Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Season 5 Episode 9: His Brother's Keeper by Dashiell Hammett

The Man Himself, Dashiell Hammett
Welcome back, fellow fans of pulp pugilism and nihilistic noir! We have a doozy of a story this week, courtesy of Mr. Dashiell Hammett. We briefly get into the fascinating details of Mr. Hammett's life, and if you're not familiar with the man a short exploration of his bio is in order! He worked as a detective for the Pinkerton agency, was a veteran of both World Wars, created several enduring characters such as The Continental Op and Sam Spade and helped lay the foundation for the "hard boiled detective" genre, was involved in politics, and spent some time in prison for his involvement with the communist movement in the US during the 1950's. 
Now it's time to dive into one of Hammett's boxing short stories, "His Brother's Keeper" (read it on Project Gutenberg Canada, eh?), originally published in the February 1934 issue of Collier's Magazine. We really enjoyed this story, but rather then delve deeply into the details here, we'll provide a brief prelude in Hammett's words:
"Explaining Kid Bolan, his brother—and a woman: The story of two battles, one of which was fought in the ring."
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Next week: A boxing crime-noir from 1949: The Set Up, with special guests Dynamo Marz and Johnny Wolfenstein from the excellent Trick or Treat Radio Podcast!

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Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Closing theme: "Subtle Hustle" by Clutch from their album Blast Tyrant. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

3 comments:

  1. Just ordered The Thin Man film series on DVD while listening to this episode, so I'll be getting a taste of Hammett there! The set seems to be out of print now - which is a shame - but there was a used copy, thank goodness. I've been binge buying classic Hollywood movie boxsets of late, so this'll tie in nicely!

    Shall have to dust of The Maltese Falcon too, which is just a wonderful film to watch at any time.

    Sad to hear about Hammett being treated like crap due to his political beliefs. That really was a dark time in American history. Hoping things don't go a similar way in our future, since we seem to be in a very volatile political era. Sigh.

    Oh well, just so long as creators are left alone to create and (including podcasters to podcast), it won't be all bad! :)

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  2. It was a sad but poignant story. It reminded me of "The Fighter" a 2010 movie starring Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams and Christian Bale. Thanks for sharing. The Dollop podcast is hilarious by the way.

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  3. I'll be getting a taste of Hammett there! The set seems to be out of print now - which is a shame - but there was a used copy, thank goodness.

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