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Feature Films in Hatfield Library
The Girl From Chicago (1932)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.A3 G4 1993
A young secret service agent falls in love with a schoolteacher in a small Mississippi town. Later in New York, he has to save her friend from the numbers racket and is accused of murder. Produced and directed by Oscar Micheaux.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.A6 W36 2002
The hapless Roger Rabbit is framed for the murder of Marvin Acme, who was photographed "playing patticake" with Roger's wife Jessica. The mixed live and animated action takes place in Hollywood and next-door "Toontown," where humans and "Toons" co-exist.
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.B55 H25 1983
The scene is San Francisco in 1928. Dashiell Hammett has retired from his career as a Pinkerton detective to devote himself to writing fiction. An old friend calls in an old debt, and Hammett finds himself in the middle of a search for a missing girl in Chinatown.
The Last Supper (1996)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.C55 L264 2002
In the heartland of Iowa, five grad school liberals share a house, a left-wing outlook, and Sunday suppers filled with conversation and social criticism. But when a redneck trucker threatens one of their own, he inadvertently puts them on the radical road to serial murder.
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.H55 C78 1990
A New York City cop goes underground to lure a killer who preys on homosexuals. The real mystery begins when officer Burns thinks that he has found the murderer.
The Moonstone (1997)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.L5 M7 1997
In 1846, Herncastle visits his sister to wish his niece a happy birthday. His sister refuses to see him. He vows to return. A mysterious moonstone is delivered by Franklin Blake to Herncastle's niece. The stone turns up missing
Zoot Suit (1982)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.M86 Z66 2003
Lawyers seek justice for a group of Mexican-Americans being sent to prison. Based on the Sleepy Lagoon murder case and the zoot suit riots of 1940's Los Angeles.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S26 G28 2001
Vincent is an "In-Valid," who assumes the identity of a member of the genetic elite to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent's dreams steadily unravel.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 J88 2005
Silent film serial about the adventures of Fantomas, the mysterious bandit in a black hood who is relentlessly tracked by Juve, the detective.
Foreign Language Detective Films
Confidentially Yours (1983)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.F7 V42 1992
Truffaut expertly combines clever humor, tender romance, and heart-stopping suspense for this thriller in the tradition of the Hollywood detective genre.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.G4 M15 2004
When a serial killer is stalking the children of the city, everyone, including the criminal underworld, wants to see him brought down.
Spider's Stratagem (1970)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.91.I8 S8 1990
Revisiting the village in the Po Valley where a man was murdered by Fascists in 1936, reveals the man was a traitor executed by his own men.
Stray Dog (1949)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.J3 N75 2004
Set in Tokyo during the late 1940s, the film captures the chaos and humiliation that existed in Japan immediately after World War II. When detective Murakami loses his revolver, he must descend into Tokyo's underworld and face the killer who has taken it.
3 Nights (2001)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 T74 2003
Over the course of three nights, detective Ferrán and bar owner Picasso are in search of answers about the death of notorious Latin American gangster Miguel "El Chino" Sanabria
Classic Detective Films
Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D4 C454 2007
A New York nightclub gal is turning from singer to canary-- with a tell-all diary about her mobster ex-boyfriend. But when she winds up breaking more than a leg and Chan's Number One Son is accused of the murder, Charlie is determined to unmask the culprit-- even if it brings down the house.
Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.D4 F2 1992
Private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by an ex-con to find the ex-con's missing sweetheart. In the course of Marlowe's search he is beaten unconscious and wakes up next to a corpse. So Marlowe's tasks are multiplying- find the girl, clear himself of the murder and discover the link between the two.
Murder My Sweet (1945)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.D4 M9 1996
Based on the novel: Farewell my lovely by Raymond Chandler. The story of a private detective who gets drawn into a complex web of murder, blackmail, and double-dealing while searching for a missing jade necklace.
The Big Heat (1953)
Call Number: HAT AV Video PN1995.9.D4 B4 1986
When a police detective's wife is killed by a bomb meant for himself, he goes undercover to track down the gangsters who are responsible.
