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Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir

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Film noir was the dark side of the movies' happily-ever-after mythology. Sinister and sexy, it forged a new icon: the tough, independent, take-no-guff dame. Determined, desirable, dangerous when cornered, she could handle trouble -- or deal out some of her own.If you thought these women were something special on screen -- wait until you meet the genuine articles. In Dark C ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by HarperTorch
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Jill Hutchinson
Oct 20, 2014 Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of the noir and "B" films of the late 1940s/early 50s, you will enjoy this book which highlights the careers of six women who were an essential part of the genre....the "dames and wicked women" of cinema. But they never reached actual stardom until a cult arose around them after their careers were over and only then were they were awarded the attention they deserved.

Jane Greer: She made several "A" level films but her most memorable performance was with Robert Mitchum in "Out of
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Michael Llewellyn
Sep 13, 2016 Michael Llewellyn rated it it was amazing
For fans of film noir, or simply old movies, this is a must-read as it spotlights six actresses behind some of the genre’s most memorable femmes fatales—Coleen Grey, Jane Greer, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Savage, Audrey Totter and Marie Windsor. Muller has a clever way of unveiling his colorful subjects, first through career profiles and then interviews fifty years later. The stories are told with enticing anecdotes and frankness giving a rare behind-the-scenes look into a vanished cinematic world. The a ...more
Jon
Sep 18, 2014 Jon rated it really liked it
As a voracious reader of showbiz biographies and autobiographies, I took an interest in this book because it featured the stories of six actresses who I knew precious little about (their fame being mostly for a film genre I am less versed in than many others.) I really was only familiar with Jane Greer and, to a lesser degree, Marie Windsor, the others really just being vaguely familiar names.

The concept of the book is interesting. Each lady gets a lengthy chapter about her early life and career
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David
Aug 05, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
Eddie Muller's clearly loving tribute to the bad girls of film noir focuses on six women who were great at being bad on-screen: Jane Greer, Audrey Totter, Marie Windsor, Evelyn Keyes, Coleen Gray and Ann Savage.

None of these ladies were exactly hit-out-of-the-park famous; they all, more or less, had careers that existed on the periphery of Hollywood fame. Some had more success than others, of course, but what unites them is that they all had at least one major noir role that - to this day - capt
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Ed
Dec 13, 2009 Ed rated it it was amazing
Wow. Enjoyed this tome over a cold, sleety weekend. If you like film noir, grab it. Six actresses of the classic noir flicks have their say. Author and cinema expert Eddie Muller writes their stories with authority and panache. These ladies give the unvarnished side of making their unforgettable pictures. Who can forget Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, and Robert Mitchum starring in OUT OF THE PAST? I love that gritty gem. Recommended for noir & crime fiction fans.
Court
Jul 19, 2011 Court rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that I live in an age after women's lib movements. I definitely would NOT have wanted to work in that sexist of ... anything. Also, this book is very interesting with personal tales from those actresses about the men they worked with, and films they worked on. Women walked a fine line between equality with men, yet being completely under their thumb, and always, were lovely, dark and dangerous. Women rock. period.
Margaret
Eddie Muller, whom I freaked out one time by listing all these "queer" film noir themes, and asking him to speak on them, is the author of this great book.
He tracked down and interviewed some pretty famous dames - and interspersed the interviews with historical facts about their time as B-girls and studio favorites.

Really, it's one of the most touching odes to women I've ever read.

Judith
Sep 11, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it
"Dark City Damess: The Wicked Women of Film Noir" profiled actresses Jane Greer, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Savage, Coleen Gray, Audrey Totter, and Marie Windsor. The only complaint I have is that each woman was deserving of a whole book. Any fan of the films made in the late 1940s will find this book a treat.
Mark Desrosiers
Sep 02, 2007 Mark Desrosiers rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Amy
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Fascinating arrangement: the first half gushes and gossips about the dames in their noir prime, and the second half revisits the same dames in their old age.
Aimee
Jul 15, 2012 Aimee rated it it was amazing
Great old photos and stories of movie stars.
Natalie
Apr 16, 2010 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
bloody entertaining
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EDDIE MULLER is a second generation San Franciscan, product of a lousy public school education, a couple of crazy years in art school, and too much time in newspaper offices and sporting arenas. No college, but he's compensated by always hanging around smarter people, an effortless feat typically accomplished in bars.

Despite repeated warnings, he followed in his father's footsteps, earning a livin
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