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 ladies of movie (McFarland, 1988). For the hot quantity, she selected actors who've performed major roles in numerous movie noir releases, and seen 240 motion pictures to be able to describe the plots and characters accurately.
Most of the amount treats those "bad boys" intensive, in A to Z entries starting from 5 to 12 pages in size. own lifestyles tales are intermingled with discussions of movies. whereas the emphasis is on noir, a few motion pictures outdoors 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 pictures support the reader establish person actors, a few of whom, resembling 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 provides noteworthy traces, prepared by way of extensive subject akin to "Regarding Dames," "Sizing Up the opposite Guy," and "Penetrating Put-downs" (e.g., Richard Widmark's line "I wouldn't provide the dermis off a grape," from Kiss of Death). Following the final bibliography, an index lists titles, names, and awards.
Depth instead of breadth is the foremost to this relaxing reference paintings, as a way to be welcomed via the movie fan in addition to good because the researcher and is usually recommended for higher movie collections.
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