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Film Noir 101

The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon (DVD - 2006 ) DVD MOVIE M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The Maltese Falcon (1941, 100 min) is directed by John Huston and stars Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. It is based on Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel of the same name. Originally released by Warner Bros. Pictures on October 18, 1941.

This Gun for Hire
This Gun for Hire (DVD - 2004 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:This Gun For Hire (1942, 81 min) is directed by Frank Tuttle and stars Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd. It is based on Graham Greene's 1936 novel A Gun for Sale. Originally released by Paramount Pictures on May 13, 1942.

Double Indemnity
Double Indemnity (DVD - 2006 ) DVD MOVIE D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Double Indemnity (1944, 107 min) is directed by Billy Wilder and stars Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward G. Robinson. The script was co-written by Raymond Chandler. Originally released by Paramount Pictures on April 24, 1944.

Murder, My Sweet
Murder, My Sweet (DVD - 2004 )

Annotation:Murder, My Sweet (1944, 95 min) is directed by Edward Dmytryk and stars Dick Powell and Claire Trevor. The script is based on Raymond Chandler's 1940 novel Farewell, My Lovely. Originally released by RKO Radio Pictures on December 9, 1944.

Gilda
Gilda (DVD - 2000 ) DVD MOVIE G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Gilda (1946, 110 min) is directed by Charles Vidor and stars Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. Originally released by Columbia Pictures Corporation on March 15, 1946.

The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep (DVD - 2005 ) DVD MOVIE B and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 20

Annotation:The Big Sleep (1946, 114 min) is directed by Howard Hawks and stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. It is based on Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. Originally released by Warner Bros. Pictures on August 31, 1946.

Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious
Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (DVD - 2008 ) DVD MOVIE A and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Notorious (1946, 101 min) is directed by Alfred Hitchcock and stars Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Originally released by RKO Radio Pictures on September 6, 1946.

Dark Passage
Dark Passage (DVD - 2003 )

Annotation:Dark Passage (1947, 106 min) is directed by Delmar Daves and stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Originally released by Warner Bros. Pictures on September 27, 1947.

Out of the Past
Out of the Past (DVD - 2004 )

Annotation:Out of the Past (1947, 97 min) is directed by Jacques Tourneur and stars Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas. Originally released by RKO Radio Pictures on November 13, 1947.

The Lady From Shanghai
The Lady From Shanghai (DVD - 2000 ) DVD MOVIE L and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 2

Annotation:The Lady From Shanghai (1948, 87 min) is directed by Orson Welles and stars Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles. Originally released by Columbia Pictures Corporation on June 9, 1948.

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This is a list of 10 essential American film noirs from the 1940's. Selections were drawn from A Panorama of American Film Noir: 1941-1953 by Raymond Borde and Etienne Chaumeton and the New York Public Library's Film Noir series, which is part of Mystery Summer. For more information, please visit: bit.ly/mysterysummer This list was compiled by Thomas Knowlton, Senior Librarian at Mid-Manhattan Library.


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