Film Noir Category

Posted On November 18, 2016By TilIn Crime, Drama, Film Noir

Whispering City (1947)

A reporter hears that a famous actress is dying in a hospital after being hit by a car. She goes to the hospital to interview the actress, who tells the reporter that her wealthy fiance, who was killed in an accident several years before, was actually murdered. Before long the reporter finds herself in a web of corruption, mental illness and murder. (Plot summary by frankfob2@yahoo.com)   Director: Writer: Editor: W.L. Bagier, Richard J. Jarvis 90to5 Editor: 90to5 Editor Website: – 90to5 Editor Bio: – Chose this because it isRead More

Posted On November 1, 2016By TilIn Crime, Drama, Film Noir

Man in the Vault (1956)

There’s $200,000 in a Los Angeles safety-deposit box that mobster Willis Trent would like to have, so he gets two-timing, double-dealing Flo Randall to get the box number for him Showbox. He offers locksmith Tommy Dancer $5,000 to make the key but Tommy refuses. Trent threatens to harm Tommy’s girl friend, Betty Turner, and Tommy gives in and goes to the bank. In a few nerve-racking minutes, Tommy makes the key and pockets the $200,000 for himself. Trent sends word that he has kidnapped Betty and the ransom is $200,000.Read More
Picture of Woman on the Run (1950)

Posted On November 18, 2014By TilIn Crime, Drama, Film Noir

Woman on the Run (1950)

Frank Johnson (Ross Elliott), sole witness to a gangland murder, goes into hiding and is trailed by Police Inspector Ferris (Robert Keith), on the theory that Frank is trying to escape from possible retaliation. Frank’s wife, Eleanor (Ann Sheridan), suspects he is actually running away from their unsuccessful marriage. Aided by a newspaperman, Danny Leggett (Dennis O’Keefe), Eleanor sets out to locate her husband. The killer is also looking for him, and keeps close tabs on Eleanor. (Plot summary written by Les Adams – longhorn1939@suddenlink.net) Director: Mike Jacobs Writer: MikeRead More
Picture of The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Posted On November 15, 2014By TilIn Drama, Film Noir

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

In 1928, young heiress Martha Ivers fails to run off with friend Sam Masterson, and is involved in fatal events. Years later, Sam returns to find Martha the power behind Iverstown and married to “good boy” Walter O’Neil, now district attorney. At first, Sam is more interested in displaced blonde Toni Marachek than in his boyhood friends; but they draw him into a convoluted web of plotting and cross-purposes. (Plot summary written by Written by Rod Crawford – puffinus@u.washington.edu) Director: Lewis Milestone Writer: Robert Rossen (screenplay), John Patrick (story “LoveRead More

Posted On November 15, 2014By TilIn Crime, Drama, Film Noir, Mystery

Quicksand (1950)

Motor mechanic Dan Brady lacks funds for a heavy date with new waitress Vera, the type whose life’s ambition is a fur coat; so he embezzles twenty dollars from his employer. To make up the shortage, he goes in debt for a hundred. Thereafter, every means he tries to get out of trouble only gets him deeper into crime, while everyone he meets is out for what they can get. (Plot summary written by Written by Rod Crawford – puffinus@u.washington.edu) Director: Irving Pichel Writer: Robert Smith Editor: Walter Thompson 90to5Read More
picture of The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Posted On August 25, 2014By TilIn Crime, Film Noir, Thriller

The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Two friends on a fishing trip pick up a stranded motorist who turns out to be a psychotic escaped convict. This sociopath has already murdered other good Samaritans in his efforts to evade authorities. He sadistically taunts and threatens the two men and perversely delights in telling them that he has them both marked for death sometime before the end of the trip. His destination is a ferryboat in Baja, California, which he hopes will help him get to the mainland. The hostages hope to stay alive long enough toRead More
5 Minute Edit of The Amazing Mr. X (1948)

Posted On November 13, 2013By TilIn Film Noir, Thriller

The Amazing Mr. X (1948)

On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf…then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about such things. After more ghostly manifestations, Christine and younger sister Janet become enmeshed in the eerie artifices of Alexis; but he in turn finds himself manipulated into deeper deviltry than he had in mind… (Plot summary written by Rod Crawford – puffinus@u.washington.edu) Runtime original: 01:18:00 —> Runtime at 90to5: 00:05:40 Director: Bernard Vorhaus Writer: CraneRead More

Posted On October 24, 2013By TilIn Crime, Drama, Film Noir, Thriller

The Big Combo (1955)

The Police Lt. Leonard Diamond of the 93 Precinct is obsessed to find evidences against the hoodlum Mr. Brown and unsuccessfully exceeds the budget after four years of investigation with his partner, Detective Sam Hill. Police Capt. Peterson orders him to stop the investigation, telling that his obsession is personal since he has fallen in love with Brown’s mistress Susan Lowell. But Susan tries to commit suicide and Diamond convinces his chief to follow one last lead, the name Alicia babbled by Susan in the hospital. The powerful Mr. BrownRead More