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No. 359: Noirfield

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Strip by: Colin Foster

Arlene: The police are on their way. We only have so much time...
Arlene: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Garfield: I think so...
Garfield: Woof! Woof! Woof!
Arlene: Sigh.

The author writes:

Film noir is a genre of film, mostly from the 1930s-50s, involving criminals, hard luck, smoking and unhappy endings. Many film noirs were lower-budget productions, and hence, cheaper black-and-white film was used; the results could sometimes produce beautiful imagery that is still striking today.

Immediately upon seeing this strip (1989-02-22), I thought of a still from the Wikipedia article on film noir. The image, from The Big Combo, shows two figures, a man and a woman, seen in silhouette against a cloud of white smoke in an alley. The rest followed naturally.

Original strip: 1989-02-22.