I'm surprised Quicksand didn't make the cut on Summer of Darkness. That's a pretty decent film noir. Quicksand was supposed to be Rooney's first role outside his Andy Hardy image. Also the femme fatale is played by Jeanne Cagney; sister of legendary tough guy James Cagney. Every time she came on scene, I kept seeing James Cagney with a wig; nearly identical in appearance. She's a good actress, too.
Detour also follows this same theme. Poor choices making events go from bad to worse.
Making poor choices goes to the heart of noir. What we are is a result of the choices we make (or don't make). Trouble is, choices are almost never made in a vacuum or on a level playing field. They're almost always weighed down and burdened by the accumulated baggage of the past.
Which broaches the question: is any choice truly 'free'? Not in noir, it isn't. The choices characters make are invariably compelled by their nature or by the forward momentum of the past, the cruel necessity of the present or the lure of a better, 'free' tomorrow, influencing, if not dictating, the decisions they make.
"One who follows their nature finds their true nature in the end," said Elsa Bannister in The Lady From Shanghai. Jeff in Out of the Past is trapped by the past and revisits it in false hope of breaking free. Ole Anderson embraces death as the only outcome and atonement for 'having done something wrong, once' in The Killers.. Roy and Gil pick up Emmett Myers on a desolate road in The Hitch-hiker. Mike Hammer stops for Christina Bailey on the highway, shields her when learning she's escaped from an asylum and then proceeds to make a long series of bad decisions that only make things progressively worse in Kiss Me Deadly, and how many bad decisions do both Jake Gittes and Evelyn Mullwray make to seal her fate in Chinatown? The list goes on and on.
But are these decisions truly 'bad' or flawed? Can these characters, in these situations, have made any other choice but the one they made? Would different decisions have truly changed the narrative? If you grant that their hands may indeed have been forced by the past and by circumstances and their own true nature, could any outcome other than the one achieved have been possible?