manhattan noir


Like a time machine returning you to multicolored art deco neon signs, lights and shadows at the corner of Broadway and East 17th Street. A wisp of unspoken mystery prevails. New York. 1930 by Andy Blair


Gene Tierney (Scorpio sun, Moon in Pisces) was so beautiful. My new woman crush for sure. This film is on my to watch list. (Leave her to heaven 1945) I saw a documentary on Gene Tierney yesterday, and I was fascinated by her. She began on Broadway before signing a contract in Hollywood. She had a rough time, poor baby…Strange how some people seem to have it all in youth, and end up with nothing and no one at the end of their life. She was the ultimate femme fatale.

From what I gather, pretty much all her movies seem great. Though these are at the top of my list:

1. Laura (1944)
100% on rotten tomatoes

“In one of the most celebrated 1940s film noirs, Manhattan detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates the murder of Madison Avenue executive Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) in her fashionable apartment. On the trail of her murderer, McPherson quizzes Laura’s arrogant best friend, gossip columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb) and her comparatively mild fiancé, Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price). As the detective grows obsessed with the case, he finds himself falling in love with the dead woman.”-IMDb

2. Leave her to heaven (1945)
95% on rotten tomatoes

“While on a train, writer Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) strikes up a relationship with the gorgeous Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney). Ellen quickly becomes obsessed with Richard and abandons her fiancé, Russell Quinton (Vincent Price), to be with him. The couple rushes into marriage, with both of them caught up in romance and Richard intrigued by Ellen’s intensity. Only after settling into marriage, however, does Richard realize that she is psychotically jealous and highly unstable.”-IMDb

3. The ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
100% on rotten tomatoes

“Defying her conventional in-laws, young widow Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney) leaves London with her young daughter and moves away for a quieter life in a secluded seaside cottage. Lucy discovers the ghost of the deceased former owner, sea captain Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison), is haunting the house, but gathers the courage to stand up to him, and woman and ghost become friends. Faced with dwindling means of support, Lucy agrees to the Captain’s challenge to write his colorful life story.”-IMDb

4. Where the sidewalk ends (1950)
100% on rotten tomatoes

“Ashamed that his father lived a life of crime, hard-boiled New York City cop Mark Dixon (Dana Andrews) has a reputation for being too tough on criminals. So when Dixon unintentionally kills a murder suspect during a routine questioning, he hides the fact from the department and tries to pin the killing on his nemesis, notorious gangster Scalise (Gary Merrill). The snag in the cop’s plan comes when his boss wrongly accuses the father of Dixon’s love interest, Morgan (Gene Tierney), of the murder.”

5. Heaven can wait (1943)
89% on rotten tomatoes

“Spoiled playboy Henry van Cleve (Don Ameche) dies and arrives at the entrance to Hell, a final destination he is sure he deserves after living a life of profligacy. The devil (Laird Cregar), however, isn’t so sure Henry meets Hell’s standards. Convinced he is where he belongs, Henry recounts his life’s deeds, both good and bad, including an act of indiscretion during his 25-year marriage to his wife, Martha (Gene Tierney), with the hope that “His Excellency” will arrive at the proper judgment.“-IMDb

6. Dragonwyck (1946)
Only 67% on rotten tomatoes but it still sounds interesting to me, plus Vincent Price.

"For Miranda Wells (Gene Tierney), moving to New York to live in Dragonwyck Manor with her rich cousin, Nicholas (Vincent Price), seems like a dream. However, the situation gradually becomes nightmarish. She observes Nicholas’ troubled relationship with his tenant farmers, as well as with his daughter (Connie Marshall), to whom Miranda serves as governess. Her relationship with Nicholas intensifies after his wife dies, but his mental imbalance threatens any hope of happiness.”-IMDb

7. The Egyptian (1954)
61% on rotten tomatoes, not great reviews but I love anything to do with ancient Egypt. The clips I saw looked interesting, and the costumes are divine.

“In ancient Egypt, Sinuhe (Edmund Purdom) is a would-be doctor who saves the life of a young man (Michael Wilding) suffering from a seizure. When the afflicted youth awakes, he introduces himself as the Pharaoh Akhnaton and makes Sinuhe the royal healer. While working at his new, prestigious post, Sinuhe suffers through a botched romance and the death of his adoptive parents. Despondent, he leaves the Pharaoh’s court to bury his loved ones, and, in the process, incurs the wrath of Akhnaton.”-IMDb

If anyone is interested in watching the documentary on Gene Tierney’s life and career the link can be found below. (Note that the documentary is chopped up into parts, but they are easy to find in the side margins):