B Noir Detour



Discovering The Search (1948)

As a lover of 1940s film and the noir mood in many films throughout the decade, I want to talk about a non-noir film, The Search (1948). There are tangential noir connections, including mood and style. There is the darkness of the... Continue Reading →


I tend to be a bit of an emotional sponge, so it takes planning and determination to put myself through some films, particularly intense realist dramas. I'm easier with books, as language provides an intellectual buffer. Films, on the other... Continue Reading →

Movies, Predators, and #MeToo

As accusations against Hollywood predators are emerging faster than Republican senators trying to take away health care from the American public, I'm finding myself in a quandary as a film-lover and scholar. If we find a director or actor we... Continue Reading →

Five Hot Noir Messes

One of noir's most salient features is self-destruction. Some characters live and die by their own foolish hand; others are doomed by "fate." And a very few escape the worst part of themselves triumph -- or at least survive, mostly... Continue Reading →

It’s Conrad Veidt Time

I tend to go through phases of interest, little fascinations or obsessions with individual facets of film, such as genre, era, actor, director, etc. I may watch a group of films by a certain director, watch an actor dally in... Continue Reading →

Celebrate Noir’s Working Girls on Labor Day

Looking for some appropriate noir for Labor Day? Why not enjoy some films that focus not on the femme fatale, the good wife, or the redeemer but on the working girl who takes part in the action? Ella Raines played... Continue Reading →

Films for a Racist, Trumped Nation

If, like me, you're suffering from seeing too much hate in word and deed around the world and especially at home, sickened by witnessing the ravings of a corrupt, feeble-minded fascist US president, and tired of mustering ever more moral... Continue Reading →

How to Enjoy Curse of the Cat People

I'm not a fan of Cat People (Tourneur/Lewton, 1942). I value it historically and appreciate it within the context of B noir-horror. But I don't particularly enjoy watching it. So, I postponed watching the sequel, Curse of the Cat People (Wise/Lewton, 1944)... Continue Reading →

Laird Cregar: from noir to romcom

May is Laird Cregar Month at @BNoirDetour. For those new to this blog, let me explain that it began as a place to introduce weekly livetweets of mostly B noir films. A film livetweet involves a host selecting a movie... Continue Reading →

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