Author Archives: Karen Burroughs Hannsberry

Noir Nook: Unmistakable Noir

Unmistakable Noir One of the most interesting – and challenging – aspects of classic film noir is the fact that it’s not a hard and fast, clear-cut genre. There are countless films that are staunchly considered by some to fall … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Spring Trivia – Laraine Day, Van Heflin, Robert Taylor and More

Spring Trivia – Laraine Day, Van Heflin, Robert Taylor and More Classic movie trivia and the budding of spring – two things that go great together . . . at least, they do here at the Noir Nook! This month’s … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Five Things I Love About New York Confidential (1955)

Five Things I Love About New York Confidential (1955) I can’t recall how or when I first came across New York Confidential (1955), but I clearly remember being sucked into the film from practically the opening scene and counting it … Continue reading

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Noir Noir: Oscar Omission – Barbara Stanwyck

Noir Noir: Oscar Omission – Barbara Stanwyck It’s about that time again – awards season! My favorite time of year. As I write this, I’m in the midst of my annual quest to see as many Oscar-nominated films and peformances … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: 75th Anniversary Noir – 2024 Edition

Noir Nook: 75th Anniversary Noir – 2024 Edition It has become my tradition around these parts each year to celebrate the 75th anniversary release of some of film noir’s many first-rate offerings. And this year is no different! There were … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Ripped From the Headlines – While the City Sleeps (1956)

Ripped From the Headlines – While the City Sleeps (1956) Most classic movie fans are well acquainted with the Barrymore acting clan, which began with Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew, and continued down the line to Drew Barrymore. Sandwiched somewhere … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: No Femme Fatale Required

Noir Nook: No Femme Fatale Required Film noir movies have numerous characteristics in common – voiceover narration, flashbacks, use of shadows and light, unusual camera angles, anti-heroes, and, of course, the ever-popular femmes fatales. All noirs, of course, don’t have … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Shadows in the Victorian Age

Noir Nook: Shadows in the Victorian Age Western noir. British noir. Sci-fi noir. Neo-noir. So many types of noir these days. And there’s a new one – new to me, at least: Gaslight noir. I recently discovered this category of … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Stand By Your Man (or, The Smart Femme Saves The Day)

Noir Nook: Stand By Your Man(or, The Smart Femme Saves The Day) Everybody knows about the femme fatale in film noir. You know, the dame who uses her wiles to get her way, often in the form of getting some … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Must-See Marie

Noir Nook: Must-See Marie We need to talk about Marie Windsor. She was gorgeous. Talented. Adept at playing dames from the deadly side of the tracks, but able to hold her own in comedy as well. And she once held … Continue reading

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