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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 Brand's Chester in D.O.A. (1950), whose sole pleasure in life seems to come from inflicting pain on others. Other noirs feature flawed authority figures, such as Kirk Dougl 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 Brand's Chester in D.O.A. (1950), whose sole pleasure in life seems to come from inflicting pain on others. Other noirs feature flawed authority figures, such as Kirk Douglas's 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. Some of the actors, such as Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Edward G. Robinson, Robert Mitchum, Raymond Burr, Fred MacMurray, Jack Palance and Mickey Rooney, enjoyed great renown, while 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 frequ


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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 Brand's Chester in D.O.A. (1950), whose sole pleasure in life seems to come from inflicting pain on others. Other noirs feature flawed authority figures, such as Kirk Dougl 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 Brand's Chester in D.O.A. (1950), whose sole pleasure in life seems to come from inflicting pain on others. Other noirs feature flawed authority figures, such as Kirk Douglas's 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. Some of the actors, such as Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Edward G. Robinson, Robert Mitchum, Raymond Burr, Fred MacMurray, Jack Palance and Mickey Rooney, enjoyed great renown, while 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 frequ

30 review for Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir

  1. 4 out of 5

    James Carter

    Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir is a good, solid book. Yet it's not complete. For example, nothing is written about Vincent Price's homosexuality. I don't agree with the author's set number of films noirs an actor had appeared in, like 11 of them for Humphrey Bogart (it was way more, at least two dozen at best, and he was nearly perfect in all of them). Disappointed I am in the omission of some actors that are regarded as giants in film noir: Paul Muni [how can you not is beyond me] (I Am a Fugit Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir is a good, solid book. Yet it's not complete. For example, nothing is written about Vincent Price's homosexuality. I don't agree with the author's set number of films noirs an actor had appeared in, like 11 of them for Humphrey Bogart (it was way more, at least two dozen at best, and he was nearly perfect in all of them). Disappointed I am in the omission of some actors that are regarded as giants in film noir: Paul Muni [how can you not is beyond me] (I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang and Scarface), Richard Basehart (He Walked by Night and Fourteen Hours), James Stewart [a top 5 film noir actor in my book; what an inexcusable omission] (Rear Window, Vertigo, Call Northside 777, Rope, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Anatomy of a Murder, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance [yes, it's noir in every sense of the word]), Charles Laughton (The Big Clock, The Suspect, and Witness for the Prosecution), Robert Donat (The 39 Steps [if that's the only film noir of his career, then so be it, but it's one of the greatest film noir performances ever], and Henry Fonda (The Grapes of Wrath [think again; it's noir in every sense of the word], You Only Live Once, The Long Night, The Wrong Man, and Daisy Kenyon). All in all, I've enjoyed reading the biographies of the actors of the film noir era in Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Frank Ogden

    This is an excellent reference book for Film Noir movie fans. Burroughs identifies her top 22 actors and their noir movie appearances. She lists them alphabetical. Each actor has their own chapter that contains a brief but comprehensive biography summary.

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