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Edited: Aug 27, 2019, 1:32pm

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, 2019, 1:05pm

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, 2019, 1:08pm

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: Sep 30, 2019, 8:08am

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
121. The Case of Naomi Clynes, by Basil Thomson
122. Fear Is the Key, by Alistair MacLean
123. Tequila Mockingbird: A Book of Animal Cartoons, by Leo Cullum

Edited: Dec 2, 2019, 8:15am

Books or long works finished in the fourth quarter

124. Have Gat--Will Travel, by Richard S. Prather
125. Treasure Mountain, by Louis L'Amour
126. The Haunted Monastery, by Robert van Gulik
127. Grimmy: Friends Don't Let Friends Own Cats!, by Mike Peters
128. The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett
129. The Vengeance of Li-Sin, by Gerald Verner
130. Marmaduke, Take 2, by Brad Anderson
131. The Hang-Up Kid, by Carter Brown
132. It's Obvious You Won't Survive by Your Wits Alone, by Scott Adams
133. The Case of the Dead Diplomat, by Basil Thomson
134. The Thief of Forthe and Other Stories, by Clifford Ball
135. Patron Saints of Early Medieval Italy AD c. 350-800, trans. by Nicholas Everett
136. The Annals of St-Bertin, trans. by Janet L. Nelson
137. The Fires at Fitch's Folly, by Kenneth Whipple
138. The Deadly Kitten, by Carter Brown
139. Ride the Dark Trail, by Louis L'Amour
140. Great Comic Cats, by Bill Blackbeard and Malcolm Whyte
141. Assignment—Ankara, by Edward S. Aarons
142. Four Desert Fathers: Pambo, Evagrius, Macarius of Egypt, and Macarius of Alexandria: Coptic Texts Related to the Lausiac History of Palladius, tr. by Tim Vivian with the assistance of Rowan A. Greer
143. The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. 3, Paradiso, trans. by John Sinclair
144. The Charwoman's Shadow, by Lord Dunsany
145. The Acts of Mār Mārī the Apostle, trans. by Amir Harrak
146. Best Cartoons of the Year 1949, ed. by Lawrence Lariar
147. The Studio Crime, by Ianthe Jerrold
148. Ben Again!, by John Troy
149. Run, Spy, Run, by Nick Carter
150. One by One They Disappeared, by Moray Dalton
151. The Dartmoor Enigma, by Basil Thomson
152. Dogs Dogs Dogs: A Collection of Great Dog Cartoons, ed. by S. Gross
153. The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is To Come, by John Bunyan
154. Roman Antiquities, Books 1-2, by Dionysius of Halicarnassus
155. The Body in the Road, by Moray Dalton
156. Encore, Marmaduke! Encore!, by Brad Anderson
157. Lonely on the Mountain, by Louis L'Amour

Edited: Sep 28, 2019, 5:00pm

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
6. The Blue Book Magazine, May 1922

Edited: Aug 27, 2019, 1:11pm

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, 2019, 1:12pm

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: Sep 27, 2019, 6:30am

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)
48. "Red Gauntlets of Czerni," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, December 1933)

Edited: Oct 31, 2019, 8:34am

Shorter works read in the fourth quarter

49. "The Pearl of Death," by Lt. Scott Morgan (short story, first published in Thrilling Adventures, November 1933)
50. "The Red Knife of Hassan," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, January 1934)
51. "The Terror of Siberia," by Lt. Scott Morgan (novella, first published in Thrilling Adventures, February 1934)
52. "The Jest of Warburg Tantavul," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, September 1934)
53. "Hands of the Dead," by Seabury Quinn (short story, first published in Weird Tales, January 1935)

Edited: Aug 27, 2019, 1:18pm

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, 2019, 1:20pm

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, 2019, 1:25pm

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, 2019, 1:27pm

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, 2019, 1:31pm

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, 2019, 1:32pm

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, 2019, 1:34pm

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: Nov 20, 2019, 9:00am

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)

Edited: Oct 1, 2019, 8:41am

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)
228. Number Six (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1962)
229. Code Name: Jaguar (1965)
230. The Huns (1960)
231. The Ape Man (Monogram, 1943)
232. Canyon Passage (Universal, 1946)
233. Diamonds Are a Man's Best Friend (1966)
234. Voodoo Man (Monogram, 1944)

Edited: Nov 8, 2019, 6:05am

Movies watched in October

235. Return of the 18 Bronzemen (Hong Hwa, 1976)
236. Fury of the Wolfman (1972)
237. Solo for Sparrow (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1962)
238. Vengeance of the Zombies (1973)
239. Dial Red 0 (Allied Artists, 1955)
240. Starcrash (1978)
241. Crashing Thru (Monogram, 1939)
242. Gunan, King of the Barbarians (1982)
243. Young Hannah, Queen of the Vampires (1973)
244. The Hideous Sun Demon (Clarke-King / Pacific International, 1958)
245. The Mystic Hour (1933)
246. The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962)
247. El camino de los espantos (The Road of Specters) (1967)
248. Fangs of the Living Dead (1969/1973)
249. Spooks Run Wild (Monogram, 1941)
250. Five Golden Dragons (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1967)
251. Yukon Flight (Monogram, 1940)
252. Invisible Invaders (UA, 1959)
253. Countess Dracula (Hammer / Rank, 1971)
254. Capulina contra los vampiros (1971)
255. Blood (1973)
256. Caltiki il mostro immortale (Caltiki, the Immortal Monster) (Galatea, 1959)
257. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
258. 7 uomini d'oro (1965)
259. Playback (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1962)
260. Deathstalker (1983)
261. Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (Allied Artists, 1957)
262. Captive Girl (Columbia, 1950)
263. Shadows in the Night (Columbia, 1944) (watched several months ago but missed)
264. Calling Paul Temple (Nettlefold / Butcher's Film Service, 1948)
265. The Long Hair of Death (Cinegai, 1965)
266. Re-Animator (Empire, 1985)
267. Sound of Horror (1966)
268. The Cremators (Arista / New World, 1973)
269. Texas to Bataan (Monogram, 1942)
270. Venom (1971)
271. Master Stroke (1967)
272. The Falcon's Adventure (RKO, 1946)
273. Voodoo Woman (American-International, 1957)

Edited: Dec 1, 2019, 9:41am

Movies watched in November

274. Day the World Ended (1955)
275. Sorceress (CONACINE / New World, 1982)
276. Law of the Lash (PRC, 1947)
277. Forbidden World (New World, 1982)
278. Invincible Super Guy (1977)
279. Death Valley Rangers (Monogram, 1943)
280. Encounters in the Deep (1979)
281. Il grande colpo dei 7 uomini d'oro (1966)
282. War of the Robots (1978)
293. Lucky Terror (Diversion / Grand National, 1936)
294. Fire Monsters Against the Son of Hercules (1962)
295. Terror Is a Man (1959)
296. Sonora Stagecoach (Monogram, 1944)
297. The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984)
298. Screamers (1981)
299. Shadows on the Stairs (WB, 1941)
300. The Curse of the Living Corpse (Twentieth Century Fox, 1964)
301. The Treasure of Bengal (original title: Il tesoro del Bengala) (1953)
302. Hondo (WB, 1953)
303. Philo Vance Returns (PRC, 1953)
304. The Eighteen Jade Arhats (1979)
305. The Ark of the Sun God (1984)
306. Philo Vance's Gamble (PRC, 1947)
307. The Silver Trail (Reliable, 1937)
308. Philo Vance's Secret Mission (PRC, 1947)
309. Invasion of the Animal People (1959)
310. Miss Dynamite (1972)
311. Secret Agent Super Dragon (1966)
312. Blood of Dracula (American International, 1957)
313. The Dude Ranger (Fox, 1934)
314. Operation Kid Brother (UA, 1967)
315. Mutiny in Outer Space (Woolner Bros. / Allied Artists, 1965)
316. Horror Safari (1982)
317. Kingsman: The Secret Service (Twentieth Century Fox, 2014)

Edited: Dec 3, 2019, 8:17am

Movies watched in December

318. Shao Lin Kung-Fu Mystagogue (1977)
319. Cry, Onion! (original title: Cipolla Colt) (1975)
320. Slaughter of the Vampires (original title: La strage dei vampiri) (1964)
321. The Weekend Murders (original title: Concerto per pistola solista (1970/1972)
322. Tombstone Canyon (Sono Art-Worldwide, 1932)

Edited: Aug 27, 2019, 1:40pm

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!

