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

Crime of Passion (1957) Classic Movie Review 123

Crime of Passion (1957)

Today’s movie is Crime of Passion (1957). This classic Film Noir was directed by Gerd Oswald. It has an amazing cast featuring Barbara Stanwyck, Raymond Burr, Sterling Hayden, and King Kong’s love interest Fay Wray. Eddie Muller in his intro to this film for Noir City called it a proto-feminist…

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The Blue Gardenia (1953) Classic Movie Review 115

The Blue Gardenia (1953)

Today’s movie is The Blue Gardenia (1953). Eddie Muller of Noir Alley said that viewers are divided into two camps concerning this Fritz Lang directed the film. The first group said it is a hidden masterpiece of his career while the second group thinks it is a throw away done…

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The Set-Up (1949) Classic Movie Review 113

The Set-Up (1949)

  Today’s movie is The Set-Up (1949). This film was based on a poem by Joseph Moncure March, about a black boxer with the stuff to be a champ but was never given the chance. A small piece of the poem reads: Mean as a panther, Crafty as a fox,…

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Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) Classic Movie Review 103

Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

  This is a very sad, sort of buddy movie. The guys never had a chance. Today’s movie is Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962). This movie tells the story of a boxer, his trainer, and his manager. The boxer is the primary character. Actor Anthony Quinn shot this film during…

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The Maltese Falcon (1941) Classic Movie Review 100

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Today is a major milestone, 100 Episodes. I want to thank you for all the support that you have given me as I have endeavored to produce this podcast. So, as I did for Episode 25, I will go with a Humphrey Bogart film. Today’s movie is a film noir…

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The Big Heat (1953) Classic Movie Review 99

The Big Heat (1953)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Big Heat (1953) is a classic film noir directed by Fritz Lang and starring Glenn Ford as a good cop and Gloria Grahame as a b-girl. Actors Glenn Ford plays the lead role of honest Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion. Ford was first covered in Episode…

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Brute Force (1947) Classic Movie Review 93

Brute Force (1947)

Today’s movie is the film noir Brute Force (1947). It tells the tale of a group of prisoners that tell their story using a pin-up picture in their cell. It is noted that the inspiration and violence in this movie is in direct response to the Battle of Alcatraz, May…

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I Want to Live! (1958) Classic Movie Review 92

I Want to Live! (1958)

Today’s movie is I Want to Live! (1958). It is a gritty film noir that focuses almost exclusively on the female part of the story. The main character can be described as a femme fatale as she only brought down herself. This movie is driven by a lively jazz soundtrack.…

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