There are lots of ways to define the word “tough.” Strong and resilient. Physically hardy. Hard to cut or chew! But in the film noir realm, the “tough” description takes on a whole ‘nother meaning, giving us characters who are ruthlessly determined, relentlessly hard-boiled, fearless, callous, and willing to do whatever it takes to get whatever they want. It’s one of the things I love most about film noir.
This week’s list celebrates the toughest dames, dicks, gunsels and dolls of film noir. Read on and see if your favorites are here!
Ida Lupino: Hard-boiled tough. It was all in her attitude . . . she could cut you down to size with a few choice words, and slap you with a smile on her face. See Road House, While the City Sleeps
Dick Powell: Smooth tough. Always cool, always unflappable. See Johnny O’Clock , Cry Danger
Claire Trevor: Refined…
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