Edited: Aug 27, 2019, 1:41pm

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.

Edited: Aug 27, 2019, 1:41pm

Next one's yours!

Edited: Aug 27, 2019, 4:58pm

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

Aug 27, 2019, 5:29pm

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

Edited: Aug 27, 2019, 7:44pm

>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, 2019, 7:47pm

Happy new thread!

Aug 27, 2019, 7:48pm

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

Aug 27, 2019, 7:51pm

>29 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita!

Aug 27, 2019, 8:37pm

Happy new thread, Harry.

Aug 27, 2019, 10:44pm

>32 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul!

Aug 28, 2019, 12:07am

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, 2019, 9:12am

>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, 2019, 9:25am

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.

Edited: Aug 28, 2019, 9:50am

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, 2019, 9:56am

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, 2019, 11:46am

>28 harrygbutler: And worth every penny! Thanks!

Edited: Aug 28, 2019, 2:20pm

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, 2019, 3:28pm

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

Aug 28, 2019, 3:30pm

>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, 2019, 5:32pm

Happy new thread, Harry!

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

Aug 28, 2019, 5:37pm

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, 2019, 5:42pm

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

Edited: Aug 28, 2019, 5:50pm

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, 2019, 1:34pm

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

Aug 29, 2019, 5:00pm

>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, 2019, 6:13pm

>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, 2019, 6:17pm

>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, 2019, 6:20pm

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, 2019, 6:32pm

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, 2019, 6:54pm

>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, 2019, 6:55am

>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, 2019, 7:13am

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, 2019, 11:22am

>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, 2019, 10:35am

>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.

Edited: Aug 31, 2019, 10:42am

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, 2019, 10:52am

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, 2019, 10:56am

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, 2019, 10:57am

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, 2019, 11:19am

>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.

Edited: Sep 1, 2019, 4:14pm

>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, 2019, 5:07pm

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, 2019, 6:40pm

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, 2019, 6:52pm

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, 2019, 7:30pm

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, 2019, 12:30pm

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, 2019, 12:44pm

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, 2019, 12:56pm

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, 2019, 6:50pm

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, 2019, 7:10am

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, 2019, 7:15am

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, 2019, 1:59pm

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?

Edited: Sep 6, 2019, 10:25pm

>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, 2019, 7:31pm

>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, 2019, 7:43pm

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, 2019, 7:49pm

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, 2019, 7:55pm

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, 2019, 7:09am

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, 2019, 7:14am

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, 2019, 8:48am

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, 2019, 10:15am

>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, 2019, 5:56pm

>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, 2019, 6:21pm

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, 2019, 11:29am

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, 2019, 1:49pm

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, 2019, 2:25pm

>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, 2019, 8:08am

>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, 2019, 8:16am

>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, 2019, 12:01pm

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, 2019, 6:06pm

That poster is pretty scary!

Sep 13, 2019, 7:39pm

>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, 2019, 3:46pm

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, 2019, 10:46am

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, 2019, 10:54am

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, 2019, 11:17am

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, 2019, 8:44am

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, 2019, 8:52am

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.

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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.

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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, 2019, 6:39pm

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, 2019, 10:51am

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, 2019, 6:19pm

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, 2019, 6:24pm

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, 2019, 6:26pm

>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, 2019, 11:16pm

>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.

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

Sep 21, 2019, 4:39pm

>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: Sep 22, 2019, 6:55am

>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: Sep 22, 2019, 1:53pm

>114 fuzzi: There's an extra quotation mark in the link that is breaking it. Try this:

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.

Sep 22, 2019, 10:50am

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.

Sep 22, 2019, 12:15pm

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

Sep 22, 2019, 1:21pm

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

Edited: Sep 22, 2019, 4:36pm

>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.

Sep 22, 2019, 5:40pm

>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: Sep 22, 2019, 5:54pm

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.

Sep 22, 2019, 5:56pm

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.

Sep 24, 2019, 6:57am

>120 harrygbutler: it's hard for me to find a spot to read undisturbed. I know in bed I'm fairly safe from distractions!

The images on your last two posts are broken...

Sep 24, 2019, 8:25pm

>123 fuzzi: Thanks for letting me know about the images. They seem to be OK now -- both are embeds from IMDB rather than cover images from LT, so maybe there was some sort of communication issue.

Sep 29, 2019, 9:26am

117. Gun Boss of Tumbleweed, by L. Ron Hubbard

Though his fame today probably largely rests on Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard contributed many stories in many genres to the mid-century pulp magazines. Gun Boss of Tumbleweed is one of many reprint volumes put out by Galaxy Press; its contents — the title novella, in which an unwilling "bad man" clashes with his boss, and a single short story, "Blood on His Spurs," in which a mysterious hand hires on with a man apparently on the losing side of a range war and whose sole hope seems to be selling a herd of horses to the army — showing that Hubbard could deliver the goods, with fast-moving action and tight stories. Recommended, but I'd suggest looking for a used copy at a reasonable price, as I did; the cover price is too high for the amount of story-telling contained within, even supplemented with essays on Hubbard and a bibliography.

Edited: Sep 29, 2019, 9:40am

Movie 179. Secret Agent Fireball (N.C. / Devon / Radius, 1965)

Secret agent seeks microfilm, with assorted competition. Nice setting (Beirut in the 1960s), some twists, a bit of goofy action, a villain who looks and dresses like Boris Badenov, an amphibious car — plenty to enjoy. Recommended.

Sep 29, 2019, 9:44am

Movie 180. Space Amoeba (Toho, 1970)

Giant monsters galore as Yog, the "space amoeba" of the title, transforms relatively harmless creatures into mutated killers on a remote atoll where developers hope to build a resort. Silly but fun; recommended.

Sep 29, 2019, 11:19am

I finished Fear is the Key, good read.

While on Ebay yesterday I looked to see if there were any MacLean books available that weren't already in my library...and couldn't find any! It's not that Ebay didn't have any, it's that I already have all his adventure books. My unread pile is diminishing. Nooooo! 😱

Sep 29, 2019, 1:44pm

>128 fuzzi: I finished Fear Is the Key this morning, after nearly deciding to stay up all night to finish it. Definitely gripping.

I think I have more left to read than you do, but eventually they will run out. Have you tried anything by Hammond Innes? The one of his books I read a few years ago, The Blue Ice, was suitably exciting.

Sep 29, 2019, 7:12pm

>129 harrygbutler: glad you also liked that one. It certainly started in an interesting way!

I'll make a note of Hammond Innes' name, thanks.

Sep 29, 2019, 9:30pm

>130 fuzzi: Yes, indeed!

