Michael King is a seedy writer of sleazy pulp genre novels under a half dozen sensational pseudonyms whose ambition is to dictate 10,000 words per minute to stenographers a la Earle Stanley Gardner. He's recruited by the agent of Preston Gilbert, a quirky ex-Hollywood star currently living reclusively in exile in Malta, to help him write his biography. Despite being pursued by an enigmatic hit man, Gilbert has a large entourage of eccentrics and remains an inveterate practical joker. After Gilbert is eventually murdered by an apparent priest, King tries to stay alive himself while interacting with a variety of idiosyncratic characters including an ersatz princess, a henpecked clairvoyant, and a cross-dressing hit man. Written by
G. Taverney (email@example.com)
Write it. Live it. But try not to be it.
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Mike Hodges always wanted Mickey Rooney for the role of Preston Gilbert, but did also consider Elisha Cook Jr. for the part for a time until Rooney committed to the film. See more
In his narration, Michael Caine claims that five people were in their graves, as a result of the proceedings of the movie, but there were actually six: Preston Gilbert; the singer at Preston's banquet; the accordionist at the banquet; the servant at the poolside shooting ("the projectionist," according to Nadia Cassini); the old Italian who directed Caine to the beach; and of course, Jack Miller. See more
Then I read in The Guiness Book of Records about Erle Stanley Gardner, the world's fastest writer, who can dictate up to the rate of 10,000 words a day. That was for me. None of that romantic stuff with a typewriter. I had better uses for those two particular fingers.
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