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1harrygbutler
Jun 9, 2019, 12:44pm


Benny Goodman in the movie Stage Door Canteen
By Film screenshot - Stage Door Canteen film, Public Domain, Link



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)

https://youtu.be/heXQ-zgyfQY

"Sing, Sing, Sing" (w/Gene Krupa on drums & Harry James on trumpet; from the movie Hollywood Hotel)

https://youtu.be/3mJ4dpNal_k

"Perfidia" (w/Helen Forrest)

https://youtu.be/O-vo-w-D4W4

"Why Don’t You Do Right?" (w/Peggy Lee; from the movie Stage Door Canteen)

https://youtu.be/4zRwze8_SGk

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.

2harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 9, 2019, 12:48pm

Books finished in the first quarter

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

3harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 30, 2019, 2:33pm

Books or long works finished in the second quarter

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

4harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 26, 2019, 8:07am

Books or long works finished in the third quarter

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

5harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 23, 2019, 9:23pm



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

6harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 9, 2019, 12:52pm

Shorter works read in the first quarter

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

7harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 8, 2019, 5:08pm

Shorter works read in the second quarter

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)

8harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 21, 2019, 1:23pm

Shorter works read in the third quarter

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)

9harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 9, 2019, 12:59pm



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)

10harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 9, 2019, 1:01pm

Movies watched in February

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)

11harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 9, 2019, 1:03pm

Movies watched in March

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)

12harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 9, 2019, 1:04pm

Movies watched in April

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)

13harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 9, 2019, 1:07pm

Movies watched in May

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)

14harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 29, 2019, 7:00am

Movies watched in June

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)

15harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 30, 2019, 6:36am

Movies watched in July

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)

16harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 25, 2019, 6:38pm

Movies watched in August

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)

17harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 9, 2019, 1:10pm

Learning Coptic


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!

18harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 9, 2019, 1:18pm

Revisiting and Renewing Old English



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.

19harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 9, 2019, 1:18pm

Next one's yours!

20FAMeulstee
Jun 9, 2019, 5:20pm

Happy new thread, Harry!

More than 75 books AND way over 100 movies... that is a lot. And the year is not even half way.

21msf59
Jun 9, 2019, 5:30pm

Happy Sunday, Harry. Happy New Thread! Congrats on surpassing #75! Hooray! I miss seeing you around and I miss your bird sightings.

22harrygbutler
Jun 9, 2019, 5:56pm

>20 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita! I'm hopeful I can read, and watch, a lot more.

23harrygbutler
Jun 9, 2019, 5:59pm

>21 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I've had a fair amount pulling me away from the site. We didn't really get out birding this spring, so my sightings have been confined to the feeder visitors, and thus little variety.

24harrygbutler
Jun 10, 2019, 9:20am

76. Night of the Crash-Test Dummies, by Gary Larson



One of a number of horizontal-format collections of Far Side cartoons, this volume is as amusing as ever. Recommended!

25harrygbutler
Jun 10, 2019, 9:38am

Movie 96. Timber Stampede (RKO, 1939)



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.

26mstrust
Edited: Jun 10, 2019, 12:12pm

Happy new thread, Harry!
I love "Sing, Sing, Sing" and Krupa. I also like the Los Straightjackets version, more electric guitars.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1awj2kEE7K0

27harrygbutler
Jun 10, 2019, 1:11pm

>26 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer! That was an enjoyable version of "Sing, Sing, Sing"; I don't know that I had heard Los Straightjackets before.

28brodiew2
Jun 10, 2019, 1:34pm

Happy new one, Harry!

Been a rough weekend, but I am determined to see The Longest Day! I have also have the final season of X Company. And I just started the audio of Agent ZigZag by Ben Mcintyre. I am definitely in the WWII zone.

29harrygbutler
Jun 10, 2019, 6:48pm

>28 brodiew2: Thank you, Brodie!

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?

30brodiew2
Edited: Jun 10, 2019, 7:04pm

I have not seen it, but anything with Plummer is worth a look. I would not have thought of him in this kind of role. It is hard for me to see Plummer in a role as lascivious as Chapman. But I've been surprised before.

31harrygbutler
Jun 10, 2019, 7:11pm

>30 brodiew2: I certainly agree on Plummer. I'm sure the film version is much changed from reality, but so long as it is entertaining, I'd be happy enough.

32figsfromthistle
Jun 10, 2019, 8:14pm

Happy new one!

33harrygbutler
Jun 10, 2019, 8:38pm

>32 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita!

34harrygbutler
Jun 11, 2019, 6:39am

Movie 97. Bomba, the Jungle Boy (Monogram, 1949)



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.

35harrygbutler
Jun 11, 2019, 11:21am

77. Tales of Chinatown, by Sax Rohmer



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.