Sep 29, 2019, 9:43pm

118. The Purple Eye, by William Corcoran

Adventurer Wayne Saxon is drawn into battle against the Purple Eye, whose criminal organization, the Brotherhood of Baktuun, holds all of New York in fear. Saxon is aided from time to time by the Secret Hundred, led by a mysterious woman who seems to delight in keeping Saxon off balance. This novel, first published in the August 1933 issue of Dime Mystery magazine, moves at a rapid clip; recommended if the subject matter seems of interest.

Note: The cover of the reprint edition I read uses an unrelated pulp cover; the actual cover of the magazine included an illustration of a scene from the novel:

Sep 29, 2019, 9:49pm

Movie 181. The Flying Serpent (PRC, 1946)

Quetzalcoatl kills again and again in this horror film from low-budget company PRC, starring George Zucco as the archaeologist who has discovered both a treasure and a monstrous prehistoric bird that will slay anyone who possesses one of its feathers. Fun stuff; recommended.

Sep 29, 2019, 9:56pm

Movie 182. Ninja, the Violent Sorceror (Filmark International, 1982)

After a gambling king is defeated through sorcery, he commits suicide, in accordance with the wager, but the ghost of his dead wife induces her brothers-in-law to take revenge. A wild ride, with ninjas, incantations, hopping vampires, and more. It's not exactly good, but I found it entertaining; mildly recommended.

Sep 30, 2019, 6:02am

>132 harrygbutler: That looks like good fun -the cover is a delight. The grimace on the chap's face, considering the heroine is supine and with legs akimbo before him, is priceless.

Sep 30, 2019, 8:07am

>135 PaulCranswick: Fun, and a fast read. The reprint was part of a series of ten, and they did well enough that the small publisher (Murania Press) will be issuing another series of ten in the near future, and I'm likely to pick them all up.

Oct 1, 2019, 10:55am

119. Heroes of Atlantis and Lemuria, by Manly Wade Wellman, Leigh Brackett, and Frederick Arnold Kummer, Jr.; ed. by D. M. Ritzlin

Editor D. M. Ritzlin brings together the five stories of the last survivor of Atlantis penned by Manly Wade Wellman beginning in the mid-1970s, as well as three tales from the pulps by Frederick Arnold Kummer, Jr., set in Lemuria, but involving a time traveler, and a single tale by the generally entertaining Leigh Brackett. Wellman's tales are the standouts here, with his wandering Atlantean battling horrors from beyond, a vampiric overlord, and more, but the others in the book have something to offer as well. Recommended.

DMR Books is a small publisher focused on sword-and-sorcery anthologies. I've yet to try one of their original collections, but I seized on their reprinting of the stories in this volume as an opportunity to sample their wares, and I can report myself pleased with the quality of their proofreading — minimal distracting typos, the bane of so many reprints and characteristic of so many contemporary presses, both large and small. I'm now motivated to give some of their other publications a try.

Oct 1, 2019, 4:18pm

>137 harrygbutler: I am a fancier of Wellman's Silver John series of Appalachian magical tales (even though I know he disliked that yclepture, "John the Balladeer" which he preferred is blah and without the needed punch for a series character's name). I had no idea he'd written any stories featuring an Atlantean hero! Cool.

Oct 1, 2019, 6:54pm

>138 richardderus: I'm pretty sure I first encountered Wellman's work with those stories, which made me a fan of his writing. The whole series including all the novels, is due out in a reprint set from Haffner Press sometime soon, but I'm not sure I can justify the purchase when I already have all, or nearly all, in other books.

Some years ago I got Night Shade Books' five-volume collection of selected short stories by Wellman, though I had to pay quite a bit on the secondary market for a couple, since I didn't buy them as they were released. It was a well-made set, and it's a pity that Night Shade decided it could no longer put out such excellent hardcovers (their set of Lord Dunsany's Jorkens stories is another attractive set). There were quite a few good stories, including a very creepy story about ghosthunters that proved to me that I could still be frightened, or at least made quite uneasy, by a horror story.

Oct 1, 2019, 7:01pm

Movie 183. Avenger X (1967)

A crook kills his girlfriend and frames the retired arch-criminal Mister X, who comes out of retirement to wreak vengeance. An entertaining crime thriller, with plenty of '60s-era Eurospy trappings and perhaps a bit of debt to To Catch a Thief. Recommended.

Oct 1, 2019, 7:03pm

Movie 184. Killers Are Challenged (1966)

Entertaining but unmemorable espionage film, with Richard Harris as the agent investigating efforts to assassinate scientists who have developed an alternative energy source. Mildly recommended.

Oct 1, 2019, 7:08pm

Movie 185. Bullet Code (RKO, 1940)

When rustlers kill Bud, one of his cowhands, rancher Steve Condon (George O'Brien) is led to believe he shot the young man himself. Steve heads for the dead man's home, where he finds that crooks are menacing the family ranch, but the hopes Bud's father and sister have pinned on their absent son and brother cause Steve to conceal the killing — but complications arise when some of the rustlers involved in killing Bud show up. Recommended.

Oct 1, 2019, 7:15pm

Movie 186. Star Pilot (1966)

Aliens crash on Sardinia and look for help from a local scientist (and others) to repair their vessel and return to their fleet — but these are not necessarily benevolent aliens. Mildly entertaining time-waster; not particularly recommended.

Oct 1, 2019, 7:18pm

Movie 187. I Live on Danger (Paramount, 1942)

Chester Morris stars as reporter Jeff Morrell, who engineers the capture of a murder suspect but then is induced to work to prove his innocence. There's not much to this programmer; mildly recommended for Morris fans.

Oct 1, 2019, 9:41pm

>139 harrygbutler: Oh, those rascals at Haffner Press! They are hell-bent for leather to flatten my pockets. I always covet their editions.

Oct 2, 2019, 8:21am

>145 richardderus: I've yet to buy anything they've put out, but I am tempted.

Oct 2, 2019, 8:25am

120. The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. 2, Purgatorio, trans. by John D. Sinclair

The second third of The Divine Comedy, perhaps the greatest of all poems, is a learned and wise and poetically powerful journey with souls on the way to their final blessedness; highly recommended.

Oct 2, 2019, 8:33am

Movie 188. Perseus Against the Monsters (1963) (original title: Perseo l'invincibile)

A sword-and-sandal movie made particularly memorable by the incredibly strange version of Medusa that the hero battles, but generally entertaining as well. Recommended.


Oct 2, 2019, 8:45am

Movie 189. Attack of the Mushroom People (Toho, 1963) (original title: Matango)

A grim tale from Toho, with travelers shipwrecked on an island where the only abundant food is fungus — and fungus with some unexpected powers. The movie reminded me a good deal of the novella "Fungus Isle," by Philip M. Fisher, Jr., published in Argosy All-Story Weekly, October 27, 1923, which I read last year; the similarities are extensive enough that I wouldn't be surprised if the pulp story was an inspiration for the movie made 40 years later. Recommended.

Oct 2, 2019, 8:49am

Movie 190. The Day of the Triffids (Allied Artists, 1963)

While not perhaps as weighty as John Wyndham's novel that was its basis, and with some plot holes, this science fiction movie about menacing plants, starring Howard Keel, nevertheless holds the viewer's interest. Recommended.

Oct 2, 2019, 8:54am

Movie 191. Attack of the Crab Monsters (Allied Artists, 1957)

A scientific team journeys to an island whence a previous group has disappeared, and its members soon find themselves prey to vicious attacks, mysterious voices in the night (including that of the missing leader of the first expedition), and earthquakes that are toppling ever more portions of the island into the sea. Will they be able to fight back successfully against the giant menaces? An entertaining little monster movie, even if the ending isn't all one might like. Recommended.

