Re: RARA-AVIS: Re:Killers

From: david david (
Date: 14 Jun 2007

Thought i'd mention that The Killers is showing on TCM on June 23rd (a week from this saturday) at 8 a.m., in case anyone wants to see it or tape it.


--- JIM DOHERTY <> wrote:

> Miker,
> One of my all-time favorites, one of the things
> that's
> overlooked about THE KILLERS is that it's one of the
> best PI films of the '40's. And also a damned good
> caper movie, on a par with THE ASPHALT JUNGLE and
> It's basically an original screenplay, except for
> the
> first 20 or so minutes which is a very faithful
> dramatization of Hemingway's short story, but
> Anthony
> Veiller, the script-writer, treats that source
> material as though it was the first chapter of a
> novel
> rather than a self-contained work, and then go on to
> write that novel.
> The hero of that "novel," is insurance investigator
> Jim Reardon, who puts together the victim's past
> life
> (CITIZEN KANE-style), and manages to solve a long
> unsolved crime in the process, the long-ago payroll
> robbery of a factory.
> I've always wondered whether Edmund O'Brien's turn
> as
> the claims cop might have been what got him hired as
> the first actor (or at least one of the first) to
> play
> the title role of "America's Free-Lance Insurance
> Investigator" on the best of all radio private eye
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