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After every years Scary Movie Challenge, there is an emptiness before the Holiday Season, maybe this can help fill that void, and for those just done with the Scary Movie Challenge, think of this as the desert table !

1. Watch 20 Noir/ Western Noir/ Neo-Noir-Themed films, etc. from midnight Noirvember 1, 2022 to Noirvember 30, 2022 (the start of the Holiday Season) (use your own time zone to set the ending time).

2. Theatrically released films and short features count as 1 point each. Running times are irrelevant.


3. Two of the 20 films, et. al. must be new discoveries, movies you've never seen before. The point of this is to see those few movies you've always meant to see, but never got around to. Please specify new discoveries in your film list by making them bold, adding asterisks, different colors, etc.

4. Come here and talk about 'em.

5. There is an uber-category, the Heavy Smoker/ Femme Fatale for those who wish to put all of the rest of us to shame. This is the heavyweight division. These people, if they choose to accept the challenge, must view 24 Noir/ Western Noir/ Neo-Noir themed movies before dawn on Nov. 25th. Ten new discoveries are recommended for this one. The rest of us will bow down in awed reverence to these HTF members. The bragging rights will be awesome and long lived. What movies qualify?



Film Critic, Roger Ebert’s A Guide to Film Noir Genre

Film noir is . . .

1. A French term meaning "black film," or film of the night, inspired by the Series Noir, a line of cheap paperbacks that translated hard-boiled American crime authors and found a popular audience in France.

2. A movie which at no time misleads you into thinking there is going to be a happy ending.

3. Locations that reek of the night, of shadows, of alleys, of the back doors of fancy places, of apartment buildings with a high turnover rate, of taxi drivers and bartenders who have seen it all.

4. Cigarettes. Everybody in film noir is always smoking, as if to say, "On top of everything else, I've been assigned to get through three packs today." The best smoking movie of all time is "Out of the Past," in which Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas smoke furiously at each other. At one point, Mitchum enters a room, Douglas extends a pack and says, "Cigarette?" and Mitchum, holding up his hand, says, "Smoking."

5. Women who would just as soon kill you as love you, and vice versa.

6. For women: low necklines, floppy hats, mascara, lipstick, dressing rooms, boudoirs, calling the doorman by his first name, high heels, red dresses, elbowlength gloves, mixing drinks, having gangsters as boyfriends, having soft spots for alcoholic private eyes, wanting a lot of someone else's women, sprawling dead on the floor with every limb meticulously arranged and every hair in place.

7. For men: fedoras, suits and ties, shabby residential hotels with a neon sign blinking through the window, buying yourself a drink out of the office bottle, cars with running boards, all-night diners, protecting kids who shouldn't be playing with the big guys, being on first-name terms with homicide cops, knowing a lot of people whose descriptions end in "ies," such as bookies, newsies, junkies, alkys, jockeys and cabbies.

8. Movies either shot in black and white, or feeling like they were.

9. Relationships in which love is only the final flop card in the poker game of death.

10. The most American film genre, because no society could have created a world so filled with doom, fate, fear and betrayal, unless it were essentially naive and optimistic.

And a link http://www.filmnoirfoundation.org/home.html


Additional Info TCM has Noir Alley and Movies! Channel does a Twice a week Noir Day
For more information
 

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Robert you can do whatever you want just like I told you last year, you were the inspiration for this! Got a lot of things that I picked up in the last year that I've just been holding off on.
 

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What the hell; I'm in this year.

