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The 10 Lauren Bacall Films You Should See

The death of Lauren (Betty) Bacall, one of the last surviving performers from Hollywood’s gloriously raffish film noir era of the 1940s, brought back rich memories of her feline, smoky-voiced femme fatale persona. Here’s a look back at Betty’s ten best roles.

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Kyle Smith

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August 14, 2014 - 1:30 pm
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10. Written on the Wind (1956)

Douglas Sirk’s soapy melodramas had an element of tongue-in-cheek camp that later came to be appreciated as sly subversion, and in this one Bacall played along beautifully as a canny Manhattan career woman in the advertising business who marries the scion (Robert Stack) of a wild oil clan while secretly making time for the poor outsider (Rock Hudson) who has worked his way up in the family business. 

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I re-watched "The Shootist" last night and was again impressed by Bacall's performance. Starchy, prim and repressed, but with fire underneath. And, as always, she shone when she had a real man to play off of.
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To Have and Have Not is one of my favorite films. I thought she nailed the part of the young, lost, but not yet totally craven drifter. The film has a similar feeling to Casablanca.

I thought she was great in The Big Sleep as well.
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Maybe it's just me, but I never thought she was a particularly good actress. Her performance in To Have and Have Not was simply dreadful. Stiff, wooden and lacking any emotion whatsoever. Her book was very good with an interesting insight into her life with Bogart.
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A class act from start to finish. On screen, the perfect woman.

Attention to the current crop of Hollywood (Hollywierd?) actresses!!! Watch "To Have and Have Not" to see how to be sexy, funny, sensuous, sultry, seductive, gorgeous, witty, and completely feminine *without profanity* and *without taking your clothes off*.
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I re-watched "The Shootist" last night and was again impressed by Bacall's performance. Starchy, prim and repressed, but with fire underneath. And, as always, she shone when she had a real man to play off of.
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Betty wouldn't give you the time of day if you voted Republican, were a conservative of any stripe especially a TEA partier
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She was a raving liberal, which means no tolerance for anyone who didn't agree with her.
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She was married to a fellow traveler who had gone to Communism training in the 1930's. Today I saw a recent picture of her embracing the despicable anti-semite Vanessa Redgraves. So much for any respect I would have for this woman as a person. I will not patronize any celebrity entertainer that in any way joins the chorus of anti-semitic hate swirling around us now.
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Who cares? That's politics. As long as she didn't hate me cuz I was a straight white male I don't care.
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I guess I would've thrown Blood Alley in there.
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