The problem with "Gun Crazy," and "Martha Ivers" is that they
certainly noir heroines, in a sense. Or, the more classic way to put it
is that they are "Femme Fatales." Bart is the hero in "Gun Crazy,"
Laurie the instrument of his downfall. Neither are truly the lead of
I haven't seen it, but "The Blue Gardenia" by Fritz Lang is
be one of the few noirs that feature a female hero. There's an essay on
it in a collection called "Women In Film Noir," I believe.
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