Charles Mcgraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy

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The iconic actor Charles McGraw appeared in over 140 roles on films and television, including the classic films noir, The Killers (1946) and The Narrow Margin (1952). Whether portraying tough cops or sadistic killers, McGraw brought a unique authenticity to the screen while either top-billed or cast as a supporting player. Emphasizing his memorable impact on the film noir style, this comprehensive biography examines McGraw's lengthy career against the backdrop of a changing Hollywood. Through numerous personal ...
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About the Book The iconic actor Charles McGraw appeared in over 140 roles on films and television, including the classic noir pictures The Killers (1946) and The Narrow Margin ... (1952). Whether portraying tough cops or sadistic killers, McGraw brought a unique authenticity to the screen. Emphasizing his impact on the film noir style, this comprehensive biography examines McGraw’s lengthy career against the backdrop of a changing Hollywood. Through numerous personal interviews with his surviving intimates, close acquaintances and co-workers, his tumultuous personal life is detailed from his earliest days to his bizarre, accidental death. Also included are an extensive critical filmography of McGraw’s feature film career, a complete list of television appearances and previously unpublished film stills and personal photos. Read more Show Less

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The iconic actor Charles McGraw appeared in over 140 roles on films and television, including the classic films noir, The Killers (1946) and The Narrow Margin (1952). Whether portraying tough cops or sadistic killers, McGraw brought a unique authenticity to the screen while either top-billed or cast as a supporting player. Emphasizing his memorable impact on the film noir style, this comprehensive biography examines McGraw's lengthy career against the backdrop of a changing Hollywood. Through numerous personal interviews with his surviving intimates, close acquaintances and co-workers, his tumultuous personal life is detailed from his earliest days to his bizarre, accidental death. Also included is an extensive critical filmography of McGraw's feature film career, a complete list of television appearances and previously unpublished film stills and personal photos.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786431670
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Film historian and journalist Alan K. Rode is a director of the Film Noir Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Foreword: The McGraw Role No One Knows   Jim Steranko     1
Prologue: Not Ready for His Close-Up     3
Child of the Heartland     7
Young Thespian     12
Hungry During the Golden Era     18
What Did You Do in the War, Charlie?     22
Bright Boy Gets a Break     27
The Watershed Year     32
The Lion Goes Black     43
In Demand     48
The Capital of Noir     57
The Other Side of the Hill     66
"Not Enough (Blood) to Suit Me"     71
The Certifiable Howard Hughes     77
The Sleeper That Almost Wasn't     82
Missing the Brass Ring     92
RKO Studios as Andersonville     100
Freelance Actor     104
Small-Screen Evolution     107
"Where Do We Get Such Men..."     112
Family Tensions     119
Character Actor     124
Spartacus     132
"Good Evening"     138
Golden Age Dissolution     145
A Glorious Time     149
Single Actor, Needs Work     155
Cold-Blooded Comeback     157
Last Hurrah     163
Means of Descent     170
Last Call     179
A Noir-Stained Legacy     184
Critical Filmography     191
Television Credits     197
Chapter Notes     199
Sources     203
Index     209
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