Laura (1944)


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98Episode # 48: “I shall never forget the weekend Laura died.” Clifton Webb’s infamous dialogue opens LAURA (1944) with the revelation that the main character is dead, and it is the perfect beginning to a perfect film noir. James and Lara dive into director …

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The Cheat (1915)


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90EPISODE # 47: Our podcast about THE CHEAT (1915) is actually a welcome excuse to talk about the art of silent film. Find out why film historian and motion picture preservationist Randy Haberkamp’s choice of THE CHEAT turned out to be a perfect springboard …

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The Champ (1931)


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90EPISODE #41: In this episode, James and Lara discuss THE CHAMP (1931), while on location at the legendary Beverly Hills estate that was built in the 1920s by the film’s director King Vidor. This episode also has a video version that you can watch …

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The Maltese Falcon (1941)


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93EPISODE # 35: In THE MALTESE FALCON, Humphrey Bogart plays Sam Spade, a San Francisco detective who is visited by Brigid O’Shaunessy (Mary Astor), who says she needs help finding her missing sister. Sam soon learns that all is not as it appears in …

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Gilda (1946)


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90Episode # 32:  GILDA (1946) takes place in a glamorous nightclub/casino in South America, where everyone appears to be running away from something and on their way somewhere else. George Macready plays the sinister boss Ballin Mundson, who rescues a down-and-out Johnny Farrell, played …

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Sweet Smell of Success (1957)


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91EPISODE # 29:  SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS is film noir at its finest, weaving together some very dark themes, stunning black-and-white photography, and a sultry score featuring a 1950s jazz quintet. Tony Curtis gives an astonishing performance as power-hungry press agent Sidney Falco, who …

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Double Indemnity (1944)


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99EPISODE # 22:  This is a classic film noir that begins with a murder confession. Fred MacMurray plays Walter Neff, and he’s come to his office to record what he’s done and how he’s done it. Even though we know up front what’s happened, …

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5 Lessons Learned From 1950’s SUNSET BOULEVARD


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Billy Wilder’s 1950 film noir classic, SUNSET BOULEVARD, won three Academy Awards and has inspired countless viewers to wrap their heads in leopard-print turbans while perfecting lines like, “We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!”

Why do people still freak out over this film? Perhaps …

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