Edited: Nov 20, 2019, 9:08am

Movie 192. The Headless Ghost (Anglo-Amalgamated / American International, 1959)

Young people touring a "haunted" castle stick around after the end of day to see whether there is any truth to the rumor of ghosts ... and soon find themselves mixed up with the spirit world. A lighthearted ghost fest overall; mildly recommended.

Oct 2, 2019, 12:34pm

>146 harrygbutler: The Complete John Thunstone was my gateway drug. It was only $40 then...les jadis...

Oct 2, 2019, 12:59pm

>153 richardderus: I came very close to getting that one, but I missed it and am unlikely to get it now. I've eyed a number of their other offerings as well.

Oct 5, 2019, 7:02pm

A flea market and a thrift shop yielded some movies but no books today. The movies belong to various genres — musicals, westerns, action, comedy, war, etc.:

Damn Yankees (WB, 1958)
The Pajama Game (WB, 1957)
Guys and Dolls (Goldwyn / MGM, 1955)
Silk Stockings (MGM, 1957)
State Fair (Twentieth Century Fox, 1945)
Rooster Cogburn (Universal, 1975)
The Bells of St. Mary's (RKO, 1945)
Attack on the Iron Coast (UA, 1968)
Bend of the River (Universal, 1952)
The Far Country (Universal, 1954)
The Great Ziegfeld (MGM, 1936)
Fathom (Twentieth Century Fox, 1967)
Slaughter (American International, 1972)
Robin and the 7 Hoods (WB, 1964)
Ocean's 11 (WB, 1960)
Panic in the Streets (Twentieth Century Fox, 1950)

Oct 5, 2019, 7:30pm

>155 harrygbutler: The Bells of St. Mary's is an old favorite for me. I used to watch it every Christmas.

Oct 6, 2019, 1:27pm

>142 harrygbutler: sounds like a L'Amour plot!

Oct 6, 2019, 4:07pm

Silk Stockings! Ninotchka with music! So much fun.

Oct 7, 2019, 11:17am

>156 thornton37814: I tend to recall Going My Way, but I think I must have seen The Bells of St. Mary's at some point.

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>157 fuzzi: It's a good little western, but I find that true of pretty much all of George O'Brien's programmers.

Oct 7, 2019, 2:41pm

>158 richardderus: Absolutely — tons of fun. I prefer the original, because Garbo is so wonderful in it, but you can't go wrong with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, either.

Oct 7, 2019, 6:20pm

121. The Case of Naomi Clynes, by Basil Thomson

When a woman with no relatives and no known friends apparently commits suicide, though all who knew her think that unlikely, Inspector Richardson strives to identify the appropriate suspect and to build a case. The writing kept the book interesting, though the mystery was rather easily solved. Mildly recommended.

Oct 7, 2019, 6:31pm

Movie 193. Neutron the Atomic Superman vs. the Death Robots (1962)

The evil Dr. Caronte is scheming to use the brains of three scientists to construct a deadly neutron bomb, but he needs copious quantities of blood for his device, so his midget assistant and a squad of "death robots" go hunting victims. Fortunately, masked hero Neutron is on hand to battle the mad scientist. Not good, but mildly entertaining nonetheless. Mildly recommended if it sounds appealing.

Oct 7, 2019, 6:37pm

Movie 194. Zodiac Fighters (1978)

A pious thief (Polly Ling-Feng Shang-Kuan) finds a magic sword and, after training in Dragon-style kung fu, joins with the other fighters aligned with zodiac signs to battle an evil gang. Fun but slight; mildly recommended.

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Movie 195. The Million Eyes of Sumuru (Anglo-Amalgamated / American International, 1967)

A secret agent (George Nader) and his playboy friend (Frankie Avalon) battle the evil Sumuru (Shirley Eaton), who is plotting to dominate the world using her band of assassins. Definitely tongue-in-cheek, and Nader isn't all that appealing; on the whole, the Dr. Goldfoot movies handle the plot better. Mildly recommended.

Oct 7, 2019, 6:54pm

Movie 196. Shadows over Shanghai (Grand National, 1938)

Adventure in China amid the Japanese invasion in the 1930s, hampered by a low budget. Mildly recommended at best.

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Movie 197. The Girl from Rio (1969)

Shirley Eaton reprises the role of Sumuru, this time plotting world domination from a futuristic base in Brazil; an agent hopes to thwart her scheme, and her wealth is also of interest to a criminal enterprise headed by George Sanders. Mildly entertaining, but not really recommended.

Oct 7, 2019, 7:49pm

Movie 198. The Falcon's Alibi (RKO, 1946)

Jewel thefts and murder confront the Falcon in a hotel with a radio station and a nightclub. The villain is rather obvious, and the means of providing an alibi for the crimes are pretty clear early on, too, but professionals acting professionally make for an entertaining outing; recommended.

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Movie 199. To Catch a Thief (Paramount, 1955)

Retired cat burglar John Robie (Cary Grant) is suspected of a new wave of thefts replicating his modus operandi, and he persuades an insurance agent (John Williams) to take a chance on his catching the copycat crook by identifying clients with jewelry worth stealing — most notably rich widow Jessie Stevens (Jessie Royce Landis) and her daughter Frances (Grace Kelly), who suspects that Robie is really the thief and is after the rocks in earnest. Highly recommended.

Oct 7, 2019, 8:03pm

Movie 200. Dick Smart 2.007 (1967)

The villainous Lady Lister is using scientists to develop a means of converting coal to diamonds through controlled nuclear reactions, and agent Dick Smart, aided by a rather more serious assistant, is sent to put an end to Lady Lister's scheming. An entertaining if not particularly memorable Eurospy flick; mildly recommended.

Oct 8, 2019, 8:21am

>169 harrygbutler: aha! One movie that I've not seen and am also interested in watching.

Oct 8, 2019, 6:19pm

>171 fuzzi: I've seen it several times over the years, and it's consistently enjoyable.

Oct 8, 2019, 7:10pm

122. Fear Is the Key, by Alistair MacLean

Grim but gripping action yarn in which an apparent murderer becomes involved with an undersea salvage operation targeting a fortune in a downed airplane. Recommended.

Oct 10, 2019, 2:20pm

Dropping in to say hi and note that you've watched a whole lot of movies while I was away. Are you on a diet of popcorn and Milk Duds?

Oct 10, 2019, 6:35pm

>174 mstrust: Hi, Jennifer! Yep, a lot of movies — and now that October is here, the percentage of horror has gone up, too. I've got more than 40 more movies overall that I've watched that are listed above, but I haven't gotten their posts with image and comment. It's daunting.

Oct 11, 2019, 6:05pm

123. Tequila Mockingbird: A Book of Animal Cartoons, by Leo Cullum

Mildly amusing collection of cartoons that first appeared in the New Yorker. They would have been better, I suspect, mixed in with work by others. Not particularly recommended.

Oct 11, 2019, 6:07pm

So today is apparently my 10th Thingaversary; now to figure out what, if anything, to order in celebration. :-)

Oct 11, 2019, 6:27pm

Movie 201. Station West (RKO, 1948)

Solidly entertaining western starring Dick Powell as an Army Intelligence agent investigating the murder of troops and theft of a gold shipment. He gets involved with a saloon owner (Jane Greer) who runs the rackets, and things move briskly along. Powell does well in a role similar to his detective parts. Recommended.

Oct 11, 2019, 6:30pm

Movie 202. Never Too Late (Reliable, 1935)

This late Richard Talmadge vehicle, in which he plays a detective who takes on retrieving some pearls from a blackmailer, is an OK movie, with Talmadge still delivering some entertaining acrobatics. Mildly recommended.