B - Blu Ray Viewing
D - DVD Viewing
R - DVD-R Viewing
S - Streaming

Bold - Denotes first ever viewing

Rating - Out of a possible 4
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01) 11/01/2022 B In a Lonely Place (1950) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
02) 11/01/2022 B The Killing (1956) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
03) 11/02/2022 B The File on Thelma Jordan (1949) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
04) 11/02/2022 B Killer's Kiss (1955) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
05) 11/03/2022 D House of Strangers (1949) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
06) 11/03/2022 B Phantom Lady (1944) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
07) 11/03/2022 B The Big Clock (1948) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
08) 11/04/2022 B I Wake Up Screaming (1941) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
09) 11/04/2022 B This Gun for Hire (1942) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
10) 11/04/2022 B The Big Sleep (1946) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
11) 11/06/2022 B Double Indemnity (1944) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
12) 11/07/2022 D Chicago Deadline (1949) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
13) 11/07/2022 B The Blue Dahlia (1946) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
14) 11/08/2022 B The Big Combo (1955) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
15) 11/08/2022 B Black Angel (1946) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
16) 11/09/2022 R Guilty Bystander (1950) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
17) 11/10/2022 D Manhandled (1949) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
18) 11/10/2022 D Rogue Cop (1954) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
19) 11/10/2022 B I, the Jury (1953) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
20) 11/11/2022 B Lady on a Train (1945) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
21) 11/11/2022 B Street of Chance (1942) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
22) 11/13/2022 B Gun Crazy (1950) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
23) 11/13/2022 B Murder, My Sweet (1944) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
24) 11/14/2022 R The 13th Letter (1951) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
25) 11/14/2022 R The Other Woman (1954) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
26) 11/15/2022 B The Glass Key (1942) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
27) 11/15/2022 B Detour (1945) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
28) 11/15/2022 B Criss Cross (1949) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
29) 11/16/2022 B Kiss the Blood off My Hands (1948) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
30) 11/16/2022 D Lady in the Lake (1946) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
31) 11/18/2022 R The Scoundrel (1935) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
32) 11/18/2022 R Canon City (1948) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
33) 11/20/2022 B Ride the Pink Horse (1947) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
34) 11/21/2022 R Baby Face Nelson (1957) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1/2
35) 11/22/2022 B Touch of Evil (1958) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
36) 11/23/2022 B The Turning Point (1952) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
37) 11/23/2022 B Thunderbolt (1929) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg
38) 11/25/2022 R Suspense (1946) 1665430072834.jpeg 1665430072834.jpeg

Totals 38 (23)
 
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I, the Jury on 3-D Blu-ray is my first Noirvember movie. A first time viewing of this film, I was mightily impressed by the 3-D presentation of John Alton’s cinematography.

I’ll update this post later on because I’m not feeling good this morning.

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Noirvember Film Noir Movie Listing with titles in "Bold" designating first time viewings:

