Re: RARA-AVIS: Re:Jack Palance, RIP

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 12 Nov 2006

Building on what Jim says below:

"What a great Mike Hammer he'd've made!"

I have always thought that dark hair aside, Palance looked the part of Hammett's portrayal of Sam Spade: all angular planes and high cheek bones, sort of like a "blonde Satan." Now, Bogart made the role his own, no question (and I yield to no one in my admiration of Bogey, Huston and that glorious movie they made), but I've always thought that Palance would have been a terrific Sam Spade.

He sure looked the part.


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