Big bands, books, movies, and more: harrygbutler’s 2019 lists — 5
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The King of Swing, clarinetist Benny Goodman, had a lengthy career, and many musicians who went on to lead their own bands played with him for a time. Though I’m not as big a fan of Goodman as some, I do enjoy his work, and I think “And the Angels Sing” in particular one of the finest songs of the big band era.
"And the Angels Sing" (w/Martha Tilton; live performance on the Camel Caravan radio show)
"Sing, Sing, Sing" (w/Gene Krupa on drums & Harry James on trumpet; from the movie Hollywood Hotel)
"Perfidia" (w/Helen Forrest)
"Why Don’t You Do Right?" (w/Peggy Lee; from the movie Stage Door Canteen)
Welcome to my fifth thread for 2019! I’m Harry, and this is my fourth year in the 75 Books Challenge. By training I'm a medievalist, by occupation I’m a project manager, after many years as an editor. My taste in reading runs to Golden Age and earlier mysteries, pulp detective and adventure fiction, Late Antique and medieval literature, westerns, and late nineteenth and early twentieth century popular fiction, among others. I also have a fondness for collections of cartoons and comic strips, and relatively recently I have begun collecting pulp magazines from the first half of the twentieth century. I usually have a few books going at once.
My wife Erika and I live in eastern Pennsylvania with three cats — Elli, Otto, and Pixie — and a dog, Hildy. Our pets occasionally make an appearance in my thread. My other interests include model railroading, gardening, and birding, so you'll sometimes see something related to them as well.
In 2018, I read nearly 140 books; I’m hoping to hit 150 in 2019. I will also be continuing two projects that I stated last year: reading vintage pulp magazines and keeping track of the movies I’ll be watching. In both cases, I’d like to increase my totals, aiming for 39 magazines and 312 movies.
I try to provide some sort of comment on the books and magazines I read and the movies I watch, but they aren't really reviews.
1. Phaenomena, by Aratus
2. Richardson's First Case, by Basil Thomson
3. The Gold Point and Other Strange Stories, by Charles Loring Jackson
4. Best Cartoons of the Year 1945, ed. by Lawrence Lariar
5. The Monster of Grammont, by George Goodchild
6. Noble Society: Five Lives from Twelfth-Century Germany, trans. by Jonathan R. Lyon
7. The Daybreakers, by Louis L'Amour
8. When Body Language Goes Bad, by Scott Adams
9. Ben on the Job, by J. Jefferson Farjeon
10. Tunnel in the Sky, by Robert Heinlein
11. Beetle Bailey, by Mort Walker
12. The Shop Window Murders, by Vernon Loder
13. The Lady Is Transparent, by Carter Brown
14. The Harvey Comics Treasury Volume 1: Casper the Friendly Ghost & Friends, ed. by Leslie Cabarga
15. Death and Immortality, by Josef Pieper
16. Crooks Limited, by Edmund Snell
17. The Cretan Counterfeit, by Katharine Farrer
18. On the Incarnation, by St. Athanasius
19. Hagar the Horrible #2, by Dik Browne
20. Lando, by Louis L'Amour
21. U.S. Self-Propelled Guns in Action, by Jim Mesko
22. Best Cartoons of the Year 1947, ed. by Lawrence Lariar
23. The Brooklyn Murders, by G.D.H. Cole
24. The Dream Is Deadly, by Carter Brown
25. Fergus of Galloway: Knight of King Arthur, by Guillaume le Clerc
26. The Case of the Late Pig, by Margery Allingham
27. Artists in Crime, by Ngaio Marsh
28. The Strange Death of Martin Green, by David Frome
29. An Alphabet of Tales, ed. by Mary Macleod Banks
30. "You Want Proof? I'll Give You Proof!" More Cartoons from Sidney Harris, by Sidney Harris
31. The Valley of Fear, by Arthur Conan Doyle
32. The Lay of Havelok the Dane, ed. by Walter W. Skeat
33. Sackett, by Louis L'Amour
34. Torrent of Portyngale, ed. by E. Adam
35. The Mystery of the Peacock's Eye, by Brian Flynn
36. Best Cartoons of the Year 1955, ed. by Lawrence Lariar
37. Victor of Vita: History of the Vandal Persecution, by Victor of Vita
38. My Dear 500 Friends, by George Price
39. The Double Thirteen, by Anthony Wynne
40. Beyond the Far Side, by Gary Larson
41. The Hardway Diamonds Mystery, by Miles Burton
42. Tuned In, Marmaduke? by Brad Anderson
43. The Devil's Bride, by Seabury Quinn
44. Gesta Hungarorum, by Simon Kézai
45. Animals Animals Animals: A Collection of Great Animal Cartoons, ed. by George Booth, Gahan Wilson, and Ron Wolin
46. The Death of a Millionaire, by G.D.H. Cole and Margaret Cole
47. Number Nineteen, by J. Jefferson Farjeon
48. Mojave Crossing, by Louis L'Amour
49. Heathcliff Dines Out, by George Gately
50. I, the Jury, by Mickey Spillane
51. Tragedy at Ravensthorpe, by J. J. Connington
52. What Do You Call a Sociopath in a Cubicle? Answer: A Coworker, by Scott Adams
53. The Dark Crusader, by Alistair MacLean
54. Amis and Amiloun, ed. by MacEdward Leach
55. Death on the Campus, by Addison Simmons
56. Collier's Collects Its Wits: The Cream of a Two-Year Crop of Comic Drawings, ed. by Gurney Williams
57. Best Cartoons of the Year 1956, ed. by Lawrence Lariar
58. The Dark Angel, by Seabury Quinn
59. The Corpse Is Indignant, by Douglas Stapleton and Helen A. Carey
60. Calamity in Kent, by John Rowland
61. Best Cartoons from Abroad 1956, ed. by Lawrence Lariar and Ben Roth
62. Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia
63. Rhodanthe and Dosikles, by Theodore Prodromos
64. Go for It, Marmaduke!, by Brad Anderson
65. The Invisible Bullet and Other Strange Cases of Magnum, Scientific Consultant, by Max Rittenberg
66. Murder in the Mews, by Helen Reilly
67. Best Cartoons of the Year 1957, ed. by Lawrence Lariar
68. Belly Laughs Annual, ed. by Harold Meyers
69. Poor Kitty, by Elizabeth Tedder
70. Hysmine and Hysminias, by Eumathios Makrembolites
71. The Sackett Brand, by Louis L'Amour
72. Sitting Pretty Marmaduke, by Brad Anderson
73. Saints of Ninth- and Tenth-Century Greece, ed. and trans. by Anthony Kaldellis and Ioannis Polemis
74. Swordsmen and Supermen
75. My Gun Is Quick, by Mickey Spillane
76. Night of the Crash-Test Dummies, by Gary Larson
77. Tales of Chinatown, by Sax Rohmer
78. The Sky-Liners, by Louis L'Amour
79. The Chinese Lake Murders, by Robert van Gulik
80. The Book of Emperors, ed. and trans. by Henry A. Myers
81. Smile!, by Bil Keane
82. Holy Women of the Syrian Orient, trans. by Sebastian P. Brock and Susan Ashbrook Harvey
83. His Last Bow, by Arthur Conan Doyle
84. The Dedini Gallery, by Eldon Dedini
85. The Door with Seven Locks, by Edgar Wallace
86. German Romance, Volume II: Gauriel von Muntabel, by Konrad von Stoffeln
87. El libro del conoscimiento de todos los reinos (The Book of Knowledge of All Kingdoms), ed. and trans. by Nancy F. Marino
88. Best Cartoons of the Year 1958, ed. by Lawrence Lariar
89. Mr. Pinkerton Finds a Body, by David Frome
90. The Chronicle of the Slavs, by Helmold of Bosau
91. Richardson Scores Again, by Basil Thomson
92. The Wailing Rock Murders, by Clifford Orr
93. The Lonely Men, by Louis L'Amour
94. Tony Bath's Ancient Wargaming; Including Setting Up a Wargames Campaign and the Hyborian Campaign, ed. by John Curry
95. The Seven Conundrums, by E. Phillips Oppenheim
96. All Hazel, by Ted Key
97. The Black Lace Hangover, by Carter Brown
98. Cartoon Portfolio from The Wall Street Journal, ed. by Charles Preston
99. Shave the Whales, by Scott Adams
100. Mustang Man, by Louis L'Amour
101. Best Cartoons of the Year 1960, ed. by Lawrence Lariar
102. The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. 1, Inferno, trans. by John D. Sinclair
103. Ice Station Zebra, by Alistair MacLean
Argosy kicked off the pulp magazine era with its April 1894 issue, and it remained a major pulp until it became a slick-paper magazine in the 1940s. It was published under the title Argosy All-Story Weekly from its merger with All-Story Weekly in July 1920 until late in 1929. My pulp magazine collecting is focused at present on Argosy, and my earliest issues date from the 1920s, so many of those are likely to show up in my reading list this year, but other pulps, including both Railroad Stories and Range Romances, may appear as well.
