The famous pensée of Jean-Luc Godard about girls, guns, and movies is perhaps too glib, and in film noir, not really the case. While in classic noir, we certainly had women and guns, femme-fatales were more likely to be closer to 30 than 20 in years, and rarely held a gun let alone shoot one. A femme-fatale was usually adept at having a love-struck sap do the shooting for her.

Though there were occasions when a dame pulled a gun and used it.

Mildred Pierce (1945)
Murder My Sweet (1944)
Blues in the Night (1941)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Too Late for Tears (1949)
Out of the Past (1947)
Repeat Performance (1947)
Gun Crazy (1950)
Deception (1946)

Article from FilmsNoir.net


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