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Early Film Noir - Introduction

Greed, Lust & Murder   Hollywood Style - William Hare

In recent years film fans have developed a sturdy, faithful and abiding reverence for film noir. A genre that was nurtured by the Great Depression, film noir was eagerly embraced by Hollywood’s film studios.

While a major musical, especially if exotic travel locations are added, resulted in big budgets, an economic advantage of film noir lay in its settings of lonely darkened streets late at night and the interiors of dingy hotel rooms. Early Film Noir takes us on a ride encompassing the years of formative development of the genre.

If the Great Depression and a world war that followed on its heels taught people anything it was about the battle for survival, the gritty combat of staying alive. Film noir supplied an identity linked to that credo. Often a lonely detective like the kind played regularly by the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum is compelled to fall back on grit, common sense and determination to endure against the onslaught of invading forces. It takes a lot of grit, common sense and determination to be breathing at the end of the day when you are badly outnumbered. Audiences admire such determined heroics.

A key dramatic element of film noir was the tense conflict presented by beautiful temptresses such as Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Greer and Claire Trevor and leading men Fred MacMurray, Robert Mitchum and Dick Powell in the noir classics Double Indemnity, Out of the Past and Murder, My Sweet respectively. Film noir was launched as a result of the determination of a young Warner Brothers screenwriter riding a string of hits who was, after much effort, able to convince studio boss Jack Warner to take a chance on a third filming of two time loser The Maltese Falcon. John Huston was convinced that just the right blend of talents along with some tender loving care from a debuting director such as himself would prove to be ingredients for success and that the third time would prove to be the charm. This time the adapted novel of former San Francisco detective turned novelist Dashiell Hammett became the star-studded success that Huston had promised, buoyed by a cast led by Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor along with solid feature support from Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook, Jr. So film noir was born with the 1941 classic and the race was on.

Competition became keen in Hollywood’s film studios. Following World War Two the public taste for films embodying stirring realism was enhanced as film noir productions increased.

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Considering the foregoing, it was not that surprising when I penned my first book that it was in the international political history field with STRUGGLE FOR THE HOLY LAND, which encompassed 3,500 years of Middle East History. When you consider that I grew up in the heartland of the movie capital it was also anything but surprising that I started writing about movies at the newspaper and magazine levels, then expanded into books. I became a movie historian with my first effort EARLY FILM NOIR.

It seems like only yesterday when I dined regularly with my folks at Nickodells on Melrose, which was situated next door to RKO on the one hand and Paramount on the other with Columbia just a fifteen minute drive to the north. That being said, it was natural that I would create a detective called Jeff Kelly who would comb the interesting terrain on and near Sunset Boulevard in the heart of tinsel town.

So add up that diversified life experience and add encounters since then and it is only natural that as a writer I cover a wide range of subjects and that as someone with a writer’s curiosity I continue expanding that curiosity along with my subject matter.

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BULLET ANALYSIS: Extensive writing and editing, newspapers and magazines, published author of books in narrative history field, Middle East political historian, cinema historian, film noir historian, media interview experience, on BBC World Service, WOR Radio, New York.

JOURNALISM BEGINNINGS: My writing efforts commenced in the field of journalism in my first year at Alemany High School in Mission Hills in the San Fernando Valley region of suburban Los Angeles. I eventually became Editor and Executive Editor of the Scholastic Sports Association , the high school sports section of the LOS ANGELES EXAMINER. The SSA, as it was known on the local sports scene, was begun by the newspaper's publisher, William Randolph Hearst Jr., as a program to train journalists of the future for the Hearst chain. Hearst was the son of the newspaper mogul played by Orson Welles in the cinema masterpiece Citizen Kane. In addition to writing about the L.A. prep scene I became the youngest reporter ever to cover a World Series game for a major metropolitan newspaper.

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