My Scrapbook: Chandler Gets Busted!

My Scrapbook Raymond Chandler Bust by Bryan Moore The Raymond Chandler Bronze Bust Project   Pipe-sucking artist, raconteur, sartorial gentleman about town and all-round stand-up guy Bryan Moore has sculpted everything from life-sized bronze busts of Edgar Allan Poe and props for the TV show Tales from the Darkside to collectible statuettes of sports figures for Upper … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Chandler Gets Busted!

Christopher Marlowe

Created by Martin Rowson British cartoonist Martin Rowson's The Wasteland, a 1990 graphic novel, is a surrealistic mash-up of -- and cockeyed tribute to -- T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland and the work of Raymond Chandler. But don't let that scare you away... T.S. Eliot was, of course, a literary big shot (and a crime fiction … Continue reading Christopher Marlowe

Jackson Kratz

Created by Justin Welton What the world needs now is... A "porn remake" of Double Indemnity? Yes, that's exactly how A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir describes Eruption, an X-rated 1977 cinematic offering that "borrows" the set-up and even lifts some of the dialogue from the 1944 film noir classic, directed by Billy Wilder from … Continue reading Jackson Kratz

My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler Bitches About His Book Cover

My Scrapbook Raymond Chandler complains about his book's cover... For the homepage of my November 2011 issue, I "borrowed" a cover from a reprint edition of one of my all-time favourite books by one of my absolutely all-time favourite writers: Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler. It's not my favourite cover for this much-reprinted title … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler Bitches About His Book Cover

My Scrapbook: Farewell, My Lovely… Flying Saucers?

My Scrapbook WTF? The first edition cover of Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely No, seriously... Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely (1940) has always been my favourite Philip Marlowe novel, and one of my all-time favourite novels, period. After all, what's not to love? Moose Malloy? Velma? Shine bars? Jewel thieves? Betrayal? Armed robbery? Love with no … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Farewell, My Lovely… Flying Saucers?

My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler Square

My Scrapbook Raymond Chandler Square, Los Angeles, December 13, 2018 It's sad enough that Raymond Chandler still doesn't have his own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, but that's run by a private entity now and any buffoon, reality show huckster or U.S. President can pretty much buy their own star -- it's pay-for-play. But the City … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Raymond Chandler Square

Screen Guild Theater

Radio Anthology Series (1939-52) aka "The Gulf Screen Guild Show" "The Gulf Screen Guild Theater" "The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre" "Stars In the Air" "Hollywood Sound Stage" "The Camel Screen Guild Theatre" "The Camel Screen Guild Players" "Frontline Theatre" "The Globe Theatre" "Playhouse 25" "Hollywood Sound Stage" SCREEN GUILD THEATER was an anthology series on … Continue reading Screen Guild Theater

Lux Radio Theatre

Radio Anthology Series (1934-48) THE LUX RADIO THEATRE was a 1930's-40's radio anthology that presented one-hour adaptations of popular films, often with the same cast. It was also known as "Lux Presents Hollywood," and later, when it moved to television, as "Lux Video Theatre." RADIO LUX RADIO THEATRE (1934-35, NBC Blue; 1936-48, CBS) One-hour drama anthology … Continue reading Lux Radio Theatre

Barton Keyes

Created by James M. Cain (1892–1977) "I don't often like somebody. At my trade, you can't afford to. The whole human race looks--a little bit crooked." -- Keyes in Double Indemnity BARTON KEYES is the dogged, determined investigator for General Fidelity of California who puts it all together in Double Indemnity, James M. Cain's classic 1936 tale … Continue reading Barton Keyes

Raymond Chandler’s Secret Cameo

Believe it or not, Raymond Chandler actually makes a cameo in the 1944 film, Double Indemnity. About sixteen minutes in, there's the man himself, sitting on a chair outside claim manager Barton Keyes' office as Neff (Fred MacMurray) walks by. Chandler is reading a paperback -- possibly one of his own? Double Indemnity, of course, … Continue reading Raymond Chandler’s Secret Cameo