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1harrygbutler
May 1, 2020, 8:26am


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Welcome to my fifth thread for 2020! I’m Harry, and this is my fifth 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.

I'm also an inveterate movie watcher, and I track my viewing in my thread, too. I watch a wide variety of genres — mystery, western, comedy, adventure, science fiction, horror, and more — and tend to watch older movies, particularly from Hollywood's Golden Age in the 1930s and 1940s, but extending through the 1980s and only rarely later.

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 are short and aren't really reviews.

2harrygbutler
Edited: May 1, 2020, 8:28am

2.
I finished 168 books in 2019. I'd like to up that total to 170 in 2020.

Books finished in the first quarter

1. Vengeance Is Mine, by Mickey Spillane
2. The Voice of the Night: The Cases of Jeff Fanchon, Inquirer, by Hugh Pendexter
3. When a Feller Needs a Friend, by Clare A. Briggs
4. The Customs of Catalonia Between Lords and Vassals, by the Barcelona Canon, Pere Albert: A Practical Guide to Castle Feudalism in Medieval Spain, by Pere Albert; trans. by Donald J. Kagay
5. Warlords, Warlocks & Witches, ed. by D. M. Ritzlin
6. Don't Step in the Leadership, by Scott Adams
7. The Savage Salome, by Carter Brown
8. Roman Antiquities, Books 3-4, by Dionysius of Halicarnassus; trans. by Earnest Cary
9. Fair Blows the Wind, by Louis L'Amour
10. German Romance, Volume III: Iwein or The Knight with the Lion, by Hartmann von Aue; trans. by Cyril Edwards
11. Death of a Citizen, by Donald Hamilton
12. Death Walks in Eastrepps, by Francis Beeding
13. Lord Lister, Known as Raffles, Master Thief, by Kurt Matull and Theo Blankensee; trans. by Joseph A. Lovece
14. The Hurricane, by Terence Robertson
15. The Ferguson Rifle, by Louis L'Amour
16. Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "Christmas in Duckburg", by Carl Barks
17. The Milliner's Hat Mystery, by Basil Thomson
18. Death Dealers & Diabolists, ed. by D. M. Ritzlin
19. Breakheart Pass, by Alistair MacLean
20. Best Cartoons of the Year 1950, ed. by Lawrence Lariar
21. A Good Year for Dwarfs?, by Carter Brown
22. The Knight of the Parrot: Early Adventures of Young King Arthur, trans. by Thomas E. Vesce
23. Hope and History: Five Salzburg Lectures, by Josef Pieper
24. Death in the Cup, by Moray Dalton
25. A Talent for Revenge, by John Cutter
26. Ghost Breaker, by Ron Goulart
27. Hagar's Knight Out, by Dik Browne
28. Arrest the Bishop?, by Winifred Peck
29. The Wrecking Crew, by Donald Hamilton
30. The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat, by Thornton Burgess
31. Cartoon Laffs, ed. by Clyde Carley
32. The Life of Lazaros of Mt. Galesion: An Eleventh-Century Pillar Saint, by Gregory the Cellarer; trans. by Richard P. H. Greenfield
33. Anonymous Footsteps, by John M. O'Connor
34. The Red Pavilion, by Robert van Gulik
35. Over on the Dry Side, by Louis L'Amour
36. The Case of the Poisoned Cat, by K. P. Bahadur
37. Dennis the Menace—All-American Kid, by Hank Ketcham
38. Easy Company and the Suicide Boys, by John Wesley Howard
39. Diagnosis: Homicide, by Lawrence G. Blochman
40. Caravan to Vaccares, by Alistair MacLean
41. Treasure-House of Mysteries: Explorations of the Sacred Text Through Poetry in the Syriac Tradition, trans. by Sebastian Brock
42. The Blonde, by Carter Brown
43. Granddad! It's Morning!, by Bil Keane
44. The Crime at Diana's Pool, by Victor L. Whitechurch
45. Pseudo-Dionysius: The Complete Works, by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite; trans. by Colm Luibheid
46. The Removers, by Donald Hamilton

3harrygbutler
Edited: May 28, 2020, 5:17pm

Books finished in the second quarter

47. Everything's Archie!
48. Borden Chantry, by Louis L'Amour
49. The Body, by Carter Brown
50. Buck Fever: Deer Camp Cartoons, by Bruce Cochran
51. Reading the Psalms with Luther
52. The Phantom Spy, by Max Brand
53. A Murder Is Arranged, by Basil Thomson
54. This Petty Place: A Book of Drawings, by Mary Petty
55. Three Mysteries by Johnston McCulley
56. The Lives of the Monks of Palestine, by Cyril of Scythopolis; trans. by R. M. Price
57. Roman Antiquities, Books 5-6.48, by Dionysius of Halicarnassus; trans. by Earnest Cary
58. Marmaduke Sounds Off, by Brad Anderson
59. The Pleasure Cruise Mystery, by Robin Forsythe
60. North to the Rails, by Louis L'Amour
61. The Moving Shadow: Electrifying Bengali Pulp Fiction, selected and translated by Arunava Sinha
62. The Floating Game, by John Garforth
63. The Rescuers, by Margery Sharp
64. Heathcliff Rides Again, by George Gately
65. Theodulf of Orléans: The Verse, by Theodulf of Orléans; trans. by Theodore M. Andersson in collaboration with Åslaug Ommundsen and Leslie S. B. MacCoull
66. Best Cartoons of the Year 1954, ed. by Lawrence Lariar
67. The Eel Pie Murders, by David Frome
68. The Born Loser, by Carter Brown
69. Atlantic Fury, by Hammond Innes
70. Death Squad, by Don Pendleton
71. Easy Company and the Medicine Gun, by John Wesley Howard
72. The Tough Guys, by Mickey Spillane
73. Swords of Steel Omnibus, ed. by D. M. Ritzlin
74. Best Cartoons of the Year, ed. by Lawrence Lariar
75. Thrilling Pulp Detective Tales, Volume 1, ed. by Jonathan W. Sweet (editor) and Jules Sweet (associate editor)

4harrygbutler
Edited: May 3, 2020, 10:35am


Art by Glen White, for Argosy All-Story Magazine - http://rebelsofmars.blogs.com/rebels_of_mars/a_merritt/, Public Domain, Link

I read relatively few magazines last year, but I'd like to get back to the many pulps I've acquired, so I'm setting a goal for myself of averaging one per month this year.

Magazines completed in 2020
1. Storyhack Action & Adventure, Issue 2 (neo-pulp)
2. Tales from The Magician's Skull, No. 4 (neo-pulp)

5harrygbutler
Edited: May 1, 2020, 8:30am


Our cat Otto is a big fan of movies: When we start to watch one, he comes running to the living room from wherever he may be and settles in for the duration, though he chiefly dozes rather than actively watching.

I fell just short of 350 movies in 2019, so I'd like to hit that number in 2020.

I'll be giving Otto a place in my comments on movies. At present, the three ratings are as follows:

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

Not recommended. Otto thinks your time would be better spent staring at the wall.

6harrygbutler
Edited: May 1, 2020, 8:31am

Movies watched in January

1. Mark of the Gorilla (Columbia, 1950)
2. Footsteps in the Night (Allied Artists, 1957)
3. Isle of Forgotten Sins (PRC, 1943)
4. Three Crosses Not To Die (original title: Tre croci per non morire) (1968)
5. The Inner Circle (Republic, 1946)
6. The Battle of the Damned (original title: Quella dannata pattuglia) (1969)
7. Beyond the Time Barrier (American International, 1960)
8. The Extra Girl (Mack Sennett Comedies, 1923)
9. The Fighting Renegade (Victory, 1939)
10. The Hound of the Baskervilles (Twentieth Century Fox, 1939)
11. Traitorous (original title: Da tai jian) (1976)
12. Bowery at Midnight (Monogram, 1942)
13. Shall We Dance (RKO, 1937)
14. Commandos (1968)
15. Stagecoach (UA, 1939)
16. Let's Get Tough! (Monogram, 1942)
17. Make Mine Music (Disney / RKO, 1946)
18. Hands of a Gunfighter (original title: Ocaso de un pistolero) (1965)
19. The Range Feud (Columbia, 1931)
20. The Burning Court (original title: La chambre ardente) (1962)
21. The Hidden City (Monogram, 1950)
22. Bikini Beach (American International, 1964)
23. Non-Stop New York (Gaumont British, 1937)
24. The Death Kiss (K.B.S. Productions / Sono Art-World Wide, 1932)
25. The Hell's Wind Staff (original title: Long hu men) (1979)
26. The Black Camel (Fox, 1931)
27. Aces and Eights (Puritan, 1936)
28. Buccaneer's Girl (Universal, 1950)
29. A Candidate for a Killing (original title: Un sudario a la medida) (1969)
30. They Were Expendable (MGM, 1945)
31. The Atomic Submarine (Allied Artists, 1959)
32. Feud of the West (Diversion, 1936)
33. Locker Sixty-Nine (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1962)
34. Death Trap (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1962)
35. The H-Man (original title: Bijo to ekitai ningen) (Toho, 1958; Columbia, 1959)
36. Death on High Mountain (original title: La morte sull'alta collina) (1969)
37. Where's That Fire? (Twentieth Century Fox / Gainsborough, 1939)
38. The Ghost Camera (Real Art / RKO, 1933)
39. The Night the World Exploded (Columbia, 1957)
40. Action Man (original title: Le soleil des voyous) (1967)
41. The Lady in Scarlet (Chesterfield, 1935)
42. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Twentieth Century Fox, 1939)
43. The Living Ghost (Monogram, 1942)
44. 12 to the Moon (Columbia, 1960)
45. Phantom Rancher (Colony, 1940)
46. The Ghost Walks (Invincible, 1934)
47. Destroy All Planets (original title: Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu) (Daiei, 1968)
48. Seven Steps of Kung Fu (original title: Qi bu mi zong) (1979)
49. The Thirteenth Guest (Monogram, 1932)
50. Sagebrush Trail (Lone Star / Monogram, 1933)
51. The Seventh Curse (original title: Yuen Chun Hap yu Wai See Lee) (Golden Harvest / Paragon, 1986)
52. F.P.1 (Gaumont British / Fox / UFA, 1933)
53. Charlie Chan in Paris (Fox, 1935)
54. Lawless Land (Republic, 1937)
55. Crazy Knights (Monogram, 1944)
56. Palmy Days (Goldwyn / UA, 1931)
57. Time Table (Mark Stevens Productions / UA, 1956)
58. Dead Men Walk (PRC, 1943)
59. The Vampire Doll (original title: Yûrei yashiki no kyôfu: Chi wo sû ningyô) (Toho, 1970)
60. Texas Wildcats (Victory, 1939)

