April 18, 2010

Humphrey Bogart as the Private Eye

The hard-boiled tough talking private eye was created by many writers. These men lived on the verge of respectability, were often smart-mouthed tough guys who were sometimes taken for a ride by an equally hard-boiled dame! Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade and Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe originated in the same time frame in the 1920s. Marlowe was played on screen by many actors, but never better than by Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep. Of course it is no coincidence that Bogey also excelled at Sam Spade (the Hammett creation) in The Maltese Falcon.

Of course The Private Eye Marlowe is quite a talker himself!

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