In 1977 Don Herron began leading The Dashiell Hammett Tour, now the longest-running literary tour in the nation. On this site you’ll find information on current walks — dates, where to meet, arranging tours by appointment — plus a hard-boiled blog with news, reviews of books and film, and a dash of noir.
The latest and greatest edition to self-guide you up and down the mean streets.
Plugged by Tom Nolan in The Wall St. Journal.
Includes the first “Mr. Hunt” story, “Knives in the Dark.”
Category Archives: Film
I’m not sure how it happens, but I’ve ended up scheduling the first public tour for 2017 for Sunday February 26, meaning I’m bound to miss the start of the Oscar ceremonies. I guess I don’t pay that much attention, … Continue reading
Slightly over twenty people did the “just show up and walk the walk” routine for the tour yesterday. I always think of twenty as being the average number of tourists gumshoeing the mean streets on the walk over the years, though … Continue reading
I thought I had gotten in on something early when I did the post about spotting a Maltese Falcon statue in an episode of the CW show Arrow. A subsequent and cursory check of the web revealed that only one guy … Continue reading
Image: Ernest Borgnine as Shack the railroad bull vs. Lee Marvin as the legendary hobo A No.1 in Robert Aldrich’s Emperor of the North — a definitive hobo/train cinematic statement. Brutal. Most people I’ve met have never heard of this one, … Continue reading
Noticed poking around the web, waiting for the coffee to kick in, that today is John Wayne’s birthday, which reminded me of a chat I had with Leo Grin a couple of weeks back. Leo currently is the honcho of The … Continue reading
A Mean Streets tip from Brian Wallace took me over to Paste Monthly and an article on Hammett with a heavy emphasis on movies pulled from Hammett’s work — such as Mifune doing a Samurai version of the Op. If … Continue reading
I believe it was sometime in 2010 or so when Matthew Asprey — more recently writing under the longer handle of Matthew Asprey Gear — hoofed These Mean Streets on the Hammett tour. He mentioned the moment in a book … Continue reading
Nathan Ward just sent along a link to an article in Vanity Fair on the subject of falcon statues — from the 1941 Bogie flick or the George Segal The Black Bird or anywhere else you might grab a falcon … Continue reading
Check out the screen grab above. Is there anyone who surfs into Up and Down These Mean Streets who does not recognize the back of a Maltese Falcon statue modeled from the one in the Bogie flick when they see … Continue reading