Re: RARA-AVIS: Westlake on Noir and Hard-Boiled

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 07 Jan 2009

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    > This reminds me of the old vaudeville bit that Abbott & Costello had a
    > go at several times in both movies and television. The mention of a
    > place would turn a character (often played by Sid Fields) into a
    > maniac. There was a long shaggy dog story leading into it but then
    > the mere mention of the key word or words would prompt an explosion.
    > Usually it was a geographical location--Niagara Falls or
    > Kookamonga--the mere mention of which would send Fields into a
    > homicidal rage.

    It was Pokomoko--Pokomoko! Poookomoookoooo!!!! Slowly I turned, step by step, inch by inch . . .

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