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Gloria Grahame: Incendiary Blonde

New York-based film writer, Dan Callahan, has written a penetrating article on the films and life of film noir regular, Gloria Grahame, for the May edition of Bright Lights Film Journal, Fatal Instincts: The Dangerous Pout of Gloria Grahame.

Callahan concludes his article with stunning directness:

Gloria Grahame lived on the sidelines of her films because it was there that she could cause the most trouble; she might appear in any movie, young and sullen, aged and insistent, under a pound of make-up or plain-faced, fucking the pain away, putting out a cigarette in someone’s eye, giggling for no reason. She’s inescapable, a disruptive force, and when I hear her in my head, she seems to say, “C’mon, you know you want to . . .”

Noir filmography for Gloria Grahame:

Crossfire (1947)
In a Lonely Place (1950)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Macao (1952)
Sudden Fear (1952)
The Big Heat (1953)
Human Desire (1954)
Naked Alibi (1954)
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

Related FilmsNoir.Net posts:

The Big Heat (1953): Film Noir As Social Criticism
The Big Heat (1953) Revisited
Crossfire (1947)
In A Lonely Place (1950): The “Creative” Outsider
In A Lonely Place (1950): A Psychic Prison


  1. Eddie Muller had a great comment about Grahame. He said when you see her you want to ask somebody, “Is she all right?” It’s a quality Muller feels she shares with Jennifer Jones — a sense that the inner compass has gone slightly haywire.

  2. Yes Lloyd I can see that, and it is this vulnerability that softens her in even her most wicked roles.

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