Day: November 29, 2014

Arma mortal (Bruguera 1983) [Título Original: Deadly Weapon] de Wade Miller

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El resumen de la editorial dice: Su nombre era Shasta Lynn, un nombre tan falso como el color de su pelo dorado. Era grande y hermosa, y sabía cómo coquetear cuando se desnudaba. Era tan sensacional que nadie se dio cuenta de que un admirador en la última fila llevaba un cuchillo clavado en su corazón. Se alza el telón en un drama de asesinato, extorsión, tráfico de drogas, y pérfido romance. Y un inteligente policía de San Diego tendrá que hacer la llamada final dejar libre el escanario a la muerte de uno de los asesinos más díficiles. (Mi traducción libre) 

Un buen resumen de este libro se puede encontrar en Battered, Tattered, Yellowed, & Creased: El detective privado Walter James que va tras la pista del cartel de la droga que mató a su compañero, cuando un aviso anónimo de un cierto doctor Boone le conduce hasta un cabaret de stiptease de San Diego. Pero antes de poder reunirse con él, su contacto es asesinado. James decide unir sus esfuerzos con el detective de la policía Austin Clapp a fin de poder arrestar a la red de narcotráficantes de una vez por todas. Hay muchos sospechosos entre los que poder elegir. Está la bellísima Shasta Lynn, la artista de striptease que encabeza el cartel del cabaret. Está Laura Gilbert, cuyo romance con James irá en aumento en el transcurso de la novela, y el padre de Laura, que le está proporcionando en secreto una gran cantidad de dinero a Shasta Lynn. Está también un mayor del ejército en la reserva, un psiquiatra charlatán, y un trío de capos mexicanos de la droga. Desenredar esta red de turbios comerciantes y de personajes peligrosos podría conducir a James hasta el misterioso doctor Boone, que es la clave para poder sacar a la luz este caso. El resto de la reseña está aquí.

Mi compañero blogero Sergio en Tipping Mi Fedora escribió: … lo que tenemos aquí no es una novela especialmente original, en algunos aspectos – y probablemente no es tampoco tan memorable como algunas de la posterior serie protagonizada por Max Thursday de este equipo de escritores (en el que Clapp también aparece por cierto). Pero no dejes que esto te desanime, ya que tiene algunas cosas buenas. La novela está muy bien elaborada y tiene algunos toques de humor en el diálogo (especialmente entre James y Clapp) – y realmente tiene derecho a que se le reconozca cierta originalidad, pero realmente no puedo hablar de ello – Sí, eso es cierto, encontrarás una sensacional sorpresa al final … de hecho Ed Hoch la elogió por tener “un final único en su género.”

Y como en cierto momento dice el detective Clapp: “Nunca he visto un caso antes en donde tantas pistas terminen en tal cantidad de cadáveres

Por mi parte he encontrado la trama demasiado inverosímil, y estoy de acuerdo con Sergio en que no es una novela original. Sin embargo, estoy dispuesto a otorgarle cierto crédito y probablemente voy a leer algún libro de la serie posterior protagomizado por Max Thursday.

Mi calificación: C (me gustó con algunas reservas)

Robert Allison “Bob” Wade (1920-2002) y H. Bill Miller (1920-1961) escribieron sus novelas bajo el seudónimo de Wade Miller (también escribieron como Whit Masterson, Dale Wilmer, y Will Daemer). Después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, Wade y Miller combinaron sus apellidos y escribieron su primera novela, Arma mortal (1946). Fue un buen debut del equipo y está protagonizada por el detective privado Walter James, que se encuentra en San Diego investigando el asesinato de su compañero. Su siguiente novela, Guilty Bystander (1947), está protagonizada por el detective privado Max Thursday, un alcohólico descuidado con un temperamento impredecible que vive en un hotel de mala muerte. En la historia, la ex esposa de Thursday aparece para contarle que su hijo ha sido secuestrado y, junto con la lucha para mantenerse sobrio, tiene que enfrentarse con varios policías, matones y prostitutas traicioneros. Los críticos han comparado favoranlemente Guilty Bystander con la obra de Hammett y de Chandler. Las otras novelas de Thursday son Fatal Step (1948), Uneasy Street (1948), Calamity Fair (1950), Murder Charge (1950), y Shoot To Kill (1951). Utilizaron el nombre de Masterson en su novela Badge of Evil (1956) –sobre la que se basa la clásica película de cine negro Sed de mal (1959), dirigida por Orson Welles y protagonizada por Welles, Charlton Heston, y Janet Leigh. Otras excelentes novelas de Masterson son A Cry In The Night (1955), que trata de un secuestro, y A Hammer In His Hand (1960), que cuenta como protagonista a una mujer policía. Bill Miller murió en 1961 a causa de un ataque al corazón. Tenía sólo 41 años. Robert Wade continuó su carrera como escritor de éxito, escribiendo novelas, tanto con su nombre como con el de Whit Masterson, además fue columnista habitual del San Diego Union. En 1988, Wade fue galardonado con el Premio a su Trayectoria por la Asociación de Escritores americanos de detectives privados.

