Film Noir

Crime

Stranger, The (1946)

Edward G. Robinson pursues a nazi war criminal named Franz Kindler. He thinks it’s the kindly college professor played by Orson Welles. Only a dead man can link him to the crimes… or is it his own obsessions that will finally be his undoing. If you haven’t caught this film, this is a keeper in the realm of public domain films.

Drama

Strange Loves of Martha Ivers,The (1946)

Martha Ivers tried to get away from her aunt. She and her friend Sam were caught by the police and returns. When Mrs. Ivers attacks Martha’s pet cat with her cane; Martha intervenes and accidentally kills her aunt. After this, the movie is a great film noir full of blackmail and intrigue..

Crime

D.O.A. (1950)

D.O.A. (1950), a film noir drama film directed by Rudolph Mata, 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 – before he dies.

Crime

Parole Inc. (1950)

An expose of the bribery of parole board officials by the underworld to obtain the illegal release of hardened gangsters from prison. The government sends FBI agent Richard Hendricks, at the request of the state governor, to investigate.

Crime

Scar, The (1948)

If you wanted a really good example of a film noir from 1948, the Scar is for you. It was also known as Hollow Triumph. The main character is a guy named John Mueller and he’s assuming a new identity to avoid getting whacked by a mobster he robbed. But as they say, Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes. Of course, that is usually the plot motivation of a noir. This one sports really good production values, a decent plot and Joan Bennett.