Old Hollywood
Cinema
1900-1979

Nostalgia is a seductive liar - George Wildman Ball
Barbara Stanwyck & Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1946, dir. Billy Wilder, based on the novel by James M. Cain)
I knew then what I had done. I had killed a man. I had killed a man to get a woman. I had put myself in her power, so there was one person in the world that could point a finger at me, and I would have to die. I had done all that for her, and I never wanted to see her again as long as I lived.
That’s all it takes, one drop of fear, to curdle love into hate.
- James M. Cain, Double Indemnity

Barbara Stanwyck & Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1946, dir. Billy Wilder, based on the novel by James M. Cain)

I knew then what I had done. I had killed a man. I had killed a man to get a woman. I had put myself in her power, so there was one person in the world that could point a finger at me, and I would have to die. I had done all that for her, and I never wanted to see her again as long as I lived.

That’s all it takes, one drop of fear, to curdle love into hate.

- James M. Cain, Double Indemnity

The Third Man (1949, dir. Carol Reed)

The Third Man (1949, dir. Carol Reed)

Van Heflin is having one of those days in Act of Violence (1948, dir. Fred Zinneman)

Van Heflin is having one of those days in Act of Violence (1948, dir. Fred Zinneman)

Burt Lancaster walks into a world of trouble in The Killers (1946, dir. Robert Siodmak, co-starring Ava Gardner)

Burt Lancaster walks into a world of trouble in The Killers (1946, dir. Robert Siodmak, co-starring Ava Gardner)

Lauren Bacall in publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946, dir. Howard Hawks)
She was worth a stare. She was trouble. 
She was tall and rangy and strong-looking. She had a good mouth and a good chin. There was a sulky droop to her lips and the lower lip was full. She had a drink. She took a swallow from it and gave me a cool level stare over the rim of the glass. 
-Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep (1939)

Lauren Bacall in publicity still for The Big Sleep (1946, dir. Howard Hawks)

She was worth a stare. She was trouble.

She was tall and rangy and strong-looking. She had a good mouth and a good chin. There was a sulky droop to her lips and the lower lip was full. She had a drink. She took a swallow from it and gave me a cool level stare over the rim of the glass.

-Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep (1939)