Fox Noir

Fox Noir

14 Episodes

The dark unconscious of midcentury America is reflected in these shadowy gems from Twentieth Century-Fox, where major directors like Otto Preminger, Elia Kazan, and Samuel Fuller, working with stars like Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, and Dana Andrews, created some of the defining film noirs of the genre’s golden era. Featuring the sophisticated murder mystery LAURA, the haunting existential carnival ride NIGHTMARE ALLEY (based on the same novel as Guillermo del Toro’s soon-to-be-released remake), and the Technicolor noir NIAGARA, starring Marilyn Monroe in her screen-scorching breakthrough performance, this selection of pulp classics and rarities is a plunge into the darkest realms of Hollywood’s imagination.

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  • Fox Noir Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Imogen Sara Smith on Fox Noir

    Episode 2

    The following interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith was recorded in 2021.

  • I Wake Up Screaming

    Episode 3

    Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone • 1941 • United States
    Starring Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis

    Promoter Frankie Christopher (Victor Mature) meets waitress Vicky Lynn (Carole Landis) and decides to parlay her beauty into a lucrative career. He succeeds only too well: she’s on the eve...

  • Laura

    Episode 4

    Directed by Otto Preminger • 1944 • United States
    Starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb

    One of the most sophisticated noirs of the 1940s, Otto Preminger’s classic mystery stars Gene Tierney as Laura Hunt, a Manhattan advertising executive who is murdered just before she is set to mar...

  • Hangover Square

    Episode 5

    Directed by John Brahm • 1945 • United States
    Starring Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders

    Following a string of murders coinciding with his blackouts, stressed-out composer George Harvey Bone (Laird Cregar, in his final performance before his untimely death) heeds his doctor’s advice an...

  • Somewhere in the Night

    Episode 6

    Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz • 1946 • United States
    Starring John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Lloyd Nolan

    George Taylor (John Hodiak), a World War II veteran suffering from amnesia, has only two clues to help him discover who he is: a letter from an angry woman who has something against him, and an...

  • Nightmare Alley

    Episode 7

    Directed by Edmund Goulding • 1947 • United States
    Starring Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray

    Darkness lurks behind the bright lights of a traveling carnival in one of the most haunting and perverse film noirs of the 1940s. Adapted from the scandalous best seller by William Lindsay Gresha...

  • Night and the City

    Episode 8

    Directed by Jules Dassin • 1950 • United States
    Starring Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers

    Two-bit hustler Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) longs for “a life of ease and plenty.” Trailed by an inglorious history of go-nowhere schemes, he tries to hatch a lucrative plan with a famous wr...

  • No Way Out

    Episode 9

    Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz • 1950 • United States
    Starring Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Sidney Poitier

    Sidney Poitier was launched to stardom with his powerful performance in this intense, unflinching exploration of racial hatred from writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. When a white p...

  • Panic in the Streets

    Episode 10

    Directed by Elia Kazan • 1950 • United States
    Starring Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes

    One night in the New Orleans slums, vicious hoodlum Blackie (Jack Palance, in his film debut) and his friends kill an undocumented immigrant who won too much in a card game. When Dr. Clint Re...

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Episode 11

    Directed by Otto Preminger • 1950 • United States
    Starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill

    Ben Hecht’s hard-bitten dialogue, Otto Preminger’s morally ambiguous direction, and one of Dana Andrews’s finest performances come together in this dark, brooding procedural. New York City cop Mar...

  • Niagara

    Episode 12

    Directed by Henry Hathaway • 1953 • United States
    Starring Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters

    Marilyn Monroe dazzles in her star-making turn as a devious femme fatale in this sultry tale of seduction and murder. While on vacation at Niagara Falls, Rose Loomis (Monroe) plots to murder her...

  • Pickup on South Street

    Episode 13

    Directed by Samuel Fuller • 1953 • United States
    Starring Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter

    Petty crook Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) has his eyes fixed on the big score. When the cocky three-time convict picks the pocketbook of unsuspecting Candy (Jean Peters), he finds a more spectacu...

  • Black Widow

    Episode 14

    Directed by Nunnally Johnson • 1954 • United States
    Starring Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney

    Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney, and George Raft lead an all-star cast in this lavishly mounted murder mystery set amid the glittering lights of Broadway—the rare film to be photographed ...