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City Gems: Guided Tour

The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California Nightmare


Saturday Jan 26, 2013 (noon–4pm)


Various LA locations




In the early '30s, American journalist James M. Cain abandoned a lucrative post at the The New Yorker for LA's literary frontier. It was here that he penned unforgettable works such as The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, and Double Indemnity. Today, co-founder Kim Cooper and husband Richard Schave take you on a hard-boiled bus ride through Cain's Los Angeles, hitting everywhere from Glendale and Hollywood to Route 66. Referring to Cain's works and interpreting the memories of those who knew him, the tour provides a fascinating glimpse into the reality behind film noir mystique.

Tanja M. Laden, Flavorpill

Esotouric says…

Southern California 1931: Amongst the burgeoning urban sprawl built atop bulldozed orange groves and the bitter realization that you can’t eat the sunshine, recent emigré James M. Cain found a kernel of truth and his voice, which would eventually distill through his novels, ”The Postman Always Rings Twice,” “Mildred Pierce” and “Double Indemnity” and subsequent film adaptations into the unique American genre: Film Noir.