Tantalizing Tuesday: quickie

Who is the femme fatale in film noir?
“Women who would just as soon kill you as love you.”
– Roger Ebert

 

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Linda Darnell (1923-1965)

Linda Darnell with Dana Andrews, in Fallen Angel

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Tantalizing Tuesday: Ann Savage

 

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That’s life. Whichever way you turn, fate sticks out a foot to trip you.

–Al Roberts, Detour

 

As I return to our TT feature, I decided to put the Tuesday spotlight on Ann Savage. More specifically, I want to look for a few moments at Ann Savage as Vera in Detour. Detour is one of those films from the 1940’s that the studios were cranking out weekly. I read some disparaging remarks about this movie more than once, one reviewer stating that all you could see of L.A. in the film was a ‘parking lot.’ One account said that the movie was shot in six days, but it was reported elsewhere that it took 14 days at a budget of $30,000. I didn’t bother to give sources, as it was impossible to know what’s truth, except that the movie had no huge budget and yet it has aged so very well.

The posed photo of Ann above is adorable, but how I remember her is like this, the hitchhiker from hell.

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There is some debate about whether Vera is a femme fatale. She is not overly flirtatious and there is no sex implied. But the fast-talking hustler Vera is beautiful, mean, vicious, heartless, and manipulating. Next to Tom Neal as Al Roberts, she is strong as iron, Al being a pessimist, and a bit limp, is just a guy stuck in a situation he could not have predicted.

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Alex Forrest – villain, or just misunderstood?

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It was supposed to be a one-night stand. A dalliance, that by some is viewed as harmless. Harmless to any long-lasting problems, harmless to the marriage in general. An adventure. A door that opens and closes, almost upon itself. Then again, some doors should not be opened because they cannot be closed again. This was 1987. The AIDS crisis gave us plenty to be concerned about. But I am getting ahead of myself in the story.

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