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Big bands, books, movies, and more: harrygbutler’s 2019 lists — 6

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Edited: Aug 27, 1:32pm Top

Vaughn Monroe
From an ad on page 65 of the Billboard 1943 Music Yearbook, Public Domain, Link

Baritone Vaughn Monroe has long been a favorite; some of his moon-themed records were among my first 78's. He formed his first band in 1940, and the hits began right away, with "There I Go" reaching #5 that same year. He continued charting through 1956, including the wonderful "Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" in 1949 (a #1 hit).

"Racing with the Moon" (his theme song)


"There I Go" (his first hit)


"When The Lights Go On Again (All Over The World)" (1942 hit)


"Ballerina" (a #1 hit in 1948)


And of course "Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend"


Welcome to my sixth 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.

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.

Edited: Aug 27, 1:05pm Top

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

Edited: Aug 27, 1:08pm Top

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

Edited: Yesterday, 4:47pm Top

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
104. Journey to Cubeville, by Scott Adams
105. Zelda, by Carter Brown
106. The Complete Cases of Anne Marsh, by Arthur Leo Zagat
107. Have Spacesuit—Will Travel, by Robert A. Heinlein
108. The Glass Key, by Dashiell Hammett
109. Galloway, by Louis L'Amour
110. Ben: The Adventures of a Hunting Retriever, by John Troy
111. The Menace of Li-Sin, by Gerald Verner
112. Murder in the Rough, by Leslie Allen
113. The Life of Saint Neilos of Rossano, ed. and trans. by Raymond L. Capra, Ines A. Murzaku, and Douglas J. Milewski
114. Best Cartoons from Abroad 1958, ed. by Lawrence Lariar and Ben Roth
115. The Complete Cases of Horatio Humberton, Volume 1, by J. Paul Suter
116. The History of the Counts of Guines and Lords of Ardres, by Lambert of Ardres; trans. by Leah Shopkow
117. Gun Boss of Tumbleweed, by L. Ron Hubbard
118. The Purple Eye, by William Corcoran
119. Heroes of Atlantis and Lemuria, by Manly Wade Wellman, Leigh Brackett, and Frederick Arnold Kummer, Jr.; ed. by D. M. Ritzlin
120. The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. 2, Purgatorio, trans. by John D. Sinclair

Edited: Aug 27, 1:10pm Top

Books or long works finished in the fourth quarter

Edited: Aug 27, 1:10pm Top

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

Edited: Aug 27, 1:11pm Top

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

Edited: Aug 27, 1:12pm Top

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)

Edited: Aug 27, 1:13pm Top

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)

Edited: Aug 27, 1:14pm Top

Shorter works read in the fourth quarter

Edited: Aug 27, 1:18pm Top

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)

Edited: Aug 27, 1:20pm Top

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)

Edited: Aug 27, 1:25pm Top

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)

Edited: Aug 27, 1:27pm Top

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)

Edited: Aug 27, 1:31pm Top

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)

Edited: Aug 27, 1:32pm Top

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)

Edited: Aug 27, 1:34pm Top

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)

Edited: Aug 31, 10:55pm Top

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)
188. Perseus Against the Monsters (1963)
189. Attack of the Mushroom People (Toho, 1963)
190. The Day of the Triffids (Allied Artists, 1963)
191. Attack of the Crab Monsters (Allied Artists, 1957)
192. The Headless Ghost (Anglo-Amalgamated / American-International, 1959)

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Movies watched in September

193. Neutron the Atomic Superman vs. the Death Robots (1962)
194. Zodiac Fighters (1978)
195. The Million Eyes of Sumuru (Anglo-Amalgamated / American-International, 1967)
196. Shadows over Shanghai (Grand National, 1938)
197. The Girl from Rio (1969)
198. The Falcon's Alibi (RKO, 1946)
199. To Catch a Thief (Paramount, 1955)
200. Dick Smart 2.007 (1967)
201. Station West (RKO, 1948)
202. Never Too Late (Reliable, 1935)
203. Samson in the Wax Museum (Filmadora Panamericana, 1963)
204. Tarzan's Magic Fountain (RKO, 1949)
205. Cracked Nuts (RKO, 1931)
206. Tiffany Memorandum (1967)
207. Samson vs. the Vampire Women (1963)
208. Cosmo Jones in 'The Crime Smasher' (Monogram, 1943)
209. Death on the Run (1967) (aka Moving Target)
210. Renfrew of the Royal Mounted (Grand National, 1937)
211. Zarabanda Bing Bing (1966)
212. Cave of the Living Dead (1964)
213. Alice in Wonderland (Disney / RKO, 1951)
214. Run Silent, Run Deep (UA, 1958)
215. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (Hammer, 1973)
216. Ghost Patrol (Excelsior / Puritan, 1936)
217. Candidate for Murder (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1962)
218. Flat Two (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1962)
219. Held for Ransom (Grand National, 1938)
220. Bank Alarm (Grand National, 1937)
221. The Last Chance (Cinematografica Italiana, 1968)
222. The 18 Bronzemen (1976)
223. Fighting Mad (Monogram, 1939)
224. Terror in the Crypt (aka Crypt of the Vampire) (1964)
225. Curse of the Faceless Man (UA, 1958)
226. On the Great White Trail (Grand National, 1938)
227. Night of Terror (Columbia, 1933)

