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"Eddie Muller is a consummate film buff, and a wonderful writer as well. [He] offers a revealing look behind the scenes of Hollywood, and at women who made even the crummiest potboilers worth watching."
—Leonard Maltin

"More Hollywood scoop than a Liz Smith column. It's a sympathetic ode to six women who made B-movie history and helped pave film noir's shadowy streets." —Playboy

"Perhaps oddly—perhaps not—these wicked, lying, cheating, double-crossing, money-hungry temptresses turn out to be rather nice ladies, as normal as one could expect of beautiful movie stars, and Muller brings them fully to life. . . . On screen they will live forever, just as they do in Muller's marvelous love letter to them all."
—Otto Penzler, Amazon.com's
"Best of 2001"

"What makes this book both unique and memorable are the anecdotal asides. These aren't mere biographies; they're character studies."
—Will Viharo, ATOMIC
 
Steve Kurtz's insightful essay in Reason

Read the magazine article that kicked it all off.
 
DARK CITY DAMES
Regan Books / Harper Collins
Hardcover Edition: May 1001
Trade Paperback Edition: July 2002

Film noir was the dark side of the movie's happily-ever-after mythology. Sinister and sexy, it forged a new icon: the tough, independent, take-no-guff dame. Determined, desirable, dangerous when cornered, she could handle trouble—or deal out some of her own.

If you thought these women were something special on-screen, wait till you meet the genuine articles. In Dark City Dames, acclaimed film historian Eddie Muller profiles six women who made a lasting impression in this cinematic terrain—from veteran "bad girls" Audrey Totter, Marie Windsor, and Jane Greer to unexpected genre fixtures Evelyn Keyes, Coleen Gray, and Ann Savage. The book surveys the lives of these formidable women during the height of their careers circa 1950, as they balanced love and career, struggled against typecasting, and sought fulfillment in a ruthless business. Their personal stories—teeming with larger-than-life characters like Howard Hughes, L.B. Mayer, Robert Mitchum, Otto Preminger, and John Huston‚ offer an illuminating counterpoint to their movies, such as Out of the Past, Detour, The Lady in the Lake, and The Killing. Then Dark City Dames revisits each one of these women today, fifty years on, to witness their hard-won—and triumphant—survival. On every page their own voices ring through, reflecting on their lives with as much passion, pain, intelligence, energy, and humor as any movie script.

SAYS EDDIE "I've got a big mushy soft spot for this book. A large part of my passion for noir comes from my youthful infatuation with these dames, and it was one of the special treats of my life to get to know these women on a very personal level. I'm honored that they shared so much with me. And I have to give credit as well to another Dark City Dame, publisher Judith Regan, who clearly saw that this was a unique project and allowed it to flourish where other publishers would have said, "Why bother?" She let me design the book as well, which was a good idea, but she stepped in at the last minute and nixed my cover, designing one of her own—which was an even better idea. Thanks again, Judith."
 
 
Eddie with Ann Savage and Judith Regan at a party in the 20th Century-Fox commissary, celebrating Judith moving her base of operations from New York to Los Angeles.