The Very Bad Men Of Noir

Whereas bad men are usually depicted as being brash, charismatic and just downright evil, Larry is uncharacteristically meek, indecisive, even apologetic.

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In my post, Deceitful Dames

I talked about bad women, and now I’m going to talk about bad men.  I’m not sure why there has been so much written and spoken about femme fatales, but almost nothing has been mentioned about bad men, so called homme fatale. 

Whatever the reason, I hope this post might redress the balance, just a little bit.

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Deceitful Dames

Which Was The Baddest of Them All?

After finishing my blog about Bad Girls of Film NoirI asked myself if there was a competition between the various ladies who might vie for that honor, who would win?

(Just a note here to show that I’m no misogynist: I’ll be writing about Bad Men in future blogs. I promise.)

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This Gun For Hire

Guns for Hire?

I’m a great pulp fiction/Noir fan, but I’d never heard of This Gun For Hire, because it sounded like an ad for a hitman. The original title of the novel by Graham Greene that inspired the film, published before World War Two, was A Gun for Sale. The revised title certainly got my attention. A title has to be catchy and should  encapsulate the essential theme or point of the story. In this case, it sounds like it’s about a man who advertises his availability as a hitman.

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The Saint Steps In

 

Well, he certainly stepped into my life. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember asking him into my life at all. One day the Saint just appeared at my door and walked into my writer’s study and never left.  To do justice to my stated theme, pulp fiction, I couldn’t very well ignore Leslie Charteris’ The Saint,

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