Magazines completed in 2019
1. Argosy All-Story Weekly, April 8, 1922
2. Argosy All-Story Weekly, October 28, 1922
3. Argosy All-Story Weekly, March 17, 1923
4. Argosy All-Story Weekly, September 22, 1923
5. Detective Fiction Weekly, November 25, 1939
I have realized that I've been avoiding reading single works — short stories, essays, treatises, etc. — found in books where I didn't intend to read the whole book at one go. Taking cues from Lori's (thornton37814) decision to track her article-reading this year, and also fuzzi's separate entries for books of the Bible in her thread, I've decided to make a place to track those shorter pieces that I might not otherwise get to.
1. Socrates' Defense (Apology), by Plato
2. Apologia Socratis (Socrates' Defence to the Jury), by Xenophon
3. "The Lost Lady," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published Weird Tales, January 1931)
4. "The Ghost Helper," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published Weird Tales, February-March 1931)
5. "Satan's Stepson," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published Weird Tales, September 1931)
6. Enûma Eliš (The Babylonian Creation)
7. "The Soul of a Regiment," by Talbot Mundy (short story, first published in Adventure, February 1912)
8. "The Code," by Ernest Haycox (short story, first published in The Frontier, June 1926)
9. "Riley of the Bengal Lancers," by Lieut. Scott Morgan
10. First Homily on Fasting, by St. Basil of Caesarea
11. Apology, by Tertullian
12. "Lost Dutchman O'Riley's Luck," by Alan LeMay
13. Second Homily on Fasting, by St. Basil of Caesarea
14. "Land Without Mercy," by Wayne D. Overholser
15. "Back Trail," by T. T. Flynn
16. "The Dark Angel," by Seabury Quinn
17. "Bandit Lawman, by Luke Short
18. "On the Martyr Barlaam," by Pseudo-Basil of Caesarea
19. "The Heart of Siva," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, October 1932)
20. "There's Hell on the Dodge Trail," by Bill Gulick
21. "The Case of the White Elephant," by Margery Allingham
22. On the Holy Martyr Mamas, by St. Basil of Caesarea
23. "The Bleeding Mummy," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, November 1932)
24. "The Door to Yesterday," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, December 1932)
25. "The Case of the Man with the Sack," by Margery Allingham (short story)
26. "The Border-Line Case," by Margery Allingham (short story)
27. "The Sumerian Underworld" (poem)
28. "Inanna's Journey to Hell" (poem)
29. "Brother of the Tong," by Lieut. Scott Morgan (short story, first published in Thrilling Adventures, August 1933)
30. "A Gamble in Souls," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, January 1933)
31. "The Case of the Widow," by Margery Allingham (short story)
32. On Giving Thanks, by St. Basil of Caesarea
33. "The Case of the Pro and the Con," by Margery Allingham (short story)
34. "Guerilla Brand," by Jackson Cole (short story, first published in Thrilling Adventures, August 1933)
35. "The Thing in the Fog," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, March 1933)
36. "The Case of the Old Man in the Window," by Margery Allingham (short story)
37. "The Hand of Glory," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, July 1933)
38. "The Devil Fish," by Capt. Kerry McRoberts (short story, first published in Thrilling Adventures, September 1933)
39. "The Avenger of Lo Chang," by Lieut. Scott Morgan (short story, first published in Thrilling Adventures, October 1933)
40. "Danger Trails," by Capt. Kerry McRoberts (novella, first published in Thrilling Adventures, October 1933)
41. "Mr. George," by August Derleth (short story, first published in Weird Tales, March 1947)
42. "The Chosen of Vishnu," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, August 1933)
43. "Powder Smoke--Guest of Faro Flats," by W. Ryerson Johnson (short story, first published in Ace-High Western Stories, July 1939)
44. "Pyramid of Gold," by George Allan Moffatt (novella, first published in Thrilling Adventures, November 1933)
45. "The Malay Horror," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, September 1933)
46. "Scipio Deals in Fame," by Clarence Budington Kelland (short story, published in Country Gentleman, February 1953)
47. "The Mansion of Unholy Magic," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, October 1933)
I grew up watching many old movies on TV with my family, with some trips to the movie theater (most often a drive-in while we were young), so my taste tends to run to studio-era films, with a heavy emphasis on mysteries, comedies, and westerns.
