Hard-boiled detective fiction inspired some of Hollywood's darkest films in the 1940s and 50s. These writers and stars epitomized the genre that dwelled in the shadows of the human soul.
publication date: Friday, October 7, 2011
clue: Her famous turn as a femme fatale was no accident, regardless of what the contract said.
explanation: Stanwyck starred in Double Indemnity. more…
publication date: Thursday, October 6, 2011
clue: He started writing so late that it's strange to remember him for his extended farewell.
explanation: Chandler, who started his writing career in mid-life, wrote The Long Goodbye and other important mysteries. more…
publication date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
clue: Marrying a co-star twice your age isn't unheard of in Hollywood, whether you have or have not slept with him.
explanation: Bacall married Humphrey Bogart, her co-star in To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep. more…
publication date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
clue: The master of hard-boiled detective fiction eventually grew as thin as the title of one of his most famous works.
explanation: Hammett wrote The Thin Man and other major early works of the genre. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Joanna Woods, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Erik Bates, Steve Dunn, Ryan Dunn, and Sarah Kyle
publication date: Monday, October 3, 2011
clue: The star of the first film noir, soon to be the highest-paid star in the world, didn't mind calling his detective character a spade.
explanation: Bogart starred in The Maltese Falcon. more…