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1harrygbutler
Jul 1, 2020, 9:47am


By railfan 44 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/129679309@N05/22446333625/, Public Domain, Link

Welcome to my seventh 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: Jul 1, 2020, 9:52am

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: Jul 1, 2020, 9:55am

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)
76. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
77. Sacking Paris on a Budget, by Dik Browne
78. The House of the Vanishing Goblets, by Arlo & Carmen Edington
79. Take a Murder, Darling, by Richard S. Prather
80. Cy Whittaker's Place, by Joseph C. Lincoln
81. Tombstone & Speedy, Range Detectives, W. C. Tuttle
82. Death Sails the Nile, by F. Burks McKinley
83. East of Desolation, by Jack Higgins
84. Terror Comes Creeping, by Carter Brown
85. Not Reverse!, by Mort Walker
86. Sorry, Chief..., by William Johnston
87. Blondie, by Dean Young and Jim Raymond
88. The House That Kills, by Noel Vindry; trans. by John Pugmire
89. Two Dead, by Vernon Loder
90. Riders Against the Moon, by Johnston McCulley
91. Oh, Murderer Mine, by Norbert Davis

4harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 30, 2020, 10:13am

Books finished in the third quarter

92. Never Turn Your Back, by Margaret Scherf
93. The Mighty Warriors, ed. by Robert M. Price
94. Choice Cartoons from Sports Illustrated by Charles Preston
95. Zothique, by Clark Ashton Smith
96. Too Funny for Words! 125 Cartoons That Speak for Themselves, ed. by Phil Hirsch
97. The Brazen, by Carter Brown
98. Red Sonja #1: The Ring of Ikribu, by David C. Smith and Richard L. Tierney
99. Submarine Commander, by Rear Admiral Ben Bryant
100. The Winds of Gath, by E. C. Tubb
101. One Lonely Night, Mickey Spillane
102. Roman Antiquities, Books 6.49-7, by Dionysius of Halicarnassus; trans. by Earnest Cary
103. Rivers West, by Louis L'Amour
104. Dead Man's Quarry, by Ianthe Jerrold
105. Nifft the Lean, by Michael Shea
106. The Poison Belt Together with "The Disintegration Machine" and "When the World Screamed", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
107. March Upcountry, by David Weber and John Ringo
108. March to the Sea, by David Weber and John Ringo
109. March to the Stars, by David Weber and John Ringo
110. The Crime Coast, by Elizabeth Gill
111. The Man from the Broken Hills, by Louis L'Amour
112. Death of Anton, by Alan Melville

5harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 30, 2020, 10:16am


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)
3. G-8 and His Battle Aces, October 1935
4. Storyhack Action & Adventure, Issue 4 (neo-pulp)
5. Storyhack Action & Adventure, Issue 3 (neo-pulp)
6. Argosy All-Story Weekly, October 25, 1924

6harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 1, 2020, 9:57am


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.

7harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 1, 2020, 10:01am

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)

8harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 1, 2020, 10:05am

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)

9harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 1, 2020, 10:08am

Movies watched in March

119. 24295058::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)

10harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 1, 2020, 10:11am

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)

11harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 1, 2020, 10:13am

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)

12harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 1, 2020, 10:17am

Movies watched in June

267. Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947)
268. Up in the Air (Monogram, 1940)
269. Temptress of a Thousand Faces (original title: Qian mian mo nu) (Shaw Brothers, 1969)
270. The San Antonio Kid (Republic, 1944)
271. Ladrón de cadaveres (aka The Body Snatcher) (Internacional Cinematográfica, 1957)
272. Tomorrow at Seven (RKO, 1933)
273. La mujer murcielago (aka The Batwoman) (Cinematográfica Calderón, 1968)
274. Blue Steel (Lone Star / Monogram, 1934)
275. 002 operazione Luna (1965)
276. Charlie Chan at the Olympics (Twentieth Century Fox, 1937)
277. Leyendas macabras de la colonia (1974)
278. The Westland Case (Universal, 1937)
279. El robo de las momias de Guanajuato (1972)
280. The Cowboy Counsellor (Allied, 1932)
281. La nave de los monstruos (1959)
282. Danger on the Air (Universal, 1938)
283. African Treasure (Monogram, 1952)
284. If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (UA, 1969)
285. Aventura al centro de la tierra (1965)
286. The Kansan (UA, 1943)
287. Unforgotten Crime (edited version of The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine) (Republic, 1942)
288. Hold That Woman! (PRC, 1940)
289. The Caribbean Mystery (Twentieth Century Fox, 1945)
290. Las luchadoras contra el robot asesino (1969)
291. Scared Stiff (Paramount, 1945)
292. La casa del terror (1960)
293. Streamline Express (Mascot, 1935)
294. The Vengeful Beauty (original title: Xue fu rong) (1978)
295. Amazons and Supermen (original title: Superuomini, superdonne, superbotte) (1974)
296. The Spider Woman (Universal, 1943)
297. Riders of the Law (Sunset / Aywon, 1922)
298. The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)
299. Get Mean (1975)
300. Charlie Chan on Broadway (Twentieth Century Fox, 1937)
301. Assignment Terror (original title: Los monstruos del terror) (1970)
302. Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985)
303. The Shadow (1933)
304. Green Dragon Inn (original title: Qing tian jian piao xiang) (1977)
305. The Crime Doctor's Courage (Columbia, 1945)
306. The Man from Painted Post (Artcraft, 1917)
307. While New York Sleeps (Twentieth Century Fox, 1938)
308. Dangerous Passage (Paramount, 1944)
309. Ghost Town (Commodore, 1936)
310. The Lady Confesses (PRC, 1945)
311. Kung Fu From Beyond the Grave (original title: Yin ji) (1982)
312. The Face Of Marble (Monogram, 1946)
313. Legion of the Lawless (RKO, 1940)
314. Carry On Camping (1969)
315. The Lone Wolf Strikes (Columbia, 1940)
316. The Devil's Possessed (original title: El mariscal del infierno) (1974)
317. 13 Lead Soldiers (Twentieth Century Fox, 1948)
318. Adventure of Shaolin (original title: Zhang San Feng du chuang Shao Lin) (1976)
319. Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (Twentieth Century Fox, 1937)
320. The Battle Wizard (original title: Tian long ba bu) (1977)

13harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 30, 2020, 10:54pm

Movies watched in July

321. Espionage in Tangiers (original title: Marc Mato, agente S. 077) (1965)
322. Charlie Chan's Secret (Twentieth Century Fox, 1936)
323. Ninja Swords of Death (original title: Fei yin hu die zhan) (1978)
324. The Crimson Key (Twentieth Century Fox, 1947)
325. The Vampire's Ghost (Republic, 1945)
326. Heads for Sale (original title: Nu xia mai ren tou) (1970)
327. The Crime Doctor's Warning (Columbia, 1945)
328. Holy Flame of the Martial World (original title: Wu lin sheng huo jin) (1983)
329. Godzilla vs. Cosmic Monster (original title: Gojira tai Mekagojira) (1974)
330. The Cape Town Affair (Twentieth Century Fox, 1967)
331. Revenge of Mechagodzilla (original title: Mekagojira no gyakushu) (1975)
332. Little Dragon Maiden (original title: Yang guo yu xiao long nu) (1983)
333. Charlie Chan in Honolulu (Twentieth Century Fox, 1938)
334. Legend of the Eight Samurai (original title: Satomi hakken-den) (1983)
335. Voodoo Island (UA, 1957)
336. Desperate Mission (original title: Agente Z 55 missione disperata) (1965)
337. Blue Demon: El Demonio Azul (1965)
338. Breakheart Pass (UA, 1976)
339. Mothra (original title: Mosura) (1961)
340. Wandering Dragon (1978? / 1981?)
341. The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle (original title: Der Würger von Schloß Blackmoor) (1963)
342. Pals of the Silver Sage (Monogram, 1940)
343. Arañas infernales (1968)
344. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (original title: San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen) (1964)
345. The Bells of Death (original title: Duo hun ling) (1968)
346. The Missing Corpse (PRC, 1945)
347. Atragon (original title: Kaitei gunkan) (1963)
348. The Spider Woman Strikes Back (Universal, 1946)
349. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (Twentieth Century Fox, 1939)
350. King Kong (RKO, 1933)
351. Fire Maidens of Outer Space (Criterion, 1956)
352. Invasion of the Astro Monsters (original title: Kaijû daisensô) (1965)

14harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 31, 2020, 10:16pm

Movies watched in August

353. The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman (original title: La noche de Walpurgis) (1971)
354. Boy God (original title: Rocco, ang batang bato) (1983)
355. Between God, the Devil and a Winchester (original title: Anche nel west c'era una volta Dio) (1968)
356. The Beast Must Die (Amicus, 1974)
357. The One-Armed Swordsman (original title: Du bei dao) (1967)
358. Charlie Chan in Reno (Twentieth Century Fox, 1939)
359. Una pistola per Ringo (1965)
360. Il ritorno di Ringo (1965)
361. Latitude Zero (aka: Ido zero daisakusen) (1969)
362. The Lady Hermit (original title: Zhong kui niang zi) (1971)
363. 6 donne per l'assassino (aka Blood and Black Lace) (1964)
364. The Westerner (Goldwyn / UA, 1940)
365. The Green Jade Statuette (original title: Shen dao liu xing quan) (1977)
366. Number One of the Secret Service (1977)
367. Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (Twentieth Century Fox, 1940)
368. The One Eyed Soldiers (aka Colpo di stato) (1967)
369. Hips, Hips, Hooray! (RKO, 1934)
370. The Witch with Flying Head (original title: Fei tou mo nu) (1982)
371. Deadly Silver Spear (original title: Xue lian huan) (1977)
372. Step On It (Reliable, 1936)
373. Wolf Devil Woman (original title: Lang nu bai mo) (1982)
374. Thor and the Amazon Women (original title: Le gladiatrici) (1963)
375. La morte cammina con i tacchi alti (aka Death Walks on High Heels) (1971)
376. The Five Venoms (original title: Wu du) (1978)
377. Firewalker (Cannon, 1986)
378. Escape from Galaxy 3 (original title: Giochi erotici nella terza galassia) (1981)
379. Kilink Istanbul'da (1967)
380. Ten Wanted Men (Columbia, 1955)
381. Charlie Chan in Panama (Twentieth Century Fox, 1940)
382. Iron Monkey (original title: Tie hou zi) (1977)
383. Sihirbazlar Krali Mandrake Killing'in pesinde (1967) 8/22
384. King Kong vs. Godzilla (original title: Kingu Kongu tai Gojira) (1962)
385. Hanuman pob Jed Yodmanud (original title: Urutora 6-kyodai tai kaijû gundan) (aka: Hanuman vs. 7 Ultraman) (1974)
386. That Man in Istanbul (original title: Estambul 65) (1965)
387. Murder over New York (Twentieth Century Fox, 1940)
388. Fun at St. Fanny's (1955)
389. Convicted (Supreme / Weiss Brothers Artclass, 1931)
390. Shoot, Gringo, Shoot (original title: Spara, Gringo, spara) (1968)
391. Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood (Columbia, 1942)
392. Fearless Fighters (original title: Tou tiao hao han) (1971)
393. Devilman Story (1967)
394. Death Goes North (Columbia, 1939)
395. The Black Abbot (1934)
396. Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (Twentieth Century Fox, 1940)

15harrygbutler
Edited: Sep 1, 2020, 9:08am

In my first couple years in the group, I found I was avoiding reading shorter works — short stories, essays, treatises, sermons, etc. — found in books where I didn't intend to read the whole book at one go, because they wouldn't contribute to my totals. I'm tracking them now. I've set no particular goal for a total for this year, nor have I remembered to capture all that I've read, but I'll list what I can.

Shorter works read in 2020

1. "Ghost of a Crown," by Sterling Lanier (first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, December 1976)
2. "Witch-House," by Seabury Quinn (first published in Weird Tales, November 1936)
3. The Sultan of Hell, by Capt. Kerry McRoberts (first published in Thrilling Adventures, March 1934)
4. "The Terrible Parchment," by Manly Wade Wellman (first published in Weird Tales, August 1937)
5. "Orchid of Doom," by Lieut. Scott Morgan (first published in Thrilling Adventures, July 1934)
6. "Lost Treasures of Eden," by Capt. John Powers (first published in Thrilling Adventures, December 1934)
7. "Children of the Bat," by Seabury Quinn (first published in Weird Tales, January 1937)
8. "Interlude's End," by Robert Leslie Bellem
9. "The Lagoon of Monsters," by Johnston McCulley (first published in Thrilling Adventures, December 1934)
10. "Satan's Palimpsest," by Seabury Quinn (first published in Weird Tales, September 1937)
11. "World of Doom," by Ray Cummings (first published in Thrilling Adventures, January 1935)
12. "Pledged to the Dead," by Seabury Quinn (first published in Weird Tales, October 1937)
13. "Mother of Toads," by Clark Ashton Smith (first published in Weird Tales, July 1938)
14. "The Web of the Green Spider," by Capt. Kerry McRoberts (first published in Thrilling Adventures, February 1935)
15. "Sublevel Seventeen," by Paul Ernst (first published in Thrilling Adventures, February 1935)
16. "Murder on the Lotus Pond," by Robert van Gulik
17. "The Two Beggars," by Robert van Gulik
18. "The Wrong Sword," by Robert van Gulik

I also listened to Vincent Price's reading of "Chu-bu and Sheemish," by Lord Dunsany.

16harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 2, 2020, 9:42am

June recap:

  • 16 books finished

  • 1 shorter work finished

  • 1 magazine finished

  • 54 movies watched


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

  • 91 books finished

  • 2 shorter works finished

  • 3 magazines finished

  • 320 movies watched


I am somewhat 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.

17harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 1, 2020, 10:19am

Next one's yours!

18fuzzi
Jul 1, 2020, 12:52pm

>12 harrygbutler: wow, you're close to your 350 goal!

19mstrust
Jul 1, 2020, 2:26pm

Happy new thread, Harry! What movie is up next?

20figsfromthistle
Jul 1, 2020, 3:47pm

Happy new one!

21FAMeulstee
Jul 1, 2020, 6:42pm

Happy new thread, Harry!

