RARA-AVIS: Re: Chandler dissing Hammett?

From: Richard Moore ( moorich2@aol.com)
Date: 21 Jan 2006

Before it slips by uncorrected: Chandler worked on the adaptation of James M. Cain's DOUBLE INDEMNITY. The Hitchcock movie Chandler worked on was from the Patricia Highsmith novel.

Richard Moore

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Brian Thornton" <tieresias@w...> wrote:
> To tell the truth, when I first read the speculation that
> Chandler didn't like Hammett based on suposition that the writer
who goes to
> pot in "The Long Goodbye" is some sort of Hammett strawman, I
> perhaps the poster (Miker? Can't recall which one it was) might be
> mistaking Chandler's well-documented antipathy for James M. Cain
> he wasn't above taking a lucrative contract to adapt
Cain's "Strangers on a
> Train" for Alfred Hitchcock) for some sort of animus toward
Hammett. All
> I've ever heard about Chandler's attitude towards Hammett were
words of
> undisguised admiration.
> Brian Thornton

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