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Hardboiled in Hollywood
Five Black Mask Writers and the Movies
David Wilt

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From the 1920s through the 1950s, the famous Black Mask pulp magazine was the place where crime and mystery writers such as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Erle Stanley Gardner, and John D. MacDonald published their work; it also provided Hollywood with some of its most prolific genre screenwriters, men who brought the Black Mask style to the movies.

This book covers the film careers of Horace McCoy, Eric Taylor, Dwight V. Babcock, Peter Ruric, and John K. Butler. With more than two hundred feature film credits, this group of Black Mask writers left their mark on Hollywood. From The Phantom of the Opera to Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, from Big Jim McLain to Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen, the Black Mask contingent applied their expertise to the movies.

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January 1991
LC: 91-070902 PN
198 pp.  6 x 9
44 b/w photos

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ISBN 978-0-87972-525-9
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