Ok, so it’s 1966, it’s filmed in color, and it’s full of California sunshine. So it’s noirish mostly because its central character is a tough Los Angeles private eye, a hip Marlowe for the 60s. But it’s Paul Newman as Lew Harper (a renamed version of Ross Macdonald’s Lew Archer, a hard-boiled dick that owes his existence to Hammett and Chandler), and you can just feel his pleasure in the role.
The supporting cast adds to the noir homage flavor, especially Lauren Bacall as a greedy, icy femme fatale waiting for her husband to die and Shelly Winters as a has-been singer, like Claire Trevor’s Gaye Dawn in Key Largo played for humor rather than pathos.
To this awesome trio, add Janet Leigh as Harper’s estranged wife, a drug addicted Julie Harris as Betty, and the sex appeal icing of Robert Wagner as pretty boy Allan and Pamela Tiffin as party girl Miranda Sampson.
With all this eye candy, who cares about plot! Just join us on Sunday, 11/22 at 9pm ET for #BNoirDetour and enjoy the ride.