Forgotten Jewels of Film Noir

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1.
The Doorway to Hell (1930)
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Lou Ricarno is a smart guy. His plan is to organize the various gangs in Chicago so that the mugs will not liquidate each other... (78 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
2.
Bullets or Ballots (1936)
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After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner former detective Johnny Blake knocks him... (82 mins.)
 
3.
Johnny Eager (1941)
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District Attorney's daughter falls in love with a gangster the D.A. is trying to put in jail. (107 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
4.
Out of the Fog (1941)
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In Brooklyn, fishing is the hobby of the workers Jonah Goodwin and Olaf Johnson and they use to fish every night in their old boat... (85 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
5.
All Through the Night (1941)
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Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs. (107 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
6.
Christmas Holiday (1944)
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A young femme fatale-type woman realizes that the wealthy man she married is an incorrigible wastrel. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
7.
Guest in the House (1944)
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A young manipulative woman moves in with her fiances family and turns a happy household against itself. (121 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
 
8.
The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
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Mystery writer Cornelius Leyden becomes intrigued when the murdered body of a vicious career criminal washes up in the Bosphorus. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
9.
Conflict (1945)
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An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister. (86 mins.)
 
10.
Black Angel (1946)
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When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband. (81 mins.)
 
11.
The Verdict (1946)
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After an innocent man is executed in a case he was responsible for, a Scotland Yard superintendent finds himself investigating the murder of his key witness. (86 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
12.
Deadline at Dawn (1946)
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When a woman he meets is murdered, a soon to be drafted sailor has until dawn to find the killer, aided by a weary dance hall girl. (83 mins.)
Director: Harold Clurman
 
13.
Night Editor (1946)
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"Night Editor" was based on the already existing radio program in which a newspaper editor would recount... (68 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
 
14.
The Web (1947)
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An attorney acting as a body guard, apparently kills a man in defense of his employer's life, and later believes the victim was set up to be murdered. (87 mins.)
Director: Michael Gordon
 
15.
They Won't Believe Me (1947)
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During courtroom drama, philandering California stockbroker Larry Balantine, on trial for murdering his wife and girlfriend, takes the stand to explain those deaths as simply being accidents. (95 mins.)
Director: Irving Pichel
 
16.
The Devil Thumbs a Ride (1947)
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Law-abiding Jimmy Ferguson soon regrets giving a ride to killer Steve Morgan. (62 mins.)
Director: Felix Feist
 
17.
Fear in the Night (1947)
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A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real. (72 mins.)
Director: Maxwell Shane
 
18.
Framed (1947)
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Mike Lambert, seeking a mining job, instead becomes the patsy for a femme-fatale's schemes. (82 mins.)
Director: Richard Wallace
 
19.
Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)
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When phony stage mentalist Triton mysteriously acquires supernatural powers of precognition, he becomes frightened and abandons his act to live of anonymity. (81 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
20.
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)
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Fugitive Bill Saunders and lonely nurse Jane Wharton are crossed by fate when he hides out in her apartment. (79 mins.)
Director: Norman Foster
 
21.
The Dark Past (1948)
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An escaped psychopathic killer who takes the family and neighbors of police psychologist hostage reveals a recurring nightmare to the doctor. (75 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
22.
Trapped (1949)
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U.S. Treasury Department agents go after a ring of counterfeiters. (78 mins.)
 
23.
Red Light (1949)
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Nick Cherney, in prison for embezzling from Torno Freight Co., sees a chance to get back at Johnny Torno through his young priest brother Jess... (83 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
24.
Impact (1949)
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A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
25.
The Accused (1949)
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A beautiful psychology professor tries to hide a self-defense killing. (101 mins.)
 