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Movies watched in October

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Movies watched in November

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Movies watched in December

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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!

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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.

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Next one's yours!

Edited: Aug 27, 4:58pm Top

Happy new thread, Harry!
(Yay, I'm first!)

Aug 27, 5:29pm Top

Hi Harry! Happy new thread, good reads and watches for the rest of the week and month.

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>26 mstrust: Hi, Jennifer! Thank you! I don't usually have such amazing gifts for first posters as you provide, I'm afraid, so in light of your current thread, how about a million dollars worth of Twang?

Aug 27, 7:47pm Top

Happy new thread!

Aug 27, 7:48pm Top

>27 richardderus: Thanks, Richard! I'm in the midst of a few reads and definitely have some movies lined up.

Aug 27, 7:51pm Top

>29 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita!

Aug 27, 8:37pm Top

Happy new thread, Harry.

Aug 27, 10:44pm Top

>32 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul!

Aug 28, 12:07am Top

Howdy, Harry. Considering that your last thread snaked past me, it's nice to catch up with all your reading and viewing. The weather's been so glorious the last week or so that I spend two or three hours in the late afternoon/early evening, loafing on the deck. Reading, then surfing a bit, then reading. Mmmmm.

I notice you were getting episodes in the Blackhawk with some of your feature films. In proper order. Is #13 the final. That's the last one on you list, I believe. I think I told you about catching the latest episode each Saturday when I was 7 or 8 years old. Then missing the final because I went with a friend and his family to see the feature Friday night (it was his birthday, as I recall). My mother wouldn't allow me to go on Saturday just to see the finale of the serial.

It's one of my grievances every Festivus.

Aug 28, 9:12am Top

>34 weird_O: Hi, Bill! The weather has been a particular delight the past several days here as well.

I wrapped up the Blackhawk serial without noting the last couple chapters in my thread, as I've been doing less "night at the movies" viewing. The final chapter is Chapter 15. I watched a commercial DVD, but you may be able to find it via a streaming service to finally plug that gap. :-) My uncle told a similar tale, as he was kept from going to see the final chapter of a serial as well (Radio Patrol, in 1937, I believe).

I'm now watching the 1940 serial The Green Hornet, which is a good interpretation of the radio program — and I think that, when the Hornet wears his mask, the voice is that of the radio Hornet at the time.

Aug 28, 9:25am Top

103. Ice Station Zebra, by Alistair MacLean

This is a solid suspense novel, with action both above and below the Arctic ice, as an American nuclear submarine tries to reach, and rescue, the survivors of an explosion and fire at a research station before time runs out. The tension slowly builds to a satisfying conclusion. Recommended.

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Movie 145. Top Secret (Filmes Cinematografica / Tulio Demicheli, 1967)

Gordon Scott has another outing as a secret agent in Top Secret (originally Segretissimo), this time working with, and against, an agent from behind the Iron Curtain. Nothing remarkable here, but it was watchable. Mildly recommended.

Aug 28, 9:56am Top

Movie 146. Operation Poker (Santos Alcocer / Wolder Films, 1965)

Muddled but often entertaining Eurospy hijinks as secret agent Glenn Foster (Roger Browne) both attempts to protect a visiting dignitary from assassins and strives to recover a stolen X-ray vision device that is being used by a gambler to give him an edge. Browne has no real charisma, and at least one twist was not unexpected, but the locations add interest. Mildly recommended.

Aug 28, 11:46am Top

>28 harrygbutler: And worth every penny! Thanks!

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Happy new thread, Harry!

I saw another L'Amour for Kindle on sale last night, and I not only splurged (I rarely buy e-books), but started rereading it, The Man Called Noon. It's one of my favorites, along with Conagher and Down the Long Hills. I should have it finished before September...and our L'Amour challenge.

Aug 28, 3:28pm Top

>39 mstrust: Duane Eddy is a real favorite around here.

