|Full Title||The Blue Dahlia|
|Publisher||Ungar Pub Co|
Raymond Chandler |
|Overview||A previously unpublished work by Raymond Chandler.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 hardÂboiled 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 exÂpands.
The Blue Dahlia is the story of a war hero who is suspected of having murÂdered 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 jusÂtice, the sense of a corrupt society, and- above all-the theme of personal honor.
Film Genres & Subjects - Screenplays |
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