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Gene Tierney and Victor Mature in The Shanghai Gesture (1941), directed by Josef von Sternberg

Gene Tierney and Victor Mature in The Shanghai Gesture (1941), directed by Josef von Sternberg

"The Maltese Falcon" was released in 1941, with a bigger budget and bigger stars than many of the B-movie noirs to follow. It's a template for the genre, with Humphrey Bogart as the hard-bitten but morally compromised hero, Mary Astor as the femme fatale, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre as slimy villains, and Elisha Cook, Jr., as the gun-toting enforcer.

"The Maltese Falcon" was released in 1941, with a bigger budget and bigger stars than many of the B-movie noirs to follow. It's a template for the genre, with Humphrey Bogart as the hard-bitten but morally compromised hero, Mary Astor as the femme fatale, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre as slimy villains, and Elisha Cook, Jr., as the gun-toting enforcer.

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Richard Widmark in Harry Fabian's "Night and the City." 1950. 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. Found the Golden Reel on a porch across from MacArthur Park in LA Noire

Richard Widmark in Harry Fabian's "Night and the City." 1950. 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. Found the Golden Reel on a porch across from MacArthur Park in LA Noire

lillian hellman. great writer from the south.                Google Image Result for http://www.southernliterarytrail.org/images/lillian_hellman3.jpg

lillian hellman. great writer from the south. Google Image Result for http://www.southernliterarytrail.org/images/lillian_hellman3.jpg

Dashiell Hammett.Pulp writer Ex detective Creator of Sam Spade and Nick / Nora Charles

Dashiell Hammett.Pulp writer Ex detective Creator of Sam Spade and Nick / Nora Charles

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