36harrygbutler
Jun 11, 2019, 1:52pm

Movie 98. Goldface, the Fantastic Superman (Balcázar Producciones Cinematográficas / (CI.AS.), 1967)



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.

37drneutron
Jun 11, 2019, 2:32pm

Happy new thread!

38harrygbutler
Jun 11, 2019, 4:41pm

Thanks, Jim!

39harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 11, 2019, 4:57pm

78. The Sky-Liners, by Louis L'Amour



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.

40harrygbutler
Jun 12, 2019, 1:42pm

Movie 99. Arsenic and Old Lace (WB, 1944)



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!

41harrygbutler
Jun 13, 2019, 9:57am

79. The Chinese Lake Murders, by Robert van Gulik



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.

42harrygbutler
Jun 13, 2019, 5:57pm

Movie 100. Buchanan Rides Alone (Columbia, 1958)



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.

43harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 14, 2019, 8:45am

Movie 101. The Screaming Skull (American International, 1958)



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.

44richardderus
Jun 16, 2019, 10:13am

De-lurking to wish you a happy Father's Day, Harry.

45harrygbutler
Jun 16, 2019, 4:18pm

>44 richardderus: Thank you, Richard. To you as well.

46harrygbutler
Jun 16, 2019, 4:37pm

80. The Book of Emperors, ed. and trans. by Henry A. Myers



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.

47harrygbutler
Jun 16, 2019, 4:45pm

Movie 102. Cavalry Scout (Monogram, 1951)



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.

48richardderus
Jun 16, 2019, 5:48pm

>46 harrygbutler: That is an unhappy eventuality.

>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.

49harrygbutler
Jun 17, 2019, 8:39am

>48 richardderus: Rod Cameron was more name than presence in my movie-watching for a long time — I may have seen him occasionally, but I had no particular recollection of him or his roles. That is changing with encountering his Monogram westerns, in which, in the two I've seen so far, he's proved an appealing performer.

50richardderus
Jun 17, 2019, 2:50pm

>49 harrygbutler: He gave surprisingly nuanced performances for a Western specialist. He didn't resort to shorthand like the Noble Profile or the Steely Jaw.

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.

51mstrust
Jun 17, 2019, 3:12pm

>43 harrygbutler: Might have been loosely based on the short story of the same name by F. Marion Crawford? Super cool poster though.

52harrygbutler
Jun 17, 2019, 7:33pm

>50 richardderus: I've got a DVD with Cameron in a jungle adventure movie, but I don't recall it. I'm presuming some other action sorts of movies are likely, too.

53harrygbutler
Jun 17, 2019, 7:41pm

>51 mstrust: Possibly "inspired by," I guess, although the story is rather different. It is indeed a vivid poster.

54harrygbutler
Jun 17, 2019, 7:43pm

81. Smile!, by Bil Keane



This pleasant collection of cartoons will appeal to those who enjoy Family Circus and likely be found lacking by those who disdain Keane's creation. Recommended for the former.

55harrygbutler
Jun 18, 2019, 8:33am

Movie 103. Target Earth (Allied Artists, 1954)



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.

56harrygbutler
Jun 19, 2019, 6:44pm

Movie 104. The Gold Racket (Grand National, 1937)



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.

57brodiew2
Jun 20, 2019, 12:30pm

Hello Harry! I hope all is well with you.

I apologize that I never got around to The Longest Day. I may yet, but I wonder if you are up a watch of Passage to Marseilles?

58harrygbutler
Jun 20, 2019, 6:09pm

>57 brodiew2: Hi, Brodie! I'm doing well, thanks, and I hope the same is true for you.

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.

59brodiew2
Jun 20, 2019, 6:16pm

How funny. Action in the North Atlantic is not a favorite of mine. However, Across the Pacific is one I may have only seen once and don't recall very much about. I'd be willing to give that one a go.

60harrygbutler
Jun 20, 2019, 6:21pm

>59 brodiew2: It has been a long time since I've seen Action in the North Atlantic myself, so I don't really have an opinion on it. The same is true for Across the Pacific. Shall we plan on the latter -- this month, or in July?

61brodiew2
Jun 20, 2019, 6:38pm

Later this month works for me. Does that mean this weekend-ish?

62harrygbutler
Jun 20, 2019, 6:43pm

>61 brodiew2: Or next weekend. I doubt I'd get to it before this Sunday at the earliest, and sometime during the week or next weekend would be better for my schedule.

63brodiew2
Jun 20, 2019, 6:50pm

No worries. Either way, I'll be ready this time. :-P

64harrygbutler
Jun 20, 2019, 8:15pm

Sounds like a plan, then.

65harrygbutler
Jun 20, 2019, 8:33pm

82. Holy Women of the Syrian Orient, trans. by Sebastian P. Brock and Susan Ashbrook Harvey



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.

66harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 24, 2019, 9:13pm

This past weekend, we traveled to York, Pennsylvania, to hit the city's big annual book sale (held at the city ice arena) and generally to shop for books and for antiques. It was a pleasant little trip, and we did indeed pick up some books — 43 total, in fact.



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)

Adventure
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)

Children’s
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)

TBSL
The Story of Waitstill Baxter, by Kate Douglas Wiggin (1913)

Western
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)

Fantasy & Science Fiction
Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein (1957)
Clockwork's Pirates / Ghost Breaker, by Ron Goulart (1971)

Gardens
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.

67richardderus
Jun 24, 2019, 9:10pm

>66 harrygbutler: ::gobsmacked::

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.

68harrygbutler
Jun 24, 2019, 9:24pm

>67 richardderus: I came close to a much larger haul but reluctantly concluded that I'd never get around to reading the piles of older nonfiction paperbacks on specific aspects of WW2 (e.g., the Battle of the Coral Sea or the hunt for the Graf Spee) that abounded at the sale, presumably out of one person's collection.

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.

69harrygbutler
Jun 25, 2019, 8:48am

Movie 105. Jungle Jim (Columbia, 1948)



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.

70richardderus
Jun 25, 2019, 10:01am

>69 harrygbutler: ...and the youth of today thinks they invented objectification of the male body...

71harrygbutler
Jun 25, 2019, 10:49am

>70 richardderus: They should probably watch more older movies.

72mstrust
Jun 25, 2019, 11:41am

Congrats on the big book haul! It sounds like a fun sale.

73harrygbutler
Jun 25, 2019, 12:12pm

>72 mstrust: Thanks! It was indeed; we've already talked about going back for it again next year, but perhaps taking the day off work to drive over for the first day (Friday) instead, to get an even better selection.

74thornton37814
Jun 26, 2019, 7:50am

>54 harrygbutler: One of my favorite comic strips!

75harrygbutler
Jun 26, 2019, 8:39pm

>74 thornton37814: I enjoy it and pick up the collections when I get a chance.

76fuzzi
Jun 26, 2019, 10:11pm

>66 harrygbutler: I read Doublestar recently and thought it was better than average.

Nice haul.

77harrygbutler
Jun 27, 2019, 10:07am

>76 fuzzi: Thanks. I don't think I've ever read that one, but it seemed worth getting to try sometime.

78harrygbutler
Jun 27, 2019, 10:19am

83. His Last Bow, by Arthur Conan Doyle



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.

79harrygbutler
Jun 27, 2019, 10:29am

Movie 106. Streets of Ghost Town (Columbia, 1950)



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.

80PaulCranswick
Jun 27, 2019, 11:09am

>78 harrygbutler: Not really a bad tale in the entire canon to be honest Harry.

81harrygbutler
Jun 27, 2019, 11:49am

>80 PaulCranswick: I think you're right, Paul. There are stories that I find more or less congenial, and some where I think my appreciation varies from time to time, but pretty much all are well-done.

82harrygbutler
Jun 28, 2019, 10:18am

84. The Dedini Gallery, by Eldon Dedini



A variable but largely amusing collection of cartoons by artist Eldon Dedini. Mildly recommended.

83harrygbutler
Edited: Jun 28, 2019, 10:21am

Movie 107. TNT Jackson (New World, 1974)



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.

84harrygbutler
Jun 28, 2019, 10:27am

Movie 108. Zambo, King of the Jungle (Claudia Cinematografica, 1972)



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.

85fuzzi
Jul 7, 2019, 7:14pm

Harry?

86harrygbutler
Jul 8, 2019, 5:14pm

85. The Door with Seven Locks, by Edgar Wallace



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.

87harrygbutler
Jul 8, 2019, 5:21pm

Movie 109. Clue of the Twisted Candle (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1960)



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.

88harrygbutler
Jul 8, 2019, 5:21pm

>85 fuzzi: Thanks for checking in. I just didn't get around to posting last week. I hope you had a good Fourth!

89harrygbutler
Jul 8, 2019, 5:26pm

Movie 110. Santa Fe Bound (Reliable, 1936)



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.

90richardderus
Edited: Jul 8, 2019, 5:36pm

>86 harrygbutler:, >87 harrygbutler: I haven't read an Edgar Wallace tale in a long, long time. I wonder how The Four Just Men would hold up? ETA For 99¢ on Kindle, I decided to find out!

91thornton37814
Jul 9, 2019, 6:03pm

I've read a short story or two by Wallace in some of the British Library series, but if I've read a full-length novel, it's been a long time.

92harrygbutler
Jul 9, 2019, 10:17pm

>90 richardderus: I hope you enjoy it, Richard!

93harrygbutler
Jul 9, 2019, 10:22pm

>91 thornton37814: I think he's generally better in his longer works, although I do quite like the J. G. Reeder stories. The plots of Wallace's novels, which are old-style thrillers, are often rather outrageous, with the police and/or amateurs battling a mysterious criminal mastermind, sometimes even one in disguise, but I find the prose just dashes along sufficiently quickly that I don't stop to puzzle offer possible plot holes and have an enjoyable ride along the way.

