Film noir, a classic film style of the 1940s and '50s, is noted for its dark themes, stark camera angles and high-contrast lighting. Comprising many of Hollywood's finest films, film noir tells realistic stories about crime, mystery, femmes fatales and moral conflict.
Jean Peters stars as New York cover girl Vicki Lynn, whose fame came fast and hard - and so does her murder. Her press agent, Steve Christopher (Elliott Reid), and her sister Jill (Jeanne Crain) are placed under the microscope by relentless police lieutenant Ed Cornell (Richard Boone), who derives sadistic pleasure from interrogating them. And there is no lack of other suspects in Vicki's death, despite the fact that Jill found Steve standing over the body. Suspense builds as the characters remember moments in Vicki's lightning rise to the top of cafe society. Max Showalter plays Steve's columnist pal, Carl Betz is a police detective and Aaron Spelling operates the telephone switchboard at Vicki's hotel.
A remake of the 1941 film I WAKE UP SCREAMING, VICKI stars Jeanne Crain as Jill Lynn, the sister of murdered supermodel Vicki Lynn (Jean Peters). Inspector Ed Cornell is on the case, but he seems to have decided that the culprit is Vicki's publicist, the man who discovered her when she was a waitress, Steve Christopher (Elliott Reid). Steve and Jill band together to solve the case when they realize that Cornell is acting out a personal vendetta, and is determined to see Christopher fingered for the murder. TV producer Aaron Spelling (CHARLIE'S ANGELS, BEVERLY HILLS 90210) makes an appearance as well.