Femme Noir: The Bad Girls of Film

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Often thought of as primarily male vehicles, films noirs offered some of the most complex female roles of any movies of the 1940s and 1950s. Stars such as Stanwyck, Tierney and Crawford produced some of their finest performances in noir, while such lesser known actresses as Peggy Castle, Hope Emerson and Helen Walker made a lasting impression on moviegoers with their roles in the genre. These six women and 43 others most frequently featured in films noirs receive biographies that focus primarily on their work in ...
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Overview

Often thought of as primarily male vehicles, films noirs offered some of the most complex female roles of any movies of the 1940s and 1950s. Stars such as Stanwyck, Tierney and Crawford produced some of their finest performances in noir, while such lesser known actresses as Peggy Castle, Hope Emerson and Helen Walker made a lasting impression on moviegoers with their roles in the genre. These six women and 43 others most frequently featured in films noirs receive biographies that focus primarily on their work in the genre and its impact on their careers, with a filmography of noir appearances.
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Library Journal
Film historian Hannsberry pays welcome tribute to 49 female stars of film noir of the 1940s and 1950s. Each entry runs ten to 15 pages and provides, in addition to a fine glamour shot, an excellent film biography of each star, concentrating on her roles within this genre. The entries conclude with additional secondary references. Coverage ranges from major performers, such as Lauren Bacall and Ava Gardner, through the excellent Nina Foch and Gloria Grahame, to the almost-forgotten Audrey Totter and Helen Walker. This is an essential purchase for all film collections to complement Alain Silver's seminal Film Noir (Overlook, 1992. 3d ed.) and the British Film Institute's early Women in Film Noir (1980. rev. ed.).--Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., Houston, TX
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Alphabetical entries profile the 49 actresses most frequently featured in the movies of the film noir era, focusing primarily on their work in the genre and its impact on their careers. Though often thought of as male vehicles, film noir offered some of the most complex female roles of the 1940s and 1950s. Actresses listed include Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner, Veronica Lake, Ida Lupino, Jane Russell, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, and Shelley Winters. A filmography of all noir appearances is provided for each actress. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786404292
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Pages: 643
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Lauren Bacall 5
Joan Bennett 16
Ann Blyth 31
Peggie Castle 42
Jeanne Crain 52
Joan Crawford 64
Peggy Cummins 79
Rosemary DeCamp 89
Yvonne DeCarlo 99
Faye Emerson 111
Hope Emerson 121
Rhonda Fleming 130
Nina Foch 143
Sally Forrest 155
Ava Gardner 164
Gloria Grahame 174
Coleen Gray 192
Jane Greer 204
Jean Hagen 212
Dorothy Hart 222
Signe Hasso 230
Susan Hayward 241
Rita Hayworth 252
Virginia Huston 269
Adele Jergens 277
Evelyn Keyes 287
Veronica Lake 299
Ida Lupino 310
Dorothy Malone 327
Marilyn Monroe 340
Agnes Moorehead 356
Cathy O'Donnell 369
Dorothy Patrick 379
Jean Peters 387
Ella Raines 398
Ruth Roman 408
Gail Russell 420
Jane Russell 431
Lizabeth Scott 445
Barbara Stanwyck 456
Jan Sterling 478
Gene Tierney 493
Audrey Totter 510
Claire Trevor 522
Lana Turner 535
Helen Walker 545
Marie Windsor 556
Shelley Winters 569
Loretta Young 583
Bibliography 601
Index 603
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