Film Noir: a type of mystery and crime film typically produced between the late1930s and the 1950s, characteristically shot in black in white and featuring gritty settings with shadowy photography and foreboding background music. The main characters are usually cynical or malevolent characters such as femmes fatales and hard-boiled private detectives.
Hotshot crime magazine editor George Stroud inadvertently becomes the subject of a murder investigation after spending an evening with his boss' mistress. Starring Ray Miland, Maureen Sullivan, Charles Laughton.
Discouraged by his superior officers, but helped by a gangster's former girl friend, a dedicated detective lieutenant doggedly continues his investigation to obtain evidence that would convict the head gangster of a crime syndicate. Starring Richard Conte, Jean Wallace, Cornel Wilde.
An honest police sergeant risks his life and his job when his investigations lead to the exposure of the crime syndicate that controls the city administration. Starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando.
Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien), awakens after a night of drinking feeling sick and is informed by a doctor that he is suffering from "iridium" poisoning and has only a few days to live. Determined to find his killer, and aided by his fiancé Paula (Pamela Britton), Frank investigates his own murder in the time he has left. Told entirely in flashbacks -- with the unusual perspective of a murder victim
Ethel Whitehead learns there's only one way for a woman to survive in a man's world : be as tempting as a cupcake and as tough as a 75-cent steak. Ethel moves from the wrong side of the tracks to a mobster's mansion in high society one man at a time. Some of those men love her. Some use her. And one, a high-rolling racketeer, abuses her. When the racketeer murders his rival in Ethel's swanky living room, she flees a sure murder rap, right back to the poverty she thought she had escaped. And this time there may not be a man to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.
Walter Neff is a smooth talking insurance salesman who meets the very attractive Phyllis Dietrichson when he calls to renew her husband's automobile policy. The couple are immediately drawn to each other and have an affair. They scheme together to murder Phyllis' husband for life insurance money with a double indemnity clause. Unfortunately, all does not go as planned. Barton Keyes is the wily insurance investigator who must sort things out.
A susceptible young woman marries a suave, romantic man never suspecting that he is a murderous scoundrel, obsessed with finding the jewels hidden in their London home. She becomes the helpless victim as slowly, insidiously, he drives her to the brink of insanity.
Johnny Farrell goes to work for Ballin Mundson, the proprietor of an illegal gambling casino in a South American city and quickly rises to become Mundson's 'main man.' All is well until Mundson returns from a trip with his new bride, Gilda-- a woman from Johnny's past. Mundson, unaware of their previous love affair, assigns Farrell the job of keeping Gilda a faithful wife. Fraught with hatred, Gilda does her best to antagonize, intimidate, and instill jealousy in Farrell-- until circumstances allow him to get even.
World War I is over. Johnny has come marching home. But there's little fanfare and no meaningful work for one war vet. There's only the desperate life of an unjustly convicted fugitive. Twice he is sentenced to a chain gang. Twice he escapes. They can put his hands and feet in irons, but not his will to be free.
Dixon Steele is an alcoholic screenwriter who has had some success but is now in the midst of a long dry spell. One of his neighbors is Laurel Gray, a would-be actress and a smart cookie. Dix has taken a job adapting a trashy novel for the screen--but he doesn't want to read the book. A coat check girl at his hangout has, however, and is happy to come home with him and give him a synopsis. Abruptly woken at 5:00 AM by a police detective, Dix learns that the girl was found murdered, and he was the last person to see her alive. Is Dix a lovable rebel, a disillusioned, cynical know-it-all, or a cold-blooded killer?
A hurricane swells outside, but that is nothing compared to the storm that rages inside the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up, holding hostage the hotel owner Nora Temple, her invalid father-in-law, and ex-GI Frank McCloud. McCloud's the one man capable of standing up against the belligerent Rocco, but postwar world realities may have taken all the fight out of him.
A detective gives a ride to a half-naked girl, who is abruptly killed by thugs. Almost killed himself, the detective tries to solve the murder. Along the way, he is told to back off by the Feds, a bomb is placed in his car, a friend is killed, and he himself is beaten, drugged, and held hostage.