22harrygbutler
Jul 1, 2020, 10:45pm

>18 fuzzi: I'm hoping to hit that target this month.

23harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 1, 2020, 10:57pm

>19 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer! I'm not sure what's up next, but I'm sure there'll be a variety, and a mystery or western is certainly likely. I've got a few still awaiting comment as well.

24harrygbutler
Jul 1, 2020, 10:54pm

>20 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita!

25harrygbutler
Jul 1, 2020, 10:54pm

>21 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita!

26harrygbutler
Jul 1, 2020, 11:10pm

Movie 317. 13 Lead Soldiers (Twentieth Century Fox, 1948)



Tom Conway takes a turn as Bulldog Drummond, dealing with murder and the theft of antique toy soldiers. Distinctly a lesser effort in comparison with his Falcon movies.

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

27harrygbutler
Jul 1, 2020, 11:14pm

Movie 318. Adventure of Shaolin (original title: Zhang San Feng du chuang Shao Lin) (1976)



There are battles galore with a little bit of plot to string them together, but there's nothing particularly memorable in this martial arts movie. Worth a look for completist fans, but otherwise unlikely to have much appeal.

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

28harrygbutler
Jul 1, 2020, 11:24pm

86. Sorry, Chief..., by William Johnston



Amusing novel based on the TV series has agent Maxwell Smart, together with 99 and Fang, searching aboard a ship for a scientist in disguise and his secret formula. The novel reads very much like a description of an episode of the series — the writing is rather simplistic but entertaining. Recommended for fans of the series.



29PaulCranswick
Jul 4, 2020, 11:41pm

Somehow Harry I missed your new thread...........belatedly Happy New One!

30PaulCranswick
Jul 4, 2020, 11:41pm

In this difficult year with an unprecedented pandemic and where the ills of the past intrude sadly upon the present there must still be room for positivity. Be rightly proud of your country. To all my American friends, enjoy your 4th of July weekend.

31harrygbutler
Jul 5, 2020, 6:57am

32fuzzi
Jul 10, 2020, 12:59pm

Hey! Jerry is reading Argosy magazines, too!

Link to his post: https://www.librarything.com/topic/315064#7212454

33harrygbutler
Jul 11, 2020, 10:23am

>32 fuzzi: Thanks for letting me know!

34fuzzi
Jul 20, 2020, 9:19pm

Yo harry! Hope all is well with you...

35PaulCranswick
Jul 20, 2020, 9:26pm

>34 fuzzi: Yep, ten days away is not like you, buddy?!

36harrygbutler
Jul 21, 2020, 8:51am

>34 fuzzi: >35 PaulCranswick: Thanks for checking in, folks! I've had a lot going on and just haven't felt much like posting for a bit, and there was a big drop in my reading and movie-watching, too, so I had less to say as well. But I'll be getting back into it soon, I'm sure.

37mstrust
Jul 23, 2020, 5:54pm

Glad you dropped in, Harry. I'm making up for your movie watching, having watched about a dozen in the last few weeks, which is unusual for me.
Hope to see you back soon!

38harrygbutler
Jul 26, 2020, 10:31pm

>37 mstrust: Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer! I hope you've enjoyed the movies you've been seeing. My movie-watching has resumed, but my reading is still slow. I do plan to get back to posting this week, though.

39harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 27, 2020, 6:33pm

Movie 319. Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (Twentieth Century Fox, 1937)



Robbery and murder amid the nightlife of the gambling mecca, but fortunately Charlie Chan is on hand (with son Lee) to unravel the complexities of the relations among business rivals, crooks, and others.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

40harrygbutler
Jul 27, 2020, 6:32pm

Movie 320. The Battle Wizard (original title: Tian long ba bu) (1977)



Wild kung fu fantasy action that opens with killings that leave two children orphans to be raised separately but then jumps ahead to chronicle the intertwining adventures of the two children as they seek to avenge their parents' murders. Plenty of magic, including a snake sorceress and "laser beam" battles, as well as a creepy fellow with mechanical chicken legs. Definitely worth a look, even if it drags in parts.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

41harrygbutler
Jul 27, 2020, 7:14pm

Movie 321. Espionage in Tangiers (original title: Marc Mato, agente S. 077) (1965)



Reasonably entertaining spy flick takes in more territory than the title suggests, as a secret agent of only moderate skill tries to keep a gadget from ending up in the wrong hands.

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

42harrygbutler
Jul 27, 2020, 7:17pm

Movie 322. Charlie Chan's Secret (Twentieth Century Fox, 1936)



An enjoyable Charlie Chan mystery finds the sleuth dealing with murder stalking the family of an old friend who has become enamored of spiritualism. A missing heir, a phony (or is he?) medium, and greedy relatives round out the crowd.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

43harrygbutler
Jul 27, 2020, 7:20pm

Movie 323. Ninja Swords of Death (original title: Fei yin hu die zhan) (1978)

Standard martial arts fare, with a swordsman battling others but not much plot. This one was sufficiently unmemorable that I don't recall it just a few weeks later.

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

44harrygbutler
Jul 27, 2020, 7:23pm

Movie 324. The Crimson Key (Twentieth Century Fox, 1947)



The key to a public locker may also be the key to the murders (including that of his client) being investigated by private eye Larry Morgan (Kent Taylor). Competently done, but slight.

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

45harrygbutler
Jul 27, 2020, 7:25pm

Movie 325. The Vampire's Ghost (Republic, 1945)



John Abbott plays the bloodsucker in this minor horror movie that gains some additional interest from its unexpected jungle setting.

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

46harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 28, 2020, 10:28am

87. Blondie, by Dean Young and Jim Raymond



Rather ordinary collection of strips from the long-running comic will be amusing to fans. Mildly recommended.

47harrygbutler
Jul 28, 2020, 11:06am

Movie 326. Heads for Sale (original title: Nu xia mai ren tou) (1970)



A swordswoman, daughter of a reformed bandit, faces a variety of opponents, including those plotting against her family, after she is apparently rejected as a bride by an eligible young man. I was expecting more selling of heads than was to be found, but the decapitations that do take place advance the fun story.

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

48harrygbutler
Jul 28, 2020, 11:10am

Movie 327. The Crime Doctor's Warning (Columbia, 1945)



Dr. Ordway (Warner Baxter) works to clear a young man suspected of murdering his model (and fiancée) during a period he does not remember. Though the police — and the young man's domineering mother — believe the artist guilty, Dr. Ordway nonetheless presses an investigation into others and finds indications there may be much more to the crime. A good entry in the series, though the identity of the culprit was fairly clear fairly early on.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

49harrygbutler
Jul 28, 2020, 11:17am

Movie 328. Holy Flame of the Martial World (original title: Wu lin sheng huo jin) (1983)



Another wild fantasy martial arts movie, with (once again) siblings raised separately and unknown to each other later seeking vengeance for the killing of their parents. Fun special effects, lots of flying around, beams of energy, and a "ghostly laugh" that can kill.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

50harrygbutler
Jul 28, 2020, 11:25am

Movie 329. Godzilla vs. Cosmic Monster (original title: Gojira tai Mekagojira) (1974)



Aliens craft a mechanized version of Godzilla to combat the real thing as part of their plans to take over the Earth, leading to the usual brawls between giant monsters, in the climactic battle of which the big reptile deploys a new tactic to best his opponent. Giant creature King Caesar (a stone god) also makes his debut in this film, but the pacing and plotting around the goings-on in the alien base leave something to be desired. For fans only, I think.

