June 6th, 2012
The forbidden literature of my youth included a generous helping of the work of Orrie Hitt, who generated new titles faster than Mom could turn out pancakes.
ORRIE HITT, my idol
I grew up in an other-side-of-the-tracks world similar to the ones he created for his tales, and knew exactly what he was talking about (most of the time–the sex thing was still something of a mystery).
Some of his once-forgotten works (porn ephemera, you know) are now available in Kindle editions!
At any rate, his sensibilities often influence the choices I make with the stories I bring to the screen; Slow Heat in a Texas Town and Kansas City Trucking Co. being key examples. I am now diving back into that world for After The Heist, some of whose characters include a gas station attendant, an appliance repair and service man, a military officer and a young drifter. Principal photography starts tomorrow; The performers begin arriving this afternoon. The locations are ideal, the sets look pretty-much spot-on. Now Ray and I are driving over to the Salvation Army store to pick up a coffee table (nobody says “cocktail table” in this universe).
Orrie, I promise to make you proud.