1946 Film Noirs


This entry was intended as a private note, but I thought it might be of some interest to regular or sporadic readers of The Game’s Afoot.

In alphabetical order:

The Big Sleep USA / 114 minutes / BW / Warner Bros Dir: Howard Hawks Pr: Howard Hawks Scr: William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman Story: based on the 1939 novel The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler Cine: Sid Hickox Mus: Max Steiner Cast: Humphrey Bogart (Philip Marlowe), Lauren Bacall (Vivian Sternwood), John Ridgeley (Eddie Mars), Martha Vickers (Carmen Sternwood), Charles Waldron (General Sternwood), Dorothy Malone (Bookstore Proprietress), Peggy Knudsen Mona Mars), Regis Toomey (Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls), Elisha Cook Jr. (HarryJones) Release Date: 31 August 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 8.1

Black Angel USA / 81 minutes / BW / Universal Pictures Dir: Roy William Neill Pr: Tom McKnight and Roy William Neill Scr: Roy Chanslor Story: based on the novel by Cornel Woolrich Cine: Paul Ivano Mus: Frank Skinner Cast: Dan Duryea (Martin Blair), June Vincent (Catherine Bennett), Peter Lorre (Marko), Broderick Crawford (Captain Flood), Constance Dowling (Mavis Marlowe), Wallace Ford (Joe), Hobart Cavanaugh (Jake), Freddie Steele (Lucky), John Phillips (Kirk Bennett), Ben Bard (Bartender), Archie Twitchell (George Mitchell) Release Date: 2 August 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.1

The Blue Dahlia USA / 99 minutes / BW / Paramount Pictures Dir: George Marshall Pr: John Houseman Scr: Raymond Chandler Cin: Lionel Lindon Mus: Victor Young Cast: Alan Ladd (Johnny Morrison), Veronica Lake (Joyce Harwood), William Bendix (Buzz Wanchek), Howard Da Silva (Eddie Harwood), Doris Dowling (Helen Morrison), Tom Powers (Capt. Hendrickson), Hugh Beaumont (George Copeland), Howard Freeman (Corelli), Don Costello (Leo), Will Wright (‘Dad’ Newell), Frank Faylen (Man Recommending a Motel), Walter Sande (Heath), Bea Allen (News Clerk), Harry Barris (Bellhop), George Barton (Cab Driver), Nina Borget (Mexican Waitress), Mae Busch (Jenny – Maid), George M. Carleton (Clerk at DeAnza Hotel), Douglas Carter (Bus Driver), Anthony Caruso (Marine Corporal Playing Jukebox), Carmen Clifford (Carmen – Party Guest), Jack Clifford (Plainclothes Cop), Tom Dillon (Cop in Prowl Car), Jimmie Dundee (Driver of Gangster Car), Jay Eaton (Bar Patron) Release Date: 19 April 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.2

The Chase USA / 86 minutes / BW / United Artists Dir: Arthur D. Ripley. Pr: Seymour Nebenzal and Eugene Frenke (associate) Scr: Philip Yordan Story: based on the Cornell Woolrich novel The Black Path of Fear Cine: Frank (Franz) F. Planer Mus: Michel Michelet Cast: Robert Cummings (Chuck Scott), Michéle Morgan (Lorna Roman), Steve Cochran (Eddie Roman), Peter Lorre (Gino), Jack Holt (Commander Davidson), Lloyd Corrigan (Emmerick Johnson), Alex Minotis (Lieutenant Acosta), James Westerfi eld (Job), Yolanda Lacca (Midnight), Nina Koshetz (Madame Chin) Release Date: 16 November 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 6.7

The Dark Corner USA / 99 min | 95 min (FMC Library Print) / BW / Twentieth Century Fox Dir: Henry Hathaway Pr: Fred Kohlmar Scr: Jay Dratler and Bernard Schoenfeld Cine: Joe MacDonald Mus: Cyril Mockridge Cast: Mark Stevens (Bradford Galt), Lucille Ball (Kathleen), Clifton Webb (Hardy Cathcart), William Bendix (White Suit), Cathy Downs (Mari Cathcart), Kurt Krueger (Anthony Jardine) Release Date: 9 April 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.2

