Monthly Archives: February 2014

Hammett: Falcon Hits the Boards

Back in the day Hammett apparently toyed around with the idea of turning The Maltese Falcon into a play. While this one isn’t that one, how far apart could any two plays get when using the same story and characters? … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Those Theatres of Yesteryear

Doing the bits about the Novato Theater reminded me that I’ve been meaning to blurb a Julie Lindow project for, what?, at least a couple of years. (Julie hitched up with San Francisco Noir editor Peter Maravelis during the heyday … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: And the Bleak Noir Rains Crashed Down

I’ve got my slideshow talk in Livermore tomorrow, after warming up with the Q&A in Novato the other day. Wow. You can tell when you’re showing a genuine noir classic, because the sky breaks open and cold rain paints everything in shades … Continue reading

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Hammett: By That Sweet Neck

Eighty-four years ago today the publisher Alfred A. Knopf debuted an instant classic titled The Maltese Falcon. As I always say, the sickest Valentine’s day novel ever. Yeah, maybe I love you and maybe you love me. This side of … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: “Hoke” Shaping Up

I’m not intending on keeping track of every development in the saga of the upcoming TV show Hoke, based on the Willeford novels — but at least it looks as if the pilot is a sure thing, because they’ve cast … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: After 36 Years

Jesús Ángel González López — the guy who told us all about La Cuidad Maldita, the Spaghetti Western version of Hammett’s Red Harvest — recently dropped me a note to say: “Did I tell you I sent a DVD copy … Continue reading

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Tour: The Easy Way

I’m hauling up to Novato for an appearance this coming Saturday, and a couple of weeks later you can track me down in Livermore. On Sunday February 16, 2p.m. in the Storytime Room of the Civic Center Library, you’ll find … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Talking About the Falcon

If you’ve got a few bucks to donate to a good cause, this coming Saturday, February 8 at 6:30p.m., the Novato Theater Film Club is showing the 1941 version of The Maltese Falcon — the classic version. The good cause: … Continue reading

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