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Friday, June 05, 2009
Raymond Chandler's Appearance in Double Indemnity
As reported by Adrian Wootton in today's Guardian, and first noticed by crime writers Mark Coggins and John Billheimer, Raymond Chandler appears as an extra in Wilder's movie. One can see him some 16 minutes into the film, reading (though we can't see exactly what he's reading) while Fred MacMurray walks by. Interesting given the frosty relationship between Chandler and Wilder, because, other than a home movie, it is the only time Chandler was captured on fim. But why hadn't anyone notice this before?
London-based journalist and author of Pulp Culture: Hardboiled Fiction and the Cold War; Neon Noir: Contemporary American Crime Fiction; and Heartbreak and Vine: The Fate of Hardboiled Writers in Hollywood.