RARA-AVIS: Re: Noir novel endings the movies won't touch

From: meganabbott2000 ( meganabbott@hotmail.com)
Date: 01 Dec 2005

To me, the ending of The Big Sleep is a great example of this. Bogart's Marlowe is so much more in control than Chandler's. In the movie we don't see his hysterical laughing jag after killing the gunman (Canino?) and we don't have the strange romantic interaction with Eddie Mars' wife (Silver Wig) in the final stretch of the novel, which is replaced by a standard Hawks male-female relationship btw Marlowe and Vivian.

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Jay Gertzman <jgertzma@e...> wrote:
> I saw the two films made of Thompson's THE GETAWAY recently and could
> not help noticing that neither would touch the wonderful ending of the
> novel, when Doc and Carol , after getting out of the Manure pile, got
> transported to the Mexican stronghold from which no one could escape,
> except by the natural process of , shall we say to avoid a *spoiler,*
> making the eventual process "through the guts of a beggar." It reminded
> me of the refusal of Hollywood to film Cain's ending to DOUBLE
> INDEMNITY, which also shows the ultimate consequence of predatory
> behavior (Phyllis the bride of death, etc). The end of Bogart/Bacall's
> THE BIG SLEEP is similar, where organized crime boss (i.e., CEO) Eddie
> Mars is killed, instead of, as Chandler would much more honestly have
> it, being humbly bargained with by Marlowe ("I'll talk with Eddie").
> Does anyone have other examples of Hollywood "squeamishness" (which is
> probably not the right word).

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