01) 11-01-22 "I, The Jury" (1953) (Blu-ray) 2.75/5 Stars
02) 11-01-22 "Criminal Court" (1946) (TCM app) 3/5 Stars
03) 11-02-22 "El Vampiro Negro" (1953) (TCM Noir Alley) 4.5/5 Stars
04) 11-02-22 "Cage of Evil" (1960) (TCM Noir Alley) 2/5 Stars
05) 11-03-22 "Thunder on the Hill" (1951) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
06) 11-03-22 "Dangerous Mission" (1954) (TCM Recording) 2.5/5 Stars
07) 11-04-22 "Plunder Road" (1957) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
08) 11-04-22 "World for Ransom" (1954) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
09) 11-05-22 "City of Fear" (1959) (Blu-ray) 2.5/5 Stars
10) 11-05-22 "The Scarlet Hour" (1956) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
11) 11-06-22 "Shock" (1946) (DVD) 2.75/5 Stars
12) 11-06-22 "Vicki" (1953) (DVD) 2.75/5 Stars
13) 11-07-22 "Moontide" (1942) (DVD) 4/5 Stars
14) 11-07-22 "Dangerous Crossing" (1953) (DVD) 3.5/5 Stars
15) 11-08-22 "Shockproof" (1949) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
16) 11-08-22 "Chicago Confidential" (1957) (Blu-ray) 2.5/5 Stars
17) 11-09-22 "The Boss" (1956) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
18) 11-09-22 "Take One False Step" (1949) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
19) 11-10-22 "Port of Shadows" (1938) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
20) 11-10-22 "The Thief" (1952) (DVD) 3.5/5 Stars
21) 11-11-22 "Shack Out on 101" (1955) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
22) 11-11-22 "Bewitched" (1945) (DVD) 3/5 Stars
23) 11-11-22 "Singapore" (1947) (Blu-ray) 2.5/5 Stars
24) 11-11-22 "The Midnight Story" (1957) (Blu-ray) 2.5/5 Stars
25) 11-12-22 "Outside the Law" (1956) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
26) 11-12-22 "The Fearmakers" (1958) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
27) 11-12-22 "Dancing with Crime" (1947) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
28) 11-12-22 "The Green Cockatoo" (1937) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
29) 11-12-22 "A Life at Stake" (1955) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
30) 11-12-22 "Highway Dragnet" (1954) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
31) 11-13-22 "The Chase" (1946) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
32) 11-13-22
"Tension" (1949) (DVD) 4/5 Stars
33) 11-14-22 "A Woman's Devotion" (1956) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
34) 11-14-22 " Pool of London" (1951) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
35) 11-14-22
"Kid Glove Killer" (1942) (DVD) 3/5 Stars
36) 11-14-22 "Grand Central Murder" (1942) (DVD) 3/5 Stars
37) 11-15-22 "Loophole" (1954) (DVD) 3/5 Stars
38) 11-15-22 "Tangier" (1946) (Blu-ray) 2/5 Stars
39) 11-16-22 "Touchez Pas au Grisbi" (1954) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
40) 11-16-22 "Cry Vengeance" (1954) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
41) 11-16-22 "Private Hell 36" (1954) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
42) 11-16-22 "Hidden Fear" (1957) (Blu-ray) 2.5/5 Stars
43) 11-17-22 "Razzia Sur La Chnouf" (1955) (Blu-ray) 4.5/5 Stars
44) 11-17-22 "The Gun Runners" (1958) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
45) 11-17-22 "Storm Fear" (1955) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
46) 11-18-22 "The Devil Strikes at Night" (1957) (Blu-ray) 4.5/5 Stars
47) 11-18-22 "Black Gravel" (1961) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
48) 11-18-22 "Jigsaw" (1962) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
49) 11-19-22 "Town on Trial" (1957) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
50) 11-19-22 "Time Without Pity" (1957) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
51) 11-19-22 "The Diamond Wizard" (1954) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
52) 11-20-22
"The Unfaithful" (1947) (TCM's "Noir Alley") 3/5 Stars
53) 11-21-22 "Escape in the Fog" (1945) (Blu-ray) 2/5 Stars
54) 11-21-22 "The Undercover Man" (1949) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
55) 11-21-22 "Pickup Alley aka Interpol" (1957) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
56) 11-21-22 "The Last Crooked Mile" (1946) (iTunes HD Digital) 2.5/5 Stars
57) 11-22-22 "Chicago Syndicate" (1955) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
58) 11-22-22 "Mystery in Mexico" (1948) (DVD) 3/5 Stars
59) 11-22-22
"The Clay Pigeon" (1949) (DVD) 3/5 Stars
60) 11-22-22 "Flesh and Fury" (1952) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
61) 11-23-22 "The Brasher Doubloon" (1947) (DVD) 3/5 Stars
62) 11-23-22 "Chicago Calling" (1951) (DVD) 3/5 Stars
63) 11-23-22 "The Garment Jungle" (1957) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
64) 11-23-22 "Hoodlum Empire" (1952) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
65) 11-24-22 "Southside 1-1000" (1950) (DVD) 4/5 Stars
66) 11-24-22 "The Criminal" (1960) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
67) 11-24-22 "The Tijuana Story" (1957) (Blu-ray) 2.5/5 Stars
68) 11-24-22 "The Shadow on the Window" (1956) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Stars
69) 11-25-22
"No Man of Her Own" (1950) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
70) 11-25-22 "Scandal Sheet" (1952) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
71) 11-26-22 "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) (4K/UHD) 4/5 Stars
72) 11-26-22
"The Limey" (1999) (4K/UHD) 4.5/5 Stars
73) 11-26-22 "Lady on a Train" (1945) (Blu-ray) 2.5/5 Stars
74) 11-26-22 "He Walked By Night" (1948) (Blu-ray) 4.5/5 Stars
75) 11-27-22 "Death of a Cyclist" (1955) (TCM's Noir Alley) 4/5 Stars
76) 11-27-22
"The Spiral Staircase" (1946) (Blu-ray) 5/5 Stars
77) 11-28-22 "T-Men" (1947) (Blu-ray) 4.5/5 Stars
78) 11-28-22 "The House on 92nd Street" (1945) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
79) 11-28-22 "Violent Saturday" (1955) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
80) 11-28-22 "Kiss of Death" (1947) (Blu-ray) 4.5/5 Stars
81) 11-29-22 "23 Paces to Baker Street" (1956) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
82) 11-29-22
"Body and Soul" (1947) (Blu-ray) 5/5 Stars
83) 11-29-22 "Force of Evil" (1948) (Blu-ray) 5/5 Stars
84) 11-29-22 "So Evil My Love" (1948) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
85) 11-30-22
"The Dark Mirror" (1946) (Blu-ray) 3.5/5 Stars
86) 11-30-22 "The Desperate Hours" (1955) (Blu-ray) 4.5/5 Stars
87) 11-30-22 "The Big Combo" (1955) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
88) 11-30-22 "High Sierra" (1941) (Blu-ray) 4/5 Stars
89) 11-30-22 "Sirocco" (1951) (Blu-ray) 3/5 Star
90) 11-30-22 "Circumstantial Evidence" (1945) (DVD) 2/5 Stars
 

