Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Hammett's Ferris-wheel caper

From: Jim Beaver (
Date: 27 Dec 2004

Dick Lochte wrote:

> Around the time he was starting to appear in Black Mask, Hammett wrote a
> short article for the Mencken-Nathan Smart Set magazine, "From the Memoirs
> of a Private Detective." One of his memories was: "I know a man who once
> stole a Ferris-wheel." Welles made it a touch more dramatic, I guess, by
> having Hammett find the wheel, though that may be the implication in the
> article.

In fact, on the Orson Welles show, Welles made prominent the fact that neither Hammett nor anyone else had ever uncovered the secret of what happened to the Ferris wheel.

Jim Beaver

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