Murder Is My Beat: Classic Film Noir Themes and Scene

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September 05, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

After decades of homage and parody, it’s easy to misrecall the hard-boiled crime films of the ’40s and ’50s as overpopulated by lonely saxes. But Rhino’s compendium of scores and sound clips from 18 noirs, Murder Is My Beat: Classic Film Noir Themes and Scene, reestablishes that the orchestration was usually as explosive as the passions. Between ominously romantic themes, there’s enough great, brutally funny dialogue here to make any modern Hollywood screenwriter want to crawl back to Topeka with his tail between his legs. A-

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