7harrygbutler
Edited: May 1, 2020, 8:33am

Movies watched in February

61. The Loves of Hercules (original title: Gli amori di Ercole) (1960)
62. Midnight Limited (Monogram, 1940)
63. Awkward Hands (original title: Manos torpes) (1970)
64. Pajama Party (American International, 1964)
65. X Marks the Spot (Republic, 1942)
66. Lake of Dracula (original title: Noroi no yakata: Chi o suu me) (Toho, 1971)
67. Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (Universal, 1942)
68. Danger Ahead (Monogram, 1940)
69. Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (Allied Artists, 1965)
70. Mozambique (1964)
71. The Gunman (Monogram, 1952)
72. Sink the Bismarck! (Twentieth Century Fox, 1960)
73. Evil of Dracula (original title: Chi o suu bara) (Toho, 1974)
74. The Human Monster (Monogram, 1940) (originally released in the UK as Dark Eyes of London by Pathé, 1939)
75. Riders of the Desert (Sono Art-World Wide, 1932)
76. Win Them All (Park Films, 1973)
77. Gallery of Horror (American General, 1967)
78. Ice Station Zebra (MGM, 1968)
79. Murder on the Yukon (Monogram, 1940)
80. Midnight Manhunt (Paramount, 1945)
81. Santo el enmascarado de plata y Blue Demon contra los monstruos (Santo and Blue Demon vs. the Monsters) (Cinematográfica Sotomayor, 1970)
82. The Red Blood of Courage (Ambassador, 1935)
83. Charlie Chan in Egypt (Fox, 1935)
84. Satanik (1968)
85. Caught Plastered (RKO, 1931)
86. Attack of the Monsters (original title: Gamera tai daiakuju Giron) (Daiei, 1969)
87. My Name Is Pecos (original title: 2 once di piombo) (1966)
88. Bulldog Drummond (Goldwyn / UA, 1929)
89. Goldsinger (original title: James Tont operazione U.N.O.) (1965)
90. Pecos Cleans Up (original title: Pecos è qui: prega e muori!) (1967)
91. Tiger Fangs (PRC, 1943)
92. The Weird Man (Shaw Brothers, 1983)
93. Condemned To Live (Invincible / Chesterfield, 1935)
94. Wrangler's Roost (Monogram, 1941)
95. Kriminal (1966)
96. The Beach Girls and the Monster (U.S. Films, 1965)
97. Candles at Nine (British National, 1944)
98. The Deadly Duo (Shaw Brothers, 1971)
99. Gog (Ivan Tors / UA, 1954)
100. Sky Bandits (Monogram, 1940)
101. Upperseven, l'uomo da uccidere (1966)
102. Return of the Deadly Blade (original title: Fei dao you jian fei dao) (1981)
103. Fenomenal and the Treasure of Tutankamen (original title: Fenomenal e il tesoro di Tutankamen) (1968)
104. Africa Screams (UA, 1949)
105. The Vampire Bat (Majestic, 1933)
106. Alias Boston Blackie (Columbia, 1942)
107. Prairie Law (RKO, 1940)
108. Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (Universal, 1942)
109. Da Istanbul ordine di uccidere (From Istanbul, Orders To Kill) (1965)
110. Song of Old Wyoming (PRC, 1945)
111. The Street Fighter (original title: Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken) (Toei, 1974)
112. The Bellboy (Paramount, 1960)
113. Treasure Hunt (IFD, 1952)
114. General Stone (original title: Shi san tai bao Li Cun Xiao) (1977)
115. Man on the Spying Trapeze (original title: Anónima de asesinos) (1966)
116. Murder by the Clock (Paramount, 1931)
117. Borderland (Paramount, 1937)
118. The Hidden Hand (WB, 1942)

8harrygbutler
Edited: May 1, 2020, 8:34am

Movies watched in March

119. Santo contra Blue Demon en la Atlantida (Santo vs. Blue Demon in Atlantis) (Cinematográfica Sotomayor, 1970)
120. Breakout (Independent Artists / Anglo-Amalgamated, 1959)
121. Charlie Chan in Shanghai (Fox, 1935)
122. Heart of the Rockies (Republic, 1937)
123. Gammera the Invincible (1966)
124. The Ghost Rider (Monogram, 1943)
125. Come rubare un quintale di diamanti in Russia (Mission Phantom) (1967)
126. The Lion Hunters (Monogram, 1951)
127. Peking Blonde (original title: La blonde de Pékin) (1967)
128. Hercules, Prisoner of Evil (original title: Ursus, il terrore dei kirghisi) (1964)
129. Stage to Chino (RKO, 1940)
130. Miss Tulip Stays the Night (Grand Alliance, 1955)
131. Finders Keepers (UA, 1966/1967)
132. The Monster Maker (PRC, 1944)
133. The Snow Devils (original title: La morte viene dal pianeta Aytin) (1967)
134. Orphan of the Pecos (Victory, 1937)
135. Iron Monkey Strikes Back (aka Duel at the Tiger Village) (original title: Jue dou Lao Hu Zhuang) (1978)
136. Colpo in Canna (Loaded Guns) (1975)
137. Murder on the Campus (Chesterfield, 1933)
138. Assalto al tesoro di stato (Assault on the State Treasure) (1967)
139. The Mysterious Miss X (Republic, 1939)
140. Romance on the Range (Republic, 1942)
141. Last Man To Kill (original title: Un milione di dollari per sette assassini) (1966)
142. Charlie Chan at the Circus (Twentieth Century Fox, 1936)
143. Blue Demon y Zovek en La invasión de los muertos (Invasion of the Dead) (1973)
144. War Between the Planets (original title: Il pianeta errante) (1966)
145. Ridin' the Lone Trail (Republic, 1937)
146. Murder in the Big House (WB, 1942)
147. Borman (1966)
148. The Hurricane Horseman (Willis Kent, 1931)
149. Argoman vs. Diabolicus (original title: Superargo contro Diabolikus) (1966/1968)
150. Snake River Desperadoes (Columbia, 1951)
151. Calling Bulldog Drummond (MGM, 1951)
152. Every Day’s a Holiday (Grand National, 1964)
153. Perry Grant, agente di ferro (aka The Big Blackout) (1966)
154. 7 donne d'oro contro due 07 (1966)
155. Deathsport (New World, 1978)
156. Comanche Station (Columbia, 1960)
157. The Star Packer (Lone Star / Monogram, 1934)
158. Detective School Dropouts (Cannon, 1986)
159. Hercules in the Haunted World (original title: Ercole al centro della Terra) (1961/1964)
160. The Night of January 16th (Paramount, 1941)
161. Project Moon Base (Lippert, 1953)
162. Mrs. Pollifax – Spy (UA, 1971)
163. Sands of Iwo Jima (Republic, 1949)
164. Journey to the Center of Time (1967)
165. Black Magic (original title: Jiang tou) (Shaw Brothers, 1975)
166. Rogue of the Range (Supreme, 1936)
167. Sherlock Holmes in Washington (Universal, 1943)
168. The Case of the Frightened Lady (British Lion, 1940)

