Day Eight of Noirvember: Trivia Thursday

What a difference a meal makes.

If you know anything about me, you know I love trivia! Today’s Noirvember post offers a few tidbits about some of my favorite noir films and performers . . .

This Gun for Hire (1942), starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, was remade in 1957 as Short Cut to Hell. Short Cut was directed by James Cagney – his first and last directorial outing.

A tasty meal ended up landing Mercedes McCambridge a part in Touch of Evil (1958). While lunching with the film’s director, Orson Welles, he convinced her to appear in a scene. He even cut her hair for the role.

Susan Harrison, who played Burt Lancaster’s sister in Sweet Smell of Success (1957), is the mother of Darva Conger. You might remember her from a reality TV show from 2000 called Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?, in which 50 women competed to marry a multi-millionaire whom they’d never met and only saw throughout the show in silhouette. Conger emerged the winner and married “multi-millionaire” Rick Rockwell at the end of the show. (She had the union annulled a few weeks later.)

Alfred’s baby girl Patricia directed this scene.

Known for his cameo appearances in his film, Alfred Hitchcock is seen in Strangers on a Train (1951) boarding a train and carrying a cello case. His cameo in the film was directed by his daughter, Patricia Hitchcock, who also appeared in the picture.

Glenn Ford’s wife in The Big Heat (1953) is played by Jocelyn Brando. She was the older sister of Marlon Brando.

George Raft was at the top of the list of possible actors to play the part of Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941). Next was Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Richard Whorf, and Franchot Tone (Franchot Tone!?!?), among others.

Join me tomorrow for Day Nine of Noirvember!

~ by shadowsandsatin on November 8, 2018.

11 Responses to “Day Eight of Noirvember: Trivia Thursday”

  1. Damn – that lady is tough looking !

  2. I would like to hear Franchot Tone as one of our classic P.I.s, but he looks too elegant to play a mug.

  3. You know what? As much as I love Bogie as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, I can totally see George Raft playing that part too. I think he would have been fantastic! Franchot Tone, on the other hand? No. Nope.

  4. Delightful trivia post! Thanks so much!

  5. I didn’t know Patricia Hitchcock directed her father’s cameo in “Strangers on a Train”. Good job!

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