Great Guy is a 1936 crime film starring James Cagney and Mae Clarke. In the film, an honest inspector for the New York Department of Weights and Measures takes on corrupt merchants and politicians. Great Guy was the first of two films James Cagney made for independent film company Grand National Pictures, after he successfully broke his contract with Warner… Read more →
For You I Die is a 1947 American film noir directed by John Reinhardt and featuring Cathy Downs, Paul Langton, Mischa Auer and Roman Bohnen. By John Reinhardt (https://archive.org/details/ForYouIDie) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
The Amazing Mr. X (1948), also known as The Spiritualist, is a film noir directed by Bernard Vorhaus with cinematography by John Alton. Like Nightmare Alley (1947), this film tells the story of a phony spiritualist racket. The film is prominently featured in Alton’s book on cinematography Painting with Light (1949). The film stars Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O’Donnell,… Read more →
Detour is a 1945 film noir thriller that stars Tom Neal and Ann Savage. The film was adapted by Martin Goldsmith and Martin Mooney (uncredited) from Goldsmith’s novel of the same name and was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. The 68-minute film was released by the Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC), one of the so-called “poverty row” film studios in mid-twentieth… Read more →
D.O.A. (1950), a film noir drama film directed by Rudolph Maté, is considered a classic of the genre. The frantically paced plot revolves around a doomed man’s quest to find out who has poisoned him, and why. The film stars Edmond O’Brien and Pamela Britton. Leo C. Popkin produced D.O.A. for his short-lived Cardinal Pictures, but failed to renew the… Read more →
The Stranger is a 1946 American film noir directed by Orson Welles and starring Welles, Edward G. Robinson, and Loretta Young. The film was based on a screenplay written by Victor Trivas, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Sam Spiegel (credited as “S.P. Eagle”) was the film’s producer, and the film’s musical score is by Bronisław Kaper. The film… Read more →
A small time hood becomes the protégé of the biggest mob boss in town. Harry Fraser / Public domain Info.