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Film Noir: All-Time Great Crime Dramas
"Perhaps you remember seeing one of these films in a theater, or on television. The tough hero, the sultry heroine, a murder or two...all in glorious black and white. See if you can identify these terrific films from the clues I've given."
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This classic 1944 film was directed by Otto Preminger. A girl is murdered...but is she really dead? Detective Mark McPherson (played by Dana Andrews) investigates the case, and falls in love with her portrait.
In this 1953 Fritz Lang film, Police Detective Bannion (Glenn Ford) is investigating a fellow officer's suicide. Then, he's ordered off the case. A bomb, planted by the Mob, kills Bannion's wife, and all hell breaks loose.
The Big Chill
The Big Heat
The Big Clock
The Big Steal
This 1951 film is directed by Joseph Losey. Van Heflin plays an unhappy cop, who falls for another man's wife (Evelyn Keyes). He cooks up a creepy scheme to get rid of the husband - and then things get complicated.
This 1949 film is set in Vienna, just after World War II. The city is in ruins. Pulp writer Holly Martins is trying to find his old friend Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, and finds that Lime is dead. Or is he?
Murder in Vienna
The Lost Man
The Third Man
Where is Harry Lime?
A slick-talking preacher comes to town, and marries a local widow. There is a good sum of money hidden, and only the widow's children know where it is. The preacher wants that money!
The Night of the Hunter
The Night Watchman
Silent Night, Deadly Night
Terror by Night
Two men meet while traveling, and an ingenious plot for double murder is hatched between them - then - the double cross. Alfred Hitchcock directs this one, based on a book by Patricia Highsmith.
Strangers On a Train
Shadow of a Doubt
Dial M for Murder
An insurance agent, Walter Neff, is persuaded to help a woman murder her husband, and make it look like an accident. The plan is to collect his insurance money, but Neff's boss, the insurance claims manager, is becoming suspicious. Will the murderous couple get away with it?
Kiss Me Deadly
Ex G.I. Frank McCloud encounters trouble when he goes to the Florida Keys to pay a visit to a war widow and her father-in-law. A hurricane is about to hit, and a tough mob boss and his gang have taken over the family's hotel. It's up to a reluctant McCloud to save them from the bad guys.
Former private eye Jeff Bailey wants to leave his secret past behind and begin a new life in another town, but the past catches up with him. The gangster he betrayed wants Jeff to work for him again, and Kathie, the beautiful and conniving girl he fell in love with, is still very much in the picture. Will he make the same mistake twice?
Out of the Past
Mexican drug agent Mike Vargas and his new wife Susan are on their honeymoon, passing though Los Robles, a sleazy town on the Mexican-American border. A bomb is placed in a car, and it explodes near them. Sheriff Quinlan arrives, and Vargas ends up in the middle of the bombing investigation, with his wife in grave danger.
Touch of Evil
Duel in the Sun
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