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.”
Tag Archives: Alan Ladd
Hammett: From Ape-Wrangler to Town-Tamer
The other day Evan Lewis tracked down another “lost” movie version of Red Harvest, that would have followed the “lost” version starring Alan Ladd at Paramount — Ladd’s being juggled in 1941 and this next version getting a big blurb … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film Tagged Alan Ladd, Brian Leno, Bruce Cabot, Evan Lewis, Fay Wray, John Wayne, Paramount, Red Harvest
Sinister Cinema: Juggling The Glass Key and Red Harvest
Today Evan Lewis in his digging through digital archives pulls up some interesting news articles from 1941, covering the birth of a film version of Hammett’s Red Harvest. Hollywood had decided not to do a new version of The Glass … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film Tagged Alan Ladd, Brian Donlevy, Evan Lewis, newspaper action, Paulette Goddard, Red Harvest, The Glass Key, Veronica Lake
Rediscovered: Xmas Noir
Got a note from the Jersey Noir photog Mark Krajnak — he appreciated my comparison of his cover for the new Race Williams omnibus to Alan Ladd, somehow summoning that sort of evocative iconography. That’s what happens with art, if you … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, SFSC, Tour Tagged Alan Ladd, Cacophony Society, Fritz Leiber, Fritz Leiber Tour, Jersey Noir, John Law, Kepler space telescope, Mark Krajnak, Race Williams, SantaCon, Xmas
Rediscovered: Race Williams Roscoes Again!
One thing among others I can be thankful for is that a book can still knock me out purely as a physical item. Not every book that comes through my hands. Not all the time — not nearly enough of the … Continue reading
Posted in Lit, News Tagged Alan Ladd, Altus Press, Black Mask, Carroll John Daly, Jersey Noir, Race Williams, This Gun for Hire