Category Archives: Noir Saturdays

Noir Saturday: Native Son

Here’s tonight’s noir, Native Son. One of the most controversial novels of its day, Richard Wright’s Native Son (first published in 1940) exposed the injustices of urban African-American life, witnessed through the eyes of Bigger Thomas, whose violent tendencies and … Continue reading

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Noir Saturday: No Noir This Week

No noir on Noir Alley this week, but this is one of my favorite new noir, Brick. It’s actually really good and you should check it out. After receiving a frantic phone call from his ex-girlfriend, teenage loner Brendan Frye … Continue reading

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Noir Saturday: The Killer that Stalked New York

In New York, Sheila Bennet (Evelyn Keyes) and her spouse, Matt Krane (Charles Korvin), are trying to unload a trove of rare jewels they smuggled into America from Cuba, but the police are hot on the couple’s trail. Meanwhile, government … Continue reading

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Noir Saturday: The Killers

Here’s tonight’s noir, The Killers. Two hitmen kill an ex-getaway driver, then hunt for the money he purportedly stole in a previous robbery. They probe their victim’s past, seeking clues on the robbery that should have made them rich. Check … Continue reading

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Noir Saturday:Born To Kill

Here’s tonight’s noir, Born to Kill Drifter Sam Wilde (Lawrence Tierney) murders a Reno, Nev., boardinghouse owner and her boyfriend in a fit of jealousy. Tenant Helen Brent (Claire Trevor) discovers the bodies, but instead of reporting the crime, she … Continue reading

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Noir Saturday: Witness to Murder

Here’s tonight’s noir. From her window, Cheryl Draper (Barbara Stanwyck) sees a neighbor, Albert Richter (George Sanders), murder a young woman. When Cheryl goes to the police, they cannot find any evidence because Richter has hidden the body. Cheryl persists … Continue reading

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Noir Saturday: The Glass Key

Here’s tonight’s noir with the beautiful Veronica Lake. In this slick updating of Dashiell Hammet’s crime novel, political boss Paul Madvig (Brian Donlevy) falls for reform politician Ralph Henry’s attractive daughter Janet (Veronica Lake), despite the caution of his best … Continue reading

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Noir Saturday: The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry

Here’s tonight’s noir. A 1945 thriller directed by Robert Siodmak and produced by Joan Harrison (who scripted several Hitchcock features during the 40s and produced his 50s TV show). A small-town bachelor (George Sanders) dominated by his two sisters plans … Continue reading

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Noir Saturday: The Unsuspected

Here’s tonight’s noir, The Unsuspected. A woman is found dead in what seems to be a suicide at the estate of radio host Victor Grandison (Claude Rains). Grandison, who reads chilling murder mysteries on the radio, is at first suspected … Continue reading

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Noir Saturday: The Burglar

Wow! Here’e tonight’s noir, The Buglar Professional burglar Nat Harbin (Dan Duryea) and his two associates, Baylock (Peter Capell) and Dohmer (Mickey Shaughnessy), set their sights on wealthy spiritualist Sister Sarah (Phoebe Mackay), who has inherited a fortune—including a renowned … Continue reading

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