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I, the Jury on 3-D Blu-ray is my first Noirvember movie. A first time viewing of this film, I was mightily impressed by the 3-D presentation of John Alton’s cinematography.

I’ll update this post later on because I’m not feeling good this morning.
As always, I am looking forward to your thoughts. I hope you feel better soon. :)
 

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I know that Robert said that was on his list of items in the Scarry Movie Challenge, but man, right out of the gate with it, got in a double viewing of the same little Pre-Code Proto-Noir film late last night,

Day 1: 1 Noirvember 2022

After all of the little ghouls and superheroes and whatnot had finished coming around and doing All Hallows Eve and passing out enough sugar to keep any reasonable dentist in appointments for the next couple of months. There was that quiet moment that is Noirvember Eve, that few hours, where I finished the last of the scary movie challenge features.  And the awaited start time of 12:01.

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"The Late Show" Feature Presentation

Midnight (a.k.a. Call it Murder) (Flicker Alley) First Time Viewing
All Star Productions (Release Date Jan 29, 1934) Director: Chester Erskine, Photography: William Steiner and George Webber

Started off this year with a Pre-Code / Proto-Noir, adapted from a stage play, and using a restoration of the re-release print. So that once 8th billed Humphrey Bogart now has his name before the title screen. Did a double viewing one time through to get my impressions of the film and once with commentary for further information.

The Law is the Law, is the mantra that propels this story, no dark shadows except upon a man's soul.

The film also walks a very tight line between what is morally ambiguous and what is right at the same time there is a bit of condemnation of the legal justice system and the death penalty. The cast all gave fine performances, including the 8th billed Bogart in a little more that a cameo, but playing an integral part in the overall story , before his star would rise and the dough eye Sydney Fox. But the main emphasis is on O. P. Heggie character and his morality of being a firm believer in following the letter of the law, the question then remains how he would feel if his daughter was in the same position as the woman that he was the jury foreman for and found guilty and sent to the chair.

