Edited by Wisconsin Mark on 8/24/2015, 11:43 am
Here is my rough list of possible noir films that MAY be missing. I provided this list (not yet including The Big Break) to John Grant, and he had not seen any of them. I'll mark the ones that are on the BFI's "Most Wanted" list.
The Accused (1953)
Alive on Saturday (1957) (on BFI list)
The Big Break (1953)
Blind Man’s Bluff (1952)
Bungalow 13 (1948)
But Not in Vain (1958) (on BFI list)
The Checkered Coat (1948)
Chelsea Story (1951)
Crosstrap (1961) (on BFI list)
Dark Interval (1950)
Deadly Record (1959) FOUND
The Golden Link (1954)
The Great Plane Robbery (1950)
The High Powered Rifle (1960)
I Cheated the Law (1949)
I Cover Big Town (1947)
The Last Express (1938)
Man on the Prowl (1957) FOUND
Murder Will Out (1939) (on BFI list)
The Night Invader (1943)
The Patient Vanishes (aka This Man Is Dangerous) (1941) (on BFI list)
A Public Affair (1962)
Scandal Incorporated (1956)
Sleep Is Lovely (1968) (on BFI list)
Squadron Leader X (1943) (on BFI list)
Street of Darkness (1958)
Valley of the Redwoods (1960)
Watch the Birdie…Die! (1968)
Of course, additions, removals, and corrections are welcome.
You never know what will turn up. In recent years, a number of lost films and “noir holy grails” have surfaced: Escape (1948), For You I Die (1948), Fugitive Lady (1951), Incident (1948), Man of Courage (1943), The Man Who Returned to Life (1942), Shed No Tears (1948). I was shocked when Art Ford’s 1954 Johnny Gunman surfaced on DVD – I hadn’t even been sure that film existed in a completed state.
The BFI's efforts have turned up Deadlock (1943), Double Confession (1950), Three Steps in the Dark (1953), and The World Owes Me a Living (1945). I also discovered at the IMDB that Noose for a Lady (1953) had been found. All good.