Reseña de Arma mortal en Biblioteca Negra

Review: Deadly Weapon by Wade Miller

This entry is a contribution to November crime fiction of the year meme hosted by Rich Westwood over at his blog Past Offences. The year chosen for November was #1946. 

Prologue Books, 2012 a division of F + W Media, Inc. Kindle edition (324 KB). First published in 1946 by Robert Wade and Bill Miller. eISBN: 978-1-4405-4054-7 ASIN: B0075FEVLM, 215 pages.

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The publisher’s blurb reads: Her name was Shasta Lynn—a names as phony as the color of her golden hair. She was big and beautiful, and she knew how to tease when she stripped. She was so sensational no one noticed that an admirer in the last row wore a knife sticking in his heart. Curtains go up on a drama of murder, racketeering, dope-peddling, and double-dealing romance. And a smart San Diego cop calls the finale for one of the toughest killers ever to clear the stage for death. – See more at: http://www.prologuebooks.com/books/wade-miller/deadly-weapon#sthash.tzu9suTg.dpuf

A nice summary of this book can be found at Battered, Tattered, Yellowed, & Creased: Private eye Walter James is on the trail of the drug cartel who killed his partner, led to a San Diego burlesque house by an anonymous tip from one Doctor Boone. But before he can make the meet, the contact is murdered. James decides to team up with police detective Austin Clapp to bust the drug ring once and for all. There are plenty of suspects for him to choose between. There’s the beautiful Shasta Lynn, the striptease artist headlining at the burlesque. There’s Laura Gilbert, whose romance with James blossoms over the course of the novel, and her father, who’s providing a lot of secret money to Shasta Lynn. There’s a retired Major, a quack psychiatrist, and a trio of Mexican drug lords. Untangling this web of shady dealers and dangerous characters might lead James to the mysterious Doctor Boone, who is the key to busting this case wide open. Read more here.

My fellow blogger Sergio on Tipping My Fedora wrote: … what we have here is not an especially original novel in some respects – and probably not as memorable as some of the team’s subsequent Max Thursday series (in which Clapp also appears incidentally) either. But don’t let this put you off because it has some great things in it. The novel is very smoothly put together and has some great touches of humour in the dialogue (especially between James and Clapp) – and  really does have some genuine claim to originality, though really I can’t talk about it – yup, that’s right, it has a sensational surprise ending … indeed Ed Hoch praised it for “an ending unique in the private eye genre.”

Police detective Clapp says at one point: “I’ve never seen a case before where so many leads end up with so many corpses”

From my side I’ve found the plot too far fetched, and I agree with Sergio that it’s not an original novel. However I’m ready to give him credit and I’ll probably read some book in their subsequent Max Thursday series.

My rating: C (I liked it with a few reservations)

