The Moving Toyshop
- This book should not be confused with Angela Carter's novel The Magic Toyshop.
It is dedicated to the poet Philip Larkin, Crispin's contemporary at St John's College, Oxford. In chapter 10, reference is made to an undergraduate essay called "The Influence of Sir Gawain on Arnold's Empedocles on Etna", about which Fen comments: "Good heavens, that must be Larkin: the most indefatigable searcher out of pointless correspondences the world has ever known."
The book provided the source for the famous merry-go-round sequence at the climax of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. All the major elements of the scene — the two men struggling, the accidentally shot attendant, the out-of-control merry-go-round, the crawling under the moving merry-go-round to disable it — are present in Crispin's account, though Crispin received no screen credit for it.
With varying vanities, from every part,
They shift the moving toyshop of their heart
- "The Moving Toyshop entry". FantasticFiction. Retrieved 2007-11-01.
- "The Moving Toyshop entry". ClassicCrimeFiction. Retrieved 2007-11-01.
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