Saturday, December 12, 2009

Runyon, Riskin and the Pleasures of Adaptation

Damon Runyon wrote his short story "Madame La Gimp" at the inception of his career as a writer.  It was published in October of 1929, in Hearst's Cosmopolitan, two weeks after the market crashed.  The story is short, running just more than 6,000 words, but it's seminal - it has inspired two film adaptations ("Lady for a Day," in 1933 and "Pocketful of Miracles," in 1960; both directed by Capra) and at least one radio play (of the same name as the short story, performed in 1948 as part of

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