94harrygbutler
Jul 13, 2019, 7:20am

86. German Romance, Volume II: Gauriel von Muntabel, by Konrad von Stoffeln



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.

95fuzzi
Jul 13, 2019, 2:35pm

>88 harrygbutler: good to see you. We were on our annual pilgrimage to Chicago to visit our grandbaby, got home late afternoon yesterday.

Time to catch up on threads...

96PaulCranswick
Jul 13, 2019, 10:53pm

>89 harrygbutler: Can't see me Sante Fe bound anytime soon, Harry, but I do have the chance to wish you a lovely weekend.

97harrygbutler
Jul 14, 2019, 9:37pm

>95 fuzzi: I hope you had a great trip! Did you manage any railroad-related stops along the way?

98harrygbutler
Jul 14, 2019, 9:37pm

>98 harrygbutler: Thanks for stopping by, Paul!

99harrygbutler
Jul 14, 2019, 9:44pm

87. El libro del conoscimiento de todos los reinos (The Book of Knowledge of All Kingdoms), ed. and trans. by Nancy F. Marino

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.

100fuzzi
Jul 15, 2019, 7:02am

>97 harrygbutler: we had a very good trip. Unfortunately, all our RR museums were in Tennessee and Alabama, and after being delayed FIVE times in one day we decided to forego the stops. We'd lost more than two hours on the road, and as we were staying with family that evening, we didn't want them to wait up too late.

101richardderus
Jul 15, 2019, 4:02pm

>99 harrygbutler: Actually, it does sound tempting to me...luckily the ILL function of my library system includes university libraries.

102harrygbutler
Jul 17, 2019, 8:17pm

>100 fuzzi: Oh, that's too bad! But I can certainly understand that. Did you manage to get some book-shopping in during the trip at any point?

103harrygbutler
Jul 17, 2019, 8:18pm

>101 richardderus: I hope you enjoy it, Richard. I'm able to use ILL through my local library to get university library holdings, too, which — given some of my more esoteric interests — has proved quite a boon.

104harrygbutler
Jul 17, 2019, 8:20pm

88. Best Cartoons of the Year 1958, ed. by Lawrence Lariar



I continue to make my way through the series, and I found this one another decent entry. Mildly recommended.

105harrygbutler
Jul 17, 2019, 8:25pm

Movie 111. Fort Osage (Monogram, 1952)



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.

106fuzzi
Jul 20, 2019, 12:29pm

>102 harrygbutler: nope. First time we didn't find any book stores to visit. I used LT Local and discovered that almost all the indy used book stores listed near our route were defunct.

107richardderus
Jul 20, 2019, 12:59pm

>105 harrygbutler: That one sounds like it's worth seeking out. Dan Ullman's career as a writer seems not to have ended yet...he got produced in 2017! (Despite having died in 1979.)

108fuzzi
Jul 30, 2019, 1:17pm

harrygbutler, it's been 2 weeks...you okay?

109harrygbutler
Jul 30, 2019, 9:05pm

>107 richardderus: I've been favorably impressed by Rod Cameron's westerns so far.

110harrygbutler
Jul 30, 2019, 9:09pm

>108 fuzzi: I'm doing OK, but busy and not getting on to post. I expect things will stay fairly sporadic for a little bit, but I may manage some runs of posts. I'm definitely behind on posting. Thanks for checking in!

>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?

111fuzzi
Jul 30, 2019, 9:52pm

>110 harrygbutler: I've got the key in the ignition, ready to go...

I'm also thinking of getting back to my MacLean pile, maybe as a shared read. Do you have Ice Station Zebra?

112harrygbutler
Jul 31, 2019, 8:37am

>111 fuzzi: I do have Ice Station Zebra and would be up for a shared read. I just have to figure out where it is stacked/shelved.

113harrygbutler
Jul 31, 2019, 3:48pm

89. Mr. Pinkerton Finds a Body, by David Frome



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.

114harrygbutler
Jul 31, 2019, 3:55pm

Movie 112. The Dawn Rider (Lone Star / Monogram, 1935)



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.

115harrygbutler
Jul 31, 2019, 4:05pm

Movie 113. Marriage of Convenience (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1960)



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.

116mstrust
Jul 31, 2019, 4:16pm

Hiya, Harry! Good to see your movie reviews are back!

117richardderus
Jul 31, 2019, 5:21pm

>115 harrygbutler: That was one of Wallace's short stories, wasn't it? I seem to remember that was in one of those huge multipacks. Have to read the Four Just Men series!

118harrygbutler
Aug 1, 2019, 8:07pm

>116 mstrust: Hi, Jennifer! Thanks for dropping by!

