CHANDLER, RAYMOND. 1888-1959.
"I AM [CAPABLE], THOUGH YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY EVIDENCE OF THAT IN MR. HITCHCOCK'S CURRENT OPUS."
Typed Letter Signed ("Ray"), 1 p, 4to, La Jolla, CA, January 4, 1951, to H.N. Swanson, on personal letterhead, regarding prospects in film and television for adaptations of his fiction, leaf creased, lightly toned, erasure and pinholes to upper margin.
Chandler writes his Hollywood agent H.N. Swanson chafing at the latter's criticism of his work ("Your remarks about the quality of THE LITTLE SISTER I pass over in unappreciative silence"), and generally doubting the interest of Hollywood producers in his work: "I don't think it's likely that at this time any producer would want to make a picture about a private eye. Perhaps sometime in the future when Hollywood gets over its attack of being what it calls adult, there could again be a chance." Interestingly, Chandler sees opportunity in another medium, while getting in a slam at his most recent screenplay, Strangers on a Train: "What I should really have is a television show, if it were at all possible. Those on the air at present, such as Martin Kane and the Ralph Bellamy show, are excruciatingly bad. In television, far more than radio, there is an opportunity for good lines, well delivered. The hacks that write this stuff are not capable of that sort of writing. If I may be permitted a feeble toot on my horn, I would say that I am, although you will not find any evidence of that in Mr. Hitchcock's current opus."