Monday 30 July 2012

Devil's Noir

       Well the devil was drinking Bourbon when i sat down right beside him.He
       didn't look up. Whispered straight into his Bourbon glass, voice hoarse
       n' raspy like Miles Davis
       'I know what you've come for. I know why you're here but there's no
       getting out of this deal. The contract's long signed. I've fulfilled my part of the pact.
       You've got your fame 'n' your gold. Leave your soul in
       the box at the door.

Tenderloin Passage
A. Kaganof

publshed in Soma literary review

Sunday 29 July 2012

Timothy Carey

Paths of Glory
The Killing
The Outfit
One Eyed Jacks
Killing of a Chinese Bookie
World's Greatest Sinner

Noir in a Glass #3


                       It's like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don't know where you're going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It's like the throw of the dice.

Jim Morrison

Friday 27 July 2012

End of the Affair

        It is odd to find myself writing these phrases as though i loved what in fact i hate. Sometimes i don't recognise my own thoughts.What do i know of phrases like 'the dark night' or of prayer, who have only one prayer ? I have inherited them, that is all, like a husband who is left by death in the useless possession of a woman's clothes, scents, pots of cream ............

End of the Affair
Graham Greene

Ricardo Moncalvo 1937

They Knew Her

          They knew her at Tom Breneman's Vine Street restaurant where the popular radio program 'Breakfast in Hollywood' was broadcast. She was seen at Britinghams next to CBS on Sunset Boulevard and on Hollywood Boulevard at the Four Star Grill, Bradley's Five and Ten and at the Florentine Gardens.

The Black Dahlia in Hollywood

reblogged from

Tuesday 24 July 2012

Chilled Noir

    Her mouth turned down at the corners again. Her bosom turned from a promise to a threat.

The Chill
Ross MacDonald

image Steve Klein

Bill Pullman

Last Seduction
Lost Highway
Killer Inside Me
The End of Violence
The Guilty

Sunday 22 July 2012

Leaving Himself Behind

        Each time he took a walk, he felt as though he were leaving himself behind, and by giving himself up to the movement of the streets, by reducing himself to a seeing eye, he was able to escape the obligation to think, and this more than anything else brought him a measure of peace, a salutary emptiness within.

City of Glass
Paul Auster

photo larry silver

reblogged from  www.weimarart.blogspot.co.uk
'the man with the hat'

Friday 20 July 2012

Silhouette Noir

         I have only recently discovered the blog www.leclownlyrique.wordpress.com which is almost addictive for anyone who loves the nature of the often bleak, atmospheric Noirish image. Highly recommended.

Wednesday 18 July 2012

Hopper motel

         ...........Everyman's cut rate Babylon. Not far away there is, or was, a roadside lunch counter and over it a sign proclaiming in three words that a Roman emperor's orgy is now a democratic institution...............' Topless Pizza Lunch '.

Alistair Cooke

Western Motel
Edward Hopper 1957


Noir in a Glass #2

                     Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.

Frank Sinatra

Tuesday 17 July 2012

All Time Foreign Noirs

Armee des Ombres
Le Samourai
Le Cercle Rouge
Lift to the Scaffold
The Prophet
Le Femme Infidele
Un Flic
In the Mood for Love

Secrets in their Eyes
Just Another Love Story
Pale Flower
Consequences of Love
Plein Soleil
Under the Sand
Le Doulos
Feux Rouges

Make You Pay

   Vegas was and is a hard town that will make you pay for your inability to restrain your desires............ If  you have a weakness Las Vegas will punish you.

Hal Rothman
Neon Metropolis

Monday 16 July 2012

Best Watched this Year

Valley of Elah
Missing Person
Pale Flower (japan)

Next on Watch List

Death of a Cyclist (spain)
Hickey and Boggs
Nickel Ride

illustration lara tomlin
published in New Yorker

Le Cercle Rouge

              One of the many ice cool Neo Noirs from Jean Pierre Melville using codes of honour in the French underworld as the theme and Alain Delon in lead role.