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.
For the benefit of those who aren’t sure of the definition or scope of pulp fiction, I want to point out that pulp fiction is not one genre, but several. Overall, pulp fiction can be further broken down into sub-catergories, such as horror, fantasy, men’s adventure stories. My interest is primarily in the novels that were developed into motion
Who were the most memorable bad girls of Noir? There were many. A movie that comes to my mind immediately, is Sudden Fear. Perhaps not the most known film of the genre, it shows Gloria Grahame in great form here as a really nasty, nasty, nasty person, who teams up with an equally nasty man (Jack Palance) to kill the unwitting Joan Crawford for her money. In Too Late for Tears, Lizbeth Scott is the main character in a tangled tale of cold-blooded immorality and murder.