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The Woman Chaser by Charles Willeford

The Woman Chaser (1960)

by Charles Willeford

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Richard Hudson is a driven, amoral, thirty year-old used car salesman in Los Angeles in the 1950s. With his stepfather - a washed-up director who is only seven years older than Hudson - he writes, directs, and finishes a film about a truck driver gone berserk. The film, which he embezzles money from his employer to finance, reflects Hudson’s misanthropy. In the inevitable conflict with THE MAN – the head of Mammoth Studios – about the release of the Hudson’s film, The Man Who Got Away, Richard storms out of the studio and takes his revenge on those who he feels let him down.

Willeford creates wonderfully twisted characters and has them do bad things that are leavened with humor. He pulls it off perfectly with Richard Hudson. ( )
  Hagelstein | Mar 19, 2011 |
Absolutely batshit insane noir about a proudly shady used car salesman who fails miserably at the Hollywood game. Has a level of casual debauchery hard to match, even within the genre. All of that, however, takes a backseat to the strong metafictional elements and structure, which manages to be clever and satirical, as well as hysterically funny. ( )
2 vote eswnr | Jul 12, 2009 |
Bizarre story. A used car dealer decides to make a motion picture. As he's going about it, he manages to french kiss his mother and do despicable things to a few other people. Along the way, Willeford gives us his opinions on the movie business, screenwriting, hiring ex-servicemen, and various other things. The ex-servicemen part would appear to be autobiographical. It appears that the publisher let Willeford do whatever he wanted to do for this one, then gave it a semi-lurid, inaccurate title to help it fly off the drug store book racks.

None of which is to say you shouldn't read it. It is Willeford, after all. This was made into a movie in 1999. ( )
  datrappert | Mar 11, 2009 |
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