Movies watched in January
1. Swing Time (RKO, 1936), with the Bugs Bunny cartoon 14 Carrot Rabbit (WB, 1952) and Chapter 3 of the serial Blackhawk (Columbia, 1952)
2. Inspector Hornleigh (Twentieth Century Fox, 1939)
3. Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (Twentieth Century Fox, 1939)
4. Trail of the Rustlers (Columbia, 1950)
5. Boy Meets Girl (WB, 1938), with the Merrie Melodies cartoon You're an Education (WB, 1938) and Chapter 4 of the serial Blackhawk (Columbia, 1952)
6. Confessions of Boston Blackie (Columbia, 1941)
7. Mark of the Vampire (MGM, 1935)
8. Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It (Twentieth Century Fox, 1941)
9. Man from Sonora (Monogram, 1951)
10. Coffy (American International, 1973)
11. Detective Kitty O'Day (Monogram, 1944)
12. Dangerous Money (Monogram, 1946)
13. Harum Scarum (MGM, 1965), with the Andy Panda cartoon Life Begins for Andy Panda (Lantz / Universal, 1939) and Chapter 5 of the serial Blackhawk (Columbia, 1952)
14. Number 17 (British International Pictures / Wardour, 1932)
15. My Man Godfrey (Universal, 1936), with the Porky Pig cartoon Porky's Railroad (WB, 1937) and Chapter 6 of the serial Blackhawk (Columbia, 1952)
16. Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (Golden Harvest, 1991)
17. The Greene Murder Case (Paramount, 1929)
18. The Benson Murder Case (Paramount, 1930), with the Mickey Mouse and Pluto cartoon Pluto and the Armadillo (Disney / RKO, 1943) and Chapter 7 of the serial Blackhawk (Columbia, 1952)
19. Oklahoma Justice (Monogram, 1951)
20. Blues Busters (Monogram, 1950)
21. The Cocoanuts (Paramount, 1929)
22. The Falcon in Mexico (RKO, 1944), with the Speedy Gonzalez cartoon Cannery Woe (WB, 1961) and Chapter 8 of the serial Blackhawk (Columbia, 1952)
23. The Adventures of Robin Hood (WB, 1938)
24. Murder in the Blue Room (Universal, 1944)
25. Half Shot at Sunrise (RKO, 1930)
26. Tarzan and the Mermaids (RKO, 1948)
27. The Trap (Monogram, 1946), with the Bugs Bunny cartoons Ali Baba Bunny (WB, 1957) and Buccaneer Bunny (WB, 1948) and Chapter 9 of the serial Blackhawk (Columbia, 1952)
28. The Crosby Case (Universal, 1934)
29. Wake Island (Paramount, 1942)
30. Go West, Young Lady (Columbia, 1941)
31. Aunt Clara (British Lion, 1954)
32. Texas Lawmen (Monogram, 1951)
33. By Whose Hand? (Columbia, 1932), with the Andy Panda cartoon Fish Fry (Lantz / Universal, 1944) and Chapter 10 of the serial Blackhawk (Columbia, 1952)
34. Cry of the Werewolf (Columbia, 1944)
35. The Studio Murder Mystery (Paramount, 1929)
36. The Phantom in the House (Continental Talking Pictures, 1929)
37. Shadows over Chinatown (Monogram, 1946)
38. Twin Dragons (Golden Way, 1992)
39. Creature from the Black Lagoon (Universal, 1954)
40. Dinner at Eight (MGM, 1933), with the Popeye cartoon Shoein' Hosses (Fleischer / Paramount, 1934) and Chapter 11 of the serial Blackhawk (Columbia, 1952)
41. It Couldn't Have Happened (But It Did) (Invincible, 1936)
42. Bombay Mail (Universal, 1934)
43. Shadow of the Thin Man (MGM, 1941)
44. Fantômas in the Shadow of the Guillotine (Gaumont, 1913)
45. Racketeers of the Range (RKO, 1939)
46. The Black Doll (Universal, 1938)
47. Murder in Greenwich Village (Columbia, 1937)
48. The Lady in the Morgue (Universal, 1938)
49. Invasion of the Saucer Men (American International, 1957)
50. Murder at Dawn (Big 4 Film, 1932)
51. Love Bound (Peerless, 1932)
52. Jungle Man (PRC, 1941)
53. Juve vs. Fantômas (Gaumont, 1913)
54. Pharaoh's Curse (UA, 1957)
55. Special Mission Lady Chaplin (Fida Cinematographica, 1965)
56. Dragon Strike (Golden Harvest, 1982)
57. Agent 505: Death Trap in Beirut (Rapid Film/Metheus Film/Compagnie Lyonnaise de Cinéma, 1966)
58. SuperSeven Calling Cairo (Romana Film, 1965)
59. The Spy Who Loved Flowers (Romana Film, 1966)
60. Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill (Parnass/Metheus Film/Avala Film, 1966)
61. Death Is Nimble, Death Is Quick (Parnass, 1966)
62. 008: Operation Exterminate (Romana Film/Copro Film, 1965)
63. Decision at Sundown (Columbia, 1957)
64. The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939, Columbia), with the Pluto cartoon Private Pluto (Disney / RKO, 1943) and Chapter 12 of the serial Blackhawk (Columbia, 1952)
65. Brother Orchid (WB, 1940)
66. Mystery Ranch (Reliable, 1934)
67. The Murderous Corpse (Gaumont, 1913)
68. So Darling, So Deadly (Parnass, 1966)
69. Midnight Phantom (Reliable, 1935)
70. 'Neath the Arizona Skies (Monogram, 1934)
71. The Accidental Spy (Golden Harvest, 2001)
72. The Sons of Hercules in the Land of Darkness (aka Hercules the Invincible) (Metheus Film / Alvaro Mancori Produzioni Cinematografica, 1964)
73. Fantômas vs. Fantômas (Gaumont, 1914)
74. The Philadelphia Story (MGM, 1940)
75. Devil of the Desert Against the Son of Hercules (Antares Produzione Cinematografica / Compagnia Cinematografica Mondiale (CCM) / Producciones Benito Perojo / Rialto Film / Fides Films, 1964)
76. The False Magistrate (Gaumont, 1914)
77. Death Trip (aka Kommissar X - Drei grüne Hunde) (Parnass Film / Cinesecolo / CFFP, 1967)
78. Kill Panther Kill (aka Kommissar X - Drei blaue Panther) (Parnass Film / PEA, 1968)
79. Take Me Back to Oklahoma (Monogram, 1940)
80. The Leopard Man (RKO, 1943)
81. Charlie McCarthy, Detective (Universal, 1939)
82. Island of Lost Girls (aka Kommissar X - Drei goldene Schlangen) (Parnass Film, 1969)
83. The Falcon in Hollywood (RKO, 1944), with Chapter 13 of the serial Blackhawk (Columbia, 1952)
84. Laura (Twentieth Century Fox, 1944)
85. Kommissar X jagt die roten Tiger (Divina-Film/Montana Films/Regina-Film/Virginia Cinematografica, 1971)
86. Johnny English Strikes Again (Universal, 2018)
87. High Society (MGM, 1956)
88. Pinocchio (Disney / RKO, 1940)
89. The Trail Beyond (Monogram, 1940)
90. The Falcon in San Francisco (RKO, 1945)
91. Charlie Chan in London (Fox, 1934)
92. Winds of the Wasteland (Republic, 1936)
93. Project A (Golden Harvest, 1983)
94. The Three Fantastic Supermen (Cinesecolo Parnass Film / CFFP, 1967)
95. Whirlwind Horseman (Grand National, 1938)
96. Timber Stampede (RKO, 1939)
97. Bomba the Jungle Boy (Monogram, 1949)
98. Goldface, the Fantastic Superman (Balcázar Producciones Cinematográficas / (CI.AS.), 1967)
99. Arsenic and Old Lace (WB, 1944)
100. Buchanan Rides Alone (Columbia, 1958)
101. The Screaming Skull (American International, 1958)
102. Cavalry Scout (Monogram, 1951)
103. Target Earth (Allied Artists, 1954)
104. The Gold Racket (Grand National, 1937)
105. Jungle Jim (Columbia, 1948)
106. Streets of Ghost Town (Columbia, 1950)
107. TNT Jackson (New World, 1974)
108. Zambo, King of the Jungle (Claudia Cinematografica, 1972)
109. Clue of the Twisted Candle (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1960)
110. Santa Fe Bound (Reliable, 1936)
111. Fort Osage (Monogram, 1952)
112. The Dawn Rider (Lone Star / Monogram, 1935)
113. Marriage of Convenience (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1960)
114. The Longest Day (Twentieth Century Fox, 1962)
115. Majin, the Monster of Terror (Daiei Studios, 1966)
116. The Fighting Gringo (RKO, 1939)
117. Canyon Raiders (Monogram, 1951)
118. Return of Giant Majin (Daiei Studios, 1966)
119. The Man Who Was Nobody (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1960)
120. Assignment Skybolt (Film Producers, 1968)
121. Partners in Crime (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)
122. Clue of the New Pin (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)
123. Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (Universal, 1951)
124. Urge to Kill (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1960)
125. The Jungle (Lippert, 1952)
126. Riders of the Sage (Metropolitan, 1939)
127. Clearing the Range (M. H. Hoffman / Allied Pictures, 1931)
128. Hook, Line and Sinker (RKO, 1930)
129. The Fourth Square (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)
130. Rollin' Plains (Grand National, 1938)
131. Man at the Carlton Tower (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)
132. Sing, Cowboy, Sing (Grand National, 1937)
133. Clue of the Silver Key (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)
134. Ride Lonesome (Columbia, 1959)
135. Bomba on Panther Island (Monogram, 1949)
136. The Jungle Book (Disney / Buena Vista, 1967)
137. Attempt to Kill (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)
138. Danger Flight (Monogram, 1939)
139. Project A 2 (Golden Way, 1987)
