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A Man About a Dog

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A Man About a Dog
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AuthorAlec Coppel
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Media typePrint

A Man About a Dog is a 1947 thriller novel by the British-Australian writer Alec Coppel.[1] Driven to distraction by his wife's repeated affairs, her husband decides to kidnap her latest lover and commit the perfect murder, only to be thwarted by a dog.

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Film adaptation

In 1949 it was adapted into the British film Obsession directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Robert Newton, Sally Gray and Naunton Wayne. Coppel himself wrote the screenplay.[2]

Play version

Alec Coppel originally wrote the story as a play when he was living in Sydney during World War II. He adapted it into a novel while travelling to London. Coppel titled the play and the novel A Man About a Dog,[3] but in the United States, the novel was titled Over the Line.

The play opened in London in April 1946[4] and the novel was published in 1948, although many critics commented that the novel felt similar to a play.[5][6]

Another production of the play was staged in London in May 1949.[7]


  1. ^ Reilly p.352
  2. ^ Goble p.94
  3. ^ "Sydney's Talking About—". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 July 1947. p. 14. Retrieved 20 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "VARIETY". The Truth. Sydney. 3 March 1946. p. 32. Retrieved 20 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "New Novels of the Week on the Good Earth". The Argus. Melbourne. 3 January 1948. p. 22. Retrieved 20 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "New Fiction". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 April 1948. p. 6. Retrieved 20 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Production of A Man About A Dog | Theatricalia".


  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.
  • Keaney, Michael F. British Film Noir Guide. McFarland, 2008.
  • Reilly, John M. Twentieth Century Crime & Mystery Writers. Springer, 2015.

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