In the tradition of master craftsman Damon Runyan
, the stories are wry and ironic, all ending with a clever little twist.
The writer can now take his place with those other greats: Max Beerbaum, SJ Perlman and Damon Runyan
Story: Based on Damon Runyan
stories, the play concerns a group of low-life gamblers and their lady friends.
American writer Damon Runyan
describing his famous racing hustler Hot Horse Herbie in The Racing World of Damon Runyon.
The Oscar-winning script by David Ward, with eager nods to Damon Runyan
, ably juggles several elaborate con-trick set-ups and, at the end, delivers a famous cinematic sucker punch.
BennyThe Dip is named after a Damon Runyan
fictional pickpocket and Ohio-based owner Landon Knight said: "I listened to the race over the phone but I couldn't hear anything after Tattenham Corner because of the noise.
O'Sullevan, whose guests also included Julian Muscat of The Times, who proof-read his book, said: 'The late Damon Runyan
was well acquainted with the laws of probability and wrote as recently as 1934, 'I long ago came to the conclusion that life is 6-5 against'.
He had played with Jim Thorpe in college, been an assistant to Pop Warner, a consultant to Knute Rockne, and called "the coaches coach" by Damon Runyan
. His Washington State team won the Rose Bowl in 1916.
c) a Damon Runyan
character; d) a footballing great; e) a much-loved character from a one-time soap opera?