Jean Dexter is an attractive blonde model who is murdered in her New York City apartment. Homicide detectives Dan Muldoon and Jimmy Halloran investigate. Suspicion falls on various shifty people who all prove to have some connection with a string of apartment burglaries. Then a burglar is found dead who once had an elusive partner named Willie.
Two-bit London hustler Harry Fabian aches for a life of ease and plenty. Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he stumbles upon a chance of a lifetime in the form of legendary wrestler Gregorius the Great. But there is no easy money in this underworld of shifting alliances, bottomless graft, and pummeled flesh, and soon Fabian learns the horrible price of his ambition.
Stanton Carlisle is an ambitious carnie who plays scams alongside phony mentalist Zeena and her alcoholic husband Pete, working the crowd as Zeena pretends to read their minds. But Stan has no intention of staying with the carnival; he has his heart set on an upscale night club act.
Petty crook Skip McCoy has his eye set on the big score. When the three-time convict picks the pocketbook of unsuspecting Candy, he finds a haul bigger than he ever could have imagined: a strip of microfilm bearing confidential U.S. secrets. Tailed by the Feds and the unwitting courier's Communist puppeteers, Skip and Candy find themselves in a precarious gambit that pits greed against redemption.
Frank Chambers (John Garfield) is a drifter who lands at a roadside gas station owned by jolly old Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway) and his young, blonde wife Cora (Lana Turner). In a matter of minutes, Frank and Cora fall in love, and plot to murder Nick. Eventually wedding bells ring, the body count rises, and the gavel slams-of course, nothing ever goes as planned. Part of what makes the film noir is watching the characters react, as their plans are derailed one by one.
Trapped within the walls of a state penitentiary, Joe Sullivan lives for the chance to avenge himself upon the man who helped put him there: Rick Coyle, a pyromaniac mob boss with a taste for party-girl flambé. Rick helps spring Joe from prison in hopes that the police will gun him down during the escape, but he grossly underestimates Joe's resourcefulness. With the assistance of a world-weary moll and an innocent girl, Joe dodges roadblocks, hitmen and dragnets and carves a bloody path back to his betrayer.
When a man in a mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her fiancee persuades her to con him out of some of the fortune they think he has. The plot twists and turns as theft and betrayal turn to murder and madness. Brilliant performances by both Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett steal the show.
The famous Dr. Edwardes takes over as head of the Green Manors Mental Asylum and finds himself attracted to Dr. Constance Petersen, but she soon realizes he is a paranoid amnesiac imposter and tries to cure him while finding out what happened to the real Dr. Edwardes.
A woman kills her wealthy aunt in a row over the woman's boyfriend; another man protects the woman from prosecution in return for her agreement to marry him; eighteen years later the boyfriend returns and the woman openly renews her romance with him.
Rising reporter Michael Ward is a key witness in the murder trial of young Joe Briggs, who is convicted on circumstantial evidence while swearing innocence. Mike's girl Jane believes in Joe and blames Mike, who (in a remarkable sequence) dreams he is himself convicted of murdering his nosy neighbor. Will his dream come true before Jane can find the real murderer?
A tennis star hates his estranged wife and wants to be free to marry another woman. He meets someone on a train who hates his father. They agree to kill each other's victim, leaving no clues and no motives.
Pursued by creditors, Joe swerves into a driveway of a seemingly abandoned Sunset Boulevard mansion. He finds Norma, an ex-screen queen dreaming of a dramatic comeback and her husband/servant living there. She takes a fancy to Joe and, learning that he is a scriptwriter, persuades him to help her with her comeback screenplay. Being broke he accepts. He falls in love with a young script reader, but Norma breaks up their romance. Thinking she is mad, he tries to leave, but Norma kills him in a scene which she believes is the highlight of her comeback movie.
In this murder mystery, a woman can not remember the man who claims to be her husband following the murder of a young girl. The woman's uncle runs a mystery radio show, which brings up the questions of who committed the murder, why they murder the girl and who is the man claiming to be her husband.