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Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics

Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics

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DVD - 2009
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The sniper: San Francisco delivery van driver Edward Miller is unable to control his hatred of the women who reject him and the intense jealousy he feels whenever he sees lovers together. When he goes on a killing spree, the police must try and discover who he is. The big heat: A policeman is driven by grief to wage a relentless vendetta against a mobster. 5 against the house: Four Korean war vets dream up a college prank to rob a casino, convincing the girlfriend of one of them to help. Problems arise when one of the vets, who suffers from a war injury, turns the prank serious. The lineup: Police track two ruthless killers across San Francisco. Murder by contract: A hit man discovers his next target is a woman.

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cdonaldsontx
Dec 01, 2015

I liked the second part of this collection better. This collection of movies is more focused on the psychology of the criminal. To me, classic film noir is not so concerned with why a criminal does something. Some people are just bad in traditional film noir.
These movies are great 1950s crime dramas. Suspenseful with some outstanding performances. A good choice for a weekend of movies.

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d1967
Jan 06, 2014

The Big Heat is fantastic !

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ManMachine
Feb 20, 2013

Wow! Volume 1 of Columbia's Film Noir Classics is an excellent collection of 5 first-rate Crime-Thrillers from the 1950s that are guaranteed to keep you on the very edge of your seat with all of the high-energy suspense and drama._____ Two of my faves were "Murder By Contract" (which has the hired assassin finding out (too late in the game to back out) that his next target is a woman) - and - "The Sniper" (actor Arthur Franz gives a very sensitive performance as the troubled, young man who stalks women and shoots them down, dead with his M-1 rifle),_____ All beautifully filmed in stark b&w, each of these classic pictures has an approx. running time of 90 minutes.

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sk8jj
Oct 03, 2012

Murder by contract was the best of all time!! the other films were not worth seeing more than once. I am still thinking about the music and the interesting charcter of the contract killer. so good I will watch again!!!

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Janice21383
Apr 26, 2011

Black & white & red all over. The Lineup: Do NOT take home a man who picks you up at an aquarium. Another man, in a wheelchair, is not only thrown off a balcony, he also squashes a skater on the ice below. This is known as a noir hat trick. The Big Heat: what I said, under another listing. 5 against the house: I don't disagree with the previous comment, but it has something, especially in the casino scenes. Like what might have happened to Don Draper, if he had gone to college under the GI Bill. Murder By Contract: What to do, kids, with one cool actor, and a budget of $5.50. The Sniper: One of the first, and last films to treat a serial killer with insight and compassion. Educational, too. Did you know, for example, 1950s cops had no hand-held radios, and communicated by whistling? A highlight: the police round up the usual suspects (they really did, then), which, in San Francisco, amounts to scores of sex perverts. The cop in charge of the line-up can't resist turning it into a standup comedy show. Very funny, very sad.

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stuvw27
Oct 19, 2010

Nice overall , but Not what I would call "Noir".

5 AGAINST THE HOUSE

Badly acted and poorly written potboiler that simmers along with barely enough story to interest a six year old. This is not surprising since it is based on a story from Good Housekeeping Magazine: Casino Robbing Hints from Heloise. It should tell you a lot that the best acting here is done by Brian Keith. Early Kim Novak is totally w...asted and is even required to do the traditional female knuckle biting while the men slug it out. Lead actor Guy “Wild Bill Hickok” Madison should have remained on TV with his sidekick Jingles. The main interest is a good deal of nice second unit location shooting used in a few tasty rear projections. Incidentally, riding in a moving house trailer is much, much noisier than indicated! Definitely a B movie and NOT what I would call "film-noir"! Lotsa nice 50s cars though.

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