9harrygbutler
Edited: May 1, 2020, 8:34am

Movies watched in April

169. James Tont operazione D.U.E. (1966)
170. Devil Bat’s Daughter (PRC, 1946)
171. Rip Roarin' Buckaroo (Victory, 1936)
172. Supercolpo da 7 miliardi (aka The Ten Million Dollar Grab) (1967)
173. Sky Racket (Victory, 1937)
174. Death Journey (1976)
175. Ator, the Fighting Eagle (original title: Ator l'invincibile) (1982)
176. Sunset Range (First Division, 1935)
177. Jin Niukou (aka Gold Button) (1966)
178. The Time Travelers (American International, 1964)
179. Dick Tracy (RKO, 1945)
180. The Marshal of Mesa City (RKO, 1939)
181. Werewolves on Wheels (1971)
182. 28 minuti per 3 milioni di dollari (aka 28 Minutes for 3 Million Dollars) (1967)
183. The Flying Guillotine (original title: Xue di zi) (1975)
184. Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (original title: Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes) (1962)
185. Hold ’Em Jail (RKO, 1932)
186. Caryl of the Mountains (Reliable, 1936)
187. Blood Money (original title: El kárate, el Colt y el impostor) (1974)
188. One Armed Executioner (1981)
189. The Swiss Conspiracy (1976)
190. Space Raiders (1983)
191. Desert Gold (Paramount, 1936)
192. Il marchio di Kriminal (1968)
193. Planet of the Vampires (original title: Terrore nello spazio) (American International, 1965)
194. Meet Nero Wolfe (Columbia, 1936)
195. Sister Street Fighter (1974)
196. The Lost Missile (UA, 1958)
197. The League of Frightened Men (Columbia, 1937)
198. Flying Guillotine 2 (1978)
199. Hills of Kentucky (WB, 1927)
200. Charlie Chan at the Race Track (Twentieth Century Fox, 1936)
201. The Great Alligator (original title: Il fiume del grande caimano) (1979)
202. The Stranger (RKO, 1946)
203. Mean Johnny Barrows (1975)
204. Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring (Columbia, 1941)
205. Fatal Flying Guillotine (original title: Yin yang xie di zi) (1977)
206. Phantom from Space (UA, 1953)
207. Exterminators Of The Year 3000 (original title: Il giustiziere della strada) (1983)
208. The Man from Utah (Lone Star/Monogram, 1934)
209. Dick Tracy versus Cueball (RKO, 1946)
210. The Skull (Amicus, 1965)
211. The Killer With A Thousand Eyes (original title: Los mil ojos del asesino) (1973)
212. Goliath and the Dragon (original title: La vendetta di Ercole) (1960)
213. Mission Stardust (original title: ...4 ..3 ..2 ..1 ...morte) (1967)
214. Elephant Stampede (Monogram, 1951)
215. The Super Inframan (original title: Zhong guo chao ren) (1975)
216. Charlie Chan at the Opera (Twentieth Century Fox, 1936)
217. The Old Corral (Republic, 1936)
218. Supermen Against the Orient (original title: Crash! Che botte... strippo strappo stroppio) (1973)
219. Jungle Heat (UA, 1957)
220. Along Came Jones (International / RKO, 1945)
221. Operation Atlantis (original title: Agente S 03: Operazione Atlantide) (1965)

10harrygbutler
Edited: May 31, 2020, 10:25pm

Movies watched in May

222. Fangs of the Wild (Metropolitan, 1939)
223. The Cobra (original title: Il cobra) (1967)
224. Invasion of the Star Creatures (American International, 1962)
225. Monster from Green Hell (1957)
226. Le solitaire passe à l'attaque (1966)
227. Agent X-77 Orders to Kill (original title: Baraka sur X 13) (1966)
228. The French Key (Republic, 1946)
229. Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops (original title: Maciste nella terra dei ciclopi) (1961)
230. Womaneater (1958)
231. Texas Terror (Lone Star / Monogram, 1935)
232. Blackmail (Republic, 1947)
233. Call of the South Seas (Republic, 1944)
234. How To Make a Monster (American International, 1958)
235. Ellery Queen, Master Detective (Columbia, 1940)
236. Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime (Columbia, 1941)
237. Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (Columbia, 1941)
238. The She Beast (1966)
239. The Case of the Bloody Iris (original title: Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer?) (1972)
240. Dogora (original title: Uchû daikaijû Dogora) (Toho, 1964)
241. Un dollaro tra i denti (aka A Stranger in Town (1967)
242. Shaolin Devil Shaolin Angel (original title: Tie shou wu qing zhui hun ling) (1978)
243. A Close Call for Ellery Queen (Columbia, 1942)
244. A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen (Columbia, 1942)
245. Dick Tracy's Dilemma (RKO, 1947)
246. Murder with Pictures (Paramount, 1936)
247. Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (original title: Se tutte le donne del mondo... (Operazione Paradiso) (1966)
248. Thunder Trail (Paramount, 1937)
249. The Comedy of Terrors (American International, 1963)
250. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (Universal, 1943)
251. The Set Up (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1963)
252. Electra One (original title: Con la muerte a la espalda) (1967)
253. The Bloody Vampire (original title: El vampiro sangriento) (1962)
254. The Invasion of the Vampires (original title: La invasión de los vampiros) (1963)
255. Uncle Was a Vampire (original title: Tempi duri per i vampiri) (1959)
256. Green Eyes (Chesterfield, 1934)
257. Kung Fu Zombie (original title: Wu long tian shi zhao ji gui) (1981)
258. British Intelligence (WB, 1940)
259. Discarded Lovers (Tower, 1932)
260. The World of the Vampires (original title: El mundo de los vampiros) (1961)
261. Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistol (aka The Stranger Returns) (1967)
262. Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror (1938)
263. Beast from Haunted Cave (Allied Artists, 1959)
264. Rocky Mountain Mystery (Paramount, 1935)
265. Jiang shi pa pa (The Close Encounter of the Vampire) (1986)
266. The House of the Arrow (1953)

11harrygbutler
Edited: May 1, 2020, 8:35am

April recap:

  • 12 books finished

  • no shorter works finished

  • no magazines finished (but one started)

  • 53 movies watched


12harrygbutler
Edited: May 1, 2020, 8:35am

Year-to-date (as of the end of April):

  • 58 books finished

  • 1 shorter work finished

  • 1 magazine finished

  • 221 movies watched


I am slightly ahead of schedule for my book reading, behind schedule for my magazine reading, and well ahead of schedule with my movie watching. I anticipate both catching up with my magazine reading and seeing my movie watching slow down during the summer.

13harrygbutler
May 1, 2020, 8:36am

Next one's yours!

14PaulCranswick
May 1, 2020, 9:40am

Happy new one, Harry.

I love steam trains.

15richardderus
May 1, 2020, 9:54am

Hi Harry, have a Spring landscape:

Atmospheric, isn't it?

16harrygbutler
May 1, 2020, 1:03pm

>14 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul! I do as well.

17harrygbutler
May 1, 2020, 1:03pm

>15 richardderus: Thank you, Richard. That's an interesting effect — seems to be a foggy morning.

18harrygbutler
May 1, 2020, 1:11pm

Movie 220. Along Came Jones (International / RKO, 1945)



Delightful western comedy stars Gary Cooper as cowhand Melody Jones, who is mistaken for the vicious crook Monte Jarrad (Dan Duryea) — a mistake reinforced by Cherry de Longpre, who may be Monte's girl (Loretta Young). Despite the advice of his sage sidekick (William Demarest) and despite seeing through Cherry's scheming — and despite a total lack of ability with a pistol — Melody decides to go along with the pretense, perhaps with an eye toward capturing Jarrad and recovering the loot from his latest holdup, perhaps with an eye to winning Cherry's love. Pleasing performances all around, with the only real weakness an over-reliance on sound stage shots.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

19drneutron
May 1, 2020, 2:31pm

Happy new thread!

20harrygbutler
May 1, 2020, 5:06pm

>19 drneutron: Thank you, Jim!

21thornton37814
Edited: May 1, 2020, 6:24pm

I need to read A Murder Is Arranged. I'm not familiar with the series.

ETA: I went to Amazon to hunt the first in series and found it is only 99 cents. I added it to the wish list for now, but I will try the series.

22FAMeulstee
May 1, 2020, 6:25pm

Happy new thread, Harry!

I am still in awe how many movies you watched this year!

23figsfromthistle
May 1, 2020, 6:25pm

Happy new thread!

24harrygbutler
May 1, 2020, 8:04pm

>21 thornton37814: Hi, Lori! I hope you enjoy it when you get around to trying it.

25harrygbutler
May 1, 2020, 8:07pm

>22 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! I'm glad I've been able to keep my reading going pretty well, too, even while watching a lot of movies.

26harrygbutler
May 1, 2020, 8:07pm

>23 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita!

27alcottacre
May 2, 2020, 7:47pm

Happy new thread, Harry! I love the "Otto" rating system for your movies, lol.

28mstrust
May 3, 2020, 6:35pm

Happy new thread, Harry!

