Noir on TV

by karljhickey14 | created - 16 Jun 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

TV versions of Films Noir , adaptations of stories by Noir authors , and some that just have the feel of Noir . Based (mostly) on watching them .

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1. Startime (1959–1961)
Episode: The Man (I) (1960)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

In a small town, an old lady (Thelma Ritter)in a large Victorian home has a visit from a man just out of the army.(Audie Murphy).He's in town looking for a job and a place to stay, and he ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevens | Stars: Audie Murphy, Thelma Ritter, Michael J. Pollard, Joseph Sullivan

Votes: 15

from the same story as Beware My Lovely 1953 , written by Mel Dinelli

2. Suspicion (1957–1958)
Episode: Four O'Clock (1957)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Paul Steppe, a watch repairman, suspects his wife is cheating on him while he tends to his store every afternoon. Consumed with jealousy, he devises a time bomb set to go off at four o' ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Nancy Kelly, E.G. Marshall, Richard Long, Tom Pittman

Votes: 165

directed by Hitchcock , from a Cornell Woolrich story

3. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Stacked Deck (1956)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Fresh out of prison, blackmailer Gus Anderson intends to use Willie's casino to launder his victims' money. To insure his cooperation, Gus' thugs are holding one of Willie's waiters hostage... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Dick Powell, Shirley Patterson, Regis Toomey, Herb Vigran

Votes: 13

4. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Meet McGraw (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

McGraw, a private eye, is hired by Lila Lamont to protect her from her threatening husband Louis.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Audrey Totter, Ellen Corby, Paul Picerni

Votes: 24

7. The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)
Episode: Killer in the House (1961)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

A man on the run hides out at his brother's house - something the brother and his wife are most uneasy about.

Director: David Friedkin | Stars: Dick Powell, Edmond O'Brien, Earl Holliman, Wallace Ford

Votes: 7

8. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: High Stakes (1956)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

An employee catches attractive Mrs. Raymond making a pass at Willie, then Mr. Raymond comes to the club with a gun to get even. Willie shoots him in self defense, but Willie is framed when Mr. Raymond's gun disappears.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Dick Powell, Frances Bergen, Herb Vigran, Walter Sande

Votes: 15

9. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Dante's Inferno (1952)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Willie Dante owns a bar and gambling house called Dante's Inferno. One night, the wife of an acquaintance tells Willie that her husband has threatened her. Willie comforts her and sends her home, but she turns up dead the next day.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Dick Powell, Virginia Grey, Regis Toomey, Marvin Miller

Votes: 10

10. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Squeeze (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Willie Dante begrudgingly lets the son of the district attorney play dice in his illegal gambling hall, under threat of exposure. Willie kicks him out anyway when he finds out that his ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Dick Powell, Richard Jaeckel, Regis Toomey, Herb Vigran

Votes: 23

11. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Hard Way (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Vic breaks the bank at Willie's gambling hall, and Willie unknowingly pays him off with counterfeit money. When Vic threatens him, Willie convinces him that they've both been duped, and they cooperate to track down the real culprit.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Dick Powell, Robert Osterloh, Regis Toomey, Elisabeth Fraser

Votes: 7

12. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The House Always Wins (1955)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Although it seems to be just another night in his gambling casino, Willie Dante runs into an old flame who reveals that the party she's with want to rob the place.

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: Dick Powell, Jean Willes, Herb Vigran, Regis Toomey

Votes: 21

14. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: A Long Way from Texas (1956)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Two con men target a naive young oilman from Texas. They visit Willie's gambling hall, and the con men threaten Willie. He decides to get revenge, and teach a lesson to the oilman.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Dick Powell, Regis Toomey, Alan Mowbray, Herb Vigran

15. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)
Episode: Committed (1954)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

Newspaper reporter turned novelist Dan Holiday is kidnapped, framed for murder, and held in an asylum before he escapes and proves his innocence.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Alan Ladd, John Howard, Virginia Gibson, Frank Ferguson

Votes: 8

17. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Contest (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The head of detectives runs into problems when he suspect his fiancé has committed murder.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Dick Powell, Marguerite Chapman, John Hubbard, Ray Walker

Votes: 20

18. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Detective's Holiday (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A detective (Dick Powell) takes a trip to a cabin in the woods to get away from it all. A man, his wife, and his two kids entertain him. When one of the kids let's it slip that their ... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Dick Powell, Joan Camden, Dick Foran, Ralph Moody

Votes: 12

19. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Gun (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Dick Powell plays a cop who returns home after a tough night only to be confronted with noisy kids, his wife, neighbors, delivery men and a vacuum cleaner salesman. When he discovers his ... See full summary »

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Dick Powell, Dorothy Green, Douglas Fowley, Larry J. Blake

Votes: 23

20. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: House for Sale (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A woman visits an isolated house expecting to meet with the realtor. Instead, she encounters a murderer who's escaped from a mental hospital. When a couple drops in to tour the home, she ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Bricken | Stars: Ida Lupino, George Macready, Thomas Browne Henry, Helen Brown

Votes: 27

21. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Listener (1956)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Sheila and her brother engineer a gas leak to kill her husband so they can split the insurance money. Overhearing the plot is the husband's invalid father, but it's no concern because he ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: Ida Lupino, Ralph Moody, Walter Coy, Richard Lupino

Votes: 10

22. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Search in the Night (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A newspaper reporter is intrigued as to why a woman hired a dive team to retrieve her purse from the Chicago River.

