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James Hadley Chase (1906-1985) - pseudonym for René Brabazon Raymond - Wrote also as James L. Docherty, Ambrose Grant, Raymond Marshall

 

London-born former children's encyclopedia salesman and book wholesaler, who was inspired by the work of hardboiled American crime writers, and wrote No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1939). It became a huge success and is still claimed to be one of the bestselling mysteries ever published. Although Chase produced around 40 thrillers and gangster stories set in the United States, he only went there on short visits.

--'"It cost a lot of money," Slim said, watching her closely to see if she was listening. "But money means nothing to me now. I can buy you anything I fancy. I have all the money in the world. Look – what do you think this is?" He pushed the parcel towards her, but Miss Blandish ignored it. Muttering, Slim put his cold, damp had on her arm and pinched her flesh. She didn't move. She grimaced and closed her eyes.' (from No Orchids for Miss Blandish)

James Hadley Chase was born René Brabazon Raymond in London, the son of Francis Harvey Raymond, an army officer. Chase was educated at King's School, Rochester, Kent; he also went to Calcutta to write a study of hydrophobia. Against his father's wishes, Chase gave up a career in science. At the age of 18, Chase left home and then worked in several jobs before devoting himself entirely to writing. In 1933, Chase married Sylvia Ray; they had one son.

After reading James M. Cain's novel The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934), Chase decided to try his own hand as a mystery writer. He had read about the American gangster Ma Barker and her sons, and with the help of maps and a slang dictionary, he composed in six weeks No Orchids for Miss Blandish, which was based more or less on William Faulkner's novel Sanctuary (1931). Raymond Chandler accused Chase of lifting verbatim or almost verbatim passages from his books and those of Jonathan Latimer and Dashiell Hammett. The name of the villain, Raven, in Miss Callaghan comes to Grief (1941), a violent story on the white slave traffic, was taken directly from Graham Greene's thriller A Gun For Sale (1936). In 1942, Chase and his publisher, Jarrolds, were found guilty of causing the publication of an obscene book.

No Orchids for Miss Blandish was said to be written in six weeks, but actually Chase worked on it for almost a year. In the story a rich young heiress, Miss Blandish, is kidnapped by a mob of depraved killers. She fells in love with a one of the kidnappers, who lives in awe of his Ma - prefiguring James Gagney's role as Codie in the Raoul Walsh film White Heat (1948). Dave Fenner, the reporter turned private eye and hero of the story, also appeared in Twelve Chinks and a Woman (1940).

Chandler characterized Chase's work as "half-cent pulp writing at its worst". However, George Orwell defended the book in his essay 'Raffles and Miss Blandish' (1944), writing that "it is not, as one might expect, the product of an illiterate hack, but a brilliant piece of writing, with hardly a wasted word or a jarring note anywhere." Orwell's also said that it "is a day dream appropriate to a totalitarian age." No Orchids for Miss Blandish sold half a million copies during the wartime paper shortages. In spite of being labelled as Fascist, it was read more than any other title by serving members, men and women, of the British armed forces. The publisher boasted that it "was responsible for improving national morale..." In 1942 the stage version of the book, written by the author and Robert Nesbitt with additional dialogue by Val Guest, toured Britain from 1942 until 1949. The principal players were Robert Newton, Linden Travers, Hartley Power and Mary Clare. In 1961 Chase revised the work, paying particular attention to the dialogue.

During World War II Chase served as a pilot in the RAF, ultimately achieving the rank of Squadron Leader. From this period dates Chase's unusual short story 'The Mirror in Room 22', in which he tried his hand outside the crime genre. It was set in an old house, occupied by officers of a squadron. The owner of the house had committed suicide in his bedroom and the last two occupants of the room have been found with a razor in their hands and their throats cut. The wing commander tells that when he started to shave before the mirror, he found another face in it. The apparition drew the razor across his throat. "The wing commander nodded. "I use a safety razor," he said. "Otherwise I might have met with a serious accident - especially if I used an old-fashioned cut-throat." The story was published under the author's real name in the anthology Slipstream (1946), containing articles and stories contributed to the Royal Air Force journal during the war.