119harrygbutler
Aug 1, 2019, 8:10pm

>117 richardderus: I suspect you're right, but if so, I haven't read it. I've got plenty of unread Wallace books sitting around, though, so who knows when it will turn up for me. I'm going to try to tackle that series in order when I get around to starting; I'm pretty sure I've read at least one out of order, but long enough ago that I'm hopeful it won't adversely affect the reading experience.

120harrygbutler
Aug 1, 2019, 8:21pm

90. The Chronicle of the Slavs, by Helmold of Bosau



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.

121harrygbutler
Aug 1, 2019, 8:35pm

Movie 114. The Longest Day (Twentieth Century Fox, 1962)



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!

122harrygbutler
Aug 2, 2019, 10:45am

Movie 115. Majin, the Monster of Terror (Daiei Studios, 1966)



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.

123fuzzi
Aug 2, 2019, 5:21pm

>121 harrygbutler: I wrote a post about the WW2 movies I've seen, but the LT gremlins must have eaten it...bummer. Anyway, this is one movie I've not watched. I'll see if my dh has a copy of it.

124harrygbutler
Aug 3, 2019, 4:23pm

>123 fuzzi: Too bad about your post. I've seen quite a few WW2 movies, but there are certainly more out there for me to see.

125PaulCranswick
Aug 4, 2019, 1:25am

>121 harrygbutler: It is a great movie, Harry, and a good time to watch it with the 75th celebrations still fresh in our minds.

126harrygbutler
Aug 5, 2019, 10:42am

>125 PaulCranswick: Yes, indeed. I actually watched it on the 6th. I may have a try at tying in a few others to the anniversaries, but I wish I'd thought of it sooner.

127harrygbutler
Aug 5, 2019, 10:47am

91. Richardson Scores Again, by Basil Thomson



The second Inspector Richardson mystery is a solid, if unmemorable, procedural. I'm sure I'll be continuing with the series. Recommended.

128harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 5, 2019, 10:59am

Movie 116. The Fighting Gringo (RKO, 1939)



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.

129harrygbutler
Aug 5, 2019, 11:11am

Movie 117. Canyon Raiders (Monogram, 1951)



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.

130harrygbutler
Aug 6, 2019, 6:42pm

92. The Wailing Rock Murders, by Clifford Orr



Two identical houses built on two protruding bluffs in coastal Maine are the setting for this OK mystery, marred by a rather unsympathetic detective narrator and a bit of a disappointing resolution. Mildly recommended for the setting.

131harrygbutler
Aug 6, 2019, 6:44pm

Movie 118. Return of Giant Majin (Daiei Studios, 1966)



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.

132harrygbutler
Aug 7, 2019, 10:08am

93. The Lonely Men, by Louis L'Amour



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.

133harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 7, 2019, 10:18am

Movie 119. The Man Who Was Nobody (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1960)



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.

134harrygbutler
Aug 7, 2019, 10:23am

Movie 120. Assignment Skybolt (Film Producers, 1968) (Original title: Kataskopoi ston Saroniko)



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.

135harrygbutler
Aug 7, 2019, 3:21pm

94. Tony Bath's Ancient Wargaming; Including Setting Up a Wargames Campaign and the Hyborian Campaign, ed. by John Curry



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.

136fuzzi
Aug 8, 2019, 12:43pm

137richardderus
Aug 8, 2019, 3:39pm

>135 harrygbutler: Who is the early light, Editor Curry or Tony Bath? I know zero about wargaming, even less than I've osmosed about D&D or Warhammer.

138harrygbutler
Aug 8, 2019, 5:50pm

>136 fuzzi: Yep! I'm still catching up on reviews of July reads, so it will be later this month before I get to a review of Mustang Man, but it's the next book lined up for me to start.

139harrygbutler
Aug 8, 2019, 5:57pm

>137 richardderus: Tony Bath was the fellow — founder of the Society of Ancients and named Life Vice President of the organization. John Curry has edited a number of reissues of older rules as part of a "history of wargaming" project, apparently.

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.

140harrygbutler
Aug 8, 2019, 6:13pm

95. The Seven Conundrums, by E. Phillips Oppenheim



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.

141harrygbutler
Aug 8, 2019, 6:20pm

Movie 121. Partners in Crime (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)



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.

142harrygbutler
Aug 9, 2019, 7:04pm

96. All Hazel, by Ted Key



Plenty of good fun with Ted Key's independent maid. Recommended.

143harrygbutler
Aug 9, 2019, 7:07pm

Movie 122. Clue of the New Pin (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)



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.

144harrygbutler
Aug 9, 2019, 7:32pm

Movie 123. Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (Universal, 1951)



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.

145harrygbutler
Aug 11, 2019, 8:17pm

Jazz and swing galore at a thrift store this weekend, as I picked up several multi-disc CD sets, chiefly put out by Proper.


