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Good at Being Bad
The films of Gloria Grahame

October-December 2017

We celebrate the onscreen brilliance of this iconic femme fatale heroine.

Introduction by season programmer Jo Botting

Gloria Grahame


Part 2 (December)

“I’m jist a girl who cain’t say no. I’m in a turrible fix”
Ado Annie in Oklahoma!

Part two of our season further explores Grahame’s femme fatale finesse, but also showcases some of her lighter roles. As irrepressible wide-eyed Ado Annie, Gloria Grahame proved that her talents were not limited to intense performances in film noir. Although played purely for laughs, her character in Oklahoma! is still very much in the mould of her earlier roles: a woman at the mercy of her impulses. Grahame herself was a woman of intense passions with an often scandalous personal life. Yet she was a sensitive and versatile actor of stage and screen who brought a mixture of impetuousness and vulnerability to every role. As a woman she was vivacious and fun-loving, yet needy and insecure. As she became increasingly difficult to work with, film offers dwindled, depriving audiences of one of Hollywood’s most distinctive and captivating stars.

Jo Botting


See our screenings of In a Lonely Place, The Big Heat and It’s a Wonderful Life.


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