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Day 649 of 365 More.

It was a dark and stormy night. Business hadn’t been great. The dames were even worse. You know how it goes. I gave Miss Jones the night off and shut myself up in my office and decided to crawl inside a bottle of Old Number 7 and tried to wait it all out.

I heard the knock at the front door, but with no Miss Jones to answer, I thought maybe if I just stayed quiet whoever it was would go away.

No such luck.

That’s when she walked in. A pretty face, stems up to here and a rack that could cause traffic accidents. The dame wore red. She smelled like money. She said she needed help. She said she could pay.

Her name was Trouble.

Or it might as well have been. I could smell it a mile away. You could have driven a ’49 Olds through the holes in her story. But what was I gonna do? A man could get lost in those eyes for days and I’m a sucker for a pretty face. Besides, this broad would do anything for my help and I hadn’t done the nasty in nearly a week. Sometimes you just gotta roll the dice and hope for the six the hardway. And sometimes you crap out.

My name is Philip Marlowe.

Trouble is my business.

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29 comments for “5-21-08

  1. avatar
    May 22, 2008 at 2:52 am

    very cool

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    May 22, 2008 at 5:19 am

    love it, the picture and the text!

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    May 22, 2008 at 6:52 am

    Fantastic! I love it 😀 I’m glad that Steph is in it; somebody needs to keep an eye on you with Carmen E. as your medical advisor!

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    May 22, 2008 at 7:01 am

    lol! Noir Mav. Great pic and text dude.

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    May 22, 2008 at 8:11 am


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    May 22, 2008 at 8:29 am

    "Do the nasty" is much later in time, like 1980s. Can’t think of a good 40s potboiler-type replacement off the top of my head, something more subtle.

    I guess there’s a reason she’s wearing red.

  7. avatar
    May 22, 2008 at 9:09 am

    fantastic….very nicely done Mav

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    May 22, 2008 at 9:30 am

    +1 for product placement.

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    May 22, 2008 at 9:43 am

    your gangster look is awesome!

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    May 22, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Ahh ha!!! NICE! I love that you didn’t break charactar during your post. Steph looks great too!

    Have you ever seen "Brick"? It’s kind of a modern day noir. Very cool.

  11. avatar
    May 22, 2008 at 10:47 am

    This is great. I love it. Nice work.

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    May 22, 2008 at 12:33 pm


    Sorry that I missed Founder’s Day. Please know I appreciate your efforts and your contributions to 365 Days, Flickr, and helping me personally develop a love of photography.

  13. avatar
    May 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm thank you.

    @KatColorado: thanks. I had fun doing it.

    @lrayholly: you’re glad? She’s about to stab me for god’s sake.

    @navigator23: thanks. I thought it was fun.

    @spresogna: thanks, luv. When are we gonna do another with you?

    @phlewght: that’s actually intentionally anachronistic. It’s from Hollywood Shuffle(1987), which had a scene spoofing these types of movies. The detective was always talking about "doing the nasty." Anyway, its a reference I didn’t expect most people to get. I don’t think there really was an appropriate spoken euphemism for sex in those films. You weren’t really allowed to talk about it. Instead, you’d just slap a woman, then kiss her and the the scene would dissolve and when it came back, you’d be sitting on the bed smoking a cigaretted and she’d be at the vanity brushing her hair.

    @disco~stu: thank you

    @shockingbird: yeah, I thought it added something.

    @nicky’s_eye_view: hah! but I’m supposed to be a detective. Not a gangster!

    @Stephen Poff: yeah, I thought it’d be much better if I wrote it in character. Glad you liked it.

    @afunkydamsel: thank you.

    @voicesbybrian: no problem. Thank you for dropping by.

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    May 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    very noir…. very well done

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

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    May 22, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    @espressoDOM: thanks. That’s what I was going for.

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    May 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Bahaha! Love it. The text is so great.
    "You could have driven a ’49 Olds through the holes in her story."<<—-That’s my favorite. 🙂

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    May 22, 2008 at 5:22 pm


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    May 22, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    @sadandbeautiful (Sarah): yeah… I really tried to explore the voice a bit there. It was fun.

    @MegaBee: told you. I’m bringing "dame" back

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    May 22, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    This is awesome! excellent job

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    May 22, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    haha sorry you look gangster lol

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    May 22, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    This is a conundrum…if I stab him, CE will come to his rescue. If I don’t then I don’t get to exact revenge on him for hiring her in the first place…I guess my only choice is….Murder….(sorry, Mav!).

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    May 23, 2008 at 1:29 am

    @beststephi: or, you know… you could just like stick to the script. 😉

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    May 23, 2008 at 5:39 am

    ahah great noir tribute.
    …just needed a typewriter and a gun to have all the cliches in. 🙂
    love this

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    May 23, 2008 at 11:03 am

    @☼ Helder: i totally should have had a gun on the desk. Oh well. Glad you like it.

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    May 24, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Yep. Gotta get past the censors.

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    May 24, 2008 at 12:36 am

    @phlewght: yeah. it’s always been one of my favorite visual euphemisms. There’s actually an homage to it in my comic, where during a prison scene two girls are brushing each other’s hair, implying that a lesbian encounter had happened.

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    May 28, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Chrismaverick, you rock. How’d you pick the actors in the bottom of the movie poster? Are they your faves? They’re an eclectic group. Love the music credits. Thanks for sharing.

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    May 30, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Great work man……love your movie posters!!!!!

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    June 4, 2008 at 1:26 am

    @_Tyler Durdin: yeah, they’re just some of my favorites. I pick different people every time I do a poster.

    @Ll’sWorld: thank you.

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