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What did you love best about The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective: Volumes One & Two?
When Howard Duff was Sam Spade, the performance was 5-star. Sadly, the producers were frightened by the McCarthy "there's a commie under every bed" scare, and fired him. His replacements, including Steve Dunne, were uniformly dreadful. One star at best.
What three words best describe Howard Duff and Steve Dunne ’s voice?
Duff -- debonaire, sexy, charming
Dunne -- not very good
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Sam Spade stories were not supposed to be moving; they were supposed to be charming and funny.
Any additional comments?
There are of course a few remnants of the 50s that have to be overlooked -- like the rampant sexism. Every woman is either a femme fatale, a devil in a sexy red dress, or an airhead. We are all supposed to love Sam's Secretary, who is in the airhead column. Hard to take these days.
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Steve Dunne is no Howard Duff, but that doesn't mean he's no good at all. Save the Howard Duff episodes for last, but most of the Dunne episodes are lots of fun, too, with the always-superb Lurene Tuttle outdoing her splendid self to help take up Dunne's slack.