RARA-AVIS: Recent stuff

From: Jim Beaver ( jumblejim@prodigy.net)
Date: 25 Dec 2004

Today I picked up a nice-looking copy of James Cain's BABY IN THE ICEBOX and a comparatively recent reprint of Geoffrey Homes's BUILD MY GALLOWS HIGH, with a picture of Mitchum on the cover. Looking forward to both.

Today I listened to the Orson Welles/Mercury Theatre/Campbell Playhouse radio version of Hammett's GLASS KEY. Crammed into about 48 minutes of playing time, it played pretty well. Paul Stewart (the butler in CITIZEN KANE) was very good as Ned Beaumont, with the amazing Welles doing a fine job as Madvig. At the end of the show, Welles relates a story about Hammett in his P.I. days tackling the task of finding a stolen Ferris wheel. It sounded apocryphal, but I'm not up on Hammett enough to know if there's anything to it.

Jim Beaver

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