A one-hour public television (PBS) biography of Dashiell Hammett, creator of the "hardboiled" modern detective novel and author of "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man." It follows Hammett's life from Pinkerton detective in San Francisco to his career as fiction and screen writer, companion of playwright Lillian Hellman, and leftwing political activist. The biography investigates why Hammett stopped writing at the height of his fame. Written by
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The film includes film clips from many Hollywood movies based on Hammett's work, and scenes from the Wim Wenders
's film, Hammett
(1982), which was released at the same time in the early 1980s. The "voice" of Dashiell Hammett in the documentary is actor Lyle Talbot
, father of the producer and writer 'Stephen Talbot'. See more