Film Noir and the Black Listby karljhickey14 | created - 01 Aug 2017 | updated - 09 Aug 2017 | Public
No genre of Hollywood was more represented in the black list - many of the outstanding directors , the biggest black listed star - John Garfield , many of the key noir screen writers . Whether or not film noir was particularly left wing , most of the leftist writers were more cynical , realistic , and artistic . Possibly the pessimistic nature of noir made it's film makers more of a target . Many of the black listees also later made noirs in Britain , France , Italy . The black list might even be part of the cause of the lightening of noir as the fifties went on. No distinction is made between the totally black listed , and those that named names at some point to keep their careers , mention is also made of the so called grey list - those who were under pressure - people like Edward G. Robinson , Orson Welles , Vincent Price ... Starting with the directors , the writers ( they were obviously believers in the auteur theory ) , the actors , and the rest , although listing all the black listed contributors to each film .
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1. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
A man is reunited with his childhood friend and her husband, who believe he knows the truth about the death of her rich aunt years earlier.
Director Lewis Milestone , written by Robert Rossen , starred Roman Bohnen
2. Arch of Triumph (1948)
Approved | 120 min | Drama, Romance, War
Illegal refugees lead dark lives in pre-World War II Paris.
Votes: 1,278 | Gross: $1.40M
Director Lewis Milestone , based on novel by Erich Maria Remarque ( whose books were banned in Nazi Germany and the USA ) , written by Irwin Shaw uncredited , starred Roman Bohnen , J. Edward Bromberg
3. The Master Race (1944)
Approved | 95 min | Drama, War
In the dying days of WW2, a Nazi agent infiltrates a recently liberated Belgian town. His aim is to turn them against their Allied liberators.
Director and written by Herbert Biberman , written by Anne Froelich , starred Morris Carnovsky , Ludwig Donath
4. Salt of the Earth (1954)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History
Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.
Directed by Herbert Biberman , written by Michael Wilson , starred Rosaura Revueltas , Will Geer , produced by Paul Jarrico
5. Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.
Director Edward Dmytryk , produced by Adrian Scott
6. Cornered (1945)
Approved | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard finds that his wife has been murdered by a French collaborator. His quest for justice leads him to Switzerland and Argentina.
Director Edward Dmytryk , written bu John Wexley , starred Luther Adler , Morris Carnovsky , produced by Adrian Scott
7. Crossfire (1947)
Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of demobilized soldiers he met in a bar. But which one? And why?
Votes: 6,834 | Gross: $1.30M
Director Edward Dmytryk , starred Sam Levene , produced by Adrian Scott
8. The Hidden Room (1949)
Approved | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
Clive Riordan plans a devilish revenge against his wife's lover.
Director Edward Dmytryk , made in Britain to avoid the black list , dialogue coach Phil Brown
9. Give Us This Day (1949)
Passed | 120 min | Drama
One of the few (if any at the time this film was made) films shot in England with New York City's 'Little Italy" as the locale. This was Edward Dmytryk's first film after he had refused to ... See full summary »
Director and producer Edward Dmytryk , made in Britain , written by Ben Barzman , starred Sam Wanamaker , Phil Brown in a bit part
10. The Sniper (1952)
Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant.
Director Edward Dmytryk , after naming names
11. Hitler's Children (1943)
Approved | 82 min | Drama, Romance
This lurid exposé of the Hitler Youth follows the woes of an American girl declared legally German by the Nazi government.
Votes: 798 | Gross: $3.36M
Director Edward Dmytryk
12. Two Smart People (1946)
Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A fugitive negotiates a 5-year sentence for the theft of half-million dollar worth of bonds but takes a short trip before surrendering, while suspecting that a con-woman, a cop and a former crime-partner are after his hidden bonds.
Director Jules Dassin , Lucille Ball was under suspicion
13. Brute Force (1947)
Passed | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
At a tough penitentiary, prisoner Joe Collins plans to rebel against Captain Munsey, the power-mad chief guard.
Director Jules Dassin , starred Sam Levene , Jeff Corey , Roman Bohnen , Howard Duff , Art Smith
14. The Naked City (1948)
Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Two New York City detectives investigate the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder.
Director Jules Dassin , written by Albert Maltz , starred Howard Duff , John Randolph , Hester Sondergaard
15. Thieves' Highway (1949)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw.
Director Jules Dassin , written by A. I. Bezzerides , starred Lee J. Cobb , Morris Carnovsky , Joseph Pevney
16. Night and the City (1950)
Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.
Votes: 11,053 | Gross: $3.60M
Director Jules Dassin , made in Britain
17. Rififi (1955)
Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Thriller
Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...
Votes: 23,892 | Gross: $0.06M
Directed and written by Jules Dassin , his European comeback , he also starred in it
18. Uptight (1968)
M | 104 min | Drama, Thriller
Black revolutionaries are betrayed by one of their own. Based on the 1935 classic, "The Informer."
Director Jules Dassin , his first US film since 1949 , script by Ruby Dee who also starred in it
19. Deadline at Dawn (1946)
Approved | 83 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance
When a woman he meets is murdered, a soon-to-ship-out sailor has until dawn to find the killer, aided by a weary dance hall girl.
Directed by Harold Clurman , his only film , written by Clifford Odets , starred Roman Bohnen , produced by Adrian Scott , music by Hans Eisler
20. Casbah (1948)
Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Musical
The life, Loves and Adventures of a classic Casbah thief.
Directed by John Berry , written by Arnold Manoff
21. Tension (1949)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A meek pharmacist creates an alternate identity under which he plans to murder the bullying liquor salesman who has become his wife's lover.
