Re: RARA-AVIS: The Dain Curse: 1920s HB

From: Rene Ribic (
Date: 24 Sep 2002

> Dave,
> Re your comment below:
> > Dain Curse (like all Hammett books + stories) is
> > terrific. The made for
> > TV movie had probably the worst casting possible -
> > James Coburn as the
> > Continental Op.
> I understand your objections, but, on blaance, I don't
> think I agree. Despite the physical description given
> of the Op, he, like most of Hammett's protagonists,
> always struck me as a self-portrait. Given that,
> casting an actor for his resemblance to Hammett, and
> giveng him a name, "Hamilton Nash," that deliberately
> evokes Hammett's seems quite appropriate.
I understood that the Op was modelled on a colleague of Hammett's at the Pinkerton agency, physical description and all.


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