Getting Even (Woody Allen)

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Getting Even
Author Woody Allen
Language English
Publisher Random House
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 151
ISBN 978-0-394-47348-2

Getting Even (1971) is Woody Allen's first collection of humorous stories, essays, and one short play. Most pieces were first published in The New Yorker between 1966 and 1971.


  1. The Metterling Lists[1]
  2. A Look at Organized Crime
  3. The Schmeed Memoirs
  4. My Philosophy
  5. Yes, But Can the Steam Engine Do This?
  6. Death Knocks
  7. Spring Bulletin
  8. Hassidic Tales
  9. The Gossage-Vardebedian Papers
  10. Notes from the Overfed
  11. A Twenties Memory
  12. Count Dracula
  13. A Little Louder, Please
  14. Conversations with Helmholtz
  15. Viva Vargas!
  16. The Discovery and Use of the Fake Ink Blot
  17. Mr. Big

Some of the tales in detail[edit]

Mr. Big is a parody of the style and structure of hardboiled detective stories. The protagonist, Kaiser Lupowitz, is a parody of the characters which were typically played by Humphrey Bogart on film: Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon,[2] Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer[3][4] and Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe.[5] Kaiser smokes Lucky Strike like Sam Spade, and is also used by Allen in another hard boiled parody, The Whore of Mensa (1974), collected in Without Feathers (1975).

The philosophical arguments of My Philosophy will be later used in the films Bananas and Love and Death.[6]

The play Death Knocks is a direct parody of Ingmar Bergman's 1957 The Seventh Seal.[7]

"The Schmeed Memoirs" heavily parodies Felix Kersten.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The Metterling Lists in The New Yorker, May 10, 1969
  2. ^ Vittorio Hösle (2007) Woody Allen: an essay on the nature of the comical p.70
  3. ^ Guido Almansi and Guido Fink (1976) Quasi come, p.197
  4. ^ Philological papers, Volume 29 p.110
  5. ^ Franco Contorbia (2009) Giornalismo italiano, Volume 4, p.222, quotation: "In Mr Big Allen scrive una perfetta novella poliziesca, genere hard boiled, tra Dashiell Hammett, Spillane e Chandler."
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  7. ^ Richard Alan Schwartz (2000) Woody, from Antz to Zelig: a reference guide to Woody Allen's creative work, 1964-1998 p.38