This post was my submission to the December 2012 special, double-issue of The Dark Pages, the newsletter for film noir lovers, which was dedicated to Edmund Goulding’s 1947 classic, Nightmare Alley. My topic was, “1947: The Year in Noir.” And what a year it was!
Let’s get to them – just the facts. In 1947, the life expectancy in the United States was 66.8 years and the homicide rate, a statistic of high importance to noir aficionados, was 6.1 per every 100,000 people – both of those sure to be much different if you happen to be one of the hard-boiled characters in a noir film. And there are many of those films – from the obscure to the popular – which guarantee a myriad of dark streets, obsessive behavior, murdering thugs and their dames that were released in 1947.
One of the most successful films released that…
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