Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NOIR NOW: FISTICUFFS, PALOOKAS, AND NOIR!

FISTICUFFS, PALOOKAS, AND NOIR!

AT THE BIJOU'S HEAD USHER ABSOLUTELY KATE LEADS YOU TO YOUR PLUSH THEATER SEATS FOR A SCREENING OF MY TAKE ON FISTICUFFS, PALOOKAS, AND NOIR . . . A LOOK AT BOXING MOVIES WITH A NOIR KAYO PUNCH . . .

Boxing and noir go together as smoothly as a one-two combination punch. The inherent qualities of both noir and boxing, desperation, bad choices, violence, tension, humanity stripped bare, combine for a marriage made in Hell.

We’re not talking the Rockys of the boxing world here. We’re not talking the life affirming, if you punch hard enough, sooner or later you’re gonna be a contender, kind of boxing stories. We’re talking about the down and dirty, punch drunk, cauliflower-eared, in bed with the mob, no hope fighters who populate such novels as Fat City (Leonard Gardner), Ringside Jezebel (Kate Nickerson), The Leather Pushers (H. C. Witwer), The Bruiser (Jim Tully), or Iron Man (W. R. Burnett).

There’s always the classic femme fatale involved in these tales – usually a high class socialite who gets her slumming hooks into the blue collar fighter and plays him for a sap. She’s usually responsible for pitting the palooka against the mob – you know, the bent-nosed guys looking to take over the fight racket by making the hero take a dive in the 4th round ...

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2 comments:

Kevin Michaels said...

Great piece - right from that opening line ("boxing and noir go together as smoothly as a one-two combination punch). Think you totally nailed what makes the combo so potent.... desperation ... bent-nosed guys...slumming hooks.

Set-Up still holds up, even after all these years. Have to add the stories of FX Toole (Rope Burns was adapted into Million Dollar Baby) and Rod Serling's Requiem For A Heavyweight.

Excellent read, Bish!

ABSOLUTELY*KATE said...

HEAD USHER HERE ~

"Head on over folks ~ Punches, popcorn, and pull-ya-in movies, movies, movies make the pugilism just begin!

"And Saaaaay ~ You ever see SMOKIN' JOE FRAZIER left jab on BISH? KidKate will show ya ... so many cool facets to this Paul Bishop guy."

~ Absolutely*Kate, also proprietor, creater, kleig-light adjuster AT THE BIJOU (and sometimes I play the sheriff too)