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Produced independently by maverick European refugee Seymour Nebenzal for United Artists...

The Chase (1946) is a doozy of a postwar headache starring “Love That Bob” Cummings as a troubled, decorated, unemployed war vet who’s hired as a chauffeur by a suavely sadistic gangster (Steve Cochran).

It’s fair to wonder if the psychopath actually intends the chump to fall for his sultry trophy wife, played by Michele Morgan in long blonde locks and shimmery gowns.

An unfailingly wonderful Peter Lorre hangs around in world-weary cynical mode as a henchman.

He spends most of his time shrugging and yawning, so it means something when his boss’ moods make him wipe his brow.

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This was completed for a challenge on Concept Art, and although I did a female character, I wanted to put her in a story in a 'film noir' setting which is a genre in cinema I love.

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She's a backstreet attorney caught up in something that's 'bigger than both of us kid !

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Manhunt boasted it was the world's best-selling crime fiction magazine, and was certainly the "gold standard" against which all other "tough" crime magazines of the period measured themselves.

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Starting in January 1953 as a monthly digest, it flirted briefly (from March 1957 to May 1958) with a larger format to enhance newstand sales. The latter was not a success however and it soon reverted to digest size and dropped to bimonthly. In all it ran for almost 15 years and notched up a very respectable 114 issues.

From January 1953 to March 1956 the cover read Manhunt Detective Story Monthly, but the magazine was always called just Manhunt in the table of contents.

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It's Just not Christmas Until Audrey Totter is Looking Right Into the Lens...

Through not-so-mysterious means, the 1947 film Lady in the Lake has become a perennial holiday favorite for me.  Philip Marlowe detecting, Christmas time and Audrey Totter sorta looking you in the face.

Audrey Totter in Lady in the Lake (Robert Montgomery, 1947), based on Raymond Chandler’s novel.

This film is an experiment in using the camera subjectively. We don’t ever see detective Philip Marlowe except for his reflection in a mirror.

Otherwise we only see what he sees. And what he sees for this first 20 minutes or so is Audrey Totter as Miss Fromsett.

Her performance is sensational. - self-aware, humorous, supremely confident. She takes a rather dreary film and fluffs it up, slaps it about and runs away with it...Reviews:

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Like It's a Wonderful Life (1946), another Christmas favorite released through RKO Studios, Holiday Affair (1949) was a box-office failure that went on to become a hit through repeated television airings. Though Holiday Affair has hardly achieved the cult status of the other film, it continues to charm…


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Audubon Tyler - Portrait of Dorian Gray-His history included work for the major film studios painting period portraits of stars and copies of master works that were to be destroyed in the narrative of film.

[Years later, a friend of Hatfield’s bought Henrique Medina’s painting of the young Dorian at an auction, and gifted it to him.]

Ivan Le Lorraine Albright’s more famous painting of the decayed Dorian Gray, which took a whole year to complete, is owned by the Art Institute of Chicago, where it is on display.]

Main star Hurd Hatfield is splendidly weird and wasted, in an icy and distant performance as the handsome, sensuous, corrupted and depraved Victorian British aristocrat Dorian Gray.

He famously gains the prize of eternal youth, keeping all his youthful beauty, while the special painting of him in the attic gradually gets terrifyingly old and raddled, revealing his inner ugliness.

The Picture of Dorian Gray **** ( Review Of The Film)

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[pictured actor ROBERT MITCHUM IN "Out Of The Past"[1947]

This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991.

Share this Humphrey Bogart read the script and, seeing the similarities between this and The Maltese Falcon, wanted to play Jeff. However, Warner Bros. didn't buy the material and RKO produced this movie.

After Humphrey Bogart refused the lead it was offered to John Garfield and then Dick Powell, both of whom turned it down. Robert Mitchum was fourth choice.

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Re-released in France in 1967 as 'Pendez-moi haut et court'.


Kathie Moffat: I didn't know what I was doing. I, I didn't know anything except how much I hated him. But I didn't take anything. I didn't, Jeff. Don't you believe me?

Jeff Bailey: Baby, I don't care.

Jeff Bailey: You can never help anything, can you? You're like a leaf that the wind blows from one gutter to another.

Kathie Moffat: Oh, Jeff, I don't want to die!

Jeff Bailey: Neither do I, baby, but if I have to I'm gonna die last.Whit Sterling: My feelings? About ten years ago, I hid them somewhere and haven't been able to find them.

Jeff Bailey: How big a chump can you get to be? I was finding out.

Jeff Bailey: I never saw her in the daytime. We seemed to live by night. What was left of the day went away like a pack of cigarettes you smoked. I didn't know where she lived. I never followed her. All I ever had to go on was a place and time to see her again. I don't know what we were waiting for. Maybe we thought the world would end.

