5 comments on “4 “Good Girls” of Film Noir

  1. I find the same issue with naming the woman who supports the protagonist against the femme fatale or who waits in the wings being kind and honorable. When married, I use “good wife” in part bc the roles tend to be one-dimensional and thankless for the actress. I like “guardian angel” or just “noir angel” for these types, now you bring it up. And I think we should not ignore the “working girl” characters we see in noir, who is neither good wife/angel nor femme fatale but helpful and plucky — e.g. Ella Raines in Phantom Lady, Lucille Ball in The Dark Corner, and the reporter (whose portrayer’s name I am forgetting and too lazy to look up) in Whispering City.

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