140. The Great Lover (Paramount, 1939)
141. Man Detained (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)
142. The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen (Grand National, 1937)
143. Goldsnake (Alexandra et al., 1966)
144. Danger!! Death Ray (Leda Films / Meteor Film, 1967)
145. Top Secret (Filmes Cinematografica / Tulio Demicheli, 1967)
146. Operation Poker (Santos Alcocer / Wolder Films, 1965)
147. The Apache Kid's Escape (Robert J. Horner, 1930)
148. Whistling Bullets (Ambassador, 1937)
149. Never Back Losers (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)
150. The Monster That Challenged the World (UA, 1957)
151. It! The Terror from Beyond Space (UA, 1958)
152. The Sinister Man (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)
153. The Lost Volcano (Monogram, 1950)
154. Backfire! (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1962)
155. Terror Beneath the Sea (Toei,1966)
156. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (WB, 1953)
157. Song of the Gringo (Grand National, 1936)
158. Wings over the Pacific (Monogram, 1943)
159. The Lost Tribe (Columbia, 1949)
160. Doctor of Doom (Cinematográfica Calderón, 1963)
161. The Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World (Alistair / GEF / Embassy, 1965)
162. Our Agent in Casablanca (Filmes Cinematografica P.C. / Tulio Demicheli S.L. / Selecciones Huguet, 1966)
163. Password: Kill Agent Gordon (Claudia Cinematografica / PROCENSA, 1966)
164. The Mask of Dimitrios (WB, 1944)
165. The White Trap (Independent Artists / Anglo-Amalgamated, 1959)
166. Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (Cinematográfica Calderón, 1964)
167. Wagons West (Monogram, 1952)
168. Our Man in Jamaica (Apolo Films / PEA / Theumer Filmproduktion, 1965)
169. A Night for Crime (PRC, 1943)
170. Crazy over Horses (Monogram, 1951)
171. Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Huayi Brothers Media, 2010)
172. FX 18 (CFFP / PROCENSA / Protor Film, 1964)
173. The Scarlet Clue (Monogram, 1945)
174. Code 7, Victim 5 (Towers of London Productions, 1964)
175. Thirteen Days to Die (Rapid Film / Metheus Film / SNC / Thai Tri Mitr Films, 1965)
176. Lightning Guns (Columbia, 1950)
177. The Riverside Murder (Fox, 1935)
178. Murder Is News (Warwick, 1939)
179. Secret Agent Fireball (N.C. / Devon / Radius, 1965)
180. Space Amoeba (Toho, 1970)
181. The Flying Serpent (PRC, 1946)
182. Ninja, the Violent Sorceror (Filmark International, 1982)
183. Avenger X (1967)
184. Killers Are Challenged (1966)
185. Bullet Code (RKO, 1940)
186. Star Pilot (1966)
187. I Live on Danger (Paramount, 1942)
Saint Ptolemy of Dendera (left) and the monk Paphnutius of Egypt (right), with Coptic text. Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.581. Source
I have long had a casual interest in Late Antique Egypt, and a chance encounter with a thread on LibraryThing a few years ago prompted me to add a book on Coptic to my wishlist. I unexpectedly received Coptic in 20 Lessons for Christmas in 2018, so I’ve decided to spend part of my time this year trying to learn the language. Wish me luck!
A fortuitous opportunity to pick up a recent edition and translation of The Old English Martyrology has spurred a new reading project: I am working my way through the martyrology, which, as is usual for such texts, contains readings in calendar order related to the saints whose feast days are celebrated then, or to major festivals of the church year (such as Pentecost), and occasionally to seasonal matters. Thus, nearly every day I have one or more passages in Old English to read (as I am reading the Old English text, and turning to the modern translation after reading each passage in the original).
I've been pleased to find my fluency has returned rather rapidly, and I'm eyeing adding additional Old English works in the original to my reading list later this year.
More than 75 books AND way over 100 movies... that is a lot. And the year is not even half way.
Crooks use a purported rail line to gain access to timber for logging, and phony homesteaders to back up their efforts to grab the land and exclude the cattlemen — and a gullible reporter (Marjorie Reynolds) helps provide cover with stories praising the coming of the rail line. Fortunately, rancher Scott Baylor (George O'Brien), aided by pal Whopper Hatch (Chill Wills) is on hand to thwart the malefactors. Recommended.
I love "Sing, Sing, Sing" and Krupa. I also like the Los Straightjackets version, more electric guitars.
I did manage to watch The Longest Day on the 6th. Over the weekend, I also picked up a WWII-era Monogram picture, Wings over the Pacific from 1943, that I'm likely to check out soon. It probably won't be very good, but I'm hoping it will at least prove entertaining.
I see that there was a 1966 movie version of the story of Agent ZigZag, a film called Triple Cross, starring Christopher Plummer as the spy in question. Have you seen it?
When Johnny Sheffield outgrew the role of Boy in the Tarzan movies, he found a home for a time — still in the jungle — as Bomba, based on the children's book series featuring that character. In his first outing, Sheffield must deal with a father-daughter team of photographers (Onslow Stevens and Peggy Ann Garner) who have come to Africa in search of material. When the daughter becomes separated from the safari, she is aided by Bomba, but misunderstandings and hasty actions by her father lead to more danger. Mildly recommended.
While struggling with a couple books I was reading recently — Freddie the Detective, a children's book with a sleuthing pig that I've concluded I won't finish, and Dancers in Mourning, an Albert Campion mystery that started off rather too slowly, and that I've now set aside for a time — I thought I'd read a story out of this collection by Rohmer as a change of pace, and the skill of the writer drew me on to finish the whole volume. There's a mix here, with crime a common theme (e.g., in "Kerry's Kid"), but vengeance (perhaps even supernatural; see "The Hand of the Mandarin Quong") and love (e.g., "The House of Golden Joss") and loss (e.g., "The Dance of the Veils") have their place as well. Though dated in some respects, the stories are well-crafted.
There's some fun to be had as masked wrestler and crowd favorite Goldface battles the evil scheming of the mysterious archcriminal known as the Cobra, though parts of the movie are a bit incoherent. Goldface's real identity is scarcely a secret, and the identity of the Cobra will be pretty obvious, too, although some of the plot developments were unexpected. Mildly recommended at best.
Brothers Galloway and Flagan Sackett made an appearance in The Sackett Brand, in which they helped out their cousin Tell, but this volume focuses on their adventures, and in particular on the doings of Flagan, who is the narrator. Returning to Tennessee to settle their father's debts, the boys cross Black Fetchen, a local tough, and then take on the job of escorting young Judith Costello across the country to her father's ranch out Colorado way. Along the trail they'll encounter rustling, murder, and more in this enjoyable western tale. Recommended.
What a delight! Capra's film of the play about two murderous old ladies and their nephew's attempt to deal with them — complicated by the appearance of his villainous brother and his henchman, and by a mad cousin who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt, and further complicated by the fact that he has just gotten married — is loads of fun, with Peter Lorre a particular standout as the soft-hearted henchman but good turns by all. Highly recommended!
Judge Dee, still in the early stages of his career, is assigned to a lakeside city not far from the capital. When he finds a courtesan murdered shortly after she warned him of a conspiracy against the government, the stakes are high. Complicating his efforts to solve the case are a couple others — the death of a bride and her husband's apparent suicide, and the disappearance of the former's body, and the murder of a local carpenter — which may not be directly related but yet involve many of the same actors. Along the way the judge rounds out his team of assistants. The culprit is fairly obvious, I think, and some of the explanations are easily perceived, but there were certainly some unexpected elements to the story as well. Recommended.