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

51harrygbutler
Jul 28, 2020, 11:30am

Movie 330. The Cape Town Affair (Twentieth Century Fox, 1967)



Sluggish movie has a pickpocket (James Brolin) inadvertently getting possession of some stolen plans that were to be delivered to a communist agent. Thereafter, both police and spies are after the thief, who sees an opportunity to make a big profit, too. Unfortunately, aside from less than stellar pacing, the movie is saddled with an unlikable protagonist who gives the viewer scarcely any reason to be sympathetic until far too late in the movie for it to matter.

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

52mstrust
Jul 28, 2020, 1:32pm

Yay, Harry, you're back with plenty of reviews for obscure movies!
>51 harrygbutler: I had no idea James Brolin's career went back that far. We've been watching his recent show "Life in Pieces" on Prime.

53harrygbutler
Jul 29, 2020, 4:46pm

>52 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer! I've got plenty more to post, too, as I just watched #350 today.

I didn't know James Brolin was still active. The Cape Town Affair is on Amazon Prime, if you want to see him in his younger days.

54harrygbutler
Jul 29, 2020, 4:51pm

Movie 331. Revenge of Mechagodzilla (original title: Mekagojira no gyakushu) (1975)



A mad scientist seeking revenge because the world spurned his theories teams up with aliens to unleash not only a rebuilt Mechagodzilla but a second monster on the world as well. Add in a love story involving the scientist's daughter, who is helping him, and the oddities begin to pile up. An OK entry in the series is worth a look for completists but easy enough to skip for others, too.

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

55harrygbutler
Jul 29, 2020, 4:55pm

Movie 332. Little Dragon Maiden (original title: Yang guo yu xiao long nu) (1983)



A priestess (the Little Dragon Maiden of the title) gives shelter and instruction to a young man being abused by his teacher in this fantasy film, and complications ensue, in part because of misunderstandings about their behavior while training together. Some jarring notes out of keeping with the overall light tone distract from the enjoyment of the story, but the movie should prove entertaining for those who can look past these elements.

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

56harrygbutler
Jul 29, 2020, 5:06pm

Movie 333. Charlie Chan in Honolulu (Twentieth Century Fox, 1938)



Charlie Chan investigates a shipboard murder while distracted by the imminent birth of his first grandchild. In his inquiry, he receives some assistance from sons Jimmy and Tommy, though their presence is often more hindrance than help. Suspicious characters abound, and I was fooled as to the culprit. Toler ably steps into the role of the great detective, bringing perhaps a bit of a sharper tongue to bear, and Victor Sen Yung is a sympathetic #2 son.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

57harrygbutler
Jul 29, 2020, 5:11pm

Movie 334. Legend of the Eight Samurai (original title: Satomi hakken-den) (1983)



A young princess is helped by the title characters (curiously often called ninjas) to battle the undead villains who have massacred her family as part of an ages-long rivalry between the two clans. The effects are good, but a key character is unsympathetic and the combats, especially at the end, were implausible even within the context of the extraordinary abilities of the characters; moreover, the finale dragged on far too long.

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

58harrygbutler
Jul 29, 2020, 5:21pm

Movie 335. Voodoo Island (UA, 1957)



A skeptic (Boris Karloff) is hired by a millionaire to establish that the island where he wishes to build a resort does not suffer from a "voodoo curse." A small expedition led by the skeptic heads out to investigate and runs into more than the party was expecting. Mild stuff, but entertaining.

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

59harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 29, 2020, 6:44pm

Magazine 3. G-8 and His Battle Aces, October 1935



Aviation was a popular subject for the pulps, and among the various fliers was G-8, a secret agent of the air whose magazine ran for 110 issues between 1933 and 1944. Many of his adventures involve the weird, and in this issue (which I read in a facsimile edition), the novel offered up a German secret weapon in the form of giant birds capable of devastating nearly any aircraft and putting an end to Allied operations in the air. By means of a series of efforts of varying plausibility, G-8 and his pals combat the scheme of mad scientist Herr Doktor Krueger. The action moves right along, however, and the reader is engaged despite the oddness of the premise. Mildly recommended.

60harrygbutler
Jul 30, 2020, 7:37pm

Movie 336. Desperate Mission (original title: Agente Z 55 missione disperata) (1965)



When a kidnapped scientist is rescued but the agent who is supposed to retrieve him from hiding is killed before effecting the transfer, another secret agent is sent in as a replacement, but that agent finds himself set up as an apparent smuggler and caught up in the machinations of two groups of bad guys. Fast-paced action keeps this one interesting enough, even if the whole package is less than it could have been.

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

61harrygbutler
Jul 30, 2020, 7:42pm

Movie 337. Blue Demon: El Demonio Azul (1965)



Masked wrestler Blue Demon battles a mad scientist whose experiments involve brain transplants and lead to vicious werewolf attacks. It was interesting to see Blue Demon carry the burden of the hero throughout: in the movies I've seen where he's paired with Santo, Blue Demon has ended up captured and/or controlled by the bad guys at some point in the movie. There's not a whole lot here, though, except for fans of these wrestling movies.

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

62harrygbutler
Jul 30, 2020, 7:46pm

Movie 338. Breakheart Pass (UA, 1976)



Excellent adaptation of the Alistair MacLean novel stars Charles Bronson as a prisoner aboard a train subject to assorted mysterious goings-on as it steams toward an isolated fort with a couple carloads of replacement soldiers. The movie hews close to the novel, which is a plus, and Bronson is in fine form as the protagonist. The supporting cast is good as well.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

63harrygbutler
Jul 30, 2020, 7:51pm

Movie 339. Mothra (original title: Mosura) (1961)



The movie that introduced the giant moth and the singing twin fairies who serve him is rather different than the usual giant monster attack movie. Here, an expedition to the island home of the unknown creature results in the kidnapping of the fairies, who are set to perform in a theatrical show, and their lamenting song brings their giant friend to their aid, albeit with plenty of destruction as well.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

64harrygbutler
Jul 30, 2020, 7:54pm

Movie 340. Wandering Dragon (1978? / 1981?)



I haven't been able to determine the correct release date for this tale of a young man who disappoints his father by his resolute lack of interest in learning kung fu, insisting that it is alright for some people (such as his foster brother / fellow student) but just not for him. Plenty of humor with some decent action scenes as well.

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

65harrygbutler
Jul 30, 2020, 8:04pm

88. The House That Kills, by Noël Vindry; trans. by John Pugmire



A junior magistrate investigates threats against a family, and murder of its members, while his superior is away on holiday, though the initial resistance of the family to investigation hampers his activities, and the magistrate is only too well aware of his own limited powers of deduction. A suitably complex mystery, and though the identity of the culprit was obvious to me fairly early on, the full explanation was worth waiting for. Locked Room International has published a couple other mysteries by Vindry available in translation, and I'll be picking them up sometime. Mildly recommended.

