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  • 6 years ago

    Dir. Boris Ingster (1940). Not to be missed! Often considered the first true noir, this remarkable B-picture is set in an urban nightworld of dreams that blur the border between illusion and reality and demonstrates the clearest influence of Germa...

  • 6 years ago

    Dir. Frank Capra (1941). Columnist Barbara Stanwyck invents a cynical stunt newspaper story about a tramp intent on killing himself to protest the state of the world and Gary Cooper turns up to fill the role of puppet social reformer. Beautifully ...

  • 6 years ago

    Dir. Marshall Neilan (1934). Damon Runyon's guys and dolls are at the races in veteran Neilan's chuckle-inducing flick starring staccato Lee Tracy as a tipster who leaves the track with the law at his heels and loses his heart to small town sweeti...

  • 6 years ago

    Dir. Ben Stoloff (1934). A flashy vehicle for machine gun mouth Lee Tracy whose character is based on New York's flamboyant and disgraced Jazz Age Mayor Jimmy Walker who was forced to resign in 1932 in a corruption scandal, this is a fascinating p...

  • 6 years ago

    Dir. Nathan Juran (1957). Nothing wrong with Juran's direction of actors, but the prime attraction of any of stop motion effects wizard Ray Harryhausen's flicks is always the work of that great artist. This is the one about the egg from Venus hatc...

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    Dir. John Farrow (1948). Set mostly in the headquarters of a large publishing firm, this cleverly-plotted noir stars Charles Laughton, brilliant in the role of a monomoniacal tycoon tyrant publisher, and Ray Milland as his trusted editor who has w...


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