29harrygbutler
May 3, 2020, 10:58pm

>27 alcottacre: Thanks, Stasia! I've several more movies watched, so there'll be more ratings posted soon.

30harrygbutler
May 3, 2020, 10:58pm

>28 mstrust: Thank you, Jennifer!

31harrygbutler
May 3, 2020, 11:02pm

Movie 221. Operation Atlantis (original title: Agente S 03: Operazione Atlantide) (1965)



An operative is sent by an international uranium organization to investigate an apparent new supply in a mountainous area bordering the Sahara, where it is rumored a hidden city of descendants from lost Atlantis is to be found. Suitably goofy, with that plot, and with plenty of twists, too, although I never did quite figure out just why one group of bad guys chose the plan they did, and there were some portions of the plot that seemed to be hurried over, even as other scenes dragged.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

32harrygbutler
May 3, 2020, 11:05pm

54. This Petty Place: A Book of Drawings, by Mary Petty



Rather dull collection of cartoons is a bit too dated, and too narrowly focused in its satirical eye, to provide much entertainment to this reader. Not recommended.

33harrygbutler
May 4, 2020, 9:05am

Movie 222. Fangs of the Wild (Metropolitan, 1939)



Crooks use a trained dog to raid fox farms, and an investigator (Dennis Moore) goes undercover, accompanied by his own dog (Rin Tin Tin, Jr.), to find out what's going on. Slow-moving fare, with perhaps the laziest crooks I've yet seen in one of these movies.

Not recommended. Otto thinks your time would be better spent staring at the wall.

34harrygbutler
May 4, 2020, 9:10am

55. Three Mysteries by Johnston McCulley, by Johnston McCulley



Slim volume from Wildside Press brings together three stories that first appeared in Detective Story Magazine. None is really a mystery; rather, all three focus on the criminal, with disparate ends and some pleasing, albeit not unexpected, twists. Recommended.

35harrygbutler
May 4, 2020, 6:30pm

36alcottacre
May 4, 2020, 6:31pm

>31 harrygbutler: I was sure that was Roger Moore in that movie poster!

37harrygbutler
May 4, 2020, 8:14pm

>36 alcottacre: It's certainly possible that the figure on the poster is indeed Roger Moore, even though the movie starred John Ericson. I've seen plenty of posters where the people didn't look much like anyone in the movies.

38richardderus
May 4, 2020, 9:01pm

>35 harrygbutler: I can almost smell them!

39fuzzi
Edited: May 5, 2020, 7:25am

>35 harrygbutler: lilacs? Looks like the ones we used to have in Connecticut.

They don't do well here, too hot in the summer.

40harrygbutler
May 5, 2020, 8:23am

>38 richardderus: We only have those couple bunches on our bush, which last year produced none at all.

41harrygbutler
May 5, 2020, 8:25am

>39 fuzzi: Yep, lilacs. I know we couldn't use some varieties because of our mild winters and warm summers. We had a large bush that succumbed last year to something, so we'll be getting a replacement either later this year or next year.

I lived for years in Rochester, New York, and one of the glories there was a park filled with lilacs of various kinds — so many that each year they have a Lilac Festival in that park.

42harrygbutler
May 5, 2020, 8:31am

Movie 223. The Cobra (original title: Il cobra) (1967)



Washed-up ex-Secret Service agent (Peter Martell) is brought on by a Treasury official (Dana Andrews) to unravel a plot involving flooding the West with drugs. A fairly incoherent course of events follows, with the agent poking around, people being killed, and a hidden mastermind whose reveal is disappointing because the character had made no impression over the course of the movie. Anita Ekberg plays a pivotal role but is underutilized, and it was strange to hear someone else's voice for Dana Andrews in the dubbed version I watched, when Andrews was clearly saying the lines. There's a bit here for fans of the genre, but not too much.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

43harrygbutler
May 5, 2020, 8:34am

Movie 224. Invasion of the Star Creatures (American International, 1962)



Stay away from this one! Two soldiers, one of whom is rather dumb and the other prone to imitations, tangle with invading aliens in this science fiction comedy. Unfortunately, it just isn't particularly funny: the movie was pretty close to the end before they reached a scene that actually made me laugh.

Not recommended. Otto thinks your time would be better spent staring at the wall.

44harrygbutler
May 5, 2020, 8:38am

56. The Lives of the Monks of Palestine, by Cyril of Scythopolis; trans. by R. M. Price



Informative accounts of several important figures in the early blooming of monasticism in the wilderness east of Jerusalem in the fifth and sixth centuries is marred by far too many printing and proofreading errors, only some of which are addressed by a full page of errata at the beginning of the volume. I'd recommend the contents, but not this edition.

45harrygbutler
May 5, 2020, 8:41am

57. Roman Antiquities, Books 5-6.48, by Dionysius of Halicarnassus; trans. by Earnest Cary



This volume in the history by Dionysius of Halicarnassus covers the very first years of the Roman Republic, as the exiled king and his relatives try to secure their return and plunge the region into a series of wars and civil strife, prompting some innovations in the Roman government set up after the king was driven out. Recommended.

46harrygbutler
May 6, 2020, 8:05am

Movie 225. Monster from Green Hell (1957)



Slow monster movie starring Jim Davis, who narrates as well and really shows no star power. Far too much time is spent on preliminaries, and the climactic sequence is really rather silly, too.

Not recommended. Otto thinks your time would be better spent staring at the wall.

47harrygbutler
May 6, 2020, 8:20am

Movie 226. Le solitaire passe à l'attaque (1966)



After the murder of couriers and the theft of a secret device, a French secret agent travels to Spain to try to recover the item, or at least disarm its self-destruct. He's aided by the local French agent and that man's girlfriend and must contend with two groups trying to get the device and the "key." Some of the action isn't too coherent, but the movie does keep one interested.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

48harrygbutler
May 6, 2020, 8:30am

58. Marmaduke Sounds Off, by Brad Anderson



Typical collection of Marmaduke single-panel comics is fine for fans. Mildly recommended.

49alcottacre
May 6, 2020, 8:37am

>44 harrygbutler: >45 harrygbutler: Adding both of those to the BlackHole. Thanks for the heads up about the edition on The Lives of the Monks of Palestine, Harry.

50harrygbutler
May 6, 2020, 6:45pm

>49 alcottacre: I hope you enjoy them if/when you get to them, Stasia!

51harrygbutler
May 7, 2020, 10:24am

Movie 227. Agent X-77 Orders to Kill (original title: Baraka sur X 13) (1966)



Fairly standard spy fare with bad guys after a secret formula. Sylva Koscina is on hand as a nurse who helps out the agent but isn't given as much to do as she'd like, and there's an interesting subplot involving someone who falls in love with an operative for the other side.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

52harrygbutler
Edited: May 7, 2020, 10:29am

Movie 228. The French Key (Republic, 1946)



A private eye (Albert Dekker) and his assistant (Mike Mazurki) find a body in the detective's locked apartment and circumstances force him to investigate. What role is played by the woman whose window overlooks the PI's place? Modest sleuthing, modest humor, with Mazurki's narration a pretty good device. And for those wondering, a French key is a key designed to be broken off in a lock to prevent someone else from unlocking it; the detective's landlord had made use of one at the beginning of the movie because of unpaid rent.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

53harrygbutler
Edited: May 7, 2020, 10:49am

59. The Pleasure Cruise Mystery, by Robin Forsythe



Haphazard mystery with amateur sleuth Algernon Vereker, cajoled into taking a pleasure cruise, drawn into investigating the death (murder?) of a fellow passenger. The truth behind the goings-on aboard ship, and in the events leading up to the voyage, as well as Vereker's investigations after leaving the vessel, keep things interesting but aren't quite satisfying, and the visually unpleasing Dean Street Press edition detracted a bit from the experience for me as well. Mildly recommended.

54richardderus
May 7, 2020, 11:22am

Happy Thursday reads, Harry. I came by specifically to let you know about University Press of Florida's big medieval studies sale: https://upf.com/sales.asp?code=ICMS20&indexnum=0

I assumed you knew what the ICMS was, so might be expecting this...?

55harrygbutler
May 7, 2020, 11:46am

>54 richardderus: Thanks, Richard! I appreciate your letting me know. I used to attend the ICMS in Kalamazoo when I was a "practicing medievalist" and got some very good bargains on books there. I've seen a few publishers' notice of sales held since they can't attend, but I didn't know about University Press of Florida. Time to do some shopping! :-)

56richardderus
May 7, 2020, 1:18pm

>55 harrygbutler: My pleasure. If *MY* stimulus check went directly into publishers' pockets, everyone else's should too.

57harrygbutler
May 7, 2020, 5:33pm

>56 richardderus: Haha! Of course, with some of the university presses, that would only buy a handful of books.

