RARA-AVIS: Maugham, Little Caesar, and Greene

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 02 Mar 2005


That was one of Hitchcock's early sound flicks and one of the few spy movies he ever did where the hero was a professional agent rather than some poor innocent schlub inadvertently pulled into international intrigue.

It was adapted from a stage play which, in turn, combined elements from several of the short stories in Maugham's collection, ASHENDEN - THE BRITISH AGENT. These stories fictionalized Maugham's own experiences with British Intelligence during WW1.

************** Thank you for the information about the movie, Jim. I've been picking up on a lot of old movies here recently. I finally got to see Little Caesar all the way through. I had seen part of it about a year ago but the copy I had stopped a short ways into the movie. Edgar Robinson was great in it.

On a different front, I picked up a used copy of Greene's THE POWER AND THE GLORY. I read it many years ago and after reading a couple by Greene a year or so ago, I thought I might like to reread this one. To be honest, I don't remember much about it, but I know it's got the infamous whiskey priest in it. Maybe a vacation book.


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