Bon Appetit: My Favorite Noir Dinner Guests
What noir characters would you like to have for dinner? This was a question posed to Dark Pages readers several years ago by one of our longtime subscribers, Weda Mosellie. Miss Weda passed on earlier this year, so in her memory, it’s a pleasure to respond to this question today. Pass the peas and park your gat at the door…
1. Mildred Pierce (Mildred Pierce)
We both have two daughters – I can imagine that we’d have lots to talk about. Plus, maybe she’d share some of her pie recipes with me.
2. Doc Reidenschneider (The Asphalt Jungle)
He was such a charming older gentleman – refined and cultured. But speaking of daughters, I’d have to keep this guy far, far away from mine. (You know how he is.)
3. Philip Marlowe (The Big Sleep)
He was cool, attractive, intelligent, and fearless. And I’d love to ask him who killed the chauffeur in that famous Sternwood case. I never could figure that one out.
4. Moe Williams (Pickup on South Street)
Moe was a sweetheart. Kinda rough around the edges, but I’ll bet she had a wealth of stories to share about life on the riverfront. Plus she was good friends with that adorable Skip McCoy. Ahem.
5. Jeff Hartnett (Johnny Eager)
I might have to monitor his alcohol intake, but I’d love to talk to him – he was so intelligent and well-read…not to mention kinda cute!
6. Debby Marsh (The Big Heat)
This gal was a hoot – brash, snarky, and full of fun. I wouldn’t serve coffee after dinner, though.
7. Harry Fabian (Night and the City)
Maybe he could come up with an idea for a successful get-rich-quick scheme for the two of us – so he could “be somebody” and I could buy a new car.
8. Nora Prentiss (Nora Prentiss)
Streetwise and sassy, I’m sure she wouldn’t mind singing us a tune or two after dessert.
9. Barton Keyes (Double Indemnity)
If he’d stop complaining about his “little man,” this fella could be quite entertaining.
Come on – what would a fancy gathering be without Norma? She’s a must-invite dinner party delight! Oh, the tales she could tell about Old Hollywood! Plus, she really needs to get out more.
So that’s it – my film noir dinner party. Who would you have at your table?