I, like a lot of people my age like film noir, I suppose because we grew up on it. Of course in my day film mags were mostly cranked out with news from the publicity departments from the studios so the actors and actresses were bigger than life. But in fact, we knew they weren't. A popular pair was Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. There are stories about Ladd standing on a box so he was level with his co-star. True? probably or something close to it. I do know that Ladd was a towering 5 foot 5 inches tall, and Veronica Lake was 4 foot 11 inches tall.