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Runyonesque Films


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I am a big fan of Damon Runyon's short stories. In fact, my username comes from the name created for the unnamed narrator of Runyon's stories, for use in the "Damon Runyon Theater" radio show! My avatar is of George Chandler who I think would have been PERFECT to play Broadway, should there have been a film adaptation to include that character. Ah, if only, if only!

Anyway, slowly I am working my way through the films I know of that are based on Runyon's stories (as listed here). Some of them have been impossible to find, though! (As a Robert Young fan, I am dying to see "The 3 Wise Guys" (1936), but I cannot find it anywhere! Argh!) The following are the ones I have seen this far.

  • Guys and Dolls (1955)
  • Lady for a Day (1933)
  • Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
  • A Slight Case of Murder (1938)
  • Midnight Alibi (1934)
  • The  Big Street (1942)

I would also like to see films that are not necessarily adapted from Runyon's stories, but have that same Runyonesque quality, such as "Three Men on a Horse" (1936). Does anyone have any recommendations for films like that? Give me some comedic stories about gangsters, horseplayers, and bookies! :)Thanks, friends!

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2 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Did you have a chance to watch IT AIN'T HAY...?

I started watching it, but I got distracted, as I am wont to do, and forgot to look it up again. 🤦‍♂️ Thanks for reminding me!

This is the problem with watching movies on the computer for me. I get distracted by a million other things. If it is on TV I can sit still and watch for a long time.

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