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"the noir actor has a glacial prescence.  He does not open up the frame, claiming screen space for himself, but plays close to the chest, remaining a figure in the noir landscape, one element in the noirs overall composition"  Quoted from Foster Hirsch's The Dark Side of the Screen.  I cannot express how deeply I disagree with this statement.  Humphrey Bogart, John Garfield, Dick Powell, Edward G Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas,Jean Simmons, Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews - you finish the list.  I agree that this statement holds true for a small minority of noir, like Detour which has no significant star.   But I suspect that for many of us a major part of the enjoyment of noir movies is watching these great stars go through their considerable paces.  Please feel free to disagree..

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