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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 desires had come actual. And while London used to be affected by a chain of unsolved murders, good it appeared basically normal for him to take his function into actual existence. was once this a case of a laughable and erroneous actor, or used to be Sheridan really directly to whatever?

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We may note with a m used asto nis h me nt th at Warn er' Brothers an d RKO bega n p roducin g films agai ns t rac ketee ring in 1935 , the yea r in whi ch th e studios rea ched a n ag ree me nt with ra cketee rs to p reven t stri kes. O n these po ints, see Denise Hartsou gh , 'Crime Pays: The Stu d io's Labor Deal s in the 1930s ', Velvet Ught Tmp , no. 2:3 (Sprin g 1989), pp. 49-63. 52. I am well aware of the fact th a t th is sort o f argu men t ­ identifi cati o n with a n actor ­ has noth in g decisive abou t it an d th at in th e end it ex plai ns no thin g at a ll since logic wou ld dic tate that I estab lish what allowe d thi s id entificati on to occu r in the first place .

But at this point I propose to combine th e now obligatory sociological survey with a somewhat different inquiry, which touches on th e relationship between aesthetic value and closure of the Lukacsean 'to tality-e ffect'. Wh at makes this particular inquiry ex ceptionally verifiable, for Chandler, is th e presence , among the first four novels , of a book not normally thought to be one of his best , whi ch however turns out, ill our synoptic perspective, to contain some of th e all-tim e best and most memorable episodes in Chandler.

Finall y (fourth differen ce), it mu st not be forgotten th at Fr en ch cine p h iles were stunned by the erotic daring of Gilda 's glove , a fa ct to whi ch Sadoul's scandalized tone still bears witness in 1954 5 3 - as th e y were stu n ned by Phyllis Dietrichson's ankle bracelet (Double Indemnity) and th e ch o ru s girl' s o u tfit that Lana Turner sports in the middle of her restaurant (The Postman Always Rings T wice). World War Two and the newsreels had delivered a decisive blow to the system of ce ns o rs hip in operation since 1933, reality having taken upon itselfto extend the list of cr imes a nd horrors that could be looked at.

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