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5.0 out of 5 stars Occasionally Morally Dubious Girls of Film Gris.... but definately worth watching!, 27 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Bad Girls of Film Noir 1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
It's true these films aren't genuinely Noir - that most misused of words in the film lexicon - but we found them very enjoyable nonetheless. The ways in which redemption is usually squeezed in, just when you least expect it, is often fascinating.

On this volume, Two Of A Kind was our favourite - with lots of morally ambivalent charaters, and varied locations. The young and enthusiastic Terry Moore has a more memorable role than Lizbeth Scott. Edmond O'Brien is as good as always, despite his inescapably Everyman appearance and Alexander Knox gives an early performance as an insidious manipulator.

Bad For Each Other is also filled with atypical situations and settings - Charlton Heston as a doctor in a coal mining town!...at least to start and...but no, I don't want to give it away....

The best genuine Noir films, such as Build My Gallows High a.k.a. Out Of The Past [DVD] [1947] with the peerless Bob Mitchum and Jane Greer, not to mention Rhonda Fleming and an early, underplaying, Kirk Douglas, or Kiss Me Deadly [DVD] [1955], whether promoted from B films or not, are undeniably in a different league.

These films by comparison do all seem like B films, even if some of them weren't originally. But this is often what makes them worth seeing - the sometimes improbable inventiveness and the complexity of the characters...even if those depths often remain unresolved.

Big budget films, when as is always likely, they don't turn out to be greater than the sum of their parts, can be boringly predictable. These films are certainly not that. Bad Girls of.... was obviously a misleading title for these collections - but then one has to take the designation Noir with a pinch of salt.

By the way, Bad Girls of Film Noir 2 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] is just as good if not better - both for unusual not-really-Noir stories and for picture quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BAD GIRLS BUT GOOD VALUE !, 24 Dec. 2013
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A box of great little movies, for a knock-down price. If you love film noir, and actresses like Lizabeth Scott, you must not miss out on this collection.
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