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Hollywood Film Noir in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles S

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"Convicted thief John Muller tries to go into hiding by assuming the identity of a psychiatrist (Dr. Bartok) who looks just like him."

The Set Up
"An over-the-hill boxer thinks he can still win a bout, despite doubts from his wife and his manager. He goes into his next fight determined to beat his opponent, not realizing his manager has taken money for a 'dive' from a tough gambler. Heightening the tension, the film takes place over the course of 72 minutes, its approximate running time."

711 Ocean Drive
"...a telephone repairman who uses his knowledge to help his bookie expand his business to increased profits and rises to the top. But when syndicate head Otto Kruger wants to take over, things start to get dicey -- and O'Brien's in too deep to call the cops."

Shadow of a Doubt
"A beguiling murderer charms his unsuspecting family, but soon his niece and namesake begins to suspect her uncle is hiding a terrible secret."

Side  Street
"Joe Norson, a poor letter carrier with a sweet, pregnant wife, yields to momentary temptation and steals $30,000 belonging to a pair of ruthless blackmailers who won't stop at murder. After a few days of soul-searching, Joe offers to return the money, only to find that the 'friend' he left it with has disappeared. Now every move Joe makes plunges him deeper into trouble, as he's pursued and pursuing through the shadowy, sinister side of New York."

Slightly Scarlet
"Two sisters--one radiant and respectable, the other a kleptomaniac--both love the same man, an irresistible charmer with questionable scruples."

Sorry, Wrong Number
"Young, rich, bedridden Barbara Stanwyck dials a telephone number one night and overhears two men plotting the murder of an unidentified woman. She becomes frantic. Her terror is intensified by mysterious calls from an old college rival and a friend of her father. With time running out, Stanwyck pieces evidence together that leads her to suspect that it is her husband who wants her murdered."

The Sniper
"San Francisco delivery van driver Edward Miller is unable to control his hatred of the women who reject him and the intense jealousy he feels whenever he sees lovers together. When he goes on a killing spree, the police must try and discover who he is."

Strange Love of Martha Ivers
"Martha Ivers is a rich and conceited heiress bound to a man she despises because of a crime she committed long ago."

"Charles Rankin, a college professor living Connecticut, is hiding an evil Nazi past. When one of his guilt-stricken ex-soldiers shows up in town, the two men go for a long walk into the woods, but Rankin comes out alone."

Stranger on the Third Floor
"Rising reporter Michael Ward is a key witness in the murder trial of young Joe Briggs, who is convicted on circumstantial evidence while swearing innocence. Mike's girl Jane believes in Joe and blames Mike, who (in a remarkable sequence) dreams he is himself convicted of murdering his nosy neighbor. Will his dream come true before Jane can find the real murderer."

Strangers on a Train
"A tennis star (Guy) is harassed on a train by a psychotic (Bruno)who wants to swap murders and who proceeds to carry out his part of the unconfirmed bargain."

Sudden Fear
"On a train headed home to California, Myra Hudson falls in love with and marries actor Lester Blaine, whom she has just fired from her most recent New York play. Back on her San Francisco estate, something evil appears to be lurking beneath the surface of the couple's idyllic life."

Sunset Boulevard
"Pursued by creditors, Joe swerves into a driveway of a seemingly abandoned Sunset Boulevard mansion. He finds Norma, an ex-screen queen dreaming of a dramatic comeback and her husband/servant living there. She takes a fancy to Joe and, learning that he is a scriptwriter, persuades him to help her with her comeback screenplay. Being broke he accepts. He falls in love with a young script reader, but Norma breaks up their romance, setting tragedy into motion."

"Frank Leonard owns an ice rink where his wife Roberta is star of the ice show. When Joe Morgan enters the scene, he tries to take both Frank's money and his wife. Soon, one part of this love triangle is murdered, but everything is not as it seems."

Sweet Smell of Success
"A powerful film about a ruthless journalist and an unscrupulous press agent who'll do anthing to achieve success."

"A film noir 'thriller' that presents the true case of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, brilliant young men from good Jewish families, who were convicted for murdering a 13-year-old boy."