George E. Diskant Films Noir

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1. Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)

Approved | 62 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Expensive diamonds are stolen but before the thief can fence them he is strangled by ex-con Cueball, who then takes the gems and continues murdering people he believes are trying to swindle... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Lyle Latell, Rita Corday

Votes: 1,070

2. Desperate (1947)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

A young married couple flee both police and a gangster out for revenge.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr, Douglas Fowley

Votes: 1,799

3. Riffraff (1947)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A plane takes off from Peru (in a long no-dialogue scene) in a storm with two passengers; it lands in Panama with one. The missing man had valuable oil-location maps; everyone who is after ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Walter Slezak, Anne Jeffreys, Percy Kilbride

Votes: 467

4. They Live by Night (1948)

Passed | 95 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance

An escaped convict, injured during a robbery, falls in love with the woman who nurses him back to health, but their relationship seems doomed from the beginning.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Cathy O'Donnell, Farley Granger, Howard Da Silva, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 6,120

5. A Woman's Secret (1949)

Approved | 84 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

Failed singer Marian Washburn confesses she shot her friend, successful singer Susan Caldwell, but her manager Luke Jordan and Detective Fowler doubt her story and cannot establish a reasonable motive.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Grahame, Bill Williams

Votes: 1,265

6. Port of New York (1949)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Two narcotics agents go after a gang of murderous drug dealers who use ships docking at the New York harbor to smuggle in their contraband.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Scott Brady, Richard Rober, K.T. Stevens, Yul Brynner

Votes: 687

7. David Harding, Counterspy (1950)

Passed | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Based on the long-running radio program created by Philips H. Lord, the film opens with a radio commentator blasting the U. S. government for the manner in which a certain foreign power has... See full summary »

Director: Ray Nazarro | Stars: Willard Parker, Audrey Long, Howard St. John, Raymond Greenleaf

Votes: 47

8. Between Midnight and Dawn (1950)

Passed | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Prowl car cops on night duty romance a reluctant young lady while in danger from a vengeful racketeer.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Mark Stevens, Edmond O'Brien, Gale Storm, Donald Buka

Votes: 387

9. Sealed Cargo (1951)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Romance, War

In 1943, an American fishing boat has a fateful encounter with a seriously damaged Danish schooner off of Canada's Atlantic coast.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Dana Andrews, Carla Balenda, Claude Rains, Philip Dorn

Votes: 615

10. The Racket (1951)

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

In New York, two honest cops try to hinder a crime syndicate from moving into the precinct and also to prevent the mob's plan of electing a corrupt prosecutor to a judgeship.

Directors: John Cromwell, Mel Ferrer, Tay Garnett, Nicholas Ray, Sherman Todd | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Ryan, William Talman

Votes: 2,363

11. On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Rough city cop Jim Wilson is disciplined by his captain and is sent upstate, to a snowy mountain town, to help the local sheriff solve a murder case.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Ida Lupino | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper

Votes: 5,732

12. The Narrow Margin (1952)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White, Queenie Leonard

Votes: 6,458

13. Beware, My Lovely (1952)

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

A psychopath on the run takes a job as a handyman at the house of a lonely war widow.

Director: Harry Horner | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Taylor Holmes, Barbara Whiting

Votes: 1,484

14. Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand

Votes: 5,303

15. China Smith (1952– )

30 min | Adventure

Con artist and private eye China Smith works out of a bar in Singapore, roaming Asia in search of beautiful women (who like his tough style) and quick money. His nemeses are the friendly British Inspector and the scheming "empress."

Stars: Dan Duryea, Douglass Dumbrille, Myrna Dell, Clarence Lung

Votes: 16

16. The Bigamist (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A man secretly married to two women feels the pressure of his deceit.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 2,461

17. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Stacked Deck (1956)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Fresh out of prison, blackmailer Gus Anderson intends to use Willie's casino to launder his victims' money. To insure his cooperation, Gus' thugs are holding one of Willie's waiters hostage... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Dick Powell, Shirley Patterson, Regis Toomey, Herb Vigran

Votes: 11

18. Chevron Hall of Stars (1956– )
Episode: Double Cross (1956)

Comedy, Drama, Western

Private eye Richard Diamond is slugged, drugged and framed as he unravels a mystery involving two blondes, two counterfeiters and murder.

Director: Richard Kinon | Stars: Don Taylor, Jacques Aubuchon, Leonard Bremen, Marian Carr

19. Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957–1960)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Richard Diamond is a suave private investigator, who, at first, walks the mean streets of New York City, then later packs up and moves to Los Angeles, California, where he tools around in a... See full summary »

Stars: David Janssen, Roxane Brooks, Russ Conway, Regis Toomey

Votes: 174

20. Dante (1960–1961)

30 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Willie Dante carries his shady history, and old-time buddies Biff and Stewart, into the operation of his legit San Francisco nightclub. Neither the cops nor the bad guys really believe he's done with the underworld however. Much humor.

Stars: Howard Duff, Alan Mowbray, Tom D'Andrea, James Nolan

Votes: 37

21. The Detectives (1959–1962)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Captain Matt Holbrook leads a squad of brave and tough detectives in a large, unnamed city. Instead of leading personal lives, they spend all of their time tracking murderers, thieves, ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Taylor, Tige Andrews, Russell Thorson, Mark Goddard

Votes: 136

22. Michael Shayne (1960–1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Michael Shayne is a private detective who solves crimes in Miami, Florida.

Stars: Richard Denning, Herbert Rudley, Jerry Paris, Patricia Donahue

Votes: 55

23. Target: The Corruptors! (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama

The show featured a newspaper reporter, Paul Marino, and his undercover Agent, Jack Flood, as they infiltrated the mob and reported on a different type of crime every week. The results of ... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen McNally, Robert Harland, Harold J. Stone, Burt Brinckerhoff

Votes: 44



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