Robert Allison “Bob” Wade (1920-2002) and H. Bill Miller (1920-61) penned their novels using the joint pseudonym of Wade Miller (they also wrote as Whit Masterson, Dale Wilmer, and Will Daemer). After WWII, Wade and Miller combined their surnames and wrote their first novel, Deadly Weapon (1946). It was a fine debut from the team and features P.I. Walter James, who is in San Diego investigating the shooting of his partner. Their next effort, Guilty Bystander (1947), features private detective Max Thursday, an unkempt alcoholic with an unpredictable temper who lives in a fleabag hotel. In the story, Thursday’s ex-wife shows up to tell him their son has been kidnapped and, along with battling to stay sober, he has to battle assorted cops, thugs, and double-crossing hookers. Reviewers compared Guilty Bystander favourably with the work of Hammett and Chandler. The other Thursday novels are Fatal Step (1948), Uneasy Street (1948), Calamity Fair (1950), Murder Charge (1950), and Shoot To Kill (1951). They used the Masterson name on their novel Badge of Evil (1956)–the basis for the classic film noir Touch of Evil (1959), directed by Orson Welles and starring Welles, Charlton Heston, and Janet Leigh. Other excellent Masterson novels are A Cry In The Night (1955), which deals with a kidnapping, and A Hammer In His Hand (1960), which features a policewoman as the protagonist. Bill Miller died of a heart attack in 1961. He was only 41 years-old. Robert Wade continued his career as a successful writer, penning novels both under his own name and as by Whit Masterson, as well as writing a regular column for the San Diego Union. In 1988, Wade was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Private Eye Writers of America.

Read more at Prologue Books

Deadly Weapon has been reviewed on Tipping My Fedora (Sergio), Battered, Tattered, Yellowed, & Creased

Prologue Books

Wade Miller at The Thrilling Detective Website

Robert Wade Obituary 

The Authors Who Were Wade Miller: Robert Wade and Bill Miller

1946 Film Noirs

This entry was intended as a private note, but I thought it might be of some interest to regular or sporadic readers of The Game’s Afoot.

In alphabetical order:

The Big Sleep USA / 114 minutes / BW / Warner Bros Dir: Howard Hawks Pr: Howard Hawks Scr: William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman Story: based on the 1939 novel The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler Cine: Sid Hickox Mus: Max Steiner Cast: Humphrey Bogart (Philip Marlowe), Lauren Bacall (Vivian Sternwood), John Ridgeley (Eddie Mars), Martha Vickers (Carmen Sternwood), Charles Waldron (General Sternwood), Dorothy Malone (Bookstore Proprietress), Peggy Knudsen Mona Mars), Regis Toomey (Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls), Elisha Cook Jr. (HarryJones) Release Date: 31 August 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 8.1

Black Angel USA / 81 minutes / BW / Universal Pictures Dir: Roy William Neill Pr: Tom McKnight and Roy William Neill Scr: Roy Chanslor Story: based on the novel by Cornel Woolrich Cine: Paul Ivano Mus: Frank Skinner Cast: Dan Duryea (Martin Blair), June Vincent (Catherine Bennett), Peter Lorre (Marko), Broderick Crawford (Captain Flood), Constance Dowling (Mavis Marlowe), Wallace Ford (Joe), Hobart Cavanaugh (Jake), Freddie Steele (Lucky), John Phillips (Kirk Bennett), Ben Bard (Bartender), Archie Twitchell (George Mitchell) Release Date: 2 August 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.1

The Blue Dahlia USA / 99 minutes / BW / Paramount Pictures Dir: George Marshall Pr: John Houseman Scr: Raymond Chandler Cin: Lionel Lindon Mus: Victor Young Cast: Alan Ladd (Johnny Morrison), Veronica Lake (Joyce Harwood), William Bendix (Buzz Wanchek), Howard Da Silva (Eddie Harwood), Doris Dowling (Helen Morrison), Tom Powers (Capt. Hendrickson), Hugh Beaumont (George Copeland), Howard Freeman (Corelli), Don Costello (Leo), Will Wright (‘Dad’ Newell), Frank Faylen (Man Recommending a Motel), Walter Sande (Heath), Bea Allen (News Clerk), Harry Barris (Bellhop), George Barton (Cab Driver), Nina Borget (Mexican Waitress), Mae Busch (Jenny – Maid), George M. Carleton (Clerk at DeAnza Hotel), Douglas Carter (Bus Driver), Anthony Caruso (Marine Corporal Playing Jukebox), Carmen Clifford (Carmen – Party Guest), Jack Clifford (Plainclothes Cop), Tom Dillon (Cop in Prowl Car), Jimmie Dundee (Driver of Gangster Car), Jay Eaton (Bar Patron) Release Date: 19 April 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.2

