Maybe I'm a purist but I don't consider all of these Film Noir - good efficient B&W thrillers, but there's very little real exploration of the dark side of human nature except in the brilliant Murder By Contract, and possibly The Big Heat. The Lineup is a standard lantern jaw cop movie, all movement, no depth, and a bit insensitive to the plight of the woman and child at the end. I don't want to be too hard on it, because it's certainly watchable, but Five Against the House features the most irritating picture of student life I think I've ever seen - unfunny wisecracks, nobody actually possessing a book or showing any evidence they're read one, naff love story, daffy heist - but at least there's an attempt to recognise post-traumatic stress disorder and a creative avoidance of the usual bloodbath at the end. The Sniper goes further into human psychology with a picture of a woman-hating killer, but the rather lunkheaded police investigation undermines this narrative element. The Big Heat is a classic though, even for those who don't care for Glenn Ford, because of strong story, characters and execution, as well as a great performance by Gloria Grahame. Murder by Contract is almost impossible to find - a low, low budget thriller made in a few days but one that really grips the attention possibly owing to a fascinating performance by Vince Edwards and some very unusual incidental music. It's worth getting this set just for that.