Movies on the Cheap: Found 100 Movies on 24 DVDs for $19.99 at Target

Movies on the Cheap: Found 100 Movies on 24 DVDs for $19.99 at Target

Submitted by Tom H on Sat, 05/03/2014 - 13:21

Recently I saw this 100 Movies Mystery Pack in Target for just $19.99. I was skeptical and resisted the urge to buy it.

A few days later I googled it and found that is a combination of the 50 Dark Crimes Movies Pack and the 50 Mystery Movies Pack. Ok, good to know.

Then I compared the lists on these pages to the lists in two books I have on the topic: Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style and Death on the Cheap: The Lost B-Movies of Film Noir!. I found that out of the 100 movies, 27 are "official" Films Noir.

The first thing you need to know about Film Noir, is that there is no "official" list of them, and that's why I put the term in quotes. Instead, there are many opinions about what constitutes a Film Noir, and there is often quite a bit of overlap in these opinions.

So I added this item to my list, and picked it up the next time I was at Target. I am quite happy with this purchase, the only disappointment being that all of the disks are double-sided, which just screams "cheap" to me, like a flashing neon sign outside a hotel room window.

Yes, btw as we learned in our Film Noir class recently, flashing neon neon signs, especially when they are outside of hotel room windows, are one of the common elements in Film Noir.

Interestingly, the movie pack includes Scarlet Street, which is one of the films we saw in a class I took recently, so now I can watch it anytime!

Following are lists of the films in each of the 50 packs. Those marked with a (1) are listed in Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style, and those marked with a (2) are listed in Death on the Cheap: The Lost B Movies of Film Noir.

Classic Features – 50 Movies – Dark Crimes:

  • Baby Face Morgan -- Mary Carlisle
  • The Capture -- Lew Ayres (2)
  • Cause for Alarm -- Loretta Young (1) (2)
  • The Chase -- Robert Cummings (1) (2)
  • D.O.A. -- Edmond O'Brien (2)
  • Devil's Party -- Victor McLaglen
  • Fear in the Night -- DeForest Kelly (1) (2)
  • Flowers from a Stranger -- Yul Brynner
  • Gaslight -- Anton Walbrook
  • The Great Flamarion -- Erich von Stroheim (2)
  • Guest in the House -- Ann Baxter
  • Half a Sinner -- Heather Angel
  • The Hoodlum -- Lawrence Tierney (2)
  • The Inner Circle -- Adele Mara
  • Inner Sanctum -- Mary Beth Hughes (2)
  • The Last Mile -- Preston Foster
  • Life at Stake, A -- Angela Lansbury
  • The Limping Man -- Lloyd Bridges
  • Love From a Stranger -- Basil Rathbone
  • Man Who Cheated Himself -- Lee J. Cobb
  • The Man Who Had Influence -- Robert Sterling
  • The Mandarin Mystery -- Eddie Quillan
  • The Mystery of Mr. Wong -- Boris Karloff
  • The Naked Kiss -- Constance Towers (1)
  • Parole, Inc. -- Michael O'Shea
  • The Pay-Off -- Lowell Sherman
  • The Phantom Fiend -- Ivor Novello
  • Plan for Escape -- Peggy Ann Garner
  • Please Murder Me -- Angela Lansbury (2)
  • Prison Shadows -- Eddie Nugent
  • The Red House -- Edward G Robinson
  • The Scar -- Paul Henreid
  • Shoot to Kill -- Russell Wade (2)
  • Sinners in Paradise -- Madge Evans
  • The Sleeping Tiger -- Alexis Smith (2)
  • Slightly Honorable -- Pat O'Brien
  • Strange Illusion -- James Lydon (1)
  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1)
  • Strange Woman -- Hedy Lamar
  • Sucker Money -- Mischa Auer
  • Ten Minutes to Live -- A.B. Comatherie
  • There Was a Crooked Man -- Robert Sterling
  • Things Happen at Night -- Gordon Harker
  • Trapped -- Lloyd Bridges (2)
  • Two Sharp Knives -- Stanley Ridges
  • Whistle Stop -- George Raft
  • The Woman Condemned -- Claudia Dell
  • Woman in the Shadows -- Melvyn Douglas
  • Woman on the Run -- Ann Sheridan (1) (2)
  • The Wrong Road -- Helen Mack

Classic Features – 50 Movies – Mystery Classics

  • Algiers
  • Bulldog Drummond Comes Back
  • Bulldog Drummond Escapes
  • Bulldog Drummond in Africa
  • Bulldog Drummond's Peril
  • Bulldog Drummond's Revenge
  • Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police
  • The Death Kiss
  • Detour
  • Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome
  • Dick Tracy vs. Cueball
  • Dick Tracy, Detective
  • Dressed to Kill
  • Eyes in the Night
  • Fog Island
  • Great Guy
  • The Green Glove (2)
  • He Walked By Night (1) (2)
  • Impact (2)
  • International Crime
  • Jigsaw (2)
  • Kansas City Confidential (1) (2)
  • The Kennel Murder Case
  • The Man on the Eiffel Tower
  • Midnight Manhunt
  • The Moonstone
  • Mr. Moto's Last Warning
  • Mr. Wong, Detective
  • Murder at Midnight
  • Murder at the Baskervilles
  • Murder By Television
  • Murder with Pictures
  • The Mysterious Mr. Wong
  • Mystery Liner
  • Nancy Drew: Reporter
  • Quicksand (2)
  • Scarlet Street (1)
  • The Second Woman (1) (2)
  • The Shadow Strikes
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
  • The Sign of Four
  • The Stranger (1)
  • A Study in Scarlet
  • Suddenly (1) (2)
  • Terror By Night
  • They Made Me a Criminal
  • Too Late for Tears (1)
  • Topper Returns
  • The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Woman in Green
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