This film is a little gem, and the commentary on the disc is not only informative about the film, but what was happening to the actors at that time as well. For those that want to see the beginnings of what would grow into being true film noir and comes Recommended

Next taking the big plunge across the pond, for Le Quai des brumes
 

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As always, I am looking forward to your thoughts. I hope you feel better soon. :)
I'm feeling better this evening. I had my Pfizer booster shot on Monday morning. I didn't have any issues until this morning when I started to have chills and body/joint aches while watching "I, the Jury". I slept a good portion of the day. Woke up and took some Moltrin with a meal. This evening, the chills and aches have stopped, but now I'm having some hot flashes and sweats.
 

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See my summary for film grades with the movies in "Bold" being first time viewings!

11-01-22


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01) 11-01-22 "I, The Jury" (1953) (Blu-ray) 2.75/5 Stars
I watched my 3-D Blu-ray this morning which was my first viewing of this movie. I thought the 3-D presentation was excellent. The movie itself wasn't as good as I never was a big Mickey Spillane fan. Also, I didn't care for Biff Elliot's portrayal of Mike Hammer. The way he delivered some of his lines gave me a chuckle which isn't a good thing. However, I did enjoy Peggy Castle and Margaret Sheridan's performances as well as Preston Foster. I thought the storyline for the final resolution was a little weak in which Hammer finally figures out who was the actual killer of his best friend. I loved how they used the old Bradbury building in downtown LA and John Alton's cinematography was excellent.



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02) 11-01-22 "Criminal Court" (1946) (TCM app) 3/5 Stars
My first viewing of this RKO "B" movie released in 1946. An attorney is defending his girlfriend on a murder charge in which he was directly involved in that person's death. Tom Conway plays the attorney while Martha O'Driscoll plays his girlfriend in legal trouble. This was one of Robert Wise's early directing efforts. The movie is mediocre at best, but it kept me entertained throughout its running time.
 

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See my summary for film grades with the movies in "Bold" being first time viewings!

11-02-22

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03) 11-02-22 "El Vampiro Negro" (1953) (TCM Noir Alley) 4.5/5 Stars
This morning I watched my "Noir Alley" recording of "El Vampiro Negro" (1953) which is about a child killer on the loose in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This almost "lost" film is an offshoot of "M" (1931) (1951) films. However, it prominently features three women in the film, unlike Fritz Lang's 1931 film version which is mainly a male cast of actors. This is an excellent movie! So much so, that I just got done ordering the Flicker Alley Blu-ray so I can watch it again along with its bonus material. Eddie Muller's "Film Noir Foundation" funded this digital restoration that was performed by UCLA Film & Television Archive. The restoration effort was led by Scott MacQueen before his retirement.

So far, I'm up to 3 movies in this Challenge and all three movies were first time viewings.
 

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This morning I watched my "Noir Alley" recording of "El Vampiro Negro" (1953) which is about a child killer on the loose in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This almost "lost" film is an offshoot of "M" (1931) (1951) films. However, it prominently features three women in the film, unlike Fritz Lang's 1931 film version which is mainly a male cast of actors. This is an excellent movie! So much so, that I just got done ordering the Flicker Alley Blu-ray so I can watch it again along with its bonus material. Eddie Muller's "Film Noir Foundation" funded this digital restoration that was performed by UCLA Film & Television Archive. The restoration effort was led by Scott MacQueen before his retirement.

So far, I'm up to 3 movies in this Challenge and all three movies were first time viewings.
So I will take note of that recommendation. I got in two more myself yesterday, both from outside of the US and working on the write-ups now, more structure this year instead of just grabbing a title.
 

