Re your comment below:
"I don't think the ending is what makes a film a 'noir', but generally all of those films that have happy endings that the general populace think of as noirs ('Laura,' 'Key Largo,' etc.), bear little resemblance to films like 'Out of the Past,' 'DOA,' 'Double Indemnity,' etc."
Which only goes to show that noir is, in fact, much broader than those who would limit it to OUT OF THE PAST, D.O.A., and DOUBLE INDEMNITY are willing to admit.
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