Rita Hayworth & Orson Welles in “The Lady from Shanghai” (1947)

The Lady from Shanghai is a 1947 film noir directed by Orson Welles and starring Welles, his estranged wife Rita Hayworth and Everett Sloane. It is based on the novel If I Die Before I Wake by Sherwood King.

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Robert Coburn, Rita Hayworth in “The Lady from Shanghai” directed by Orson Welles, 1947 via

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Robert Coburn, Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth in “The Lady from Shanghai” directed by Orson Welles, 1947 via

Gene Tierney in Film Noir “Laura” (1944)

Laura is a 1944 American film noir produced and directed by Otto Preminger. It stars Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews and Clifton Webb along with Vincent Price and Judith Anderson. The screenplay by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein and Betty Reinhardt is based on the 1943 novel Laura by Vera Caspary. Tierney was best known for her portrayal of the title character in the film.

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Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944 via

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Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944 via

Gene Tierney in Film Noir Hit Laura (1944)

Laura is a 1944 American film noir produced and directed by Otto Preminger. It stars Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews and Clifton Webb.

In 1999, Laura was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. AFI named it one of the 10 best mystery films of all time, and it also appears on Roger Ebert’s “Great Movies” series.

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Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944 via

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Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944 via

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Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944 via

Jane Greer for Film Noir “Out Of The Past” (1946)

Film historians consider “Out of the Past” a superb example of film noir due to its complicated, dark storyline, dark cinematography and classic femme fatale. In the film a private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames. Jane Greer (1924 –  2001) stars as femme fatale Kathie Moffat.

 

In 1991, Out of the Past was added to the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

 

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine, during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine, during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine, during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine, during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

Veronica Lake for Film Noir “This Gun for Hire” (1942)

This Gun for Hire is a 1942 film noir, directed by Frank Tuttle and based on the 1936 novel (published in America with the same title, and in Britain with the title A Gun for Sale) by Graham Greene. The

In the film Veronica Lake stars as nightclub singer Ellen Graham. The film also stars Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, and Alan Ladd, who the movie made a star of.

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Portrait of Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942  via

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Portrait of Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942  via

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Portrait of Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942  via

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Portrait of Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942  via

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Portrait of Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942  via

 

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Portrait of Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942 via

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Portrait of Alan Ladd, Robert Preston and Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942  via

Bogart and Bacall For Film Noir Classic “The Big Sleep” (1946)

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Bogart (as Philip Marlowe ) and Bacall (as Vivian Rutledge) for The Big Sleep, 1946 via

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Bogart (as Philip Marlowe ) and Bacall (as Vivian Rutledge) for The Big Sleep, 1946 via

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Bogart (as Philip Marlowe ) and Bacall (as Vivian Rutledge) for The Big Sleep, 1946 via