It would be interesting to hear what opinion everyone has on the rumours about the new big-screen portrayals of the iconic figures of Phillip Marlowe, Travis McGee and Parker in comparison to those attempted in the past.
The actors lined up for the roles are said to be Di Caprio for McGee, Clive Allen for Marlowe and Jason Statham for Paker.
Well these diamonds on my windshield
And these tears from heaven
Well i'm pulling into town on the interstate
Got a steel train in the rain
And the wind bites thru the wing
And it's these late nights and this freeway flying
It always makes me sing
And the radio's gone off the air
Gives you time to think
And you hear the rumble
As you fumble for a cigarette
And blazing thru this midnight jungle
Remember someone that you met
..................... when the overhead fans were turned on and when Gordon the manager would play music on his radio, then the room would adopt the quality that is peculiar to the daytime life of those places which are only genuinely alive at night - the mid-morning quality of nightclubs or bars and of poolrooms everywhere- the big nearly empty room echoing the shuffling of a few feet, the occassional clinking of glass or of metal, the sounds of brooms, of wet rags, of pieces of furniture being moved around and the half-real music that comes from radios.
The train, abandoned railroad station and long isolated tracks became distinctly American symbols used in the classic Film Noir as well as in Hardboiled fiction and gritty Noirish movies in general.
Strangers on a Train
Taking of Pelham 123
L'Homme du Train
Sleeping Car Murders
House of Bamboo
The train tore along with angry irregular rhythm. It was having to stop at smaller and more frequent stations where it would wait impatiently for a moment , then attack the prairie again. But progress was imperceptible. The prairie only undulated like a vast pink-tan blanket being casually shaken.