Archive for the ‘noir’ Category

Jack Nicholson (J. J. Gittes), Faye Dunaway (Evelyn Mulwray), John Huston (Noah Cross). Screenplay by Robert Towne. Directed by Roman Polanski. Rating: 15. Running time: 130 minutes. Oh the plight of the amateur film critic. The plight of any film critic! What are we to do when facing beasts as grand as Chinatown? Nothing I am capable […]

Richard Widmark (Clint Reed), Paul Douglas (Tom Warren), Barbara Bel Geddes (Nancy Reed), Jack Palance (Blackie). Screenplay by Richard Murphy. Directed by Elia Kazan. Running time: 96 minutes.  Panic In The Streets is a little like Shutter Island: a top draw director taking the break he is entitled to, making a B-movie genre piece for the […]

Robert Mitchum (Jeff Bailey), Jane Greer (Kathie Moffat), Kirk Douglas (Whit Sterling), Rhonda Fleming (Meta Carson). Screenplay by Daniel Mainwaring. Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Rating: PG. Running time: 97 minutes. Stark dark-light contrasts, femme fatales, girls with guns, men in hats, criminal pasts, cigarettes, blackmail, murder, deception, twists and turns, passionless romance, stale kissing, frequent […]

Ingrid Bergman (Dr. Constance Petersen), Gregory Peck (John Ballantyne). Screenplay by Ben Hecht. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 111 minutes. Good Lord, what a surprising fright! I thought Gregory Peck only played gentlemen? Apparently not, for here he arrives on our screen as a maniacal amnesiac with the hunch he murdered a […]

Ingrid Bergman (Alicia Huberman), Cary Grant (Devlin), Claude Rains (Alexander Sebastian). Screenplay by Ben Hecht. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: U. Running time: 101 minutes. Classical Hollywood is not supposed to do real romance, and it’s as simple as that. I have voiced this opinion many times before, but it’s worth reiterating just how forced, […]

Alan Ladd (Philip Raven), Veronica Lake (Ellen Graham), Robert Preston (Michael Crane). Screenplay by Albert Malz et al. Directed by Frank Tuttle. Rating: PG. Running time: 80 minutes. Now this is a noir with real gusto, and a villain to genuinely fear. The all too delicious duo of Ladd and Lake pays huge dividends here, capitalising […]

Alan Ladd (Johnny Morrison), Veronica Lake (Joyce Harwood). Screenplay by Raymond Chandler. Directed by George Marshall. Rating: PG. Running time: 96 minutes. Bizarrely relaxed noir ‘thriller’ which could do with a good kick up the backside, The Blue Dahlia goes through the motions of carving out a murder mystery with the help of a handful of […]