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So I will take note of that recommendation. I got in two more myself yesterday, both from outside of the US and working on the write-ups now, more structure this year instead of just grabbing a title.
The same here! Last year, like this year's "Scary Movie Challenge", I joined the Challenge while it was already on-going. Not this time, I'm organized and I have my list of titles. Furthermore, many of them are movies I never watched beforehand. I'm going to try to watch those movies first before moving onto movies I've already seen.
 

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Day 1: 1 Noirvember 2022


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2. Le Quai des Brumes (Port of Shadows) (Kino Lorber Studio Classics) First Time Viewing
Ciné-Alliance (Release Date May 18, 1938) Director: Marcel Carné, Cinematography: Eugen Schüfftan


WOW, how in the hell have I never seen this before, was running through my mind this entire film, but I have limited views of French cinema, I guess that needs to be rectified. There are movies, there is film, there is Cinema, this is ART! And if Noir was to have an official film that kicked it off, this would have to be on the running.

Kino and StudioCanal presentation of the restoration is just beautiful to look at. The one thing that did surprise me was that this film had no commentary track. But that is made up for with the Feature length Out of the Shadows documentary included as a bonus feature. It goes into everything that went into the making of the film. The part that blew my mind was that Jean Gabin was still under contract at UFA and wanted to get this made, which meant it would have to be approved by Gobbles, and their censors. Who declined the project and let another producer take it, and the film returned to France with Gabin leading the way.

The sets are a sight for the eyes, Gabin’s Jean is a deserter looking for a way out and hitching a ride that will change his life. A Truck ride add the first of his attachments, I a dog that steals the scenes that he is in. but arriving at a seaside bar to pass the night we meet most of the rest of the characters. Including Nelly played by Michèle Moran while hiding from some hoods in the back room.

Carné’s direction and Schüfftan, are prefect, where the noirs in America would borrow styles from Europe, this is only borrowing from itself. And sometimes it’s not the fog that is outside, but the fog in a man’s soul that changes the lives of many around him.

The chemistry between these two is instantaneous. And you can see that this is going to be a doomed love story. I must find a way to get the wife to watch this with me, then tell her she has pretty eyes. View it and you will understand. And the ending rivals Casablanca as one of the best endings ever.

Fin

This brilliant film comes with my Highest Recommendation



The Green Cockatoo (a.k.a. Four Dark Hours) (Cohen Film Collection) First Time Viewing


Devonshire Films (Release Date Dec 1937 /1940) Director: William Cameron Menzies, Photography: Mutz Greenbaum

Next up another that was picked up in one of the Kino sales, probably the same time that I got Port of Shadows, so from France across the Channel and on to a train in the English countryside headed towards London. We mee the first of the film’s protagonist, Eileen (René Ray) at the same time the roguish Dave (devilishly portrayed by Robert Newton) shows up at the Terrell gangs hide out and arranges to set up a dog race where they can make a killing. Unbeknownst to the gang though he has different ideas the dog's going to be fine because it's the favorite and he's going to take all the money and put it on it to win and do a double cross.

The gang followed Dave to the track and after he gets his winnings, he evades them and hurries to the green cockatoo where he's hiding in the backroom while we see Jim (played by a babyface John Mills singing and dancing his way to his backroom. Where he finds Dave in the room trying to pill for a tie for his suit and after some banter, we find out that Dave is Jim's brother he tries to offer up half of the winnings Jim tells him that he wants no part of it now that he knows that the Terrell gang has been double crossed Dave needs to get out of town for his safety. At the train station Dave is cornered by the Terrell gang, and one of them stabs him with a knife, in his attempt to get away he runs into a phone booth where Eileen is trying to contact Scotland Yard to help her out. Seeing no way-out Dave uses her as a witness and an escort to help him get past the mobsters, he takes her to a hotel, and he dies after begging her to tell his brother at The Green Cockatoo club.

