Riff-Raff (1947) is a routine RKO comedy-adventure movie that has a certain flair with snappy dialog and an engaging cast. It would be a stretch to call it a noir, but the opening sequence is so visually noir and accomplished that it should not be missed. The movie opens at an isolated air-strip late at night in pouring run, as a plane waits for a passenger who finally arrives late. This sequence running for 5 minutes is totally without dialog, and brilliantly establishes a mood of dark mystery.
The kudos must go to DP George Diskant (A Woman’s Secret (1949), They Live by Night (1949), Port of New York (1949), The Racket (1951), The Narrow Margin (1952), On Dangerous Ground (1952), and Kansas City Confidential (1952)) and first-time director Ted Tetzlaff (The Window (1949), Johnny Allegro (1949), and Gambling House (1950)), who formerly had a long career as a cinematographer starting in the silent era.
I have edited the opening sequence in this short clip to give you the flavor of this stunning opening.