Between 2005 and 2008 entertainment conglomerate Twentieth-Century Fox released 26 DVDs in its so-called Film Noir Series. I bought a bunch of these over the years. And while DVDs may be old hat now, I still love them like I love actual books!
The titles and original dates of the films in this interesting series are given below, in the the order they were issued.
I guess you can't blame FOX for starting as its big #1 entry with the classic mystery film Laura, based on the Vera Caspary novel, but ironically it's one of the least "noiry" ones in the bunch! Sure, Gene Tierney's Laura is suspected of murder (after the cops realize she isn't the victim) and Dana Andrews plays a great tough, deadpan police detective smitten by love, but the film is a sophisticated manners mystery in essence, rather resembling the better work of the more tony British Crime Queens. Noir--dark, dismal, doom-laden--it ain't, sorry.
I've recently been trying to track down all my DVDs in this series to evaluate just how noir the films in it really are. (Below I have starred the ones I found.) I was inspired in this effort by recently writing the introduction for Stark House's coming reissue of lady noirish mystery writer Marty Holland's novel Fallen Angel, the 1945 film adaptation of which was included in the FOX series. I'll be doing intros to additional novels with film noir connections this coming year, 2023.
Over the next few weeks I will try to review as many of these films as I can and assess them on a noir scale of one to five--what?--heartbreaks, backstabs, broken dreams?
*1. Laura 1944
*2. Call Northside 777 1948
*3. Panic in the Streets 1950
4. House of Bamboo 1955
5. The Street with No Name 1948
6. Nightmare Alley 1947
*7. The House on 92nd Street 1945
*8. Somewhere in the Night 1946
*9. Whirlpool 1950
*10. The Dark Corner 1946
*11. Kiss of Death 1947
*12. Where the Sidewalk Ends 1950
13. No Way Out 1950
*14. Fallen Angel 1945
*15. The House on Telegraph Hill 1951
*16. Boomerang! 1947
*17. House of Strangers 1949
*18. I Wake up Screaming 1941
19. Vicki 1953
20. Shock 1946
*21. Fourteen Hours 1951
*22. Black Widow 1954
*23. Daisy Kenyon 1947
*24. Dangerous Crossing 1953
25. Moontide 1942
*26. Road House 1948
How many of these have you seen?