This Gun For Hire

best film noir seen in 2016

Not that I watched very much in the way of film noir in the past year but anyway here’s my list of the highlights of my 2016 noir viewing.

Born To Kill (1947) - absolutely classic top-notch noir and there’s not the slightest doubt that this is noir. Strange, overheated and disturbing.

Nocturne (1946) - great hardboiled crime thriller starring George Raft, perhaps not absolutely noir if you’re a purist but an excellent movie.

Johnny Angel (1945) - George Raft again in a terrific very noirish crime thriller.

Wide Boy (1952) - a fine British noir with a splendid performance from the very underrated Sydney Tafler.

Assassin for Hire (1951) - another excellent British entry and another extremely good performance Sydney Tafler.

And while it’s a very large stretch to call it film noir Corridor of Mirrors (1948) is an unusual and exceptionally interesting British gothic melodrama with a slight noir flavour to it.

This Gun For Hire

lost film noir

So many great movies have been lost over the years. Most of the films of the silent era are lost forever and so are quite a few early talkies. Film noir hasn't suffered as badly but I'm sure that a few gems have been lost.

What are the most notable lost noir films?

Johnny Angel (1945)

Johnny Angel is an interesting little 1945 RKO film noir.

Johnny Angel (George Raft) is a sea captain, like his father. When he finds his father’s ship, the Emmaline Quincy, drifting at sea in the Gulf of Mexico, with its cargo intact but the crew (including his father) nowhere to be found, he is determined to find out what has happened.

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