Monday, June 26, 2017

My visit with Dashiell Hammett, tough guys' corner, and short-pantsed tourists awed into respectful silence

Dashiell Hammett, who wrote a few good crime novels and stories, served in the Army in World Wars I and II and thus earned himself burial at Arlington National Cemetery.  He's not the only figure buried there who made his name outside the military.

Tough in the ring and out
Lee Marvin is buried right next to Joe Louis. The Wikipedia entry on Marvin makes a statement about Marvin that will seem Marvinlike to fans of his movies. Marvin, Wikipedia says, had been a corporal in the Marines but was busted down to private first class after "causing trouble."

Elsewhere, have you ever seen a crowd of tourists silent, not even yapping away on cellphones? If not, you haven't visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

© Peter Rozovsky 2017

9 Comments:

Blogger Elgin Bleecker said...

Thanks for the post and the pictures. Did not know Lee Marvin was in Arlington.

June 27, 2017  
Blogger Dave Knadler said...

Peter, I am moved to comment by your mention of Lee Marvin, whose death I still mourn when reflecting on movie tough guys.

One of my really guilty pleasures is watching "Prime Cut," which I'm sure you've seen. I just love it. Of course, I even loved "Paint Your Wagon," just because Marvin was in it.

July 09, 2017  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

My friend Dana cracked wise about "Paint Your Wagon," of course.

My friend Dana and I naturally cracked wise about "Paint Your Wagon."

Nice to hear from you. Are you still writing and reading crime fiction? And do you remember Gwen Florio? She's in Montana and writing crime novels these days.

July 10, 2017  
Blogger Dave Knadler said...

Hi Peter,

Reading it, yes. All the time. Writing, not so much.

I do remember Gwen. We have some mutual acquaintances back in Montana.

Congratulations on keeping the blog going these many years. It's still as fresh as ever. I'll try to be a more regular visitor.

July 10, 2017  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks. If you visit more regularly, I'll have to post regularly. The frequency started to drop off after more than ten years.

I remember when I first found out that you liked crime fiction. I walked across the room to ask you to proofread a page, and you were reading an Ian Rankin novel. With that in mind, you may already have seen this photo, first posted last year. You'll recognize the two people at left: https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-w0LXc0jBtTI/V0M4D0wSfvI/AAAAAAAAQ1Q/vQBqp47sou4kpomUXa9XsBAzVsWQHEu-QCLcB/s1600/13254387_10154830374244008_8177902063396173987_n.jpg

July 10, 2017  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I have not seen Prime Cut. I've seen little of Lee Marvin, in fact, just The Big Heat, Point Blank, and Dirty Dozen, as far as I can remember. But how can Prime Cut be a guilty pleasure if Gene Hackman is in it? I saw The French Connection on the big screen in New York Saturday. I'd say it holds up pretty damned well, and Hackman was terrific in it. Of course, I remember well what Donald Westlake, though Alan Grofield, says about movie acting. Still, Hackman was brilliant at what he had to do.

July 10, 2017  
Blogger Dave Knadler said...

Hoisting a pint with the man himself! I salute you both. (as a dopey aside, my brother was able to have a beer at the Oxford in Edinburgh last summer. He's another Rankin fan.)

Yeah, Gene Hackman. Loved that guy, from Bonnie and Clyde onward. You should check out Prime Cut.





July 12, 2017  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I've watching movies on screens as tiny as that on a iPhone, but I realize only on the rare chances I have to see old movies in a theater how much I miss that experience. In addition to not having a crime fiction bookstore, Philadelphia also has no repertory theater that screens classic movies. Luckily Philadelphia is close to New York, and if Prime Cut turns up anywhere, the Film Forum is a likely place. That's why I plan to join.

July 12, 2017  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Dave, do you know an author named Karin Salvalaggio? I met her at the Crimefest convention in Bristol, U.K., year. She's been based in England, I think for many years, but she's from Montana, and he think she sets her novels there.

July 12, 2017  

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