66harrygbutler
Jul 31, 2020, 2:27pm

Movie 341. The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle (original title: Der Würger von Schloß Blackmoor) (1963)



A killer is stalking the denizens of Blackmoor Castle, which has been leased from its owner by a rich businessman with a shady past and a fortune in uncut diamonds. Atmospheric and suitably perplexing, with some gruesome crimes.

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

67harrygbutler
Jul 31, 2020, 2:30pm

Movie 342. Pals of the Silver Sage (Monogram, 1940)



Crooks scheme to prevent delivery on a beef contract by rebranding all the cattle belonging to a ranch owned by a young girl, but fortunately Tex Wright (Tex Ritter) deals himself in. Pleasing enough little movie with some singing by Tex, though the bad guys' scheme seems a bit overcomplicated.

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

68harrygbutler
Edited: Jul 31, 2020, 2:33pm

Movie 343. Arañas infernales (1968)



Alien spider creatures are harvesting people to sustain their queen as part of the preliminaries to invading the earth to give a home to their doomed populace, but they didn't reckon on masked wrestler Blue Demon interfering with their plans. Some creepiness, though the print I watched made it a bit hard to see the spider queen, and the summoning of an extraterrestrial strongman to face Blue Demon in the ring proved an underwhelming element of the plot.

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

69harrygbutler
Jul 31, 2020, 2:38pm

Movie 344. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (original title: San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen) (1964)



A meteor brings the title threat to Earth, and it will take a team-up of former rival monsters to have a chance at stopping his destruction. Always nice when a movie has Mothra and his fairies, and this one includes Rodan as well as Godzilla, too, plus an odd plot involving a Martian princess possessing the body of a terrestrial princess who was about to be assassinated. Some goofy fighting between the giant monsters adds some amusement.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

70harrygbutler
Jul 31, 2020, 2:42pm

Movie 345. The Bells of Death (original title: Duo hun ling) (1968)



When brigands kill his parents and brother and kidnap his sister, a young man masters sword fighting in order to take his revenge. As he tracks down the brigands, he comes to the rescue of a young woman whose father has been slain, and thereafter their lives intertwine.

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

71richardderus
Jul 31, 2020, 2:56pm

You've blown past the 350-movie mark, I see, so accept my congratulations along with my shamefaced apologies for missing the entire month od July. In my defense, it was the longest ten years I've ever spent, what with being quarantined again.

72harrygbutler
Jul 31, 2020, 3:59pm

>71 richardderus: Thank you, Richard! I missed most of July myself and have really only been back to posting this week. I got rather little reading done, and much of that was in the form of short stories, and watched scarcely any movies in the first half of the month as well. My reading is still going rather slowly, but I've just about gotten back in the groove for watching movies.

73harrygbutler
Aug 2, 2020, 9:54am

As I've not posted enough to start a new thread for August, I'll do a look at July and the year so far in this post (and later update up top, too).

July recap:

  • 5 books finished

  • 6 shorter works finished (as well as listening to Vincent Price reading "Chu-bu and Sheemish," by Lord Dunsany)

  • 1 magazine finished

  • 32 movies watched


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

  • 96 books finished

  • 8 shorter works finished

  • 4 magazines finished

  • 352 movies watched


I am now a little behind schedule for my book reading and still behind schedule for my magazine reading, since I ended up reading discrete shorter works instead of issues of magazines in July. However, I have now hit and passed my target of 350 movies for the year, despite watching scarcely any in the first couple weeks of July. I do anticipate catching up with my magazine reading, and maybe my book reading as well, during August; I'm unsure just how much movie watching I'll manage, although if August 1 is any indication, the pace may stay fairly high.

74thornton37814
Aug 5, 2020, 9:27am

>73 harrygbutler: Good totals there. I haven't read much in the last 10 days or so. I took a genealogy course in an institute last week, and I've spent all my time since then doing prep work to work out a set of missing 3rd great-grandparents on my Dad's side. I plan to take either Thursday or Friday to go for a drive. At the moment the Thursday forecast calls for a 50% chance or rain so it may be Friday.

75harrygbutler
Aug 6, 2020, 5:08pm

>74 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori! Did you get to take the drive today? We lost power midday Tuesday and just got it back around 4 this afternoon. I got a lot of reading done during the storm-related outage (not only during the day, but into the evening, as we are well equipped with both battery lanterns and oil lamps) but no movies watched.

76fuzzi
Aug 6, 2020, 8:52pm

>62 harrygbutler: that's one I've not watched yet. Guess I'll have to add it to the queue.

Glad you're back, and Otto too!

77thornton37814
Aug 10, 2020, 2:54pm

>75 harrygbutler: I took two drives since last report. I went Friday to Bald River Falls and then across the Cherohala Skyway into North Carolina. After the skyway ended, I drove to Cherokee and then went through the National Park to Gatlinburg. There was a wreck in a tunnel near Clingman's Dome so I had to wait about an hour on the side of the road, but it was okay. The weather was nice on the mountain so everyone just turned off their engines and opened windows or got out of the cars, being socially distant. Yesterday I drove to Cumberland Falls in Kentucky. I didn't stay long. People were not observing social distancing best practices nor were they wearing masks for the most part. I took a few pictures and left. However, the drive was nice. On the way there, I didn't get on the Interstate at all. On the way back, I decided to avoid going through downtown Corbin and took the 4 miles up to the next exit.

78harrygbutler
Aug 10, 2020, 9:20pm

>76 fuzzi: It's worth watching, I'd say. And thanks! I did manage to finish Rivers West but haven't yet started this month's L'Amour novel.

79harrygbutler
Aug 10, 2020, 9:22pm

>77 thornton37814: Sounds like some enjoyable drives. We generally avoid traveling on the Interstate unless we need to get someplace quickly. Otherwise, we generally let ourselves meander on secondary highways.

80fuzzi
Aug 11, 2020, 11:28am

>77 thornton37814: we were planning on driving to Connecticut, then over to upstate New York, before arriving in Chicago to visit our granddaughters. New restrictions put in place by the governors of those states a couple days before we left had us dropping Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut from our route. Instead we took the back roads of eastern West Virginia up to Ohio and had a blast! Much of the trip was like a roller coaster, but in a good way. We stayed at Mom & Pop type lodgings for the most part and I even got wet in Lake Erie (Ohio side). Indiana was flat, ha.

>78 harrygbutler: I love doing the back roads.

And I just finished The Man From the Broken Hills...I really like Milo.

81thornton37814
Aug 11, 2020, 5:12pm

>80 fuzzi: COVID has us all doing crazy things, but I think we are rediscovering when times were a little simpler. We're having to create our own fun. Jigsaw puzzles made a comeback. Games are being played among family members. People are trying to enjoy the great outdoors where we can social distance a bit more (as long as it isn't too crowded).

82mstrust
Aug 12, 2020, 10:18am

>73 harrygbutler: Wow, that's an astounding number of movies, Harry! And that was many days ago so you're even past that.

83harrygbutler
Aug 12, 2020, 8:04pm

>80 fuzzi: I'll probably get to The Man from the Broken Hills next week.

