While everyone watched Nocturne (1946) on TCM’s Noir Alley last weekend, I watched a different George Raft movie, Johnny Allegro. Is it worth your time? Should we call it Johnny Adagio? Should we call it a day and move on to something else? I review the film here.
I continue to explore British film noir today with an effective title from director Lance Comfort, Silent Dust.
Barbara Stanwyck let’s ’em roll as we close out Noirvember 2018. Read more.
Let’s step away from American shores to take a look at film noir in post WWII Japan, courtesy of the master, Akira Kurosawa. More here.
Wow, we’re already at Episode 6? Noirvember is flying by. Here’s the latest.
(The Threat is the second in a series of four film noir titles I recently purchased from Warner Archive. Riffraff  was the first in that series.)
The Threat (1949)
Directed by Felix E. Feist
Screenplay by High King
Cinematography by Harry J. Wild
Warner Archive DVD/MOD (1:07)
It’s been called “The poor man’s White Heat,” featuring a standout performance by film noir icon Charles McGraw, but are those reasons enough to recommend The Threat, a 67-minute B picture?
White Heat (1949) Raoul Walsh
Ultimate Gangsters Collection Blu-ray (1:54)
James Cagney stars as Cody Jarrett, psychotic leader of a gang of robbers, but there’s much more to the role and the film. Jarrett is vicious, murdering people without thinking twice, even discarding his own people if they’re injured and unable to help themselves.