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Film Noir: Home

A library guide to American film noir from 1942-1958 including relevant encyclopedias, indexes, journals, books, film clips and more!

Web Sources for Film Noir


This page provides a selection of resources on film noir, including video clips, contemporary reviews, promotional materials, and research resources. 


Welcome to Film Noir

"So, you're a private detective. I didn't know they existed, except in books, or else they were greasy little men snooping around hotel corridors. My, you're a mess, aren't you? "

- Vivian Rutledge (Lauren Bacall) to Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) in The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks: USA 1946)


"I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me."  

-Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart) to Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame) in Nicholas Ray's In A Lonely Place (USA 1950), based on Dorothy B. Hughes's novel of the same name.