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The Case of Dashiell Hammett (1982)

A one-hour public television (PBS) biography of Dashiell Hammett, creator of the "hardboiled" modern detective novel and author of "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man." It follows ... See full summary »

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Stephen Talbot

Writer:

Stephen Talbot
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Credited cast:
Paul Frees ... Narrator (voice)
Joe Gores Joe Gores ... Himself
Lillian Hellman ... Herself
Diane Johnson ... Herself
Victor Navasky Victor Navasky ... Himself
Lyle Talbot ... Dashiell Hammett (voice)
Wim Wenders ... Himself
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A one-hour public television (PBS) biography of Dashiell Hammett, creator of the "hardboiled" modern detective novel and author of "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man." It follows Hammett's life from Pinkerton detective in San Francisco to his career as fiction and screen writer, companion of playwright Lillian Hellman, and leftwing political activist. The biography investigates why Hammett stopped writing at the height of his fame. Written by Stephen Talbot

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1982 (USA) See more »

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KQED See more »
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Color
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"The Case of Dashiell Hammett" is narrated by Paul Frees, "the man of a thousand voices." See more »

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Very well done documentary on Dashiell Hammett
3 February 2019 | by mysteryafan-30404See all my reviews

I saw this excellently well done documentary on mystery writer Dashiell Hammett when it first aired on KCET in 1982.

Why hasn't KQED made it available on DVD is true mystery they could easily solve by doing so ASAP


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