USA, 1982 (MIFF 1983, Trans-Media)
Director: Stephen Talbot
This is the first television biography of San Francisco's most famous and enigmatic mystery writer. It combines original research, interviews, literary criticism, and dramatic readings of Hammett's “hardboiled” detective fiction.
It explores Hammett's life and work from his early days as a Pinkerton detective, to his relationship with play- wright Lillian Hellman and his black- listing during the McCarthy period.