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JOAN BENNETT for SOTM 2022


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On 7/11/2022 at 9:51 AM, Hibi said:

 

Image result for Joan Bennett movie Stills. Size: 150 x 195. Source: filmnoirphotos.blogspot.com 

I'll be on Noir Alley this wknd in Scarlet Street, don't miss it! Here I am waiting for business under the streetlight......

Wholly unbelievable - could you IMAGINE a street girl who looks like that? Never in a zillion years or beers.

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14 minutes ago, Tikisoo said:

Wholly unbelievable - could you IMAGINE a street girl who looks like that? Never in a zillion years or beers.

Right. This was for the movie mags. But that cheap clear plastic raincoat she actually wore in the film, which any woman could have bought at Woolworth's, was perfect.

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7 minutes ago, DougieB said:

But that cheap clear plastic raincoat she actually wore in the film

Every female between ages of 5 & 30 had one of those in the mod 60's. I certainly did. 

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Having first moved to NYC when I was fresh out of college in the 1980s, which was before Giuliani cleaned up the City, the "street trade" was quite active, especially in the neighborhoods that had the cheap apartments I could afford. It's important to remember that literally "walking the streets" for business is about as far down on the prostitute career ladder as one can get - brothels, high-end "escort" services, "arrangements" with luxury hotels offered better, safer and more lucrative career opportunities. 

So, yes, most of the women who walked the streets were rough at best - some where quite a show - but a few were attractive yet only if they were very young as a woman didn't hold her looks long in this line of work (many were or ended up on drugs). If I came home late at night, I'd walk by dozens of them (there was a tacit arrangement with the police as to where they could gather, which, reflecting my rent, was one street down from my apartment) and you'd spy a good-looking young one (late teens) now and then. But since Joan Bennett was 35 when she played the part, it's not realistic that she'd be a street walker and look like she did. But a movie's gonna do what a movie's gonna do. 

It was noted earlier in the thread, but Bennett did play lazy, trashy and kinda dirty really well, which fit the role. You felt that she knew enough to keep her looks and grooming up since that paid the bills, but you had no doubt she'd grab a pair of...from the hamper if she was behind on doing the laundry and in a hurry. 

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On 7/22/2022 at 3:28 PM, DougieB said:

Wowza!! The thing I like the most is that a contemporary artist knows who Joan Bennett is and thought enough of her to repurpose a classic photo like this. 

Yes. Beautiful!

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On 7/23/2022 at 8:00 AM, Tikisoo said:

Every female between ages of 5 & 30 had one of those in the mod 60's. I certainly did. 

I remember those! :D

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On 8/5/2022 at 7:03 PM, DougieB said:

I think Joan just invented wholesome cheesecake. But what's with the Bride of Frankenstein highlights? Hope it was just a quick phase.

Yes, I didn't get that either. LOL.

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