Killer Bs

Killer Bs

2 Episodes

In the late 1940s, Anthony Mann produced a string of remarkable B movies that turned Poverty Row production values and dime-novel premises into stone-cold noir masterpieces thanks to their edgy psychological complexity and expressionist visual design. Two of Mann’s finest, T-MEN and RAW DEAL both feature hardboiled performances from Dennis O’Keefe (as lawman and fugitive, respectively) and the striking chiaroscuro of pioneering noir cinematographer John Alton. A true artist of light and shadow, Alton imbues these dark gems with an almost otherworldly atmosphere of dreamlike dread.

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Killer Bs
  • T-Men
    Episode 1


    Episode 1

    Directed by Anthony Mann • 1947 • United States
    Starring Dennis O’Keefe, Wallace Ford, Alfred Ryder

    Often cited as the finest of Anthony Mann’s crackerjack B noirs, this expressionistically stylized thriller follows two US Treasury agents (Dennis O’Keefe and Alfred Ryder) as they infiltrate t...

  • Raw Deal

    Episode 2

    Directed by Anthony Mann • 1948 • United States
    Starring Dennis O’Keefe, Claire Trevor, Raymond Burr

    With this dreamy, mood-drenched thriller, Anthony Mann pushed the low-budget noir to new heights of expressive possibility, finding unexpected emotional depths in the story of a fugitive (Denn...