FEMME NOIR: HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN...TRAPPEDJACK FAVELL writes: "I have thoughts, but I am somewhat embarrassed to say them. I enjoy what you wrote, and you KNOW I love Jane Greer, but hope you aren't going to excommunicate me for my opinions here. So here's my list in order of liking:
Out of the Past
I Walk Alone"
What’s cookin’ Jack? Nahhhh... no ex-communication from me, ma’am. I’m not the boss of things. Not at all. My ranking looks like this:“OUT OF THE PAST”
“I WALK ALONE”
And believe me...Nos. 1 & 2 are always neck and neck.
With Martha Ivers and Kathie Moffat, I see two women who are living by their wits in a man’s world. They are trapped by deals they made with the Devil. And my sympathies go out to both these gals.
BARBARA STANWYCK. My gosh, is she a pro or what? She holds the reins on her emotions so expertly that she can call them up at a moment’s notice. Her first film was in 1929, so by the time “...Martha Ivers”
rolls around she’s seventeen years (said with bared clench teeth as I spit out the years like Frankie Madison) in the business. I really never get the sense that Missy is “acting” like I do with Bette Davis (though Bette gets my vote all the time. Aaaah, it’s my own dilema that I struggle with between the two...but I digress). Martha
! The poor girl’s got the Sword of Damocles dangling over her head. When a blast from her past blows into town, she’s like the young princess waiting to being rescued from the (Weak) Evil Prince. She’s steely when she has to be and soft when she needs to be.
I always wait for the hotel room scene between Toni and Martha. It’s clear Martha has the killer instinct edge over the soft and pouty Toni, ( "If there's anything else you want me to say to her..." )
but the icy competitiveness in their exchange is always fun for me to watch.
! > women fighting over men. Will we never learn? I liked how both women questioned Sam about each other: “Is she pretty?"
I loved Sam’s answer to Martha: “Martha, I don’t think I’ve ever known you.”
And buddy, THAT is the truth!!
No be-lying the chemistry between Heflin and Stanwyck. They’re great together. (P.S.
Ann Doran was in the “Ivers” film).
I’m so happy you stayed up to watch “OUT OF THE PAST”
and gave it a real chance. Mitchum, even as fourth choice, is perfect and I’d be hard pressed to see any other actor in the part of the double-crossed detective. I like that Jeff's detective skills kicks in after he’s dumped by Kathie. For me though, JANE GREER
is the whole movie.
I can not take my eyes off of Jane Greer in this movie. I think she gave the performance of her career, in the (sadly) one film she is remembered for. Right now I’m thinking of Martha’s purposeful striding entrance into her film - out of a car in the rain...and Kathie Moffat’s entrance out of the sun into the cantina, languid...sensuous. There’d been such a build up of this girl. Whit wants her back inspite of the buckshot in his gut. When we finally see this girl...whoa. Now there might've been other more attractive actresses (Rita...Ava...Lana) known for being the bombshell. But in my very humblest of opinions, they can't touch Jane Greer as a femme fatale. She’s like no other lethal lady I’ve seen in all of the noir and as you and others know, there’s been some heckuva roster of femme fatales for our boys. She was deadly desirous.
You don’t love
the movie? No problem. I’m just happy you enjoyed and appreciated it. This movie has enough lovers.
Here's something to ponder: do you want someone you can have or do you want someone you cannot
have? With Martha and Kathie, looks like they might’ve been chasing something they never really could have.