Wrong city, wrong period. But what makes the image alluring is that the bad guys are stylish. Since THREEPENNY is in our musical slot, I think the image we choose has to have panache, promising spectacle, sexiness, and nasty fun. The darker images (and especially images of poverty without wit) seem less useful to me.
Grace Kelly Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window (1954) “Everything about Grace was appealing. I was married, but I wasn’t dead. She had those big warm eyes and, well, if you had ever played a love scene with her, you’d know she wasn’t cold. She had an inner confidence. People who have that are not cold. Grace had that twinkle and a touch of larceny in her eye.” -Jimmy Stewart