Chase wrote some 80 books. More than twenty have been adapted into films. Chase's work have attracted some internationally acclaimed directors, including Robert Aldrich, Julien Duvivier,  Joseph Losey, Volker Schlöndorff, and Krzysztof Zanussi. No Orchids for Miss Blandish has been filmed several times.  Aldrich's version, entitled The Grissom Gang (1971), was criticized for its violence. It became a box-office failure and led to loss of Aldrich Studios. Anatole Litvak's The Night of the Generals (1967) was made from the novel by Hans Helmut Kirst, based on the incident written by Chase. This murder mystery revolved around three German generals and brutal killings of prostitutes. Peter O'Toole was cast in the role of a psychopath war criminal. "In Litvak's version the thing ticks louder than a two-dollar alarm clock and one half expects Der Führer to break into the briefing session and inquire, in an accent broad enough to suit the film's prevailing style, "Vot's mit dot crazy tick-tock,"" said Richard Schickel in his review (Life, February 17, 1967). Joseph Losey's screen adaptation of Chase's Eve (1945) from 1962 was cut by the producers, the Hakim brothers. In the story Stanley Baker played a British writer, Tyvian, who is obsessed by a cold-hearted femme fatale, Eve (Jeanne Moreau). "Do you know how much this weekend's going to cost me?" he asks Eve. "Two friends, thirty thousand dollars …and a wife." 

A number of Chase's thrillers, such as I'll Get You For This (1946), were attacked for their violence. Although many of them are located in the US, he paid there only two brief visits, one to Miami and one to New Orleans. Most of the author's knowledge of America was derived from encyclopedias, detailed maps, and slang dictionaries. Chase's series characters include a corrupt ex-commando Brick-Top Corrigan, Vic Malloy, a Californian private eye, a former CIA agent Mark Girland, millionaire playboy Don Miclem, and Helga Rolfe. Vic Malloy appeared in You're Lonely When You're Dead (1949) and Figure It Out For Yourself (1950), and Mark Girland in This Is For Real (1965) and You Have Yourself a Deal (1966). Corrigan stories were written under the name Raymond Marshall, among others Mallory (1950) and Why Pick on Me? (1951). Don Miclem had his adventures in European setting in Mission to Venice (1954) and Mission to Siena (1955).

It has been suggested, that Chase's More Deadly Than the Male (1946), which came out under the pseudonym of Ambrose Grant, was largely Graham Greene's work. It was published in London by Eyre and Spottiswoode. At that time Greene worked for the publisher. The thriller got positive reviews from his circle, Anthony Powell, John Betjeman, Elizabeth Bowen and others. Possibly Chase and Greene met through their mutual friend, H.E. Bates. Greene also introduced Chase to his own Paris agent. In 1956, Chase moved to France, where many of his books were made into feature films. While in Cannes in 1957, he met France's greatest crime writer, Georges Simenon. With another "fake American", Peter Cheyney, his novels provided the model for the new roman noir, particularly as published in the Série noire and later in the Fleuve Noir collection.

For some time, Chase and Greene had in Switzerland the same off-shore tax consultant, who was arrested in 1965 – it turned out that he had been closely connected with the Hollywood Mafia. However, Chase managed to withdraw all his money before the collapse of the company. His final home Greene made in the same village, Corseaux-sur-Vevey, Switzerland, where Chase died, on February 6, 1985.

In a typical Chase story the protagonist tries to find his place in the sun by committing a crime - an insurance fraud or a theft. But the scheme fails and leads to a murder and finally to cul-de-sac, in which the hero realizes that he never had a chance to keep out of trouble. Women are often beautiful, clever, and treacherous; they kill unhesitating if they have to cover a crime.

There's Always A Price Tag (1956) turns inside out the old plot, in which a man commits murder and then attempts to make his crime appear to be a suicide. In the story the protagonist attempts to make a suicide appear to be murder in order to lay his hands on the victim's insurance money. But there is no escape in Chase's world: "I looked out of the car window at the traffic, the people moving on the sidewalks, the shop windows and the blue of the sky. It seemed to me that it was imperative to store up in my mind the sight of these familiar things. I had a feeling I wouldn't see them again." Anson, a gambler and an energetic insurance salesman in Tell It to the Birds (1963), knows that he has never been able to hold onto money but still thinks of a robbery: "This is it, he thought. There is a time when everyman worth a nickle must make up his mind what to do with his life. I've put off my decision long enough. I'll never get anywhere without money. With Meg to help me and with fifty thousand dollars to get me started, I'll reach up and take the sun out of the sky."

