- Bad girl movies
"Bad girl movies" are a subcategory of
film noirlabeled by latter-day movie buffs to describe the dark films of the 1940s and 1950s starring beautiful women who were usually on the wrong side of the law. The movie posters to these films usually featured sexy artwork of the lady in question, posed seductively, and these images today in original posters and reproductions are as collected today, as are the films themselves are on VHSand DVD.
Among the classic "bad girl" performances are:
Barbara Stanwyckin "Double Indemnity" (1944)
Gene Tierneyin " Leave Her to Heaven" (1945)
Lana Turnerin "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1946)
Ann Savagein " Detour" (1946)
Jane Greerin " Out of the Past" (1947)
Joan Bennettin " Scarlet Street" (1948)
Rita Hayworthin " Gilda" (1946) and " The Lady from Shanghai" (1948)
Marilyn Monroein " Don't Bother to Knock" (1952) and "Niagara" (1953)
Cleo Moorein " One Girl's Confession" (1953)
Jane Russellin " The Revolt of Mamie Stover" (1956)
Mamie Van Dorenin "High School Confidential" (1958)
Stanwyck, Savage, Bennett, Moore and Van Doren made multiple films that fall into the "bad girl movie" category as did
Ava Gardner, Gloria Grahame, Dorothy Malone, Beverly Michaels, Lizabeth Scott, Audrey Totter, Claire Trevor, Marie Windsor, and Shelley Winters.
Perhaps the ultimate bad girl movies are women's prison films with the women in question behind bars; the majority of these films were made well after the classical film noir period and include one of the more socially-conscious films of the genre, "
Why Must I Die?".
Girls with guns
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