Film-Noir

Parole, Inc. (1948) Alfred Zeisler, Michael O’Shea, Turhan Bey, Evelyn Ankers, Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Parole, Inc. (1948)
When several notorious criminals are unjustifiably released on parole, the Federal Government smells a rat and sends ace agent Richard Hendricks to investigate. Hendricks infiltrates the gang, responsible for the parole racket by posing as a much-wanted convict Rick Carson. However, the wily Barney Rodescu, who is the brain behind the racket, soon finds out Carson’s true identity. Carson’s life is now in grave danger.
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The Pretender (1947) W. Lee Wilder, Albert Dekker, Catherine Craig, Charles Drake, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The Pretender (1947)
Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker), a banker steals funds from an estate and decides to marry the heiress,Claire Worthington (‘Catherine Craig (I)’ Qv)) to safeguard his position. He arranges for her fiancé to be killed but does not state the fiancé’s name. Claire, meanwhile, has a change of heart and marries Holden. Thusly he now becomes the target of the killer and attempts to cancel the deal…except he doesn’t know who the hired killer is.
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Champion (1949) Mark Robson, Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Marilyn Maxwell, Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

Champion (1949)
Midge Kelly, hitchhiking west with lame brother Connie, is hustled unprepared into a pro boxing match. Though he’s severely beaten, manager Tommy Haley finds him promising. Arrived in California, Midge and Connie find nothing but a menial job from which Midge gets relief by seducing Emma, a lovely young waitress. One shotgun marriage later, ambitious Midge falls back on the only option he knows: boxing. Seduced by cheering crowds, money, and a succession of blondes, Midge becomes more and more of a hero in public…and a heel in private.
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Hangmen Also Die! (1943) Fritz Lang, Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
On May 27, 1942 the Nazi Reichsprotector of Bohemia/Moravia, the “Hangman” Reinhard Heydrich, died from the bullets of unidentified resistance fighters. Hangmen Also Die is the story of Heydrich’s assassination in fictionalized form. It was Bertolt Brecht’s only comparatively successful Hollywood project; the money he received allowed him to write “The Visions of Simone Marchand”, “Schwyk in the Second World War” and his adaptation of Webster’s “The Duchess of Malfi”. Hanns Eisler won an Academy Award for his musical score.
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Dial M for Murder (1954) Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Dial M for Murder (1954)
Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) wants to have his wealthy wife, Margot (Grace Kelly), murdered so he can get his hands on her inheritance. When he discovers her affair with Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings), he comes up with the perfect plan to kill her. He blackmails an old acquaintance into carrying out the murder, but the carefully-orchestrated set-up goes awry, and Margot stays alive. Now Wendice must frantically scheme to outwit the police and avoid having his plot detected.
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Ace In The Hole (1951) Billy Wilder, Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Drama, Film-Noir

Ace In The Hole (1951)
Charles Tatum, a down-on-his-luck reporter, takes a job with a small New Mexico newspaper. The job is pretty boring until he finds a man trapped in an old Indian dwelling. He jumps at the chance to make a name for himself by taking over and prolonging the rescue effort, and feeding stories to major newspapers. He creates a national media sensation and milks it for all it is worth – until things go terribly wrong.
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The Chase (1946) Arthur Ripley, Robert Cummings, Michèle Morgan, Steve Cochran, Film-Noir, Crime, Thriller

The Chase (1946)
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 rat in a trap, vainly seeking a way out through dark streets. But the real chase begins when the strange plot virtually starts all over again…
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Conflict (1945) Curtis Bernhardt, Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

Conflict (Curtis Bernhardt, 1945)
Richard Mason is slightly hurt in a car accident but pretends that his injuries are worse so that he cannot accompany his wife, Kathryn on a trip to the mountains. He does, however, kill her on a lonely mountain road. Or did he? He smells her perfume, finds her jewelry, sees an envelope addressed in her handwriting. He goes back to the scene of the crime to find … what?
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Murder, My Sweet (1944) Edward Dmytryk, Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Murder, My Sweet (Edward Dmytryk, 1945)
This adaptation of the Raymond Chandler novel ‘Farewell, My Lovely’, renamed for the American market to prevent filmgoers mistaking it for a musical (for which Powell was already famous) has private eye Philip Marlowe hired by Moose Malloy, a petty crook just out of prison after a seven year stretch, to look for his former girlfriend, Velma, who has not been seen for the last six years. The case is tougher than Marlowe expected as his initially promising enquiries lead to a complex web of deceit involving bribery, perjury and theft, and where no one’s motivation is obvious, least of all Marlowe’s.
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5 Fingers (1952) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

5 Fingers (1952)
Based on a true story. In neutral Turkey during WWII, the ambitious and extremely efficient valet for the British ambassador tires of being a servant and forms a plan to promote himself to rich gentleman of leisure. His employer has many secret documents; he will photograph them, and with the help of a refugee Countess, sell them to the Nazis. When he makes a certain amount of money, he will retire to South America with the Countess as his wife.
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