Aug 28, 3:30pm Top

>40 fuzzi: Thanks!

The Man Called Noon is a good one! I don't know if I can squeeze it in as a shared read before the end of the month, but I'll try.

Did you want to try for another MacLean next month or wait until November?

Aug 28, 5:32pm Top

Happy new thread, Harry!

I don't watch many movies, yet I am watching Kurosawa's Ran right now.

Aug 28, 5:37pm Top

Movie 147. The Apache Kid's Escape (Robert J. Horner, 1930)

The poor poster art is in keeping with the poor performances in this low-budget, early sound western starring Jack Perrin as the title character. Not recommended.

Aug 28, 5:42pm Top

>43 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita! I've not seen Ran but would watch it if the opportunity arose.

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Movie 148. Whistling Bullets (Ambassador, 1937)

Cowboy star Ken Maynard's brother Kermit, usually a supporting player, got a chance to play lead in some western movies himself during the 1930s. Here, as Texas Ranger Larry Graham, he goes undercover in prison to tie in with a convict who had successfully concealed his stolen loot, not only from the law, but also from his partners. An engineered jailbreak gets Graham in solid with the convict, but careless talk leads to a turn for the worse. Maynard makes an appealing lead. Recommended despite the weaknesses of the low budget.

Aug 29, 1:34pm Top

>42 harrygbutler: September might work for another MacLean. I've got a few waiting.

Aug 29, 5:00pm Top

>46 harrygbutler: Oh wow! I'd forgotten the Maynard Boys! Saturday-afternoon oaters on KENS 5 often had Ken or Kermit. My maternal grandfather liked the Curwood books about Baree and Kazan, so I got them to read.

Aug 29, 6:13pm Top

>47 fuzzi: OK. If you want to suggest one, I'll see whether I've got it, or can get it, for a shared read.

Aug 29, 6:17pm Top

>48 richardderus: I don't have any real recollection of the Maynards in my youthful movie-watching, but the widespread availability of public domain movies both on DVD (in large but inexpensive sets) and streaming has made it much easier for me to get acquainted with lots of western stars who didn't have as much visibility when I was dependent on local TV programming, or even on cable networks' choices.

Aug 29, 6:20pm Top

Movie 149. Never Back Losers (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)

An insurance investigator probing a staged car accident and injury uncovers plotting to fix horse races. So-so entry in the Merton Park Edgar Wallace series; not really recommended.

Aug 29, 6:32pm Top

Movie 150. The Monster That Challenged the World (UA, 1957)

Tim Holt retired from movie-making after wrapping up his long-running western series for RKO in 1952, but he made a few returns to films over the following 20 years before his untimely death from bone cancer in 1973. This entry in the 1950s creature feature genre finds prehistoric giant mollusks set free in the Salton Sea by an earthquake, with Tim as the naval officer leading the efforts to end the menace. It's an entertaining enough monster flick; recommended.

Aug 29, 6:54pm Top

>1 harrygbutler: my father just told me that he saw Vaughn Monroe LIVE in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom, and Vaughn was signing autographs while he was singing. Since my father was in the Air Force and in uniform he got in free. He also saw Tommy Dorsey play at the Edgewater Beach Hotel. and ate at the hotel's restaurant called The Yacht Club. One of the features of that establishment was a wall that moved to give the impression that the diners were on a ship.

My father was in the Air Force during the Korean conflict.

Aug 30, 6:55am Top

>53 fuzzi: That's cool that your dad got to see Vaughn Monroe and also Tommy Dorsey, and an interesting tidbit about the Edgewater Beach Hotel. My thanks to your father for his service!

Aug 30, 7:13am Top

Movie 151. It! The Terror from Beyond Space (UA, 1958)

Suspenseful science fiction film as a spaceship returns to Earth with the sole survivor of the previous trip to Mars, the captain of that vessel, now a prisoner who tells a wild tale of some unknown creature stalking the expedition. But the prisoner is not the only passenger picked up while on Mars, and soon the killings start. Recommended.

Aug 30, 11:22am Top

>52 harrygbutler: Looks like a giant larva, which is scary enough when they're tiny.
I used to drive past the Salton Sea when I worked at my first radio station. I can believe monsters grow there.

Aug 31, 10:35am Top

>56 mstrust: They're not necessarily the fastest of the giant monsters in the '50s movies, but they do seem surprisingly effective at wreaking havoc.

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Movie 152. The Sinister Man (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1961)

An effective opening — a wrapped object that is clearly a body journeying down the Thames and fished out by lock-keepers — leads to an murder investigation. The victim was an archaeologist, and suspicion rests on the rest of his fellow researchers, but it is clear that more is at stake than merely some academic rivalry; there's espionage of some sort afoot as well. A good entry in the Merton Park Edgar Wallace series, though the guilty may be fairly obvious to some viewers. Recommended.

