Moonrise (1948) Frank Borzage
Young Danny Hawkins is constantly tormented by other boys his age, but the reason has nothing to do with anything Danny did. No, it’s because of Danny’s father, who was hanged as a murderer. After an opening which is equal parts surreal and nightmarish, we aren’t sure what to expect next: Salvador Dali, Southern gothic noir, or both.
Hollow Triumph (a.k.a. The Scar) (1948) Steve Sekely
Paul Henreid (above right) plays John Muller, a man just released from prison who’s itching to get back to the robbery game, which he does when he formulates a plan to rob a casino. Muller’s buddies are reluctant to join him, but they do and, of course, things go wrong. Very wrong.
The Big Clock (1948) John Farrow
TGG DVD (double feature with Man of a Thousand Faces)
The title of this film is no accident and is in many ways part of its charm. The Big Clock is just that: composed of a myriad of intricate moving parts, all working together to create something of a marvel, a creation you can watch in awe, no matter how many times you see the second hand move around the dial. The film is a wonder, a thing of beauty.
(I’ve decided to try to post at least a short review of each film noir I watch in Noirvember. Some will be short, some will be longer. Hope you enjoy them!)
He Walked by Night (1948) Alfred L. Werker and Anthony Mann
As David J. Hogan points out in his book Film Noir FAQ, He Walked by Night and Jules Dassin’s The Naked City (also 1948) both work as police procedurals, but He Walked by Night contains far more noir elements, thanks in large part to John Alton’s brilliant cinematography of on-location Los Angeles.