Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry

By Karen Burroughs Hannsberry

The movie noir male is an infinitely watchable being, showing a variety of feelings, behaviors, and motivations. a few of the characters from the movie noir period are tremendous violent, equivalent to Neville Brand’s Chester in D.O.A. (1950), whose sole excitement in existence turns out to return from causing discomfort on others. different noirs characteristic wrong authority figures, comparable to Kirk Douglas’s Jim McLeod in Detective Story (1951), managed by means of a inflexible ethical code that expenses him his marriage and eventually his lifestyles. Others current ruthless crime bosses, hapless men whose lives are became the other way up due to their ceaseless eager for a girl, or even brave males at the correct facet of the law.
the personal and public lives of greater than 90 actors who starred within the movies noirs of the Nineteen Forties and Fifties are awarded right here. a few of the actors, akin to Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Edward G. Robinson, Robert Mitchum, Raymond Burr, Fred MacMurray, Jack Palance and Mickey Rooney, loved nice renown, whereas others, like Gene Lockhart, Moroni Olsen and Harold Vermilyea, have been much less normal, relatively to fashionable audiences. An appendix specializes in the actors who have been least recognized yet usually obvious in minor roles.

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