Aug 31, 10:52am Top

Movie 153. The Lost Volcano (Monogram, 1950)

Bomba (Johnny Sheffield) has befriended the son of a couple who have come to the jungle to do research, but his parents believe their son's friend is imaginary. When crooked guides kidnap the boy to learn the location of a hidden city of treasure, Bomba attempts to intervene — all while a volcano threatens to erupt. Not perhaps as engaging as some of the other Bomba movies, with the "imaginary friend" aspect a bit of an annoyance, but reasonably entertaining. Mildly recommended.

Aug 31, 10:56am Top

Movie 154. Backfire! (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1962)

Arson seems the only way out for a failing cosmetics business, with the executive whose bad decisions have ruined the company pushing the scheme and devising an alibi for the time when the fire starts — but he isn't as smart as he thinks. Recommended.

Aug 31, 10:57am Top

And Backfire! gets me through the last of the movies I watched in July, just in time to start commenting on August movies as the month ends. Whew!

Aug 31, 11:19am Top

>55 harrygbutler: I *loved* that film! It was genuinely suspenseful. Yes, the f/x were dire, but the story was a ripping (!) good yarn.

Happy readwatching! August's joys will keep me coming back for more in September.

If I tried to "catch up" on all the reviews I really wanted to write but, for a huge variety of reasons, did not I'd be working on the 2004 crop now.

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>62 richardderus: Right — suspenseful indeed.

I've never been all that keen on writing at length (perhaps because of my editorial bent), though I can do it when I must. Thus, any written comments tend to be pretty short. I do need to start sticking my thoughts into a private comment when I watch a movie if I'm going to let so much time go by before posting about each one in my thread, so I can quickly refresh my memory when writing the post, particularly with regard to anything that struck me as worthy of note while watching.

Sep 4, 5:07pm Top

This really is a very good time to be someone building a collection of movies, and in particular older movies, on DVD. The prices for used DVDs have fallen to rental levels; I seldom have to pay more than $3 for a DVD, and the average around here seems to be about $2.

For example, just yesterday, I stopped in at a nearby Goodwill and came out with the following for $10 total:

The Producers (1967)

Destination Moon (1950)

Ice Station Zebra (1968)

And these four movies that were in the boxed set The Betty Grable Collection, Vol. 1 (sadly, no volume 2 was put out):

Down Argentine Way (1940)

Moon over Miami (1941)

The Dolly Sisters (1945)

My Blue Heaven (1950)

Sep 4, 6:40pm Top

104. Journey to Cubeville, by Scott Adams

This is a good, amusing collection of Dilbert cartoons first published in 1998. The book has an added bonus — finger puppets of the gang you can cut out and play with, if you so desire. Recommended.

Sep 4, 6:52pm Top

Movie 155. Terror Beneath the Sea (Kaitei daisensô) (Toei,1966)

Two reporters (Sonny Chiba and Peggy Neal) covering a naval test investigate a strange sighting and end up trapped in a mad scientist's undersea base, at the mercy of his army of monstrous creatures. Silly fun; mildly recommended.

Sep 4, 7:30pm Top

Movie 156. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (WB, 1953)

Giant dinosaur set free by nuclear tests in the Arctic moves southward, killing as it goes, but the authorities are slow to credit its existence. Well done science fiction action, with excellent stop-motion animation effects by Ray Harryhausen. Recommended.

Sep 5, 12:30pm Top

105. Zelda, by Carter Brown

Movie star Zelda Roxane has an idea for a money-making venture: She'll bring together all her exes, ostensibly to back a movie of her life story, but in fact to get them to pay her not to make the film, and she has Hollywood PI and fixit man Rick Holman join the gathering as a bit of insurance. When murder strikes, however, it looks like Holman may end up framed for the killing. There are adequate twists in the fast-moving plot, but I never really warmed to it. Not really recommended.

Sep 5, 12:44pm Top

Movie 157. Song of the Gringo (Grand National, 1936)

In his first movie, Tex Ritter plays an agent posing as a wanted man while investigating miners' murders. He ends up wounded and taking refuge in the room of Lolita (Joan Woodbury), daughter of Don Estaban Valle (Martin Garralaga). She shields the putative villain, who then infiltrates the gang, which is linked with Don Estaban's rancho. Some singing — including "Rye Whiskey" —, some fighting, some fun; mildly recommended.

