Re: RARA-AVIS: Ross Macdonald birthday

Date: 14 Dec 2004

JR wrote:

"Not part of Macdonald quote but the other parts also sometimes attributed to Tallulah Bankhead are:
"Never play cards with a man called Doc
"Never eat at a place called Mom's"

Not part of the Macdonald quote, but it is part of Algren's. This paragaph of advice is in the middle of a several page monologue by an old con:

"But blow wise to this, buddy, blow wise to this: Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own. Never let nobody talk you into shaking another man's jolt. And never you cop another man's plea. I've tried them all and I know. They don't work." (p. 312 in the Penguin edition)

Walk on the Wild Side was published in 1956 When is Tallulah alleged to have said it? And was it in a movie or "real life"?

I must admit that the quote sounds timeless, probably predating both of them.


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