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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.

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Paul Newman as Lew Harper, private investagor with California 60s cool

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.

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Lauren Bacall as the icy yet overheated Mrs. Sampson
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Shelly Winters as the over-the-top Faye Estabrook.

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.

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Robert Wagner as Allan, wearing more clothes here than in most of the film.
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Pamela Tiffin as Miranda does her best to seduce Harper, but it’s Wagner’s Allan she wants.
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It wouldn’t be a 60s flick without an itsy bitsy teeny weenie polka-dot bikini, now would it?

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.

Link: https://youtu.be/80hrvzWgZh0

 

 

 

 

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