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Burnett, W. R. (William Riley) 1899-1982

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The great escape by John Sturges( visu )
44 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,681 libraries worldwide
A fictionalized version of the unprecedented escape from Stalag Luft III. A high-security German prisoner-of-war camp in 1942 holds only known troublemakers and risk-takers, all of whom are determined to pull off the war's most daring escape
Little Caesar by Francis Edwards Faragoh( Book )
118 editions published between 1929 and 2012 in 12 languages and held by 1,655 libraries worldwide
W.R. Burnett had first-hand experience of the world he describes in his vivid and terse novel Little Caesar (1929).The novel's hero, Cesare Bandello (Rico), is a "gutter Macbeth", a bad guy who claws his way through the ranks of a Chicago gang, circa 1928. Though the image of Rico is almost inseparable from Edward G. Robinson's star-making performance in the 1930 film version of the book, the novel, inspired in part by Machiavelli's The Prince, remains a fuller experience. It is believed to have had a profound effect on William Faulkner, Horace McCoy, and Graham Greene.There is nothing heroic about Rico. He is not a dashing or even especially talented man; the one gift he possesses is a laser-like focus. It is this intensity that sets him apart from the slovenly hoods that surround him.Rico is a cold, clear-eyed student of human nature. This knowledge initially provides Rico's success, but when it crystallizes into hubris, it results in his ultimate undoing. Rico becomes too satisfied with his success, forgetting that he has prevailed in what is essentially a jungle and that in this place, the laws of survival are immutable and unsparing
Scarface by Howard Hawks( visu )
20 editions published between 1932 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,017 libraries worldwide
"An exciting story of organized crime's brutal control over Chicago during the Prohibition Era ... This compelling tale of ambition, betrayal and revenge is a groundbreaking masterpiece that influenced all gangster films to follow"--Container
High Sierra by John Huston( Book )
45 editions published between 1940 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 879 libraries worldwide
The tormented man at the center of W.R. Burnett's High Sierra is a notorious criminal whom the newspapers call "Mad Dog" Roy Earle. Earle is every bit the criminal the newspapers depict, but he is also a complicated soul. Earle, the tragic hero of the novel, is a horribly flawed man, a violent criminal who still retains a conscience.Earle is been moved by the plight of the physically impaired woman named Velma Goodhue, whom he resolves to help, imagining, somehow, that she will be his. After a holdup he plans with Red, Babe, and Marie (who has now fallen in love with him), Earle takes his share of the money to Velma for an operation to repair her clubfoot. But the holdup has disastrous results. Red and Babe are killed, and Roy goes on the lam with Marie. The runaway outlaws have nowhere to turn. Eventually, Velma leaves. Earle sends Marie away to meet him ultimately in a mountain pass in the High Sierras, a rendezvous in the sky in which all that occurs will not take place as envisioned.The plot of High Sierrais remorselessly fast and multithreaded, but Roy Earle trumps our interest. Burnett manage to pain a rich and deeply compelling man without sentimentalizing him. Here is a plot with a tough, bleak, and unforgiving narrative that works a dark magic
The asphalt jungle : a screenplay by W. R Burnett( Book )
94 editions published between 1949 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 726 libraries worldwide
A story of the underworld of a large Midwestern city
This gun for hire by Frank Tuttle( visu )
16 editions published between 1942 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 598 libraries worldwide
A hired-gun seeks revenge from a client that betrayed him
High Sierra by Raoul Walsh( visu )
18 editions published between 1941 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 400 libraries worldwide
"Prohibition era gangster Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart) walks out of prison ... and into two unfamiliar worlds: the jitterbugging 1940s and the towering majesty of High Sierra. This fast-paced, heist-gone-wrong manhunt movie is also a fascinating study of a man time has passed by. Earle identifies more with the era's homeless Okies than the callow punks he leads on a disastrous hotel robbery. Then the teenager he loves (Joan Leslie) rejects him and only Marie (Ida Lupino), a weary '30s survivor like himself, remains loyal when cops close in"--Container
Captain Lightfoot by W. R Burnett( Book )
6 editions published between 1954 and 1957 in English and held by 387 libraries worldwide
The racket by John Cromwell( visu )
10 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and French and held by 360 libraries worldwide
A straight-arrow cop and an old-school gangster find a common foe: big shots who run crime like a corporation
Yellow sky by William A Wellman( visu )
3 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in English and held by 307 libraries worldwide
A band of robbers are running from the law, and they find an almost abandoned town. An old prosecutor and his granddaughter have been living there. Realizing that they have gold, the robbers have a plan of taking it, but one robber turns against them
Adobe walls, a novel of the last Apache rising by W. R Burnett( Book )
15 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 276 libraries worldwide
A novel of the last Apache uprising
Illegal ( visu )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 256 libraries worldwide
The big steal: Jane and Duke (alias Capt. Blake) accidently meet in Vera Cruz while chasing flim-flam man Fiske. Soon the local Inspector General (El Gato) is involved. Fiske races across Mexico, pursued by Jane and Duke, trailed by the real Capt. Blake. The crafty Inspector General is waiting for them in Tihuacan but they all give him the slip
Wake Island ( visu )
4 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 248 libraries worldwide
"Based on the incredible true story of a handful of U.S. Marines holding out against an overwhelming Japanese air, land and sea assault."
Dark Hazard by W. R Burnett( Book )
8 editions published between 1933 and 1983 in 3 languages and held by 237 libraries worldwide
Bitter ground by W. R Burnett( Book )
5 editions published between 1958 and 1987 in English and held by 235 libraries worldwide
Iron man by W. R Burnett( Book )
7 editions published between 1930 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 225 libraries worldwide
The asphalt jungle by John Huston( visu )
22 editions published between 1950 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 208 libraries worldwide
"'Doc' Riedenschneider, legendary crime 'brain' just out of prison, has a brilliant plan for a million-dollar burglary. To pull it off, he recruits safecracker Louis, driver Gus, financial backer Emmerich, and strong-arm man Dix Handley. At first the plan goes like clockwork, but little accidents accumulate and each partner proves to have his own fatal weakness. In the background is a pervasive, grimy urban malaise."--IMDB
Mi amigo : a novel of the Southwest by W. R Burnett( Book )
11 editions published between 1959 and 1976 in 4 languages and held by 198 libraries worldwide
Underdog by W. R Burnett( Book )
10 editions published between 1957 and 1985 in 3 languages and held by 153 libraries worldwide
Pale Moon by W. R Burnett( Book )
6 editions published between 1956 and 1960 in English and held by 151 libraries worldwide
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controlled identity Monahan, John, 1899-1982

Burnett, W. R.
Burnett, W. R. 1899-1982
Burnett William Richard 1899-1982
Burnett, William Riley
Burnett, William Riley 1899-
Burnett, William Riley 1899-1982
Burnett, Willian R. 1899-1982
Monaham, John, pseud.
Monahan, John
Monahan John 1899-1982
Riley Burnett, William 1899-1982
Updyke, James
Updyke James 1899-1982
Updyke, James, pseud.
バーネット, W. R
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