Chase lived a secluded life and details of his personal history are uncertain. It is known that he was an opera lover and he built complicated models with Meccano sets. Sadistic treatment of women - a trait which he shared with Alfred Hitchcock - in a number of his stories got Chase into trouble with critics and the censors. Chase's female protagonist, Helga Rolfe, was introduced in An Ace up My Sleeve (1971). Helga speaks German, French and Italian fluently, wears a mink coat, and is used to approving male eyes. Feminists could say much about Chase's views about sexual roles, but on the other hand his books do not offer anything new in the discussion: "Anson looked searchingly at her. His eyes moved over her body. He thought: you meet a woman and she starts a chemical reaction in you. You think there is no one like her in the world, the something happens, and it is finished. She means less to me now than the used plate after a good meal, and how little can that be?" (from Tell It to the Birds)

For further information: 'Raffles and Miss Blandish' by George Orwell, in Horizon (October 1944); Persephone by D. Streatfield (1959); Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, ed. by Chris Steinbrunner and Otto Penzler (1976); Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers, ed. by John M. Reilly (1985); Cult Fiction by Andrew Calcutt and Richard Shephard (1998) - Suomeksi Chaselta on julkaistu noin seitsemänkymmentä teosta.

Selected bibliography:

  • No Orchids for Miss Blandish, 1939 (US title: The Villain and the Virgin, 1961)
    - Ei kukkia neiti Blandishille (suom. Olli Nuorto, 1952) / Ei kukkia tytölle (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1969)
    - film versions: No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948), dir. St. John Clowes, starring Linden Travers, Jack La Rue, Walter Crisham; The Grissom Gang (1971), dir. Robert Aldrich, screenplay Leon Griffiths, starring Scott Wilson, Kim Darby, Tony Musante, Robert Lansing, Connie Stevens; Pas d'orchidées pour Miss Blandisch (1978), TV film, dir.  Claude Barma, starring Robert Hossein, Candice Patou and Jean-Marie Proslier  
  • The Dead Stay Dumb, 1939 (US title: Kiss My Fist!, 1952)
    - Vainajat eivät puhu (suom. Heikki Rüster, 1987)
  • He Wont Need It Now, 1939 (as James L. Docherty)
  • Twelve Chinks and a Woman, 1940 (as 12 Chinamen and a Woman, 1950; as The Doll's Bad News, 1970)
    - Nainen ja kaksitoista kiinalaista (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1970)
  • Lady - Here's Your Wreath, 1940 (as Raymond Marshall)
  • Get a Load of This, 1941 (play, with Arthur Macrea, music and lyrics by Manning Sherwin and Val Guest)
  • Miss Callaghan Comes to Grief, 1941
    - film: Méfiez-vous fillettes / Young Girls Beware (1957), dir.  Yves Allégret, starring Antonella Lualdi, Robert Hossein and Michèle Cordoue  
  • No Orchids for Miss Blandish, 1942 (play, with Robert Nesbitt)
  • Miss Shumway Waves a Wand, 1944
    - films: Une blonde comme ça (1962), dir.  Jean Jabely, starring Tania Béryl, Robert Manuel and Harold Kay; Rough Magic (1995), dir. Clare Peploe, starring Bridget Fonda, Russell Crowe
  • Just The Way It Is, 1944 (as Raymond Marshall)
    - Kuolema uhkaa (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1972)
  • Eve, 1945
    - film: Eve (1962), dir. Joseph Losey, screenplay Hugo Butler, Evan Jones, starring Stanley Baker, Jeanne Moreau, Virna Lisi, James Villiers  
  • I'll Get You for This, 1946
    - Elämä pelissä (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1971)
    - film: Lucky Nick Cain (1951), dir.  Joseph M. Newman, screenplay George Callahan, William Rose, starring George Raft, Coleen Gray, Enzo Staiola
  • Blonde's Requiem, 1946 (as Raymond Marshall)
  • Make The Corpse Walk, 1946 (as Raymond Marshall)
  • Slipstream: A Royal Air Force Anthology, 1946 (as René Raymond, ed. with  David Langdon)
  • Last Page, 1946 (play)
    - film: 1952, dir. Terence Fisher, screenplay Frederick Knott, starring George Brent, Marguerite Chapman, Raymond Huntley
  • More Deadly Than The Male, 1946 (as Ambrose Grant)
