Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Movie better than book: "To Catch A Thief" and "The List of Adrian Messenger"

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 19 May 2002

At 09:39 PM 5/15/02 -0700, you wrote:
>Here are a few that I think fit the category:
>Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil," adapted from Whit Masterson's "Badge of
>Evil." Kurosawa's "High and Low," adapted from Ed McBain (Evan Hunter)'s
>"King's Ransom." John Huston's "Beat the Devil," adapted by Truman
>Capote from James Helvick's novel of the same name. Alfred Hitchcock's
>"To Catch A Thief," adapted from the David Dodge novel. The books are
>worth reading, particularly the Helvick, but they're not quite in the
>same league as the movies. By and large, I think all the Bond movies are
>better than the books.


I loved "To Catch A Thief" but have never read Dodge's novel. Is it worth a look? Another addition to the list of movies better than the book has to be "The List of Adrian Messenger". The movie starring Douglas et. al. was far more satisfying than Philip MacDonald's novel of the same name.


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