Re: RARA-AVIS: Leigh Brackett

From: Grimes (
Date: 16 Oct 2004

I just came across an anecdote about Leigh Brackett and "No Good From a Corpose" - and Raymond Chandler and "The Big Sleep" - in a biography of Howard Hawks. Hawks and William Faulkner are starting work on the screenplay for "The Big Sleep", to star Bogart and Bacall, who are about become a sensation in "To Have and Have Not". Hawks and Faulkner are under great time pressure to prepare the script and start shooting, so they can get the picture out relatively soon and capitalize on the Bogart and Bacall phenomenon. Hawks wanted someone to help him and Faulkner move things along, particularly on dialogue (Faulkner was considered stronger on structure). Chandler wasn't available, since he was under an exclusive contract at another film studio. Hawks had just read "No Good From a Corpose", liked it, had his secretary call its author in for a meeting - and was quite surprised when a short 28-year-old woman walked into his office for a job interview. He gave her the job.

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