  • No Business of Mine, 1947 (as Raymond Marshall)
  • The Flesh of the Orchid, 1948
    - Lähtöjuhlat, neiti Blandish (suom. Arto Tuovinen, 1966)
    - film: La Chair de l'orchidée (1975), dir. Patrice Chéreau, starring Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Cremer, Edwige Feuillère, Simone Signoret, Alida Valli
  • Trusted Like the Fox, 1948 (as Raymond Marshall; as Ruthless, 1955)
  • You Never Know with Women, 1949
    - Naisista ei koskaan tiedä (suom. Antero Hälvä, 1951) / Hän on minulle kuolemaksi (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1969)
  • The Paw In The Bottle, 1949 (as Raymond Marshall)
  • You're Lonely When You're Dead, 1949
    - Kuolema ei voi todistaa (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1969)
  • Figure It Out for Yourself, 1950 (US title: The Marijuana Mob, 1952)
    - Maksettu velka (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1969)
  • Lay Her Among the Lillies, 1950 (US title: Too Dangerous to Be Free, 1951)
    - Todistajalla on este (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1969)
    TV mini-series: Die Katze im Sack (1965), dir.  Jürgen Roland, starring Hanns Lothar, Helmut Förnbacher and Jürgen Janza
  • Mallory, 1950 (as Raymond Marshall)
    - Mitä te maksatte? (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1969)
  • In A Vain Shadow, 1951 (as Raymond Marshall; as Never Trust a Woman, 1957)
  • But A Short Time To Live, 1951 (as Raymond Marshall; as The Pickup, 1955)
  • Why Pick On Me?, 1951 (as Raymond Marshall)
    - Valmis pahimpaan (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1970)
  • Strictly for Cash, 1951
    - Ei mitään ilmaiseksi (suom. Antero Hälvä, 1953) / Minäkö murhaaja - vai? (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1980)
  • The Fast Buck, 1952
    - Vaarallinen houkutus (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1972)
  • The Double Shuffle, 1952
    - Tarkoituksena kuolema (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi)
  • The Wary Transgressor, 1952 (as Raymond Marshall)
    - Turmion tielle (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1972)
  • The Things Men Do, 1953 (as Raymond Marshall)
    - Myöhäistä katua (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1969)
    - film: Ça n'arrive qu'aux vivants (1959), dir. Tony Saytor, starring Raymond Pellegrin, Giselle Pascal and Magali Noël
  • This Way for a Shroud, 1953
    - Ainoa todistaja (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1970)
  • I'll Bury My Dead, 1953
    - Hän tietää liikaa (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1969)
  • The Sucker Punch, 1954 (as Raymond Marshall)
    - Vaarallista himoa (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1969)
    - film: Une manche et la belle (1957), dir.  Henri Verneuil, starring Henri Vidal, Mylène Demongeot and Isa Miranda
  • Tiger By the Tail, 1954
    - Ampiaispesä (suom. Pentti Kankaala, 1959) / Soita Riverside 33344 (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1970)
    - film: L'Homme à l'imperméable / The Man in the Raincoat (1958), screenplay René Barjavel and Julien Duvivier, dir.  Julien Duvivier, starring Fernandel, Bernard Blier, Jacques Duby.  Note: a rare humorous adaptation of Chase's book.
  • Safer Dead, 1954 (US title: Dead Ringer, 1955)
    - Hetki on lyönyt (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1969)
  • Mission To Venice, 1954
    - Tehtävä Venetsiassa (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1971)
    - film: Agent spécial à Venise (1964), dir. André Versini, starring Sean Flynn, Madeleine Robinson and Pierre Mondy
  • You've Got It Coming, 1955
    - Liian pitkälle (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1978)
  • Mission To Siena, 1955 (as Raymond Marshall)
    - Tehtävä Sienassa (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1971)
  • You Find Him - I'll Fix Him, 1956 (as Raymond Marshall)
    - Kiusaus ja sen uhri (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1971)
    - film: Les Canailles (1960), dir.  Maurice Labro, starring Marina Vlady, Robert Hossein and Philippe Clay
