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Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir Karen Burroughs Hannsberry

Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir

Karen Burroughs Hannsberry

Published January 31st 2008
ISBN : 9780786437399
Paperback
797 pages
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The film noir male is an infinitely watchable being, exhibiting a wide range of emotions, behaviors, and motivations. Some of the characters from the film noir era are extremely violent, such as Neville Brands Chester in D.O.A. (1950). Other noirsMoreThe film noir male is an infinitely watchable being, exhibiting a wide range of emotions, behaviors, and motivations. Some of the characters from the film noir era are extremely violent, such as Neville Brands Chester in D.O.A. (1950). Other noirs feature flawed authority figures, such as Kirk Douglass Jim McLeod in Detective Story (1951), controlled by a rigid moral code that costs him his marriage and ultimately his life. Others present ruthless crime bosses, hapless males whose lives are turned upside down because of their ceaseless longing for a woman, and even courageous men on the right side of the law. The private and public lives of over ninety actors who starred in the films noirs of the 1940s and 1950s are presented here, such as Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Edward G. Robinson, Robert Mitchum, Raymond Burr, Fred MacMurray, Jack Palance and Mickey Rooney. Others, like Gene Lockhart, Moroni Olsen and Harold Vermilyea, were less familiar, particularly to modern audiences. An appendix focuses on the actors who were least known but frequently seen in minor roles.