James M. Cain is considered by many as one of the creators of the roman noir or “dark fiction” along with Cornell Woolrich, Jim Thompson, Dorothy Hughes and others. Some describe his stories as “hardboiled” though I don’t feel they are in the strict sense other than if one considers noir fiction as a sub-genre of the “hardboiled” school.
The radio drama included with this podcast is Love’s Lovely Counterfeit, in the broadcast from 1945 starring Humphrey Bogart. There was a second broadcast in 1948 starring James Cagney, which I consider a lesser version. The original novel was published between his two great novels, The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. This radio drama is perhaps grittier than the Cagney version and also starred Lurene Tuttle and Wally Maher.
Music under “Midnight in Chicago” by jjo.