Title: THE BLUE DAHLIA
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, Illinois, U.S.A., 1976
Publication Date: 1976
Binding: Soft cover
Illustrator: Black and White Photo Plates
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
Printing of Raymond Chandler's screenplay for the classic film noir movie starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. Black and white stills from the movie illustrate the book. Repro of the original movie poster illustrates front cover. This copy in the original shrink wrap and thus this copy is asd-new, never opened. The hardcover was issued in a limited edition and was in effect the first printing of Chandler's screenplay. Iintroduction by John Houseman and an afterword by Matthew Bruccoli. Bibliography of Chandler's work for Hollywood Size: Octavo, 139pp. Bookseller Inventory # 2728
A previously unpublished work by Raymond Chandler.
Raymond Chandler?s screenplay for The Blue Dahlia is a valuable addition to the published canon for the writer who has been called “the Shakespeare of hardboiled fiction.? Converted from a never-completed novel, this screenplay is all that survives of the novel Chandler worked on between The Lady in the Lake and The Little Sister.
In 1944 Paramount Pictures, where Chandler was under contract, needed a rush script for Alan Ladd. Chandler agreed to cannibalize his novel-in-progress, but—as detailed in producer John Houseman?s memoir—he became stuck and decided that he could only complete his screenplay drunk. The Blue Dahlia was completed on schedule and was well received, earning Chandler his second Academy Award nomination.
Although the writer?s screenplay is metamorphosed by other hands in the movie-making process, the screenplay as written has an independent existence, and may be read and judged as a literary work. Indeed, the movie studio archives are a valuable literary resource; and it is inevitable that many screenplays will be published as the study of movies expands.
The Blue Dahlia is the story of a war hero who is suspected of having murdered his unfaithful wife. Although it does not involve a private-eye, the work utilizes familiar elements of Chandler?s world: the loner hero, the quest for justice, the sense of a corrupt society, and— above all—the theme of personal honor.
About the Author:
John Houseman, the producer of The Blue Dahlia, is now head of the Drama Division of the Juilliard School of Music.
Matthew J. Bruccoli, Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, is the author of the recently published The O?Hara Concern, a biography of John O?Hara.
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