58harrygbutler
May 7, 2020, 5:41pm

Movie 229. Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops (original title: Maciste nella terra dei ciclopi) (1961)



Gordon Mitchell stars as Maciste, who endeavors to save the life of the young heir to the throne in the face of an evil queen (Chelo Alonso) and her minions. A little too much time is spent in repeated plot elements, and too little time is spent with the cyclops (doubtless because the budget didn't really extend to good special effects), but it was an entertaining way to spend the time.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

59harrygbutler
May 7, 2020, 5:42pm

60. North to the Rails, by Louis L'Amour



A young man, the son of Borden Chantry, who has traveled to the west to buy cattle seeks to overcome an imputation of cowardice and win the respect of others by managing a trail drive to bring a herd of cattle to meet the westward-bound railroad. His growth happens rather rapidly, even taking into account his early years in the west, but the character arc is an enjoyable one, and the supporting characters good contributors to the story.

60harrygbutler
May 8, 2020, 8:15am

Movie 230. Womaneater (1958)



British horror film opens with a scene revealing the titular monster and then reprises the scene later — a rather poor decision in a movie with several plot holes the time could have been used to fill. The monster itself is creepy enough, but not deployed very effectively. George Coulouris is OK as the mad scientist.

Not really recommended. Otto thinks your time would be better spent staring at the wall.

61harrygbutler
May 8, 2020, 8:20am

Movie 231. Texas Terror (Lone Star / Monogram, 1935)



When a young sheriff believes he has killed a friend while pursuing robbers, he resigns his position and takes to the hills as a prospector. When the friend's daughter comes west to take possession of his ranch, he finds a way to investigate what really happened when his friend was killed. Of particular interest is a scene in which the Indians ride to the rescue.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

62fuzzi
May 8, 2020, 10:26am

I love Otto's contributions to your reviews. i find myself scrolling down to see what he "thinks" of each movie. Ha!

63harrygbutler
May 8, 2020, 10:57am

>62 fuzzi: Heehee. I'm glad you're enjoying them. He hasn't missed a movie yet this year. :-)

64harrygbutler
Edited: May 20, 2020, 9:51pm

61. The Moving Shadow: Electrifying Bengali Pulp Fiction, selected and translated by Arunava Sinha



Moderately successful anthology of crime, espionage, science fiction, and horror is worth a look. I found the best of the pieces to be the novella "The Secret Agent," by Vikramaditya, in which a drunken lout who has been dismissed from a secret project is hired to investigate leaks that have been making their way into the Pakistani press, but the opening story, Premendra Mitra's "Parasha Barma Makes a Bid," was an enjoyable detective story as well. The speculative and horror pieces were rather less to my taste, although Satyajit Ray's "Bhuto" is OK. Mildly recommended.

65harrygbutler
May 10, 2020, 5:40pm

Movie 232. Blackmail (Republic, 1947)



Robert Leslie Bellem's Hollywood sleuth Dan Turner had a long run in the pulps and was successful enough to warrant his own magazine from 1942 to 1950. The stories featured first-person narration littered with slang, as well as racy situations befitting their Tinseltown locale. William Marshall essays the role in this disappointing 1947 Republic effort: not only does Marshall lack charisma, but he's so dull that he doesn't sell the character's slang, either. Ricardo Cortez as the victim of the blackmail is really the only strong point of this one.

Not recommended. Otto thinks your time would be better spent staring at the wall.

66harrygbutler
May 12, 2020, 10:17am

Movie 233. Call of the South Seas (Republic, 1944)



Allan (not yet "Rocky") Lane heads the cast in this crime picture, tangling with a villain preying on South Pacific islanders. A curious movie, as there was no reference to the war whatsoever, and the crime plot could just as easily have been set somewhere stateside; the setting really only provided an excuse for some appropriate music. Not too bad, but not much there.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

67harrygbutler
May 12, 2020, 10:23am

Movie 234. How To Make a Monster (American International, 1958)



Clever American International movie has a studio special effects man, fired after 25 years of creating monsters for the screen, using his skills — and a secret formula — to wreak his revenge on the movie studio's new executives. Robert H. Harris is excellent as the increasingly maniacal makeup artist, and it's fun to see connections with the studio's other movies (e.g., I Was a Teenage Werewolf and Invasion of the Saucer Men).

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

68harrygbutler
Edited: May 20, 2020, 9:50pm

62. The Floating Game, by John Garforth



Steed and Mrs. Peel investigate a linkup between the Mafia and Russian espionage agents, with both going undercover separately — and with varying success — to unravel the plot. Sadly disappointing novel tie-in for the entertaining series, with the author too keen on voicing contempt for various aspects of British life and politics. Though I may read other Avengers tie-in books (it appears there were at least 9), I'll likely avoid any written by Mr. Garforth. Not recommended.

69richardderus
May 12, 2020, 10:37am

>67 harrygbutler: That sounds like big fun! I've never heard of it before so I'm extra excited that I was able to find it.

70mstrust
May 12, 2020, 10:38am

>67 harrygbutler: What a coincidence, I was a Hollywood make-up artist and I'm increasingly maniacal too. This sounds like a good one.
>68 harrygbutler: Shame about that. I didn't know there were novels for the show and I would have expected a great read.

71harrygbutler
May 12, 2020, 10:40am

>69 richardderus: I had heard of the title but knew nothing about the movie until I ran across it the other day on Amazon Prime. I hope you enjoy it, Richard.

72harrygbutler
May 12, 2020, 10:47am

>70 mstrust: Ha! It's available right now on Amazon Prime.

I was certainly hoping that the Avengers novel would be a good read. I picked it up in a bag sale, I think, some years ago and ran across it recently, so I decided to give it a try. I'd not heard of John Garforth before. Other books in the series were written by Keith Laumer and by Norman Daniels, and I expect they'd be better.

I also have Sorry, Chief..., a Get Smart novel, which I'll probably try sometime soon. There were nine of those novels as well, all written by William Johnston, who wrote a number of other TV tie-ins.

73fuzzi
May 12, 2020, 12:18pm

>67 harrygbutler: plot sounds a bit like F/X (1986)?

74harrygbutler
May 12, 2020, 7:46pm

>73 fuzzi: Not all that similar, I think, but I don't really recall much about F/X except enjoying it when I saw it many years ago. This has more in common with backstage killers à la Phantom of the Opera, I'd say.

75fuzzi
May 12, 2020, 9:35pm

>74 harrygbutler: that makes sense.

76harrygbutler
May 14, 2020, 11:41am

Movie 235. Ellery Queen, Master Detective (Columbia, 1940)



Columbia's early-1940s series of Ellery Queen movies got their start with this one, a fairly good introduction to the characters of Queen, as portrayed by Ralph Bellamy, and Nikki Porter, as portrayed by Margaret Lindsay. Indeed, much of this initial entry is devoted to setting up the characters and highlighting their interactions; the mystery, with a wealthy old man murdered before making changes to his will, is pretty straightforward overall, with the culprit fairly obvious.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

77harrygbutler
May 19, 2020, 8:46am

Movie 236. Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime (Columbia, 1941)



Well-written entry in Columbia's Ellery Queen series, with Douglass Dumbrille as the victim, a shady businessman whose own son may have been the killer. There's some amusement to be had with Ellery buying a houseful of items at auction and an array of other suspects to keep the investigation interesting.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

78fuzzi
May 19, 2020, 8:57am

Looks like you found a bunch of Ellery Queen movies!

79richardderus
May 19, 2020, 9:03am

Ellery Queen was such a huge part of my mother's bookshelves. I don't know why I didn't ever bother reading them. The films were some of her personal favorites, as well. I didn't think to seek them out, now I can and will thanks to these reviews.

80harrygbutler
Edited: May 19, 2020, 9:15am

Movie 237. Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (Columbia, 1941)



The mystery this time involves jewelry brought from China to be sold to raise money for war relief and the murder of a courier. The characters of Ellery Queen and Nikki Porter are fine, but the story this time around leaves a bit to be desired.

Not particularly recommended. Otto thinks your time would probably be better spent staring at the wall.

81harrygbutler
May 19, 2020, 9:16am

>78 fuzzi: I did! And I thought I'd go ahead and watch what I could while I had the opportunity.

82harrygbutler
May 19, 2020, 9:16am

>79 richardderus: I had never encountered these movies, but I do recall watching the Jim Hutton TV series, with David Wayne as Inspector Queen.

83harrygbutler
May 19, 2020, 11:55am

Movie 238. The She Beast (1966)



British newlyweds make the unfortunate decision to spend their honeymoon in Transylvania. Odd little movie has some strange characters (John Karlsen as Count von Helsing), some seedy characters (Mel Welles as Ladislav Groper), a decent monster (in the form of a witch brought back to life after 300 years), but is unfortunately rather erratic in its tone and ultimately unsuccessful.

Mildly recommended at best. Otto thinks this movie is is probably worth a look for fans of Barbara Steele or those interested in "modern" settings for traditional horror.

