"The canons of good society are, or should be, the same as the canons of art. Form is absolutely essential to it. It should have the dignity of a ceremony as well as its unreality, and should combine the insincere character of a romantic play with the wit and beauty that make such plays delightful to us. Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not. It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities."
One of only five screenplays written by Chandler, this being the second, following his script for the classic “Double Indemnity” (1944), based on James M. Cain’s novel.
Chandler had a tumultuous career in Hollywood, including a suspension in late 1945 from Paramount for “refusing to perform under a contract which is not a proper expression of my standing in the motion picture business,” but his influence on film adaptation is nearly unmatched, with scripts and stories that pushed the limits of the Production Code Administration.