Charles McGraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy

The Narrow Margin (1952): B plus

Charles McGraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy
Alan K. Rode
ISBN 978-0-7864-3167-0
Hardcover (7 x 10) 2008

To be published mid-October.
Pre-order from Amazon.

Charles McGraw appeared in many classic noirs including The Killers (1946) and The Narrow Margin (1952). The author, film historian and journalist Alan K. Rode, is a director of the Film Noir Foundation.

From the publisher:

Whether portraying tough cops or sadistic killers, McGraw brought a unique authenticity to the screen. Emphasizing his impact on the film noir style, this comprehensive biography examines McGraw’s lengthy career against the backdrop of a changing Hollywood. Through numerous personal interviews with his surviving intimates, close acquaintances and co-workers, his tumultuous personal life is detailed from his earliest days to his bizarre, accidental death. Also included are an extensive critical filmography of McGraw’s feature film career, a complete list of television appearances and previously unpublished film stills and personal photos.

From James Ellroy:

A spellbinding account of the great noir heavy…and a must-have addition to all film-noir libraries. Deft biography and overall wild tale.

The book has also been reviewed on TCM.

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