Jeff Bailey: You know, maybe I was wrong and luck is like love. You have to go all the way to find it.

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[HONORARY MEMBERS... Victoria Mature, is the daughter Of actor Victor Mature]

In the 1940s, Victor Mature appeared in several different types of films—comedy, adventure, drama, musical and suspense[ {Film noir ]—and became a very popular film idol with many adoring female fans.

Putting acting on hold, Mature joined the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He continued to be to a in-demand leading man in the 1950s and appeared in several more epic films, making his last film in 1984.


[HONORARY MEMBERS...Sybil Jason, In Memory of Malcolm's dear friend and Honorary Member Sybil Jason. 1927-2011]

Sybil Jacobson, (23 November 1927 - 23 August 2011) was a motion-picture child actress who, in the late 1930s, was presented as a rival to Shirley Temple.[2]

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, she began playing the piano at age two and, a year later, began making public appearances doing impersonations of Maurice Chevalier. She was introduced to the theatre-going public of London by way of her uncle, Harry Jacobson, a then-popular London orchestra leader and also pianist to Gracie Fields. The apex of her career came with a concert performance with Frances Day at London's Palace Theatre. Jason's theatre work led to appearances on radio and phonograph records, and a supporting role in the film Barnacle Bill (1935).



Member Julie GARFIELD with her dad's wallet.

HONORARY MEMBERS: Julie Garfield...John's a member here at FNLH too!

Member Julie GARFIELD with her dad's [actor John Garfield]wallet.

According To Malcolm "My friend Julie Garfield daughter of the great John Garfield an admirer of Film Noir and this particular site."Thank you Julie for allowing this photograph of you.

Date of Birth: 10 January 1946, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth Name: Julie Roberta Garfield
One of three children of the actor John Garfield and Roberta Seidman Garfield, Julie began acting in off-Broadway plays and has worked regularly in movies and television since 1969. She was 6 when her father died of heart problems.

[Pictured Actor John Garfield]...starred in "He Ran all the Way" with actress Shelley Winters...
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John Garfield (March 4, 1913 – May 21, 1952) was an American actor. Garfield was especially adept at playing brooding, rebellious, working-class character roles. Garfield is acknowledged as the predecessor of such Method actors as Marlon Brando, James Dean, and Montgomery Clift. In order to read more about actor John Garfield life just follow the link...Actor John Garfield.

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Honorary members...actress Barbara Payton's biographer John O'Dowd  is a member here at FNLH...

Actress Barbara Payton... starred in "Trapped" with actor Lloyd Bridges and "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" with actor James Cagney.

Born Barbara Lee Redfield in Cloquet, Minnesota, she was the daughter of restaurateurs and raised in Odessa, Texas. In 1945 at the age of 17, she headed for Hollywood in search of a career in movies and was eventually placed under contract by Universal Studios where she appeared in several small parts.

She first gained notice in the 1949 film noir Trapped, co-starring Lloyd Bridges. After being screen-tested by James Cagney and his producer brother William, Payton starred with Cagney in Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in 1950. She soon signed a contract with Cagney’s production company. Her brief stardom continued with significant roles in the western films Dallas (1950), co-starring Gary Cooper, and Only the Valiant (1951), with Gregory Peck.

Her career decline began with the 1951 horror film Bride of the Gorilla, co-starring Raymond Burr. Miss Payton's  biographer John O' Dowd is also a member here at Film Noir Lives Here

A Message from Barbara's son, John Lee Payton is included on his website too:Hollywood Starlet:Actress Barbara Payton...


...along with actors Lawrence Tierney nephew and Eddie Tierney's {Lawrence Tierney's Brother} Son Micheal Tierney.

[Pictured: Actor Lawrence Tierney]

...Actors Lawrence Tierney and Scott Brady's nephew and Eddie Tierney's Son Micheal Tierney is also a honorary member here at FNLH...too!

Lawrence Tierney (March 15, 1919 – February 26, 2002) was an American actor, known for his many screen portrayals of mobsters and hardened criminals, which mirrored his own frequent brushes with the law.[1]