The Big Sleep (1946)
Call Number: HAT Reserve PN1995.9.D4 B5 2005
L.A. private detective Philip Marlowe takes on a blackmail case and follows a trail peopled by murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich - just to name a few. Marlowe is hired to protect a young woman and in the process, he falls in love with the woman's older sister.
The French Connection (1971)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D4 F68 2001
Two New York City narcotics detectives learn of a scheme to smuggle a large quantity of heroin inside an automobile being shipped from France.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Call Number: HAT Reserve PN1995.9.D4 M2 2006
Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed while tailing a man. The woman who asked his partner to follow the man turns out to be someone who is not what she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the 'Maltese Falcon', a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind.
The Thin Man (1934)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D4 T54 2002
Crime/comedy thriller featuring Nick Charles, private eye, and his wife Nora. The plot unfolds at Christmas when an eccentric inventor disappears after threatening his mistress with a lawsuit for embezzlement.
Film Noir Videos
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.F54 C44 2007
A private detective finds himself in over his head as he takes on a case involving the most rich and powerful people in Chinatown.
Call Number: HAT Featured DVDs PN1995.9.F54 C86 2005
A police captain (Young) methodically unravels the truth behind the brutal murder of an innocent Jewish man by a World War II soldier (Ryan) with a rabid hatred of Jews.
Call Number: HAT Featured DVDs PN1995.9.F54 D73 2000
Frank Bigelow, a real-estate salesman, is given a slow-acting, lethal poison. In the few hours left to him, he frantically seeks to learn who is responsible and why he was poisoned.
Double Indemnity (1944)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.F54 D74 2005
An insurance man and a suburban wife conspire to trick her husband into signing a policy that pays double for accidental death-- then push him from a train. It's an almost perfect crime.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.F54 K46 2011
While driving down a lonely road late one evening, Hammer picks up a beautiful blonde hitchhiker, dressed in nothing but a raincoat. At first, Hammer assumes that the incoherent girl is an escaped lunatic; his mind is changed for him when he and the girl are abducted by two thugs...
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.F54 L18 2008
Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slaying of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.F54 L25 2004
A beautiful young woman named Laura is found murdered shortly before her wedding to a dashing young playboy. Stirred by her portrait and adoring descriptions by her admirers, the detective assigned to her case finds that he is strangely under Laura's spell.
Out of the Past (1947)
Call Number: HAT Featured DVDs PN1995.9.F54 O98 2004
Former private detective Jeff Bailey is trying to lead a quiet life, but his past comes back to haunt him and he finds himself framed for murder.
The Third Man (1949)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.F54 T38 2007
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime-- and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder.
Touch of Evil (1958)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.F54 T68 2008
A narcotics officer and a corrupt cop are involved in a murder investigation in a small border town.
Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian
Subjects:Art & Art History
, Cinema Studies
, Latin American Studies
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S87 C437 2000
When a Parisienne finds her husband murdered and four men after her to retrieve a quarter-million dollars in stolen gold, a handsome stranger comes to her rescue--but is he hero, spy, or murderer?
From Hell (2001)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S87 F86 2002
In 1888 London's Whitechapel slums, poor women like Mary Kelly and her friends walk the streets for a living. When the streetwalkers begin to be murdered one by one, it attracts the attention of Inspector Abberline, who takes a personal interest in the case, and Mary Kelly. Now he must use his psychic abilities to stop the most notorious serial killer in history--Jack the Ripper--before Mary is killed.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S87 S7 2004
Guy Haines, a tennis star who hates his wife, is approached on a train by a stranger, Bruno Anthony, who hates his father. Anthony offers a plan: each could kill the other's victim.
The Player (1992)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S87 P53 1997
A celebrity-studded thriller of murderous obsession among Hollywood's glamorous elite.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S87 V3 2008
San Francisco police detective Scottie Ferguson is forced to retire when a freak accident gives him a severe fear of heights. When a rich shipbuilder hires Scottie to follow his wife, who may be suicidal, Scottie finds himself falling in love with her.