People, shady people, up to no good–plotting, planning, and conniving to grab that one big elusive score. Some of film noir’s best movies tell the story of desperate men–and women–scheming to take someone else’s treasure. Here are some of our favorites.
The femme fatale is a staple in film noir: duplicitous, conniving, and of course, drop-dead sexy. She uses her looks to get what she wants. In the process, she wreaks havoc in the lives of men who are fully complicit in their own destruction. Here are just a few of the silver screen’s greatest portrayals of the ultimate dangerous woman.
Anthony Brancato and Tony Trombino were two Kansas City mafioso who decided to make a name for themselves looking for action out west. Their first move was robbing the mob-owned Flamingo Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. They were promptly arrested, made bail, then headed to L.A. where they cheated a mob bookie out of $3000.
According to author Allan May, mob boss Jack Dragna had had enough. “‘You know, Jimmy,” said Dragna (to hitman Jimmy Fratianno), “these guys are no good. We’ve gotten a lot of bad reports on them. The way I see it, we’ve got to clip them. Set something up, will you.’ In the few seconds it took to utter those words, the fates of Anthony Brancato and Anthony Joseph Trombino were sealed. It was that simple.” (www.allanrmay.com) The Two Tonys certainly made a name for themselves; just not the way they expected.
Charles Cushman, businessman and talented photographer, meticulously documented his travels, offering us time-capsule glimpses of locations worldwide from the late 1930s up to the mid-1960s. He bequeathed 14,500 Kodachrome negatives to his alma mater Indiana University upon his death in 1972. You can view the entire archive here, courtesy of the Indiana University Digital Libraries Program. His photographs of Los Angeles can be seen here.