Edited: Oct 11, 2019, 6:46pm

Movie 203. Samson in the Wax Museum (Santo en el museo de cera) (Filmadora Panamericana, 1963)

Masked wrestler Santo (Samson in the English dub) battles the villain behind kidnappings in the vicinity of a wax museum, and the monsters a mad scientist is developing as well. Fun enough; recommended.

Oct 11, 2019, 6:57pm

Movie 204. Tarzan's Magic Fountain (RKO, 1949)

Lex Barker takes over as Tarzan from Johnny Weissmuller, with the transition eased somewhat by Brenda Joyce's continuing for this movie in the role of Jane. Here, a long-lost aviatrix holds the key to freeing a man who was wrongly imprisoned, but will she be willing to leave her hidden home — and the fountain of youth that is found there? And will others see an opportunity to exploit that secret? Mildly recommended.

Oct 11, 2019, 6:59pm

>177 harrygbutler: Happy tenth! That's amazing, it seems like day before yesterday.

Oct 11, 2019, 7:06pm

Movie 205. Cracked Nuts (RKO, 1931)

A Ruritanian comedy as Wheeler & Woolsey are up to their necks in government obligations and conspirators' plots in the tiny country of El Dorania. Some topical humor (e.g., Woolsey's character, Zander Ulysses Parkhurst, is named King Zup when he takes the throne) may be lost on many modern viewers, and some sequences fall a little flat, too. Mildly recommended at best; not the place to start with the comic duo's films.

Oct 11, 2019, 7:11pm

>182 richardderus: Thanks! I was surprised when I got the message this morning.

Oct 11, 2019, 9:03pm

Ten years is a big deal! I guess you got a corking new badge, right? I forget if I got one for 13 years. Hm, should go look....

Edited: Oct 13, 2019, 7:49pm

>185 richardderus: Yep, the message with the badge was how I knew.

I've now ordered my 11 books:

The Histories, Volume II: Books 6-10, by Laonikos Chalkokondyles (part of the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library)
The Thief of Forthe and Other Stories, by Clifford Ball (reprint of pulp sword & sorcery stories)
Pseudo-Dionysius: The Complete Works, by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (perhaps most famed in the Middle Ages for his Celestial Hierarchy, on angels, but all of the works had an impact)
Treasure-House of Mysteries: Explorations of the Sacred Text through Poetry in the Syriac Tradition, trans. by Sebastian Brock (#45 in the Popular Patristics Series from St. Vladimir's Seminary Press)
Early Irish Myths and Sagas, trans. by Jeffrey Gantz
The Sapphire Goddess: The Fantasies of Nictzin Dyalhis, by Nictzin Dyalhis (reprint of pulp fantasy and science-fiction stories)
The Knight of the Parrot, trans. by Thomas E. Vesce (translation of the medieval French romance Le chevalier du papegau)
The Dangerfield Talisman, by J. J. Connington (mystery)
Four Desert Fathers: Pambo, Evagrius, Macarius of Egypt, and Macarius of Alexandria: Coptic Texts Relating to the Lausiac History of Palladius, trans. by Tim Vivian (#27 in the Popular Patristics Series from St. Vladimir's Seminary Press)
The Annals of St-Bertin, trans. by Janet Nelson (9th-century chronicle)
Roman Antiquities, Books 9.25-10, by Dionysius of Halicarnassus (Loeb Classical Library edition)


Oct 13, 2019, 10:36pm

The Dangerfield Talisman looks so...weird...amid all that perfectly smashing soporific stuff!

Oct 14, 2019, 8:05am

>187 richardderus: I don't exactly expect the pulp reprints to be sleep-inducing. The proportion of mysteries would have been higher if I'd not just gotten some.

Oct 14, 2019, 4:23pm

>188 harrygbutler: I was more mindful of Pseudo-Dionysius: The Complete Works, by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (perhaps most famed in the Middle Ages for his Celestial Hierarchy, on angels, but all of the works had an impact) which to my unscholarly non-historiographer self just sounds like literary Ambien. But given your far greater exposure to the times and ways of the Medieval scholarly world, is probably just as cracking good a read as the latest Norman Lock is to me.

Oct 15, 2019, 3:49pm

Belated happy 10th Thingaversary, Harry!

>186 harrygbutler: I see you treated yourself accordingly :-)

Oct 16, 2019, 8:25am

>189 richardderus: I can see that. I know that my tastes run a bit outside the usual.

Oct 16, 2019, 8:26am

>190 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita!

Oct 16, 2019, 11:49am

Happy Thingaversary, Harry!

Oct 16, 2019, 6:01pm

>193 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer! I've not read any horror so far this month, though that may change with the new issue of Tales from the Magician's Skull that arrived a few days ago. I am running close to a horror or sci-fi movie a day for the month so far; that does include comedies with horror trappings.

Oct 16, 2019, 6:09pm

Movie 206. Tiffany Memorandum (1967)

A reporter (Ken Clark) gets involved in international espionage in this convoluted Eurospy flick in which perhaps no one is as he seems; unmemorable, but Ken Clark is an OK lead. Mildly recommended.

Oct 16, 2019, 6:15pm

Movie 207. Samson vs. the Vampire Women (Santo vs. las mujeres vampiro) (1963)

Vampires target a young woman to become the successor for their queen, the bride of Satan, but fortunately masked wrestler Santo (here called Samson) is on hand to foil their schemes. Silly fun; mildly recommended.

Oct 16, 2019, 6:29pm

Movie 208. Cosmo Jones in 'The Crime Smasher' (Monogram, 1943)

Slight mystery based on a radio character sees Professor Cosmo Jones (Frank Graham), a graduate of a correspondence-school program in detection, teaming up with janitor Eustace Smith (the always entertaining Mantan Moreland) to investigate a gangland killing and a kidnapping. Enjoyable; mildly recommended.

Oct 16, 2019, 6:33pm

Movie 209. Death on the Run (aka Moving Target; original title Bersaglio mobile) (1967)

Eurospy thriller in which a thief (Ty Hardin), blamed for a murder he did not commit, is pursued by both crooks and government agents, who hope to get their hands on a microfilm he possesses. Twists and betrayals abound; mildly recommended.

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Movie 210. Renfrew of the Royal Mounted (Grand National, 1937)

The first of several films about the title character (played by James Newill), who also figured in a series of children's books, is an entertaining tale of counterfeiting and smuggling (using a clever means), with some added musical interludes. Recommended.

Oct 17, 2019, 12:04pm

124. Have Gat--Will Travel, by Richard S. Prather

This is a collection of short stories featuring white-haired sleuth Shell Scott, including his first case (though not published first). The trademark humor is there, but I think Prather's story-telling works better with the longer format of the novels. Recommended, but not the place to start with the character, I think.

Oct 17, 2019, 12:15pm

Movie 211. Zarabanda Bing Bing (1966)

A silly title masks a sometimes amusing but surprisingly violent Eurocrime/Eurospy movie, with various groups vying to steal a jewel-encrusted scepter from a local museum. Some interesting gadgets, including a self-driving car, and the actual robbery sequence was pretty entertaining, but the ending portion of the movie felt a bit flat. Recommended.

Edited: Oct 17, 2019, 12:42pm

Movie 212. Cave of the Living Dead (original title: Der Fluch der grünen Augen) (1964)

A German police officer investigates a series of unexplained deaths that share an odd link — power outages just before the killings. When another takes place in the inn where the office is staying and then the body disappears, he is motivated to investigate what is going on in the local castle, occupied by a scientist, and in the "cursed" grotto nearby. Not a bad little film, even if I never quite got a handle on the scientist's household; mildly recommended.