  • There's Always a Price Tag, 1956
    - Kaikella on hintansa (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1970)
    - film: Retour de manivelle (1957), dir.  Denys de La Patellière, starring Michèle Morgan, Daniel Gélin, Michèle Mercier
  • The Guilty Are Afraid, 1957
    - Keinolla millä hyvänsä (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1970)
  • Hit And Run, 1958 (as Raymond Marshall)
    - Paha mielessä (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1971)
    - films: Délit de fuite (1959), dir.  Bernard Borderie, starring Antonella Lualdi, Félix Marten and Aimé Clariond; Rigged (1986), dir. Claudio M. Cutry, starring Ken Roberson, George Kennedy, Pamela Jean Bryant
  • Not Safe to Be Free, 1958 (US title: The Case of the Strangled Starlet, 1958)
    - Tule 16.00 (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1971)
  • Shock Treatment, 1959
    - Pahat aikeet (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1971) / Shokkikäsittely (suom. Liisa Vihko, 1971)
  • The World in My Pocket, 1959
    - Maailma tarjottimella (suom. Pauli A. Kopperi, 1960) / Epätoivoiset (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1971)
    - films: On Friday at Eleven / An einem Freitag um halb zwölf (1960), dir.  Alvin Rakoff, screenplay Frank Harvey, starring Rod Steiger, Nadja Tiller; Pouvoir intime (1986), dir.  Yves Simoneau, starring Marie Tifo, Pierre Curzi and Jacques Godin
  • What's Better Than Money, 1960
    - Raha on valttia (suom. R.T. Honkoja, 1962) / Hänen oli kuoltava (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1970)
    - TV mini-series: Requiem per voce e pianoforte (1991), dir.  Tomaso Sherman, teleplay Gian Pietro Calasso
  • Come Easy - Go Easy, 1960
    - Ei kiitetä rahasta (suom. Leena Larjanko, 1965)
    - film: Chair de poule (1963), dir.  Julien Duvivier, starring Nicole Berger , Jacques Bertrand, Robert Dalban
  • Just Another Sucker, 1961
    - Syytä itseäsi (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1971)
    - film: Palmetto (1998), dir. Volker Schlöndorff, screenplay E. Max Frye, starring Woody Harrelson, Gina Gershon, Elisabeth Shue, Chloe Sevigny
  • A Lotus for Miss Quon, 1961
    - Saigonin jalokivet (suom. Eero Raassina, 1968)
    - film: Lotosblüten für Miss Quon (1967), dir.  Jürgen Roland, starring Lang Jeffries, Francesca Tu, Werner Peters
  • I Would Rather Stay Poor, 1962
    - Hän ei saa kuolla (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1970)
    - film: Pittsville - Ein Safe voll Blut (1974), dir.  Krzysztof Zanussi, screenplay Julian More, Sheila More, Samuel Reifler, Krzysztof Zanussi, starring Horst Buchholz, Ann Wedgeworth, Chip Taylor (II), Louise Clark
  • A Coffin from Hong Kong, 1962
    - Ruumisarkku Hongkongista (suom. Mario Talaskivi, 1963)
    - film: Ein Sarg aus Hongkong (1964), dir. Manfred R. Köhler, starring Heinz Drache, Elga Andersen and Ralf Wolter
  • Tell It to the Birds, 1963
    - Kova hinta kuolemasta (suom. Eija Palsbo, 1964)
    - film: Cause à l'autre (1988), in Série noire, dir. Carlo Lizzani, starring Patricia Millardet, Giovanni Vettorazzo and Augusto Zucchi
  • One Bright Summer Morning, 1963
    - Oli kaunis kesäaamu (suom. Arto Tuovinen, 1965)
    - film: Par un beau matin d'été (1965), dir.  Jacques Deray, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Sophie Daumier, Geraldine Chaplin, Akim Tamiroff  
  •  The Soft Centre, 1964
    - Hetki on lyönyt (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1970)
    - film: Chantons en choeur (1987), in Série noire, dir. Maurice Dugowson, starring Pascale Rocard, Hippolyte Girardot and Jean-Pierre Bisson
  • The Way the Cookie Crumbles, 1965
    - Armoton pikkumies (suom. Arto Tuovinen & Eero Raassina, 1968)
    - film: Trop, petit mon ami (1970), dir. Eddy Matalon, starring Jane Birkin, Michael Dunn, Bernard Fresson
  • This Is for Real, 1967
    - Isojen poikien leikit (suom. Arto Tuovinen, 1967)
  • Cade, 1966
    - Älä luota luopioihin (suom. Heikki Sarkkila, 1987)
  • You Have Yourself a Deal, 1966
    - Vasten tahtoaan (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1969)