The Chase USA / 86 minutes / BW / United Artists Dir: Arthur D. Ripley. Pr: Seymour Nebenzal and Eugene Frenke (associate) Scr: Philip Yordan Story: based on the Cornell Woolrich novel The Black Path of Fear Cine: Frank (Franz) F. Planer Mus: Michel Michelet Cast: Robert Cummings (Chuck Scott), Michéle Morgan (Lorna Roman), Steve Cochran (Eddie Roman), Peter Lorre (Gino), Jack Holt (Commander Davidson), Lloyd Corrigan (Emmerick Johnson), Alex Minotis (Lieutenant Acosta), James Westerfi eld (Job), Yolanda Lacca (Midnight), Nina Koshetz (Madame Chin) Release Date: 16 November 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 6.7

The Dark Corner USA / 99 min | 95 min (FMC Library Print) / BW / Twentieth Century Fox Dir: Henry Hathaway Pr: Fred Kohlmar Scr: Jay Dratler and Bernard Schoenfeld Cine: Joe MacDonald Mus: Cyril Mockridge Cast: Mark Stevens (Bradford Galt), Lucille Ball (Kathleen), Clifton Webb (Hardy Cathcart), William Bendix (White Suit), Cathy Downs (Mari Cathcart), Kurt Krueger (Anthony Jardine) Release Date: 9 April 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.2

The Dark Mirror USA / 85 minutes / BW / International Pictures Dir: Robert Siodmak Pr: Nunnally Johnson Scr: Nunnally Johnson Story: Vladimir Pozner Cine: Milton R. Krasner Mus: Dimitri Tiomkin Cast: Olivia de Havilland (twins Terry and Ruth Collins), Lew Ayres (Dr. Scott Elliott), Thomas Mitchell (Lt. Stevenson), Richard Long (Rusty), Charles Evans (Dist. Atty. Girard), Garry Owen (Franklin), Lela Bliss (Mrs. Didriksen), Lester Allen (George Benson)  Release Date: 18 October 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.1

Deadline at Dawn USA / 83 minutes / BW / RKO Radio Pictures Dir: Harold Clurman Pr: Adrian Scott Scr: Clifford Odets Story: based on a novella by Cornell Woolrich Cine: Nicholas Musuraca Mus: Hanns Eisler Cast: Susan Hayward (June Goth), Paul Lukas (Gus Hoffman), Bill Williams (Alex Winkley), Joseph Calleia (Val Bartelli), Osa Massen (Helen Robinson), Lola Lane (Edna Bartelli), Jerome Cowan (Lester Brady), Marvin Miller (Sleepy Parsons) Release Date: 3 April 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 6.9

Deception USA / 115 minutes / BW / Warner Bros Dir: Irving Rapper Pr: Henry Blanke Scr: John Collier and Joseph Than Story: based on the play Monsieur Lamberthier by Louis Verneuil Cine: Ernest Haller Mus: Erich Wolfgang Korngold Cast: Bette Davis (Christine Radcliffe), Paul Henreid (Karel Novak), Claude Rains (Alexander Hollenius), John Abbott (Bertram Gribble), Benson Fong (Hollenius’ Servant) Release Date: 18 October 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.3

Decoy USA / 76 minutes/ BW/ Monogram Pictures Dir: Jack Bernhard Pr: Jack Bernhard and Bernard Brandt Scr: Nedrick Young Story: based on an original story by Stanley Rubin Cine: L. W. O’Connell Mus: Edward J. Kay Cast: Jean Gillie (Margot Shelby), Edward Norris (Jim Vincent), Herbert Rudley (Dr. Lloyd Craig), Robert Armstrong (Frank Olins), Sheldon Leonard (Sergeant Joseph Portugal), Marjorie Woodworth (Nurse) Release Date: 14 September 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 6.9

Gilda USA / 110 minutes / BW / Columbia Dir: Charles Vidor Pro: Virginia Van Upp Scr: Marion Parsonnet Story: adapted by Jo Eisinger from an original story by E. A. Ellington Cine: Rudolph Maté  Mus: Morris Stoloff Cast: Rita Hayworth (Gilda), Glenn Ford (Johnny Farrell), George Macready (Ballin Mundson), Joseph Calleia ( Obregon), Steven Geray (Uncle Pio), Joe Sawyer (Casey), Gerald Mohr (Captain Delgado) Release Date: 15 March 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.8

