This Noirvember!

It’s that time of year again – NOIRVEMBER!

It’s a chance to check out a film noir for the first time or take a second helping of a past favorite.

Below are a few film noirs that you can catch on MOVIES! Network this November.


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Based on the novel by Vera Caspary, this noir follows Dana Andrews who plays a detective trying to solve the murder of Laura. Was it her playboy fiancé? Her stern socialite aunt? A controlling newspaper critic? Directed by Otto Preminger, the film won an Academy Award for its cinematography.

For Gene Tierney fans, you can also see her in Whirlpool, Night and the City, and Where the Sidewalk Ends.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

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Lana Turner and John Garfield turn in a steamy performance in this classic. Garfield is a drifter who can’t help but notice Turner. Unfortunately, she’s a married woman. But maybe with a bit of luck (and some murderous intent), this obstacle can be overcome… This film was later remade in 1981 with Jessica Lange and Jack Nicholson in the lead roles; Turner wasn’t a fan of the update and thought the original was able to convey the sexual tension perfectly without needing to show as much skin.

Crime Wave

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Sometimes turning your life around just isn’t easy. And that’s what Gene Nelson's character discovers when his former cell mate escapes and gets him tangled up with gruff police officer. Viewers will also notice a young Charles Bronson credited as “Charles Buchinsky” in the film.


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Joan Crawford is a woman possessed by love! But what happens when that love isn’t reciprocated? Buckle up! This film was released two years after Mildred Pierce, for which Crawford won an Oscar. For her performance in this film, she was again nominated, but she lost to Loretta Young (The Farmer's Daughter).

No Way Out

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Don’t miss Sidney Poitier’s first credited film appearance in this film noir. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Poitier was twenty-two years old when he played a doctor targeted by a bigoted man, played by Richard Widmark. Poitier and Widmark got along on set and would work together in several films in the coming years, including 1982's Hanky Panky, which Sidney directed.

White Heat

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James Cagney found breakthrough Hollywood success thanks to gangster films, so it seems fitting that his comeback role would also be a heavy. White Heat reteamed Cagney with director Raoul Walsh, whom he had worked with in The Roaring Twenties. The story purposefully explored the villain’s psyche, including his mother-fixation, to get a fuller picture of what made him tick. This classic features the memorable climatic line, “Made it ma! Top of the world!”