    - film: La Blonde de Pékin (1967), dir. Nicolas Gessner, starring Mireille Darc, Giorgia Moll, Claudio Brook, Edward G. Robinson
  • Well Now - My Pretty-, 1967
    - Vaarallista kaksoispeliä (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1969)
  • Have This One on Me, 1967
    - Suoraan ansaan (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1968)
  • An Ear to the Ground, 1968
    - Syytä itseäsi (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1970)
  • Believed Violent, 1968
    - Yli rajan (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1970)
    - film: Présumé dangereux (1990), dir. Georges Lautner, starring Michael Brandon, Robert Mitchum, Sophie Duez, Francis Perrin
  • The Vulture Is a Patient Bird, 1969
    - Houkutus rikokseen (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1971)
  • The Whiff of Money, 1969
    - Saalista väijymässä (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1970)
  • There's a Hippie on the Highway, 1970
    - Kurvit vievät kuolemaan (suom. Pekka Hakala, 1970) / Anna sen naisen olla (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1971)
  • Like a Hole in the Head, 1970
    - Valittu tappamaan (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1972)
  • Want to Stay Alive?, 1971
    - Haluatko mielummin kuolla? (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1974)
    - TV  film: Le Denier du colt (1990), dir. Claude Bernard-Aubert, starring Michael Brandon and Guy Marchand
  • An Ace Up My Sleeve, 1971
    - Kaikki yhden kortin varassa (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1974)
    - film: 1976, dir. Ivan Passer, starring Omar Sharif, Karen Black, Joseph Bottoms
  • Just a Matter of Time, 1972
    - Ei ennen kuin hän on kuollut (suom. Uolevi Maajärvi, 1974)
  • You're Dead Without Money, 1972
    - Onneton loppu (suom. J.V. Ilkka, 1977) / Kauppa tai kuolema (suom. Jukka Heiskanen, 1985)
  • Knock, Knock! Who's There?, 1973
    - Kaivaa hautaansa (suom. V.J. ILkka, 1977)
  • Have a Change of Scene, 1973
    - film: Cambiamento d'aria (1988), dir. Gian Pietro Calasso, starring Alvaro Mosca, Marina Suma, Jean Desailly, Antonella Ponziani 
  • Three of Spades, 1974 (contains The Double Shuffle, 1952; Shock Treatment, 1959; Tell It to the Birds, 1963
  • So What Happens To Me?, 1974
    - Miljoonakaappaus (suom. Matti Hossa, 1977)
  • Goldfish Have No Hiding Place, 1974
    - Rikoksen kuva (suom. Matti Hossa, 1978)
  • The Joker in the Pack, 1975
  • Believe This, You'll Believe Anything, 1975
  • Do Me a Favour - Drop Dead, 1976
  • I Hold the Four Aces, 1977
    - Vain neljä ässää (suom. Reijo Kalvas, 1984)
  • My Laugh Comes Last, 1977
    - film: The Set Up (1995,) dir. Strathford Hamilton, screenplay Michael Thoma, starring Billy Zane, James Russo, Mia Sara
  • Meet Mark Girland, 1977 (contains This is for Real, 1965; You Have Yourself a Deal, 1966; Have This One on Me, 1967)
  • Consider Yourself Dead, 1978
    - Veriset lunnaat (suom. Reijo Kalvas, 1984)
  • A Can of Worms, 1979
    - Armoton oikotie (suom. Jukka Heiskanen, 1985)
  • You Must Be Kidding, 1979
  • You Can Say That Again, 1980
    - Ei kukkia vainajalle (suom. Reijo Kalvas, 1985)
  • Try This One for Size, 1980
    - Onni vain yksillä (suom. Reijo Kalvas, 1984) / Anna tulta, kultaseni (suom. Reijo Kalvas, 1989)
    - film: 1989, dir. Guy Hamilton, starring Michael Brandon, David Carradine, Arielle Dombasle
  • Hand Me a Fig Leaf, 1981
    - Eikä jälkeäkään jäänyt (suom. Reijo Kalvas, 1984)
  • Have a Nice Night, 1982
    - Kerran se kirpasee (suom. Reijo Kalvas, 1984)
    - TV film: Passez une bonne nuit (1990), dir.  Jeannot Szwarc, starring Michael Brandon, Marisa Berenson and Guy Marchand  
  • We'll Share a Double Funeral, 1982
    - Hautajaiset kahdelle (suom. Reijo Kalvas, 1983)
  • Not My Thing, 1983
    - Ei pyydetä armoa (suom. Reijo Kalvas, 1984)
  • Hit Them Where It Hurts, 1984
    - Isku vyön alle (suom. Kari Nenonen, 1985)
  • Meet Helga Rolfe, 1984 (contains An Ace Up my Sleeve, 1971; The Joker In The Pack, 1975; I Hold The Four Aces, 1977)


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