Directed by John Berry , starred Lloyd Gough
22. The Hollywood Ten (1950)
15 min | Documentary, Short, History
A brief look at The Hollywood Ten, a group of screenwriters and directors charged of contempt of court after challenging the House of Anti-American Activities and their controversial and ... See full summary »
Directed and written by John Berry
23. He Ran All the Way (1951)
Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Nick and his partner Al stage a payroll holdup. Al is shot and Nick kills a policeman. Nick hides out at a public pool, where he meets Peg Dobbs. They go back to her apartment and he forces her family to hide him from the police manhunt.
Directed by John Berry , written by Dalton Trumbo and Hugo Butler fronted by Guy Endore , starred John Garfield , Norman Lloyd , and produced by Garfield and Paul Trivers
24. Ça va barder (1955)
90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A con man (Eddie Constantine) is approached by a shipping magnate to become one of his security agents.
Directed and written by John Berry in France
25. Je suis un sentimental (1955)
95 min | Crime, Thriller
Michel was just released from prison when he is suspected of having killed his wife as she was the one who brought him into prison. She also betrayed him with Rupert, a journalist not ... See full summary »
Directed and written by John Berry in France , written by Lee Gold and Tamara Hovey
26. Tamango (1958)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, History
A Dutch slave captain, on a voyage to Cuba, faces a revolt fomented by a newly captured African slave, Tamango. The slaves capture the captain's mistress, forcing a showdown.
Directed by John Berry in Europe - not noir but a great film , written by Lee Gold and Tamara Hovey
27. A Gun in His Hand (1945)
Passed | 19 min | Drama, Crime, Short
A man joins the police force to learn police procedures with the intention of getting away with crimes.
Directed by Joseph Losey
28. The Lawless (1950)
Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A newspaper editor in a small agricultural town finds himself going against the people in the town when he gets involved in the plight of the area's fruit pickers, who are mostly Mexican.
Directed by Joseph Losey
29. M (1951)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
In this Americanization of the 1931 German thriller, both the police and the criminal underworld stalk a mysterious killer who preys on small children.
Directed by Joseph Losey , written by Waldo Saltstarring Martin Gabel , Luther Adler , Howard Da Silva , Norman Lloyd , Karen Morley , Stanley Prager , production layout John Hubley
30. The Prowler (1951)
Approved | 92 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.
Directed by Joseph Losey , written by Dalton Trumbo ( who also supplis the voice of the husband ) and Hugo Butler , production designer John Hubley
31. The Big Night (1951)
Approved | 75 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
A teenager comes of age while seeking revenge on the man who beat up his father.
Directed and written by Joseph Losey , written by Losey , Hugo Butler and Ring Lardner Jr , starred Dorothy Commingore
32. Stranger on the Prowl (1952)
82 min | Drama
A nameless, homeless and rejected man who is looking for a new life and a young boy from an impoverished family, who is forced to steal when he loses the milk money. These two come together in the same hiding place.
Directed by Joseph Losey in Italy under an alias , written by Ben Barzman under an alias
33. The Sleeping Tiger (1954)
Approved | 89 min | Drama, Thriller
After a convict breaks in a psychotherapist's home, he agrees to rehabilitation rather than arrest but the therapist's wife becomes infatuated with him.
Directed and produced by Joseph Losey in Britain under an alias , written by Harold Buchman and Carl Foreman under an alias , starring Alexander Knox
34. Finger of Guilt (1956)
Approved | 95 min | Drama
A married movie studio executive's life, starts to fall apart when he is intimately stalked by a beautiful woman he claims he does not know.
Directed by Joseph Losey in Britain under an alias , written by Howard Koch under an alias
35. X the Unknown (1956)
Approved | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A radioactive, mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village.
Directed by Joseph Losey in Britain uncredited
36. Time Without Pity (1957)
85 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The day before a young man is to be executed for killing his girlfriend, his alcoholic father shows up to try to prove his innocence.
Directed by Joseph Losey in Britain , written by Ben Barzman
37. Chance Meeting (1959)
95 min | Mystery, Thriller, Crime
In 1950s London, Dutch painter Jan Van Rooyen has an affair with a rich married Frenchwoman who is murdered, resulting in Van Rooyen becoming Scotland Yard's prime suspect.
Directed by Joseph Losey in Britain , written by Ben Barzman and Millard Lampell
38. The Concrete Jungle (1960)
TV-14 | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In UK, after pulling a racetrack robbery, repeat offender Johnny Bannion hides the loot in a farmer's field but the police and the local mob come looking for Johnny and for the money.
Directed by Joseph Losey in Britain , starred Sam Wanamaker
39. Eva (1962)
Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Romance
A raw Welsh novelist in Venice is humiliated by a money-loving Frenchwoman who erotically ensnares him.
Directed by Joseph Losey in France , written by Hugo Butler
40. These Are the Damned (1962)
Approved | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.
Directed by Joseph Losey in Britain , written by Ben Barzman uncredited
41. The Servant (1963)
Unrated | 116 min | Drama
Upper-class Tony hires servant Hugo Barrett, who turns out to have a hidden agenda.
Votes: 8,428 | Gross: $0.04M
Directed and produced by Joseph Losey in Britain
42. The Argyle Secrets (1948)
Approved | 64 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
An investigative reporter tells his assistant about a book called The Argyle Album, which contains a list of people who were traitors and war profiteers during World War II. When the ... See full summary »
Directed and written by Cy Endfield
43. The Underworld Story (1950)
Passed | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir