RARA-AVIS: RE:Craig Rice

From: Dick Lochte ( dlock@ix.netcom.com)
Date: 04 Jul 2001

Just about every source mentioning Rice says that she wrote "The G-String Murders" and "Mother Finds A Body." There's some question as to whether she also wrote the mysteries published under actor George Sanders's name. There's a new Rice biography by Jeffrey Marks (I think) that should have all the source material anybody would want. I'm not sure that Rice's novels could be called hardboiled, but they're probably the best examples we have of the screwball mystery. Rice's life may qualify, however. Certainly noire.

An autobiography of Gypsy Rose Lee, "Gypsy," apparently written by Lee herself, became a huge bestseller and was the source for the Broadway musical of the same name. Lee was always considered something of an intellectual. The stripper who reads Schopenhauer in the musical "Pal Joey" is a direct reference to her.

Dick Lochte

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