Dashiell Hammett’s Itchy

“Itchy” first appeared in Brief Stories January 1924. It was retitled “Itchy the Debonair” for the anthology “A Man Named Thin,” Mercury Mystery #233, edited by Ellery Queen, and published by Joseph W. Ferman. The story opens with the news report ripped from the front page of the evening edition:

DEBONAIR BANDIT ROBS OAKLAND BANK
LOCKS OFFICIALS IN VAULT, ESCAPES WITH $2500

“Shortly after the Bay City State Bank of Oakland opened its doors for business this morning, an unmasked bandit, locking officials and employees in the vault, fled with the contents of the money drawer.”