An Angry Letter from Raymond Chandler


In the late 1940s, Raymond Chandler, detective novelist and co-writer of Double Indemnity (a.k.a. the greatest film noir of all-time), was hired to write Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Strangers on a Train. Ol’ Hitch eventually fired Chandler due to creative differences and got the film rewritten elsewhere.

After reading the final script, Chandler wrote the following bitter (yet fascinating) letter to Hitchcock.

Raymond Chandler’s Letter to Alfred Hitchcock

For those who have seen the film, do you agree with Chandler’s sharp review, or is he too emotionally invested to judge?

Thanks to Letters of Note for posting this online.

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