A Three-Pipe Problem by Julian Symons

By Julian Symons

Small-time actor, Sheridan Haynes, had a slightly dangerous preoccupation with Sherlock Holmes. So whilst the opportunity got here for him to play the recognized detective in a television sequence, it appeared his goals had come real. And whilst London was once stricken by a sequence of unsolved murders, good it appeared merely normal for him to take his function into genuine existence. was once this a case of a laughable and faulty actor, or used to be Sheridan truly directly to anything?

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No doubt implicated in thi s e vo lu tio n is the double co nstra in t of budget restrictions (tlje cine m a too is su b­ jected to a wartime economy during hos­ tilities) and e n closu r e within the studio, whi ch would indicate as a n indirect co nseq u e nce that the breadth of sp ace a t th e beginnin g of the 1930s is a remnant of the silent film in the sound era. There is a third differen ce that is easily noted , even if it is not e n tirely sp ecific to The Big Gamble (Fred Noble , RKO , 1931) The Penguin Pool Murder (George Archainbaud , RKO,1932) Follow Me Quietly (Richard 0.

StiIl, if the context of 24 c f F a II C \01 II C. F f( n FILM NOIR ON THE EDGE OF DOOM 1946-55 in France ca n explain the crea tio n o f the term 'fiLm nair', it is astonishing that it has lasted and that it has regularly been reviv ed and renewed by su cceeding ge ne ra­ tion s, until now and the present volume. Beyond th e questions examined in th e precedin g paragraphs , what sp ecifically cinematographic elements have we found in American detective films of the 1940s and 1950s? The re spo nse ma y reside precisely in the conjunction o f bla ck and whit e with the stud io production system .

Alan SihT I' and Eliza be th Wa r d . cds .. Film Noir (Lo ndon : Se ck el' a nd Wa rb u r g . I ~l H ()) ; Foster I Iirsch . Film Xo ir; n il' lrark Sid e of t/II' SrT/'I ' 1I (Sa n Diego : A. S. Ba rn es. El HI); Ro be rt O ttoson . A R ei eren rc (;" id,. u takes the greates t cri tica l di sl:lIIu' from traditional d efini tio ns. ~, (i, Ra ym ond Borde a nd I::tie n ne C ha u mc io n . Punorama duiih« uoir am eri cain (Pa r is : Lex Ed itio ns de Miu ui t, 1955 ), I l itrhoxk, as is wel l kn own .

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