84harrygbutler
Edited: May 20, 2020, 9:50pm

63. The Rescuers, by Margery Sharp



I had long known of two of the mouse protagonists of this novel, Miss Bianca and Bernard, only through the quite good Disney films. This is a more mature story altogether, though, despite the nature of the characters, with the mice of the Prisoners' Aid Society aiming to free a Norwegian poet held prisoner in a dank prison — the Black Castle — in some unnamed land behind the Iron Curtain. Questions of love and loyalty and scenes of adventure and great danger add to the interest of the tale, and I'm confident I'll be reading more in the series. Recommended.

85fuzzi
May 19, 2020, 12:57pm

>82 harrygbutler: I remember that series!

>84 harrygbutler: I've been on the lookout for that one but no luck so far. I'm trying to keep my purchases down, so hopefully it will turn up at the local used book store at some point (yes! They're open!).

86harrygbutler
May 19, 2020, 8:58pm

>85 fuzzi: Glad to hear your local store is open. Good luck on the hunt!

87harrygbutler
May 20, 2020, 2:27pm

Movie 239. The Case of the Bloody Iris (original title: Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer?) (1972)



Decent Italian giallo mystery features George Hilton as an architect who may be committing a series of violent crimes against women in one of his buildings, as well as Edwige Fenech as a model who moves into the building and becomes involved with Hilton. A reasonable number of red herrings complicate the mystery. The solution is not particularly surprising, though some of the connections are a a bit far-fetched.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

88harrygbutler
May 20, 2020, 4:05pm

Movie 240. Dogora (original title: Uchû daikaijû Dogora) (Toho, 1964)



Fun Toho product studio is more crime movie than giant monster film, though the two are intimately related in this one. Definitely not your usual fare from the studio, though there's ample destruction as well, as scientists and other leaders scramble to deal with a creature from outer space that has a fondness for carbon, both coal and diamonds, and that is not above committing robbery to get it.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

89alcottacre
May 20, 2020, 6:47pm

>84 harrygbutler: I am not sure I have ever read The Rescuers. I will have to check it out!

Happy Wednesday, Harry!

90harrygbutler
May 21, 2020, 9:33am

>89 alcottacre: Thanks, Stasia! I hope you like The Rescuers if you get a chance to read it.

91harrygbutler
May 21, 2020, 9:38am

Movie 241. Un dollaro tra i denti (aka A Stranger in Town (1967)



The first in a series of "Stranger" westerns has a gunman (Tony Anthony) mixing it up with vicious bandits led by Aguila (Frank Wolff) around gold stolen from an army detachment. Brutal and violent, but not without interest, with the resilience of Anthony's character in the face of repeated beatings building sympathy.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

92harrygbutler
May 21, 2020, 9:44am

Movie 242. Shaolin Devil Shaolin Angel (original title: Tie shou wu qing zhui hun ling) (1978)



A masked assassin is killing off prominent fighters. The complicated plot is rather hard to follow because the relationships among the characters, as well as just who the characters are, isn't very clear, but the action sequences kept my attention.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is probably for martial arts completists only.

93harrygbutler
May 21, 2020, 9:57am

Movie 243. A Close Call for Ellery Queen (Columbia, 1942)



William Gargan takes over the role of Ellery Queen in the Columbia movie series, with Margaret Lindsay staying on as Nikki Porter. Gargan's Queen is a rather more conventional screen detective, here persuaded to find out why a wealthy man (who has been looking for his two long-missing daughters) is entertaining unsavory houseguests. The man does not welcome Ellery's attention, but he does continue poking around, particularly when murder follows and Nikki takes a hand, too.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

94harrygbutler
May 21, 2020, 10:06am

Movie 244. A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen (Columbia, 1942)



Ellery and Nikki travel to the West Coast to find a man who had been presumed dead, and who was thought to have embezzled company funds before his apparent death. To lure him into revealing himself, Nikki pretends to be the man's wife. Matters get more complicated when Inspector Queen shows up on the trail of hot money. Well put together, with plenty of shifts with characters constantly hiding from other characters.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

95fuzzi
May 22, 2020, 7:43am

>94 harrygbutler: yippee! Otto likes one.

96PaulCranswick
May 24, 2020, 11:28am

At this time of the end of Ramadan I want to give thanks for your friendship in this wonderful group, Harry.

Enjoy the long weekend.

97fuzzi
May 24, 2020, 1:11pm

harrygbutler, did you ever get a chance to read Atlantic Fury?

98harrygbutler
May 25, 2020, 5:38am

>95 fuzzi: Yep. I gave the cats some fresh catnip from the plant we have in a container outside, and I've decided I need to try to get a photo of Otto next time to use for movies that are highly recommended.

>97 fuzzi: I did, though I finished a couple days later than you, so you had your comments posted before I was done with the book. I'm just behind on posting my comments.

99harrygbutler
May 25, 2020, 5:38am

>96 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul! I hope all is well with you.

100harrygbutler
Edited: May 25, 2020, 5:48am

Movie 245. Dick Tracy's Dilemma (RKO, 1947)



Ralph Byrd resumes the role of Dick Tracy in this RKO picture, in which the square-jawed detective chases after a brutal killer involved in a fur heist. Good cinematography and an efficient story.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

101harrygbutler
Edited: May 25, 2020, 5:52am

Movie 246. Murder with Pictures (Paramount, 1936)



When a crooked shyster is murdered while posing for photos with the gangster he has sprung, a newsman (Lew Ayres) investigates — in part to clear the woman (Gail Patrick) suspected of the crime, who took refuge in his apartment. Implausible, but entertaining, with a good role for Patrick and an interesting murder method, but it falls down a bit on the identity of the culprit.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

102harrygbutler
May 25, 2020, 5:57am

Movie 247. Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (original title: Se tutte le donne del mondo... (Operazione Paradiso) (1966)



Mike Connors and Dorothy Provine star in this secret agent spoof, in which they tangle with a madman who is being paid by the Chinese to destroy the United States with his new invention — but who is also targeting various women for death (?). The story is rather incoherent, while the villain's plot has distinct similarities to that in the all-star, but sadly disappointing, Casino Royale, and the fight scenes are played for laughs. Connors is appealing, as is Provine, and they make up for at least some of the deficiencies.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

103harrygbutler
May 25, 2020, 6:04am

Movie 248. Thunder Trail (Paramount, 1937)



When villains attack a wagon train headed east from the gold fields and slaughter all the people, two young boys escape — one is adopted by the gang's leader, and the other is left for dead but finds refuge with a prospector. Many years later, the latter's travels bring him to the town where the gang, now rather more respectable in outward appearance but still bent on crime, threatens a mine owner to get him to sign over his holdings. When the young man (Gilbert Roland) realizes he faces his father's killer, he decides to deal himself into the game.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

104harrygbutler
Edited: May 25, 2020, 6:11am

Movie 249. The Comedy of Terrors (American International, 1963)



A hard-drinking and crooked undertaker (Vincent Price) lives with his wife, who aspires to be a singer despite having no ability; her father (Boris Karloff), a befuddled old man whom he regularly threatens to poison; and his put-upon assistant (Peter Lorre). When money is short, he resorts to murder to drum up business, and homicide seems the answer when the stern landlord (Basil Rathbone) demands payment, too. A delicious macabre comedy, with fine performances all around, though I wish Karloff had been given a bit more to do.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

105harrygbutler
May 25, 2020, 6:17am

Movie 250. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (Universal, 1943)



When killings occur at Musgrave Manor, which is being used as a convalescent home for shell-shocked soldiers, Dr. Waton (Nigel Bruce) turns to his friend Holmes (Basil Rathbone) for help. The astute detective soon is on the trail of the killer, and of the meaning behind the centuries-old Musgrave Ritual. An excellent wartime entry in the series.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

106harrygbutler
May 25, 2020, 6:18am

64. Heathcliff Rides Again, by George Gately



Standard fare about the comic cat's escapades, of interest to fans. Mildly recommended.

107harrygbutler
Edited: May 25, 2020, 6:24am

65. Theodulf of Orléans: The Verse, by Theodulf of Orléans; trans. by Theodore M. Andersson in collaboration with Åslaug Ommundsen and Leslie S. B. MacCoull



This collection of poetry by an important Carolingian churchman also includes translations of poems of doubtful authenticity, for the sake of completeness. The contents are varied, including explicitly religious poems, occasional verse, and poems from the bishop's time of exile. The poems, at least in translation, are rather undistinguished, but not without interest. Mildly recommended for those whom the era interests.

108harrygbutler
May 25, 2020, 6:26am

66. Best Cartoons of the Year 1954, ed. by Lawrence Lariar



Another excellent entry in the long-running series; recommended.

109harrygbutler
May 25, 2020, 6:32am

67. The Eel Pie Murders, by David Frome



Inspector Bull investigates when the body of a young woman is found washed up on Eel Pie Island, especially as it appears she did not meet her death there. A decent procedural, with Mr. Pinkerton contributing rather little to the solution of the mystery — but his actions did provide a clue to the reader. Mildly recommended.

