Film Noir 101
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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