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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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What Do Women Want?: Female Desire in Film 1918 – 1954 – Episode 8

What do women want?
What do they do when desire is repressed or thwarted?
What about desire and female spectatorship?
Moving the discussion on female desire and sexuality out of the dry academic arena, we focus on women’s conscious or experiential desire present on-screen. The films we discuss fit into various categories such as Repressed Desire, Masochistic Desire, Misdirected Desire, Fantasy, Forbidden Desire and Drag. We have framed this episode to be a companion piece to our third episode on the Pre-Code’s so sit back, relax and prepare to get hot and bothered!

What Do Women Want?: Female Desire in Film 1918 – 1954 – Episode 8 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

What do women want? What do they do when desire is repressed or thwarted? What about desire and female spectatorship? Moving the discussion on female desire and sexuality out of the dry academic arena, we focus on women’s conscious or experiential desire present on-screen.

Sources:
Bed and Sofa (1927) Dir. Abram Room www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrG3FA2lmiI

Ecstasy (1933) Dir. Gustav Machatý
vimeo.com/99946740

Gone With The Wind (1939) Dir. Victor Fleming [DVD]

I Don’t Want to Be a Man (1918) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch
www.youtube.com/watch?v=non55zCjx8Y

It’s Love I’m After (1937) Dir. Archie Mayo [DVD].

Johnny Guitar (1954) Dir. Nicholas Ray [Irish Film Institute cinema].

Lamarr, H. (1966) Ecstasy and Me: My Life as a Woman. Greenwich: Fawcett.

Lifeboat (1944) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock [DVD]

Liliom (1934) Dir. Fritz Lang
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTv6pUDyvEA

Madam Satan (1930) Dir. Cecil B DeMille (ball scene)
www.dailymotion.com/video/x16we2_ma…ty-1930-1_music

Madchen in Uniform (1933) Dir. Leontine Sagan
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bj1Z5Pd7vc

Rebecca (1940) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock [DVD].

Sunset Boulevard (1950) Dir. Billy Wilder [DVD].

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) Dir. Frank Capra [DVD].

The Cabin in the Cotton (1932) Dir. Michael Curtiz
www.dailymotion.com/video/x37gkjo

The Heiress (1949) Dir. William Wyler [DVD].

These Three (1936) Dir. William Wyler [DVD].

The Smiling Madame Beudet (1923) Dir. Germaine Dulac
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VA8NBhipvs

Music sample: An Ocasional Man, Martin-Blane, Sung by Marion Ryan (1962)[Columbia Records].

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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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Gold Band Advisory Warning – Episode 2

Our second episode focuses on wives in peril, the post-war ladies who either married a stranger or had a husband return from the war a changed man. We discuss classics from Douglas Sirk, Nicholas Ray and Preston Sturges to name but a few. Our He’s a Keeper segment this month features the dreamy Joseph Cotten.

Gold Band Advisory Warning – Episode 2 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

Our second episode focuses on wives in peril, the post-war ladies who either married a stranger or had a husband return from the war a changed man. We discuss classics from Douglas Sirk, Nicholas Ray and Preston Sturges to name but a few. Our He’s a Keeper segment this month features the dreamy Joseph Cotten.

Ladies!
Does your husband insist you drink glasses of questionable milk each day?
Or coffee? Or hot chocolate?
Does he rummage in the attic?
Does he accuse you of cheating?
Does he carry around expensive ladies jewellery?
Is he obsessed with orchids and ladies without an appetite?
Do dogs dislike him?
Has he failed in his career?
Is he broke?
Does he hide his paintings from you?
Has he curated rooms in his house depicting famous murder scenes?
Is he always snooping in your handbag?
Is he unable to perform in the sack?
Does he have a woman on the side?
Join us!

Sources:
Bigger Than Life (1956) Dir. Nicholas Ray. [DVD] 20th Century Fox.
Citizen Kane (1941) Dir. Orson Welles. [DVD] RKO.
Cotten, Joseph. (1987) Vanity Will Get You Somewhere. London: Columbus Books.
Crawford, Joan. (1962) A Portrait of Joan. [with Jane Kesner Ardmore] New York: Doubleday.
Dial ‘M’ for Murder (1954) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. [DVD] Warner’s.
Dragonwyck (1946) Dir. Joseph L Mankiewicz. [YouTube] 20th Century Fox.
Gaslight (1944). Dir. George Cukor. [DVD] MGM.
Night of the Hunter (1955) Dir. Charles Laughton. [DVD] MGM.
Notorious (1946) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. [DVD] RKO.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Dir. Roman Polanski. [DVD] Paramount.
Secret Beyond the Door (1947) Dir. Fritz Lang. [DVD] Universal.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. [DVD] Universal.
Sleep, My Love (1948) Dir. Douglas Sirk. [DVD] United Artists.
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) Dir. Anatole Litvak. [DVD] Paramount.
Sudden Fear (1952) Dir. David Miller. [DVD] RKO.
Suspicion (‘41) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. [DVD] RKO.
The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. [DVD] United Artists.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Dir. Orson Welles. [DVD] RKO.
The Third Man (1949). Dir. Carol Reed. [DVD] 20th Century Fox.
The Two Mrs Carrolls (1947) Dir. Peter Godfrey. [DVD] Warner’s.
Undercurrent (1946). Dir. Vincente Minnelli. [DVD] MGM.
Unfaithfully Yours (1948) Dir. Preston Sturges. [DVD] 20th Century Fox.
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Joseph Cotten in Citizen Kane clip – www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/499…Other-Marriage.html

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