gloria grahame

Gloria Grahame – Sister Under the Mink – Episode 21

This month we’re righting some wrongs here at Any Ladle’s Sweet. Gloria Grahame shone in support roles in many noir films, under many great directors but she references her mother as her only influence on her acting style. Negative stories surrounding her personal life overtook her talent and hard work and fact and fiction mixed into a tawdry Hollywood Babylon style mess. Gloria was a unique talent and we are here to celebrate her hard work and mesmerising onscreen presence. We discuss 3 of her finest, In a Lonely Place (1950), The Big Heat (1953), and Human Desire (1954).

Sources:
Callahan, D. (2008) ‘Fatal Instincts: The Dangerous Pout of Gloria Grahame’

Bright Lights 30 April [Available at: brightlightsfilm.com/fatal-instinct…/#.WX9Yq4jyvIV].

Chase, D (1997) ‘Gloria Grahame: In Praise of the Dirty Mind’ Film Comment September/October [Available at: www.filmcomment.com/article/gloria-grahame/].

Curcio, V. (1989) Suicide Blonde: The Life of Gloria Grahame. New York: William Morrow and Company.

Eisenschitz, B. (1996) Nicholas Ray: An American Journey translated by Tom Milne. New York: Faber & Faber.

Gunning, T. (2000) The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity. London, BFI with Palgrave Macmillan.

Hagen, R and Wagner, L. (2004) Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Noir Dames. Jefferson: McFarland.

Human Desire (1954) Dir. Fritz Lang [YouTube] Columbia Pictures.

In a Lonely Place (1950) Dir. Nicholas Ray. [DVR] Columbia Pictures.

Ray, N. (1993) I Was Interrupted: Nicholas Ray on Making Movies Berkeley: University of California Press.

Rickey, C. (2017) ‘In a Lonely Place: Film noir as an opera of male fury’

Library of America 28 June [Available at: www.loa.org/news-and-views/1301…-opera-of-male-fury].

The Big Heat (1953) Dir. Fritz Lang [DVD] Columbia Pictures.

Turner, P. (1986) Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. London: Pan Books.

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Crime Queens: Outlaw Women in Film 1930 – 1950 – Episode 6

Our sixth episode focuses on the women who turn to crime out of desperation, no femme fatales here, just real women swapping the mop for a gun. We reference our third episode on the Pre-codes (wherein women used their sexuality to gain social mobility} to women now turning to crime to climb out of poverty. The films we discuss include Paid (1930), Ladies They Talk About (1933), Blondie Johnson (1933), Gun Crazy (1950) and Caged (1950).

In keeping with our crime theme we devote some quality time to the fabulous Robert Mitchum in our He’s a Keeper segment.

Crime Queens: Outlaw Women in Film 1930 – 1950 – Episode 6 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

Our sixth episode focuses on the women who turn to crime out of desperation, no femme fatale’s here, just real women swapping the mop for a gun. We reference our third episode on the Pre-codes (wherein women used their sexuality to gain social mobility} to women now turning to crime to climb out of poverty.

Sources:
Blondie Johnson (1933) Dir. Ray Enright [DVD] Warner Bros.
Caged (1950) Dir. John Cromwell [DVD] Warner Bros.
Cape Fear (1962) Dir. J. Lee Thompson [DVD] Universal.
Gun Crazy (1950) Dir. Joseph H. Lewis [DVD] United Artists.
Jaggar, A. M., & Bordo, S. (1989). Gender/body/knowledge: Feminist reconstructions of being and knowing. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press.
Ladies They Talk About (1933) Dir. Howard Bretherton and William Keighley [DVD] Warner Bros.
Out of the Past (1947) Dir. Jacques Tourneur [DVD] RKO.
Paid (1930) Dir. Sam Wood [DVD] MGM.
Russell, J. (1985) Jane Russell: An Autobiography London: Sidgwick & Jackson.
The Lusty Men (1952) Dir. Nicholas Ray [DVD] RKO.
The Night of the Hunter (1955) Dir. Charles Laughton [DVD] United Artists.
Thirteen Women (1932) Dir. George Archainbaud [Internet Archive] RKO.
Brainy Broads essay from Smart Chicks on Screen, Sheri Chinen Biesen

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All About Thelma – Episode 1

Our first episode! This one is dedicated to the supporting ladies, Thelma Ritter, Mary Wickes and Patsy Kelly. He’s a Keeper segment features William Powell and Best Costume of the Week is dedicated to Joan Crawford’s gym outfit in Dancing Lady. Also, an honourable mention for the late director Chantal Akerman.

All About Thelma – Episode 1 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

Our first episode! This one is dedicated to the supporting ladies, Thelma Ritter, Mary Wickes and Patsy Kelly. He’s a Keeper segment features William Powell and Best Costume of the Week is dedicated to Joan Crawford’s gym outfit in Dancing Lady. Also, an honourable mention for the late director Chantal Akerman.

Sources:

A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz [DVD] Twentieth Century Fox.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Baby Sitter (1956) Dir. Robert Stevens
All About Eve (1950) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz [DVD] Twentieth Century Fox.
Beauty and the Bus (1933) Dir. Gus Meins [www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8A4O2aiqfw].
Bryant, R. (2006) William Powell: The Life and Films. Jefferson: McFarland.
Dancing Lady (1933) Dir. Robert Z. Leonard. [DVD] Warner Studio.
Hadleigh, B. (1994) Hollywood Lesbians. Fort Lee: Barricade Books.
Maid in Hollywood (1934). Dir. Gus Meins. [www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyIKMu-_-W8].
Now, Voyager (1942) Dir. Irving Rapper. [DVD] Warners.
One Way Passage (1932) Dir. Tay Garnett [DVD] Warners.
Pickup on South Street (1953) Dir. Sam Fuller [DVD] Criterion, THAT scene [www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-ZuV8hg-Jg].
Rear Window (1954) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock [DVD] Universal Studios.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Dir. Roman Polanski [DVD] Criterion.
Staggs, S. (2000) All About All About Eve. New York: St Martin’s Press.
The Decorator (1965) Dir. Richard Kinon [www.youtube.com/watch?v=whKTEGyNh1M].
Good piece on Thelma Ritter [aurorasginjoint.com/2012/09/22/thel…at-a-character/]
Roof, Judith (2002) ‘All about Thelma and Eve: sidekicks and third wheels’
Chantal Akerman films currently screening on Hulu [www.hulu.com/search?q=chantal+akerman]

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