In 1977 Don Herron began leading The Dashiell Hammett Tour, now the longest-running literary tour in the nation. On this site you’ll find information on current walks — dates, where to meet, arranging tours by appointment — plus a hard-boiled blog with news, reviews of books and film, and a dash of noir.
The latest and greatest edition to self-guide you up and down the mean streets.
Willeford: The Book
Includes the first “Mr. Hunt” story, “Knives in the Dark.”
Category Archives: Film
January 22. Birthday number 114 for the Texas pulpster Robert E. Howard (1906-1936), one of the favorite tough guy writers here on These Mean Streets. What could we do to fire up an ebony candle to his memory? I didn’t … Continue reading
While I don’t proselytize for it every day, I am a big fan of the Max Brooks novel World War Z — not so much for the movie they named after it. Brian Leno nabbed me a couple of Brooks … Continue reading
Yeah, Jeopardy! has a thing going for Hammett clews — and who can blame them? He’s famous, for closing in on a century now, and you can creep in via the books, the movies, the life. Yesterday — S36E55 — … Continue reading
And if you’ve seen Metropolis, you probably have put the words “hot” and “robot” together in your mind. For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday Brian Leno returns to those halcyon years of German silent cinema with some comments on: Brigitte Helm had … Continue reading
From Faust to Metropolis, Brian Leno keeps this Autograph Hound Super-Sunday hopping. Yeah, he’s got a Thea von Harbou John Hancock, but he’d really like to have the loot needed to pop for a copy of the novel currently available … Continue reading
For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday, another Halloween Edition, I see that Brian Leno has been digging around in the corner of the crypt where he secrets his silent German movie stuff. Tell us about it, Herr Leno: Yvette Guilbert may be a … Continue reading
What else has Brian Leno pulled from his cavernous crypts to divert Autograph Hound Saturday surfers, as Halloween retreats into the rearview mirror? Hit it, Brian: Everybody should know Albert Dekker. If you love Westerns you’ll enjoy him in Sam Peckinpah”s … Continue reading
Halloween — Brian Leno just can’t let it go! He’s back with another weekend of cinematic signatures appropriate to the horrific holiday. Take it away, Brian: This obviously is a signed photo of Julie Adams in Creature from the Black … Continue reading
For Halloween proper Brian Leno trots out an apt image recently pulled from his holdings: I bought this years ago, and I think, if I remember rightly, purchased it directly from William Stout. Of course it’s an original drawing of … Continue reading