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Noir/Crime Flicks

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Here’s a few Noir/Crime flicks that I’ve listed. All worth a watch. Dated throw backs. But they all have something that makes them watchable. Cool characters, they look great, great lines, memorable performances. Character actor city. Some cornball dialogue and some forgettable stuff but that’s part of the charm. Lots of bad guys and gals. Black and white cinematography, lots of shadows and cigarette smoking. A few punches to the head and plenty of lip locks. A genre in films that I really dig. Crime and more crime.

Turn down the lights, get some snacks and turn the clock back a few decades to catch some of these entertaining films. “So ya think you’re a tough guy huh?”

D.O.A.

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Edmund O’Brien goes to San Francisco to have a weekend of fun and ends up on a bender that is going to kill him. O’Brien is great. It has a Twilight Zone feel. Neville Brand is one of the bad guys and he is all teeth and crazy.  ‘If I was a man I’d punch your dirty face in”. It ain’t Shakespeare.

 

The Narrow Margin

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This is one of my favorites from this bunch. Charles McGraw is perfect in this stuff. Poster boy. Charles picks up a prize witness in a mob case and takes her back to L.A. on the train to testify. Great setting for this to play out. Mary Windsor is a hard case who goes toe to toe with the all business McGraw. Lots of bad asses and twists and a kid that I was hoping Charles would throw off the train. Everything I like. Bad guys, smoking, snappy one liners and great chemistry between the two leads. Get hard boiled on the train.

 

The Set-Up

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Boxing mixed into the Noir thing. Lots of dated corny stuff but great camera work and the black and white cinematography enhances this one. Worth the watch just for Robert Ryan’s performance. Down and out fighter set up to lose a fight except the fighter has different ideas. Ryan’s good and looks like he spent some time in the squared circle. Not so much the other fighters.

 

His Kind Of Woman

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Down on his luck gambler gets a proposition to go to Mexico. Basically 50 grand to take a holiday or so he thinks. It’s the old deal “if it seems to good to be true it probably is”. It’s all a set up with lots of bad guys (Charles McGraw again) , Jane Russell doing her thing, great location and some of that dialogue I like. Vincent Price shows up. It was like he was working on a comedy movie and walked onto the set of this one. Goofy but it worked for me. Oh yeah, Robert Mitchum is the lead and he was made for this kind of movie.

On Dangerous Ground

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City cop is on the edge from dealing with to much of the bad side of life. The job is getting to him or it has got to him. He’s a good cop but getting out of control with his violence. He needs a break and is sent upstate to help with a case in the country. While up there he runs into a woman who may help him get back on track. From the dark, wet streets to the big open spaces the film is shot beautifully and pairs Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino which can only make a film worth watching. I wouldn’t want Robert Ryan pissed off at me.

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29 comments on “Noir/Crime Flicks

  1. tref
    March 24, 2019

    Very nice CB-h — RE-posted on twitter @trefology

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 24, 2019

      tref, thanks for spreading the words on these entertaining films. I figured a hard boiled “Private Eye” like yourself would be on it.

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  2. hotfox63
    March 24, 2019

    Thanks CB, for this stylish homage. Neuroses, psychoses, dangerous chain smokers and guys who can handle more than one high-proof drink.

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  3. Jim S.
    March 24, 2019

    You are talking my friend Bill’s language. He loves this noir stuff. There’s a theater in Cambridge that traffics in this stuff but the schedule is kinda weak on it lately. ‘Night in the City,’ ‘Postman,’ and ‘Double Indemnity’ are some classics. And ‘Chinatown’ is a much more recent example.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 24, 2019

      “Kinda weak lately”. I think it might be losing it’s foot hold. Like you and the blues maybe we can stir a little interest. In the mean time I eat it up. I’ll be featuring more.
      Yeah I’ve done takes on all those films you mentioned. Plan on getting to ‘Postman’ soon.

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      • Jim S.
        March 24, 2019

        Sometimes we try to stir up interest and people just don’t wanna know. I suspect though that that theater will so some more sooner rather than later. They did a whole Mitchum series last year. I wanted to go but I was out of town. I dragged some friends there to see Orson Welles’ ‘Othello.’ They hated it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 24, 2019

        Like it says on CB’s log line “he digs this stuff”. If someone else picks up on it great. I’m lucky Doc because my Gal really likes it too. Like I said on the Mitchum/Russel flick, he was made for this stuff. More Bob to come. Another cool thing is you get see guys like Lee Marvin when they are just starting out. Playing bad asses.
        Welles is hit and miss with me. I really like ‘Touch Of Evil’
        Quit bugging me. I’m trying to lay a comment down on some guys ELO post.

