Cornell Woolrich's I Married a Dead Man also became three movies: No Man of Her Own, with Barbara Stanwyk; the French I Married a Shadow; and the American comedy, Mrs. Winterborne, which starred Shirley MacLaine and Ricki Lake. Edward Anderson's vivid Thieves Like Us was transformed into They Live by Night, Nicholas Ray's first important movie and one of the seminal noir films of the 1940s. It was brilliantly remade in 1974 by the great revisionist director Robert Altman. Kenneth Fearing's The Big Clock was transformed into a marvelous film starring Charles Laughton; 40 years later, the same source, retitled No Way Out, brought Kevin Costner to stardom. William Lindsay Gresham's Nightmare Alley was the source for Tyrone Power's best movie; Horace McCoy's experimental They Shoot Horses, Don't They? became one of the seminal films of the 1960s.
These dark, evocative novels, when taken together, are a fascinating study of how words can inspire a magnificent variety of cinematic images and styles.
Most modern crime/suspense movies will seem ridiculous by comparison.
James Cain's "The Postman Always Rings Twice", which opens the collection, is the best-known work which has come to be deservedly recognized as a literary classic.
This story is the longest one in the book and is a decent addition to the volume.
I'm a long-term book collector, and was surprised at how quickly I converted to the Kindle e-book system. So lately I haven't been purchasing many actual books. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Goldwave
Buy the book. It's a great addition to your library.
This must be in your collection.
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It is an interesting compilation of crime narratives. I really was surprised by the diversity and the prose it quite excellent.Published 22 months ago by Amy L. Buckley
In 1997, the Library of America published two volumes of American crime novels written in a noir style. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Robin Friedman
I picked this up because I have seen all the movie versions of these novels but never read them. This collection goes all over the map showing noir in different ways. Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Wayne M. Malin
I received the book on time and it was in excellent condition, as advertised. I would do business with this seller again.Published on February 17, 2011 by CC
I got this as a gift, because they knew that I liked Noir crime films like "Angles with Dirty Faces" and "The Maltese Falcon". Read morePublished on November 28, 2010 by M. Smith
The LOA volumes are special. They open flat, and have thin but durable paper, readable type and built-in bookmark. Read morePublished on June 21, 2009 by R. Fink
Excellent selection of fine writing about crime and vice - another winner provided us by the LOA. It's early era merely extends it's charm into a time past that's as vibrant as if... Read morePublished on September 10, 2008 by Strawgold