Robbed and framed for murder in a border town run by the Agry brothers, rancher Tom Buchanan (Randolph Scott) manages to turn the tables, occasionally assisted but often indeed alone. Craig Stevens has an odd role as a sympathetic advisor to corrupt judge Simon Agry, confounding the expectations one might have for his character. Not as strong as, say, The Tall T, but still an engaging movie. Recommended.
A newly married couple returns to the mansion the husband had shared with his first wife, who had drowned. The new bride has a history of mental illness, and when strange happenings in the house and on the grounds — including the appearance and disappearance of the skull of the title — it seems she may be losing her grasp on reality. Rather slow-moving, with the various twists no surprise, I suspect the producers never were called upon to fulfill the guarantee of the poster. Not recommended.
What should have been an enjoyable read for me — the first complete English translation of the Middle High German Kaiserchronik, a long poem on the Roman emperors, from Julius Caesar through the 12th-century Holy Roman Emperors, that blends fact and legend — was unfortunately let down by a pedestrian translation that turned even the most exciting or unusual episodes into rather tepid prose. The fault may lie in part in the original, but some of the word choices and constructions in the translation incline me to place the bulk of the blame with the translation. Not recommended.
Rod Cameron plays a cavalry scout detailed to recover three Gatling guns stolen from an arsenal. His investigation leads him to Red Bluff, where he works with the cavalry and a local businesswoman to uncover the outlaws. A decent programmer, with Cameron plausible in his role. Recommended.
>47 harrygbutler: Something about that plot tickles the brain cells. I must've watched it on afternoon TV or something. Rod Cameron was in Winnetou and Old Firehand which I remember well because the white guy helped the Injun get justice for his murdered friends.
Come to think of it, I've only ever seen him in Westerns, but he must've done some other films. I'll coddiwomple imDbward one day soon to check it out.
A small group of people left behind in a Chicago now occupied by invading giant robots struggle to survive and reach safety, while scientists scramble to find a way to counter the seemingly invincible alien invaders. A standard plot that has its moments. Mildly recommended.
A pair of federal agents (Conrad Nagel and Eleanor Hunt) investigate gold smuggling. The third of four movies in this low-budget series is of middling interest, but if I get a chance, I'll probably try to catch the other three as well.
No problem about The Longest Day, but I'm afraid I'll have to say no to Passage to Marseilles, as I just watched it last year and didn't care for it enough to revisit it so soon. I'd be up for Action in the North Atlantic or even Across the Pacific, though.
This is an interesting collection of Syriac accounts of the lives and martyrdoms of a number of women from early persecutions through the sixth century, with their passions occurring in the Persian empire, in Roman and Byzantine territories, and in what is now Yemen. A weakness of the book is its tight focus, such that original works are mutilated (e.g., the account of the martyrdoms of a father and daughter is excerpted to present pretty much only those sections dealing explicitly with the daughter). Mildly recommended.
Cartoons and Comics
Everything's Archie! (1969)
Granddad! It's Morning!, by Bil Keane (1989)
Look Who's Here!, by Bil Keane (1972)
The Far Side Gallery 4, by Gary Larson (1993)
Hagar the Horrible: The Big Bands Are Back, by Dik Browne (1975)
Dennis the Menace–All-American Kid, by Hank Ketcham (1988)
The Best of Barsotti, by Charles Barsotti (1989)
The Complete Dickie Dare, by Milton Caniff (1986)
Mystery, Crime, Espionage
Champagne for One, by Rex Stout (1958)
Midnight Specials: An Anthology for Train Buffs and Suspense Afficionados, ed. by Bill Pronzini (1978)
The Man Who Sold Death, by Nick Carter (1974)
The Judas Spy, by Nick Carter (1975)
Time Clock of Death, by Nick Carter (1974)
Code Name: Werewolf, by Nick Carter (1974)
End of the Tiger and Other Stories, by John D. MacDonald (1966)
Death Is a Lovely Lady, by Ruth Fenisong (1944)
Darling, It's Death, by Richard S. Prather (1952)
Strip for Murder, by Richard S. Prather (1955)
The Savage Salome, by Carter Brown (1961)
Passage to Terror, by Edward S. Aarons (1952)
Assignment–Ankara, by Edward S. Aarons (1961)
Dead Men's Money, by J. S. Fletcher (1920)
South, by Java Head, by Alistair MacLean (1958)
The Mad King, by Edgar Rice Burroughs (pb reprint of 1926 novel)
The Hurricane, by Terence Robertson (1960)
The Beasts of Tarzan, by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1914)
Tarzan and the Ant Men, by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1963)
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1963)
Riley Grannan's Last Adventure, by Sam C. Dunham (1969)
Stocky of Lone Tree Ranch, by Charles H. Snow (1932)
Ralph in the Switch Tower; or, Clearing the Track, by Allen Chapman (1907)
Ralph on the Overland Express; or, The Trials and Triumphs of a Young Engineer, by Allen Chapman (1910)
Ralph, the Train Dispatcher; or, The Mystery of the Pay Car, by Allen Chapman (1911)
Ralph on the Army Train; or, The Young Railroader's Most Daring Exploit, by Allen Chapman (1918)
Ralph on the Midnight Flyer; or, The Wreck at Shadow Valley, by Allen Chapman (1923)
Ralph and the Train Wreckers; or, The Secret of the Blue Freight Cars, by Allen Chapman (1928)
The Story of Waitstill Baxter, by Kate Douglas Wiggin (1913)
Jokers Extra Wild, by Max Brand (2005 collection of old pulp stories)
Gun Boss of Tombstone, by L. Ron Hubbard (2013 collection of old pulp stories)
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Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein (1957)
Clockwork's Pirates / Ghost Breaker, by Ron Goulart (1971)
Garden Junk, by Mary Randolph Carter (1997)
Decorating Your Garden: Inspired Ways to Use Ornamental Objects and Furnishings Outdoors, by Pat Ross (1998)
ETA: I see we're back to Gateway Timeout Error 504 for touchstones once again.
South by Java Head! I enjoyed that story. Alistair MacLean and Geoffrey Household and John D. MacDonald were the few fiction writers my father would read, so perforce I read along.
I'm looking forward to South by Java Head, though I don't know exactly when I'll get to it. I don't think my dad read MacLean, and I don't recall Household at all. My mother enjoyed the Travis McGee books, but I can't recall whether I ever read one; I do own a copy of the first and expect to read it eventually.
In 1948, Johnny Weissmuller, no longer Tarzan, moved on, but not out of the jungle, taking on the role of Alex Raymond's adventurous character Jungle Jim in a series of movies produced by Sam Katzman and released by Columbia Pictures over the next several years. Although the first entry in the series may not be "His Most Exciting Role!" it does deliver a fair amount of entertainment, with Weissmuller given a bit more in the way of a speaking role but still fit enough to spend some time in the water as well. Recommended.
The penultimate collection of Sherlock Holmes stories offers an entertaining mix, from the grimness of "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot" and "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" to the espionage tale "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Case," the romantic elements of "The Disappearance of Lady Carfax," and the clever scheme in "The Adventure of the Dying Detective." Recommended.
Steve (who is also the Durango Kid) (Charles Starrett), Smiley (Smiley Burnette), and the sheriff of Dusty Creek (Stanley Andrews) investigate strange doings in a ghost town where the crook Bill Donner (George Chesebro) may have hidden stolen gold. Complicating matters are the fellow outlaws Donner betrayed and Donner's niece and nephew. Fun stuff, but slight. Recommended.
