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THE ASPHALT JUNGLE.

Maddow, Ben & Huston, John. (Screenplay Based on the Novel By W.R. Burnett) Burnett, W.R. (Afterword)

ISBN 10: 0809309424 / ISBN 13: 9780809309429
Published by SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERISTY PRESS., CARBONDALE, 1980
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: THE ASPHALT JUNGLE.

Publisher: SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERISTY PRESS., CARBONDALE

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Dore Schary, then head of production at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, bought The Asphalt Jungle while it was still in manu­script in an effort to match the success Warner Brothers had enjoyed with Bur­nett’s Little Caesar and High Sierra. The choice of Ben Maddow and John Huston as screenwriters assured the artistic success of the screenplay, for few writer/directors could have matched Huston’s ability to develop these characters cine­matically.

 

It was a case of strength building upon strength. Burnett’s fully devel­oped characters were transformed by Maddow and Huston into a screenplay of impressive immediacy. Indeed the portrayal of the criminals in splendid performances from Louis Calhern, Sam Jaffe, Sterling Hayden, James Whitmore, and Jean Hagen, led Bosley Crow­ther to lament, If only it all weren’t so corrupt!” But the characters of Bur­nett, Maddow and Huston, don’t permit us to romanticize about them or their activities. We share their professional pride in a robbery well planned and are silent accomplices to their mutual treachery.

 

The Asphalt Jungle was nominated for best screenplay by the Motion Picture Academy and for best-written American drama by the Writers Guild. John Hus­ton received a nomination for best direc­tor by the Academy. As a novel, The Asphalt Jungle has been translated into twelve languages.

About the Author:

W. R. Burnett is a novelist and screenplay writer who lives in West Hollywood, California. Among his many novels are The Great Escape and The Roar of the Crowd.

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