Film-Noir

I Walk Alone (1948) Byron Haskin, Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Frankie Madison returns to New York after 14 years in prison. Noll Turner, Frankie’s former partner in bootlegging, is now a wealthy nightclub manager, and Frankie is expecting him to honor a verbal ’50:50′ agreement they made when he was caught and Noll got away. Fat chance! Can Frankie, who knows only the strong-arm methods of Prohibition, win out against Big Business? It’ll be tough…even with the unlikely alliance of torch singer Kay (Noll’s ex-girlfriend).

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The Asphalt Jungle (1950) John Huston, Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, Crime, Film-Noir, Drama

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When the intelligent criminal Erwin “Doc” Riedenschneider is released from prison, he seeks a fifty thousand-dollar investment from the bookmaker Cobby to recruit a small gang of specialists for a million-dollar heist of jewels from a jewelry. Doc is introduced to the lawyer Alonzo D. Emmerich that offers to finance the whole operation and buy the gems immediately after the burglary. Doc hires the safecracker Louis Ciavelli, the driver Gus Minissi and the gunman Dix Handley to the heist. His plan works perfectly but bad luck and betrayals compromise the steps after the heist and the gangsters need to flee from the police.

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A Cry in the Night (1956) Frank Tuttle, Edmond O’Brien, Brian Donlevy, Natalie Wood, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Owen Marks, parked at Lovers’ Loop with girlfriend Liz Taggart, surprises a peeping Tom, who knocks him out and kidnaps Liz. The police leap into action when they learn the victim is a cop’s daughter. Kidnapper Harold Loftus, the unhinged product of a smothering mother, makes ineffectual advances toward Liz, who staves him off as the police close in, hindered as much as helped by her overprotective father Capt. Dan Taggart.

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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) Lewis Milestone, Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

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In 1928, young heiress Martha Ivers fails to run off with friend Sam Masterson, and is involved in fatal events. Years later, Sam returns to find Martha the power behind Iverstown and married to “good boy” Walter O’Neil, now district attorney. At first, Sam is more interested in displaced blonde Toni Marachek than in his boyhood friends; but they draw him into a convoluted web of plotting and cross-purposes.

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The Night of the Hunter (1955) Charles Laughton, Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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It’s the Great Depression. In the process of robbing a bank of $10,000, Ben Harper kills two people. Before he is captured, he is able to convince his adolescent son John and his daughter Pearl not to tell anyone, including their mother Willa, where he hid the money, namely in Pearl’s favorite toy, a doll that she carries everywhere with her. Ben, who is captured, tried and convicted, is sentenced to death.

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Cry Danger (1951) Robert Parrish, Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Rocky Mulloy, back in town after serving 5 years of a life sentence for armed robbery, hopes to clear his friend Danny Morgan who’s still in prison for the same crime. It won’t be easy. Even the witness who cleared Rocky thinks he’s guilty; Danny’s glamorous wife Nancy, living in a sleazy trailer court, seems lukewarm about getting Danny back; cynical cop Gus Cobb just wants to stir things up in hopes that the missing “hot” $100,000 will surface. Plenty of tough talk, night scenes, deceptive dames and double crosses in this typical film noir.

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I Wake Up Screaming (1941) H. Bruce Humberstone, Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Promoter Frankie Christopher, being grilled by police in the murder of model Vicky Lynn, recalls in flashback: First meeting her as a waitress, Frankie decides to parlay her beauty into social acceptance and a lucrative career. He succeeds only too well: she’s on the eve of deserting him for Hollywood…when someone kills her. Now Frankie gets the feeling that Inspector Ed Cornell is determined to pin the killing on him and only him. He’s right. And the only one he can turn to for help is Jill, the victim’s sister, who’s been cool toward him…

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