Oct 17, 2019, 1:10pm

Movie 213. Alice in Wonderland (Disney / RKO, 1951)

Walt Disney brings Lewis Carroll's famous character to the screen, in a movie that is delightfully odd, with memorable depictions of some of the figures, but perhaps not entirely successful, as parts seems a bit too hurried. Nonetheless entertaining; recommended.

Oct 17, 2019, 5:48pm

Movie 214. Run Silent, Run Deep (UA, 1958)

Naval officer Cmdr. 'Rich' Richardson (Clark Gable), confined to a desk job for a year after his sub was sunk by a Japanese ship in the Bungo Straits, wangles a new command when a sub returns to base having lost its CO and sets out to prepare his new craft and crew to tackle the Japanese destroyer that has proved the nemesis of more than one American sub, including Richardson's last. The crew and officers dislike the constant drills and question their captain's commitment to bringing the war to the enemy, in part because they feel the executive officer, Lt. Jim Bledsoe (Burt Lancaster), should have been promoted to command. Tensions rise as they enter the war zone and the captain's objective becomes clear. Well-crafted, with suitable excitement and strong performances; recommended.

Oct 17, 2019, 5:53pm

Movie 215. The Satanic Rites of Dracula (Hammer, 1973)

Dracula (Christopher Lee), back again in the 1970s, plots to destroy humanity by unleashing a deadly plague. Luckily Prof. Lorrimer van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is brought into the case by the police. A solid vampire film despite the spy or suspense thriller trappings; recommended.

Oct 18, 2019, 8:36am

125. Treasure Mountain, by Louis L'Amour

Brothers Tell and Orrin Sackett travel to New Orleans, and then to the western mountains, to learn what happened to their father, who never returned from a final journey west with a small party seeking gold. Some good action throughout, but the ending fizzles a bit, and the mystery isn't all that mysterious. Recommended, but not the place to start with the Sacketts, even if not reading them all.

Oct 18, 2019, 3:39pm

>203 harrygbutler: "Alice" and "Peter Pan" are my favorite Disney movies.
>205 harrygbutler: Not sure if I've seen that one, but yay Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing together! I have a postcard of Lee as Dracula in my library.

Oct 18, 2019, 4:03pm

Movie 216. Ghost Patrol (Excelsior / Puritan, 1936)

A federal agent (Tim McCoy) tangles with crooks who are making use of a kidnapped scientist's radium ray invention to wreck planes and steal the valuables they are carrying. Implausible but fun; mildly recommended.

Oct 18, 2019, 4:23pm

>206 harrygbutler: It still shocks me that the entire Sackett epic hasn't been made into a TV series. Just one lonely little TV miniseries forty years ago. Darn shame.

Oct 18, 2019, 6:10pm

>207 mstrust: I'm not sure what my favorite would be. Perhaps Dumbo or Pinocchio, though Sleeping Beauty has the best villain.

I didn't recall that Dracula film, either, though I may have seen it when I was a kid.

Oct 18, 2019, 6:12pm

>209 richardderus: I have to assume it is because there's just not much interest in making western series. I think there'd be an audience if it was done well.

Oct 18, 2019, 6:14pm

Movie 217. Candidate for Murder (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1962)

Michael Gough is suitably loathsome as a man who hires a professional killer to murder his wife. Odd plot turns keep this one moving, but it isn't exactly good. Mildly recommended at best.

Oct 18, 2019, 7:42pm

Movie 218. Flat Two (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1962)

A complicated plot strains the limits of the movie's length, as a blackmailing casino owner gets his comeuppance. The murderer is fairly obvious, but the actors are pleasing. Recommended.

Oct 18, 2019, 7:53pm

Movie 219. Held for Ransom (Grand National, 1938)

A nephew (Grant Withers) is top suspect when his uncle is abducted and the kidnappers fail to release their victim despite the ransom's having been paid. A tough federal agent (Blanche Mehaffey) is sent to unravel the mystery, and she witnesses the nephew in close consultation with a suspicious character. Moves right along; mildly recommended.

Edited: Oct 18, 2019, 8:00pm

Movie 220. Bank Alarm (Grand National, 1937)

Federal agents Alan O'Connor and Bobbie Reynolds (Conrad Nagel and Eleanor Hunt) are on the trail of a counterfeit ring, in the last of four movies in the series costarring the pair. A decent little picture, but a little of Eleanor Hunt goes a long way — not to mention the antics of Vince Barnett as the comic relief. Mildly recommended.

Oct 19, 2019, 3:23pm

Hey Harry! Here's a new one fer yinz: first-ever complete translation of The Variae! A bargain at $125.

Oct 19, 2019, 7:15pm

>216 richardderus: Thanks, Richard! I saw that, and I've decided I can wait a bit to see whether I can pick it up with some sort of discount.

Nov 5, 2019, 10:43am

I've not spent much time at LT for the past few weeks, but I've been reading and watching movies and will endeavor to catch up on posting about them. This past weekend was a good one — a book and magazine show (Pulp AdventureCon, in Bordentown, N.J.) and a dollar-a-book going-out-of-business sale at a bookstore not too far away (Port Richmond Books, in Philadelphia) saw me pick up lots more for my library, with the accent on adventure (the pulps) and mystery (most of the books from the bookstore). My finds:


