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KNOCKOUT BARBARA PAYTON IN THE BOXING NOIR 'BAD BLONDE'

Barbara Payton is Hammer's BAD BLONDE Year: 1953
In the Hammer British Film Noir BAD BLONDE originally titled THE FLANAGAN BOY, a bulky and not altogether brilliant English boxer gets a shot when his trainer connects with a rich Italian promoter who can make it all happen: But there are a few catches...

First, everyone has to live at a rural lakeside estate where the fighter, Charlie Sullivan (Tony Wright), will prepare for future moneymaking matches... Second and most important, Charlie needs to get along with the rich man’s baby-faced, perpetually pursed-lipped wife Lorna, played by  goading, manipulating, voluptuous and built-for-action with sparks-flying starlet Barbara Payton. Basically, the first moment Charlie sets his smitten eyes on the sullen temptress, his edge is gone… As is his sanity, to his trainer's chagrin. Liken to, years later, when Burgess Meredith barks at Sylvester Stallone's dame-distracted Rocky Balboa: "Women weaken legs!" Nothing changes in the boxing game, it seems... 

One of the great all-tie Film Noir fonts
Nor do the stock ingredients of Film Noir as, inspired by THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, there's an ugly rich guy naive enough allow his wife to hang around a young and muscular, good looking stud: Leading to temptation for temptation's sake...

But what helps BAD BLONDE dodge cliches is the boxing itself, filmed like you’re watching each bout from the first row, in each corner...

Meanwhile, the eventual murder attempt of Lorna’s husband is wickedly intense, not only plotted out in desperation but with an 11th hour twist with some terrific and inspired perspective angles: seemingly inspired by directors like Otto Preminger or Orson Welles. But overall, too much time wallows in soap operatic pulpy dime-novel dialogue between the boxer and the title character BAD BLONDE, whose villainy was better when she had a few more rungs to climb.
Tony Wright, Barbara Payton and Frederick Valk 
Barbara Payton in BAD BLONDE
Barbara Payton in BAD BLONDE
Barbara Payton in BAD BLONDE
Barbara Payton in BAD BLONDE with Tony Wright
Barbara Payton in BAD BLONDE
Barbara Payton in BAD BLONDE
Barbara Payton in BAD BLONDE
Barbara Payton in BAD BLONDE
Tony Wright in Bad Blonde
Barbara Payton in BAD BLONDE with Tony Wright
Barbara Payton in BAD BLONDE
Barbara Payton in BAD BLONDE
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