Film Noir and the Black List

by karljhickey14 | created - 01 Aug 2017 | updated - 09 Aug 2017 | Public

No genre of Hollywood was more represented in the black list - many of the outstanding directors , the biggest black listed star - John Garfield , many of the key noir screen writers . Whether or not film noir was particularly left wing , most of the leftist writers were more cynical , realistic , and artistic . Possibly the pessimistic nature of noir made it's film makers more of a target . Many of the black listees also later made noirs in Britain , France , Italy . The black list might even be part of the cause of the lightening of noir as the fifties went on. No distinction is made between the totally black listed , and those that named names at some point to keep their careers , mention is also made of the so called grey list - those who were under pressure - people like Edward G. Robinson , Orson Welles , Vincent Price ... Starting with the directors , the writers ( they were obviously believers in the auteur theory ) , the actors , and the rest , although listing all the black listed contributors to each film .

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1. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

A man is reunited with his childhood friend and her husband, who believe he knows the truth about the death of her rich aunt years earlier.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 7,273

Director Lewis Milestone , written by Robert Rossen , starred Roman Bohnen

2. Arch of Triumph (1948)

Approved | 120 min | Drama, Romance, War

Illegal refugees lead dark lives in pre-World War II Paris.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, Louis Calhern

Votes: 1,237 | Gross: $1.40M

Director Lewis Milestone , based on novel by Erich Maria Remarque ( whose books were banned in Nazi Germany and the USA ) , written by Irwin Shaw uncredited , starred Roman Bohnen , J. Edward Bromberg

3. The Master Race (1944)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, War

In the dying days of WW2, a Nazi agent infiltrates a recently liberated Belgian town. His aim is to turn them against their Allied liberators.

Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Stars: George Coulouris, Stanley Ridges, Osa Massen, Carl Esmond

Votes: 192

Director and written by Herbert Biberman , written by Anne Froelich , starred Morris Carnovsky , Ludwig Donath

4. Salt of the Earth (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.

Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Stars: Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe

Votes: 2,676

Directed by Herbert Biberman , written by Michael Wilson , starred Rosaura Revueltas , Will Geer , produced by Paul Jarrico

5. Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger

Votes: 10,928

Director Edward Dmytryk , produced by Adrian Scott

6. Cornered (1945)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard finds that his wife has been murdered by a French collaborator. His quest for justice leads him to Switzerland and Argentina.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, Micheline Cheirel, Nina Vale

Votes: 1,725

Director Edward Dmytryk , written bu John Wexley , starred Luther Adler , Morris Carnovsky , produced by Adrian Scott

7. Crossfire (1947)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of demobilized soldiers he met in a bar. But which one? And why?

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame

Votes: 6,678 | Gross: $1.30M

Director Edward Dmytryk , starred Sam Levene , produced by Adrian Scott

8. The Hidden Room (1949)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Clive Riordan plans a devilish revenge against his wife's lover.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Robert Newton, Sally Gray, Phil Brown, Naunton Wayne

Votes: 1,487

Director Edward Dmytryk , made in Britain to avoid the black list , dialogue coach Phil Brown

9. Give Us This Day (1949)

Passed | 120 min | Drama

One of the few (if any at the time this film was made) films shot in England with New York City's 'Little Italy" as the locale. This was Edward Dmytryk's first film after he had refused to ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Sam Wanamaker, Lea Padovani, Kathleen Ryan, Charles Goldner

Votes: 259

Director and producer Edward Dmytryk , made in Britain , written by Ben Barzman , starred Sam Wanamaker , Phil Brown in a bit part

10. The Sniper (1952)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Arthur Franz, Adolphe Menjou, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor

Votes: 2,405

Director Edward Dmytryk , after naming names

11. Hitler's Children (1943)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Romance

This lurid exposé of the Hitler Youth follows the woes of an American girl declared legally German by the Nazi government.

Directors: Edward Dmytryk, Irving Reis | Stars: Tim Holt, Bonita Granville, Kent Smith, Otto Kruger

Votes: 780 | Gross: $3.36M

Director Edward Dmytryk

12. Two Smart People (1946)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Criminal Ace Connors agrees to return to New York and stand trial for stealing $500,000 worth of bonds so he can serve a light five-year sentence and enjoy his loot (safely stowed away in ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Lucille Ball, John Hodiak, Lloyd Nolan, Hugo Haas

Votes: 399

Director Jules Dassin , Lucille Ball was under suspicion

13. Brute Force (1947)

Passed | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

At a tough penitentiary, prisoner Joe Collins plans to rebel against Captain Munsey, the power-mad chief guard.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford, Yvonne De Carlo

Votes: 7,925

Director Jules Dassin , starred Sam Levene , Jeff Corey , Roman Bohnen , Howard Duff , Art Smith

14. The Naked City (1948)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Two New York City detectives investigate the death of an attractive young woman. The apparent suicide turns out to be murder.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor

Votes: 10,854

Director Jules Dassin , written by Albert Maltz , starred Howard Duff , John Randolph , Hester Sondergaard

15. Thieves' Highway (1949)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Lawrence

Votes: 4,613

Director Jules Dassin , written by A. I. Bezzerides , starred Lee J. Cobb , Morris Carnovsky , Joseph Pevney

16. Night and the City (1950)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe

Votes: 10,632 | Gross: $3.60M

Director Jules Dassin , made in Britain

17. Rififi (1955)

Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Thriller

97 Metascore

Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey

Votes: 23,093 | Gross: $0.06M

Directed and written by Jules Dassin , his European comeback , he also starred in it

18. Uptight (1968)

M | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

Black revolutionaries are betrayed by one of their own. Based on the 1935 classic, "The Informer."