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)

146harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 12, 2019, 7:27am

97. The Black Lace Hangover, by Carter Brown



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.

147harrygbutler
Aug 12, 2019, 7:31am

Movie 124. Urge to Kill (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1960)



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.

148harrygbutler
Aug 12, 2019, 7:36am

Movie 125. The Jungle (Lippert, 1952)



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.

149harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2019, 6:42am

126. Riders of the Sage (Metropolitan, 1939)



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.

150harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2019, 6:56am

127. Clearing the Range (M. H. Hoffman / Allied Pictures, 1931)



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.

151mstrust
Aug 13, 2019, 11:43am

Dropping in to say, Harry!
>145 harrygbutler: You hit a jazz jackpot.

152richardderus
Aug 13, 2019, 5:27pm

>145 harrygbutler: Amazing haul! So many hours of good-to-great jazz.

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.

153harrygbutler
Aug 14, 2019, 8:26pm

>151 mstrust: Hi, Jennifer! I left behind a bunch of bop and bebop sets, as I'm not so much of a fan, but also quite a few single jazz and swing CDs, so I'll probably check back again soon to see whether any are left that I must bring home.

154harrygbutler
Aug 14, 2019, 8:31pm

>152 richardderus: Thanks, Richard! I was amazed that at how much was there — and we weren't all that early in the day, so I was also surprised that they were there at all. I'm used to pretty poor pickings in CDs at the thrift stores, so I seldom even bother to take a look.

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.

155harrygbutler
Aug 14, 2019, 8:32pm

98. Cartoon Portfolio from The Wall Street Journal, ed. by Charles Preston

Some amusement is to be had from this collection, but the collection is brought down by weaker entries. Mildly recommended.

156harrygbutler
Aug 14, 2019, 8:38pm

Movie 128. Hook, Line and Sinker (RKO, 1930)



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.

157harrygbutler
Aug 14, 2019, 8:44pm

Movie 129. The Fourth Square (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)



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.

158harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 14, 2019, 8:47pm

Movie 130. Rollin' Plains (Grand National, 1938)



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!

159lyzard
Aug 15, 2019, 6:32pm

Hi, Harry! - finally doing some catch-ups around the joint. :)

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!).

160harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 16, 2019, 7:37am

>159 lyzard: Hi, Liz!

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.

161harrygbutler
Aug 16, 2019, 7:53am

Short work 41. "Mr. George," by August Derleth (short story, first published in Weird Tales, March 1947)



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.

162fuzzi
Edited: Aug 17, 2019, 2:24pm

>145 harrygbutler: nice haul! When it comes to CDs, I don't usually see anything interesting at thrift stores.

I did splurge and bought two movies (DVDs) I've been wanting to rewatch: The Verdict and The Quiet Man. My film-buff son hasn't seen either of those yet.

163harrygbutler
Aug 17, 2019, 11:02pm

>162 fuzzi: Thanks! Yep, thrift stores generally don't have much to offer for CDs.

I don't remember having seen The Verdict, but I've watched The Quiet Man at least a few times.

164harrygbutler
Aug 17, 2019, 11:14pm

Movie 131. Man at the Carlton Tower (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)



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.

165harrygbutler
Aug 17, 2019, 11:21pm

Movie 132. Sing, Cowboy, Sing (Grand National, 1937)



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.

166fuzzi
Edited: Aug 18, 2019, 12:23pm

>163 harrygbutler: I read someone on LT quip that The Verdict is the best movie that nobody's heard of. Powerful performance by Newman.

167richardderus
Aug 18, 2019, 1:20pm

>164 harrygbutler: I don't think I'd realized that this was an actual TV show until just now! I assume you have the series on DVD...?

168harrygbutler
Aug 19, 2019, 8:23am

>166 fuzzi: That's a strong recommendation. I certainly have heard of The Verdict, but dramas I tend to watch only "accidentally," so I suspect I never did see it. I didn't know the screenplay was by David Mamet until just now.

169harrygbutler
Aug 19, 2019, 8:27am

>167 richardderus: The movies were made and released to theaters but then also bundled (and re-edited) into a TV package. The IMDB listings can be challenging, because sometimes important information is attached to the TV episode version rather than the movie version. I have a boxed set of the movies, including some (or all?) of the other movies that were included in the TV package, as well as a few other movies by the studio.

170harrygbutler
Aug 19, 2019, 10:39am

This past week, I attended PulpFest near Pittsburgh, and I came back with a decent haul of magazines and books, the latter chiefly mysteries, westerns, and pulp reprints. My parents joined us and attended as well, and I know they picked up some books as well.



Pulp Magazines
Argosy All-Story Weekly, September 17, 1921
Argosy All-Story Weekly, December 17, 1921
Argosy All-Story Weekly, December 31, 1921
Argosy All-Story Weekly, January 7, 1922
Argosy All-Story Weekly, July 15, 1922
Argosy All-Story Weekly, June 13, 1925
Argosy All-Story Weekly, July 25, 1925
Argosy All-Story Weekly, August 1, 1925
Argosy All-Story Weekly, August 22, 1925
Argosy All-Story Weekly, October 10, 1925
Argosy All-Story Weekly, October 31, 1925
Argosy All-Story Weekly, March 6, 1926
Argosy All-Story Weekly, March 13, 1926
Argosy All-Story Weekly, March 20, 1926
Argosy All-Story Weekly, March 27, 1926
Argosy All-Story Weekly, April 10, 1926
Argosy All-Story Weekly, April 17, 1926
Argosy All-Story Weekly, May 1, 1926
Argosy All-Story Weekly, May 22, 1926
Argosy All-Story Weekly, July 3, 1926
Argosy All-Story Weekly, December 31, 1927
Argosy All-Story Weekly, February 11, 1928
Argosy All-Story Weekly, March 17, 1928
Argosy All-Story Weekly, July 21, 1928
Argosy, October 19, 1929
Argosy, May 17, 1930
Argosy, May 24, 1930
Argosy, August 16, 1930
Argosy, September 6, 1930
Argosy, August 1, 1931
Argosy, August 8, 1931
Argosy, December 26, 1931
Argosy, August 13, 1932
Argosy, August 27, 1932
Argosy, January 28, 1933
Argosy, May 6, 1933
Argosy, May 27, 1933
Argosy, December 9, 1933
Argosy, December 16, 1933
Argosy, December 23, 1933
Argosy, January 13, 1934
Argosy, June 23, 1934
Argosy, August 25, 1934
Argosy, October 13, 1934
Argosy, December 8, 1934
Argosy, December 15, 1934
Argosy, July 6, 1935
Argosy, September 14, 1935
Argosy, October 5, 1935
Argosy, October 12, 1935
Argosy, May 30, 1936
Argosy, June 13, 1936
Argosy, May 1, 1937
Argosy, October 9, 1937
Argosy, November 20, 1937
Argosy, May 21, 1938
Argosy, June 11, 1938
Argosy, August 6, 1938
Argosy, October 1, 1938
Argosy, October 29, 1938
Argosy, April 1, 1939
Argosy, April 8, 1939
Argosy, May 13, 1939
Argosy, June 3, 1939
Argosy, June 10, 1939
Argosy, July 8, 1939
Argosy, July 22, 1939
Argosy, September 2, 1939
Argosy, September 23, 1939
Argosy, October 28, 1939
Argosy, December 2, 1939
Argosy, March 30, 1940
Argosy, April 20, 1940
Argosy, August 17, 1940
Argosy, August 24, 1940
Argosy, September 7, 1940
Argosy, October 12, 1940
Argosy, October 19, 1940
The Blue Book Magazine, April 1926
Detective Fiction Weekly, November 25, 1939
Ranch Romances, First October Number, 1949
Short Stories, December 25th, 1942



Books
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)

171harrygbutler
Aug 19, 2019, 1:07pm

Movie 133. Clue of the Silver Key (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)



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.

172harrygbutler
Aug 19, 2019, 1:20pm

Movie 134. Ride Lonesome (Columbia, 1959)



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.

173fuzzi
Aug 19, 2019, 2:44pm

>172 harrygbutler: ouch, movie bullet.

I love your haul, and have a copy of Farnham's Freehold on my tbr soon list.

I've also started Ice Station Zebra in case you've located your copy...?

174harrygbutler
Aug 19, 2019, 3:12pm

>173 fuzzi: You're welcome! :-)

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.

175richardderus
Aug 19, 2019, 3:47pm

>169 harrygbutler: It amazes me this wasn't done more often. The frustrations of separating out version-specific information must be immense.

>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.

176harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 20, 2019, 6:55am

>175 richardderus: I think there were some cases going in the other direction. If I recall correctly, some (all?) of the Man from UNCLE movies released to theaters were re-edited and combined episodes from the TV show.

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.

177harrygbutler
Aug 20, 2019, 7:07am

Movie 135. Bomba on Panther Island (Monogram, 1949)



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.

178harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 20, 2019, 7:12am

Movie 136. The Jungle Book (Disney / Buena Vista, 1967)



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!

179richardderus
Aug 20, 2019, 8:47am

>176 harrygbutler: "only a few humdred" LOLOL

Well, it's an amazing task, one that's very interesting to me as a magazine-fancying midcentury reader.

>177 harrygbutler: Bomba! A Stratemeyer series meant to cash in on Tarzan. I don't think I've ever seen a movie, though. It looks like fun.

