Monday, January 18, 2010

Patrick Hamilton redux:
Mr. Stimpson and Mr. Gorse.

George Simmers on the Great War Fiction blog has another look at the presence of WWI in Patrick Hamilton's work after Rope—this time in Mr. Stimpson and Mr. Gorse (1953) and Unknown Assailant (1955), part of Hamilton's Gorse trilogy. Mr. Stimpson and Mr. Gorse was adapted for television as The Charmer (1987) starring Nigel Havers as con man Ralph Gorse, and one of the blog commenters notes that Gorse is believed to be based on murderer Neville Heath.

About the image: Nigel Havers in The Charmer (dir. Alan Gibson)

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