137: Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler in a promotional photo. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Raymond Chandler in a promotional photo. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the 127th anniversary of the birth of American writer Raymond Chandler.

Here are a few things you may not have known about him.

First, He published his first short story in 1933 at age 45 after losing his job as an oil company executive. He released his first novel, “The Big Sleep” in 1939.

Second, his main protagonist, Philip Marlowe, reigns with Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade as the kings of hardboiled private detectives. Both characters were played on screen by Humphrey Bogart.

Third, Chandler wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for “The Blue Dahlia,” “Double Indemnity” and “Strangers on a Train.” He earned two Academy Award nominations.

Our question, who was the director, and co-writer with Chandler, of “Double Indemnity”?

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