San Francisco private detective Sam Spade takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette, with the stakes rising after his partner is murdered. [more inside]
A major heist goes off as planned, but then double crosses, bad luck and solid police work cause everything to unravel. [more inside]
Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer. [more inside]
A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. [more inside]
Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot. [more inside]
The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing. [more inside]
Sadistic killer-for-hire Raven becomes enraged when his latest job is paid off in marked bills. Vowing to track down his double-crossing boss, nightclub executive Gates, Raven sits beside Gates' lovely new employee, Ellen, on a train out of town. Although Ellen is engaged to marry the police lieutenant who's hunting down Raven, she decides to try and set the misguided hit man straight as he hides from the cops and plots his revenge. [more inside]
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating. [more inside]
Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. [more inside]
A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence. [more inside]
Next up, on Monday, June 13, is Orson Welles's Touch of Evil, widely considered to mark the end of the classic film noir era:
Welles' Mexican border-town B-movie classic Touch of Evil (1958) is generally considered the last film in the classic cycle of film noirs. It starred Charlton Heston as Vargas - a naive Mexican-American narcotics cop, Janet Leigh as his imperiled, honeymooning wife Susan, and Welles' own corrupt and corpulent local cop Hank Quinlan. The film also featured a comeback appearance by cigar-smoking bordello madam Marlene Dietrich, and a breathtaking opening credits sequence filmed in a single-take.--Filmsite.org [more inside]
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." [more inside]
Next Film Noir Club Selection is Robert Aldrich's 1955 masterpiece Kiss Me Deadly, found streaming here in HD on YouTube. This selection will be posted Thursday, June 9.
A larcenous undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood and the cops. [more inside]
Next feature in the Film Noir club is 1954's Pushover starring Fred MacMurray, E.G. Marshall, and introducing Kim Novak. Streaming here on YouTube, going to post this on Tuesday, June 7. [more inside]
The Film Noir Club is back with this gem from Sam Fuller: The Naked Kiss, streaming here on YouTube.
Kelly, a prostitute, finds redemption in the town of Grantville, where she arrives working as a medium-time seller. [more inside]
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. But Dixon's vicious nature will get the better of him. Movie found here on YouTube. [more inside]
A police lieutenant is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend, who despises him, for information instead. Full movie here on YouTube. [more inside]
Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why. Full movie on YouTube found here. [more inside]
Next installment will be D.O.A., the Edmond O'Brien classic from 1950. Anyone have a hankering for something else? Different viewing schedule? I was just gonna post one per week and try to stick to what's streaming for free on YouTube for the time being. Thoughts?
Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble--"Fate, or some mysterious force, can put the finger on you or me for no good reason at all." [more inside]