Film Noir Treasures from the 1940s Coming to DVD From TCM and Universal Studios Home Entertainment

This news comes just in time for Noirvember! How perfect. I’ve seen all three of the films coming out on this set and I can’t recommend them enough. Also included in this press release is the five films that Film Noir Foundation founder and president Eddie Muller will be showing during his stint as guest hot with Robert Osborne on TCM in January. Two of the five films I’ve seen and the other two are ones I’ve been dying to see. Actually, the two films that Eddie has picked that I have seen I saw because of him! One at TCMFF12 and the other during Noir City X. I see a pattern emerging.

Three film noir treasures from the 1940s are coming to home video for the first time this December with a three-disc DVD collection from TCM and Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Released as part of the TCM Vault Collection, Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers features stories by three of the greatest hard-boiled mystery writers: Dashiell Hammett, Cornell Woolrich and Raymond Chandler. The set includes The Glass Key (1942), starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy and William Bendix; Phantom Lady (1944), starring Ella Raines, Franchot Tone and Elisha Cook Jr.; and The Blue Dahlia (1946), with Ladd, Lake and Bendix starring alongside Howard da Silva and Hugh Beaumont.

TCM and Universal’s Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers collection will be available on Dec. 3 exclusively through TCM’s online store.  TCM will whet fans’ appetites for the collection with a special on-air presentation of The Glass Key.

In addition to releasing the Dark Crimes DVD collection, TCM will give fans of film noir the chance to enjoy an entire night of the genre. On Thursday, Jan. 17, author and noir expert Eddie Muller (Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir) will join TCM host Robert Osborne to present five memorable thrillers from the 1950s. The lineup is set to feature Cry Danger (1951), with Dick Powell and Rhonda Fleming; 99 River Street (1953), starring John Payne and Evelyn Keyes; Tomorrow is Another Day (1951), with Ruth Roman and Steve Cochran; The Breaking Point (1950), starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal; and The Prowler (1951), starring Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes.

TCM and Universal’s Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers collection, features extensive onscreen bonus materials, including an introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, photos, posters, lobby cards and more. The set includes the following three films:

The Glass Key (1942) – Brian Donlevy, Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake star in this stylish remake of the 1935 film based on Dashiell Hammett’s popular pulp fiction. The story follows a ruthless political boss and his personal advisor, who become entangled in a web of organized crime and murder involving the daughter of a rising gubernatorial candidate. Akira Kurosawa once claimed this film to be the inspiration for his classic samurai flick Yojimbo (1961).

Phantom Lady (1944) – A man arrested for murdering his wife is unable to produce his only alibi – a mysterious woman he met in a bar –.in this adaptation of a novel by legendary mystery author Cornell Woolrich. Now his loyal secretary must go undercover to locate her. Ella Raines, Franchot Tone, Thomas Gomez, Alan Curtis and Elisha Cook Jr. star, with Robert Siodmak directing. A sexually charged drumming scene was reportedly dubbed by legendary musician Buddy Rich.

The Blue Dahlia (1946) – A WWII veteran who has been accused of killing his unfaithful wife races against time to find the real murderer with the help of a sympathetic stranger. Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard da Silva and Hugh Beaumont star in this John Houseman production directed by George Marshall. Literary giant Raymond Chandler’s original screenplay earned an Oscar nomination.

About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on November 14, 2012, in DVDs and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the noir news! Also, it’s great to see how Hammett’s novel (reportedly mixed in with bits of another Hammett novel, Red Harvest) inspired Yojimbo, which spawned A Fistful of Dollars, which in turn gave birth to the entire spaghetti Western genre.

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