Category: Film Noir

December 20, 2017 / Film Noir

During a London reunion of a World War II RAF unit, an American pilot gets into a fight with one of his buddies, who is drunk and belligerent. The next day the pilot wakes up in a strange hotel room with blood on his suit, and can’t remember how he got there. Then he discovers that the friend he fought with the night before has been murdered, and he is a prime suspect.

WATCH MOVIE The Lost Hours (1952) AKA The Big Frame

December 18, 2017 / Film Noir

Ed Beaumont is the personal friend, advisor and bodyguard to Paul Madvig, the political boss of a large city. When a mysterious murder is committed—the son of a Madvig political opponent—Madvig’s enemies try to pin the crime on him because he is waging a clean-up campaign they oppose. Ed risks his life and his reputation to find the killer and clear his friend.

WATCH MOVIE The Glass Key (1935)

December 17, 2017 / Film Noir

A highly respected Irish cop is pleased when his son follows him onto the force. Unfortunately, the son is more interested in rewards than in upholding the law. When he shoots a child caught stealing, the others frame him and he is sent to prison where his attitude becomes even worse than before.

WATCH MOVIE Sergeant Madden (1939)

December 10, 2017 / Film Noir

A Chicago gang led by scar-cheeked Slade carries out an audacious brokerage robbery. Lieut. Bill Mason takes the case, continuing his friendly-enemy relationship with crime reporter Ann Rogers. One gang member is caught; eventually, others follow. But Mason hasn’t a clue to Slade, principally because he’s unaware she’s a woman.

WATCH MOVIE Lady Scarface (1941)

December 10, 2017 / Film Noir

Young Johnny Rocco is disturbed after seeing his gangster father Tony involved in a murder. The gang, fearing young Johnny might tip the police, decide to silence both him and his father. Frightened, Johnny seeks help from schoolteacher Miss Mayfield and gets some help from Father Regan and police detective Garron before his father has a final showdown with the gang.

WATCH MOVIE Johnny Rocco (1958)

December 8, 2017 / Film Noir

While stationed in France during WWII, an American pilot marries a French girl, but when he goes home he doesn’t take her with him. That’s because he’s already married to a successful lawyer. Nevertheless, the war bride follows him to the U.S., one thing leads to another, and she winds up killing him, and finds herself being defended in court by the wife of the man she has just killed.

WATCH MOVIE I, Jane Doe (1948)

November 28, 2017 / Film Noir

Two orphans, Polly and Doug, live with their stepmother Lynne; Polly collapses with the same mystery symptoms that killed her father. The kids’ visiting uncle, Whitney Cameron, is warned that the symptoms match strychnine poisoning, but that poisoners are seldom detected and rarely convicted. Sure enough, no case can be made against the obvious suspect; so what can Whitney do to save the next victim?

WATCH MOVIE A Blueprint for Murder (1953)

August 3, 2017 / Film Noir

Based loosely on a real incident, the film tells of the disappearance of a little African-American girl in a small, segregated community. Caucasian Claude Packard (Harry Morgan, the nephew of the town’s richest man (Barry Kelley), is the last person seen with the little girl. Sensing a cover-up when Morgan is not immediately charged, the black community is on the verge of a riot. But when it’s discovered that the little girl has fallen down a well, all racial differences are forgotten as black and white neighbors work shoulder to shoulder to rescue the child.

WATCH MOVIE The Well (1951)