Boyd, the founding artistic director of Eugene's Willamette Repertory Theatre, is getting a big kick out of rubbing elbows with Damon Runyon
's colorful characters.
Guy Ritchie's "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" -- and more successfully, his subsequent "Snatch" -- also aimed for a stylized argot, a kind of Cockney Damon Runyon
. In "Accident," the result is more thoroughgoing and less imbued with old-school politesse, creating a kind of slang blank verse that derives from Jeremy Cameron's original novel, here shorn of most of its original plot.
1777: George Washington was defeated at Germanstown; 1884: Birth of American writer Damon Runyon
; 1895: The first US Open Golf Championship took place at Newport, Rhode Island; 1905: Orville Wright became the first man to fly an aircraft for over 33 minutes; 1911: The first public escalator was opened at Earl's Court underground station; 1958: BOAC (now British Airways) began the first transatlantic passenger jet service operating two Comet IV jets; 1970: Death of American rock singer Janis Joplin from a heroin overdose in her Hollywood motel room.
IN the immortal words of Damon Runyon
: "All horse players die broke."
As Damon Runyon
once said: "If that is not a lie, it will do until a lie comes along".
Others included are: Charles Anderson Page, James Creelman, David Graham Phillips, Richard Harding Davis, Herbert Bayard Swope, Floyd Gibbons, Alexander Woollcott, Damon Runyon
, Grantland Rice, Waiter Winchell, Bob Considine, Ernst Hemingway, Anne O'Hare McCormick, Ernie Pyle, Meyer Berger and Marguerite Higgins.
That year's Hollywood equine epics also included Sorrowful Jones, based on a Damon Runyon
story and a remake of the 1934 Shirley Temple film Little Miss Marker.
Based on stories by Damon Runyon
and featuring Loesser's best score.
A flat pitch would help England in both departments, which is why it is worth repeating the Damon Runyon
belief that 'the race does not always go the big, the strong and the quick, but that is the way to bet.'
WASHINGTON An Arena Stage presentation of a musical in two acts with book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows and music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, based on a stow and characters of Damon Runyon
. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.
FBI files on writers, sometimes reaching as much as 1,500 pages per person, covered virtually every known writer, names you recognize such as Sherwood Anderson, James Baldwin, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, Erle Stanley Gardner, Ernest Hemingway, Walter Lippmann, Arthur Miller, Jessica Mitford, Ernie Pyle, Damon Runyon
, John Steinbeck, E.B.
The other equine epics that year included two based on Damon Runyon
stories: Little Miss Marker (a Shirley Temple vehicle) and The Lemon Drop Kid.