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Paul Cain
(pseudonym of  George Carrol Sims)
(30 May 1902 - 23 June 1966)
 Des Moines, Iowa [USA] - North Hollywood (Los Angeles*), California [USA]

© 2006, Vladimir (Владимир Матющенко, составитель)

Last modified: 19.01.2008
Series characters:

Gerry Kells (Gerard A. Kells) [gambler/gunman/playboy] 5 stories (=republished as the novel "Fast One", October 1933)
1. Fast One (March 1932)
2. Lead Party (April 1932)
3. Velvet (June, 1932)
4. The Heat (August, 1932)
5. The Dark (September, 1932)

Black  [private investigator] 2 stories
1. Black (May, 1932)
2. Trouble-Chaser (April, 1934)



1) Fast One (March 1932, Black Mask) Gerry Kells-1
[* Republished in the novel "Fast One", 1933]

2) Lead Party (April 1932, Black Mask) Gerry Kells-2
[* Republished in the novel "Fast One", 1933]

3) Black (May, 1932, Black Mask ); (also in the collection "Seven Slayers", 1946) Black-1

4) Velvet (June, 1932, Black Mask) Gerry Kells-3
[* Republished in the novel "Fast One", 1933]

5) Parlor Trick (July, 1932, Black Mask); (also in the collection "Seven Slayers", 1946)

6) The Heat (August, 1932, Black Mask) Gerry Kells-4
[* Republished in the novel "Fast One", 1933]

7) The Dark (September, 1932, Black Mask) Gerry Kells-5
[* Republished in the novel "Fast One", 1933]

8) Red 71 (December, 1932, Black Mask); (also in the collection "Seven Slayers", 1946)
[* also in "The Hard-Boiled Omnibus: Early Stories from Black Mask", edited by Joseph T. Shaw (Simon & Schuster, 1946)]

9) One, Two, Three (May, 1933, Black Mask); (also in the collection "Seven Slayers", 1946)
(aka: One - Two - Three)

10) Murder Done in Blue (June, 1933, Black Mask);
aka: Murder in Blue (in the collection "Seven Slayers", 1946)
Gundown (in "The Black Mask Boys", edited by William F. Nolan [NY
: Morrow, 1985]).

11) Pigeon Blood (November, 1933, Black Mask); (also in the collection "Seven Slayers", 1946)

12) Hunch (March, 1934, Black Mask)

13) Trouble-Chaser (April [May*?], 1934, Black Mask) Black-2
[* also in the collection "Hard Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories", edited by
Bill Pronzini and Jack Adrian (Oxford: University Press, 1995)].
(aka: Trouble Chaser)

14) Chinaman's Chance (September, 1935, Black Mask)

15) "555" (14 December 1935, Detective Fiction Weekly)

16) Death Song (January, 1936, Black Mask)

17) Pineapple (March, 1936, Black Mask); (also in the collection "Seven Slayers", 1946)

18) Sockdolager (April 1936, Star Detective magazine)

[--"Sockdolager" a smashing novelette by Paul Cain. Out on the coast a big dick busts into a new racket and cracks a lot of local murders wide open!]

19) Dutch Treat (December, 1936, Black Mask)

20) "Sir Smith" (~1941, unpublished)
[Screen story about a confidence man. Cain (as Peter Ruric) sold it to MGM in 1941. The story was adapted several times before finally being released in 1948 as the film "Alias a Gentleman"
. (from an article by Peter Gunn, University of Texas at Austin).]

21) The Tasting Machine [Part I & II] (as Peter Ruric) (November - December 1949, "Gourmet" magazine) [SF story]


Fast One (NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co, 1933 (25 October); London: Constable, 1936 (March); + ed. Shaw Press, 1944) Gerry Kells
[* A
 novel (8 chapters). Originally serialized as 5 separate but interconnected stories in "Black Mask" magazine, 1932 March - September.
In 1933 Cain dedicated the first edition of his novel to the actress Gertrude Michael (with whom he was romantically involved). Several critics have speculated that Michael served as the real-life model for Granquist - Kell's dipsomaniac lover - in "Fast One". (from an article by Peter Gunn, University of Texas at Austin).
--"This is not a detective story, not a mystery, not a saga of gangland, but a new kind of novel, written clipped and brutal violence, hypnotic in its ruthless power". (Blurb on the back cover of "Fast One" for a digest-size paperback 1944, published by The Shaw Press).
--"... some kind of high point in the ultra hard-boiled manner. And the last episode in it is about as murderous and at the same time poignant as anything in that manner that has ever been written". (Raymond Chandler about "Fast One", from his letter to James M. Sandoe, 4 February 1953.]