TNT (Jeanne Bell) tackles the mean streets of Hong Kong to find and destroy her brother's killers. Laughable dialogue, laughable fight choreography, but moderately entertaining nonetheless. Not really recommended.
An odd Italian jungle movie, with the title character (Brad Harris) a man, wrongfully convicted of murder, who escapes from a train bound for prison and takes to life in the wilderness. Too much of the movie is given over to this setup, and the pacing of the rest is marred by flashbacks related to his former life, which get in the way of his — only somewhat effective — battles against crooks and slavers. Not really recommended, save perhaps as a curiosity.
On the cusp of leaving Scotland Yard for a writing career, Sub-Inspector Dick Martin instead finds himself thrust into a complex and confusing investigation, prompted in part by the murder of an experienced safecracker, whom he had left in his lodgings to write up a report on a strange experience and the strange villain who had employed him to try, without success, to pick the locks on a tomb. As usual with Wallace, eminently readable, and though I wasn't surprised by the identity of the mystery crook, I did find the explanation of the crimes in the book imaginative and entertaining. Recommended.
Bernard Lee handles the investigation in this Merton Park movie based on an Edgar Wallace thriller, in which a blackmailer is slain by his victim but, despite the latter's claim of self-defense, no gun can be found. Fairly effective little film; mildly recommended.
When Tom Crenshaw (Tom Tyler) comes across a bushwhacking and kills the murderer, he takes on the criminal's identity to infiltrate the gang and work behind the scenes to save the victim's daughter from the plot to take her ranch. A pleasant little time-waster. Mildly recommended.
The later medieval German Arthurian romance Gauriel von Muntabel is a pleasant enough, but unmemorable, entry in the genre, as a knight's rash boasting offends his fairy mistress, and he is condemned to ugliness and a life of adventure to try to win her back. Mildly recommended.
Time to catch up on threads...
A fourteenth-century Spanish account of travels, possibly fictitious, throughout the known world, but with some admixture of tall tales — somewhat in the vein of Mandeville's Travels — but engrossing enough, in part because of the inclusion of descriptions and illustrations of flags for the realms discussed. There may not be much of interest here for the general reader, but someone keen on traveler's tales, or perhaps someone looking for inspiration for world-building, and of course those interested in the Age of Exploration, may find it has some appeal. Mildly recommended.
Profiteers soaking settlers heading west simultaneously cheat the Osage out of their promised supplies, fomenting violence and provoking the ire of veteran wagonmaster Tom Clay (Rod Cameron), who had been hired to lead the settlers on their journey. Solidly entertaining; recommended.
>106 fuzzi: Too bad about the bookstore situation. It's much the same all over, and although Erika and I generally visit antique stores and flea markets when and as we can while traveling, and sometimes even library (and other) book sales, pickings do seem slimmer.
Are you ready for the next Sackett?
The fourth Mr. Pinkerton mystery is an Oxford-set puzzle, with town and gown both having a part to play in the crimes and the characters involved. The little man himself is the object of some suspicion on the part of the local police, which perhaps explains why he seems to play even less of a role than usual — though one of the striking aspects of this series is how much of the focus is elsewhere. Recommended.
Partway through his lengthy run in B westerns, John Wayne plays John Mason, who seeks to avenge his father's murder. Pretty effective little programmer. Recommended.
Twists and turns as a convict escapes and goes to join his girlfriend and recover his stolen loot — but there have been some unexpected developments. Recommended.
This 12th-century chronicle is an important source for the history of the Germanic and Slavic peoples living in what is now northern Germany, as well as northward as far as the Skaggerak and Kattegat, and beyond, and eastward as far as modern Poland, covering ebbs and flows in the power of the various groups jockeying for position in these lands. Some portions are drawn from other surviving historical writing (which contributed to early parts of the book seeming quite familiar to me), but there's much of independent interest as well. Recommended.
Perhaps the best WW2 movie, and certainly one of the best, The Longest Day recounts the events of D-Day, the Sixth of June, 1944, with a look at happenings on both sides. From last-minute preparations, to the desperate efforts to get off the beaches, with the grim toll taken there, to Allied missteps and successes inland as well, even major stars have relatively few minutes on-screen but make the most of them. I've watched this a number of times and will undoubtedly do so again. Highly recommended!
When a conqueror devastates a village watched over by the god Majin and his followers desecrates Majin's shrine, they soon will wish they hadn't done so. Fun stuff; recommended.
Wade Barton (George O'Brien) and his band of "merry men" come to the aid of Don Aliso del Campo (Lucio Villegas), whose ranch is the target of a takeover plot. Glenn Strange has a solid and amusing role as one of the crooks. Recommended.
Whip Wilson (Whip Wilson) comes to the area to help out friend Jim Bannon (Jim Bannon), whose ranch has been among the targets of horse rustlers, and sticks around to help acting sheriff Alice Long (Phyllis Coates) break up the gang behind the crimes. An OK B western; mildly recommended.
The giant idol is back, this time avenging the inhabitants of two villages beset by invaders. It takes some time before Majin gets going, but he delivers the goods. Mildly recommended.
When his brother's wife informs Tell Sackett that Apaches have taken his nephew captive, he undertakes the nigh-suicidal task of following the band into their home mountains south of the border, aided by some chance-met traveling companions, the "lonely men" of the title. A well-told tale; recommended.
A private detective (Hazel Court) is hired to track down a man-about-town who passed a bad check to buy an expensive jewel. Assorted complications ensue. Fairly entertaining entry in the Merton Park Edgar Wallace series; mildly recommended.
A stolen nuclear bomb is the centerpiece of a plot to attack the U.S. Sixth Fleet, and secret agent Dan Holland (Nicholas Kirk (Nikos Kourkoulos)) is on its trail. His investigation will uncover deceptions dating back to the Greek Civil War. An occasionally interesting Greek entry in the Eurospy genre; mildly recommended for fans of those films.
An important collection of texts by one of the early lights of miniatures wargaming. The volume includes rules for wargaming, guidance on setting up a campaign, and example reports on the long-running Hyborian Campaign, which set the standard for many that followed. The campaign guidelines, in particular, could prove valuable for setting up a role-playing campaign, or for working out world-building in other contexts, too. Recommended.
I never really got into miniatures wargaming myself, but I always was impressed by the artistic skills of the folks who painted up sizable armies in small scales. I was however keen on board wargames (if never really good at them) and some of the RPGs like D&D.
Music hall performers down on their luck are saved from penury by a mysterious benefactor, who advances them funds in return for their pledge to perform tasks for him over the coming year. These tasks prove to be various intrigues that give rise to the conundrums of the title — in particular, are they working on the side of the angels? Rather old-fashioned, I suppose, but well-crafted; recommended.
Bernard Lee heads the cast as a police inspector investigating what appears to be a robbery-turned-murder. Some inconsistencies put the police on another track, and the viewer follows along with the investigation, which retains some suspense despite our knowledge of the guilty. Recommended.
Plenty of good fun with Ted Key's independent maid. Recommended.
When an irascible millionaire is found murdered within his locked vault, with the key on the floor beside him, an ordinary pin proves critical to the solution of the crime. A fairly engaging entry in the Merton Mark Edgar Wallace movie series; recommended.
Detectives Bud and Lou help out a boxer who is wrongly accused of murder, and who makes use of the invisibility serum invented in the 1933 film. The effects are good, and as is so often effective in the Abbott & Costello films, the trappings — in this case the fact that the serum will drive its user mad — are played straight, while the boys bring the humor, reinforced here by Lou in a boxing match. Recommended.
