By Karen Burroughs Hannsberry
Movie noir offers gritty tales and to blame viewing excitement. approximately ninety male actors of vintage movie noir titles of the Nineteen Forties and Nineteen Fifties are featured during this quantity. The researcher will locate the predicted (James Cagey, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum), the fewer renowned (Morris Carnovsky, Douglas Fowley), and actors who go beyond the style (Kirk Douglas, Alan Ladd). the writer additionally wrote Femme Noir: undesirable women of movie (McFarland, 1988). For the recent quantity, she selected actors who've performed major roles in different movie noir releases, and seen 240 motion pictures for you to describe the plots and characters accurately.
Most of the quantity treats those "bad boys" extensive, in A to Z entries starting from 5 to 12 pages in size. own existence tales are intermingled with discussions of movies. whereas the emphasis is on noir, a few motion pictures outdoor the style are mentioned in the event that they are seminal to the actor (e.g., the Andy Hardy sequence for Mickey Rooney). A filmography and bibliography finish each one access. Black-and-white photographs aid the reader determine person actors, a few of whom, equivalent to Jay Flippen and Gene Lockhart, might be remembered extra for his or her "mugs" than for his or her monikers. an extra 25 actors are given one-page remedies within the first appendix. one other appendix supplies noteworthy strains, prepared by means of wide subject comparable to "Regarding Dames," "Sizing Up the opposite Guy," and "Penetrating Put-downs" (e.g., Richard Widmark's line "I wouldn't provide the epidermis off a grape," from Kiss of Death). Following the overall bibliography, an index lists titles, names, and awards.
Depth instead of breadth is the foremost to this relaxing reference paintings, in order to be welcomed through the movie fan in addition to good because the researcher and is usually recommended for greater movie collections.
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Bad Boys: The Actors of the Film Noir by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry