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Jean G. Zorn

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  • The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective: Volumes One & Two

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Howard Duff, Steve Dunne
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Steely. Seasoned. Smart-alecky. The storied San Francisco snooper is back! Share the exciting exploits of Dashiell Hammett's famous gumshoe through this thrilling 6-hour collection. Featuring all of the episodes from both our Volume One and Volume Two collections, Howard Duff and Steve Dunne star as Sam Spade in 12 madcap capers from 1946 - 1951. As crass as he is charismatic, this dynamic detective attracts a curious clientele - gentlemen who tend to drop dead and ladies who are drop-dead gorgeous.

    Jean G. Zorn says: "Bring Back Howard Duff"
    "Bring Back Howard Duff"
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    What did you love best about The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective: Volumes One & Two?

    When Howard Duff was Sam Spade, the performance was 5-star. Sadly, the producers were frightened by the McCarthy "there's a commie under every bed" scare, and fired him. His replacements, including Steve Dunne, were uniformly dreadful. One star at best.


    What three words best describe Howard Duff and Steve Dunne ’s voice?

    Duff -- debonaire, sexy, charming
    Dunne -- not very good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Sam Spade stories were not supposed to be moving; they were supposed to be charming and funny.


    Any additional comments?

    There are of course a few remnants of the 50s that have to be overlooked -- like the rampant sexism. Every woman is either a femme fatale, a devil in a sexy red dress, or an airhead. We are all supposed to love Sam's Secretary, who is in the airhead column. Hard to take these days.

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