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 Hollywood tells 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 Sleep and Double Indemnity came 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 Haut has been a cinema programmer and, as journalist, was the Labour Editor for Rolling Stock magazine. He is the author of Neon Noir and 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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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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I finally finished this book last night. I want to note that my edition of this book as published by Serpent's Tail (I think it is ...I'm not home, I'm at my mother & father in-law's deluxe home in ... Read full review


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Born in Detroit in 1945, Woody Haut grew up in Pasadena, California, attended San Francisco State University, and has lived in Britain since the early 1970s. Presently a London-based journalist, he has worked as a college lecturer, taxi-cab driver, record shop assistant, cinema programmer and Labour Editor for Rolling Stock magazine (US).

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