Connecticut prosecutor Henry Harvey (Dana Andrews), faced with a political maelstrom in the wake of the shooting death of a Catholic priest on a city street corner, feels tremendous pressure to prosecute a vagrant ex-soldier whom Police Chief Robinson (Lee J. Cobb) apprehended in connection with the crime. After the vagrant confesses, it looks to be an open and shut case, but Harvey remains unconvinced and chooses to risk his career in order to discover the truth.
Niagara (1953) Henry Hathaway, Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
Rose Loomis (Marilyn Monroe) and her older, gloomier husband, George (Joseph Cotten), are vacationing at a cabin in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The couple befriend Polly (Jean Peters) and Ray Cutler (Casey Adams), who are honeymooning in the area. Polly begins to suspect that something is amiss between Rose and George, and her suspicions grow when she sees Rose in the arms of another man. While Ray initially thinks Polly is overreacting, things between George and Rose soon take a shockingly dark turn.
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945) Robert Siodmak, George Sanders, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ella Raines, Sara Allgood, Drama, Film-Noir
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?
The Captive City (1952) Robert Wise, John Forsythe, Joan Camden, Harold J. Kennedy, Crime, Film-Noir, Drama
A private investigator informs small-town newspaper editor Jim Austin (John Forsythe) of corrupt local activity. When the investigator is killed, Austin believes it’s an act of revenge, and his own detective work reveals a network of gambling and corruption. Crime boss Murray Sirak (Victor Sutherland) controls the whole town, including the police. Sirak answers to his own boss, “Mr. Big,” who is seemingly untouchable, but Austin risks his life to expose the truth.
A Woman’s Secret (1949) Nicholas Ray, Maureen O’Hara, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Grahame, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
Susan is in the hospital with a bullet near her heart. Marian has told the police that she shot Susan in a rage as Susan was giving up singing. Marian and Luke found Susan when she was a failure. A singer with a limited range, she was a diamond in the rough which Marian and Luke taught how to walk, dress and talk. With the singing lessons, Marian had hoped that she would have the career that Marian would have had if she had not lost her voice. Even though Susan is a scatterbrain girl, Luke does not believe that Marian would have been capable of shooting her. Luke hopes that Detective Fowler will be able to find out the truth and free Marian.
The Black Widows, a teenage girl gang, find one of their number killed; they suspect Barbara, sometime girlfriend of the leader of rival gang The Vandals. As the gangs prepare for a rumble, we glimpse the members’ home lives, exaggerating every type of family dysfunction; but that of their “average American” quarry is no better. Full of shadowy urban night scenes.
Cry of the Hunted (1953) Joseph H. Lewis, Vittorio Gassman, Barry Sullivan, Polly Bergen, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
The Face Behind the Mask (1941) Robert Florey, Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes, Don Beddoe, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Janos Szaby is a kind, innocent immigrant to America. Just after he arrives though, he is caught in a fire and his face is horribly burned and disfigured. Although a skilled craftsman his hideous features make it impossible for him to get work, and driven by despair he is forced to turn to crime to live. He finds himself very proficient at that, and soon makes enough money to buy a very lifelike mask to hide his scars behind. He hates what he does, but is he in too deep to get out?
Kid Glove Killer (1942) Fred Zinnemann, Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt, Lee Bowman, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
First feature film from director Fred Zinneman is a snappy little “B” feature that features Van Heflin as the head of a city crime lab who solves the murder of the town mayor by analyzing evidence from the crime.
Revolt in the Big House (1958) R.G. Springsteen, Gene Evans, Robert Blake, Timothy Carey, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Gannon is an imprisoned racketeer kingpin who tries to manipulate his young cell mate into staging a riot and prison break, but the cell mate tries to back out when he realizes other inmates may be killed in the process.