Charles McGraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy

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The iconic actor Charles McGraw appeared in over 140 roles on films and television, including the classic noir pictures The Killers (1946) and The Narrow Margin (1952). 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critical filmography of McGraw's feature film career, a complete list of television appearances and previously unpublished film stills and personal photos.

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Film historian and journalist Alan K. Rode is a director of the Film Noir Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.

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"Rode can honestly be called an expert on the film noir genre. He is one of our most important film historians and it can be safely stated that anything this man writes is gold...a total must-read. Rode is a natural writer with a genuine love of film...absolutely riveting...I highly recommend this book...well-written, long overdue biography...a first-rate book...sensational...Alan is a highly knowledgeable researcher with a good eye for what's important in a biography and an excellent, readable writer who clearly loves film and seeks out his subject's work to authoritatively discuss it." --Classic Images

"Amazing detail." --Canyon News

"Very little, if anything, seems to be left out...an incredible history lesson for movie enthusiasts. The only thing that confuses us is how Rode managed to fit such a wealth of information in just under 230 pages. We chalk it up to great writing!" --Gary Sweeney, The Midnight Palace

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