The Dark Mirror USA / 85 minutes / BW / International Pictures Dir: Robert Siodmak Pr: Nunnally Johnson Scr: Nunnally Johnson Story: Vladimir Pozner Cine: Milton R. Krasner Mus: Dimitri Tiomkin Cast: Olivia de Havilland (twins Terry and Ruth Collins), Lew Ayres (Dr. Scott Elliott), Thomas Mitchell (Lt. Stevenson), Richard Long (Rusty), Charles Evans (Dist. Atty. Girard), Garry Owen (Franklin), Lela Bliss (Mrs. Didriksen), Lester Allen (George Benson)  Release Date: 18 October 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.1

Deadline at Dawn USA / 83 minutes / BW / RKO Radio Pictures Dir: Harold Clurman Pr: Adrian Scott Scr: Clifford Odets Story: based on a novella by Cornell Woolrich Cine: Nicholas Musuraca Mus: Hanns Eisler Cast: Susan Hayward (June Goth), Paul Lukas (Gus Hoffman), Bill Williams (Alex Winkley), Joseph Calleia (Val Bartelli), Osa Massen (Helen Robinson), Lola Lane (Edna Bartelli), Jerome Cowan (Lester Brady), Marvin Miller (Sleepy Parsons) Release Date: 3 April 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 6.9

Deception USA / 115 minutes / BW / Warner Bros Dir: Irving Rapper Pr: Henry Blanke Scr: John Collier and Joseph Than Story: based on the play Monsieur Lamberthier by Louis Verneuil Cine: Ernest Haller Mus: Erich Wolfgang Korngold Cast: Bette Davis (Christine Radcliffe), Paul Henreid (Karel Novak), Claude Rains (Alexander Hollenius), John Abbott (Bertram Gribble), Benson Fong (Hollenius’ Servant) Release Date: 18 October 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.3

Decoy USA / 76 minutes/ BW/ Monogram Pictures Dir: Jack Bernhard Pr: Jack Bernhard and Bernard Brandt Scr: Nedrick Young Story: based on an original story by Stanley Rubin Cine: L. W. O’Connell Mus: Edward J. Kay Cast: Jean Gillie (Margot Shelby), Edward Norris (Jim Vincent), Herbert Rudley (Dr. Lloyd Craig), Robert Armstrong (Frank Olins), Sheldon Leonard (Sergeant Joseph Portugal), Marjorie Woodworth (Nurse) Release Date: 14 September 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 6.9

Gilda USA / 110 minutes / BW / Columbia Dir: Charles Vidor Pro: Virginia Van Upp Scr: Marion Parsonnet Story: adapted by Jo Eisinger from an original story by E. A. Ellington Cine: Rudolph Maté  Mus: Morris Stoloff Cast: Rita Hayworth (Gilda), Glenn Ford (Johnny Farrell), George Macready (Ballin Mundson), Joseph Calleia ( Obregon), Steven Geray (Uncle Pio), Joe Sawyer (Casey), Gerald Mohr (Captain Delgado) Release Date: 15 March 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.8

The Killers USA / 97 minutes/ BW / Universal Pictures Dir: Robert Siodmak Pro: Mark Hellinger Scr: Anthony Veiller Story: taken from a short story by Ernest Hemingway Cine: Woody Bredell Mus: Miklos Rozsa Cast: Burt Lancaster (Swede), Ava Gardner (Kitty Collins), Edmond O’Brien (Riordan), Albert Dekker (Colfax), Sam Levene (Lubinsky), Jack Lambert (Dum Dum), John Miljan (Jake), Charles McGraw (Al), William Conrad (Max). Release Date: 28 August 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.9

The Locket USA / 85 minutes /BW / RKO Radio Pictures Dir: John Brahm Pro: Bert Granet Scr: Sheridan Gibney Cine: Nicholas Musuraca Mus: Roy Webb Cast: Laraine Day (Nancy Monks Blair Patton), Brian Aherne (Dr. Harry Blair), Robert Mitchum (Norman Clyde), Gene Raymond (John Willis), Sharyn Moffett (Nancy, age 10), Ricardo Cortez (Drew Bonner), Katherine Emery (Mrs. Willis), Helene Thimig (Mrs. Monks), Henry Stephenson (Lord Wyndham), Lilian Fontaine (Lady Wyndham) Release Date: 20 December 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.2

