Thursday, June 3, 2010
Mug Shots #13: Robert Ryan aka The Man on the Edge
Because he was so often a clenched-teethed, snarling mass of violence (Crossfire, Odds Against Tomorrow, Beware My Lovely) he's been underrated as an actor. While it is true that he'll beat the shit out of you for looking at him wrong, even when he's a cop (On Dangerous Ground), it should be noted that as the doomed-but-brave boxer in Robert Wise's existential classic The Set-Up he is one of the most touching of all heroes in noir.
Essential Robert Ryan:
Odds Against Tomorrow
Act of Violence
Best of the Rest:
Clash by Night
On Dangerous Ground
The Woman on Pier 13 (aka I Married a Communist)
For more on Ryan click here.
And here's a typically good piece by Bright Lights.
Ryan also features in the best fight scene in all noir.