RE: RARA-AVIS: Movie adadptations

From: Anders Engwall (
Date: 29 Jun 2007



> Wasn't Budd Schulberg's ON THE WATERFRONT actually a
> novelization? I think he wrote the script first and then the
> novel.


That is interesting, since the endings differ so much. The novel is a real downer, while the movie ending seems "Hollywoodized" by comparison. If it really is a case of novelization, perhaps it follows an earlier version of the script that was deemed unsuitable? Sounds like an interesting story in itself.

A few more suggestions:

Fredric Brown: THE SCREAMING MIMI (adapted by Gerd Oswald in 1958, and by Dario Argento in 1970 as THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE)

John Reese: THE LOOTERS (into CHARLEY VARRICK - what a wonderful movie!)

Eleazar Lipsky: THE KISS OF DEATH (no old lady in a wheelchair in the novel, I'm afraid)

Guy Endore: METHINKS THE LADY (into Otto Preminger's WHIRLPOOL). The novel is mostly told from the POV of a psychotic woman, and somehow reminds me of the works of John Franklin Bardin. I haven't seen the movie, but from what I gather it's a pretty straightforward whodunit.

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