B Noir Detour


B Noir Detour

My playground for reviews and considerations of mostly classic, noir cinema. You'll also find Blogathon posts and whatever else takes my fancy. I'm also @BNoirDetour on Twitter, and I host weekly livetweets of film noir that we all chat about and riff via tweets while watching the film via YouTube,, and other free sites. Join us!

Don’t Bother to Knock…or maybe do

Although it's not on my Cinema Shame 2018 list, Don't Bother to Knock (1952) should have been. Wild that it's taken me so long to see this film, one I've wanted to see for all of its main actors and a noteworthy dramatic... Continue Reading →


All the King’s Men (1949)

Along with my list of films to see in 2018 as part of the Cinema Shame challenge, I'm going to try to do some of their monthly prompts. For February, we are tasked with seeing and blogging about an Oscar winner... Continue Reading →

Tomorrow is Another Day: Time for a Face-off

This post is doing triple duty in multiple ways. It's a noir film review, a tick off my Cinema Shame 2018 list, and a comparative face-off -- of three films, no less! Cinema Shame: To be honest, I can't remember... Continue Reading →

Le jour se lève and Film Noir

Every time I see a film starring Jean Gabin, I'm amazed anew. I love his acting style, the roles he plays, the directors he works with, and the artistic style of his films. Before yesterday, I'd seen and loved: The... Continue Reading →

Cinema Shame: Ride the Pink Horse

Ride the Pink Horse (1947),* directed by and starring Robert Montgomery, has been on my to-see list for some time, primarily for the oddness of its title. A second reason was to see if I could truly enjoy Montgomery as... Continue Reading →

Cinema Shame 2018

The film blog Cinema Shame invites all film lovers to submit a 2018 "Shame Statement," a kind of New Year's resolution to watch some of the films we feel we should already have seen, but haven't. There are some basic,... Continue Reading →

Crisis: The Cary Grant Film I Didn’t Know Existed

Until a few days ago, I had never heard of the 1950 noirish drama Crisis. It's a rather overwrought tale of an all-American couple on holiday in Latin America that tries unsuccessfully to leave for home as tensions rise in a small,... Continue Reading →

RIP, Peggy Cummins.

RIP. I hope her life was a good one.

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Peggy Cummins (Augusta Margaret Diane Fuller)
(December 18, 1925 – December 29, 2017)

Peggy Cummins, who is absolutely incredible in one of my favorite films, Joseph H. Lewis’ Gun Crazy (1949), has passed away at 92. She’s in a couple other favorites — Jacques Tourneur’s Night Of The Demon (1957, Curse Of The Demon in the States) and Cy Enfield’s Hell Drivers (1957).

b111eab68b76e503d3e373ef54559281--simple-art-cummins John Dall, Peggy Cummins and Joseph H. Lewis on the Gun Crazy set.

Was just thinking the other day that Gun Crazy would be a great candidate for a Warner Archive Blu-ray. If it happens, it’s a shame she won’t be around for it.

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Guilt, Gals, and Detective Story (1951)

Detective Story is a 1951 day-in-the-life police movie directed by William Wyler. It's a compelling but stagebound production, obviously a film adaptation of a play. The film features a powerful lead performance by Kirk Douglas as James McLeod, a hard-nosed, morally... Continue Reading →

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