May 12, 2010

Nobody asked me, but…

Category: General

Except for Over the Rainbow, Judy Garland sang every other song off-key. If one listens, really listens, to The Man that Got Away, it’s hard not to laugh, the song is so hideously performed. Ms. Garland got her artistic reputation because of her sad personal backstory…the same thing that has convinced many people that Marilyn Monroe was actually a good actress, instead of a cartoon.

Despite its lofty place in the pantheon of “great” mysteries, The Maltese Falcon is a mediocre book. It’s not very well written and the Bogart film on the subject, because of wonderful casting, is much more entertaining. Author Dashiell Hammett was of course a fine writer — hardly ever moreso than when he was “helping” Lillian Hellman along — but he just missed with this Sam Spade mish-mosh.

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