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This is one of the occasions that I’m truly grateful that books are released with a foreword, as this one shed light upon two bits of information that made sense of the frankly scrambled affair that was The Blue Dahlia. The first was the fact that the screenplay was written under a tremendous time crunch as the main actor the studio wished to cast was on the verge of deployment - the second was that the directors objected to Chandler’s choice of murderer and he was thus forced to shift tracks in...
As an audiobook, in Spanish.I like the classic Chandler. But there were a few a bit jarring things going on in this one: first, a lot of background info and history, which probably is probably a good thing, then the format - a movie script (painful). And third, the most irritating of these: how the names were pronounced in Spanish. Were they kept in original or rendered to a localized version? I can't even tell. With English spelling of what the names sounded like, so help me if you've read a pr...
This was the screen play, produced by George Marshall and written by Raymond Chandler. It's one of a handful of screenplays I've read recently, the other favorite being Double Indemnity, which Chandler also co-wrote with Billy Wilder. These screenplays are interesting, as they write in scenes, with plenty of stage directions on the side and in between. It's definitely a different form of writing, and takes things down to the essence. Forget about backstory, there is no room for it on the stage.
Anything by Chandler is worth reading!
One of Chandler's only original screenplays. The interplay between Johnny & Joyce, and the cool semi-bad guy Eddie Harwood are the highlights.
It's a trying read.