Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jay Gertzman's Pulp According to David Goodis: GOODIS IN HOLLYWOOD

Pulp According to David Goodis's photo.
Pulp According to David Goodis's photo.

Pulp According to David Goodis's photo.

_Up to Now_ was to be the “big film” that mirrored _The Best Years of Our Lives_ (1946). It was to be about the working class men and women adjusting to post-war America (remember when wars did not have to be “endless” for maximum profits?). As you can imagine, when HUAC came to Hollywood in 1947 for another round of hearings, Warners did not think it prudent to have a film about working class discontent. What is is extant is Goodis’ 268 page typescript—a “treatment”--in the form of a narrative divided into sections. The title page states that it is an original story, and the date, 12 March 1947, indicates that is not Goodis’ first treatment of the project. The text is prefaced by a four-page “Cast of Characters,” with an informative paragraph introducing each of them.
In his 1947 interview with the Temple University News, he emphasized that writing for film was “tedious, back-breaking work,” with millions of dollars invested. Part of that would be salaries of well-known actors. Apparently Jerry Wald, with whom Goodis worked closely on the project, wanted Jane Wyman (curiously, then married to Ronald Reagan, red-blooded hater of Communists), for the female lead Ruth (“working girl with dreams in her eyes and straightness in her spine. . . “something sanitary in the air when she’s around”). Broderick Crawford (a Philadelphian) was targeted for Carroway, the Communist recruiter (“quiet voiced . . . beefy . . . “the raging flame of blatant political convictions”). Claude Rains (fresh from Hitchcock’s Notorious) for Ralph’s father (at fifty seven trying to find peace and comfort in his own home . . . . His thin air is grey, his face lined. . . “). The director would be Delmar Daves, who skillfully wrote and directed Dark Passage.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


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"Godwin’s prose marches inexorably on, pulling us deeper into this truly Kafkaesque world. Shocking images blast the reader almost constantly, helping to create the shattered world that Helix experiences. There are shades of 1984 or Brave New World here, and even a bit of the classic TV show The Prisoner...."

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Who would have thought that celebrating a 98th Birthday Party for David Goodis could be so much FUN!

Thank you Randy Regier!

The Heart of Port Richmond, PORT RICHMOND BOOKS

The Official 2015 Carpool to Hell Button

Jeff Wong

Eric Rice

Andy Kevorkian

The Bookseller's Bookseller, Greg Gillespie

Graveside with the gang

Dan Brauder, the original Son of Ben and friend

The Snowman that Goodis would have built.

The Goodis Homestead with Eric Rice, Cullen Gallagher and Joe Samuel Starnes

Wong and Boxer

The yearly pilgrimage to the sidewalk outside the homestead.


Eric Rice

Peter Rozovsky - Philadelphia's WeeGee

TRuE THuGs-4-lifE

Ice at Pier #60 on the Delaware River

Noir Totems on the waterfront

Noir Totems on the waterfront

TRuE THuGs-4-lifE on the waterfront

Stock's cakes celebrates David Goodis.

Celebrating at Harriet's Hut in Port Richmond

Mark your calender for the 99th Birthday Party on March 5th, 2016.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Carpool To Hell tomorrow to mark the 98th Birthday of David Goodis. Will you be there?

Jay Gertzman's Pulp According to David Goodis: GOODIS' (SHORT-LIVED) MARRIAGE

 It is not irrelevant that Goodis’ short-term marriage was a product of his first stint in the “city of nets” (Hollywood) in 1942-43. Elaine Astor, as Woody Haut perceptively states, was as happy with the upscale aura of the Coast’s fashions, restaurants, night spots, and private mansions, as she was with the culture of affable noblesse oblige that celebrities and their handlers could display at movie premieres and parties. By contrast, Goodis’ office/bedroom in his parents’ house in Philadelphia was as congenial to him as Hollywood was unsuitable.

In Elaine’s favor, it might be explained that David probably did not show her, any more than he did his friends and employers, his desperation when they were courting in 1943. Perhaps she would have had a deeper feeling for him if he had. In addition, had they met in Philadelphia, she might have seen another kind of David. She may have seen how David loved kids and they him. She may have admired his dancing at parties with friends, clowning on the beach at Atlantic City, or taking his troubled brother Herbie to Superior Billiards, where the legendary Willie Mosconi took on all comers. However, there still would have been the problem of class-consciousness as embodied in “taste.” Elaine did see David playing jazz on the piano at Hollywood parties, but in 1943 Count Basie was not exactly Noel Coward. Elaine adored British elegance: Shakespeare, Laurence Olivier, the English formal garden and high fashion. She would have admired the handsome, well-spoken, “patrician” director Paul Wendkos. The sporting life of Jewish Logan, with Shotzie, Heshie, Doodie, and Harvey the Ganeff, would have left her cold. And so would Goodis’ car (reminiscent of Jack Benny’s Maxwell), penny-pinching, and personal habits (gobbling jelly beans, dislike of washing up before retiring, sleeping in his clothes). 

All this would make Elaine think “shmegegge” (no-where-man), if she could bring herself to pronounce the Yinglish. Beginning as early as late 1930s, Goodis made a long-time confidante of a very different woman, Wendkos’ wife Ruth (previously married to Alan Norkin, a lawyer and friend of Goodis)[Married to Paul Wendkos]. Sometimes, men cannot have affairs with women they respect too highly. 

Ruthie Burnat Norkin Wendkos, Dan Duryea and Martha Vickers in THE BURGLAR

Elaine’s son Laurence Withers’ essay “The Mysterious Elaine, Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Sept. 23, 2001, 11-13 persuasively demonstrates that people justifiably painted as dominating (like Elaine) or detached (like Goodis of course) might also be protective of loved ones, or genial and self-sacrificing (to buddies and brothers). Such characteristics need to be assessed if people want to understand a beloved artist, the people to whom he is attracted, and even, how he writes.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Goodis 98th Birthday Celebration - March 7th, 2015

Be sure to bring your favorite Goodis piece of writing to read along the TRIP TO HELL.
We will visiting the old haunts so there are many venues to read those works of Goodis that have touched your heart and your mind!

Happy Birthday David Goodis!

Happy Birthday David Goodis.
Born March 2nd, 1917.