180mstrust
Aug 20, 2019, 11:51am

>170 harrygbutler: Wow. I picture you staggering around with all that in your arms ;-) Good for you in finding so much of what you love.
>178 harrygbutler: When I was a kid I played the Disney soundtrack to "The Jungle Book" over and over. "Ooh ooh ooh, I wanna be like you ooh ooh..."

181harrygbutler
Aug 20, 2019, 5:38pm

>179 richardderus: After sampling, and after reviewing the various collections of reprinted stories I had and had read, I decided to focus on picking up issues of the general adventure pulps — Adventure, Argosy, Blue Book, and Short Stories, etc. — and a few others (Railroad Stories and Ranch Romances, for example). Last year, I was able to buy a large lot of Argosy issues, and that is driving my specialization on that title

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.

182harrygbutler
Aug 20, 2019, 5:40pm

>180 mstrust: A couple times I did have quite a large stack to get back to the hotel room, though fortunately the two largest purchases got bags and a box. Now to read them!

183harrygbutler
Aug 20, 2019, 6:43pm

99. Shave the Whales, by Scott Adams



An early Dilbert collection, with some characters either absent or still evolving. Fairly amusing. Recommended.

184lyzard
Aug 20, 2019, 7:08pm

>160 harrygbutler:

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.

>170 harrygbutler:

Amazing!!

>172 harrygbutler:

I think Ride Lonesome is brilliant, the best of the Scott-Boetticher westerns.

>179 richardderus:

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!

185harrygbutler
Aug 20, 2019, 7:24pm

Movie 137. Attempt to Kill (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)



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.

186harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 20, 2019, 7:49pm

>184 lyzard: I am indeed serious about Turmoil at Brede, but I better confirm I still have it on hand. I don't think it was donated, since it's still listed in my Your Library collection, but it may be out at my parents' place in one of the bags-full that they're reading.

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.

187lyzard
Aug 20, 2019, 7:47pm

>186 harrygbutler:

economically told

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!

188harrygbutler
Aug 20, 2019, 7:49pm

>187 lyzard: That's right! A movie can be successfully sprawling, but I'd hazard most two-and-a-half-hour movies could be cut by an hour and still deliver what's needed.

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.

189lyzard
Aug 20, 2019, 7:54pm

>188 harrygbutler:

Oh, thanks! I'll try and make a decision ASAP.

190fuzzi
Aug 21, 2019, 10:35am

If people insist on movies longer than 90 minutes, okay, 120 minutes...then they need to GIVE AN INTERMISSION. Some of us won't buy a drink at the movies because leaving to visit the restroom means we will miss something.

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!

191harrygbutler
Aug 21, 2019, 10:41am

>189 lyzard: No rush.

192harrygbutler
Aug 21, 2019, 10:44am

>190 fuzzi: I hardly ever go to the movies these days, and when I have gone, they've generally been to attend showings of older movies.

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.

193harrygbutler
Aug 21, 2019, 10:52am

Movie 138. Danger Flight (Monogram, 1939)



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.

194harrygbutler
Aug 22, 2019, 12:28pm

100. Mustang Man, by Louis L'Amour



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.

195harrygbutler
Aug 22, 2019, 12:38pm

Movie 139. Project A 2 (Golden Way, 1987)



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.

196harrygbutler
Aug 22, 2019, 12:44pm

Movie 140. The Great Lover (Paramount, 1939)



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.

197harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 22, 2019, 5:53pm

101. Best Cartoons of the Year 1960, ed. by Lawrence Lariar



Another good collection in the long-running series, with the usual mix of topical and timeless humor. Recommended.

198harrygbutler
Aug 23, 2019, 11:06am

Shorter work 42. "The Chosen of Vishnu," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, August 1933)

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.

199harrygbutler
Aug 23, 2019, 11:19am

Movie 141. Man Detained (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)



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.

200harrygbutler
Aug 23, 2019, 11:37am

Movie 142. The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen (Grand National, 1937)



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.

201richardderus
Aug 23, 2019, 4:32pm

>198 harrygbutler: Oh, I like Jules de Grandin. Must see if that one's in the collection I've got.

>199 harrygbutler: That looks like fun!

Happy weekend reads!

202harrygbutler
Aug 26, 2019, 8:08pm

>201 richardderus: Thanks, Richard. I did get some good reading in over the weekend.

I've been a fan of Jules de Grandin for years and years, though I find the stories are best taken in small doses.

203harrygbutler
Aug 26, 2019, 8:17pm

102. The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. 1, Inferno



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.

204harrygbutler
Aug 26, 2019, 8:24pm

Movie 143. Goldsnake (Alexandra et al., 1966)



Espionage hijinks in Singapore, with agent Kurt Jackson in pursuit of a secret formula. On the dull side; not recommended.

205harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 26, 2019, 8:29pm

Movie 144. Danger!! Death Ray (Leda Films / Meteor Film, 1967)



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.

206harrygbutler
Aug 27, 2019, 1:42pm

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Come on over!