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Today, I am inspired by film titles of the 1920s and 30s. Although these titles were restricted to black and white, the typography speaks for itself.

Today, I am inspired by film titles of the 1920s and 30s. Although these titles were restricted to black and white, the typography speaks for itself.

Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Otto Preminger's "Laura." 1944. A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.

Laura (1944)

Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Otto Preminger's "Laura." 1944. A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.

Is 1945's "To Have and Have Not" really a film noir? Well, you got your Bogey and Becall, your Hawks, your Hemmingway and Falkner and even your Hoagy Carmichael. Let's check the dialogue: "Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow." Oh, yeah, film noir.

Is 1945's "To Have and Have Not" really a film noir? Well, you got your Bogey and Becall, your Hawks, your Hemmingway and Falkner and even your Hoagy Carmichael. Let's check the dialogue: "Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow." Oh, yeah, film noir.

Gloria Grahame as the quasi-femme fatale in the excellent "The Big Heat" 1953 which might be my favorite film noir.

Gloria Grahame as the quasi-femme fatale in the excellent "The Big Heat" 1953 which might be my favorite film noir.

Though the Hemingway element is literally less than ten minutes long, the movie the writers and director built around it is awesome.

Though the Hemingway element is literally less than ten minutes long, the movie the writers and director built around it is awesome.

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