Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray star in "Double Indemnity" (1944),...

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray star in "Double Indemnity" (1944), which will be screened as part of a 70th anniversary celebration of 'Double Indemnity' at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. Credit: Photofest / Museum of the Moving Image

Tough guys in trench coats and fedoras. Sweet-talking femmes fatales who lead them to ruin. Plot twists punctuated by jazz, gunshots and crackling dialogue.

Film noir, like rock and roll, will never die. The influential movie genre, born in the early 1940s and given its name by French critics, technically ended in the late 1950s as black-and-white moviemaking started getting phased out. Yet the genre keeps coming back, like the killer to the scene of the crime.

The latest examples of what aficionados call neo-noir include Frank Miller's movie "Sin City: A Dame to Die For," currently playing in local theaters, and Stephen King's latest bestseller, "Mr. Mercedes."

True fans, of course, crave the vintage stuff. Here are places where you can revel in the music, fashions and fictional sources of film noir, as well as view those classics in glorious black and white.

70th Anniversary Celebration of 'Double Indemnity'

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington

INFO $15; 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org

It's hard to think of a movie that better epitomizes film noir than this Billy Wilder 1944 classic starring Barbara Stanwyck as a platinum-blond viper who seduces insurance man Fred MacMurray into helping her bump off her husband. After the movie, film historian Foster Hirsch will interview Victoria Wilson, author of "A Life of Barbara Stanwyck." Wilson also will sign copies of her book at a reception featuring live music by jazz guitarist Mike Soloway.

ALSO TRY 1 p.m. Monday, "The Chase," part of the weekly Silver Screen series at Broadway Multiplex Cinemas, Hicksville; Farmingdale Multiplex, and Island 16 Cinema de Lux, Holtsville.

This 1946 noir starring Robert Cummings and Peter Lorre centers on a chauffeur whose life hits a speed bump when he falls for a gangster's wife. The $2 admission includes a small popcorn and soda.

Dolphin Bookshop & Cafe

299 Main St., Port Washington; 516-767-2650, thedolphinbookshop.com

Before going to see "Double Indemnity," why not first read James M. Cain's 1943 novella, which was based on a 1927 romantic-triangle murder case in Queens? It's one of many classic crime novels packed with noirish dialogue and crackerjack storytelling available at this independent bookstore, which was founded in 1946. Some of the other moody tales in the shop's Mystery & Thriller section are Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep" and "The Lady in the Lake," and Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon."

Paper Doll Vintage Boutique

23 N. Main St., Sayville; 631-319-1919, shoppaperdollvintage.com

Fashions of the '40s and '50s remain popular among Long Islanders who swing dance, says shop owner Dominique Maciejka. "People also come in for costumes, and a lot of people come in for weddings," she says. The shop carries mostly women's items, such as vintage hats, peep-toe shoes, form-fitting pencil and wiggle dresses, and even bullet bras and girdles, plus a few vintage fedoras for men. Some customers mix vintage duds with contemporary clothing for a "super high-end fashion" look, she says. The shop also sells retro clothing lines such as Pinup Couture, Sourpuss and Hearts & Roses.

Treme Blues and Jazz Club

553 Main St., Islip; 631-277-2008, tremeislip.com

The swingin' sounds of 1940s and '50s jazz added a gritty and sometimes sultry note to many noir movies. This 90-seat club that opened last year features classic jazz Thursdays beginning at 7 p.m. and Sundays starting at 6. Upcoming shows include a Sept. 28 Jazz Jam with bassist James Cammack and drummer Frank Bellucci that promises to be as cool as Sam Spade or Mike Hammer.

Correction: An earlier version of this story had the wrong date for the "Double Indemnity" screening at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington.

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