The ABC's of Film Noir
The ABC's of Film Noir

The Phenix City Story (1955) Classic Movie Review 156

Meg Myles in The Phenix City Story (1955)The Phenix City Story (1955)

Today’s movie is The Phenix City Story (1955). This crime drama is classified as a Film Noir. However, a good case could be made that it is not. I’ll go with a soft yes. This movie is based on a true story. iMDB.com rates this movie at 7.4[1] while Rottentomatoes.com…

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The Verdict (1946) Classic Movie Review 152

The Verdict (1946)

    Today’s movie is The Verdict (1946). I really don’t watch too many English films unless they star Robert Donat. Having received all of my formal education in the third world country of Mississippi, I have a major problem with non-pigeon English. Anyway, I was poking around somewhere and…

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The Petrified Forest (1936) Classic Movie Review 150

The Petrified Forest (1936)

      Today’s movie is The Petrified Forest (1936), and it’s a strange one. It is often listed as a Film Noir, but it seems more like a mental break-down set in the midst of a murder spree. It is widely considered to be a precursor to Film Noir…

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Dark Waters (1944) Classic Movie Review 149

Dark Waters (1944)

 Today’s movie is Dark Waters (1944). This movie is hailed as a Gothic Film Noir and I just had to see it. Dark Waters (1944) was directed by André De Toth.  This film is rated 6.5 on iMDB.com[1] and with no Tomatometer percentage this movie is only liked by…

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The Prowler (1951) Classic Movie Review 135

The Prowler (1951)

Today’s movie is The Prowler (1951). This Film Noir crime drama starred Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes. The role for Keyes was said to be a divorce present from her ex-husband Director John Huston.[1] This will be a great film to finish our #Noirvember fest with. An uncredited New York Times…

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The Harder They Fall (1956) Classic Movie Review 134

The Harder They Fall (1956)

Today’s movie is The Harder They Fall (1956). This is a gritty boxing Film-Noir without a serious femme fatale. However, Jan Sterling is playinga against type as a loving wife. This movie was Humphrey Bogart last film. Rod Steiger led a vicious crew of gangsters. Real boxers rounded out the…

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The Garment Jungle (1957) Classic Movie Review 133

The Garment Jungle (1957)

  Today’s movie is The Garment Jungle (1957). This movie is a gritty Film-Noir crime story that is great for our #Noirvember celebration. The only reason I took a look at this movie because of Robert Loggia. But with Lee J. Cobb, Gia Scala, and Richard Boone, it turned out to…

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Fallen Angel (1945) Classic Movie Review 132

Fallen Angel (1945)

This Film Noir is rated 7.2 by iMDB.com1 and 80 percent by Rotten Tomatoes2. This film was directed by Otto Preminger. I really liked it, as Dana Andrews is great as a tough guy. Linda Darnell is beautiful and elusive. The supporting players, Charles Bickford, John Carradine, Percy Kilbride, Anne…

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Shield for Murder (1954) Classic Movie Review 124

Shield for Murder (1954)

  Today’s movie is Shield for Murder (1954) and it is badass. Edmond O’Brien is amazing as a bad guy. Director Howard W. Koch managed a bunch of really tough guys and beautiful dolls in this late Film Noir. I was amazed that movies this good are just floating around…

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