Gloria Grahame, Bad Girl of Film Noir

The Complete Career

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About the Book

A marvelous actress, Gloria Grahame (1923–1981) was also an iconic figure of film noir. Her talents are showcased in several classic motion pictures of the 1940s and 1950s, including It’s a Wonderful Life, Crossfire, In a Lonely Place, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Big Heat, Oklahoma!, and The Bad and the Beautiful, for which she earned an Academy Award.
This comprehensive overview of Gloria Grahame’s life and work examines each of her feature films in detail, as well as her made-for-television productions, her television-series appearances and her stage career. Also discussed are the varied ways in which Grahame’s acting performances were affected by her tumultuous personal life—which included four marriages, the second to director Nicholas Ray and the fourth to Ray’s stepson Anthony.

About the Author(s)

Robert J. Lentz works in the fields of movie distribution and theater management, and also reviews films for print and radio media. His website is filmbobbery.com. He lives in Randolph, New Jersey.

Bibliographic Details

Robert J. Lentz
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 366
Bibliographic Info: 105 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3483-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8722-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS      1

INTRODUCTION      3

Short Films: Soundies (1943–1944)      13

Feature Films      17

Blonde Fever (1944)      17

Without Love (1945)      22

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)      26

It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)      39

Crossfire (1947)      43

Song of the Thin Man (1947)      51

Merton of the Movies (1947)      58

A Woman’s Secret (1949)      64

Roughshod (1949)      69

In a Lonely Place (1950)      74

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)      84

Macao (1952)      96

Sudden Fear (1952)      103

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)      110

The Glass Wall (1953)      121

Man on a Tightrope (1953)      127

The Big Heat (1953)      134

Prisoners of the Casbah (1953)      143

The Good Die Young (1954)      147

Human Desire (1954)      152

Naked Alibi (1954)      158

The Cobweb (1955)      163

Not as a Stranger (1955)      172

Oklahoma! (1955)      178

The Man Who Never Was (1956)      195

Ride Out for Revenge (1957)      201

Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)      206

Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966)      212

Blood and Lace (1971)      218

The Todd Killings (1971)      223

Chandler (1971)      230

The Loners (1972)      234

Tarot (1973)      238

Mama’s Dirty Girls (1974)      243

Mansion of the Doomed (1976)      247

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979)      252

Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979/1982)      256

Melvin and Howard (1980)      263

The Nesting (1981)      271

Feature-Length Made-for-Television Movies, Miniseries and Specials      277

Escape (1971 Movie)      277

Black Noon (1971 Movie)      280

The Girl on the Late, Late Show (1974 Movie)      284

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976 Miniseries) 289

Seventh Avenue (1977 Miniseries) 298

The Dancing Princesses (1979 Filmed

Stage Production)      304

The Merry Wives of Windsor (1979 Filmed Stage Production)      307

Mr. Griffin and Me (1981 Special)      312

Television Series Appearances      319

APPENDIX A—THE FILMS LISTED BY STUDIO AND DISTRIBUTOR      329

APPENDIX B—THE STAGE PLAYS      331

APPENDIX C—JOY HALLWARD: THE OLDER SISTER’S FILM APPEARANCES      334

NOTES ON SOURCES      335

BIBLIOGRAPHY      349

INDEX      351

Book Reviews & Awards

“this reference documents the film and television work of Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame from the 1940s through her death in 1981”—Reference & Research Book News; “unquestionably important in terms of research…appropriately chosen film stills that perfectly capture the nature of the roles which Grahame played…successfully contemplates the changes in Hollywood and its audience”—O Filmu Noir V Cestine.