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88 minutes · 1949

Along with James Whale's The Great Garrick, this 1949 melodrama about the French Revolution, also known as The Black Book, is one of the few period pictures that qualify as film noir; Anthony Mann directed it with sumptuously arty chiaroscuro (cinematography by John Alton). With the two leads (Robert Cummings and Arlene Dahl) periodically steering it in the direction of camp, this film is loads of fun. Richard Basehart also stars; Philip Yordan scripted.
Director: Anthony Mann
Producer: William Cameron Menzies
Cast: Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Arlene Dahl, Richard Hart, Arnold Moss, Jess Barker, Norman Lloyd, Wade Crosby, William Challee, Georgette Windsor, Charles McGraw, Ellen Lowe, John Doucette and Frank Conlan

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