110harrygbutler
May 25, 2020, 5:17pm

111harrygbutler
May 25, 2020, 8:57pm

68. The Born Loser, by Carter Brown



When a woman with the goods on some mobsters finds her daughter murdered, she vows to spill all she knows if the culprit isn't identified within a couple days, which thus sets her up as a target, too. Lt. Al Wheeler thus is in a race against time, hoping to discover the murderer before the crooks kill the woman. But who had a motive to kill the daughter? After all, the woman had kept quiet for years, all through a prison term, so in whose interest was it to prompt her to talk? Several twists keep this one interesting, though the identity of the mastermind behind the murder was fairly obvious early on. Mildly recommended.

112harrygbutler
May 25, 2020, 9:09pm

69. Atlantic Fury, by Hammond Innes



Solid story of (chiefly nautical) adventure, with some grim elements, weakened by an overlong introductory section with too much "Had I But Known" comment from the narrator. I did not guess the solution to the chief mystery. Recommended.

113harrygbutler
May 26, 2020, 8:19am

Movie 251. The Set Up (Anglo-Amalgamated, 1963)



An ex-convict down on his luck is offered a somewhat shady job — burgle a house in order to teach someone a lesson. Little does he know, it's a set up for a murder frame. Decent little Edgar Wallace movie, hurt a bit by some underdevelopment of the characters (perforce, because of the short running time) but entertaining anyhow.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

114harrygbutler
May 26, 2020, 8:29am

Movie 252. Electra One (original title: Con la muerte a la espalda) (1967)



A master jewel thief (George Martin) becomes involved in attempts by various organizations to obtain, or protect, a secret formula, and he looks for ways to take advantage of the situation. Vivi Bach does well with her role as a scientist's assistant caught up in plot, but Rosalba Neri has relatively little to do. Modest film has little out of the ordinary to offer, but it provides an enjoyable story nonetheless.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

115richardderus
May 26, 2020, 9:29am

>109 harrygbutler: I'd pie from the eel pie, no need to murder me.

>110 harrygbutler: Beautiful!

116fuzzi
May 26, 2020, 11:32am

>110 harrygbutler: I'm jealous. My irises don't look like that. Of course, I don't do a lot with them except occasional weeding...

>112 harrygbutler: agreed on the introduction section, but the rest kept my interest until the end.

117harrygbutler
May 26, 2020, 11:39am

>115 richardderus: Thanks, Richard. We have a lot of irises around, and nearly all are open at the moment. Several years ago we visited Schreiner's Iris Gardens outside Salem, Oregon, which was just dazzling.

118harrygbutler
May 26, 2020, 11:44am

>116 fuzzi: Weeding is about all the attention ours get, too, but we've been pretty lucky with them.

Although I understand the structural reasons for the lengthy introductory sections of Atlantic Fury, and do think the choice of a narrator to some extent outside the action was effective, I'd have preferred something happening early on, as without a shared read, I might not have stuck to it until the good parts.

119mstrust
May 26, 2020, 12:05pm

Your irises are such a rich purple, beautiful! Thanks for naming the iris garden, I had no idea that one existed. I'mgoing to look for a virtual tour. You only hear about rose gardens.
My lavender has grown to over two feet tall in six weeks, has lots of stems and looks like it's going to bloom any day. I give a lot of encouragement.

120brodiew2
May 26, 2020, 12:28pm

Hi Harry! I hope all is well with you and you are staying healthy.

121harrygbutler
May 26, 2020, 12:37pm

>119 mstrust: We've bought most (maybe all) of our irises from Schreiner's and have them planted in a few different spots around. The gardens are a showcase for the bulbs they sell; they are beautifully cultivated and a pleasure to visit, too.

That's great that your lavender is doing so well. Erika planted some at one end of our porch and it flourished for awhile, but I think it may be time to put more in.

I've begun harvesting strawberries from our patch, though only a few so far. I do have to spend some time weeding there, and I'm eyeing putting in some beans in the open areas to keep the weeds down and yet allow the strawberries to spread.

122harrygbutler
May 26, 2020, 12:39pm

>120 brodiew2: Hi, Brodie! Thank you for stopping by! All is going well here. My movie viewing is tapering off with the better weather, but I'm still averaging a bit more than one a day. I hope all is well with you and yours, too.

123harrygbutler
May 27, 2020, 9:35am



For nearly 15 years, I've been purchasing Anthony Tollin's reprints of the novels starring The Shadow. Each month or so, he would put out a volume containing two or more of the novels from the pulp magazine, as well as some sort of additional content, whether an essay, another story, a radio script, or something else. The series has drawn to a close with volume 151, sadly just shy of reprinting all the novels (three had to be omitted at the end) owing to his loss of the license to reprint the content. Still, it has been a good run, and I'm glad to have them, as I suspect I'd never get around to collecting the original pulps.

124harrygbutler
Edited: May 27, 2020, 7:09pm

Movie 253. The Bloody Vampire (original title: El vampiro sangriento) (1962)



The first of two movies starring Carlos Agostí as the vampiric Count Frankenhausen, who dreams of turning all the world into vampires under his control. Battling him here are Ines Cagliostro (Begoña Palacios), scion of a family that has fought vampires for centuries, and her fiancé, a doctor who gains entry to the evil count's home to treat his human wife, who loathes her husband (the feeling is mutual). Slow action and no real resolution weaken the movie, but it does have some enjoyable sequences (such as the opening) and contributes some interesting twists on vampire lore.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is worth watching for those planning to see the sequel but otherwise can be skipped.

125harrygbutler
May 27, 2020, 7:15pm

Movie 254. The Invasion of the Vampires (original title: La invasión de los vampiros) (1963)



This sequel to The Bloody Vampire picks up sometime after the end of that movie. Now, young men of the local village are being lured to Dead Man's Lake by an eerie figure and there drained of blood. A young doctor, a student of vampirism, investigates and uncovers more than expected. Though slow in its buildup, the movie delivers a solid finale, with a twist on traditional vampire lore leading to the invasion of the title. A much better movie than its predecessor.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

126harrygbutler
May 28, 2020, 10:10am

70. Death Squad, by Don Pendleton



The second Executioner book finds Mack Bolan recruiting a team to battle the Mafia in California, with distinctly mixed results. The action carries the reader along, but the climactic sequence — which reminded me of The Dirty Dozen — didn't really seem to fit well with what had gone before. Mildly recommended, for continuity within the series.

127harrygbutler
May 28, 2020, 5:21pm

Movie 255. Uncle Was a Vampire (original title: Tempi duri per i vampiri) (1959)



Mildly amusing comedy stars Renato Rascel as a nobleman driven to sell his ancestral estate to a hotel group in order to settle a tax debt, an action he takes just as his uncle (Christopher Lee) arrives in his coffin to stay with his nephew. Misunderstandings, slapstick, and vampire bites follow.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

128harrygbutler
May 28, 2020, 5:39pm

71. Easy Company and the Medicine Gun, by John Wesley Howard



The second installment of the Easy Company series introduces some new characters, not all of them destined to be recurring, in a story focused not only on the theft of a Gatling gun, apparently by Indian renegades, but also on what it takes to make a soldier in that frontier post's environment, to some extent to the detriment of the action. The story here is somewhat more salacious than the first, as well, which was not an improvement. I also found it a bit odd that there was no mention of the Gatling gun that had been at the company's outpost in the previous volume. Not particularly recommended. I'm likely to continue with the series since I have more of the books, but at this point I certainly don't expect it will become a favorite.

129harrygbutler
May 28, 2020, 5:42pm

Movie 256. Green Eyes (Chesterfield, 1934)



Murder strikes the host of a costume party, and a mystery writer insists on contributing to the investigation of the crime, especially as the chief suspect, the victim's granddaughter, is a good friend. Sub-par writing holds this one back; for fans of low-budget mystery movies only.

Not recommended. Otto thinks your time would be better spent staring at the wall.

130harrygbutler
May 29, 2020, 11:49am

Movie 257. Kung Fu Zombie (original title: Wu long tian shi zhao ji gui) (1981)



Wild martial arts horror movie has a wizard reviving some hopping zombies for a crook who wants to kill someone, but things go awry, and soon there's a ghost forcing the wizard to find a body it can possess and a vampiric undead monster on the hunt as well. The plot doesn't always make a lot of sense, and there are some unexpected tonal shifts, but the action is pretty good, and I'll be checking out Billy Chong's other martial arts horror film from the time, 1982's Kung Fu from Beyond the Grave.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

131harrygbutler
May 29, 2020, 11:57am

Movie 258. British Intelligence (WB, 1940)



In the latter half of World War I, a spy ring led by the mysterious Strendler is providing Germany with valuable intelligence that enables Allied efforts to be thwarted. When another German spy is dispatched in disguise to the household of a prominent British leader, the viewer begins to get a look into the web of espionage, but where is Strendler? The identity of the master spy isn't too difficult to deduce, but the red herring is effective as well.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

132harrygbutler
May 29, 2020, 12:09pm

72. The Tough Guys, by Mickey Spillane



This novel brings together three novellas, at least one of which Spillane later expanded into a novel. In "Kick It or Kill!" a wounded man who stops in a quiet town to rest up from his injury soon becomes embroiled in the unsavory goings-on at a local mansion. Coincidence gives an ex-reporter who had served a sentence for a crime for which he was framed a chance at revenge, and perhaps a chance at love, in The Seven Year Kill, which was probably the weakest of the three stories here, though still entertaining. Finally, in The Bastard Bannerman, a chance decision to visit his boyhood home precipitates the title character into a situation rife with crime — including murder — and shady business. A couple decent twists keep this one interesting. Recommended.

