Noirvember 2016, Episode 10: Cry of the City (1948)

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Cry of the City (1948) Robert Siodmak
(1:35)
Kino Lorber Blu-ray

Cry of the City opens with Alfred Newman’s soaring, dramatic score, seemingly promising drama or even melodrama, until the opening credits end with an ominous chord that hits you square between the eyes. There’s no mistaking the music’s message: you’re in film noir territory.

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Film Noir Releases in November 2016

Prepare yourselves…. There’s a ton of stuff coming next month. You may not want to wait for people to get you these November film noir releases as presents for the holidays, which is perfectly understandable. Okay, there’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started.

As always, all of the following are Blu-ray only releases unless otherwise indicated and releases in the U.S. unless otherwise indicated. I left off some of the European titles that are already available in the U.S. and also pretty much ignored re-releases that we’ve previously seen unless something new has been added.

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Deadline U.S.A. (1952) Richard Brooks

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Deadline U.S.A. (1952) (2x)
Written and directed by Richard Brooks
Produced by Sol. C. Siegel
Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner
Edited by William B. Murphy
Music by Cyril Mockridge (Sol Kaplan, uncredited)
20th Century Fox
Kino Lorber Blu-ray (1:27)

To my great shame, I have never been much of a newspaper reader, but I’ve always loved stories about newspaper life. I first saw Deadline U.S.A. many years ago when I was a teenager and like many other kids of my era, thought it would be adventurous, daring and maybe even dangerous to work for a newspaper. Even back then, though, it seemed Humphrey Bogart wasn’t the type of guy you’d associate with being a newspaper editor. What would Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe be doing sitting behind a desk? I was about to find out.

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An Uncommon Woman in Woman on the Run (1950)

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NOTE: This post is part of a multi-week Detectives and Dames blogathon hosted by Flicker Alley to celebrate the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD releases of Woman on the Run (1950), which costars Dennis O’Keefe, and Too Late for Tears (1949). The main blogathon page may be found at Flicker Alley here, and this tribute is cross-posted at the Flicker Alley site here.

Woman on the Run may be preordered from Flicker Alley here and Too Late for Tears right here. Both are outstanding film noir movies with some great extras, including commentary tracks by the Film Noir Foundation’s Eddie Muller (Woman on the Run) and Alan K. Rode (Too Late for Tears).

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Too Late for Tears (1949) Noirvember 2015: Episode 16

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Too Late for Tears (1949) Byron Haskin
(1:39)
Open Culture

Alan Palmer (Arthur Kennedy) and his wife Jane (Lizabeth Scott, above) are driving through the Hollywood Hills on their way to a party. Along the way, another car nearly hits them, unnerving the Palmers until they discover the driver of the other car has thrown something into their car: a satchel. Can you guess what’s in the satchel? Money, and lots of it. $60,000 worth. (In today’s dollars, that would equal nearly $600,000.) Once Alan opens the bag and Jane sees the money, her face lights up in a way that’s both beatific and hellish. Her life is never going to be the same.

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I Wake Up Screaming (1941) H. Bruce Humberstone

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I Wake Up Screaming (1941) H. Bruce Humberstone
(1:22)
20th Century Fox
Fox DVD (library)

I’m not sure you’ll hear any screaming whatsoever in I Wake Up Screaming, but I am sure that if you’re a fan of film noir, you won’t want to pass this one up. As far as dates go, this is an early film noir, but actually functions more as a mystery with several noir elements, which I’ll address later.

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