DOUBLE INDEMNITY. I was honored to contribute to The Dark Pages for the second time in this issue; I also participated in last year's special issue on OUT OF THE PAST (1947).
The Dark Pages is edited by author Karen Burroughs Hannsberry, who began blogging this year at Shadows and Satin. (Karen's blog focuses on film noir and pre-Codes; be sure to check it out!) My good friend Kristina Dijan of Speakeasy, formerly known as Kristina's Kinema, is Senior Writer.
I just received my copy of the DOUBLE INDEMNITY issue, and it's a great read which should be very much enjoyed by classic film fans in general and film noir lovers in particular. The cover story is written by Dorian Tenore Bartilucci, who writes such witty and enjoyable posts at Tales of the Easily Distracted. Robby Cress of Dear Old Hollywood has an excellent three-page spread on the movie's locations, then and now; he always does an outstanding job, and this article is no exception.
My contribution is a biographical sketch of composer Miklos Rozsa, with particular attention to the difficulties he had with the head of Paramount's music department, who didn't like Rozsa's music for the film.
One of my favorite articles is a page-long story by Jimmie Hicks on Jerry's Market, where Walter and Phyllis do their plotting. Jimmie gives the rundown on location shooting at the market, the soundstage replica of the interior, and the logistical difficulties regarding showing brand names, or trying to hide same. Back in the days before "product placement" became highly desirable, showing brand names posed difficulties.
There's much, more more in this issue, covering just about every possible aspect of DOUBLE INDEMNITY. Subscription information can be found here.
Disclaimer: I've read the newsletter since the first issue was published several years ago, before I had the good fortune to get to know Karen and Kristina online, and I receive no compensation for my contributions, other than a much appreciated complimentary issue. I recommend The Dark Pages because it's something I've enjoyed reading for several years, and it's even more fun now being a small part of it!
For those who'd like to become more familiar with The Dark Pages, back issues are available at Oldies.com.