Claire Trevor: The Life and Films of the Queen of Noir

Claire Trevor: The Life and Films of the Queen of Noir

by Derek Sculthorpe


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Claire Trevor (1910–2000) is best remembered as the alluring blonde femme fatale in such iconic noir films as Murder, My Sweet (1944) and Raw Deal (1948). Yet she was a versatile performer who brought rare emotional depth to her art. She was effective in a range of diverse roles, from an outcast prostitute in John Ford’s classic Stagecoach (1939) to the ambitious tennis mother in Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951) to the embittered wife of a landowner in William Wellman’s overlooked gem My Man and I (1952). Nominated for three Oscars, she deservedly won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Gaye Dawn, a gangster’s broken-down moll in Key Largo (1948). The author covers her life and career in detail, recognizing her as one of the finest actresses of her generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476671932
Publisher: \
Publication date: 06/20/2018
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 783,511
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 3.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Derek Sculthorpe, an archives assistant and researcher, has written plays, short stories and articles. He lives in Leeds, Yorkshire.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

 1. Lady-in-Waiting 3

 2. Broadway Sojourn 10

 3. Hollywood “Vacation” 14

 4. B-Movie Queen 25

 5. Sophisticated Lady 41

 6. The Queen Escapes from the “B” Hive 47

 7. Radio Interlude 59

 8. Stagecoach 64

 9. “I’m not the Western type” 70

10. The War Years: Street of Chance 78

11. Femme Fatale 87

12. Queen of Noir 96

13. “Come on, Lady Bountiful!” 104

14. Hard, Fast and Beautiful 112

15. The High and the Mighty 125

16. The Small Screen 133

17. The Sixties 139

18. Swansong 145

Epilogue 150

Appendix: Appearances 153

Chapter Notes 163

Bibliography 179

Index 183

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