Sep 5, 12:56pm Top

Movie 158. Wings over the Pacific (Monogram, 1943)

Downed pilots — American and German — complicate life for a man who had retired to the South Seas with his daughter and wishes only to remain neutral. Oil on the island puts it squarely in the crosshairs of the Axis, and it's up to Lt. Allan Scott, USN (Edward Norris), who has caught the daughter's eye, to try to foil the enemy's plans to secure the island. OK little wartime programmer; mildly recommended.

Sep 5, 6:50pm Top

106. The Complete Cases of Anne Marsh, by Arthur Leo Zagat

Anne Marsh's father commits suicide when he is unable to restore money he had taken from charity accounts to try to save his firm, the local electric company. The heartbroken Anne discovers a letter that reveals her father to have been lured into the malfeasance by the promises of ostensible friends — the very same people who have taken ownership of the utility since Marsh's death. Anne vows to take vengeance on those "racketeers within the law" and restore the stolen funds to the needy. Thanks to some clever eavesdropping devices she rigs, she is able to make her plans, but she is menaced by the relentless police detective who suspects her and is often able to evade his clutches only through the intervention of a mysterious man with a heart-shaped scar. The first six stories in this volume complete a story arc, while the final two launch a second that almost certainly could have continued, but the stories are able to stand by themselves as well. The stories do suffer somewhat if read too close together, but these Robin Hood tales are engaging. Recommended.

Sep 6, 7:10am Top

Movie 159. The Lost Tribe (Columbia, 1949)

A hidden city rich in diamonds is menaced by crooks, and Jungle Jim (Johnny Weissmuller) helps thwart the adventurers. A highlight of this minor movie is multiple men in ape suits, where usually you only get one. Otherwise, there's not a lot to make this stand out, but I like Weissmuller and thus enjoyed it; mildly recommended if it seems appealing.

Sep 6, 7:15am Top

Movie 160. Doctor of Doom (Cinematográfica Calderón, 1963)

Women wrestlers battle an evil scientist who has been kidnapping young women for his (unsuccessful) experiments. Fun enough, but not too serious; mildly recommended.

Sep 6, 1:59pm Top

This is a cool blog post recounting a tale of a book collector's great find, and the appropriate disposition of what was discovered, too. Recommended reading, even if you are not interested in the genres concerned.


I don't think I've read any stories or novels by Paul Bishop (1). Have any of you?

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>74 harrygbutler: I recall seeing Tequila Mockingbird, but have not read any of Paul Bishop's books that I recall.

Oh, wowowowow regarding the Carter collection. I read the first ten (or so) of The Executioner books in high school, lent to me by my boyfriend.

Sep 7, 7:31pm Top

>75 fuzzi: Yes, what an amazing find.

I read some of the books in The Executioner series, too; I think I dropped out around #20 but may have stuck it out a bit longer. My dad was getting them, and as he'd read one he would pass it over to me.

Sep 7, 7:43pm Top

107. Have Spacesuit—Will Travel, by Robert A. Heinlein

When Kip Russell, a space-obsessed young man, wins a used spacesuit in an ad contest and resolves to fix it up rather than exchange it for a cash prize, he soon finds himself caught up in an interplanetary adventure. A fun, fast read; recommended.

Sep 7, 7:49pm Top

Movie 161. The Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World (original title: Licensed to Kill) (Alistair / GEF / Embassy, 1965)

British agent Charles Vine (Tom Adams) is assigned to protect a scientist who possesses a secret formula. Good action and some twists keep this one interesting; recommended.

Sep 7, 7:55pm Top

Movie 162. Our Agent in Casablanca (original title: Il nostro agente a Casablanca (Filmes Cinematografica P.C. / Tulio Demicheli S.L. / Selecciones Huguet, 1966)

Agent Brian Kervin (Lang Jeffries) is after a stolen dossier, and his opponents include an evil mastermind with a steel hand that can be used to electrocute people. There's a lot of treachery along the way, and a decent crop duster vs. car sequence (not the only one I've seen in these Eurospy movies, so I guess they all watched North by Northwest). Mildly recommended.

Sep 8, 7:09am Top

108. The Glass Key, by Dashiell Hammett

By Source, Fair use, Link

A grim tale of a murder investigation, as gambler Ned Beaumont, friend of political boss Paul Madvig, investigates the murder of Taylor Henry, son of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, whom Madvig is backing in the election. Some twists and some clues, with some side plots that deliver the goods as well. Recommended.

