Marilyn Scores Twice in Noirvember

Publicity still by Ernest Bachrach for Clash By Night (1952)

Marilyn scores two entries in Paste magazine’s list of the 100 Best Film Noirs of All Time today, with The Asphalt Jungle (1950) ranked 79th, and Clash By Night (1952) at #56.

“Story has it that MGM chief Louis B. Mayer said, ‘That asphalt pavement thing is full of nasty, ugly people doing nasty things – I wouldn’t walk across the room to see a thing like that,'” Amanda Schurr notes, adding, “Don’t listen to him.” And in Schurr’s view, Clash By Night “offers a resounding example of the classic noir patriarchy,its femme fatale ultimately put in her place,” with “a neo-realist tension to the usual genre themes of repression, betrayal, and forgiveness.”

Unfortunately, Marilyn’s more substantial Noir roles in Don’t Bother to Knock and Niagara didn’t make the list.