Louis Jordan: Jivin' with Jordan (4 CDs)
Bunny Berigan: The Key Sessions, 1931–1937 (5 CDs)
Count Basie: The Count Basie Story (4 CDs)
Gene Krupa: The Gene Krupa Story (4 CDs)
Duke Ellington: Masterpieces, 1926–1949 (4 CDs)
Louis Armstrong: C'est Ci Bon: Satchmo in the Forties (4 CDs)
Glenn Miller: The Golden Years (1938–1942) (4 CDs)
Benny Goodman: The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert (2 CDs)
G.I. Jukebox (5 CDs)
When Danny Boyd awakens after a raucous party the night before, he finds his apartment also contains an unknown woman who had joined the party the night before. When he escorts her to the apartment she had actually meant to go to, they discover its occupant murdered. Danny soon learns the woman is the daughter of a deported gangster, and he is hired to protect her from kidnappers. As is common in Carter Brown novels, twists abound. Mildly recommended.
Murders are blamed on a developmentally disabled young man, but the police are not so sure — and the viewer will quickly spot the real maniac. Decent performances, but nothing particularly intriguing here. Not recommended.
A noted hunter (Rod Cameron) returns to a realm where he is blamed for leaving a young man to die in the face of the unknown. He accompanies a second expedition in an effort to restore his good name. Elements of cryptozoology figure in the story. Rather too much talk, and a moderate amount of padding, although I tend to like the travelogue aspects of such films. Mildly recommended.
This is a badly scripted and badly directed mess, with Bob Burke (Bob Steele) trying to find the kidnapped son (Dave O'Brien, wasted in the role) of Tom Martin (Frank LaRue) and aided in combating the bad guys by the mysterious riders of the title, who are led by Poe Powers (Ted Adams). Not recommended.
Hoot Gibson essays a Zorro role (as "El Capitan") to get vengeance on the crook who killed his brother in this fairly early sound western costarring his wife at the time, Sally Eilers. Lighthearted, with some good performances. Recommended.
>145 harrygbutler: You hit a jazz jackpot.
The films, now, don't grab me. Marie Windsor in The Jungle is mildly enticing. But wow, are you doing great on the film-collection-enjoyment score.
I can understand your response to the movies I've listed most recently. I generally get enough entertainment even out of movies that aren't very good, but I know they aren't for everyone. I have to say I was moderately surprised at some of the developments in The Jungle, but it wasn't a particularly good movie.
Wheeler & Woolsey tread in Marx Brothers territory (see The Cocoanuts) as insurance salesman who boost a rundown Florida hotel and end up tangling with crooks as well as helping out Dorothy Lee. A bit disjointed, but amusing nonetheless. Recommended.
A solicitor (Conrad Phillips) is asked to investigate a jewel robbery, one apparently connected to a similar string of crimes, and things take a sinister turn when murder occurs. OK but undistinguished. Mildly recommended.
Tex Ritter crushes crooks and croons and as a Texas Ranger looking to resolve a range war. Mildly recommended.
And that gets me through June's movies. Whew!
I love that you've been watching the Majin films! I've been going through a disrupted period and haven't actually been watching movies at all, which is unusual for me and frankly a bit weird. I have several Edgar Wallace film collections around that I was watching before I stalled, so that might be a good place to start things up again.
Fabulous music haul, well done!
I don't mind "old-fashioned" but I admit to being disappointed in my recently read Oppenheim, Anna The Adventuress: he sets up an interesting and quite daring premise and then retreats into a completely conservative ending.
Meanwhile---I can't remember where we left the Mystery League? I finally found (that is, within my house) my misplaced copy of The Maestro Murders and re-read that, but I'm stuck on Turmoil At Brede, which just isn't available here. I'm afraid I'm going to have to bite the bullet and buy a copy, most reluctantly (and I see our dollar has just dropped again, oh joy!).
I enjoyed both the Majin movies; Majin makes for an impressive presence. I've gone through periods when I've watched few movies, and I agree, it is a bit weird if you are used to watching them regularly. The Merton Park Edgar Wallace movies have on the whole been entertaining; the additional bonus features included in the set I got have not, with one even joining the relatively small list of movies I've abandoned watching partway through.
Thanks re the music!
I've not read Anna the Adventuress. I've read just a few Oppenheims overall, but I've been adding to my stash as and when I can.
I've lost track myself on the Mystery League. I do recall that the next few in line were books I'd already read and didn't plan to reread, including Turmoil at Brede. I think I still have my copy kicking around, and you're more than welcome to it. Just send me a PM if you'd like me to dig it up and pass it along.
A young orphan, heiress to a small fortune, finds some consolation in her distressing circumstances (she is living now with grasping old cousins), in thinking of and visiting the grave of the recently deceased friend of her mother, "Mr. George." When the cousins contemplate moving beyond mere neglect to outright murder to gain the fortune, Mr. George intervenes. Not perhaps a surprising story, but well-told. Recommended.
I read the story in Derleth's collection Mr. George and Other Odd Persons, but the issue of Weird Tales in which it first appeared can be found at the Internet Archive.
A murderous jewel thief is pursued by his ex-partner, who wants a cut of his current haul, and by Scotland Yard, which is assisted by the title character, a retired police official with prior knowledge of the crooks. Effective twists in this tight little tale. Recommended.
After a rival's men attack Dad Summers' freight-wagon operation, killing Summers in the process, Tex (Tex Ritter) and sidekick Duke (Al St. John) help Dad's daughter Madge (Louise Stanley) keep the freight line in operation, though doing so exposes Tex to a (false) charge of murder. Recommended.
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Capital Crimes: London Mysteries, ed. by Martin Edwards (2015)
Recipe for Homicide, by Lawrence G. Blochman (1952)
The Hang-Up Kid, by Carter Brown (1970)
Zelda, by Carter Brown (1961)
Carson of Venus, by Edgar Rice Burroughs (?)
The White Rider, by Leslie Charteris (1930)
The Purple Eye, by William Corcoran (2015)
The Reminiscences of Solar Pons, by August Derleth (1975)
The White Company, by Arthur Conan Doyle (1927)
Three Bright Pebbles, by Leslie Ford (1938)
The Bells of San Juan, by Jackson Gregory (1919)
Farnham's Freehold, by Robert A. Heinlein (1964)
Podkayne of Mars, by Robert A. Heinlein (1963)
The Decree of Allah: The Collected Adventures of Mohamed Ali, by George E. Holt (2015)
Murder Mansion, by Herman Landon (1928)
The Chill, by Ross Macdonald (1963)
John Standon of Texas, by Johnston McCulley (1920)
Cock o' the North, by Talbot Mundy (1929)
Always Leave 'Em Dying, by Richard S. Prather (1954)
The Day She Died, by Helen Reilly (1962)
Treasure Ranch, by Charles Alden Seltzer (1940)
The Complete Cases of Horatio Humberton, Volume 1, by J. Paul Suter (2019)
The Casino Murder Case, by S. S. Van Dine (1934)
The World Below, by S. Fowler Wright (1930)
The Complete Cases of Anne Marsh, by Arthur Leo Zagat (2019)
The Shadow #139: The Kings of Crime / The Stars Promise Death, by Maxwell Grant (2019)
The Shadow #140: Murder Lake / Syndicate of Death / The Mask of Mephisto, by Maxwell Grant (2019)
The Shadow #141: Double Z / Death on Ice / Death Paints a Picture, by Maxwell Grant (2019)
The Shadow #142: Five Ivory Boxes / A Quarter of Eight / Ten Glass Eyes, by Maxwell Grant (2019)
A well-crafted entry in Merton Park's Edgar Wallace series sees Bernard Lee (as Superintendent Meredith) puzzling over the murder of a man hired to serve as waiter at an art gallery show and, subsequently, the killing of an aged moneylender who opposed his niece's romance with the artist shown at the gallery. Though I had my suspicions of the guilty, I did not piece together all the evidence, and in particular the title clue. Recommended.