  1. The Chill (Elephant's Work), by E. C. Bentley (1950)

  2. Assignment—Peking, by Eward S. Aarons (1969)

  3. The Purple Onion Mystery, by H. Ashbrook (1941)

  4. Assignment—Lowlands, by Edward S. Aarons (1961)

  5. Dance with the Dead, by Richard S. Prather (1960)

  6. Dagger of Flesh, by Richard S. Prather (1952)

  7. The Strode Venturer, by Hammond Innes (1965)

  8. Assignment—Palermo, by Edward S. Aarons (1966)

  9. The Purple Sickle Murders, by Freeman Wills Crofts (1929)

  10. Murder Enters the Picture, by Willetta Ann Barber (1942)

  11. Mr. Angel Comes Aboard, by Charles G. Booth (1944)

  12. The Hunt Club, by Norman Daniels (1964)

  13. The Corpse That Walked, by Octavus Roy Cohen (1951)

  14. The Whistling Hangman, by Baynard Kendrick (1937)

  15. Assignment—Sorrento Siren, by Edward S. Aarons (1963)

  16. Assignment—Madeleine, by Edward S. Aarons (1958)

  17. The Mystery of the Stolen Plans, by Manning Coles (1954)

  18. The Sea Mystery, by Freeman Wills Crofts (1928)

  19. Postmark Murder, by Mignon G. Eberhart (1956)

  20. The Deadly Pavilion, by Hilda Lawrence (1946)

  21. Run, Spy, Run, by Nick Carter (1964)

  22. The Big Midget Murders, by Craig Rice (1942)

  23. Assignment—Burma Girl, by Edward S. Aarons (1961)

  24. Take a Murder, Darling, by Richard S. Prather (1961)

  25. The Bronze Mermaid, by Paul Ernst (1952)

  26. No Surrender, by Martha Albrand (1942)

  27. Safari for Spies, by Nick Carter (1964)

  28. The Mirabilis Diamond, by Jerome Odlum (1945)

  29. The Bahamas Murder Case, by Leslie Ford (1952)

  30. Mother Finds a Body, by Gypsy Rose Lee (1942)

  31. The Case of the Beckoning Dead, by John Donavan (1939)

  32. The Wreck of the Mary Deare, by Hammond Innes (1956)

  33. The Chill, by Ross Macdonald (1963)

  34. The Little Sister, by Raymond Chandler (1949)

  35. Murder in a Hurry, by Frances Lockridge (1950)

  36. The Lost Canyon, by Covington Clarke (1925)

  37. Square-Shooter, by William MacLeod Raine (1935)

  38. Blood on the Black Market, by Brett Halliday (1943)

  39. Mr. Crook Lifts the Mask, by Anthony Gilbert (1970)

  40. The Flight of the Mystic Owls, by Philip Hart (1929)

  41. The Woman-Haters: A Yarn of Eastboro Twin-Lights, by Joseph C. Lincoln (1911)

  42. Headed for a Hearse, by Jonathan Latimer (1935)

  43. Envoy Extraordinary, by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1937)

  44. Ask Miss Mott, by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1935)

  45. The Shanghai Bund Murders, by Van Wyck Mason (1933)

  46. The Dumb Gods Speak, by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1937)

  47. Fleur de Lys: The Story of a Crime, by J. G. Sarasin (1929)

  48. The Silent Witness, by Melville Davisson Post (1930)

  49. The Long Wait, by Mickey Spillane (1951)

  50. Prodigals of Monte Carlo, by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1926)

  51. The Light Beyond, by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1928)

  52. The Illustrious Prince, by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1910)

  53. Seeds of Murder, by Van Wyck Mason (1930)

  54. The Kidnapped Millionaires: A Tale of Wall Street and the Tropics, by Frederick Upham Adams (1901)

  55. The Scarab Murder Case, by S. S. Van Dine (1930)

  56. Shed a Bitter Tear, by H. F. S. Moore (1944)

  57. Murder for Art's Sake, by Richard Lockridge (1967)

  58. The Range Maverick, by Oscar J. Friend (1931)

  59. One Man Posse, by Max Brand (1987)

  60. Smoke of the .45, by Harry Sinclair Drago (1923)

  61. Valiant Dust, by P. C. Wren (1932)

  62. The Magnificent Hoax, by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1936)

  63. Circumstantial Evidence and Other Stories, by Edgar Wallace (1934)

  64. Mysterious Waye: The Story of "The Unsetting Sun", by Percival Christopher Wren (1930)

  65. Ralph of the Roundhouse; or, Bound To Become a Railroad Man, by Allen Chapman (1906)

  66. The Peer and the Woman, by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1895)

  67. The Master Mummer, by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1904)

  68. The Mayor on Horseback, by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1937)

  69. The Double Life of Mr. Alfred Burton, by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1913)

  70. The Knife Will Fall, by Marten Cumberland (1944)

  71. The Stalking Man, by Wilson Tucker (1949)

  72. The Conjure-Man Dies: A Mystery Tale of Dark Harlem, by Rudolph Fisher (1932)

  73. Kiss Me, Deadly, by Mickey Spillane (1953)

  74. Best Detective Stories of the Year--1947, ed. by David C. Cooke (1947)

  75. The Secret of 37 Hardy Street, by Robert J. Casey (1929)

  76. The Secret of Dr. Kildare, by Max Brand (1940)

  77. Cause for Alarm, by Eric Ambler (1940)

  78. Skeletons and Cupboards, by Ralph Arnold (1951)

  79. Death Beats the Band, by Ida Shurman (1943)

  80. Lalla Rookh, by Thomas Moore (1817)

Pulp Magazines and Reprints

  1. Argosy All-Story Weekly, December 4, 1920 (1920)

  2. Argosy All-Story Weekly, July 22, 1922 (1922)

  3. Argosy, October 14, 1933 (1933)

  4. Argosy, January 20, 1934 (1934)

  5. Argosy, May 19, 1934 (1934)

  6. Argosy, October 6, 1934 (1934)

  7. Argosy, October 20, 1934 (1934)

  8. Argosy, August 10, 1935 (1935)

  9. Argosy, February 8, 1936 (1936)

  10. Argosy, April 11, 1936 (1936)

  11. Argosy, April 18, 1936 (1936)

  12. Argosy, June 20, 1936 (1936)

  13. Argosy, September 5, 1936 (1936)

  14. Argosy, December 25, 1937 (1937)

  15. Argosy, February 26, 1938 (1938)

  16. Argosy, March 5, 1938 (1938)

  17. Argosy, April 30, 1938 (1938)

  18. Argosy, May 28, 1938 (1938)

  19. Argosy, August 20, 1938 (1938)

  20. Argosy, September 10, 1938 (1938)

  21. Argosy, October 8, 1938 (1938)

  22. Argosy, November 5, 1938 (1938)

  23. Argosy, February 11, 1939 (1939)

  24. Argosy, May 20, 1939 (1939)

  25. Argosy, June 24, 1939 (1939)

  26. Argosy, July 1, 1939 (1939)

  27. Argosy, October 14, 1939 (1939)

  28. Argosy, December 9, 1939 (1939)

  29. Argosy, August 3, 1940 (1940)

  30. Argosy, August 10, 1940 (1940)

  31. The Blue Book, July 1938 (1938)

  32. Short Stories, October 25, 1941 (1941)

  33. Short Stories, February 25, 1944 (1944)

  34. Short Stories, December 25, 1940 (1940)

  35. Flynn's Weekly Detective Fiction, September 3, 1927 (1927)

  36. Detective Fiction Weekly, July 25, 1931 (1931)

  37. Wild West Weekly, February 27, 1932 (1932)

  38. The Shadow #143: The Shadow Meets the Mask / Toll of Death, by Maxwell Grant (2019)

  39. The Shadow #144: The Dead Who Lived / Crime over Casco, by Maxwell Grant (2019)

Nov 5, 2019, 4:36pm

>218 harrygbutler: With finding so many books and magazines, AND all the reading and watching, it is no wonder you have no time to keep up your thread ;-)

Nov 5, 2019, 5:06pm

Wow, that's a MAJOR haul! Keep you busy for a few weeks :-) Sorry to hear of a bookstore closing though.

Nov 5, 2019, 5:09pm

>219 FAMeulstee: I know that I've been neglecting my thread, but I have been doing a lot of reading, and a fair amount of watching :-)

Nov 5, 2019, 5:12pm

>220 mstrust: Thanks! It took some restraint to not come home with even more. :-)

The bookstore was not in a great location, as parking was difficult, and it was in an old movie theater (I believe), and very dark inside, making it hard to shop, so I didn't make it there all that often. Still, despite the haul, I'd rather it stuck around.

Nov 5, 2019, 5:16pm

126. The Haunted Monastery, by Robert van Gulik

Bad weather compels Judge Dee and his wives to take shelter at a monastery near the border of his district, where a strange vision (perhaps caused by fever) and questions surrounding some deaths over the previous year draw the judge into a dangerous investigation. Recommended.

Nov 5, 2019, 6:06pm

127. Grimmy: Friends Don't Let Friends Own Cats!, by Mike Peters

This collection of comics drives home just how bad the art is in the Grimmy strips. The humor leaves a good bit to desire, too, save when — for no particular reason — the comic veers into Far Side territory. Not really recommended, but fans would probably like it.

Nov 5, 2019, 6:10pm

128. The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett

Hammett's swansong as a novelist is a solid mystery, but the movie (starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles) is distinctly better, if only because the Charleses are much more appealing in the film. Recommended nonetheless.

Nov 5, 2019, 6:18pm

129. The Vengeance of Li-Sin, by Gerald Verner

The sequel to The Menace of Li-Sin finds the title character apparently back once more — despite what seemed certain death at the end of that volume — and still intent on carrying out a scheme of revenge for the theft and destruction of a sacred statue. Can his vengeance, however just, be averted?

Nov 5, 2019, 8:47pm

>204 harrygbutler: one of my favorite movies! Aahooga! "Dive, dive!"

I also would recommend the book upon which this movie is very loosely based, by Edward L Beach. Both are good.

