RARA-AVIS: Re: Goodis' "Of Missing Persons" on film

From: JIM DOHERTY (jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 08 Dec 2009

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    Re your comment below:

    "On the link below, you can download the film adaptation of David Goodis' Of Missing Persons, an Argentinean production from 1956. The film is in Spanish but subtitled in English. I haven't seen it myself but it certainly looks interesting."

    Ironically, Goodis, according to some sources, originally wrote OF MISSING PERSONS as a film script after spending some time researching the LAPD's Missing Persons Detail. It probably was intended as one of what were called semi-documentaries, the term they used for police procedural movies before that phrase was coined by Anthony Boucher in 1956.

    When the film didn't come to fruition, Goodis novelized the script and sold it to Morrow.

    So this 1956 film, in a way, tells the story in the medium for which it was originally intended.



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