Re: RARA-AVIS: blonde vs. dark haired

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 11 Jan 2008

This is a big theme in David Goodis' novels. In many of his books you get the femme fatale and the angel. Can't remember if it was also blonde vs. brunette, but it wouldn't surprise me. Maybe some of the Goodis experts can here can tell you.


> I'm in the middle of Gil Brewer's 13 French Street. The narrator is
> torn between two women, his blonde girlfriend at home and the dark
> haired wife of his old Army buddy. Brewer really plays up her dark
> hair, clearly symbolic of a greater blackness within her. It reminded
> me of what had been pointed out to me in a college class on westerns,
> how the blondes usually represent purity (for instance, Doc Holliday's
> girlfriend back east in My Darling Clementine) and the fallen women are
> dark haired (Holliday's Mexican girlfriend in Tombstone). I must
> admit, I haven't really paid much attention to the hair color of femmes
> fatales in vintage noir lit, but Brewer makes suc a big deal about the
> contrast. Has anyone else paid more attention? Is this typical? Seems
> to me a lot of these femmes were blonde or redhaired in film.

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