84harrygbutler
Aug 12, 2020, 8:05pm

>81 thornton37814: Though I've not been putting together any puzzles myself, I do know people who have been enjoying doing them.

85harrygbutler
Aug 12, 2020, 8:06pm

>82 mstrust: Hi, Jennifer! Yes, I just watched #370 (The Witch with Flying Head) this afternoon and may get another movie in tonight, though I have some reading planned, and I do want to make a few more posts as well.

86harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 12, 2020, 8:10pm

Movie 346. The Missing Corpse (PRC, 1945)



Mildly amusing comedy focuses on a newspaper publisher who is put on the spot when a rival is murdered — and the body is dumped in the trunk of the publisher's car as he heads out of town for a vacation. Weak writing drags this one down, but overall the body's travels, and the reactions of various people thereto, keep things interesting.

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

87harrygbutler
Aug 12, 2020, 8:16pm

Movie 347. Atragon (original title: Kaitei gunkan) (1963)



The undersea empire of Mu aims to conquer the surface world, and the only hope of defeating the empires rests with an embittered sailor and his marvelous submarine design. Though the effects were good and the movie was in some ways reminiscent of the thoroughly enjoyable Destroy All Monsters, overall I found Atragon rather underwhelming.

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

88harrygbutler
Aug 12, 2020, 8:36pm

Movie 348. The Spider Woman Strikes Back (Universal, 1946)



Late Universal horror flick stars Gale Sondergaard as a wealthy woman with a kindly community reputation who conceals a dark secret that menaces her new companion/secretary. A bit too static with a disappointingly rushed ending.

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

89harrygbutler
Aug 12, 2020, 10:13pm

Movie 349. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (Twentieth Century Fox, 1939)



Charlie Chan investigates blackmail and murder and the mysterious Dr. Zodiac, with the assistance of a publicity man, a stage magician, and of course son Jimmy. A pleasing plot, though the suspects are rather few, with Cesar Romero in fine form as the magician Rhadini.

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

90harrygbutler
Aug 12, 2020, 10:19pm

Movie 350. King Kong (RKO, 1933)



For my 350th movie this year, to mark the achievement of my goal, I watched one of my favorite movies. King Kong remains one of the greatest of adventure stories on film, a monster movie in which the creature is both a terror and a sympathetic victim, and an individual throughout. Robert Armstrong has his best role as showman Carl Denham, willing to risk anything and anyone — including himself — to astound and amaze, a dreamer and yet practical enough to address the risks to the extent possible in advance, and with a warmth of feeling even for his captured prey.

Highly recommended! Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

91PaulCranswick
Aug 13, 2020, 3:45am

Following a little in your footsteps, Harry, I have recently seen quite a few old movies in full on YouTube, mainly 1950s era westerns, probably after reading a biography on Sitting Bull. In particular I saw two pretty good films with Gregory Peck and Burt Lancaster respectively. Peck starred in a film called The Bravados and Lancaster in a movie called Vengeance Valley. Of their time certainly but enjoyable too.

92fuzzi
Edited: Aug 13, 2020, 6:48am

>90 harrygbutler: congratulations! And what a movie to watch to celebrate. I don't recall why, but there were "down" days at a high school I attended, and on those days a movie would be available in the small auditorium. That's when I first saw King Kong, and I was mesmerized.

93harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2020, 1:27pm

89. Two Dead, by Vernon Loder



An apparent suicide at a doctor's private "rest home" for patients with neurasthenia and similar complaints draws a police investigation that uncovers much more, including the presence of a mysterious stranger, past chicanery, and concealed identities. Rather slow-going, but reasonably interesting. Mildly recommended.

94harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2020, 1:31pm

>91 PaulCranswick: I don't recall whether I've seen either of those, Paul. If so, it was many years ago. The plot of Vengeance Valley seems familiar. My western movie watching recently has been either earlier (1930s or '40s) or later (1960s-'70s spaghetti westerns).

95harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2020, 1:31pm

>92 fuzzi: Thank you! It really is a great movie, and I was glad to revisit it.

96harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2020, 1:34pm

Movie 351. Fire Maidens of Outer Space (Criterion, 1956)



Astronauts journey to a hitherto-unknown moon of Jupiter, which they find inhabited by the last descendants of Atlantis. Slow and talky, with too much time devoted to ritual dances.

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

97harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2020, 1:37pm

Movie 352. Invasion of the Astro Monsters (original title: Kaijû daisensô) (1965)



Aliens seek the help of Earth, and specifically the opportunity to "borrow" Godzilla and Rodin to combat the depredations they are suffering because of King Ghidorah — but their friendly appeal conceals a more sinister purpose. A solid entry in the Toho series.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

98harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2020, 1:43pm

Movie 353. The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman (original title: La noche de Walpurgis) (1971)



Two women find refuge with a mystery man while traveling. They must counter the menace of a local vampire while contending as well with the curse under with their host suffers, the curse of lycanthropy. Paul Naschy's Waldemar Daninsky is a reasonably sympathetic character in this one, seeking, as Lon Chaney Jr.'s Lawrence Talbot did, for peace and freedom from his curse, and otherwise opposed to evil. On the other hand, the plot is rather slow and at times incoherent, and the film is poorly lit, too.

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

99harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2020, 1:49pm

Movie 354. Boy God (original title: Rocco, ang batang bato) (1983)



In this fantasy movie from the Philippines, a young boy with magical powers (because his father was a god), vulnerable only to water, first has adventures in his home village, where three witches prey on others, and then seeks to reunite with his parents by passing several tests of his abilities. Odd things happen along the way (such as the sudden appearance of an armored warrior woman, who helps him and then later vanishes), but it was fairly fun.

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

100harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2020, 1:53pm

Movie 355. Between God, the Devil and a Winchester (original title: Anche nel west c'era una volta Dio) (1968)



A young man who can shoot but who eschews violence (Richard Harrison) hires an apparently crooked guide (Gilbert Roland) to lead him to a stolen treasure after coming into possession of a map that had belonged to the thief who had hidden the loot. Appealing characters help this western variation on Treasure Island.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

101richardderus
Aug 13, 2020, 2:39pm

Three-fifty down...amazing...and the hits keep on coming!

102harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2020, 4:23pm

>101 richardderus: Thanks, Richard!

103harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2020, 4:28pm

Movie 356. The Beast Must Die (Amicus, 1974)



Interesting variation on the country house murder mystery — the people are gathered together because the host knows one of them is a werewolf, and he intends to kill it — is ultimately unsuccessful, largely because the protagonist is unsympathetic and too little is done with the cast of unpleasant characters, such that the identity of the beast seems as though it could have been a random pick. Peter Cushing adds some interest but is given too little to do. Worth a look for werewolf movie fans but probably could be skipped by others.

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

104harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2020, 4:32pm

Movie 357. The One-Armed Swordsman (original title: Du bei dao) (1967)



A martial arts student who loses his arm to a classmate's anger finds refuge with a poor woman whose family had been massacred. He studies a fragmentary old book to recover his will to live by developing his ability to do things with his remaining arm, but although he tries to avoid conflict, he is drawn into battle against those targeting his former master, and his old school, for destruction. Decent characterization and intriguing battle choreography for the one-armed combatant make for an interesting movie, and I'll be watching the sequel at some point as well.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

105harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 14, 2020, 12:01pm

90. Riders Against the Moon, by Johnston McCulley



The young protegé of an honest gambler seeks vengeance when the gambler is murdered, but circumstances force him into an uneasy working relationship with a crooked power in a town — one who might hold the key to the mystery of the murder. McCulley keeps things moving, but the title riders appear rather late in the story, even if their role is important to the resolution of the plot. Mildly recommended.

