Re: RARA-AVIS: Kersh: Night and the City

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 20 Mar 2007

Funny you just mentioned this since I just re-watched the DVD edition of the Jules Dassin�s film, which is one the best film noirs ever from that glorious era...and your post led me to open the Dell Publishing copy of the book I have with a pix of Widmark and Tierney on the cover...This edition
(Dell#374 and his website tells me it dates back to Feb. 1950) has a glossary of the characters, then a section called: What this novel is all about?...then title page followed by list of chapters, then a glossary of words starting with �Ball-O�-Clak: Walk.Take a ball-o�-chalk means scam�.....etc...etc...finishing with a half page titled: Note on Cockney Rhyming Slang with exactly the quote you gave...but no P. Duncan analysis of course...

Thanks for the info on your edition, and interesting to see how things connect... Montois de D�troit...

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