133harrygbutler
May 30, 2020, 5:43am

Movie 259. Discarded Lovers (Tower, 1932)



An actress who dallies and discards the men in her life is murdered, and there are plenty of suspects, including an ex-husband, a discarded lover, a couple current amours, and the wife of one of them. Natalie Moorhead is excellent as the actress, and the movie is of interest through most of its running time, but unfortunately it falls apart at the end, with a confusing plan to capture the killer and an implausible reveal.

Not recommended. Otto thinks your time would be better spent staring at the wall.

134PaulCranswick
May 30, 2020, 6:08am

Congratulations Harry on reaching 75 books, Harry!

Have a great weekend.

135harrygbutler
May 30, 2020, 7:47am

>134 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul! I was surprised by how many I completed this month. I doubt I'll get another in by the end of the day tomorrow, but we'll see.

Have a great weekend, too!

136harrygbutler
May 30, 2020, 7:50am

260. The World of the Vampires (original title: El mundo de los vampiros) (1961)



Slow-moving story of a vampire using his monstrous servants to accomplish the destruction of the last of a family that has battled the undead creature in the past, with dark rituals, weird music (and an organ made from bones!), and an unexpected stake-filled pit trap adding some interest, but not enough to overcome the plodding pacing.

Not recommended. Otto thinks your time would be better spent staring at the wall.

137harrygbutler
May 30, 2020, 8:03am

73. Swords of Steel Omnibus, ed. by D. M. Ritzlin



Heavy metal and hard rock musicians have long had an interest in sword and sorcery (and vice versa: for example, Michael Moorcock co-wrote Blue Öyster Cult's "Veteran of the Psychic Wars") and a few years ago, editor/publisher D. M. Ritzlin tapped into this interest with a series of three collections of fantasy stories written by such musicians. Last year, the contents of the three volumes was compiled, together with some new stories, in the Swords of Steel Omnibus. The volume has stories of varying length grouped around a few themes: "Eldritch Deities," "Matters of Magic," "Mythical Monsters," "Cosmic Horror," and "Nautical Adventures." The overall tone of the stories is dark, but in at least some instances not without hope. As with any such anthology, the quality varies; indeed, I found it impossible to finish the lead novella, "All Will Be Righted on Samhain," by Howie K. Bentley and David C. Smith, a tale of vengeance against the Roman invaders of Britain, and likewise abandoned most of the stories in the "Cosmic Horror" section, which were marred by poor style that made some well-nigh unreadable. On the other hand, the authors were on a better footing with the stories of magic and monsters, and in the nautical adventures, too (save for the last story in that final section, whose author seemed to have written with thesaurus in hand). Recommended, but be prepared to skip some of the contents.

138harrygbutler
May 30, 2020, 8:06am

74. Best Cartoons of the Year, ed. by Lawrence Lariar



I finally got a chance to acquire the first of the long-running Best Cartoons of the Year series, and I'm glad to have done so. The 1942 volume contains the usual mix of topical and fairly timeless humor, and it was easy to see why it might have attracted enough of an audience to launch a continuing publishing effort. Recommended.

139harrygbutler
May 30, 2020, 8:16am

One of the book- or reading-related cartoons from Best Cartoons of the Year:

140harrygbutler
May 30, 2020, 8:42am

75. Thrilling Pulp Detective Tales, Volume 1, ed. by Jonathan W. Sweet (editor) and Jules Sweet (associate editor)



The first in a series of three (so far) volumes collecting novellas and stories from Ned Pines' "Thrilling" group of pulps was a real pleasure to read, even if the stories varied a bit in quality. In Double Murder, first published in the November 1942 issue of Thrilling Detective as by house name John S. Endicott, an off-duty detective on a spree inadvertently helps out an escaped homicidal maniac. When two men are found stabbed to death nearby and the maniac disappears, the detective's job is on the line, but one of the victims was a known hoodlum, and the detective thinks there may be more to the story of the crime. W. T. Ballard's Murder's Mandate, first published in the September 1945 Thrilling Detective, is a weaker tale of a lawyer's investigative associate heading to Las Vegas to show a client a photostat of a document purportedly signed by her dead father, confessing his dealing with the enemy during World War II; when the photostat is stolen and an interested party murdered, the detective is pressed to find the killer to save himself. A couple twists are of interest, but the story is a bit too rushed and the relationships a bit too underdeveloped to call this one successful. The third novella, Johnston McCulley's Murder Trap (from Thrilling Detective, October 1934), opens with the striking scene of a body plummeting to earth from a black blimp in the night sky. The victim is one of three partners in a business venture, all apparently targeted for death by the infamous criminal The Five Spot, who leaves a playing card at the scene of each of his robberies but who has not previously committed violent crime. The reader will rapidly spot the actual culprit, but McCulley's breezy style carries the story right along to a satisfying conclusion. The collection ends with the short story "Shed No Tears for Me," by Frederick C. Davis, first published in the January 1952 of Popular Detective, a grim, film noir-like tale of murder, complete with flawed protagonist and femme fatale that is worth a look, even if the brevity of the story leaves a bit too much unsaid.

Many modern reprints of older works suffer from an abundance of typographical errors, unpleasant always and sometimes sufficient to completely derail the reading experience, but I'm pleased to say that I only noticed one egregious error in this volume from Brick Pickle Media ("well" for "we'll"). Kudos to the editors; I'll certainly be aiming to get the other books in the series and anything else of interest from the publisher. Recommended.

141richardderus
May 30, 2020, 10:46am

>140 harrygbutler: Hip hip hooray!

142harrygbutler
May 30, 2020, 12:01pm

>141 richardderus: Thank you, Richard!

143mstrust
May 30, 2020, 12:51pm

Congrats from me too!

144harrygbutler
May 30, 2020, 12:54pm

>143 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer! It snuck up on me, but I've been watching fewer movies now that it stays light quite late, and that made more time for books, I guess.

145drneutron
May 30, 2020, 9:38pm

Congrats!

146harrygbutler
May 30, 2020, 10:34pm

>145 drneutron: Thank you, Jim!

147harrygbutler
May 31, 2020, 8:17am

Movie 261. Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistol (aka The Stranger Returns) (1967)



Tony Anthony is back as "the stranger," this time interfering with bandits' plans to steal a stagecoach of gold. The character remains appealing, and some unexpected elements (such as a fireworks-wielding street preacher) add to the interest here.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

148FAMeulstee
May 31, 2020, 2:36pm

>140 harrygbutler: Congratulations on reaching 75, Harry!
(and 260 movies!!!!)

149harrygbutler
May 31, 2020, 3:11pm

>149 harrygbutler: Thank you, Anita! I'm keeping busy. :-)

150harrygbutler
May 31, 2020, 6:43pm

Movie 262. Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror (1938)



Famed British sleuth Sexton Blake (George Curzon) matches wits with criminal mastermind Michael Larron (played with delicious wickedness by Tod Slaughter), prominent in the gang ruled over by The Snake, a gang whose members are, or at least pose as, philatelists. Also investigating is the French agent Mademoiselle Julie (Greta Gynt), and she and Blake trade banter and assistance as well. Blake is not the most discreet of detectives, and there are some plot holes, but it was a reasonably entertaining little movie nonetheless, and I'd be happy to watch the other two in which Curzon starred as the detective.

Mildly recommended. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but not great.

151harrygbutler
May 31, 2020, 6:47pm

Movie 263. Beast from Haunted Cave (Allied Artists, 1959)



Crooks plan a gold heist at a ski resort in South Dakota, to be followed by an escape north into Canada, but the spider-like title creature intervenes. Too much relationship drama drags the pacing way down, and the action sequences are pretty dull, too.

Not recommended. Otto thinks your time would be better spent staring at the wall.

152harrygbutler
Jun 1, 2020, 1:22pm

153fuzzi
Jun 2, 2020, 5:35pm

>126 harrygbutler: oh, wow. I remember those books. In high school I was dating a guy who had a huge collection of them, so I took some home and read them. I was 16 I think, and managed to get the first 10 or so read before I'd had enough, ha.

154harrygbutler
Jun 2, 2020, 6:52pm

>153 fuzzi: My dad had a bunch when I was a kid, and I read those he had, but I don't know just how many, or whether they were really in order. I picked up the first to read again and enjoyed it enough to read the second when I managed to get it. I'm paused now, but I'll probably continue, albeit somewhat slowly, through all those actually written by Don Pendleton (37 of the first 38) once I manage to get them.