Pages of Noir: The Books that Became Film Noir (fiction)

This is a compilation of novels, short story collection and the occasional play that were adapted for the screen in Hollywood during the 1940's and 1950's and created the style later coined by French critics as film noir. While many texts and films share the same title, a good number do not, and so if you are interested to see what texts became which films, take a look at the complete list I compiled here.
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105 books · 93 voters · list created August 11th, 2011 by Jesse (votes) .
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message 1: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Aug 26, 2011 12:23PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) I added Woolrich's I Married a Dead Man (adapted in 1950 as No Man of Her Own, starring Barbara Stanwyck), Knott's Dial M for Murder (adapted in 1954 by Alfred Hitchcock; screenplay likewise by Knott), Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution (adapted in 1958 by Billy Wilder, starring Marlene Dietrich) and the Library of America "American Noir" compilations bringing together a substantial number of these books -- I hope that's OK!

ETA: Also, do I understand correctly that this list is intended to comprise only novels, stories etc. that were actually adapted in the 1940s and 1950s -- not later, however successful or critically acclaimed the adaptations?


message 2: by Bob (new)

Bob The Hot Spot should be added....both the book and the movie were very good.


message 3: by Bob (new)

Bob Charles Williams....The Hot Spot should be added


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's pretty easy to add books to lists; at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


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