Where once noir was regarded as having the drive-in or the early-hours television slot as its natural home, now it is being rightly regarded as an important contributor to cinematic history. In this book you will find a treasure-house of noir, from the classics to the turkeys, from the modern to the ancestral, as you brush shoulders with some of the great screen stars who forced noir into the limelight, whatever the critics of the day might have said: Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Veronica Lake, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Robert Mitchum . . . And this is not to ignore the authors upon whose fictions the movies were based: Dashiell Hammett, Jim Thompson, Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain and others.
A lightning survey of the best - and the worst - of the world of noir movies.
Perfect material for a movie-based quiz or just a quiet read in the smallest room in the house!
You know what he'll do when he comes back? Beat my teeth out, then kick me in the stomach for mumbling. - The Big Sleep (1946)
You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man. - Citizen Kane (1941)
I don't think you fully understand, Bigelow. You've been murdered. - D.O.A. (1950)
When an alibi is full of bourbon, sir, it can't stand up. - Strangers on a Train (1951)
A boy's best friend is his mother. - Psycho, 1960
About The Author
John Grant is the author of numerous books, including the Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters and the cinema sections of both The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and the award-winning Encyclopedia of Fantasy. He is a film buff with a collection of some 3000 videos and DVDs. Scottish-born, he lives in New Jersey, USA.
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