RARA-AVIS: Re: Name Changes in *TSAM*

Kevin Smith (kvnsmith@colba.net)
Sat, 30 Jan 1999 23:08:19 -0500 > He preserved the pulp series names of his character by changing
> Mallory's name in "Smart-Aleck Kill" to Johnny Dalmas, and Ted
> Malvern's name in "Guns at Cyrano's" to Ted Carmody. This latter name
> change has misled people into thinking that the single-named Carmody
> in the *Black Mask* stories was named Ted Carmody. In addition to
> being a sentimental nod to Marlowe's pulp incarnations, I suspect
> Chandler decided to change Mallory's and Malvern's names because they
> were too similar to "Marlowe" (Chandler seemed to have a thing for
> those M-A-L names).

Um, just to make it all even more fun, that's Ted Carmady, not Ted Carmody.
I hope everyone was paying attention. There will be a test....

Kevin Smith
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