Fast One: A Graphic Novel by Geoff Grandfield from The Original Story by Paul Cain (Herpenden: No Exit Press, 1991, 283p.)
(8 chapters : 1. Twenty-Four Hundred; 2. Granquist; 3. Off-Stage Thunder; 4. The Heat; 5. China Point; 6. Shakedown; 7. White Stuff; 8. The Dark)

"Truce" [a lost manuscript, which was apparently a novel Cain wrote and submitted to ed. Doubleday, only to have it rejected as being too "uncompromisingly sexual" for publication. It mentioned in a Cain's letter of 1 January 1959 .]


Seven Slayers (Hollywood: Saint Enterprises Inc, 1946; Black Lizard, 1987)
Red 71;
Parlor Trick;
One, Two, Three;
Murder in Blue;
Pigeon Blood;


Viva las Castañetas: a Spanish [Mostly Mallorquin] Letter (as Peter Ruric) (June 1951, "Gourmet" magazine) [amusing article describing Cain's eating and drinking habits during his stay in Spain]

Cain's Unpublished (or Non-Existent) Titles [from a Cain's letter to Joseph Shaw in 1946]:
"Hypersensualism: A Practical Philosophy for Acrobats"
[* as Peter Ruric ?],
"The Naked Man",
"Advertisement for Death",
"The Cock-Eyed Angel",
"Seven Men Named Caesar",
"The Ecstasy Department" ('a play to be produced in the Fall of '46' ... maybe in his imagination) [*as Peter Ruric ?].


Gambling Ship (Paramount, 1933, 72 min.) Directed by Louis J. Gasnier & Max Marcin
Story by Peter Ruric; Adaptation by Claude Binyon; Screenplay by Max Marcin & Seton I. Miller
Cast: Cary Grant (as Ace Corbin) & Benita Hume (as Eleanor La Velle)
[*It l
oosely based on "Fast One" by Paul Cain]

Affairs of a Gentleman (Universal, 1934, 68 min.) Directed by Edwin L. Marin
Play by Edith Ellis & Edward Ellis; Writing credits: Peter Ruric, Cyril Hume, Milton Krims.

The Black Cat ([Universal*], 1934, USA, 65min.); aka: The House of Doom (UK); aka: The Vanishing Body (USA, reissue title). Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
Screen story by Edgar G. Ulmer &
Peter Ruric; Screenplay by Peter Ruric; Contributing writer (uncredited) - Tom Kilpatrick.
[*--A famous horror thriller which starred Bela Lugosi & Boris Karloff. The storyline is based loosely on the story by Edgar Allan Poe]

Jericho (Buckingham Productions /London* [USA*?], 1937, 77min.); aka [US title]: Dark Sands. Directed by Thornton Freeland
Story by Walter Futter [Frances Marion*?], George Barraud; Adaptation Robert N. Lee & Peter Ruric.

Twelve Crowded Hours (Universal [RKO *?], 1939, USA, 64min.) Directed by Lew Landers
Story by Peter Ruric, Garrett Fort; Screenplay by John Twist
[*--'Twelve Crowded Hours' is a tidy, swift and enjoyable little "crime comedy".]

The Night of January 16th (Paramount, 1941, 80 min.) (working titles: Private Secretary; Secrets of a Secretary) Directed by William Clemens.
Screenplay by Delmer Daves, Robert Pirosh & Eve Greene [Based on the play by
Ayn Rand ]. Contribution to Screenplay by Peter Ruric.

Grand Central Murder (MGM, 1942, USA, 73 min.) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon
Screenplay by Peter Ruric
[Based on the novel by Sue MacVeigh ].

Mademoiselle Fifi (RKO, 1944, USA, 69min.); aka: Guy de Maupassant's Mademoiselle Fifi (USA, complete title) Directed by Robert Wise
Screenplay by Josef Mischel & Peter Ruric
[Based on the stories "Mademoiselle Fifi" and "Boule de Suif" by Guy de Maupassant ].

Alias a Gentleman (MGM, 1948, USA, 76 min.) Directed by Harry Beaumont
Screenplay by William R. Lipman ;
Based on the screen story "Sir Smith" by Peter Ruric.

The Lady in Yellow (tv , Screen Gems, 1960). [episode #37 from western -TV Series "The Man from Blackhawk" (1959)]
Writing credits: Eric Freiwald
. Contribution to Screenplay by Peter Ruric. [Television play]

Cain/Ruric's Unproduced Scripts (before 1934):
"A Very Naughty Girl" (before 1934),
"One for the Money" (before 1934),
"Graustark" (1938),
"Now We Are Twenty-one" (~ 1942, a projected episodic film, which Peter Ruric is  writing from radio program by Jerry Schwartz)