Murder, My Sweet (1944) – Edward Dmytryk

Dick Powell doesn’t quite have the narration patter down of a hard-boiled private investigator, especially not for the one he’s playing, Philip Marlowe, still, this is a great little film-noir bringing another incarnation of Raymond Chandler’s iconic character to the silver screen. And he handles the actual dialogue with his co-stars well, it’s just the…

The A-Team (1984) – The Maltese Cow and In Plane Sight 

  The A-Team comes to the aid of a friend in The Maltese Cow. This episode was written by Thomas E. Szollosi and Richard Christian Matheson, and had an original airdate of 3 January, 1984. With some of their earnings, Hannibal (George Peppard) has asked Face (Dirk Benedict) to invest in their friend, Sam Yeng’s…

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) – Carl Reiner

Where Monsieur Hulot’s recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book suggested Blazing Saddles as a western send-up, the hilarious Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid starring Steve Martin skewers the noir genre lovingly by intercutting out hero Rigby Reardon (Martin) with actual footage from classic noir films. Reardon, a cynical gumshoe who…