Noir Poets: John Huston and W.R. Burnett

Mister… What does it mean when a man crashes out?
Crashes out? That’s a funny question for you to ask now, sister. It means he’s free.
Free… free

High Sierra (1941)
Screenplay by John Huston and W.R. Burnett based on the novel by  W.R. Burnett

2 thoughts on “Noir Poets: John Huston and W.R. Burnett”

  1. Hi! Tony,
    Oh! yes, a “classic” film…Sometimes, I forget that Huston’s “handwriting” played a part too in the classic script from W.R.Burnett’s High Sierra.
    Thanks, for sharing!
    DeeDee 😉


  2. Yes, Tony, these gentlemen do qualify as “noir poets” a fact that I was reminded of over the past two weeks with the just-concluding ‘John Huston Blogothon’ at Icebox Movies. Huston’s most distinguished work was in noir, and his collaboration here with Burnett, on HIGH SIERRA (great dialogue there!) is a defining example of how this partnership helped to advance the form.


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