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.



Barbara Stanwyck

publication date: Friday, October 7, 2011

category: Movies

clue: Her famous turn as a femme fatale was no accident, regardless of what the contract said.

explanation: Stanwyck starred in Double Indemnity. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Erik Bates


Raymond Chandler

publication date: Thursday, October 6, 2011

category: Literature

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…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Erik Bates


Lauren Bacall

publication date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

category: Movies

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…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Ryan Dunn


Dashiell Hammett

publication date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

category: Literature

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: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, Ryan Dunn, and Sarah Kyle


Humphrey Bogart

publication date: Monday, October 3, 2011

category: Movies

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…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, Ryan Dunn, and Sarah Kyle


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