That's probably not "feasible" (to quote Elisha Cook, Jr.) but it's still an interesting list that's worth another look. I'll present a different approach for a B-noir festival a bit later on, one that might be a way for the FNF to actually do something creative with the concept...
A provisional NC "B-noir" lineup...
Posted by Don Malcolm on 2/8/2020, 8:53 am, in reply to "Re: "The Threat" (1949)"
Edited by Don Malcolm on 2/8/2020, 9:03 am
Following up on this feverish notion inspired by Charlie McGraw's copiously sweaty performance in THE THREAT, here's a version of NC 19 "Revenge of the B's" that could keep people in their seats over ten days of low-rent mayhem:
Friday Jan 22, 2021
STRANGER ON THE 3RD FLOOR/THE FACE BEHING THE MASK/FOLLOW ME QUIETLY
Saturday, Jan 23
STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT/STRANGE IMPERSONATION/STRANGE BARGAIN
Marathon continues into the Sunday matinee
KID GLOVE KILLER/BEWITCHED/GET OUTTA TOWN/STRONGROOM/THE THRILL KILLERS/THE PRETENDER/DETOUR/THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE/HELL BOUND/EDGE OF HELL/THE RIGHT HAND OF THE DEVIL/A COOL SOUND FROM HELL/CALLING DR. DEATH/ANGELS OVER BROADWAY
Sunday Jan 24
WITHOUT WARNING!/THE KILLER IS LOOSE/KILL OR BE KILLED
THE TALL TARGET/CRY DANGER
Monday Jan 25
SHACK OUT ON 101/HIGHWAY DRAGNET/LURE OF THE SWAMP
Tuesday Jan 26
FLIGHT FROM DESTINY/SO DARK THE NIGHT/THE AMAZING MR. X
Wednesday Jan 27
THE NARROW MARGIN/ARMORED CAR ROBBERY/THE THREAT
Thursday Jan 28
DO YOU KNOW THIS VOICE/WALK A TIGHTROPE
Friday Jan 29
CRIME WAVE/SUDDENLY/THE BRASHER DOUBLOON
Saturday Jan 30
THE 3RD VOICE/THE NAKED ROAD/FEMALE JUNGLE
Sunday Jan 31
THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE/WHEN STRANGERS MARRY
This only gets us to 49 films (with a couple of repeats--DETOUR and DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE are also in the marathon...), so maybe a weekday matinee is needed to make sure that everyone i playing with a full deck...
Amazingly, this is still a significantly lower number of B-noirs than the series Bruce Goldstein programmed fifteen years ago at Film Forum--I believe the total number in that series was 61 (!!!)...