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What’s in a Name

Where do you get character names?  It’s a question that gets asked a lot.

For the main character Peter Gryszek, the inspiration was a baseball player named Doug Gwosdz, pronounced Goosh.  He was a catcher who played for the San Diego Padres in the early ‘80s.  I always remembered him because of the spelling of his name and his nickname: “Eyechart.”   The spelling of Gryszek fell into place after that and the nickname was used in the script.

We say our movie is film noir. Stark. Dark. Moody. Cynical. With plot twists and unexpected endings.  Our character Amy Cain, is an homage to the master of that genre.  James M. Cain (below) wrote crime fiction and stories including The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce and Double Indemnity are classics.  Many of his stories were adapted for the screen.  Double Indemnity (1944), directed by Billy Wilder, and starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson is regarded by many as the movie that set the standard by which others of the film noir genre are judged.

Courtesy: theguardian.com

Courtesy: theguardian.com

Our title.  A lot of Table 47 takes place in Gryszek’s Bar and Restaurant.   Where did the table number come from?  As a baseball fan, I always enjoyed watching Tom Glavine pitch.  He won over 300 games and is now in the Hall of Fame.

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Courtesy: ajc.com

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