Category Archives: Film Noir

A discussion of the film noir genre

AT LAST, I MADE IT TO NOIRCON

Every two years, the intrepid Lou Boxer assembles a wild cast of characters in a little community playhouse in Philadelphia and calls it NoirCon. For several days every other autumn, Philly becomes the epicenter of all things noir. Lou is a major David Goodis enthusiast, and since both he and Goodis are natives of Philadelphia, […]

“DETOUR”, THE NOVEL

If you’re familiar with the 1945 film noir classic, DETOUR, check out the novel on which it was based. Written by Martin M Goldsmith in 1939, the novel is every bit as good as the film. There are several editions of this book on Amazon right now, but the others are poorly edited and formatted. […]

FILM NOIR, MY TOP 10, POST-1970 (2014 edition)

Here we go again. Everyone line up as we get ready to board the 2014 train for another trip down my own personal memory lane of favorite films noir from 1970 to the present. As I’m sure you all know, I’ve done a list of pre-1970 noirs which included such classics as Out Of The Past, […]

THE STUFF DREAMS ARE MADE OF

The other day, I read where somebody paid $4 million for the original Maltese Falcon used in the classic John Huston film. They actually had around three or four, I think, for the film, but only one saw any screen time, and that’s supposedly the one that went for the big bucks. You really have […]

PLEASE COME BACK, IDA LUPINO

Paul D Brazill shared this video on Facebook today and I felt it was worth posting here. It’s the one and only Ida Lupino singing One For My Baby in the great film noir Road House (1948) with Richard Widmark and Cornel Wilde. I believe she’s really singing in this scene, as opposed to lip-synching, and […]

REVIEW: “STORM WARNING”

Ginger Rogers? Ronald Reagan? Doris Day? Must be some frothy Hollywood comedy. Certainly can’t be anything close to film noir. What really surprised me about this powerful 1951 noir classic is that not only had I never seen it, I had never even heard of it. It had sailed completely under my radar all these […]

REVIEW: “GUN CRAZY”

From the moment Peggy Cummins walks onscreen in Gun Crazy (1950), decked out in a cute cowgirl outfit and firing two pistols into the air, you know she’s going to control everything around her and make you forget everyone else in this movie. If only John Dall’s character knew that, he could’ve saved himself a […]

REVIEW: “MILDRED PIERCE”

I just received my Blu-Ray boxed set of Mildred Pierce, the HBO miniseries from 2011 directed by Todd Haynes. Nominated for twenty-one Emmys and winner of five, it’s a powerful story of a world-weary woman striving against odds for a better life. I had seen it when it originally aired several months ago and promptly […]

THE MEN OF FILM NOIR

Heath Lowrance, author of  the novel The Bastard Hand and a short story collection called Dig Ten Graves, as well as the individual short story, That Damned Coyote Hill, has asked yours truly to write a post for his blog. There were “No Rules”, no word count limit, no assigned topic, no nothing. Just whatever I […]

AND NOW FOR A LITTLE HERESY…

Okay, everyone get your tomatoes ready to throw at me. I’m a sitting duck for this one. I watched the 1967 film noir, Point Blank the other night. Believe it or not, I had never seen this film, although I’d always wanted to. It has rarely been on television and no one I know owns a copy […]