Re: RARA-AVIS: Great Article on Goodis

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 12 Aug 2008

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    Don't go ruining a good story with facts. It's much more dramatic if the man who wrote about broke, drunken losers so eloquently was one himself.

    On Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 8:58 AM, Allan Guthrie <> wrote:
    > It might be very eloquent but I can't get past those opening lines.
    > "Cirrhosis of the liver. That's how Goodis died." I don't know where this
    > idea that Goodis was an alcoholic comes from, other than Wikipedia.
    > Certainly not from anyone who knew him. And certainly not according to his
    > death certificate, which states that he died of a 'cerebral vascular
    > accident' in the Albert Einstein Medical Center (this happened three days
    > after he took a beating from a bunch of thugs he refused to give his wallet
    > to, so the story goes). While I'm on my high horse, there's also a widely
    > spread belief that Goodis died in poverty (largely on account of the
    > obituary that appeared in Sight & Sound in Winter 68/69). Bill Sherman, who
    > wrote the offending obituary, has subsequently admitted he made a mistake.
    > Goodis left a considerable estate -- by today's standards he'd have been a
    > millionaire. Yep, the drunken penniless loser actually he died a sober and
    > wealthy man. Since I'm on a run, there's also a rumour that Goodis was
    > paranoid, as most obviously manifested by him suing Warner pictures over The
    > Fugitive, the TV series which he believed was based on his novel, Dark
    > Passage. In fact, there was never any doubt about this. The argument was
    > about whether Warner owed him money in addition to the movie rights they'd
    > already paid for. Warner eventually settled with the Goodis estate,
    > posthumously.
    > If you want to get some impressions of Goodis, the man, that bear some
    > relation to reality, check this out:
    > Um, carry on...
    > Al
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: "cinemart_temp" <>
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    > Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 2:40 AM
    > Subject: RARA-AVIS: Great Article on Goodis
    >> Another celebration of the Goodis film series - very eloquent:

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