Commenting on the DVD release of a Tierney film in 2005, a New York Times critic observed, "The hulking Tierney was not so much an actor as a frightening force of nature."[2]


of "Reservoir Dogs," or strong-arming his way into a discussion after a showing of "Born to Kill" at the Egyptian. Even Tierney¿s manager admitted that at 75, he remained as irascible as he was a decade before when his drinking was at its peak. However, in a curious reversal of fortune, his reputation seemed to bring more work to him than repel it. Between 1995 and 1996 alone, he appeared in 10 projects, including in an episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ) in which he voiced a security guard who caught Bart shoplifting a video game. In typical fashion, Tierney terrorized the show¿s staff with threats and bizarre behavior, including refusing to say certain lines if he didn¿t understand the humor. Tierney¿s career ended on a high note, with an uncredited turn as Bruce Willis¿ father in the blockbuster "Armageddon" (1998). He made one last screen appearance in "Evicted" (2000), a low-budget drama starring and directed by his nephew, Michael Tierney. On Feb. 26, 2002, the 82-year-old Tierney finally found peace, dying in his sleep while residing at a Los Angeles area nursing home.lity in his seventh decade, Tierney remained one of Hollywood¿s most enduring tough guys simply by being himself.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on March 15, 1919, Lawrence Tierney was the son of a policeman, also named Lawrence Tierney, and his wife, Mary. Both of his brothers, Gerard and Edward, also became actors, with Gerard billing himself as Scott Brady and enjoying a lengthy career playing tough guys not unlike his brother, while Edward left the business after a string of minor roles to become a building contractor. Tierney was a star athlete at Brooklyn¿s Boys High School, and won a sports scholarship to Manhattan College. He quit the school after two years to work as a laborer on the New York Aqueduct, and bounced between various gigs before landing a job as a male model for the Sears Roebuck catalog. Stage work was then suggested to him, and he joined the Black Friars theatre group and the American-Irish Theatre. A scout for RKO saw one of his performances and signed him to a contract in 1943.

Broad-shouldered and brawny, with a cast iron jaw and a steely gaze, he loomed heavily in the background of several early films, including the Val Lewton-produced "Ghost Ship" (1943). A year later, his big break came with "Dillinger" (1944), a lean and vicious biopic of Depression Era gangster John Dillinger that was actually banned in several cities where the real Dillinger had committed crimes. Tierney¿s performance, which reeked of innate violence and ice water in his veins, cemented him as a cold-blooded heel, and he played variations on the role throughout his initial run at stardom.

He played Jesse James opposite Randolph Scott¿s heroic sheriff in "Badmen¿s Territory" (1946), and then shifted gears to play an ex-con turned war hero who tracked down a prison escapee in "San Quentin" (1946). Perhaps his most iconic roles during the period were in a pair of brutal low-budget noirs; in "The Devil Thumbs a Ride" (1947), he was a sadistic thug who hijacked an innocent motorist¿s car and commandeered it through a night of murder and mayhem, while in Robert Wise¿s "Born to Kill" (1947), he bulldozed his way into divorcee Claire Trevor¿s life, murdering anyone who stood in the way of him claiming her life savings. Both pictures later became cult favorites, which helped to turn Tierney into an iconic figure of down-and-dirty noir.

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Starring Bette Davis
This week, we’re giving a lot of thanks for Bette Davis. Two of the films that defined her extraordinary career—the rapturous woman’s picture-

Now, Voyager and the peerless drama of backstage backstabbing All About Eve—entered the collection on Tuesday.

And starting this weekend, the eighteen-film retrospective Starring Bette Davis will take a bow on the Criterion Channel,

A Bounty of Bette-On Criterion

offering ample opportunity to appreciate the emotional command, witty allure, and stunning versatility that made the saucer-eyed star a Hollywood legend.

Inside Criterion / On the Channel —This month Of December.


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TAKING A Dark Foreign Film Noir posters... 

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Mann, den keiner kannte, Der-review with V.Mature

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Die Ritte von Soho-© Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

You can watch Die Ritte von Soho- over there on You-Tube >Night and the City 1950 Richard Widmark, Hugh Marlowe ,Gene Tierney, Googie Withers


KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL...with it beautiful graphics...

The poster is good, but still doesn’t hold a torch to the fantastic artwork found on the Belgian version.

There are similar images on the two posters (not always the case)

but what makes this movie poster is the fedora wearing, mask covered individual with the haunting eyes in the top left.

A very cool poster !

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iconic scenes from Der Dritte , Mann...Dark film noir...




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[Pictured: actor John Hodiak-]

In France there was no such transitional period. American films had been popular in France before the war but the German occupation in 1940 meant that American films would not be seen in France for nearly five years. 

By the time American films returned to France, audiences there took notice of this dark, shadowy style that was conveyed in many of they films the were seeing.

The list of film noir movies -

The French critics subsequently coined the term “film noir” to describe these films.  

It would be some years before the term was embraced by American critics.   

Film noir encompassed a relatively short time span of less than 20 years and essentially ended by the late fifties.

Yet today, the interest in these films, both from a technical and cultural perspective is flourishing.  

