Houses of Noir

Dark Visions from Thirteen Film Studios

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About the Book

Film noir is a particularly American stylistic phenomenon (although named by French film critics) that permeated nearly every major, minor and independent Hollywood studio production from 1940 through the early 1960s. The author examines the best noir film from each studio and includes each studio’s history, a meticulous plot outline and information on the careers of each studio’s star roster. He also comments on producers, directors, screenwriters, camera men, composers, art and set directors and presents stills that represent the noir style. The book also has a discussion of independent productions and the second best film noirs of major and minor studios.

About the Author(s)

Ronald Schwartz is a professor emeritus of Romance languages and film at City University of New York (Kingsborough) and is the author of numerous books. He lives in Manhattan.

Bibliographic Details

Ronald Schwartz
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 208
Bibliographic Info: 31 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7593-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0460-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Introduction 3

 1. Allied Artists and The Gangster (1947) 9

 2. Columbia Pictures and Gilda (1946) 22

 3. Eagle-Lion Studios and Hollow Triumph aka The Scar (1948) 32

 4. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and The Asphalt Jungle (1950) 42

 5. Monogram Pictures and I Wouldn’t Be in Your Shoes (1948) 55

 6. Paramount Pictures and Double Indemnity (1944) 64

 7. Producers Releasing Corporation and Detour (1945) 80

 8. Republic Pictures and House by the River (1950) 90

 9. RKO Radio Pictures and Out of the Past (1947) 100

10. 20th Century–Fox and Laura (1944) 116

11. United Artists and Too Late for Tears (1949) 130

12. Universal Pictures and The Killers (1946) 142

13. Warner Bros. and Possessed (1947) 157

14. Independent Production Units 172

15. The Runners-Up 175

Conclusion 185

Selected Bibliography 187

Index 189


Book Reviews & Awards

“The reader here benefits from the author’s impressive knowledge…a nice and entertaining addition to the bookshelf”—Pop Culture Shelf.