The Killers USA / 97 minutes/ BW / Universal Pictures Dir: Robert Siodmak Pro: Mark Hellinger Scr: Anthony Veiller Story: taken from a short story by Ernest Hemingway Cine: Woody Bredell Mus: Miklos Rozsa Cast: Burt Lancaster (Swede), Ava Gardner (Kitty Collins), Edmond O’Brien (Riordan), Albert Dekker (Colfax), Sam Levene (Lubinsky), Jack Lambert (Dum Dum), John Miljan (Jake), Charles McGraw (Al), William Conrad (Max). Release Date: 28 August 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.9

The Locket USA / 85 minutes /BW / RKO Radio Pictures Dir: John Brahm Pro: Bert Granet Scr: Sheridan Gibney Cine: Nicholas Musuraca Mus: Roy Webb Cast: Laraine Day (Nancy Monks Blair Patton), Brian Aherne (Dr. Harry Blair), Robert Mitchum (Norman Clyde), Gene Raymond (John Willis), Sharyn Moffett (Nancy, age 10), Ricardo Cortez (Drew Bonner), Katherine Emery (Mrs. Willis), Helene Thimig (Mrs. Monks), Henry Stephenson (Lord Wyndham), Lilian Fontaine (Lady Wyndham) Release Date: 20 December 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.2

Notorious USA / 101 minutes / BW / RKO Radio Pictures Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Pro: Alfred Hitchcock (uncredited) Scr: Ben Hecht Cine: Ted Tetzlaff Mus: Roy Webb Cast: Cary Grant (T.R. Devlin), Ingrid Bergman (Alicia Huberman), Claude Rains (Alexander Sebastian), Leopoldine Konstantin (Madame Anna Sebastian), Louis Calhern (Captain Paul Prescott), Moroni Olsen (Walter Beardsley), Ricardo Costa (Dr. Julio Barbosa), Reinhold Schünzel (Dr. Anderson), Ivan Triesault (Eric Mathis), Eberhard Krumschmidt (Emil Hupka), Alex Minotis (Joseph, Sebastian’s butler), Wally Brown (Mr. Hopkins), Sir Charles Mendl (Commodore), Fay Baker (Ethel) Release Date: 6 September 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 8.1

The Postman Always Rings Twice USA / 113 minutes / BW / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Dir: Tay Garnett Pro: Carey Wilson Scr: Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch Story: taken from the 1934 novel The Postman Always Ring Twice by James M. Cain Cine: Sidney Wagner Mus: George Bassman Cast: Lana Turner (Cora Smith), John Garfield (Frank Chambers), Cecil Kellaway (Nick Smith), Hume Cronyn (Arthur Keats), Leon Ames (Kyle Sackett), Audrey Totter (Madge Gorland), Alan Reed (Ezra Liam Kennedy). Release Date: 2 May 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.6

Somewhere in the Night USA/ 110 minutes / BW / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz Pro: Anderson Lawler Scr: Howard Dimsdale and Joseph L. Mankiewicz Story: Based on a story by Marvin Borowsky Cine: Norbert Brodine Mus: David Buttolph Cast: John Hodiak (George W. Taylor), Nancy Guild (Christy Smith), Lloyd Nolan (Police Lt. Donald Kendall), Richard Conte (Mel Phillips), Josephine Hutchinson (Elizabeth Conroy), Fritz Kortner (Anzelmo aka Dr. Oracle), Sheldon Leonard (Sam), Whit Bissell (John the Bartender), Harry Morgan (Bath attendant), Lou Nova (Hubert), Margo Woode (Phyllis) Release Date: 12 June 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.1

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers USA / 116 minutes / BW / Paramount Studios Dir: Lewis Milestone Pro: Hal B. Wallis Scr: Robert Rossen and Robert Riskin (uncredited) Story: based on Love Lies Bleeding by John Patrick Cine: Victor Milner Mus: Miklós Rózsa Cast: Barbara Stanwyck (Martha Ivers), Van Heflin (Sam Masterson), Lizabeth Scott (Antonia “Toni” Marachek), Kirk Douglas (Walter O’Neil), Roman Bohnen (Mr. O’Neil), Judith Anderson (Mrs. Ivers), Janis Wilson (as the young Martha Ivers), Darryl Hickman (as the young Sam Masterson) Release Date: 24 July 1946 (USA) IMDb rating: 7.5

