Tough guy Robert Mitchum, c.1946
“This is not a tough job. You read a script. If you like the part and the money is O.K., you do it. Then you remember your lines. You show up on time. You do what the director tells you to do. When you finish, you rest and then go on to the next part. That’s it.”
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in a screencap from The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)
Humphrey Bogart, 1941, a publicity photo for The Maltese Falcon
Joan Bennett in The Secret Beyond The Door (Fritz Lang, 1948). Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.
Robert Mitchum in a publicity photo for Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947) by Ernest Bachrach
Shelley Winters in The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955). This beautiful, frightening and very stylized film terrified and mesmerized me as a kid. It’s still one of my favorite films.
Audrey Totter, film noir femme fatale, 1947
“The bad girls were so much fun to play… The critics always said I acted best with a gun in my hand.”
Yvonne De Carlo and Burt Lancaster in Criss Cross (Robert Siodmak, 1949)
Lana Turner in a publicity photo for The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett, 1946). If she’d done nothing else she would still be remembered for her performance as the poisonous, desperate Cora Smith.