above: John Payne busting heads in LARCENY
Check out the new entry of Rogue's Gallery, the three man standoff I have on semi-regular basis with Eric Beetner and Cullen Gallagher over at Spinetingler Magazine. This time around we discuss noir's unlikely tough guys--dudes like John Payne and Dick Powell who started out in musicals or comedies and then worked their way over to noir.
As a PS to the article, one guy we left off was the great Dana Andrews. He's so well known now as a noir icon in films like LAURA and WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS that its easy to forget that he started out as a singer.