Bad girl movies

"Bad girl movies" are a subcategory, mostly, although not exclusively, of films noir, labeled by latter-day movie buffs to describe dark films, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, but some earlier, and others later, starring provocative, scheming, often sexy or beautiful, but compelling even when not, women, almost always on the wrong side of the spirit and usually the letter of the law. Some are quite young, others not. Manipulative, larcenous, murderous, vengeful, troubled, hedonistic, depraved, or any combination therein, they were occasionally misunderstood, softened or redeemed, but sometimes only at death's door. Some very early and much later exemplars got away with their crimes, but most paid, one way or another, as the censors required. These film's posters usually featured sexy artwork of the actress, posed seductively. Currently, these images in original posters and reproductions are as valued as are the films themselves.

Such performances include:

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Jean Harlow played a bad girl in Red-Headed Woman (1932)

1920s

1930s

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

See also

References

  1. ^ Bacall in Young Man with a Horn, primalscenes.blogspot.com; accessed August 14, 2014.
Beverly Michaels

Beverly Michaels (December 28, 1928 – June 9, 2007) was an American B-movie actress and cheesecake model of the 1950s.

Cleo Moore

Cleouna Moore (October 31, 1924 – October 25, 1973) was an American actress, usually featured in the role of a blonde bombshell in Hollywood films of the 1950s. She also became a well-known pin-up girl.

Although she never obtained true film stardom, Moore has become a cult fan favorite, with several of her films being considered cult classics.

Femme fatale

A femme fatale ( or ; French: [fam fatal]), sometimes called a maneater or vamp, is a stock character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. She is an archetype of literature and art. Her ability to enchant and hypnotise her victim with a spell was in the earliest stories seen as being literally supernatural; hence, the femme fatale today is still often described as having a power akin to an enchantress, seductress, vampire, witch, or demon, having power over men.

One of the most common traits of the femme fatale includes promiscuity and the "rejection of motherhood", seen as "one of her most threatening qualities since by denying his immortality and his posterity it leads to the ultimate destruction of the male". Femmes fatales are typically villainous, or at least morally ambiguous, and always associated with a sense of mystification, and unease.In American early 20th century film, femme fatale characters were referred to as vamps, in reference to Theda Bara, who played a seductive woman referred to as a "vampiress" in the 1915 film A Fool There Was. Many female mobsters (especially members of the Italian-American Mafia or Russian Mafia) have been known to be femme fatales in many film noirs as well as James Bond films.

The phrase is French for "fatal woman". A femme fatale tries to achieve her hidden purpose by using feminine wiles such as beauty, charm, or sexual allure. In many cases, her attitude towards sexuality is lackadaisical, intriguing, or frivolous. In some cases, she uses lies or coercion rather than charm. She may also make use of some subduing weapon such as sleeping gas, a modern analog of magical powers in older tales. She may also be (or imply that she is) a victim, caught in a situation from which she cannot escape; The Lady from Shanghai (a 1947 film noir) is one such example. A younger version of a femme fatale is called a fille fatale, or "fatal girl".

Girls with guns

Girls with guns is a subgenre of action films and animation—often Asian films and anime—that portray a female protagonist who makes use of firearms to defend against or attack a group of antagonists. The genre typically involves gun-play, stunts and martial arts action.

Lonely Fifteen

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Mamie Van Doren

Mamie Van Doren (born Joan Lucille Olander; February 6, 1931) is an American actress, model, singer, and sex symbol who is known for being one of the first actresses to imitate the look of Marilyn Monroe. Van Doren is perhaps best remembered for the rock 'n' roll, juvenile delinquency exploitation movie Untamed Youth (1957), and other films of this calibre.

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