February 01, 2005

Sour Cream and Chides

Ian still thinks it's remarkable that I'd not previously read Dashiell Hammett, but takes exception to my claim never to have seen any of the film adaptations of his books. In particular, he's sure I must have seen A Fistful of Dollars, which is based on Kurosawa's Yojimbo, which is based on Hammett's The Glass Key.

Well, yes. Yes, I have. Just a year or so ago. And since I saw it with a buddy who's a Kurosawa fan, I knew about that link as well (though I've not seen Yojimbo yet). But you know, the credits for A Fistful of Dollars don't say "A competent Italian ripoff of a Japanese Masterpiece inspired by an OK Hollywood picture based on a book by Dashiell Hammett."

Really, they don't.

Posted by Will Duquette at February 1, 2005 09:00 PM

Craig Clarke said:

Actually, Yojimbo (along with A Fistful of Dollars and Last Man Standing) was based on Hammett's Red Harvest -- a Continental Op novel -- and not The Glass Key.

J.W. Hastings said:

The Coen Bros. ganagster movie Miller's Crossing is the one that's based on The Glass Key, but Hammett isn't credited. Actually, the IMDB says that Miller's Crossing is based on both The Glass Key and Red Harvest, but I can't really think of anything it takes from Red Harvest. The Coens' reluctance to credit Hammett seems to be in the same class as their claiming that Fargo was based on a true story or saying that O Brother, Where Art Thou? was adapted from Homer.