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Film Noir part 3

Updated on April 12, 2015

Amazon is Having a Sale on Film Noir

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Film Noir- comes from the French and means "black cinema". It was used to describe a particular type of film produced in Hollywood during the post war years. These films were full of cynicism, darkness, intrigue and mystery.

Today it's raining and snowing here in Utah, which is a perfect day for this type of movie, a herbal tea and blanket.

This Gun for Hire- Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and character actor Laird Cregar. Part of the Universal Noir collection, the role of hitman Raven catapulted Alan Ladd into international stardom. Lake ends up a hostage, she and Ladd end up in a plot with plenty of twists and turns. Reviews state that Alan was at his best in this role as a hard nose blood thirsty killer. No need for special effects when you have an actor this special.

Cris Cross

This vehicle is part of the Universal Noir collection. Starring Burt Lancaster and Yvonne De Carlo (Ms. Herman Munster) and Dan Duryea (I smell another hub). Lancaster plays a guy who takes up odd jobs to make ends meet and is still lovelorn over his flighty ex wife (De Carlo) who ran off with a hood (gangster) and now needs her forlorn husband to come to the rescue.

Lancaster's wife's emotions run hot and cold, leading the character into the dark seemy side of the lives and inner workings of gangsters. 

Black Angel

Pour in murder, blackmail, deceit, a race against time, an alcoholic songwriter, a cheating husband and walla ... film noir.  1946 film stars Peter Lorre, Dan Duryea, June Vincent and Constance Dowling.  A wrongly convicted cheating husband is on his way to the electric chair.  It's a race against time to prove the innocence of the wrongly accused.  Back in the day you didn't die of old age on death row. 

The Big Clock

Ray Milland plays the lead character editor George Stroud, who accidental meets the mistress of his boss Earl Janoth, played by the great Charles Laughton.  The mistress ends up dead and the boss challenges his employee to find out who is the culprit, hence the big clock.  Time ticks away and we have a race against time.  Laughton is thoroughly disgusting in this role in which he shines.

I Wake up Screaming

20th Century Fox first film noir production. It was highlighted not only with the star roster, but the lighting used "mystery lighting" was the first of it's kind. The unique lighting gave the film a distinct air of mystery. Starring Victor Mature, Betty Grable (first non-musical role), Carole Landis and the creepy Laird Cregar.

Victor Mature's character meets a waitress (Carole Landis), and they strike up a relationship in which the fight promoter turns the waitress into a star. Soon after the star is murdered and the promoter is number one the police suspect list. On the run he enlists the assistance of the star's sister (Grable) who believes in Mature's innocence. Again a race against time with plenty of plot twists and turns. This is one of my favorite film noir vehicles.


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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      Thanks MD DD did play a creepy bad guy, he was one heck of an actor. Peace to you and yours.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Great job Pmccray! Dan Duryea used to play a bad guy quite a bit. He was a good bad guy! Thanks!

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      Your welcome William: I know what a line up, we're talking the best that classic Hollywood had to offer. Thank you for your time and comment. Peace to you and yours.

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      William F Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Burt Lancaster, Dan Duryea, Peter Lorre, Victor Mature, Betty Grable, Ray Milland and Charles laughton -- How can you go wrong? Great actors, great movies, great hub. Thanks, pmccray.

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      Nell Rose: thank you so much for your beautiful comment and read. I totally agree with you today's films are so much fluff all geared toward the young.

      Producers today seem to feel that the population at large are so stupid that we don't get plots without slapping us in the face with gory bigger and better special effects.

      I think that's why the movie "The Sixth Sense" did so well you actually had to think while watching the movie. The producer patterns his vehicles after Alfred Hitchcock, master of the macabre and chillers.

      Movie studios are seeking cheaper products and gear movies to the young to stay alive, and it doesn't take much to satisfy the "reality genre" generation.

      Really appreciate your time.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, I haven't seen these films, but I am a great fan of the old films, they were so much better than now. i was saying this to my friend the other day. Every time they have a film these days it always centers around teenagers! what about the rest of us? that is why I love the old ones. One of my favourite films is David Niven in A Matter of Life And Death. it was a brilliant film, because he was a pilot in the second world war, and he crashed his plane but survived, and then he started to see ghosts and time would stop around him. There is a great part when he is playing table tennis and time stops and a frenchman, I can't remember who is meant to be, appears and tells him that he has to prove that he is worthy of staying on earth, and he has to face god to argue his reasons. absolutely brilliant. if you haven't seen it, it is a must. thanks this has got me thinking about seeing it again! thanks nell

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      JannyC: well I'm a sale associate and it comes with the territory. Thanks for your read and comment.

      Mike L: Laird Cregar was such a fantastic villain. You should see him play Jack the Ripper. The guy had such a haunting presence. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      The trailer for I Wake Up Screaming was fascinating. What a conversation, driving down the road and talking about gathering enough evidence to get Victor Mature the death sentence! I haven't seen these movies, but you'vegot me interested, I have to admit.

      Very cool. Thanks for sharing.


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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Wonder if Amazon will thank you now for that lovely plug! I think they should.

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      SmilesDoc: LOL LOL I know the feeling, when I saw the collections on sale I had to control myself. Thanks for stopping in for a read.

      sage williams: I love these old flicks, sometimes the acting can be hammy, but the scripts and subject matter are what turns me on. I'm a big fan of less is more and not a fan of the in your face visual we suffer in today's Hollywood. More emphasis is on the actors private life than the industry itself. Thank you so much for your read and comment.

      Peace to you both

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Some oldies but goodies. Really enjoyed the videos. I always get a kick out of the acting in the old movies. Thanks for sharing.


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      SmilesDoc 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Stylish Page.

      Those old posters make me want to pull out my credit card... must... resist...