Oh, and happy belated Thingaversary!!

Nov 6, 2019, 11:04am

>227 fuzzi: Thank you! My favorite serious sub movie is probably Destination Tokyo, and my favorite comic sub movie is Operation Petticoat.

Nov 6, 2019, 11:14am

130. Marmaduke, Take 2, by Brad Anderson

More antics of the oversized mutt — amusing if you like the comic, but possibly of limited appeal otherwise.

Nov 6, 2019, 2:19pm

>228 harrygbutler: I've never seen Destination Tokyo, nor The Enemy Below. Both have been highly recommended. Oh, and a friend says I should watch Crimson Tide. Whew.

I have loved Run Silent Run Deep since seeing it on television as a youth. I've since added others to my favorite "ship" movies, including Sink the Bismarck (skip the book), and The Hunt for Red October. I actually own copies of these in my limited collection of DVDs.

Nov 7, 2019, 8:40am

>230 fuzzi: I may have seen The Enemy Below when I was younger, and likewise Sink the Bismarck, but I don't recall enough details to be sure in either case, so I know I'll get around to watching them.

Nov 7, 2019, 1:04pm

>219 FAMeulstee: WOW! Some kinda wonderful haul(s)!

I'm not quite up to a re-read of all the vanGulik Dee books, but they're peak reading memories.

I always found Mother Goose and Grimm fairly unappealing, visually always and humorously...humor-wise (?) more often than not.

Glad to see you around!

Nov 7, 2019, 5:52pm

>232 richardderus: And if they had been 4 for a dollar, instead of a dollar apiece, I might have spent the same amount of money — there were probably that many books left that almost made the cut.

I think I've read all van Gulik's Judge Dee books a few times, and I readily recommend them to others, but it has been awhile, and I'm spacing them out a bit more this time around. I've been trying to replace my (fairly nice) paperbacks with hardcovers, but a few have proved hard to find at a price I'm willing to pay right now.

"Visual-wise" makes me think of Billy Wilder's The Apartment.


Nov 7, 2019, 5:56pm

131. The Hang-Up Kid, by Carter Brown

A nascent star hires Hollywood fix-it man Rick Holman to find out — and stop — whoever is planning to kill him. Holman is not my favorite Carter Brown character, and this story proved only moderately engaging. Mildly recommended at best.

Nov 7, 2019, 5:58pm

132. It's Obvious You Won't Survive by Your Wits Alone, by Scott Adams

This was another early Dilbert book, offering plenty of amusing looks at dysfunctional corporate culture. Recommended.

Edited: Nov 7, 2019, 6:10pm

Movie 221. The Last Chance (original title: Scacco internazionale) (Cinematografica Italiana, 1968)

Journalist Patrick Harris (Tab Hunter) becomes the target of killers. Confused and unmemorable; not recommended.

Nov 7, 2019, 6:14pm

Movie 222. The 18 Bronzemen (1976)

This is a fun martial arts flick in which the son of a Ming general studies to become a Shaolin master; to graduate, he must survive the sometimes lethal test labyrinth and the 18 bronze men who are his opponents there. Recommended.

Nov 7, 2019, 6:20pm

Movie 223. Fighting Mad (Monogram, 1939)

Sergeant Renfrew (James Newill), aided by Constable Kelly (Dave O'Brien), gets mixed up with bank robbers who have fled to Canada along with a witness they have kidnapped. Fast-paced and fun; recommended.

Nov 7, 2019, 6:33pm

Movie 224. Terror in the Crypt (aka Crypt of the Vampire; original title: La cripta e l'incubo) (1964)

In this movie based on Le Fanu's Carmilla, Count Karnstein (Christopher Lee) fears that a long-dead witch is targeting his daughter. A bit slow, but Gothic chills keep it fairly entertaining; recommended.

Nov 7, 2019, 7:49pm

Movie 225. Curse of the Faceless Man (UA, 1958)

Excavation at Pompeii frees a stone "mummy" who seeks out the reincarnation of his lost love, leaving death and destruction in his wake. Not great, but it kept my interest despite some slow stretches; mildly recommended creature feature.

Nov 8, 2019, 8:54am

133. The Case of the Dead Diplomat, by Basil Thomson

Inspector Richardson is off to France to investigate the murder of a press attaché. This solid procedural keeps things moving, but it is weakened a bit by an insufficient number of plausible suspects. Recommended.

Nov 8, 2019, 9:53pm

>240 harrygbutler: I can't believe I've actually seen that one! Yikes, it was a loooooooowwwwwwwwww budget effort. I think I earned more at my department-store job than that one cost to make.

The Renfrew films are solid, obviously; how many more before your supply runs out?

Nov 10, 2019, 12:36pm

>242 richardderus: Yeah, the producers of Curse of the Faceless Man sure didn't spend much.

I have a couple more Renfrews to go. I like them because they have a certain lighthearted air but still deliver the goods of a northern mystery/action story.

Dec 1, 2019, 5:53pm

Dec 1, 2019, 7:09pm

I think we deserve an explanation.

Dec 1, 2019, 7:44pm

>245 mstrust: I know...three weeks?

Hope everything is okay.

Dec 2, 2019, 8:10am

>244 fuzzi: >245 mstrust: >246 fuzzi: Sorry, folks! Busy times and holiday travel. Just got back from a week-long sojourn in Oregon where I got enough books to have to ship a box home. :-)

Dec 2, 2019, 6:33pm

134. The Thief of Forthe and Other Stories, by Clifford Ball

This is a collection of satisfactory but not outstanding sword and sorcery tales following in the footsteps of Robert E. Howard. Mildly recommended.

Dec 2, 2019, 6:44pm

>247 harrygbutler: glad you've just been busy.

Dec 2, 2019, 6:45pm

135. Patron Saints of Early Medieval Italy AD c. 350-800, trans. by Nicholas Everett

This is a reasonably solid collection of hagiographic materials from early medieval Italy, weakened somewhat by the translator's comments but nonetheless worth a read for those interested in the material. Mildly recommended.

Dec 2, 2019, 6:45pm

>249 fuzzi: Thank you!

Dec 2, 2019, 6:59pm

Good to see you again!

Dec 2, 2019, 7:11pm

>252 mstrust: Thanks! I'm way behind on posting about books and movies, but I'll see what I can do to catch up.

Dec 2, 2019, 7:29pm

Happy to see you around again, Harry! It's that time of year, so I completely get the busy-plus-travel thing. I'm agog to see what you had to ship home from Oregon....

Dec 2, 2019, 9:28pm

Nice to see you posting Harry.

>241 harrygbutler: What an interesting and thoroughly unpleasant fellow Basil Thomson was.

Governor of Tonga and charged with establishing a protectorate over the place.
Called to the bar and Governor of several prisons including Liverpool and Wormwood Scrubs.
He was made Police Commissioner at Scotland Yard and eventually was in charge of "intelligence". Marxists, Jews, the Irish nationalists and Suffragettes in particular suffered at his hands. He was largely responsible for the smear campaigns against Roger Casement via the Black Diaries, that resulted in his execution rather than imprisonment. Lloyd-George eventually forced him to resign in mysterious circumstances.

He was convicted in 1925 for an act of public indecency with a prostitute in Hyde Park and his defence was that he was researching a new book! He was fined the princely sum of £5 for his wrongdoing!

Dec 3, 2019, 8:22am

>254 richardderus: Thanks, Richard. I'll post a list of books once the box arrives, as I didn't have time to catalog them all before sending them.

Dec 3, 2019, 8:23am

>255 PaulCranswick: Hi, Paul! Thanks for stopping by. Thomson does sound an unpleasant person.

Dec 3, 2019, 11:24am