26.
Too Late for Tears (1949)
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Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even it if means murder. (99 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
27.
The Underworld Story (1950)
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The story of the fight of a small-town newspaper to free an innocent girl of a murder charge, with the publisher of a metropolitan city newspaper heading, by forced circumstances, the opposing forces. (91 mins.)
Director: Cyril Endfield
 
28.
The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
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A New York socialite climbs the ladder of success man by man until a life among rich gangsters gives her what she thought she always wanted. (103 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
29.
Woman on the Run (1950)
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Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and... the real murderer. (77 mins.)
Director: Norman Foster
 
30.
No Man of Her Own (1950)
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In a mansion in Caulfield, Illinois, Patrice Harkness and Bill Harkness are waiting for the police. Meanwhile... (98 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
31.
Where Danger Lives (1950)
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A young doctor falls in love with a disturbed young woman, becomes involved in the death of her husband, and has to flee with her to the Mexican border. (82 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
32.
711 Ocean Drive (1950)
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An electronics expert creates a huge bookie broadcast system for his crime boss, and takes over operations when his boss is murdered. His greed leads him on a deadly destructive path. (102 mins.)
 
33.
Between Midnight and Dawn (1950)
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Prowl car cops on night duty romance a reluctant young lady while in danger from a vengeful racketeer. (89 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
34.
The Breaking Point (1950)
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An otherwise moral captain of a charter boat becomes financially strapped and is drawn into illegal activities in order to keep up payments on his boat. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
35.
The Mob (1951)
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Johnny Damico botches a murder case and is suspended from the force. In reality, he is put undercover to identify the mysterious boss of the NY waterfront who has murdered everyone in his way. Will Johnny be next in line? (87 mins.)
Director: Robert Parrish
 
36.
Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)
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A man who spent his formative years in prison for murder is released, and struggles to adjust to the outside world and escape his lurid past... (90 mins.)
Director: Felix Feist
 
37.
The Hoodlum (1951)
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Paroled sociopath career criminal Vincent Lubeck betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery. (61 mins.)
Director: Max Nosseck
 
38.
The Captive City (1952)
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A small town newspaperman's investigation into a local bookie operation turns up a web of organized crime. (91 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
39.
The Turning Point (1952)
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Jerry McKibbon is a tough, no nonsense reporter, mentoring special prosecutor John Conroy in routing out corrupt officials in the city, which may even include Conroy's own police detective father as a suspect. (85 mins.)
 
40.
99 River Street (1953)
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A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with. (83 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
41.
One Girl's Confession (1953)
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Another of the "Fate and Irony" films from director-writer-producer-actor Hugo Haas but this one has... (74 mins.)
Director: Hugo Haas
 
42.
City That Never Sleeps (1953)
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Johnny Kelly, who plans on resigning from the police force and leaving his wife the next day, has a very eventful last night on duty. (90 mins.)
Director: John H. Auer
 
43.
Naked Alibi (1954)
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A police chief fired for brutality, tries to get evidence on a man suspected of killing 3 police detectives. (86 mins.)
Director: Jerry Hopper
 
44.
Rogue Cop (1954)
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After witnessing a murder, honest cop Eddie Kelvaney is silenced by gangster Dan Beaumonte, prompting Eddie's brother, Detective Chris Kelvaney, to search for the killer. (92 mins.)
Director: Roy Rowland
 
45.
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
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Fed up with the inhumane prison living conditions, a general prison riot breaks out, leading to hostage-taking, a stand-off with the guards and eventual negotiations with the prison administration officials. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
46.
Storm Fear (1955)
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After being wounded by a bullet, bank robber Charlie Blake seeks shelter with his gang at his brother's mountain retreat. There he rekindles his romance with his brother's wife and reconnects with the boy he believes is his son. (88 mins.)
Director: Cornel Wilde
 
47.
Nightfall (1956)
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Through a series of bizarre coincidences artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers. (78 mins.)
 
48.
Edge of the City (1957)
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Two New York City longshoremen Axel Nordmann, an Army deserter and Tommy Tyler, an easy-going freight car loader whose growing friendship is threatened by Charles Malik, a notably repellent punk. (85 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
49.
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
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Dave Burke hires two very different debt-burdened men for a bank robbery. Suspicion and prejudice threaten to end their partnership. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise