Heartbreak and vine: the fate of hardboiled writers in Hollywood

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Serpent's Tail, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
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Hardboiled in Hollywoodtells the story of the tangled relations between the great crime novelists, from Dashiell Hammett to Elmore Leonard, and the Hollywood machine. Haut begins by showing the huge debt Hollywood owed to writers like Hammett, Chandler and James M. Cain, as the film versions of novels like The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleepand Double Indemnitycame to define film noir. Almost every significant American crime novelist since has served their time in Hollywood, some, like W.R. Burnett or Donald Westlake, with great success, more often, as with the likes of Jim Thompson and David Goodis, with great disillusion. Haut weaves in anecdote and analysis along with original interviews to provide an invaluable companion for moviegoers and crime fiction fans alike. Born in Detroit in 1945, Woody Hauthas been a cinema programmer and, as journalist, was the Labour Editor for Rolling Stockmagazine. He is the author of Neon Noirand Pulp Culture, published by Serpent's Tail and now lives in London. Also available by Woody Haut Pulp Culture TP $15.99, 1-85242-319-6 " CUSA Neon Noir TP $16.99, 1-85242-547-4 " CUSA

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Review: Heartbreak & Vine: Hardboiled Writers in Hollywood

User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

With chapters entitled "The Postman Always Rings Twice But the Iceman Walks Right In", "Deadlines at Dawn" and "Life Sentences", the reader is sucked into the soul destroying world of the noir ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rupert - Goodreads

What's not to like about a book about Jim Thompson, Raymond Chandler, Faulkner, David Goodis, Cornell Woolrich and Leigh Brackett dealing with the crazed heyday of early Hollywood and its moguls. Great tales of the battle between creativity, liquor, pesky overlords and peskier deadlines. Read full review


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