The Stranger USA / 95 minutes /BW/ International Pictures Dir: Orson Welles Pr: Sam Spiegel (as S. P. Eagle) Scr: Anthony Veiller and Decla Dunning (John Huston and Orson Welles uncredited) Cine: Russell Metty Mus: Bronislaw Kaper Cast: Orson Welles (Professor Charles Rankin), Edward G. Robinson (Mr. Wilson), Loretta Young (Mary Longstreet), Philip Merivale (Judge Adam Longstreet), Richard Long (Noah Longstreet), Konstantin Shayne (Konrad Meinike), Byron Keith (Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence), Billy House (Mr. Potter), Martha Wentworth (Sara) Release Date: 2 July 1946 IMDb rating: 7.5

Please let me know of any errors or omissions. I do understand however that the inclusion of some titles, in the list above, can be discussed. So far I’ve seen: The Big Sleep, The Blue Dahlia, The Chase, Gilda, The Killers, Notorious and The Stranger. My film notes will be coming in due course. Stay tuned.

Next Christmas Gift Idea

I’m developing an increasing interest in film noir. For this reason I would like to suggest the following Christmas Gift:

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A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir: The Essential Reference Guide by John Grant.

According to Film Noir, this book “is a 512 page behemoth that boasts capsule reviews of over 3,500 films. As you would guess the net has been cast far and wide to get this tally, with the publisher’s blurb telling me that the book covers “3,500 movie entries, including not only classic US film noirs from the 1940s through 1960s, but also modern manifestations like neonoirs and erotic thrillers. Films from every continent (except Antarctica)”.

Later on added: “Flipping through the book on my iPad, I see all the essential noirs are there, and Grant gets the stories right – something Silver & Ward in their pioneering effort, The Film Noir Encyclopedia, achieve only occasionally in their longer and rather overwrought entries. One thing Grant does do is avoid spoilers and this is definitely welcome.  His entries for the more important movies are longer, and provide some background and snippets on a movie’s aesthetics.” 

Read more: http://filmsnoir.net/film_noir/two-new-books-on-film-noir-movie-3500-and-counting-or-is-enough-enough.html#ixzz3KRu9U2Nv
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Detailed Description:

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir (The Essential Reference Guide). Applause Books. Hardcover. 765 pages. Published by Limelight Editions (HL.314927). ISBN 1557838313. 8×10 inches.

Featuring rumpled PIs, shyster lawyers, corrupt politicians, double-crossers, femmes fatales, and, of course, losers who find themselves down on their luck yet again, film noir is a perennially popular cinematic genre. This extensive encyclopedia describes movies from noir’s earliest days – and even before, looking at some of noir’s ancestors in US and European cinema – as well as noir’s more recent offshoots, from neonoirs to erotic thrillers. Entries are arranged alphabetically, covering movies from all over the world – from every continent save Antarctica – with briefer details provided for several hundred additional movies within those entries. A copious appendix contains filmographies of prominent directors, actors, and writers.

With coverage of blockbusters and program fillers from Going Straight (US 1916) to Broken City (US 2013) via Nora Inu (Japan 1949), O Anthropos tou Trainou (Greece 1958), El Less Wal Kilab (Egypt 1962), Reportaje a la Muerte (Peru 1993), Zift (Bulgaria 2008), and thousands more, A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir is an engrossing and essential reference work that should be on the shelves of every cinephile.

About the Author

John Grant, A Scot by birth but a long-term resident of New Jersey, is the author of some sixty books. His nonfiction has included The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney’s Animated Characters, Masters of Animation, three pocket books on cinema (Animated Movies, Sci-Fi Movies, and Noir Movies), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (with John Clute), and a series of books on the misuse and misunderstanding of science, begun with Discarded Science and continued most recently with Denying Science; for his writings on popular science he was described by author Gregory Frost as “the living heir to Martin Gardner.” His fiction has included novels like The World, The Far-enough Window,, The Dragons of Manhattan, The City in These Pages, and The Lonely Hunter, as well as numerous short stories, some of which have been collected as Take No Prisoners. For his nonfiction work he has received the Hugo Award (twice), the World Fantasy Award, and various other international awards and nominations. His editorial work, in particular his time running the celebrated fantasy art book imprint Paper Tiger, has brought him a Chesley Award and a World Fantasy Award nomination. For more of John Grant on noir and related movies, follow: Noirish “The annex to John Grant’s *A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir*