Film Kirk Douglas Film Noir Roles

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List of Film noir movies/films with performances by Kirk Douglas, listed alphabetically with movie trailers when available. These Kirk Douglas Film noir roles include starring, supporting and cameo appearances. You can sort these Kirk Douglas Film noir movies for additional information as well, such as who directed the films and when they were released. Over the years Kirk Douglas has become known for playing characters in Film noir movies, so this list is the perfect resource for finding some you haven't already seen.

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Ace in the Hole is a 1951 American film noir starring Kirk Douglas as a cynical, disgraced reporter who stops at nothing to try to regain a job on a major newspaper. It marked a series of firsts for auteur Billy Wilder: it was the first time he was involved in a project as a writer, producer, and director; his first film following his breakup with long-time writing partner Charles Brackett, with whom he had collaborated on The Lost Weekend and Sunset Boulevard, among others; and his first film to be a critical and commercial failure. The story is a biting examination of the seedy relationship between the press, the news it reports and the manner in which it reports it. Without consulting ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Iron Eyes Cody, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal, + more

Initial Release: 1951

Directed by: Billy Wilder

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Champion is a 1949 American film noir drama based on a short story by Ring Lardner. Filmed in black-and-white, it recounts the struggles of boxer "Midge" Kelly fighting his own demons while working to achieve success in the boxing ring. The drama was directed by Mark Robson, with cinematography by Franz Planer. The drama features Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, and others. The film won an Academy Award for Editing and gained five other nominations as well, including a Best Actor for Douglas. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Ruth Roman, Paul Stewart, Harry Shannon, + more

Initial Release: 1949

Directed by: Mark Robson

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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is a 1982 comedy-mystery film directed by Carl Reiner. Starring Steve Martin and Rachel Ward, the film is both a parody of, and an homage to, film noir and the pulp detective movies of the 1940s. Edited by Bud Molin, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is partly a collage film, incorporating clips from 18 different vintage films. They are combined with more recent footage of Martin and other actors similarly shot in black-and-white, with the result that the original dialogue and acting of the classic films have now become part of a completely different story. Among the actors who appear from classic films are Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Joan Crawford, Bette ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Cary Grant, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, + more

Initial Release: 1982

Directed by: Carl Reiner

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#36 on The Best Movies of 1982

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Detective Story is a 1951 film noir which tells the story of one day in the lives of the various people who populate a police detective squad. It features Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, Cathy O'Donnell, and George Macready. Both Lee Grant and Joseph Wiseman perform in their film debuts. The movie was adapted by Robert Wyler and Philip Yordan from the 1949 play of the same name by Sidney Kingsley. Nominated for four Academy Awards, it was directed by William Wyler. An embittered New York cop leads a precinct of characters in their grim daily battle with the city's lowlife. Little does he realize that his obsessive pursuit of an abortionist is leading him to discover his wife ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, Lee Grant, William Bendix, George Macready, + more

Initial Release: 1951

Directed by: William Wyler

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