Notorious USA / 101 minutes / BW / RKO Radio Pictures Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Pro: Alfred Hitchcock (uncredited) Scr: Ben Hecht Cine: Ted Tetzlaff Mus: Roy Webb Cast: Cary Grant (T.R. Devlin), Ingrid Bergman (Alicia Huberman), Claude Rains (Alexander Sebastian), Leopoldine Konstantin (Madame Anna Sebastian), Louis Calhern (Captain Paul Prescott), Moroni Olsen (Walter Beardsley), Ricardo Costa (Dr. Julio Barbosa), Reinhold Schünzel (Dr. Anderson), Ivan Triesault (Eric Mathis), Eberhard Krumschmidt (Emil Hupka), Alex Minotis (Joseph, Sebastian’s butler), Wally Brown (Mr. Hopkins), Sir Charles Mendl (Commodore), Fay Baker (Ethel) Release Date: 6 September 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 8.1

The Postman Always Rings Twice USA / 113 minutes / BW / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Dir: Tay Garnett Pro: Carey Wilson Scr: Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch Story: taken from the 1934 novel The Postman Always Ring Twice by James M. Cain Cine: Sidney Wagner Mus: George Bassman Cast: Lana Turner (Cora Smith), John Garfield (Frank Chambers), Cecil Kellaway (Nick Smith), Hume Cronyn (Arthur Keats), Leon Ames (Kyle Sackett), Audrey Totter (Madge Gorland), Alan Reed (Ezra Liam Kennedy). Release Date: 2 May 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.6

Somewhere in the Night USA/ 110 minutes / BW / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz Pro: Anderson Lawler Scr: Howard Dimsdale and Joseph L. Mankiewicz Story: Based on a story by Marvin Borowsky Cine: Norbert Brodine Mus: David Buttolph Cast: John Hodiak (George W. Taylor), Nancy Guild (Christy Smith), Lloyd Nolan (Police Lt. Donald Kendall), Richard Conte (Mel Phillips), Josephine Hutchinson (Elizabeth Conroy), Fritz Kortner (Anzelmo aka Dr. Oracle), Sheldon Leonard (Sam), Whit Bissell (John the Bartender), Harry Morgan (Bath attendant), Lou Nova (Hubert), Margo Woode (Phyllis) Release Date: 12 June 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.1

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers USA / 116 minutes / BW / Paramount Studios Dir: Lewis Milestone Pro: Hal B. Wallis Scr: Robert Rossen and Robert Riskin (uncredited) Story: based on Love Lies Bleeding by John Patrick Cine: Victor Milner Mus: Miklós Rózsa Cast: Barbara Stanwyck (Martha Ivers), Van Heflin (Sam Masterson), Lizabeth Scott (Antonia “Toni” Marachek), Kirk Douglas (Walter O’Neil), Roman Bohnen (Mr. O’Neil), Judith Anderson (Mrs. Ivers), Janis Wilson (as the young Martha Ivers), Darryl Hickman (as the young Sam Masterson) Release Date: 24 July 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.5

The Stranger USA / 95 minutes /BW/ International Pictures Dir: Orson Welles Pr: Sam Spiegel (as S. P. Eagle) Scr: Anthony Veiller and Decla Dunning (John Huston and Orson Welles uncredited) Cine: Russell Metty Mus: Bronislaw Kaper Cast: Orson Welles (Professor Charles Rankin), Edward G. Robinson (Mr. Wilson), Loretta Young (Mary Longstreet), Philip Merivale (Judge Adam Longstreet), Richard Long (Noah Longstreet), Konstantin Shayne (Konrad Meinike), Byron Keith (Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence), Billy House (Mr. Potter), Martha Wentworth (Sara) Release Date: 2 July 1946 IMDb rating: 7.5

Please let me know of any errors or omissions. I do understand however that the inclusion of some titles, in the list above, can be discussed. So far I’ve seen: The Big Sleep, The Blue Dahlia, The Chase, Gilda, The Killers, Notorious and The Stranger. My film notes will be coming in due course. Stay tuned.

5 thoughts on “1946 Film Noirs

  1. Pingback: ‘I ‘ave ‘alf a mind to ‘ave ye keelhauled, ye blithering ape!’ #1946book | Past Offences Classic Crime Fiction

  2. Well, I can definitely state, hand on heart, that I have seen and enjoyed all of these many, many times. DECOY deserves to be better-known while DECEPTION might be a bit of a stretch mind you …

    • Thanks for your comment, Sergio. I’ve not seen any of the two yet, but I’m pretty curious to see the interpretative duel between Bette Davias and Claude Rains in Deception,

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