Cain, James M.

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Cain, James M. (Mallahan)

(1892–1977) writer, screenwriter; born in Annapolis, Md. He trained as a singer and worked as a teacher and journalist before achieving fame in the 1930s and 1940s as a Hollywood screenwriter and novelist. His novels, many adapted into popular films, treated criminals, sex, and money with a lean, tough realism; they included The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934), Double Indemnity (1936), Mildred Pierce (1941), and The Institute (1976).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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BY STEPHENMCCARTHY, GLASGOW The Cocktail Waitress by James M. Cain This dynamic thriller was Cain's final book.
James M. Cain's 1936 "Double Indemnity" is a compact crime novella that looks into the cold soul of Depression-era city life and comes away shivering.
The Coens have declared the film to have been inspired by the spirit of James M. Cain, and it bears some of the earmarks: There's adultery, blackmail, multiple murder, a flamboyant trial lawyer.
Brilliant examples of classic tough-talking rat-a-tat suspense writing are found in entertaining stories such as Fredric Brown's "The Wench is Dead" and James M. Cain's "Cigarette Girl." I must admit, I am not a fan of the suspense stories containing hardboiled private eyes and dames with gorgeous gains up to their neck, so I was very surprised and pleased with the range of plots and writing styles of the selections.