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Got a favorite noir? Post it here.
We discussed film noir in the second hour of the show today, with an expert, Greg Mank, and Kevin Johnson, who runs a rare books store in Charles Village and who just completed a lush coffee table reference about hard-boiled crime and other novels that became films from the dark side. His book is The Dark Page: Books That Inspired American Film Noir, 1940-1949. Here's a recent City Paper piece about him.
Here's Kevin's favorites. He notes: "Since everyone knows about the great ones, I picked some that I think are great, but "off the beaten path."
2. The Bad and the Beautiful
3. Scarlet Street
4. The Amazing Mr. X
5. A Face in the Crowd
6. Touch of Evil
7. Nightmare Alley
8. The Sweet Smell of Success
9. Ace in the Hole
Best regards, Kevin
Kevin Johnson / Royal Books, Inc., ABAA/ILAB
32 West 25th Street / Baltimore, MD 21218
My personal favorites came from novels written by a former Baltimore Evening Sun man, James M. Cain: The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Double Indemnity. Also, it's not from the 1940's but the 1950's -- The Killing, directed by Stanley Kubrick.
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A great Midday show! Thank you- some of my favorites: "Out of the
Past" "The Big Clock" "The Harder they Fall" and "The Narrow
Margin" (the original with Charles McGraw) ... so many of these
movies were made on limited budgets but, if anything the lack of
money clearly spurred the ingenuity of movie-making.
Thanks! Matthew J. Mosca, Baltimore, Maryland