Still Room In The Trunk?

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A gangster and his gun moll? Could be that she’s the leader of the gang, her boy carting luggage and loading the trunk (hopefully not shoving a body or kidnap victim aside to make room for her bags). So lets not make assumptions. A nifty B&W from photographer Eugenio Recuenco. And a pretty nifty Citroen too.

 

A Gun Moll For Giggles.

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To say that I’m a Natalie Wood fan would be an understatement. This Property Condemned, Inside Daisy Clover, West Side Story, Love With A Proper Stranger…I love them all, the awful 1960’s comedies and the edgy dramas alike. In fact, my in-progress Stiletto Gumshoe (Sharon Gardner, real name Sasha Garodnowicz, a streetwise girl in the ethnic blue-collar bungalow belt of 1959 Chicago’s south side) describes herself as looking more or less like Natalie Wood, “minus some curves, and if a fellow’s had a few and the lights are low” as she likes to put it.

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Wood’s not the first person you’d picture doing slapstick with comedian Bob Hope, but she was a guest on The Bob Hope Show (variously titled the Chevy Show, The Buick Show and The Chrysler Show depending on the sponsor and dates), tap-dancing in top hat and tails, hamming it up as a 1920’s flapper, trading one-liners as a black leather jacketed juvenile delinquent opposite Hope’s motorcycle cop, or here as ‘scarface’s’ gun moll, a fetching femme fatale who, based on the brief bits available on YouTube, has trouble keeping a straight face or even keeping up with the notorious ad-libber Hope. Makes me wish she managed just one role as a real gun-toting moll, serious crook, or even a ‘stiletto gumshoe’ in her incredible career.

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She’ll Be Dancing On His Grave.

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Who knows what he put her through? Who knows what he did to her? No matter, he got what he deserved, and now she’ll be dancing the Charleston on his grave, if he gets one.

Cover art by Giovanni Di Stefano from 1976 for Gangster Story-Bonnie, the Euro-Sleaze magazine.

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A Noir-ish Icon

Mort Kunstler

An often-seen and often-ogled illustration by pulp-art maestro Mort Kunstler, who’s still with us, I believe, and in his early nineties. Kunstler’s pulp magazine, paperback covers, and men’s ‘sweats’ magazine cover art and interior illustrations may be cherished by fans of all that’s retro, kitschy and sleazy, but the artist would understandably prefer to be known for his incredible historical art, his many epic Civil War paintings in particular. Nonetheless, this bit of 20th century naughtiness is from a February 1970 issue of Men magazine and seen often enough to almost be a noir-culture icon, replete with a spartan room, a rugged shoulder-holstered bad guy with gun in hand and a table covered with stolen loot. Just how many gals were still rolling on nylons by 1970, I don’t know, but some pulpy clichés almost demand to be retained, don’t they?

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Jessica Alba, Vintage Vamp

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Jessica Alba makes for a striking vintage vamp, prohibition era gun moll or all-around femme fatale, prowling a parking garage full of dusty getaway cars in this suite of photos by Michelangelo di Battista for Vogue Italia in 2001.

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