Sep 9, 7:14am Top

109. Galloway, by Louis L'Amour

Brothers Flagan and Galloway Sackett, looking to find and build a home of their own, clash with the rough and domineering Dunn family. This fast-moving novel features an Apache pursuit, a vicious killer, Sacketts helping Sacketts, and a mysterious wolf. Flagan is an appealing narrator, and the novel is much more his story than that of his brother Galloway, despite the title. It doesn't seem to square too well with aspects of the brothers' previous story, The Skyliners, but the continuity issues don't really detract from the story here (and are likely to be even less onerous if they aren't read close together). Recommended.

Sep 9, 8:48am Top

Movie 163. Password: Kill Agent Gordon (Claudia Cinematografica / PROCENSA, 1966)

Strictly Dullsville, with the jutting-jawed but wooden Roger Browne once again a secret agent, this time tackling some sort of arms smuggling. Not recommended.

Sep 9, 10:15am Top

>78 harrygbutler: >79 harrygbutler: Such similar posters!
>80 harrygbutler: I have this one on the shelf but haven't gotten to it yet. Thanks for reminding me!

Sep 9, 5:56pm Top

>83 mstrust: The central pose was a common one. It was used on book covers, too:

By Source, Fair use, Link

I recall that the movie version of The Glass Key, starring Alan Ladd, Brian Donlevy, and Veronica Lake, is also worth a look.

Sep 9, 6:21pm Top

Movie 164. The Mask of Dimitrios (WB, 1944)

The body of notorious criminal Dimitrios Makropoulos (Zachary Scott) washes up on a beach, and mystery writer Cornelius Leyden (Peter Lorre) undertakes to learn more about the man and his career. Along the way, he is joined by the mysterious Mr. Peters (Sydney Greenstreet), who has his own interest in the dead crook. The viewer is treated to recollections of Dimitrios by those who loved him and those he betrayed (not necessarily different people) in a gripping story. Scott shines in his first movie role, and Lorre and Greenstreet once gain make a winning combination. Recommended!

Sep 11, 11:29am Top

110. Ben: The Adventures of a Hunting Retriever, by John Troy

Hunting- and fishing-themed cartoons (mostly), centered on the antics of the title character. Mildly amusing; mildly recommended.

Sep 11, 1:49pm Top

Hi Harry! I hope all is well with you.

>71 harrygbutler: I love this artwork and have a Shadow or Doc Savage edition like this one.

>80 harrygbutler: Sorry to see that I missed The Glass Key. I've been looking for my next read and Farewell, My Lovely was in hand, but nothing ever came of it.

>85 harrygbutler: I should take a look at The Mask of Demetrios. Lorre and Greenstreet are fun to watch.

Sep 11, 2:25pm Top

>85 harrygbutler: I summed up the book-vs-movie comparo this way in last year's review: "Skip the three-star film, read the five-star book, and never look back."

Still, the film got three stars despite its weird timing.

Sep 12, 8:08am Top

>87 brodiew2: Hi, Brodie! Thanks for stopping by.

The cover for The Complete Cases of Anne Marsh was taken from one of the issues of Detective Tales in which the series appeared; there are a lot of similar covers.

I'm going to reread The Thin Man next, I think, and then start on rereading Raymond Chandler's novels, as it has been a long time since I went through them all.

I definitely agree with you; it's a pleasure to watch Lorre and Greenstreet working together.

Sep 12, 8:16am Top

>88 richardderus: I've never read Ambler's novel, though I do have it kicking around here someplace. Given your comment, I'll try to bump it up my list.

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111. The Menace of Li-Sin, by Gerald Verner

In the first of several works written by Gerald Verner under the pen-name Nigel Vane, a young Englishman steals an idol reputed to contain a fortune in jewels, but also a booby trap awaiting those unable to figure out how to open the statuette. Said Englishman becomes the target of efforts by the rightful owners to recover the stolen idol; complicating matters are others also after the treasure. Fast-paced, and with an investigator sympathetic to the legitimate owners of the idol but unsympathetic to their tactics; mildly recommended.

Sep 13, 12:01pm Top

Movie 165. The White Trap (Independent Artists / Anglo-Amalgamated, 1959)

A depressing movie about an escape artist criminal who escapes to join his wife, who is about to have a baby and fearful that she will lose her life, as her mother did, in childbirth, and the efforts of the police to capture the man. Not recommended.

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Movie 166. Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (Cinematográfica Calderón, 1964)

The villainous Black Dragon and his judo expert sisters are trying to get a map that will lead them to a treasure hidden in an Aztec pyramid; they square off against our heroines, the wrestling women of the title, and their friends, including a scientist deciphering the map. The Aztec mummy — here a former sorcerer who can change shape — does put in an appearance to avenge desecration of the temple/tomb and theft of the treasure. Lots of wrestling, too. Silly, but fun; mildly recommended if it sounds at all appealing.

