Category Archives: Film Noir

My Review of ‘The Window’ (1949)

The Window is one of those lesser-known films noir that received critical acclaim at the time of its release, but has since fallen to the wayside for most movie viewers. Based on a short story “The Boy Cried Murder” by … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘They Won’t Believe Me’ (1947)

This is another entry in the TCM Noir Alley line-up. Told almost entirely in flashback in probably the longest, most rambling witness testimony in any courtroom ever, the main character Larry Ballentine (played by Marcus Welby against type by Robert … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Split Second’ (1953)

This film noir is distinguished by being not only post-World War II, but post-atomic. And that’s not its only distinction. Among other things, this movie marked the directorial debut of Dick Powell. RKO Pictures had turned Powell’s acting career in … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Gilda’ (1946)

I’ve been meaning to see this movie, because it’s supposed to be a film noir. And Rita Hayworth in the title role is supposed be “the ultimate femme fatale” (at least according to Wikipedia). But I’ll be honest (and probably … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Raw Deal’ (1948)

PS One of the great things about watching TCM’s Noir Alley is getting to know new-to-me examples of great film noir. Raw Deal is a treat for the eyes and an unusual example of this type of movie. The story … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Scandal Sheet’ (1952)

This is one of your lesser-known films noir, which I had the privilege of seeing on TCM’s Noir Alley with Eddie Muller. The subject is tabloid journalism—not a new one for film (witness Citizen Kane), but depicted here against the … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘I Confess’ (1953)

As you may know from reading this blog, I’m a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock. However (and as long as we’re on the subject of confessions), I confess that I started watching this movie expecting something a bit different. Let … Continue reading

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