6 thoughts on “Femme Noir #3: Janis Carter”

  1. Apparently, this is considered the best noir in the “Bad Girls of Film Noir” set it is included on, but I regard it as “average.” It’s predictable enough, but it’s central deceit is an engrossing aspect. Excellently chosen clip here!


  2. Hi! Tony and Sam Juliano,
    Sam Juliano said,
    Excellently chosen clip here!

    Tony, I have to agree with Sam Juliano, it’s good to see a near pristine version of this film…after viewing a snowy version that had not been restored yet to a near decent print.

    …Sam Juliano said,
    “Apparently, this is considered the best noir in the “Bad Girls of Film Noir” set it is included on…

    Oh! yes, Sam Juliano…because of actress Janis Carter’s “classic femme fatale turn” in this film.

    Tony said,”Janis Carter plays a rotten rich dame who double-crosses her cop lover.”

    That is why it’s considered the best noir in the
    “Bad Girls of Film Noir” boxset…especially, among some noiraholics…she is poison and deadly.
    Almost in the same vein as actress Jean Gillie, was in Decoy. (Another restored “B” film that is on the WB Volume 4 boxset…as you, well know.)

    Thanks, for sharing!
    DeeDee 😉


  3. Hi! Tony and Sam Juliano,
    Here goes just one of many definition(s) of a Femme Fatale…

    The Definition of a Femme Fatale:
    Several qualities distinguish a femme fatale from other women. She tends to be extremely intelligent in addition to being quite beautiful, and she often speaks, behaves, or dresses in an unusual and striking manner which is designed to get attention, without being too flashy.
    Most importantly, she is extremely dangerous; historically, an entanglement with a femme fatale could have dangerous or even devastating consequences, especially for a man.

    The term “femme fatale” translates as “fatal woman” in French, emphasizing the danger which is classically associated with the femme fatale. The archetype of the femme fatale appears in many cultures, and she is often linked with witchcraft, especially in cultures where strong, powerful women are feared. Some oft-cited historical examples include Cleopatra, Theda Bara, and Mata Hari; in fiction, women like the brides of Dracula were often considered to be “fatal women” as well, in that particular case in the literal sense.

    The idea of the femme fatale is closely bound up with cultural attitudes about the use of feminine wiles to deceive, mislead, or seduce.
    A classic femme fatale hides her true nature with seductive attitudes, ensnaring her prey so thoroughly that by the time they realize what has happened, it is too late.
    [Note: Personally, I think that actress Janis Carter’s character in the film Night Editor fit this description…

    Many people now feel that this attitude is rather antiquated and misogynist, and they prefer to think of a femme fatale simply as a mysterious attractive woman rather than a vixen with sinister motives.

    Well through the 20th century, any story about a femme fatale typically ended with a moment in which she was either defeated, or turned, becoming remorseful for her past. In the modern era, however, where strong women are much more valued, a femme fatale may become a powerful force in her own right, becoming a heroine of sorts.

    By the way, I have her(actress Janis Carter) in all the films that you have listed.
    DeeDee 😉


  4. [Typo corrected…]
    By the way, I have watched her(actress Janis Carter) in all the films that you have listed here on your blog.

    Night Editor (1946)Restored
    Framed (1947) This film need to be restored…
    I Love Trouble (1948)This film (most definitely,)need to be restored…
    The Woman on Pier 13 (1949)This film was released as part of the WB archives…
    DeeDee 😉


  5. Thanks DeeDee and Sam.

    I like Night Editor for the ‘hard-boiled’ repartee and Janis Carter is really delicious in her role. The theme of the ‘rotten’ rich is one that appeals to my subversive sensibilities. It is not a ‘great’ movie, but solid entertainment and downright fun to watch.


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