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Raymond Chandler in Hollywood
Clark, Al.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Silman-James Press, [1996]

Physical Description:
228 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Originally published: London ; New York : Proteus, 1982.
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PS3505.H3224 Z6 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This book offers an entertaining and comprehensive assessment of Chandler's turbulent association with Hollywood, both as a screenwriter whose credits included Double Indemnity, The Blue Dahlia, and Strangers On A Train and as the provider of source material -- his six filmed novels have so far yielded ten films. The author's extensive research included interviewing many of the Hollywood figures who were associated with Chandler and his films, including Lauren Bacall, Edward Dmytryk, Alfred Hitchcock, John Houseman, Fred MacMurray, Robert Montgomery and Audrey Trotter. Illustrated with rare stills, posters and location photographs, this book provides a special insight into the work of the world's most acclaimed writer of detective fiction.

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Library Journal Review

Journalist-turned-movie producer Clark here puts on his gumshoes to follow Raymond Chandler's trail through Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. This volume is part Chandler biography, part filmography as it covers in detail all the films he ever scripted or that were adapted from his fiction. As did most serious novelists who slummed in the movies for easy money, Chandler detested Hollywood, and his contempt led mostly to failure as a screenwriter. Though Double Indemnity, The Blue Dahlia, and Strangers on a Train are considered classics, his scripts for them were doctored by seasoned screenwriters who deserve much of the credit for their success. The book chronicles its subject's actions well enough but depends too heavily on blow-by-blow film plot synopses, which anyone interested enough in Chandler to read the book would likely already know. A marginal purchase.‘Michael Rogers, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.