Richard Basehart Films Noir

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1. Repeat Performance (1947)

Approved | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

On New Year's Eve 1946, Sheila Page kills her husband Barney. She wishes that she could relive 1946 and avoid the mistakes that she made throughout the year. Her wish comes true but cheating fate proves more difficult than she anticipated.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Louis Hayward, Joan Leslie, Virginia Field, Tom Conway

Votes: 429

His first film , a minor part as the poet friend of Joan Leslie who gets put in the nut house , only to escape ...

2. Cry Wolf (1947)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Recently widowed Sandra Demarest arrives at the isolated home of her late husband for his wake, but his uncle will not allow her to view the corpse.

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Errol Flynn, Barbara Stanwyck, Geraldine Brooks, Richard Basehart

Votes: 1,110

His second film , one of the slightly odd family seemingly dominated by Errol Flynn

3. He Walked by Night (1948)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann | Stars: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell

Votes: 4,363

Third film , hat trick of noirs and a classic . One of the great psychopaths in film . His best role .

4. Reign of Terror (1949)

Approved | 89 min | History, Romance, Thriller

Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Arlene Dahl

Votes: 1,274

Slightly over the top as Robespierre in this cartoon version of the French Revolution shot as film noir .

5. Tension (1949)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A meek pharmacist creates an alternate identity under which he plans to murder the bullying liquor salesman who has become his wife's lover.

Director: John Berry | Stars: Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Cyd Charisse, Barry Sullivan

Votes: 2,293

The worm turns as weak husband decides to kill his wife's lover , becoming a completelt different person to do it .

6. Outside the Wall (1950)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A paroled convict's infatuation with a gold-digger nurse working at a sanitarium leads him to crime.

Director: Crane Wilbur | Stars: Richard Basehart, Marilyn Maxwell, Signe Hasso, Dorothy Hart

Votes: 86

Young man comes out of prison , ill at ease with the world , gets a job in a hospital and meets Marilyn Maxwell , what could go wrong ?

7. Fourteen Hours (1951)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

An unhappy man threatens suicide by standing on the ledge of a high-rise building for 14 hours.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes, Debra Paget

Votes: 2,039

Based on a true story , a man stands on the ledge of the fourteenth floor of a hotel ready to jump , a street cop tries to talk him out of it .

8. The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Concentration camp survivor Victoria Kowelska finds herself involved in mystery, greed, and murder when she assumes the identity of a dead friend in order to gain passage to America.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese, William Lundigan, Fay Baker

Votes: 2,369

Woman pretends to be someone else , trustee of her ' son ' seems to be trying to kill her ...

9. Fixed Bayonets! (1951)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Drama, War

The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O'Shea, Richard Hylton

Votes: 1,546

Nervous corporal , never killed anyone and desperate not to be an officer , as all his superiors get killed...

10. Decision Before Dawn (1951)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, War

As the US Army approaches Nazi Germany, they recruit German prisoners to spy behind German lines.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, Oskar Werner, Hildegard Knef

Votes: 2,129

Not noir , downbeat war film with great black and white photoghraphy . Plays the American with two German prisoners recruited for wartime espionage behind the lines . The end of a run of great films , off to Italy and Britain for rest of decade . Problems with the blacklist/greylist ? or just Hollywood running down

11. The Stranger's Hand (1954)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A British lad tries to investigate his father's disappearance in Venice when nobody believes him.

Director: Mario Soldati | Stars: Trevor Howard, Alida Valli, Richard Basehart, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 93

Minor role in an Italian / British film from a Graham Greene story .

12. The Good Die Young (1954)

Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In London, three otherwise law-abiding good men and their unscrupulous leader are about to commit a serious crime but for different reasons.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Gloria Grahame, Richard Basehart, Joan Collins

Votes: 702

British heist film , war veteran with a mother dominated wife is desperate to change his situation , and falls for smooth talker with a foolproof plan...

13. Jailbirds (1954)

94 min | Drama

Three prisoners are discharged from jail: Stefano Luprandi, a surgeon accused of murdering a patient by doing an unauthorized surgery, Giuseppe Rasi, unjustly processed for robbery, and ... See full synopsis »

Director: Vittorio Cottafavi | Stars: Richard Basehart, Eddie Constantine, Walter Chiari, Antonella Lualdi

Votes: 15

Italian film , a doctor accused of killing a patient is released from jail with two others

14. Il Bidone (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

A trio of con-men lead by a lonesome swindler must deal with their job and family pressures.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Richard Basehart, Giulietta Masina, Franco Fabrizi

Votes: 4,389

Not quite noir , but Basehart plays a con man named Picasso working with Broderick Crawford , who has a foolproof plan to make money . Unhappy ending guaranteed .

15. Finger of Guilt (1956)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

A married movie studio executive's life, starts to fall apart when he is intimately stalked by a beautiful woman he claims he does not know.

Directors: Joseph Losey, Alec C. Snowden | Stars: Richard Basehart, Mary Murphy, Constance Cummings, Roger Livesey

Votes: 297

Nightmare noir , a movie executive is stalked by a woman he does not know but seems to know him .

16. Portrait in Black (1960)

Approved | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After a married woman and her lover murder her cruel husband, they find themselves targeted by someone who is aware of their crime.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Lana Turner, Anthony Quinn, Richard Basehart, Sandra Dee

Votes: 1,110

More of a soap opera , sometimes called a noir .

TV version of the Hitchcock film

18. Hitler (1962)

Not Rated | 107 min | Biography, Drama, War

Richard Basehart stars as one of the most influential and one of the most reviled men in history in this probing psychological study of a man who nearly gained dominance over the entire ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Richard Basehart, Maria Emo, Cordula Trantow, Martin Kosleck

Votes: 258

Not noir , but has to go on the list . Scenery chewing to be expected , but a good film that needs finding .

19. Naked City (1958–1963)
Episode: Dust Devil on a Quiet Street (1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An acting class prank gone tragically awry leads the detectives to look closely at a talented but emotionally-tortured student.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, Harry Bellaver, Nancy Malone

Votes: 24

Appearance in the TV show taken from the classic noir of 1948 .

20. 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: 168

Cornell Woolrich , amnesia , people from the past trying to kill him , what more do you want ?

21. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)
Episode: Starring the Defense (1963)

48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Miles Crawford, a former movie star, is now a successful attorney. When his young son Tod is charged with first degree murder, he hires the best criminal lawyer, but then convinces Tod that... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Basehart, Russell Collins, S. John Launer

Votes: 126

An old movie star turned lawyer must defend his son



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