Re: RARA-AVIS: David Goodis

Mark Sullivan (
Wed, 31 Mar 1999 00:08:33 -0500 (EST) Of course, this is way out of date, but the October 1984 issue of Film
Comment had a center section on Hard-Boiled Hollywood. It featured
short essays on Hammett, Chandler, Cain, Macdonald (Ross), Woolrich,
Spillane, Goodis, Highsmith, Thompson and Behm. It included
filmographies. Here's Goodis' up to that point:

1947 -- Dark Passage (Delmer Daves, dir), from The Unfaithfull,

1956 -- Section des Disparus (Pierre Chenal), from Missing Persons

Nightfall (Jacque Tourneur)

1957 -- The Burglar (Paul Wendkos), screenplay

1960 -- Tirez sur le Pianiste, AKA Shoot the Piano Player (Truffaut),
from Down There

1971 -- Le Casse (Henri Verneuil), from Burglar

1972 -- La Course du Lievre a Travers les Champs, AKA And Hope to Die
(Rene Clement), from Black Friday and The Raving Beauty/Somebody's Done

1983 -- La Lune Dans Le Canivaux, AKA Moon in the Gutter (Jean-Jacques

Of these, I've seen only Dark Passage, which is worth it for Bogart and
Bacall, no matter how ludicrous the plot, and Shoot the Piano Player
which is great. I've also seen the later Street of No Return (1989) by
Samuel Fuller and it is awful.


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