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Hammett: Jeopardy! Hits Nick and Nora (And Glass Onion Cameos the Black Bird)

Jeopardy! hasn’t hit the Hammett clew pile lately as much as it did back in the Golden Age of Alex Trebek. But every now and then they just can’t avoid it. . . . For the show broadcast December 23rd, … Continue reading

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891 Post: In Memoriam Bill Arney

Front, Bill Arney at the dedication ceremony for the plaque on 891 Post Street, March 17, 2005. Behind him, on the right, Jo Hammett, youngest daughter of Dashiell Hammett.

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891 Post: The Hidey Hole

On September 20, 2009 I took a shot of the hidden compartment Bill Arney had — mysteriously — set in the floor of the Sam Spade apartment. I guess he figured, Why not? Out of all the Herculean effort Bill … Continue reading

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891 Post: Nicotine Yellow

The corner outside the door into the kitchen in the Sam Spade apartment shows some of the roughest rough stage work as Bill Arney labored to get the place ready for a new inhabitant. You can see some of the … Continue reading

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891 Post: Minwax Gel Cherrywood

As a little Xmas present — and to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Bill Arney on September 28, 2021 — let’s take a look into the Sam Spade apartment in 891 Post Street. The date was September … Continue reading

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891 Post: Enter the Apartment

On September 20, 2009 I gumshoed up to the gate of 891 Post. Corner of Hyde. In the night, the plaque we’d put on the building early in 2005 to commemorate the residence of Dashiell Hammett gave off a dim … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: A Pop in the Ha-Ra

Last month I mentioned that the staining on the woodwork in the Sam Spade apartment in 891 Post is just wrong — it looks very, very nice, but it’s wrong. Although I was pretty casual about it, I did think … Continue reading

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Hammett: Jeopardy! Strikes Back!

After a furious release, one after another, over years, Hammett clews suddenly became scarce on Jeopardy! with the passing of the great Alex Trebek. I was thinking maybe the clew guy who liked to mine Hammett had left the staff … Continue reading

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Hammett: At the Commodore

Gary Romeo, perhaps best known in recent years as a staunch booster of L. Sprague de Camp, pops in some history, illustrated: “About 15 years ago I went to the Harry Ransom Center and scanned a bunch of de Camp … Continue reading

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Hammett: “Girl Trap”

Our Mean Streets buddy of many years, Mike Humbert, recently got a fascinating tidbit about Hammett tossed his way from Italy — to add to the info on his own Dashiell Hammett website. Mike punted the info to me, to … Continue reading

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