Monday 17 October 2011

Mitchum Noir

    Most of us would rate him as one of the great Noir leads as his face fits the role of a doomed loser.

                                                   Friends of Eddie Coyle

Blood on the Moon


                                                     Night of the Hunter

Out of the Past 

                                                         The Yakuza

                                                    Story of GI Joe

Friday 14 October 2011

No Exit Noir

              No Exit Press is a publishing imprint which has always been a reliable source over the years of everything from Jason Starr and James Sallis all the way back to Paul Cain's 1933 Hardboiled landmark Fast One.

                                  Willeford, Bunker and other notables in between.

Sunday 9 October 2011

They Shoot Horses Don't They ?

         For a moment i saw Gloria again, sitting on that bench on the pier. The bullet had just struck her on the side of the head ; the blood had not even started to flow. The flash from the pistol still lighted her face. Everything was as plain as day.

They shoot horses don't they ?
Horace McCoy

Sunday 2 October 2011

Big House Noir

             Although not all of these examples are specifically Noir they all tell us the significance of the anti-hero's freedom.

Straight Time

Brute Force

The Prophet

The Getaway

Night of the Hunter

Dead Man Walking

                                                           The Killers

Cool Hand Luke

The Criminal

I Want to Live

Birdman of Alcatraz

Armee Des Ombres

In Cold Blood