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      • Jim S.
        March 24, 2019

        Heh! There’s a Welles movie on Netflix I keep meaning to catch. It’s called ‘The Other Side of the Wind.”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 24, 2019

        Yes it’s on the radar. A buddy said it’s worth a watch.

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  4. Yeah, Another Blogger
    March 24, 2019

    There ought to be a TV or streaming network that creates a big batch of new noir films. Show one of them every Friday at 10PM. That would be great!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 24, 2019

      Friday is “Noir Night” at my pad. I’m lucky because my Gal likes them even more than I do. 10PM? That’s getting a little late for guys like us . Maybe I should speak for myself. Meet you under the bridge at midnight.

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    • greenpete58
      March 25, 2019

      They’re generally not “new” noir films, but Turner Classic Movies features Noir Alley every Sat. at midnight (when else?). It’s hosted by noir expert and historian Eddy Muller, who’s very good. The time spot is too late for me, but I usually record them, then watch later. Here’s the web link: http://noiralley.tcm.com/.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 25, 2019

        I’ve checked out Eddy’s takes a few times. He has some interesting tidbits on the films. He also features lost films that have been restored. You gotta like that. Not all the films he does grab me but he knows his stuff and I applaud him for keeping the flame burning or should I say for keeping it “Noir”. Good stuff Pete. Thanks for that.

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  5. greenpete58
    March 25, 2019

    Film noir is getting more and more popular these days. I just saw “High Sierra” (noir with a West setting) with Bogie and Ida Lupino over the weekend. Robert Ryan? The perfect noir heavy! What a great actor. Noir isn’t for everybody, it’s one of those “guilty pleasures,” but there have been several A-movie classics, such as what Jim touched on. Thanks for spotlighting it!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 25, 2019

      “Mad Dog” Earle. Bogie and Ida, Yeah that works. I’ve done takes on a few of my faves already. Lots more to come.
      These ones I featured here are lesser lights that don’t get the love I think they deserve. I have a few more of these for a later take. I’m a big Charles McGraw guy. That voice and his look are perfect. Remember him from ‘Spartacus’? He was about as far away from a Roman as you could get but he still worked.

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  6. 1537
    March 25, 2019

    Night of the Hunter? or that one about trucking – that was a good film.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 25, 2019

      ‘Night of the Hunter’ will get it’s own personal touch. Mitchum again. Trucking? The Bogie one? ‘They Drive By Night’? ‘Thunder Road’ with Mitchums a good one also. How about ‘On a Foggy ,Dark, Night With a Wet Cigarette” staring 1537, Anne Margret and CB.

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  7. Chris
    April 5, 2019

    I’ve watched the 1990 remake of Narrow Margin w/ Gene Hackman. A suspenseful train thriller, loosely based on the 1952 version. Should check out the original some time.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 5, 2019

      I’ve seen most of Hackman’s work. Not the remake of ‘Margin’. The original is a good intro into this low budget. McGraw and Windsor will open up a window for you of a couple of really good actors that didn’t get the notice CB thought they should. McGraw has the voice and presence for this stuff

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  8. J.
    April 12, 2019

    Love some noir. Think I’ve only seen D.O.A. of these. Archive.org used to host a few goodies that had fell into the public domain.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 12, 2019

      You are on the right track. I love this stuff more and more. You have to sift out some duds (personal tastes) but the’re are always lots of good ones like the ones I’ve listed. I just watched one where bad guy Jack Elam must of got slapped a dozen times in the film. Thing is, he deserved it.

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      • J.
        April 15, 2019

        Have you seen Suddenly? Probably your run of the mill stuff, but it’s very enjoyable. I thought so anyway. Impact is another that I liked a whole lot… and aye, there’s a whole load of slapping in those movies, eh?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 16, 2019

        Just looked up ‘Suddenly’. On the list it goes. I have ‘Impact’ in my stash. To watch real soon . Thanks.
        Peter Lorre getting slapped by Bogie.
        “I don’t have to take that”
        “You’re going to take and like it”

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      • J.
        April 16, 2019

        Suddenly is great. Well, I think so anyway. My wife and I watched a bunch of them a few years back… Noir Sundays.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 16, 2019

        Noir Fridays around here.

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      • J.
        April 17, 2019

        A perfect evening for some noir, I reckon.

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  9. BuriedOnMars
    June 10, 2019

    Anything with Robert Mitchum in it is a must watch around here!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 10, 2019

      Same here on the Mitchum front. Him and Robert Ryan are a couple go to guys for me.
      Mars here’s a little tidbit. Charles McGraw (A crime/Noir vet) who is a CB fave is up there with the two Roberts. In Spartacus he plays the gladiator instructor. He’ has a voice like a gravel road.

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