Category Archives: Posts by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry

Noir Nook: Uncommon Ladies of Noir – Susan Hayward

Noir Nook: Uncommon Ladies of Noir – Susan Hayward Susan Hayward has long been one of my favorite actresses. When I was growing up, I thrilled with her performances in such films as Smash Up: The Story of a Woman … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Ripped from the Headlines – The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Noir Nook: Ripped from the Headlines – The Hitch-Hiker (1953) Ever seen an episode of the classic TV show Perry Mason? Remember Mason’s weekly nemesis, Hamilton Burger, played by William Talman? Well, you should check out Talman’s character in the … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Travels: Joan McCracken

Classic Movie Travels: Joan McCracken While the name Joan McCracken may not be familiar to many these days, in her heyday, she was a renowned actor, dancer, and comedian, notable for originating the role of Sylvie in Oklahoma!, taking on … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Top 10 Noirs I Adore

Noir Nook: Top 10 Noirs I Adore I love a good list. And some of my favorite lists have to do with film noir.  I’m always fascinated by the favorite noirs of other fans of this era – they vary so … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Not Your Average Noir

Noir Nook: Not Your Average Noir What are the characteristics of film noir? Femme Fatales? Voiceover narration? Flashbacks? Cynical anti-hero? Deep shadows and single-source lighting? Urban setting? Unique camera angles? Hard-boiled detective? Yes. And no. You won’t find every one … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Noirish Beginnings (Part 2)

Noir Nook: Noirish Beginnings (Part 2) First impressions, Mama always said, are important. Our introductions to film noir features aren’t necessarily indisputable predictors of the quality of the picture ahead, but there are certainly those that grab you within the … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Gilda (1946) Trivia

Noir Nook: Gilda (1946) Trivia One of noir’s most twisted love affairs is depicted in Columbia’s Gilda (1946), which stars Rita Hayworth in the title role and Glenn Ford as her former lover. In celebration of the season of love, … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Ripped From the Headlines – Try and Get Me (1950)

Noir Nook: Ripped From the Headlines – Try and Get Me (1950) This is an unpleasant post about an unpleasant movie based on an unpleasant, real-life incident. With luck, this post will be the worst thing about the new year. … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Five Things I Love About Martha Ivers

Noir Nook: Five Things I Love About Martha Ivers When you think about femme fatales in film noir, who are the first dames to come to mind? Phyllis Dietrichson from Double Indemnity, certainly, and Kathie Moffat from Out of the … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Dame Name Noirs – Mildred Pierce (1945)

Noir Nook: Dame Name Noirs – Mildred Pierce (1945) If you know anything about me, you know I love my noir dames. Everything about them fascinates me – from their fearless approach to life to their mercenary ways – and … Continue reading

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