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Raymond St. Jacques, Ruby Dee, Frank Silvera, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 416

Director Jules Dassin , his first US film since 1949 , script by Ruby Dee who also starred in it

19. Deadline at Dawn (1946)

Approved | 83 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

When a woman he meets is murdered, a soon-to-ship-out sailor has until dawn to find the killer, aided by a weary dance hall girl.

Directors: Harold Clurman, William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Susan Hayward, Paul Lukas, Bill Williams, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 1,478

Directed by Harold Clurman , his only film , written by Clifford Odets , starred Roman Bohnen , produced by Adrian Scott , music by Hans Eisler

20. Casbah (1948)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Musical

The life, Loves and Adventures of a classic Casbah thief.

Director: John Berry | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Tony Martin, Peter Lorre, Märta Torén

Votes: 332

Directed by John Berry , written by Arnold Manoff

21. Tension (1949)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A meek pharmacist creates an alternate identity under which he plans to murder the bullying liquor salesman who has become his wife's lover.

Director: John Berry | Stars: Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse, Barry Sullivan

Votes: 2,267

Directed by John Berry , starred Lloyd Gough

22. The Hollywood Ten (1950)

15 min | Documentary, Short, History

A brief look at The Hollywood Ten, a group of screenwriters and directors charged of contempt of court after challenging the House of Anti-American Activities and their controversial and ... See full summary »

Director: John Berry | Stars: J. Parnell Thomas, Albert Maltz, Lester Cole, Samuel Ornitz

Votes: 177

Directed and written by John Berry

23. He Ran All the Way (1951)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Nick and his partner Al stage a payroll holdup. Al is shot and Nick kills a policeman. Nick hides out at a public pool, where he meets Peg Dobbs. They go back to her apartment and he forces her family to hide him from the police manhunt.

Director: John Berry | Stars: John Garfield, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, Selena Royle

Votes: 1,661

Directed by John Berry , written by Dalton Trumbo and Hugo Butler fronted by Guy Endore , starred John Garfield , Norman Lloyd , and produced by Garfield and Paul Trivers

24. Ça va barder (1955)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A con man (Eddie Constantine) is approached by a shipping magnate to become one of his security agents.

Director: John Berry | Stars: Eddie Constantine, May Britt, Jean Danet, Lyla Rocco

Votes: 97

Directed and written by John Berry in France

25. Je suis un sentimental (1955)

95 min | Crime, Thriller

Michel was just released from prison when he is suspected of having killed his wife as she was the one who brought him into prison. She also betrayed him with Rupert, a journalist not ... See full summary »

Director: John Berry | Stars: Eddie Constantine, Bella Darvi, Olivier Hussenot, Walter Chiari

Votes: 56

Directed and written by John Berry in France , written by Lee Gold and Tamara Hovey

26. Tamango (1958)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, History

A Dutch slave captain, on a voyage to Cuba, faces a revolt fomented by a newly captured African slave, Tamango. The slaves capture the captain's mistress, forcing a showdown.

Director: John Berry | Stars: Dorothy Dandridge, Curd Jürgens, Jean Servais, Alex Cressan

Votes: 162

Directed by John Berry in Europe - not noir but a great film , written by Lee Gold and Tamara Hovey

27. A Gun in His Hand (1945)

Passed | 19 min | Drama, Crime, Short

A man joins the police force to learn police procedures with the intention of getting away with crimes.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Tom Trout, Richard Gaines, Anthony Caruso, Hugh Beaumont

Votes: 199

Directed by Joseph Losey

28. The Lawless (1950)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A newspaper editor in a small agricultural town finds himself going against the people in the town when he gets involved in the plight of the area's fruit pickers, who are mostly Mexican.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Macdonald Carey, Gail Russell, Johnny Sands, Lee Patrick

Votes: 356

Directed by Joseph Losey

29. M (1951)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

In this Americanization of the 1931 German thriller, both the police and the criminal underworld stalk a mysterious killer who preys on small children.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: David Wayne, Howard Da Silva, Martin Gabel, Luther Adler

Votes: 1,443

Directed by Joseph Losey , written by Waldo Saltstarring Martin Gabel , Luther Adler , Howard Da Silva , Norman Lloyd , Karen Morley , Stanley Prager , production layout John Hubley

