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8. Steve Fisher (source)
HOT SPOT [later released as I WAKE UP SCREAMING] (1941)
Screenplay by DwightTaylor REVISED FINAL Hollywood: 20th Century Fox, 1941.Vintage original film script, quarto, studio printed wrappers, brad bound, 142 pp. Bottom of distribution slip torn off (as usual), just about fine in near fine wrappers with very minor creasing at yapped edges.
Steve Fisher’s novel Hot Spot is one of the classics of American crime fiction, and it was here adapted byTaylor to become one of the first major examples of film noir.With its intense black-and-white nighttime cinematography, it can be argued to be the first film noir to convey the distinctive expression- istic, haunted look that came to be so closely identified with these films. After initially releasing the film under the title HOT SPOT, Fox retitled it to the more pulpy IWAKE UP SCREAMING.

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