An unemployed Texan walks into a tavern in Red Rock, Wyoming, and is mistaken for a professional hit-man. He is offered a "job," to kill the tavern owner's wife. Just as he decides to take the money and run the real hit man shows up. 98 min. DVD 3772
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Reservoir Dogs (1991)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Eddie Bunker, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Roth. They were strangers, together to pull off the perfect jewel heist but their simple robbery turns into a bloody ambush when they realize one of them is a police informant. But which one? 100 min. DVD 3850; vhs 999:2154
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Tarantino, Quentin. Reservoir dogs / Quentin Tarantino. New York : Grove Press, [2000] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .R48 2000)

Revenge (1990)
Directed by Tony Scott. Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe. A former fighter pilot meets and falls in love with the beautiful wife of an old friend. When the husband discovers their betrayal he embarks on a terrifying path of retribution. 123 min. vhs 999:2354
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Sea of Love (1989)
Directed by Harold Becker. Cast: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman. A veteran New York City police detective, while working to track down a bizarre serial killer, enters into a passionate affair with a beautiful suspect despite hard evidence linking her to the murders. 113 min. DVD X4838
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Price, Richard 3 screenplays / Richard Price. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3566.R544 A6 1993)
Se7en (Seven)
Directed by David Fincher. Cast: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley. A psychological thriller about two detectives on the trail of a serial killer who chooses his victims according to the seven deadly sins. 127 min. DVD 2014
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Sin City (2005)
Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. Cast: Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood. Welcome to Sin City, the town that beckons to the tough, the corrupt, and the brokenhearted. A universe of unlikely and reluctant heroes still try to do the right thing in a city that refuses to care. 124 min. DVD 4205
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Fuller, Graham; Olsen, Mark. "Colour Me Noir." Sight & Sound v. ns15 no. 6 (June 2005) p. 12-16 UC users only

Someone to Watch Over Me (1988)
Directed by Ridley Scott. Cast: Tom Berenger, Mimi Rogers, Lorraine Bracco, Jerry Orbach, John Rubinstein. A stunning New York socialite and a down-to-earth city cop are caught in a deadly web of illicit passion and heart-stopping suspense in this taut thriller as the detective finds his life turned upside down when he is assigned to protect this beautiful eyewitness to a brutal murder. 106 min. DVD 131
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Street of No Return (1989)
Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Keith Carradine, Bill Duke, Valentina Vargas, Andrea Ferreol, Bernard Fresson. The story of a former pop star who had it all until he fell in love with the wrong gangster's girl and had his throat cut for his sins. Now a drifter, he lives in a haze of amnesia, alcohol and misery until one day he rediscovers himself and a chance for vengeance. Based on the classic crime novel by David Goodis. 92 min. DVD 6988
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Tightrope (1984)
Directed by Richard Tuggle. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Genevieve Bujold, Dan Hedaya, Alison Eastwood, Jennifer Beck. Clint Eastwood is Wes Block, a lawman teetering on a tightrope separating him from the man he strives to be and the man he fears he is. When Block investigates some brutal sex murders, he discovers a chilling link between himself and the suspect. 114 min. DVD 2012
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True Confessions (1981)
Directed by Ulu Grosbard. Cast: Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning, Ed Flanders, Cyril Cusack, Burgess Meredith. An extraordinary tale of two brothers, one a priest, the other a cop, drawn together after many years apart, in the aftermath of the brutal murder of a young prostitute. Based on a true Los Angeles murder case, the still unsolved "Black Dahlia" murder of 1948. Based on the novel by John Gregory Dunne. 108 min. DVD X1042
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True Romance (1993)
Directed by Tony Scott; written by Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken. After falling in love with a novice prostitute, a comic-store assistant Clarence (Christian Slater) confronts her vicious pimp, and embarks on a cross-country odyssey with $5 million worth of stolen Mafia cocaine. Mayhem ensues, culminating in a favorite Tarantino climax--the "Mexican standoff"--in which a roomful of guys are pointing guns at each other, waiting to see who shoots first. 121 min. DVD X3451
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Tarantino, Quentin. True romance / Quentin Tarantino. New York : Grove Press, [2000] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .T7154 2000)

