Category Archives: Posts by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry

Noir Nook: Five Things You Need to Know About Christmas Holiday (1944)

Noir Nook: Five Things You Need to Know About Christmas Holiday (1944) Christmas Holiday is a 1944 noir starring Deanna Durbin as a devoted young bride who slowly comes to realize that her husband, played by Gene Kelly, is a … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Elisha Cook Jr.

Noir Nook: Elisha Cook I recently appeared on a podcast hosted by Carl over at the Movie Palace; the topic was film noir, and one of the questions focused on actors who frequently appeared in the features from this era. … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Uncommon Ladies of Noir – Loretta Young

Noir Nook: Uncommon Ladies of Noir – Loretta Young Some film fans remember Loretta Young from her popular television show, where she’d sweep into the frame each week with an elegant flourish of her floor-length gown. Others think of her … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Noirs I Watch Over and Over

Noir Nook: Noirs I Watch Over and Over I was talking to a co-worker the other day, and she remarked that she didn’t understand how people can read the same books or watch the same movies and television shows over … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Ripped from the Headlines – Ace in the Hole (1951)

Noir Nook: Ripped from the Headlines – Ace in the Hole (1951) For this month’s Noir Nook, I’m starting a new series, taking a look at several films noirs that are based on real-life events. I confess that I’ve always … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Bad Guy Burr

Noir Nook: Bad Guy Burr Raymond Burr Raymond Burr may be beloved to millions as the wily defense attorney in Perry Mason or the indefatigable, wheelchair-bound detective in Ironside – but to me, he was behind some of noir’s most … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Uncommon Ladies of Noir – Shelley Winters

Noir Nook: Uncommon Ladies of Noir – Shelley Winters Shelley Winters may be best known for her role as an overweight, but heroic, former championship swimmer in 1972’s The Poseidon Adventure, or perhaps her Oscar-winning turns in The Diary of … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: The Ends of Noir

Noir Nook: The Ends of Noir In my first several Noir Nook posts of this year, I focused on beginnings – how some of our favorite noir actors and actresses got their big breaks in Hollywood. This month, I’m looking … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Johnny O’Clock

YouTube Spotlight: Johnny O’Clock Back in the day, you had to rely on late-night TV or cable, or fork over your hard-owned dough for VHS tapes and DVDs in order to experience the shadowy world of film noir. But no … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: The Luck of the Irish (and not so Irish)

  The Luck of the Irish (and not so Irish) The month of March is known for many things – the beginning of spring, the start of Daylight Savings Time…and St. Patrick’s Day! Where I’m from, in Chicago, we dye … Continue reading

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