Film Noir: The Dark Side – Blu-ray Edition

film noir dark side of cinemaFilm Noir was a popular genre that occupied itself with crime dramas and ran in Hollywood from the early Forties until the late Fifties. The films in this collection are from the latter part of the era. All are of high quality and if you do not own them individually then this collection is a cheap way to get your hands on them all.

 

Collection Roster:

He Ran All the Way [Blu-ray] – starring John Garfield, Shelley Winters (1951)

Small-time crook Nick Robey (John Garfield – The Postman Always Rings Twice,Gentlemen’s Agreement) and his partner Al Molin (Norman Lloyd – Dead Poets Society, Spellbound) plan a heist. During the course of robbing $10,000 Al is killed by a policeman and Nick shoots the policeman gravely injuring him. In order to escape capture Nick uses a lonely woman (Shelley Winters – Alfie, A Place in the Sun) to keep him out of the spotlight.

Witness to Murder [Blu-ray] – starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders (1954)

A woman (Barbara Stanwyk – Double Indemnity, The Lady Eve) is thought to be a lunatic when she claims she witnessed a murder from her window. Soon she is being stalked by the killer (George Sanders – Rebecca, All About Eve). Her only hope is a cop (Gary Merrill – Twelve O’Clock High, Where the Sidewalk Ends) who seems to believe her.

Big House, U.S.A. [Blu-ray] – starring Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker (1955)

The young son (Peter J. Votrian – Fear Strikes Out, Crime in the Streets) of a wealthy man (Willis Bouchey – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Big Heat) runs away. He is found in the forest by Jerry Barker (Ralph Meeker – Paths of Glory, The Dirty Dozen), who decides to ask for a ransom for the boy. After getting the money but before returning the boy he dies.

A Bullet For Joey (1955) [Blu-ray] – starring Edward G. Robinson, George Raft (1955)

Wanting what a respected physicist, Dr. Carl Macklin (George Dolenz – The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), has discovered, a foreign power hires American gangster Joe Victor (George Raft – Ocean’s Eleven – 1960, Some Like It Hot). Victor is a gangster who was deported from the United States and is now living in Lisbon. A communist spy (Peter van Eyck – The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, The Longest Day) approaches him with a job offer he cannot resist as it gives him the means to return to his beloved home country. In order to pull off the kidnapping, Victor sets up shop in Canada and then contacts his old gang to tell them they have a job. They then attempt to pull off the kidnapping.

 

A Canadian police R.C.M.P. inspector, Raoul Leduc (Edward G. Robinson – Who Has Seen the Wind?, The Ten Commandments), begins to investigate a murder and finds himself in the midst of this international intrigue. When he starts getting close, Victor and his gang bring out their special weapon – a beautiful blonde named Joyce (Audrey Trotter – The Postman Always Rings Twice – 1946, The Carpetbaggers). Joyce’s job is to get close to the scientist by any means possible. It becomes a game of cat and mouse between the Canadian inspector and the American gangster.

 

Storm Fear [Blu-ray] – starring Cornell Wilde, Dan Duryea (1955)

Both Joan Crawford and Jack Palance earned Academy Award nominations for their performances in the film.

 

An actor (Jack Palance – City Slickers, Tango & Cash) worms his way into the life of a female playwright (Joan Crawford – Mildred Pierce, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?).  Even going so far as marrying her.  Behind the scenes he and his mistress are plotting how to kill her.

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