U-Turn (1995)
Directed by Oliver Stone. Cast: Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Claire Danes, Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight. A small-time gambler, with a backpack full of cash and overdue debt in Vegas and a woman caught in the grips of a twisted relationship with her powerful husband, want to get out of the town Superior, Arizona. Based on the book Stray dogs by John Ridley. 125 min. DVD 776
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The Usual Suspects (1995)
Directed by Bryan Singer. Cast: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey. Police investigating an exploded boat on a San Pedro pier discover 27 bodies and $91 million worth of drug money. The only survivors are a severely burned Hungarian terrorist and Roger Kint, a crippled con-man. Reluctantly, Kint is pressured into explaining what happened on the boat. His story begins six weeks earlier with five criminals being dragged in by New York police desparate for suspects in a truck highjacking, and ends with the possible identification of a criminal mastermind. 106 min. DVD 3907
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit(1988).
Director: Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer (voice), Stubby Kaye, Kathleen Turner, Amy Irving (voice). The hapless Roger Rabbit is framed for the murder of Marvin Acme, who was photographed "playing patticake" with Roger's wife Jessica. The film is notable for the mixed live and animated action that takes place in Hollywood and next-door "Toontown," where humans and "Toons" co-exist. Based on the novel Who censored Roger Rabbit by Gary K. Wolf. Special features (Disc 1): Roger Rabbit shorts "Tummy trouble", "Rollercoaster rabbit" and "Trail mix-up", "Who made Roger Rabbit" mini-documentary hosted by Charles Fleischer ; Disc 2: Audio commentary with the filmmakers, "Toontown confidential" viewing option with facts and trivia, deleted scene "the pig head sequence" with filmmaker commentary, "Before and after" split screen comparison with and without animation ; "Behind the ears: the true story of Roger Rabbit," behind-the-scenes documentary, "toon stand-ins" featurette rehearsing with stand-ins for the toons, "On set! Benny the cab" the making of a scene from the film, "The valiant files" interactive set-top gallery. 106 min. DVD 203
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Kehr, Dave. "Who framed 'Forrest Gump.'" (director Robert Zemeckis) Film Comment March-April 1995 v31 n2 p45(6) (4803 words) UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (movie reviews) Film Quarterly Fall 1988 v42 n1 p33(5) UC users only
Wolf, J.P. "In the frame of Roger Rabbit: visual compositing in film." ('Who Framed Roger Rabbit?') Mark Velvet Light Trap Fall 1995 p45(15) (11563 words)

Television Noir

Cross Current (The Case of the Forged Passports)
Classic episodes from the 1950s are presented as prime examples of television film noir. In Cross current, Christopher Storm searches for stolen printing plates being used to forge American passports. Cast: Gerald Mohr and James Daly. Television series. Cross current originally released as Foreign Intrigue by NBC between 1951-1955 and syndicated as Cross Current. 30 min? Video/C 6849

Dark Stranger(1954)
Cast: Edmond O'Brien and Joanne Woodward. (supplmentary material accompanying DVD of the motion picture The Scar) DVD 3657

Dragnet
TV series: 1951-1959

Palmer, R. Barton "Dragnet, Film Noir, and Postwar Realism." In: The philosophy of TV noir / edited by Steven M. Sanders and Aeon J. Skoble. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1992.8.D48 P45 2008)
Palmer, R. Barton. "'The Story You Are about to See Is True': Dragnet, Film Noir and Postwar Realism." In: Television and criticism / edited by Solange Davin and Rhona Jackson. (full text available online (UCB users only))

Dragnet (Volume 1)
Two episodes from the 1950's TV series Dragnet, which was based on actual cases in the Los Angeles Police Department. In the first (given the title Big girls), a tall beautiful girl beats and robs over a dozen victims. It turns out the "girl" is a female impersonator. In the second (given the title Big boys), attempts are made to catch Army deserters on a robbery spree, originating in the San Francisco area. Originally produced as TV programs by Mark VII Ltd. in 1953. Includes the sponsor's commercials. Video/C 6603

Dragnet (Volume 3)
Two episodes from the 1950's TV series Dragnet, which was based on actual cases in the Los Angeles Police Department. In the first (given the title Big Shoplift), swank stores are hit by a thief who then throws the loot away. In the second (given the title Big hit and run), an elderly woman and her grandson are the victims of a hit and run driver. Originally produced as TV programs by Mark VII Ltd. in 1953. Includes the sponsor's commercials. Video/C 6604

Dragnet (Volume 4)
Two episodes from the 1950's television series Dragnet, which was based on actual cases in the Los Angeles Police Department. In the first (given the title Big Betty) A gang of con artists prey on relatives of the recently deceased. In the second (given the name Big counterfeit) a clever thief represents himself as a police detective in order to intimidate his victims. Video/C 6611

Federal Men (The Case of the Forged passports)
Classic episodes from the 1950s are presented as prime examples of television film noir. In Cross current, Christopher Storm searches for stolen printing plates being used to forge American passports. Cast: Paul Langton, John Stephenson, Dorothy Green, Betty Lou Garson, Walter Greaza, Bob Griffin, Mickey Knox, Lestor Dorr. Federal Men originally released as Treasury Men in Action by ABC (September-December 1950) and then by NBC (1951-1955) and syndicated as Federal men. 30 min? Video/C 6849