Ben Brigade (Randolph Scott) is taking captured killer Billy John (a sniveling James Best) to face justice for his crime, but in fact Brigade is using his captive as a pawn to draw out his real target — Billy John's older brother, Frank (Lee Van Cleef), who once did Brigade "a hurt." Thrown into this mix are a woman alone (Karen Steele) and two men (Pernell Roberts and James Coburn) hoping to steal Billy John away and turn him in themselves, in exchange for a governmental pardon. A short but concentrated movie, with excellent performances all around. Highly recommended.
Thanks re the haul. I might be up for a shared read of the Heinlein when you get to it, but I was eyeing one of his others (Have Spacesuit--Will Travel, I think) as the next of his for me.
I'm reading Mustang Man right now but will be ready to get going on Ice Station Zebra later this week. I found a cheap paperback during my travels and picked it up just in case the nicer hardcover doesn't show up in time.
>170 harrygbutler: ::boggle::
Are you aiming for a full run of Argosy magazines? And how close are you to achieving that goal? Also, which university's archive will get you numbingly immense bequest?
>171 harrygbutler: The theatrical release, one presumes.
>172 harrygbutler: Randolph Scott's performances always get a big plus from me.
I think a full run of Argosy would probably be an unrealistic goal at this late date, as there were more than 2,500 issues over its varied life; even if I restricted my attention to its pulp years, there are nearly 50 years' worth, with the magazine weekly for most of that time. I do hope to get all the issues from the 1920s (when the magazine was Argosy All-Story Weekly) through August 1943 (when it stopped being a pulp), but I have a long way to go, as I only have a few hundred issues so far.
A black panther is stalking workers at an experimental farm, and the superstitious suspect that Losana (Lita Baron), maid to Judy Maitland (Allene Roberts), sister of farm manager Robert Maitland (Harry Lewis), may be a shapeshifter. Bomba (Johnny Sheffield) knows better, but his efforts to track and slay the panther are frustrated, and disaster nearly strikes, thanks to Maitland's rashness and disregard of the advice of the local official (Charles Irwin). Mildly recommended.
One of my earliest movie memories is seeing The Jungle Book, and it remains a favorite, with man-cub Mowgli looked after, with more or less success, by the panther Bagheera and Baloo the bear. Loads of fun and some excellent songs — recommended!
I'm still picking up others when and as I can. For example, I've been wanting to try one of the detective/mystery pulps, so when I came across a low-cost reader's copy of an issue of Detective Fiction Weekly, I added it to my haul, and I'm going to prioritize reading it so that I can plan whether to go for more at the next Pulp AdventureCon, in Bordentown, N.J., in early November.
I've never read the Bomba books (I own a couple), but I like the movies well enough for what they are.
I think we agreed you'd read the next few on the list and we're waiting for me, so it's not surprising you've lost track of the Mystery League. :)
If you're serious about Turmoil At Brede, that may indeed end up being my best option---thank you! I am still researching my options at this point but I will get back to you soon and let you know.
I think Ride Lonesome is brilliant, the best of the Scott-Boetticher westerns.
Don't talk to me about the Stratemeyers: I'm jammed two-thirds of the way through the Ruth Fielding series, where the public domain entries ran out, and it's driving me crazy!
Attempts to kill an unpleasant businessman point to an obvious suspect, but additional information — and an unexpected murder — make for an engaging plot. Mildly recommended.
ETA: Found it!
Thanks re the haul! There were additional old mystery books but the prices for those generally seemed higher this year, so I regretfully passed on a number.
Ride Lonesome isn't my favorite (that's The Tall T), but there's no denying that it's a terrific movie, economically told.
Not long ago, I got several of the Stratemeyer Ralph of the Railroad series, but I've not read any yet.
That's the other thing! We're bogged down in this phase where no-one seems to be able to tell their story in under two-and-a-half hours; I've used Ride Lonesome before as an example of exactly how much story you can tell in only 73 minutes!! :)
Anyhoo--- I will leave it with you for the moment, then. When you're sure you still do have the book, I'll make a final decision. Thanks again!
As for Turmoil at Brede, I just found it! It had indeed been out at my parents' house, but it was passed back when we met up at PulpFest. I'll put it aside for you.
harrygbutler, I have been plodding through Ice Station Zebra, reading about 20-30 pages before bed, but last night's installment got really involving and I read past my usual bedtime. So far I'm recommending it!
I'm pretty much ready to go on Ice Station Zebra. Today, I'm trying to read at least half the stories in the single issue of Detective Fiction Weekly I bought last week, but that should leave time to get started on the MacLean book.
The fourth of four Tailspin Tommy movies, based on the popular comic strip, is a bit of a dud, with leading man John Trent — a real-life aviator who went back to the skies after his stint as an actor — having little on-screen presence. The better talents of Milburn Stone and Marjorie Reynolds are insufficient to lift this story of a hoodlum's younger brother and a plot to steal a payroll. Not recommended.
Nolan Sackett, who has "the name of being an outlaw," gets mixed up with treasure-hunters, including the murderous Karnes siblings, the capable Penelope Hume, and assorted crooks and hangers-on. Events move at a rapid clip, with some unexpected developments — including one that plausibly explains a geological feature. Recommended.
Gangsters and corrupt police officials make things difficult for Dragon (Jackie Chan) as he tries to clean up crime in a local district. Fun but muddled. Mildly recommended.
Regretful scoutmaster Freddie Hunter (Bob Hope) would like nothing more than to kick back and enjoy the leisurely shipboard voyage home, pursuing fun and romance. His charges have other ideas, however, as does a notorious strangler looking for a dupe to frame — and the object of his affection, the Duchess Alexandria (Rhonda Fleming), may have other plans as well. Fairly standard Hope fare, but an appealing cast delivers the goods. Recommended.
A menace from the past threatens a young wife, in a story featuring snakes and swordfighting, dancing and drugs. An OK entry in the long-running Jules de Grandin series; mildly recommended.
A burglary at a photography studio nets a bigger-than-expected haul, but why does the studio's owner claim that a large sum known to be in the safe was not there at the time of the crime? Shady doings as murder enters the field and the police strive to untangle the plotting. A decent entry in the Merton Park Edgar Wallace series; recommended.
A gang of villains (the "hooded horsemen" of the title) murder a mine owner, an old friend of Tex Martin (Tex Ritter), who happens by before the old man dies of his wounds and is asked to protect the mine from the crooks. Battles ensue — including a fun saloon fight with perennial bad guy Charles King — and there are some surprises before Tex finally unmasks the ringleader. A serviceable story with some good songs; mildly recommended.
I've been a fan of Jules de Grandin for years and years, though I find the stories are best taken in small doses.
It has been many years since I last read The Divine Comedy, perhaps the greatest of all poems, so I thought I'd treat myself to a reread this year. I began the Inferno the day after my birthday and read approximately one canto a day — not many pages, perhaps, but dense with matters to ponder. I've now moved on to the Purgatorio at the same rate, and will follow up with the Paradiso thereafter. Learned and wise and poetically powerful; highly recommended.
Espionage hijinks in Singapore, with agent Kurt Jackson in pursuit of a secret formula. On the dull side; not recommended.
Former Tarzan Gordon Scott takes a turn as a spy, secret agent Bart Fargo, after the inventor of the "death ray" of the title. Mildly entertaining, but not really recommended.