RARA-AVIS: Re: Priests

From: Richard Moore ( moorich@aol.com)
Date: 12 Dec 2006

Absolutely correct. Bogie wore the collar but wasn't a priest. The movie was based on a novel by William E. Barrett, who honed his craft in the pulp pages of Dime Detective and Black Mask. One of Barrett's series was Needle Mike, a grubby tatoo artist who in the way of comic/pulp heroes was the disquise of a young millionaire.

Barrett returned to a religious background with his novel LILIES OF THE FIELD but I bet writing about Needle Mike was alot more fun.

Richard Moore

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "jimdohertyjr" <jimdohertyjr@...> wrote:
> Bill,
> Re your comment below:
> > Bogart played a pretty hard-boiled priest in THE LEFT HAND OF GOD.
> Actually he wasn't a priest (though he was a Catholic who recalled
> serving Mass as a kid). He was an American mercenary trying to
> the enforced employment of a Chinese warlord and, donning the
> garb of a Catholic missionary who'd died on the way to his next
> assignment, PRETENDED to be a prist.

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