Raise some Cain, see some Saturday nightmares

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2007/09/cain-thumb.jpgEsotouric (aka LA’s bus tours on steroids) have a few seats left for this Saturday’s tour dedicated to “the life, work, myths and passions of hard-boiled American novelist James M. Cain.”

Cain’s LA was full of loose women with murder on their minds, lust-drenched cads who’d destroy their lives for a dame, rotten kids, suckers and saps.

Cain wrote the novels, “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” “Mildred Pierce” and “Double Indemnity,” all of which were adapted into what would become classic films, each portrayed a less than romantic view of Los Angeles.

The tour spans 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 meets up at Phillippe’s The Original downtown at 12:30pm Saturday, and brings you back at 6pm… hopefully without a mark on your head. For ticket info go to Esotouric’s web site, where you can peek at other upcoming tours.