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Esotouric Bus, at The Daily Dose
1820 Industrial Street Los Angeles, CA 90021
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"The Birth of Noir": James M. Cain's Southern California Nightmare Bus Tour
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7 reviews
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attended Nov 08 2008

Excellent program....the only comment is that you or they described the meeting place as across from the Union Train station. This is not correct. It is 2 blocks from the train station. Had we known it was not near the train station we would...continued

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attended Nov 08 2008

I did not attend this event, but I will use this forum to write a customer service review for the company based on my experience with this tour. I was unable to use my Goldstar purchased tickets for this event because I had an emergency situation...continued

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attended Nov 08 2008

The couple who lead the tour are a delight. Passionate, insightful, and prepared. I'm a native born Angeleno, but they shared many facts and stories that I've never heard. I thought the price was a little high until I took the tour. The bus was...continued

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The tour runs from Noon – 4:00pm.

Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company recently named Best Downtown Tour by the Downtown News, presents a tour celebrating the life, work, myths and passions of hard-boiled American novelist James M. Cain and the pivotal role he played in creating the Noir genre.

Southern California 1931: Amongst the burgeoning urban sprawl built atop bulldozed orange groves and the bitter realization that you can’t eat the sunshine, recent emigré James M. Cain found a kernel of truth and his voice, which would eventually distill through his novels, ”The Postman Always Rings Twice,” “Mildred Pierce” and “Double Indemnity” and subsequent film adaptations into the unique American genre: Film Noir.

How did this East Coat sophisticate go from managing editor of “The New Yorker” to populist novelist accused of writing dirty books? The tour explores Cain’s L.A. from Hollywood to Glendale and along old Route 66, and includes illuminating visits to Forest Lawn Memorial Park (a Glendale institution and site of the funeral of Mildred Pierce’s “other” daughter, Ray), the Glendale Train Station where the “Double Indemnity” murder plot played out, and the punch line to a Billy Wilder joke so subtle, it’s taken 63 years for anyone to get. The tour will also cover the artisans who transformed Cain’s tales into film, including Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler, Joan Crawford and Lana Turner, each an important contributor to the Film Noir canon.