106harrygbutler
Aug 14, 2020, 12:05pm

Movie 358. Charlie Chan in Reno (Twentieth Century Fox, 1939)



When a woman in Reno for a divorce is found standing over the murdered body of the woman who was stealing her husband, circumstances certainly suggest she is the killer. But her estranged husband doesn't believe it and persuades Charlie Chan to travel to the Biggest Little City in the World to take a hand in solving the mystery. A fair number of red herrings keep the investigation interesting.

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

107harrygbutler
Aug 14, 2020, 12:09pm

Movie 359. Una pistola per Ringo (1965)



When a gang commits a robbery and then takes a wealthy man and his family and servants hostage, it falls on a man in jail to try to rescue the captives ... but will he keep faith with the sheriff or cut himself in for a share of the bandits' loot? Interesting characters and sudden violence characterize this one, which was good enough to prompt me to watch the (apparent) sequel.

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

108mstrust
Aug 14, 2020, 1:20pm

>103 harrygbutler: Now there's a cult horror movie I haven't see yet. I recognized Charles Gary's pissed off face immediately in the poster ;-) I'll see if it's on Prime.

109fuzzi
Aug 14, 2020, 1:49pm

Hey harrygbutler! I was doing a little internet search for more info on Neely McCoy the Jupie author, and discovered that she was married to Samuel Duff McCoy, a Pulitizer winner for journalism, and probably a ghost writer for Ellery Queen mysteries! I thought it might interest you.

110harrygbutler
Aug 14, 2020, 3:18pm

>108 mstrust: We watched it on Prime on August 1, so I hope it is still available.

111harrygbutler
Aug 14, 2020, 3:20pm

>109 fuzzi: Interesting. Thanks for the additional info!

112harrygbutler
Aug 14, 2020, 3:25pm

Movie 360. Il ritorno di Ringo (1965)



The follow-up to Una pistola per Ringo brings back the major players from the previous film, but all in quite different roles; even Ringo has a different history, as here he plays a man returning at last from the Civil War to find his hometown taken over by a pair of criminal brothers and their gang. An OK story of vengeance and a town at last standing up to villainy, but nothing particularly memorable, save that one character is distinguished by growing flowers.

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

113harrygbutler
Aug 14, 2020, 3:31pm

Movie 361. Latitude Zero (aka: Ido zero daisakusen) (1969)



Disappointing Toho science fiction movie has two scientists and a reporter rescued when disaster strikes their bathyscaphe-like vessel and brought to an undersea kingdom by a character reminiscent of Jules Verne's Captain Nemo, played by Joseph Cotten. This undersea utopia is threatened, however, by the captain's arch-rival, a fellow scientist played bombastically by Cesar Romero, and the rescued trio join the captain to try to rescue a kidnapped scientist and his daughter. The special effects are fine, and what monsters there are reasonably creepy, but the story is dull and the plot plods along.

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

114harrygbutler
Aug 23, 2020, 8:33pm

Movie 362. The Lady Hermit (original title: Zhong kui niang zi) (1971)



A young woman, a servant who had sought refuge in a school, seeks martial arts training from the famed Lady Hermit to defeat the vicious Black Demon gang and avenge the school's destruction. Though the action is fine, the movie is heavy on drama, as a love triangle arises with the advent of another student for the Lady Hermit, this one a young man who had also been at the school and who had caught the servant's eye (and vice versa) while there.

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

115harrygbutler
Aug 23, 2020, 8:37pm

Movie 363. 6 donne per l'assassino (aka Blood and Black Lace) (1964)



Violent mystery thriller directed by Mario Bava proved influential in the development of the Italian giallo pictures. Here, someone is murdering models who work for an agency run by a widow whose husband died, apparently accidentally, not long before. Twists and some unexpected deaths keep this one interesting, if grim.

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

116harrygbutler
Aug 23, 2020, 8:48pm

Movie 364. The Westerner (Goldwyn / UA, 1940)



A complex tale of the coming of law and order "west of the Pecos" has Gary Cooper in fine form as Cole Harden, a cowhand arrested for horse-stealing and facing hanging who escapes the noose in the courtroom of "Judge" Roy Bean (Walter Brennan) through some quick thinking when he recognizes Bean's idolization of actress Lily Langtry. After convincing the judge that he knows the actress, Harden becomes embroiled in the conflict between Bean's forces and peaceful homesteaders, and he tries to bring peace between the two groups. Brennan won a well-deserved Oscar for his performance, portraying a hard man, and not a good one, who nevertheless remains sympathetic.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

117harrygbutler
Aug 23, 2020, 8:53pm

Movie 365. The Green Jade Statuette (original title: Shen dao liu xing quan) (1977)



Multiple groups and individuals are all interested in the title object, stolen by a trio of bandits but hidden for safekeeping pending a splitting of proceeds a year after their theft. Double crosses and unusual jumps complicate matters, as a killer for hire stalks the thieves, but also works for others (perhaps). Rather too complex to really be effective, as we don't get enough of a handle on the characters.

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

118PaulCranswick
Aug 23, 2020, 10:38pm

>116 harrygbutler: I will watch that one this evening, Harry......thanks for the prompt.

119fuzzi
Aug 24, 2020, 6:42am

Wow, 365 movies already, way to go Harry!

How's your reading coming along? I read my L'Amour for the month, but have not read a MacLean in a while.

120harrygbutler
Aug 24, 2020, 8:08am

>118 PaulCranswick: I hope you enjoyed it, Paul.

121harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 24, 2020, 8:10am

>119 fuzzi: Reading is going fairly well (108 books done), but I got sucked into a four-book science fiction series this past week that has taken up much of my time with the printed word. I've not read a MacLean recently, and I'm only partway through The Man from the Broken Hills.

122fuzzi
Aug 24, 2020, 10:23am

>121 harrygbutler: looking forward to your review of the latest Sackett/Talon book. :)

123harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2020, 8:39am

>122 fuzzi: I'll post something when I've finished.

124harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2020, 8:43am

Movie 366. Number One of the Secret Service (1977)



Disappointing James Bond parody has a top spy (Nicky Henson) tangling with a wealthy man (Richard Todd, a relative bright spot) who is having assorted people killed. The humor is flat and unfunny, and the plot poor.

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

125harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2020, 8:55am

Movie 367. Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (Twentieth Century Fox, 1940)



A strangler is hiding among the members of Doctor Suderman's round-the-world tour. When the culprit strikes at the Scotland Yard detective on his (or her) trail, Charlie Chan must investigate. Good entry in the series, with plenty of suspects and an entertaining turn from Victor Sen Yung as son Jimmy, who stows away to help his Pop.

