Dan Duryea & Martha Vickers in "The Burglar" (1957) by Paul Wendkos

Dan Duryea and Martha Vickers in "The Burglar" (1957) directed by Paul Wendkos

David Goodis surrounded by "Dark Passage" stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall

"The night air had a thick softness and the smell of stale smoke from the factories that had been busy in the day, and the smell of cheap whiskey and dead cigarettes and Philadelphia springtime".
"He glanced at his wristwatch. Eight minutes. He had been out for eight minutes, and twenty-two minutes remained. A restaurant sign displayed itself on the other side of the street. He crossed and entered, sat down at a sloppy counter and told the waitress he wanted coffee. The waitress made a comment about how hot it was today for coffee, and maybe he would like it iced. He said he didn't want it iced. The waitress said it was good when it was iced. Harbin said he had never tried it iced and would appreciate their terminating the discussion; the waitress said the reason the world was like it was could be attributed to the fact that too many people were hard to get along with." -"The Burglar" by David Goodis (first published in 1953)

The Burglar (1957) directed by Paul Wendkos, script by David Goodis, starring Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield and Martha Vickers