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Also Known As: Died: January 1, 1961
Born: May 27, 1894 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: St Mary's County, Maryland, USA Profession: Writer ...
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1900:
When father switched political parties, family forced to move from Maryland farm; briefly lived in Philadelphia before settling in Baltimore (date approximate)
1915:
Accepted work at the local branch of the Pinkerton Detective Agency in Baltimore
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While employed by Pinkerton, traveled the USA on jobs
1918:
Enlisted in the Army during WWI; contracted tuberculosis and discharged on a disability pension
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Returned to work at Pinkerton; eventually sent to Spokane, Washington in 1920
1920:
TB flared up again; hospitalized at the Cushman Institute in Tacoma, Washington
1921:
Settled in San Francisco
1922:
Because of recurring health problems, quit job as a Pinkerton detective
1923:
Published "Arson Plus", the first Continental Op story in <i>Black Mask</i>; used pseudonym Peter Collinson
1926:
Began writing advertising copy
1929:
Published first novel "Red Harvest"; had originally been serialized in <i>Black Mask</i>
1930:
First feature adapted from one of his novels, "Roadhouse Nights", based on "Red Harvest"
1931:
Contracted by Paramount to write original stories; first produced one was "City Streets"
1931:
First screen version of "The Maltese Falcon" produced at Warner Bros.
1933:
Published last novel, "The Thin Man"; four years later sold all rights to the characters for $40,000
1934:
Hired by William Randolph Hearst's King Features Syndicate to pen dialogue for the comic strip "Dashiell Hammett's Secret Agent X-9"; deal lasted only one year
1934:
MGM produced sparkling adaptation of "The Thin Man"
1941:
John Huston adapted and directed the now classic version of "The Maltese Falcon"
1942:
Enlisted in the US Army; posted to the Aleutian Islands in 1943; produced newspaper <i>The Arkadian</i>
1943:
Sole produced screenplay, an adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play, "Watch on the Rhine"
1946:
Taught creative writing at the Jefferson School of Social Science
1951:
Named as a communist before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and subsequently jailed for six months for his refusal to cooperate
1955:
Suffered first heart attack
:
NBC TV series adaptation of "The Thin Man" produced
1977:
Portrayed by Jason Robards in an Oscar-winning turn in "Julia", adapted from parts of Lillian Hellman's book "Pentimento"
1982:
Wim Wenders directed "Hammett", a fictionalized hommage to the writer, starring Frederic Forrest
1992:
Forrest once again portrayed the writer in the HBO drama "Citizen Cohn"
1999:
Portrayed by playwright and actor Sam Shepard in the A&E biopic "Dash and Lilly"

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