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David Handler
Edgar Award-winning author of the Stewart Hoag and Berger & Mitry mystery novels. Recovering journalist and sitcom writer. Refugee from Los Angeles.
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David Handler 12h
Your moment of zen. Our first monarch butterfly caterpillar of the season.
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David Handler 23h
Replying to @TheDarkPages
He had a small but crucial role as a young ER surgeon in Bullitt and nailed the hell out of it. It was no small feat to hold your own in scenes with McQueen. He was up to the job.
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David Handler Jun 24
Replying to @PreCodeDotCom
Correct. She lived in Nora’s San Francisco digs. Most of the time Asta was dogging her to party with Nick and Nora in and around New York.
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David Handler Jun 24
Replying to @Ble6750
I think he made a terrible career decision when he turned down the role of Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon because he wouldn't work with a first-time director named John Huston but that if he HADN'T turned it down then Humphrey Bogart would never have become Humphrey Bogart.
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David Handler Jun 23
Replying to @HollywoodComet
Jackie Cooper told me that a director once told him his father had just been killed. Anything to get the shot, right?
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David Handler Jun 23
Replying to @sheilakathleen
The East of Eden screen test? One of Kazan’s hugest flubs.
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David Handler Jun 23
It also serves as a convenient distraction from the horror of what’s happening. By all means, let’s fight about words instead talking about what we’re doing. The media can be relied upon to play along.
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David Handler Jun 23
They don't have to be memories. You could bring back the bookshop!!!!
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David Handler Jun 23
Replying to @MollyJongFast
Have you looked into those eyes? He is MUCH more dangerous than Steve King.
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David Handler Jun 23
My recollection is it wasn't much, about $50 a month, but we're talking early '60s dollars. MInimum wage was $1.00 an hour. In 2019 dollars that $50 would be, what, $500? Serious bucks for a working class widow. I do know she treasured her monthly checks.
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David Handler Jun 23
Seems hard to imagine now, doesn't it?
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David Handler Jun 23
Replying to @TurnbullMartin
Oil is a huge part of L.A.’s history. When I was a kid there was an oil well right near my grandmother’s house south of Beverly Hills on Pico. It was dressed up to look like a building but it was an active well, pumping away. She received a monthly stipend.
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David Handler Jun 22
It was a trip, like taking a meeting at Disney and seeing all of the vintage framed cels hanging on the hallway walls. You just go: I can't believe I'm actually here.
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David Handler Jun 22
I worked there in the late '80s dreaming up sitcom ideas for Grant Tinker's GTG, his ballyhooed successor to MTM that fell victim to a major WGA strike. But Grant actually used Selznick's old office and it was awe inspiring to sit in there with him and soak up the history.
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David Handler Jun 22
Replying to @oldhollywood21
Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Ace in the Hole, Sabrina, Some Like it Hot...!
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David Handler Jun 22
Loved him!
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David Handler Jun 22
Replying to @FilmIntuition
Did you ever see the short film he made in the late '70s called "The Absent Minded Waiter?" A miniature classic.
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David Handler Jun 22
Replying to @oldhollywood21
Double Indemnity, Out of the Past, The Big Heat, On Dangerous Ground, The Third Man
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David Handler Jun 22
Replying to @oldhollywood21
Complete unknowns, both of them. Not a bad way to explode out of the gate. The opening scenes, with William Conrad and CharlesMcGraw, drawn from Hemingway’s Nick Adams short story, are epic noir.
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David Handler Jun 22
Replying to @FilmIntuition
It’s a GREAT movie and Landau gave the performance of his lifetime.
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