British Film Noir Guide (369 Films 1937-1964)

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"This work presents 369 British films produced between 1937 and 1964 that embody many of the same filmic qualities as those "black films" made in the United States during the classic film noir era. This reference work makes a case for the inclusion of the British films in the film noir canon, which is still considered by some to be an exclusively American inventory.

The following information is presented: a quotation from the film; title and release date; a one- to five-star rating; production company, director, cinematographer, screenwriter, and main performers; and a plot synopsis with commentary. Appendices categorize films by rating, release date, director and cinematographer and also provide a noir and non-noir breakdown of the 47 films presented on the Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre, a 1960 British television series."

NOTE: I created this list in May 2012 and had to add well over 75 titles to iCM, suggesting that there are many obscurities worth checking out.

Keaney included 26 of the 47 Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre "films" into this work that he considered to be film noirs or at the very least marginal noirs. The remaining 21 "films" were not included.

Keaney's ratings:

#1-4: ★★★★★
#5-15: ★★★★½
#16-42: ★★★★
#43-85: ★★★½
#86-150: ★★★
#151-234: ★★½
#235-312: ★★
#313-339: ★½
#340-341: ★
#342-369: "Not reviewed" (since they were not available at the time of writing).

Michael F. Keaney is a fan of classic movies and the author of "Film Noir Guide".

ISBN: 978-0-7864-6427-2

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    Gaslight

    1940, in 1 top list Check
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    Great Expectations

    1946, in 19 top lists Check
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    Seance on a Wet Afternoon

    1964, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Third Man

    1949, in 32 top lists Check
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    Black Narcissus

    1947, in 15 top lists Check
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    Brighton Rock

    1947 — a.k.a. Young Scarface, in 8 top lists Check
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    Night and the City

    1950, in 9 top lists Check
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    Night of the Demon

    1957 — a.k.a. Haunted, in 7 top lists Check
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    Odd Man Out

    1947 — a.k.a. Gang War, in 12 top lists Check
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    Oliver Twist

    1948, in 7 top lists Check
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    Peeping Tom

    1960 — a.k.a. Face of Fear, in 19 top lists Check
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    The Rocking Horse Winner

    1949, in 0 top lists Check
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    Room at the Top

    1959, in 7 top lists Check
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    They Drive by Night

    1938, in 0 top lists Check
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    They Made Me a Fugitive

    1947 — a.k.a. I Became a Criminal, in 3 top lists Check
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    Across the Bridge

    1957, in 1 top list Check
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    Chase a Crooked Shadow

    1958, in 1 top list Check
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    The Criminal

    1960 — a.k.a. Concrete Jungle, in 2 top lists Check
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    Dead of Night

    1945, in 10 top lists Check
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    Dear Murderer

    1947, in 1 top list Check
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    The Fallen Idol

    1948 — a.k.a. The Lost Illusion, in 8 top lists Check
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    Footsteps in the Fog

    1955, in 1 top list Check
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    Frieda

    1947, in 1 top list Check
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    The Gentle Gunman

    1952, in 0 top lists Check
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    Give Us This Day

    1949, in 1 top list Check
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    Green for Danger

    1947, in 4 top lists Check
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    Hatter's Castle

    1942, in 0 top lists Check
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    I See a Dark Stranger

    1946 — a.k.a. The Adventuress, in 0 top lists Check
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    Love on the Dole

    1941, in 1 top list Check
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    Mine Own Executioner

    1947, in 2 top lists Check
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    Outcast of the Islands

    1951, in 1 top list Check
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    Sapphire

    1959, in 1 top list Check
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    Seven Days to Noon

    1950, in 1 top list Check
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    Shake Hands with the Devil

    1959, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Ship That Died of Shame

    1955 — a.k.a. PT Raiders, in 0 top lists Check
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    So Evil My Love

    1948, in 1 top list Check
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    The Spy in Black

    1939, in 0 top lists Check
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    Stage Fright

    1950, in 1 top list Check
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    Tiger Bay

    1959, in 1 top list Check
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    Victim

    1961, in 7 top lists Check
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    Poison Pen

    1939, in 0 top lists Check
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    Silent Dust

    1949, in 0 top lists Check
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    Another Man's Poison

    1951, in 1 top list Check
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    Blanche Fury

    1948, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Blue Lamp

    1950, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Damned

    1962 — a.k.a. These Are the Damned, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Frightened City

    1961, in 0 top lists Check
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    Good-Time Girl

    1948, in 1 top list Check
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    The Heart of the Matter

    1953, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hell Drivers

    1957 — a.k.a. Hard Drivers, in 1 top list Check