Two names you, unfortunately, don’t hear talked about a lot today are Lawrence Tierney and Kathleen Crowley. They starred together in the 1955 film-noir Female Jungle. I haven’t seen this particular film in ages but I remember being awfully impressed with both stars and I remember liking the movie a lot.
I think the main reason these stars aren’t as well-remembered today as others boils down to their films. While there were a few stand outs, for the most part, their films aren’t the ones that are aired frequently on TCM or anywhere else for that matter. It’s frustrating and unfortunate, but it is what it is.
I always recommend that fans of old Hollywood…
- Faithfully watch TCM and other networks (Such as the ones that showcase Westerns… don’t know where I’d be without them!).
- Support old films and the wonderful stars from the era on streaming services. Stream their movies and even request ones you don’t see!
- Buy as many as you can on dvd and blu-ray.
- Seek out new (to you) stars and watch as many of their films as you can find. Don’t make a snap judgment by watching only one or two films – watch at least 4 before you decide whether you’re a fan or not.
- Seek out new genres! I am (and have always been) very, very partial to Westerns, Comedies, Science Fiction, and Musicals, but have recently fallen hard for film-noirs. If I had not given them a chance, I wouldn’t have discovered MANY wonderful films.
Speaking of film-noirs, Female Jungle is an especially good one – very, very true to the genre! It was directed by Bruno VeSota and stars Kathleen Crowley, Lawrence Tierney, John Carradine, and Jayne Mansfield.