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Frances Rafferty, James Millican, Rhys Williams

Votes: 13

23. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: A Study in Panic (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Wise-guy newspaperman Fred Jordan writes a column making fun of "normal" men who panic during a fire. Soon afterward he gets a letter from a deranged man who promises Jordan that he will ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: Dick Powell, Dorothy Malone, George Eldredge, Claire Carleton

Votes: 20

24. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: To Die at Midnight (1956)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A prison warden desperately tries to prove that a man scheduled for execution is innocent.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Dick Powell, Stacy Harris, Alexander Campbell, Dan Barton

Votes: 10

25. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Witness (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A defense attorney idles in a swank restaurant while his client's on trial for murder. The attorney's PIs search for a female witness who can get the defendant off, so the attorney avoids ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Dick Powell, James Millican, Charles Bronson, Marian Carr

Votes: 30

26. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)
Episode: The Payoff (1956)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A private investigator is hired by a pretty blonde to collect an envelope at a boxing match and deliver it to her the next day. What's in the envelope causes some inconvenience.

Director: John Meredyth Lucas | Stars: Howard Duff, Janet Blair, Michael Fox, John Daheim

Votes: 18

28. Climax! (1954–1958)
Episode: An Error in Chemistry (1954)

Drama

A carnival huckster ingratiates himself with an elderly farmer and his naïve daughter; she soon falls for her new suitor and marries him, only to wind up dead shortly afterwards, the husband quick to confess.

Director: William H. Brown Jr. | Stars: William Lundigan, Edmond O'Brien, Lon Chaney Jr., Douglas Kennedy

Votes: 14

29. Climax! (1954–1958)
Episode: Casino Royale (1954)

Unrated | 52 min | Drama

American spy James Bond must outsmart card wiz and crime boss LeChiffre while monitoring his actions.

Director: William H. Brown Jr. | Stars: Barry Nelson, Peter Lorre, Linda Christian, Michael Pate

Votes: 992

31. Climax! (1954–1958)
Episode: The Long Goodbye (1954)

Drama

Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.

Director: William H. Brown Jr. | Stars: Dick Powell, Tristram Coffin, Tom Drake, William Lundigan

34. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: The Big Switch (1956)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Gangster Sam Dunleavy sets up an elaborate alibi so that he can kill his ex-girlfriend Goldie, who left him for another man.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, George Mathews, Beverly Michaels, George E. Stone

Votes: 517

35. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: Momentum (1956)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Richard Paine decides to steal money from his boss that he has owed him for months, and it turns into an unnecessary and ironic murder.

Director: Robert Stevens | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Skip Homeier, Joanne Woodward, Ken Christy

Votes: 375

36. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: The Woman Who Wanted to Live (1962)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When a woman is forced by a murderer to drive him to safety, she deliberately passes up chances to escape.

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Bronson, Lola Albright, Ray Montgomery

Votes: 166

37. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: The Night the World Ended (1957)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A newsman plays a joke on a homeless man by showing him a fake article that says the world is going end that night, but the prank has deadly results.

Director: Justus Addiss | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Russell Collins, Harold J. Stone, Edith Barrett

Votes: 302

38. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: Post Mortem (1958)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A wife refuses to let her husband squander away the money from a 133,000 dollar sweepstakes ticket inherited from her first dead spouse, so he plans on killing her.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Steve Forrest, Joanna Moore, James Gregory

Votes: 234

39. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)
Episode: Beast in View (1964)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An attorney helps a client threatened by an unstable woman who blames her for a broken wedding engagement.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Hackett, Kevin McCarthy, Kathleen Nolan

Votes: 138

40. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)
Episode: The Black Curtain (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mugging restores the memory of a man with amnesia.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Basehart, Lola Albright, Harold J. Stone

Votes: 169

41. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)
Episode: An Out for Oscar (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mousey bank teller Oscar Blenny, a guest at a desert casino, is enamored with Eva, a seductive casino hostess, who's happily juggling 2 male co-workers. With the sinister Bill she's ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Girard | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Henry Silva, Linda Christian, Larry Storch

Votes: 136

42. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)
Episode: Ride the Nightmare (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A perfect couple's content suburban world is interrupted by a telephone threat ("I'm going to kill you") against the cocksure husband. His past misdeeds unravel his new life, terrifying his unknowing wife.

Director: Bernard Girard | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Hugh O'Brian, Gena Rowlands, John Anderson

Votes: 173

43. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)
Episode: Three Wives Too Many (1964)

48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

One of a bigamist's 4 wives, takes it on her own to track down and kill the other three women.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Dan Duryea, Linda Lawson

Votes: 167

44. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)
Episode: An Unlocked Window (1965)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A serial killer is in the area where some private nurses have locked themselves in a large house, except for one basement window.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Dana Wynter, T.C. Jones, Louise Latham

Votes: 458