The Naked City.
Four segments from the New York based television series with Detective Adam Flint. Originally released as segments on the ABC television program The naked city aired in 1961. DVD 1518
A Hole in the City. After holding up an armored car, gang leader Lewis Nunda and his cronies hide out at the home of their leader's aunt where Nunda painfully confronts his past.
Button in the Haystack. When a service station owner fears that he'll be arrested for the murder of a man found nearby, he panics and gets rid of his gun, the only evidence that can save him.
Shoes for Vinnie Winford. When a dance hostess is reported missing, a police investigation links the club's sadistic owner to her disappearance.
Vengeance is a Wheel. Mario Licosa seeks vengeance when the family patriarch is killed, despite his brother's pleas to stay of out it.

Racket Sqad (Classic Television: Your Favorites From the 1950's)
Cast: Reed Hadley, Catherine McCleod, Steve Brodie. : An early crime show based on actual case records from police bunko and confidence departments all over the U.S. This episode features a couple trying to pull off a phony injury claim. 30 min. Video/C 6759

Twilight Zone
Many installments/episodes. Various directors. Consult OskiCat or MELVYL for specific titles on DVD or VHS videotape.

Documentaries About Film Noir

American Cinema series (#7): Film Noir. 55 min. Video/C 3715

Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light
A fascinating look at the film noir genre including clips from noir classics and little-known gems. Interviews with modern noir aficionados like directors Christopher Nolan and Frank Miller, writers James Ellroy and Brian Helgeland and others, shape this multifaceted exploration of the movie style that grew out of the hard realities of post-World War II life.Special features: 5 vintage "Crime does not pay" series shorts: Forbidden passage / director, Fred Zinnemann (1941, 21 min.) -- A gun in his hand / director, Joseph Losey (1945, 19 min.) -- The luckiest guy in the world / director, Joseph M. Newman (1947, 21 min.) -- Women in hiding / director, Joseph M. Newman (1940, 22 min.) -- You, the people / director, Roy Rowland (1940, 21 min.). 2006. 68 min. DVD 5833

Murder Is My Beat: Classic Film Noir Themes and Scenes [Sound Recording]
Contents: The asphalt jungle. Main title -- Key Largo. Main title (Cast; Key Largo; The Keys; The bus; Bus stop); Moanin' low -- The Maltese falcon. Main title -- Laura. Main title -- Murder my sweet. Main title/Marlowe -- The postman always rings twice. Main title -- Mildred Pierce. Main title -- The big sleep. Main title (Big sleep; Walking; Flirtation; Marlowe; Carmen; Sternwood) -- The racket. Main title -- Crossfire. Main title; Shine -- Force of evil. Bottom of the world (End title) -- The letter. Main title (Hammond; Plantation; Native) -- Scene of the crime. Main title -- Dark passage. Main title; End title (Baila bailando/Too marvelous for words); Baila bailando; Too marvelous for words -- Born to kill. Main title; End title -- Macao. Main title -- High Sierra. Main title (The Sierras; The pardon; Pastorale; Street cleaner); End title (Apprehended/Melody) -- White heat. Main title (White heat; Locomotive) -- End title (Cody/Cody's end). Sound/D 117

Pulp Cinema.
A compilation of 45 original coming attractions from the golden age of film noir. 99 min. DVD 767

Shades of Noir
Eliot Ness: an untouchable life -- Matter of principal -- Three women. Commentary: Mickey Spillane, Sara Paretsky, Gar Haywood, Stacy Keach, Otto Penzler, Parnell Hall, Laren Estleman, Walter Mosley,Terry Beatty, Gary Niebuhr, Leonard Maltin, Martin H. Greenberg, Joe Gores, Donald E. Westlake, Lee Meredith, Shirley Eaton. Opens with three short film noirs as examples of the genre (33 min.) "Elliot Ness: an untouchable life" follows a detective in 1920s Chicago making his first move against Al Capone. In "A matter of principal" a retired hitman fights insomnia by interceding in a kidnapping. In "Three women," three women confess to the murder of the same abusive boyfriend. Films are followed by a full-length bio-documentary (87 min.) about the legendary mystery writer Mickey Spillane. Includes interviews with mystery writers, film and TV directors, cartoonists, actors and actresses commenting on the development and influence of mystery writers on the film noir genre. Special features: Feature-length commentary with writer/director Max Allan Collins and co-producer, Phillip Dingeldein ; Blake Edwards "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" TV pilot (1954) ; Mickey Spillane's "I, the Jury," trailer ; "Behind principal," the making of "A matter of principal," featurette ; Mickey Spillane as Mike Hammer in "Tonight my love," a rare 1954 recording and more. 120 min. DVD 5045
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