Paul Bishop is a writer of crime fiction and a 35 year vet of the Los Angeles Police Department. He has written his take on classic film noir and the outside influences on it as well as why it was so popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Part 1 of his article concentrates on the 1940’s and can be read over at The Huffington Post here:
The second part of his article looks at the 1950’s and can be read here:
His articles are informative and I found interesting in the fact he doesn’t name any films in his article, but looks at why the films were made and why they were popular.