Film Noir Guide

745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940–1959

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About the Book

More than 700 films from the classic period of film noir (1940 to 1959) are presented in this exhaustive reference book—such films as The Accused, Among the Living, The Asphalt Jungle, Baby Face Nelson, Bait, The Beat Generation, Crossfire, Dark Passage, I Walk Alone, The Las Vegas Story, The Naked City, Strangers on a Train, White Heat, and The Window. For each film, the following information is provided: the title, release date, main performers, screenwriter(s), director(s), type of noir, thematic content, a rating based on the five-star system, and a plot synopsis that does not reveal the ending.

About the Author(s)

Michael F. Keaney is a fan of classic movies and the author of two McFarland books about film noir.

Bibliographic Details

Michael F. Keaney

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 551
Bibliographic Info: 138 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011 [2003]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6366-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9155-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     1

The Films     9

Appendix A: Films Noirs Listed by Director     481
Appendix B: Films Noirs Listed by Type     487
Appendix C: Films Noirs Listed by Year of Release     492
Appendix D: How to Build an Affordable Film Noir Library     500
Annotated Bibliography     503
Index     509

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “recommend[ed]…a good film noir volume…memorable quotes…a terrific reference”—Classic Images
  • “a worthy addition”—Booklist
  • “engaging…suitable for both scholars and fans…informative…highly recommended”—Choice
  • “monumental”—Against the Grain
  • “Keaney’s enthusiasm for the material is evident”—College & Research Libraries