Going there, she is followed by police and hides in an upstairs room. It is that of Jim, the brother, but he does not identify himself to the stranger. When the police leave, he escorts her out, but is followed by the gangsters. In another knife fight he gets away and takes her to a safe house. The police turn up, this time to take him to the morgue to identify his brother. When they leave, the gangsters abduct the girl. Looking for the gangsters, Jim turns up and, in another fight, immobilizes them. The police arrive to arrest the gangsters, while Jim and the girl head for the country.

This also didn’t have a commentary track which would have been a nice addition, but it’s got a short run time, and being one of the earliest Brit Noirs I can see where this would influence the films that came after it. What I don’t understand is why the film was held back. Researching this it was filmed in 1937 but not released until 1940. So, I was waiting for a William Cameron Mendez film this year, that still hasn't arrived yet, something with color viewed through the eyes of a child and Martians, this is an acceptable substitute at the moment, with a story by Graham Greene this taught little thriller does more than just keep you entertained.

Recommended


On to more Brit Noir in Dancing with Crime
 

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01) 11/01/2022 In a Lonely Place (1950) 1667415574364.png 1667415574364.png 1667415574364.png 1/2

Started things off with a favorite, featuring one of film noir's most recognizable faces. Humphrey Bogart plays screenwriter Dixon Steele, who hasn't had a hit since coming back from the war. He isn't too enthused when he's offered to script a trashy romance novel. Learning the coat check gal of his favorite restaurant actually read the book, he invites her back to his place so she can tell him the story. But after she leaves, she is murdered. Thank goodness for alibi Gloria Graham, a new tenant at his apartment complex that likes his face. But as the two begin their romance, she notices Steele's violent temper. Could he have killed that young woman after all? Not really a whodunit, the film seemingly forgets its mystery subplot to focus on the budding romance, which will most likely not have a happy ending regardless of Steele's guilt or innocence.

02) 11/01/2022 The Killing (1956) 1667415574364.png 1667415574364.png 1667415574364.png 1667415574364.png

One of the greatest heist movies, with documentary-like approach to the planning end execution of "perfect" racetrack robbery. Dream cast includes Sterling Hayden as the ringleader, Elisha Cook, Jr. as the perpetual loser, and acid-tongued Marie Windsor as Cook's duplicitous wife. Manages to make most of the thieves sympathetic to a degree; you almost want them to get away with it. And when things go wrong, the effect is powerful. Director Stanley Kubrick's first great movie.
 
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Would anyone count the Tim Burton Batman movies to be film noir?
I'm no noir expert, but there seems to be an argument that the Batman character himself is grounded in noir:

From his earliest inception, Batman has been tied to the noir genre. When Batman was first introduced by Detective Comics (now DC Comics) in 1939, the character and his stories were heavily influenced by the grittiness of the detective pulps of the time.
https://www.tor.com/2011/02/04/batman-noir/#:~:text=From his earliest inception, Batman,detective pulps of the time.

And reading the criteria in the first post, most recent Batman films would seem to tick several of those boxes.
 

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With Batman movies along with movies I'm seeing in lists of Noir films (John Wick movies, Bladerunner etc.) I think I actually have enough Noir in my collection to do this.
 

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See my summary for film grades with the movies in "Bold" being first time viewings!

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04) 11-02-22 "Cage of Evil" (1960) (TCM Noir Alley) 2/5 Stars
Another first time viewing for me was "Cage of Evil" (1960). This was on "Noir Alley" a few weekends ago, but I never got around to watching it because I was too busy with the "Scary Movie Challenge". I decided to leave it on my DVR until November and watch it during this challenge. Anyhow, another movie about a cop corrupted by a woman and temptation as he decides to steal some diamonds from a crook, who happens to be the woman's boyfriend. Not a good movie, as the pace of the film was just too slow for me. Furthermore, the acting was pretty bad in this low budget independently produced movie. If the movie had better actors and director, it would have been an improved film. Movie only ran about 70 minutes, but felt longer due to the pacing issues. I doubt I'll ever watch this mediocre movie again.
 

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