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Dana Andrews

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Andrews as Fred Derry being soothed after a nightmare by Teresa Wright in William Wyler's THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, the Best Picture of 1946. Andrews gives a fine performance as an Air Force bombardier who returns home from World War II and must come to terms with his ghosts while adjusting to civilian life again. Incidentally, this is one of my favorite movies ever.

In William Wellman's Cold War spy film THE IRON CURTAIN (1948), Andrews and his wife (played by Gene Tierney) attempt to escape to the West with classified documents.

Memorable Quotations:

  • "When a dame gets killed, she doesn't worry about how she looks." --as Mark McPherson in LAURA.
  • "I must say, for a charming, intelligent girl, you certainly surround yourself with a remarkable collection of dopes." --as Mark McPherson in LAURA.
  • "It's not majority rule.  It's one for all and all for one." --as Captain Harvey Ross in THE PURPLE HEART (1944).

A still with Gary Merrill and a poster from the film-noir classic WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (1950), the fourth of five films Andrews made for director Otto Preminger and his fifth with Gene Tierney. Andrews plays a New York City detective who, in the course of a murder investigation, actually kills someone himself and then attempts to cover it up.

Further Reading:

  • Bad boys: the actors of film noir by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (Jefferson, N.C.: Farland, 2003).

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