B Noir Detour


August 2015

Gaslight: The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon

Ingrid Bergman is not a name one thinks of when compiling a list of film noir actresses. Even the film I have chosen to discuss for this blogathon post, 1944's Gaslight -- with its Edwardian setting, high production values, and direction by "women's director"... Continue Reading →

Films for 8/30: Black and Noir Night

From whitewashing to blackface, anyone who loves Classic Hollywood knows its images of blackness were weak at very best. In bell hooks' terms, blacks were generally a "present absence": invisible whether on screen or not. There were exceptions -- great... Continue Reading →

Films for 8/23: The Shanghai Gesture and Behind Green Lights

Ladies, Gentlemen, and Everyone Else!  Roll up for a #BNoirDetour Double Feature that will amaze and astound you! In one short evening, we will take you from pre-WWII Shanghai to post-WWII America's mean streets. Join us, beginning at 9p ET,... Continue Reading →

Favorite Noir in Threes

Below are some trios of favorites for me as a developing fan/scholar/blogger of film noir, with a focus on classic Hollywood films and actors. There’s obviously nothing definitive in this list, nor is it likely to remain the same over... Continue Reading →

Guest-hosting a Live Tweet double feature with #BNoirDetour on Sun., Aug. 23

I’ll put up my own post for Sunday soon, but meanwhile, dig that double feature and guest host @MovieMovieBlogBlog


The film-noir blog BNoirDetour hosts a Live Tweet of a noir movie at every Sunday night starting at 9:00 p.m. EST. This Sunday, she has graciously allowed me to join her in Tweeting a movie of my choice after she Tweets hers.

BNoirDetour starts the party at 9 p.m. with The Shanghai Gesture (1941). It takes place in a Shanghai casino where the lives of the casino’s dragon-lady boss, a privileged young woman (Gene Tierney of Laura), a gigolo (Victor Mature), and a wealthy Englishman (Walter Huston) converge. As the movie is directed by Josef von Sternberg, who did his best to turn cinema into the Shrine of Marlene Dietrich, you have no reason to believe that this movie will be low-key in any way.

This movie will be followed by my choice and one of my favorite recent film-noir viewings, Behind Green Lights (1946). It…

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Red Harvest: A Book Review

Having made my way through films, OTR, and audio dramas of work written or inspired by Dashiell Hammett, I decided it was time to make my way through his seminal (ahem) 1929 novel Red Harvest. In this novel we are introduced... Continue Reading →

Linda Darnell in No Way Out: Anti-Damsel Blogathon

Noir is full of strong, independent women. Many, of course, live on the wrong side of the law and lure men in to carry out their dastardly deeds. They're tough, sexy, and doomed. Thus, in classic Hollywood cinema, the femme... Continue Reading →

You’re Invited to Join Us for WOMAN ON THE RUN!!

Sunday's #BNoirDetour feature and host:

While the City Sleeps (1956): Review

Question: What do you get when you combine a tale of a serial murderer amidst the daily hubbub of a competitive news environment, director Fritz Lang, and some of Hollywood's noir finest, including Dana Andrews, George Sanders, Vincent Price, Ida... Continue Reading →

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