Sep 13, 6:06pm Top

That poster is pretty scary!

Sep 13, 7:39pm Top

>94 mstrust: Scarier than the movie! :-)

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112. Murder in the Rough, by Leslie Allen

When private investigator Napoleon B. Smith discovers a dead body in the rough while playing a round of golf, he is unpersuaded that the woman died by accident, in the form of being struck by his golf ball, and investigates despite the general interest in taking the verdict of the coroner's jury and letting well enough alone. This fast-paced mystery novel, first published in 1946, sustains interest throughout, even if the narrator ("Leslie Allen") tends to be a bit annoying and the pair a bit too reminiscent of other corpulent detectives and lovelorn sidekicks. Mildly recommended.

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Movie 167. Wagons West (Monogram, 1952)

Rod Cameron is wagonmaster for a wagon train of settlers that has been set up for betrayal, with Peggie Castle providing the romantic interest and Noah Beery Jr. in a good, if minor, role as one of the settlers. Recommended.

Sep 15, 3:46pm Top

Movie 168. Our Man in Jamaica (1965)

A secret agent is sent to Jamaica to investigate gun-running after the murder of another agent. Along the way, he encounters the sister of a man who has disappeared, a helpful police captain, and others, in a fairly standard and unmemorable but still rather enjoyable Eurospy flick. Mildly recommended.

Sep 16, 10:46am Top

113. The Life of Saint Neilos of Rossano, ed. and trans. by Raymond L. Capra, Ines A. Murzaku, and Douglas J. Milewski

This account of a monk in Byzantine southern Italy during the last century of its existence, and before the Great Schism in 1054 that split the Eastern and Western churches, gives some insight into the conditions and challenges of the eremitical life at the time and a window into how porous borders could prove. A good entry in the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library; recommended.

Sep 16, 10:54am Top

Movie 169. A Night for Crime (PRC, 1943)

Veteran performers rising above a weak script keep this PRC mystery entertaining, but it really isn't for anyone without a taste for the genre. Not particularly recommended, save for fans of the players.

Sep 16, 11:17am Top

Movie 170. Crazy over Horses (Monogram, 1951)

The Bowery Boys are given a race horse to help satisfy the owner's debt to Louie, setting up plots and counterplots, as crooked gamblers scheme to switch horses in an upcoming race. Fun enough; mildly recommended.

Sep 17, 8:44am Top

114. Best Cartoons from Abroad 1958, ed. by Lawrence Lariar and Ben Roth

This is another moderately amusing collection of cartoons from around the world, with western Europe particularly well represented; mildly recommended.

Sep 17, 8:52am Top

Movie 171. Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Huayi Brothers Media, 2010)

In this rather overblown movie, the imprisoned detective (known as Judge Dee in stories translated by Robert Van Gulik and in a subsequent series of mystery novels is set free to investigate the spectacular and strange, perhaps even supernatural, killing of an imperial official engaged in building a towering statue. There is some impressive wire work, but for me the settings and effects came off too fake, jarring me out of the story. We liked it enough to be willing to watch the other Dee movies that have been made since, should we encounter them, but I suspect we won't be actively seeking them out. Mildly recommended.

Edited: Sep 17, 9:09am Top

Movie 172. FX 18 (CFFP / PROCENSA / Protor Film, 1964)

Standard but unmemorable Eurospy stuff, here starring Ken Clark and his crew investigating drug smugglers amid some pleasant Mediterranean scenery. Mildly recommended if you like this sort of thing.

Edited: Sep 18, 6:32pm Top

Movie 173. The Scarlet Clue (Monogram, 1945)

Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) investigates an espionage ring that seems somehow connected to an experimental television station. A fun little nod to a famed horror actor and a good version of Jack Norton's drunk act are highlights, as is the byplay between Mantan Moreland and stage partner Ben Carter. A lesser Chan movie, but entertaining enough; recommended.

Sep 18, 6:39pm Top

Movie 174. Code 7, Victim 5 (Towers of London Productions, 1964)

Detective Steve Martin (Lex Barker) is brought to South Africa to investigate threats and murder, and he soon learns that the killings are focused on a group that were in a prison camp during World War II. Good photography and a few unusual sequences, such as an ostrich stampede, as well as the more standard cliff-side car chase and scuba-diving action, keep this one moving along — no great shakes but an OK way to fill 90 minutes. Mildly recommended.