30. The Prowler (1951)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell, Katherine Warren

Votes: 2,636

Directed by Joseph Losey , written by Dalton Trumbo ( who also supplis the voice of the husband ) and Hugo Butler , production designer John Hubley

31. The Big Night (1951)

Approved | 75 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A teenager comes of age while seeking revenge on the man who beat up his father.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: John Drew Barrymore, Preston Foster, Joan Lorring, Howard St. John

Votes: 528

Directed and written by Joseph Losey , written by Losey , Hugo Butler and Ring Lardner Jr , starred Dorothy Commingore

32. Stranger on the Prowl (1952)

82 min | Drama

A nameless, homeless and rejected man who is looking for a new life and a young boy from an impoverished family, who is forced to steal when he loses the milk money. These two come together in the same hiding place.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Paul Muni, Joan Lorring, Vittorio Manunta, Luisa Rossi

Votes: 100

Directed by Joseph Losey in Italy under an alias , written by Ben Barzman under an alias

33. The Sleeping Tiger (1954)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

After a convict breaks in a psychotherapist's home, he agrees to rehabilitation rather than arrest but the therapist's wife becomes infatuated with him.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Alexis Smith, Alexander Knox, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 648

Directed and produced by Joseph Losey in Britain under an alias , written by Harold Buchman and Carl Foreman under an alias , starring Alexander Knox

34. Finger of Guilt (1956)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

A married movie studio executive's life, starts to fall apart when he is intimately stalked by a beautiful woman he claims he does not know.

Directors: Joseph Losey, Alec C. Snowden | Stars: Richard Basehart, Mary Murphy, Constance Cummings, Roger Livesey

Votes: 296

Directed by Joseph Losey in Britain under an alias , written by Howard Koch under an alias

35. X the Unknown (1956)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A radioactive, mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village.

Directors: Leslie Norman, Joseph Losey | Stars: Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern, Anthony Newley

Votes: 2,334

Directed by Joseph Losey in Britain uncredited

36. Time Without Pity (1957)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The day before a young man is to be executed for killing his girlfriend, his alcoholic father shows up to try to prove his innocence.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Ann Todd, Leo McKern, Paul Daneman

Votes: 952

Directed by Joseph Losey in Britain , written by Ben Barzman

37. Chance Meeting (1959)

95 min | Mystery, Thriller, Crime

In 1950s London, Dutch painter Jan-Van Rooyer has an affair with a rich married Frenchwoman who is murdered, causing Van Rooyer to become prime-suspect for the Scotland Yard.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Stanley Baker, Micheline Presle, John Van Eyssen

Votes: 581

Directed by Joseph Losey in Britain , written by Ben Barzman and Millard Lampell

38. Concrete Jungle (1960)

TV-14 | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In UK, after pulling a racetrack robbery, repeat offender Johnny Bannion hides the loot in a farmer's field but the police and the local mob come looking for Johnny and for the money.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Stanley Baker, Sam Wanamaker, Grégoire Aslan, Margit Saad

Votes: 1,063

Directed by Joseph Losey in Britain , starred Sam Wanamaker

39. Eva (1962)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Romance

A raw Welsh novelist in Venice is humiliated by a money-loving Frenchwoman who erotically ensnares him.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Stanley Baker, Virna Lisi, James Villiers

Votes: 1,018

Directed by Joseph Losey in France , written by Hugo Butler

40. These Are the Damned (1962)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

72 Metascore

An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors, Alexander Knox

Votes: 2,623

Directed by Joseph Losey in Britain , written by Ben Barzman uncredited

41. The Servant (1963)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama

93 Metascore

Upper-class Tony (James Fox) hires servant Hugo Barrett (Sir Dirk Bogarde), who turns out to have a hidden agenda.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig, James Fox

Votes: 8,049 | Gross: $0.04M

Directed and produced by Joseph Losey in Britain

42. The Argyle Secrets (1948)

Approved | 64 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

An investigative reporter tells his assistant about a book called The Argyle Album, which contains a list of people who were traitors and war profiteers during World War II. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: William Gargan, Marjorie Lord, Ralph Byrd, Jack Reitzen

Votes: 108

Directed and written by Cy Endfield

43. The Underworld Story (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The story of the fight of a small-town newspaper to free an innocent girl of a murder charge, with the publisher of a metropolitan city newspaper heading, by forced circumstances, the opposing forces.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Dan Duryea, Herbert Marshall, Gale Storm, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 557

Directed and written by Cy Endfield , written by Henry Blankfort , starred Howard Da Silva

44. The Sound of Fury (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A man who is down on his luck falls in with a criminal.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Kathleen Ryan, Richard Carlson, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 930

Directed and written by Cy Endfield , starred Lloyd Bridges , Art Smith

45. The Limping Man (1953)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A WWII veteran goes back to England after the war only to discover that his wartime sweetheart has got mixed up with a dangerous spy ring.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Moira Lister, Alan Wheatley, Leslie Phillips

Votes: 441

Directed by Cy Endfield in Britain under an alias , starred Lloyd Bridges