The big book of reel murders : stories that inspired great crime films

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Summary
Lights! Camera! Action! The latest book in the Big Book series takes us behind the curtain to uncover the stories that became some of the greatest films of the silver screen. There's the W. Somerset Maugham short story that inspired Hitchcock's Secret Agent ; Robert Louis Stevenson's horrifying tale that was later turned into the iconic movie The Body Snatcher , starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff; Sir Ian Fleming's "From a View to a Kill," later one of Roger Moore's greatest Bond films; and "Cyclists' Raid," the short story that formed the basis for the legendary Brando film The Wild One .

Otto Penzler delivers the director's cut on these classic short stories and the films they gave rise to. So grab your Sno-Caps and a jumbo box of popcorn and curl up with these cinematic tales from the likes of Agatha Christie, Dennis Lehane, Joyce Carol Oates, Dashiell Hammett, O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Contents
The witness for the prosecution / Agatha Christie (Witness for the prosecution)
The enemy / Charlotte Armstrong (Talk about a stranger)
I wouldn't be in your shoes / Cornell Woolich (I wouldn't be in your shoes)
And so to death / Cornell Woolich (Fear in the night)
Bad time at Honda / Howard Breslin (Bad day at Black Rock)
The boy cried murder / Cornell Woolich (The window)
The house of numbers / Jack Finney (House of numbers)
The killer is loose / John Hawkins & Ward Hawkins (The killer is loose)
Face work / Cornell Woolich (Convicted)
Dormant account / Cornell Woolich (The mark of the whistler)
He looked like murder / Cornell Woolich (The guilty)
The lodger / Marie Belloc Lowndes (The lodger)
Where are you going, where have you been? / Joyce Carol Oates (Smooth talk)
C-jag / Cornell Woolich (Fall guy)
All at once, no Alice / Cornell Woolich (The return of the whistler)
The riddle of the dangling pearl / Stuart Palmer (The plot thickens)
The riddle of the forty naughty girls / Stuart Palmer (Forty naughty girls)
The making of O'Malley / Gerald Beaumont (The great O'Malley)
Once upon a train / Stuart Palmer & Craig Rice (Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone)
Brother Orchid / Richard Connell (Brother Orchid)
From a view to a kill / Ian Fleming (A view to a kill)
The most dangerous game / Richard Connell (The most dangerous game)
Thirteen lead soldiers / H.C. McNeile (Thirteen lead soldiers)
The traitor / W. Somerset Maugham (Secret agent)
Don't look now / Daphne du Maurier (Don't look now)
The real bad friend / Robert Bloch (Psycho)
The body snatcher / Robert Louis Stevenson (The body snatcher)
Spurs / Tod Robbins (Freaks)
The best of everything / Stanley Ellin (Nothing but the best)
Animal rescue / Dennis Lehane (The drop)
Manman's holiday / Fredric Brown (Crack-up)
Lady killer! / G.T. Fleming-Roberts (Lady chaser)
Tip on a dead jockey / Irwin Shaw (Tip on a dead jockey)
Criminal's mark / John Hawkins & Ward Hawkins (Crime wave)
On the make / Dashiell Hammett (Mr. Dynamite)
The road to Carmichael's / Richard Wormser (The big steal)
The interruption / W.W. Jacobs (Footstps in the fog)
Gentlemen and players / E.W. Hornung (Raffles)
The blind spot / Barry Perowne (Blind spot)
The trial of John Nobody / A.H.Z. Carr (John Nobody)
Gun crazy / MacKinlay Kantor (Gun crazy)
Cyclists' raid / Frank Rooney (The wild one)
Murder on the waterfront / Budd Schulberg (On the waterfront)
The chink and the child / Thomas Burge (Broken blossoms)
A retrieved reformation / O. Henry (Alias Jimmy Valentine)
The death watch / Edgar Wallace (Before dawn)
Night without sleep / Elick Moll (Night without sleep)
One man's secret / Rita Weiman (Possessed)
The ghost of John Holling / Edgar Wallace (Mystery liner)
The Gioconda smile / Aldous Huxley (A woman's vengeance)
The ghost patrol / Sinclair Lewis (The ghost patrol)
The letter / W. Somerset Maugham (The letter)
The murders in the Rue Morgue / Edgar All Poe (Murders in the Rue Morgue)
The five orange pips / Arthur Conan Doyle (The house of fear)
The blue cross / G.K. Chesterton (The detective)
Recipe for murder / Vincent Starrett (The great hotel murder)
No hard feelings / Frederick Nebel (Smart blonde)
The house in Turk Street / Dashiell Hammett (No good deed)
Woman in the dark / Dashiell Hammett (Woman in the dark)
Inside job / Raoul Whitfield (High tide)
The adventures of the six Napoleons / Arthur Conan Doyle (The pearl of death).

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Movie and mystery buffs alike will savor Penzler's ninth Big Book anthology (after 2018's The Big Book of Female Detectives), which includes more than 60 stories that were adapted for the screen. The selections include both the usual suspects, such as Conan Doyle and Cornell Woolrich, and surprising ones, such as Budd Schulberg. Schulberg's 1954 short story, "Murder on the Waterfront," was the inspiration for the Oscar-winning Marlon Brando vehicle On the Waterfront, and his crisp screenplay dialogue is mirrored by gritty noir prose ("The police department had made contact with Runt, by means of a grappling hook probing the soft, rotten bottom of the river"). Unsurprisingly, most of the source material was changed significantly for the movies, such as Robert Bloch's "The Real Bad Friend," which morphed into the novel Psycho, before being made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Spoiler-averse readers may want to defer delving into Penzler's informative and insightful introductions for each entry, which give away plot developments in both the story and film adaptations. Penzler's scholarship and expertise enable him to both expose modern audiences to now-obscure talent such as Charlotte Armstrong, represented by "The Enemy," and to the origins of classic films such as Bad Day at Black Rock. This will be a welcome addition to many libraries. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Series Vintage crime/Black Lizard.
Subjects Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Criminals -- Fiction.
Police -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- Fiction.
Noir fiction.
Short stories.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Other Titles Reel murders
Contributors Penzler, Otto, editor.
Language English
Description xiv, 1181 pages ; 23 cm.
ISBN 9780525563884
0525563881
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