Film Noir Primer

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There’s a reason Alfred Hitchcock is history’s most respected director among both the critics and the public.

It’s because his career epitomizes the essence of this site. The rotund man nimbly walked the tightrope between the academic and the mainstream better than anyone —

Vertigo (1958)

One final thing I have to do… and then I’ll be free of the past.

—John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson

Art Of The Title-Vertigo


Shadow of a Doubt is a 1943 American drama/thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten.

Written by Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, and Alma Reville, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story

for Gordon McDonell.

In 1991, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

[Pictured actor Joseph Cheshire Cotten (May 15, 1905 – February 6, 1994) and...

[...actress Teresa Wright (October 27, 1918 – March 6, 2005) was an American actress in Hitch-cock's "Shadow Of A Doubt."]



Double Indemnity is a 1944 American film noir, directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom.

The screenplay was based on James M. Cain's 1943 novella of the same name, which originally appeared as an eight-part serial in Liberty magazine.

The term "double indemnity" refers to a clause in certain life insurance policies that doubles the payout in cases when death is caused by certain accidental means.

The film stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a provocative housewife who wishes her husband were dead...


The Lady from Shanghai-

The Lady From Shanghai-Broken Mirrors

Starring actress Rita Hayward, Orson Welles and Everett Sloane.

The Lady from Shanghai is a 1947 film noir directed by Orson Welles

...and starring Welles, estranged wife Rita Hayworth and Everett Sloane.

It is based on the novel If I Die Before I Wake by Sherwood King.


50 Best Film Noir Movie Poster Shop

For the uninitiated, one might ask, "What is film noir?"

The simplest way to describe it would be not for us to attempt describing it at all and let you read a few online descriptions. describes the film noir genre as follows: "A motion picture with an often grim urban setting, photographed in somber tones and permeated by a feeling of disillusionment, pessimism, and despair."
OK, not bad...a good start...

Wikipedia said this about film noir:

"Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations.

Hollywood's classic film noir period is generally regarded as stretching from the early 1940's to the late 1950's." That about nails it!

Read more Wikipedia on film noir here.


LADY IN THE LAKE-Christmas Noir-The US movie poster left much to be desired.


The Belgian on the other hand, has an interesting allure.

It might be that sense one gets when you are staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver.

Adapted from one of Raymond Chandler’s novels of the same name, it was directed by its star Robert Montgomery.

It has been suggested that the film might have been better if Montgomery chose not to direct it. He went on to direct himself in three other movies, then that was it as a director.

One can only wonder why. In this movie he plays the gumshoe Philip Marlowe.

A couple of Chandler gems in the script were, Adrienne (Audrey Totter) to Marlowe, "Do you fall in love with all of your clients? Only the ones in skirts".

"Perhaps you'd better go home and play with your fingerprint collection.

"and "That wasn't for nothing.

No, it was for five hundred bucks, and you got a little piece of my soul, along with my services.

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A Dark Website called:

Where Danger Lives...

A Dark Website called:

Film Noir Board-

Looking at the classic film noir "The Kid Glove Killer."

You can watch the film complete here over there on >

A Dark Website

called: Der-Film Noir...German Noir Website

[Cont...Kid Glove Killer (1942) Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt, Lee Bowman, Samuel S. Hinds, John Litel, ]

Blu-Ray.Com -Home Of Blu-ray Releases

Blu-ray (pronounced Blue ray) is what Blu-ray .com is all about. Blu-ray movies, Blu-ray players, Blu-ray reviews and news, you'll find everything right here.

For more information about Blu-ray (not Blue ray, Blu-Ray, or Blu-ray DVD), the official successor to DVD, see What is Blu-ray? or the Blu-ray FAQ.


Quai des Orfèvres .:

Henri-Georges Clouzot directed this (often overlooked) classic thriller.

The artwork for this French movie poster in a word is, "lustrous".

The image of the imposing Louis Jouvet peering down on images of the central characters and the funky geometric line drawings is brilliant.




The outstanding Elia Kazan ("On the Waterfront" (1954)

"A Street Car Named Desire" (1951)) directed this little thriller that starred Richard Widmark as Clint Reed MD, Barbara Bel Geddes

and the masterful Jack Palance as the "rotten to the core" bad guy, Blackie.

TheUS movie poster was a very weak design. We really like this Spanish version for its design and artwork.

Palance looks great in profile hiding behind a wall clutching a handgun.



The 10 Best Films of 1945

50 shades: cinema’s greatest sunglasses -including Ellen Berent too !

Are Marcello Mastroianni’s sunglasses in Fellini’s 8½ the most stylish shades in film history ?

We think so, but there’s plenty of competition…

50 shades: cinema’s greatest-

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