Mystery Movies: Profiles

Tough Guys: Gangsters and Robbers

by Charles L.P. Silet Crime movies have been a staple of the American cinema from its beginnings, and the ones featuring organized crime and gangs of robbers have been among the most popular. During the 1910s, the growing urban American environment...

Talking Tough: Dialogue in Hard-boiled Movies

by Charles L.P. Silet Hard-boiled. The term denotes a certain type of bad attitude. An attitude best expressed not by violence, but by dialogue. In 1944, RKO filmed Murder, My Sweet , based on Raymond Chandler's novel Farewell, My Lovely . Musical...

Snoops: The Private Eye in American Cinema

by Charles L.P. Silet Private eyes, P.I.s, gumshoes, sleuths, shamuses, and private dicks of various stripes are a staple of American films. They have come in so many guises--the Chinese Charlie Chan; tough guys Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Mike Hammer,...

 

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