Fox Noir

Fox Noir

9 Episodes

The troubled, cynical underbelly of postwar America is reflected in these dark diamonds from Twentieth Century-Fox, where directors like Otto Preminger, Elia Kazan, and Henry Hathaway, working with stars such as Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, and Dana Andrews, created some of the defining film noirs of the 1940s and ’50s. In gritty crime dramas like CALL NORTHSIDE 777 and CRY OF THE CITY, Fox distinguished itself with documentary-like location shooting that gave their productions a jolt of bracing realism, while Robert Wise’s THE HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL combines noir and gothic melodrama for a moody mystery of curiously strange and haunting power.

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Fox Noir
  • Fox Noir Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Fallen Angel

    Episode 2

    Directed by Otto Preminger • 1945 • United States
    Starring Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell

    A shady Dana Andrews is caught between pure-hearted Alice Faye and a memorably dissolute Linda Darnell in this fatalistic journey into the dark underbelly of small-town America, which reunited the ...

  • The Dark Corner

    Episode 3

    Directed by Henry Hathaway • 1946 • United States
    Starring Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix

    Bradford Galt (Mark Stevens) is a tough New York private detective with a checkered past. When he discovers that an old adversary has put a tail on him, it proves to be just the first strand in ...

  • Kiss of Death

    Episode 4

    Directed by Henry Hathaway • 1947 • United States
    Starring Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray

    Richard Widmark made a sensational screen debut, scoring an Academy Award nomination for his unforgettable turn as menacingly grinning, giggling psychopath Tommy Udo (don’t let him near your gran...

  • Call Northside 777

    Episode 5

    Directed by Henry Hathaway • 1948 • United States
    Starring James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb

    Lent a gritty authenticity through striking Chicago location shooting and quasi-procedural attention to detail, CALL NORTHSIDE 777 is a prime example of the docudrama-stye noirs that proliferated...

  • Cry of the City

    Episode 6

    Directed by Robert Siodmak • 1948 • United States
    Starring Victor Mature, Richard Conte, Fred Clark

    Film noir master Robert Siodmak brings a surfeit of expressionistic atmosphere to this gritty tale of two childhood friends whose lives take radically different paths. Lt. Candella (Victor Mature)...

  • Thieves’ Highway

    Episode 7

    Directed by Jules Dassin • 1949 • United States
    Starring Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb

    THIEVES’ HIGHWAY vividly depicts the perilous world of “long-haul boys,” who drive by night to bring their goods to the markets of America’s cities. Richard Conte stars as ex-GI Nick Garcos, a ...

  • Panic in the Streets

    Episode 8

    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...

  • The House on Telegraph Hill

    Episode 9

    Directed by Robert Wise • 1951 • United States
    Starring Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese, William Lundigan

    This intriguing, richly atmospheric film noir unfolds in a spooky Victorian mansion below Coit Tower in San Francisco. Victoria Kowelska (Valentina Cortese) has lived through World War I...