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Dan Duryea's Brandy Cafarder

Film Noir expert and poster collector Brian Light joined me to discuss one of Hollywood's greatest character actors!

Dan Duryea was born on January 23, 1907 in White Plans, New York. He co-starred in the Broadway play The Little Foxes and reprised his role in the film version in 1940. While he played a variety of roles, he became a stable in the film noir genre with unforgettable turns in Scarlet Street (1945), Criss Cross (1949), Too Late For Tears (1949), Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949) , Chicago Calling (1951) and many more.


This recipe is from What Cooks in Hollywood from 1949.


16 Peach halves fresh or canned


1/2 Pint sour cream


Put peaches in cake pan. Pour Brandy over them. Place in slow oven (300 F) and cook 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and light Brandy remaining in pan. Place peach halves in large dessert glasses. Top with chilled sour cream. If desired, a mixture of sweet cream and cream cheese may be substituted for the sour cream. Serves 8.

Special Guest

Brian Light, NOIR CITY HOLLYWOOD showrunner, has contributed program notes for various Los Angeles County Museum of Art film series such as The Naked City: New York Noir and Neorealism, 2012 A Kubrick Odyssey, and Animating the Subconscious. He has also published a series of articles on the global rockabilly scene for Billboard. Most recently, Brian curated "Global Hollywood," an exhibition of his film noir poster collection funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, at California State University, Northridge.

Margot Gerber is a publicity and marketing consultant. She is president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and a board member of the Hollywood Heritage Museum.


Final Result

This recipe needs of bit of adjustment. The Brandy is VERY overpowering and you can barely taste the peaches and sour cream. I suggest only using a small amount of Brandy and possibly adding cinnamon and nutmeg. With the proper alterations, this could be a great drinkable dessert!

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