Sep 19, 10:51am Top

115. The Complete Cases of Horatio Humberton, Volume 1, by J. Paul Suter

These stories about an undertaker-sleuth are largely examples of the weird menace genre, with rational, if far-fetched, explanations of the seeming supernatural, though at least one story certainly seems to admit of a more unusual situation. They are generally fairly well written and entertaining, with the mystery aspect keeping my interest, albeit this Steeger Publications edition, while a fairly handsome physical object, is marred by a few too many typos of the kind produced by OCR; I'll still likely pick up the second volume of stories when it is available, but I may shift to a softcover edition to reduce my costs in light of this qualitative problem.

Sep 20, 6:19pm Top

Movie 175. Thirteen Days to Die (1965)

Thai locations add some interest to what is otherwise a fairly undistinguished film about a stolen necklace that may provide the key to a scientific secret, but even they are not enough to make the movie exciting. Not recommended.

Sep 20, 6:24pm Top

Movie 176. Lightning Guns (Columbia, 1950)

The Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) steps in when a dispute over a planned dam turns violent and the local sheriff (Jock Mahoney) is forced to arrest his father on suspicion of murder. The pace is pretty good in this entry in the series, and Smiley Burnette provides some laughs as a bathtub salesman; recommended.

Sep 20, 6:26pm Top

>107 harrygbutler: Oh dear. Those OCR errors are frustrating to me, but in a Kindle cheapie I most often ignore the first few. In a tree book, I expect the publisher to re-copy edit the thing because we all know how frequent the OCR errors are. Sad about that.

Sep 20, 11:16pm Top

>110 richardderus: I've abandoned a couple publishers that can't keep the typos to a bearable level, despite their making available works not otherwise easy to come by.

Edited: Yesterday, 12:14pm Top

>111 harrygbutler: ...speaking of little-bitty publishers...lookee here!

Sep 21, 4:39pm Top

>112 richardderus: I'm glad to see more reprints in the offing. I certainly hope the first round of releases is successful enough to warrant their bringing other books back thereafter.

Edited: Yesterday, 6:55am Top

>112 richardderus: page not found... :(

You've been watching LOTS of movies lately, Harry. You up to a MacLean shared read? I just started Fear is the Key last night, hope you have a copy.

Edited: Yesterday, 1:53pm Top

>114 fuzzi: There's an extra quotation mark in the link that is breaking it. Try this: https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/news/library-congress-launches-crime-classics-...

I have indeed been watching quite a few movies — 38 in August, and so far 31 in September.

I'm up for a shared read of Fear Is the Key. I'll poke around and try to find my copy. I did just start a new mystery this morning, so I'll likely wait until after I've finished that to start on the MacLean.

Yesterday, 10:50am Top

116. The History of the Counts of Guines and Lords of Ardres, by Lambert of Ardres; trans. by Leah Shopkow

This early thirteenth-century chronicle provides a look at the early developments of a fairly small noble holding in Flanders, with relatively little attention given over to greater lords and more famous figures, although the appearance of St. Thomas à Becket is noteworthy, if brief. The translation is readable and the few maps fairly helpful; I would have appreciated inclusion of an artist's reconstruction of the buildings described therein, too. Recommended.

Yesterday, 12:15pm Top

>116 harrygbutler: ...and book #116! I enjoy those sorts of coincidences.

Yesterday, 1:21pm Top

>117 richardderus: Ah, I hadn't even caught that coincidence. Thanks for pointing it out!

Edited: Yesterday, 4:36pm Top

>115 harrygbutler: excellent. I was so tired last night that I only read part of the first chapter before falling asleep and dropping the book on Cleo, who was laying next to the bed on top of my slides... 😉

Thanks for fixing the link.

Yesterday, 5:40pm Top

>119 fuzzi: It's fairly rare for me to try to read in bed nowadays, unless I'm swept up in a story and holding out the hope I can finish it before I fall asleep.

Otto, who helps me when I work, has also started hopping up on my lap much of the time when we start to watch a movie in the evening. He seldom stays put for the whole movie, but he will come to the living room from wherever he may be to join us. He doesn't watch (or seldom does, at least), but he listens, and then he moves to one of his empty boxes for the remainder of the film.

Edited: Yesterday, 5:54pm Top

Movie 177. The Riverside Murder (Fox, 1935)

Murder stalks a group of financiers in this British mystery, with a young police inspector (Basil Sydney) working through the clues, aided (?) by a detective sergeant (Alastair Sim, in his debut) and mixed up as well with a reporter (Judy Gunn). Unmemorable; mildly recommended.

Yesterday, 5:56pm Top

Movie 178. Murder Is News (Warwick, 1939)

Mildly entertaining mystery, with a reporter stumbling upon a murdered millionaire and endeavoring to sort through the many people with a motive for killing him. Not particularly recommended.

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