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Published Sources: Women’s Noirs


The table below should be compared with the one in another page, Published Sources: Men’s Noirs.

It shows the published sources, divided into three categories, of “women’s” film noirs, from 1940-1949. (Women’s film noirs based on original screenplays are not included in the table. Film noirs that were made twice from the same source are listed together.)

If the hardboiled paradigm were an accurate representation of film noir, then the published sources of women’s noirs should be far fewer than those of men’s noirs. But they are not.


Female Plays Female Stories Female Novels
Another Man’s Poison The Blue Gardenia The Accused
Accused of Murder
An Act of Murder
Beware, My Lovely The Damned Don’t Cry Beyond the Forest
Clash By Night Danger Signal Black Angel
Deception Dark Waters Born to Be Bad
Escape Love from a Stranger Caught
Female on the Beach Possessed Chicago Deadline
Flamingo Road The Reckless Moment Christmas Holiday
Gaslight The Scarf Cry Wolf
Guest in the House Secret Beyond the Door Daisy Kenyon
Hangover Square Shadow on the Wall Deadline at Dawn
High Wall Strangers in the Night Deep Valley
I Confess Talk About a Stranger Don’t Bother to Knock
Ladies in Retirement Two O’Clock Courage Dragonwyck
A Place in the Sun  Undercurrent Edge of Doom
The Shanghai Gesture Woman on the Run Experiment Perilous
Sorry, Wrong Number   Fallen Angel
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry   The Fallen Sparrow
Tight Spot   House by the River
The Two Mrs. Carrolls   House on Telegraph Hill
A Woman’s Face   In a Lonely Place
    A Kiss Before Dying
    Leave Her to Heaven
    The Letter
    Lightening Strikes Twice
The Lodger & The Man in the Attic
    The Lost Moment
    The Man I Love
    Mildred Pierce
    Moss Rose
My Cousin Rachel
    My Name is Julia Ross
    The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
    No Man of Her Own
    Night of the Hunter
    On Dangerous Ground
    The Parradine Case
    Phantom Lady
    The Pitfall
    Queen Bee
    Rage in Heaven
    The Red House
    Scarlet Street
    Shed No Tears
    The Sign of the Ram
    Sleep, My Love
    The Sleeping Tiger
    So Evil My Love
    The Spiral Staircase
    The Strange Woman
    Strangers on a Train
    Street of Chance
    The Suspect
    Too Late for Tears
    The Unseen
    The Unsuspected
    The Verdict
    Whistle Stop
    Woman in Hiding
    The Woman in White
    A Woman’s Secret

Sources for film noirs and published sources:

Robert Ottoson, A Reference Guide to the American Film Noir: 1940-1958 (The Scarecrow Press, 1981)

Spencer Selby, Dark City: The Film Noir (McFarland & Company, Inc., 1984)

Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward, editors, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style (The Overlook Press, 1992, Third Edition)

Michael L. Stephens, Film Noir: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Reference to Movies, Terms and Persons (McFarland & Company, Inc., 1995)