"When you know that you’re going to have to kill a man… it costs nothing to be polite."
Shotgun (Leslie Selander,1955)
The bagmen who transport money for organized crime live by a set of rules: no personal relationships, no ties…no alcohol, no women…no talking…and never, ever look inside the bag you’re carrying.
For more than ten years, Paul Page was the perfect bagman, despite suffering from the same rare brain disorder that killed his father. But that ended the day he saw a beautiful Mob wife become a Mob widow. Now Paul is going to break every one of the rules he’s lived by to protect the woman he loves – even if it means he might be left holding the bag.
Roughshod (Mark Robson, 1949)
Juvenile lead, Claude Jarman Jr. sports a WWII period Levi’s Type I jacket - no pocket flap. Fact is if Gloria Grahame wasn’t a major distraction you could watch this film for his jacket alone …
Roughshod (Mark Robson, 1949)
A girl (Gloria Grahame) who walks on the wrong side of the street smokes a post-coital cigarette
Tough guy talk in Richard Stark’s Butcher’s Moon (1974)
"I’ll shoot your fucking kneecap off," Lozini said, his voice finally beginning to harden, to match the words he was saying. "And you can gimp your way to the discotheque with your teenage twats from now on."
Re-reading Stark’s Slayground and Cooke’s graphic novel reminded me that Maggie Greenwald’s low-budget and often wonderful 1990 adaptation of Jim Thompson’s The Kill Off is also set in and around an out of season fairground …The Australian poster shown above rather misrepresents things, more Hush Hush, Confidential homage than the actuality of the movie’s art-prole stylings, but worth posting here for the LAT and NYT taglines: Dime Store Delirium and Dark Pulp Poetry.
The blonde babe in the bikini is a figment of the illustrator’s imagination. The story takes place mid-winter, and that’s no way to dress for a part in this thriller …
"We got us what they call in mystery books a locked room." Lozini said. "What my wife reads every night in bed, mysteries about locked rooms. A nice detective problem."
… “the way it works,” he went on, “the guy everyone is looking for doesn’t really exist, he’s actually one of the searchers.”
Richard Stark, Slayground (1969)
Now adapted as book four in Darwyn Cooke’s “Parker” series of graphic novels
“Georgia O’Keeffe hitching a ride to Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch, 1944″ AKA ”Women Who Rode Away.” –Image by Maria Chabot @Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The painter, Maurice Grosser, visited his friend O’Keeffe’s ranch in 1944. Maria Chabot photographed O’Keeffe and Grosser on his 1938 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead. via Selvedge Yard
Top hot rod cover art on this 1959 pulp that matches the period’s film posters. I wrote about this stuff in an essay ‘Intent to Speed: Cyclical Production, Topicality and the 1950s Hot Rod Movie’ New Review of Film and Television Studies Vol. 11, #1 (2013), which can be downloaded on my academia.edu page