Regarding your mention of dialogue, I quote from CANDLELIGHT IN ALGERIA to illustrate the following point in my page about spy noirs. To wit:
Greater Equality between the Sexes
In crime noir women have been repeatedly categorized into specific and limited character types, such as the femme fatale, the woman in distress and, in the words of Foster Hirsch, “meek wives infected with a fuddy-duddy morality.”
Women in spy noir, however, have nearly all the kinds of roles that men do. There are female airplane pilots, newspaper reporters, radio broadcasters, underground resistance fighters, spy-ring leaders, good and bad secret government agents, and so on. They are at least as viciously tortured as men. Although females aren’t private detectives or on-the-run from the police, a woman typically assists a PI and, especially, a hunted man.
The self-consciousness that women have of their equivalence with men is stated by Carla Lehmann to James Mason in Candlelight in Algeria, “The only job a man can do that a woman can’t is…to grow a mustache.”