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

126harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2020, 9:01am

Movie 368. The One Eyed Soldiers (aka Colpo di stato) (1967)



Dull thriller stars Dale Robertson as a reporter caught up in a treasure hunt after the death of a UN medical official whose daughter (Luciana Paluzzi) may prove the key to the hoard. As they contend with crooks responsible for the official's death, the reporter and daughter draw closer — but will they be able to solve the mystery of the "one-eyed soldiers"?

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

127harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2020, 9:03am

Movie 369. Hips, Hips, Hooray! (RKO, 1934) 8/11



Street hucksters Wheeler and Woolsey parlay a chance meeting into a partnership in a cosmetics firm that is being undermined from within. Plenty of the boys' usual humor, with regular Dorothy Lee as well as Thelma Todd on hand to add to the fun.

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

128harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2020, 9:08am

Movie 370. The Witch with Flying Head (original title: Fei tou mo nu) (1982)



Effective albeit gory horror movie has a young woman cursed by a sorcerer to a monstrous existence: each night, her head and viscera separate from her body and go in search of victims to sate her need for blood. Even powerful magics seem unable to cure the curse, but only reduce its impact. Does a Taoist priest offer hope of a cure?

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

129harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 25, 2020, 9:15am

91. Oh, Murderer Mine, by Norbert Davis



Lightweight mystery wraps up Norbert Davis's Doan and Carstairs series. This time around, the detective and dog are bodyguards for the husband of a wealthy beauty salon owner, but they become involved in a murder investigation when another faculty member at the school where the husband has a new office is murdered. Wild goings-on, largely played for laughs, though the initial murder is brutal in its matter-of-factness. Mildly recommended, but best for those who've already read the others in the series.

130richardderus
Aug 25, 2020, 1:27pm

>126 harrygbutler: I only ever knew that phrase as a euphemism. How funny it's a film, albeit a dull one's, title.

Almost a hundred books and over 365 films! You are a *machine* Harry!

131harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2020, 3:31pm

>130 richardderus: Thanks, Richard! There's no relationship between the euphemism and the movie, but the English title does relate to the story.

132harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2020, 4:00pm

Movie 371. Deadly Silver Spear (original title: Xue lian huan) (1977)



Standard action fare notable only for the telescoping spear that the hero uses in battle. Unmemorable otherwise.

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

133harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2020, 4:04pm

Movie 372. Step On It (Reliable, 1936) 8/13



Later Richard Talmadge vehicle features the star as a motorcycle cop who quits the force and joins up with a businessman trying to put a stop to sabotage of his trucks. The highlights of a Talmadge picture are his stunts, and unfortunately there are far too few — and far too much talking — for this to be a winner. Try a different Talmadge film if you are new to his work.

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

134harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 25, 2020, 4:07pm

Movie 373. Wolf Devil Woman (original title: Lang nu bai mo) (1982)



Wild fantasy has a woman raised by wolves eventually seeking to avenge her parents' murder at the hands of an evil cult. Unfortunately, the title character lacks charisma and the plot moves rather too slowly.

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

135harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2020, 4:12pm

Movie 374. Thor and the Amazon Women (original title: Le gladiatrici) (1963)



The titular strongman takes a back seat to the Amazons, who have destroyed a village and captured two of Thor's friends, a young woman and her little brother, and who add the boy to their slave crew and the woman to their group of gladiatrices (hence the original Italian title). Definitely an unusual sword-and-sandal film, albeit only of fair quality; it would likely have been improved by cutting out Thor's adventures entirely.

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

136harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2020, 4:16pm

Movie 375. La morte cammina con i tacchi alti (aka Death Walks on High Heels) (1971)



A jewel thief is brutally murdered (presumably by an accomplice), and thereafter the killer stalks his daughter, an exotic dancer, whom the killer apparently believes has the missing loot from a heist. There's a decent mystery in this giallo, but the pacing is far too slow, and the solution to the mystery wasn't all that surprising, although there were a couple good twists along the way.

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

137harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2020, 5:58pm

92. Never Turn Your Back, by Margaret Scherf



When a crate delivered to a leading citizen contains not the grandfather clock that should have been inside, but rather the corpse of the woman's philandering husband, several questions arise: Who killed him? When and where? And how did the body get into the crate while it was in transit? The Reverend Martin Buell, amateur sleuth, reluctantly undertakes an investigation that will be complicated by his favorable opinions of some of the people involved. This was the sixth of seven mysteries starring Buell, and although it is a standalone novel, I still think it would have been better to start with an earlier entry. Mildly recommended.

138harrygbutler
Aug 26, 2020, 10:44am

Movie 376. The Five Venoms (original title: Wu du) (1978)



As a martial arts teacher is dying, he calls upon his remaining student to track down the five previous students and stop those who have gone bad. What follows is a series of battles between the "Five Venoms" of the title, who display the particular technique associated with each venom, as well as the last student, in a plot that serves really just to set up fight after fight. Those fights retain the interest however, even if the ostensible main plot seems to be ignored from time to time.

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

139harrygbutler
Aug 26, 2020, 10:47am

Movie 377. Firewalker (Cannon, 1986)



Tongue-in-cheek movie that nevertheless delivers solid action stars Chuck Norris and Lou Gossett as adventurers persuaded to help a young woman (Melody Anderson) follow a treasure map to a long-lost hoard, fighting bad guys along the way. John Rhys-Davies provides an entertaining interlude.

Recommended. Otto finds this one pleasing enough to relax.

140harrygbutler
Aug 26, 2020, 10:52am

Movie 378. Escape from Galaxy 3 (original title: Giochi erotici nella terza galassia) (1981)



Aliens fleeing from a glam space tyrant come to a post-apocalyptic (?) Earth and discover love and danger. Silly and in the end a bit dull, but it's worth catching the beginning to see the villain's costume.

Not recommended. Otto thinks your time would be better spent staring at the wall, except as noted above.

141harrygbutler
Aug 26, 2020, 11:01am

Movie 379. Kilink Istanbul'da (1967)



In this Turkish film, Kilink, a master crook who dresses like the character Kriminal but is apparently modeled on a Kriminal imitator named Killing, seeks a formula developed by Professor Houloussi that is a key to world domination. He murders the professor and kidnaps his daughter, but the professor's son is visited by a wise spirit and, like Billy Batson, given the power to turn into a superhero (apparently just named Superhero) by saying the word "Shazam" (though his costume has a big S on it, like Superman's outfit). Lots of running around and some fights, but the movie (which led to quite a few more starring the criminal) effectively ends on a cliffhanger and thus proves a bit disappointing.

Mildly recommended for those interested in an example of Turkish film-making in the late 1960s.

142fuzzi
Aug 26, 2020, 6:50pm

>139 harrygbutler: I recall that movie, though I've never watched it.

143harrygbutler
Aug 26, 2020, 7:19pm

>142 fuzzi: I had seen it at least once (and maybe a few times) in the past and recalled it being sufficiently lighthearted that it was a good fit for my mood the evening I chose to watch it again.

144harrygbutler
Aug 27, 2020, 9:15am

Movie 380. Ten Wanted Men (Columbia, 1955)



Randolph Scott plays a successful rancher targeted by an envious local business owner with a past (Richard Boone). When the business owner's ward flees his unwelcome attentions and finds shelter on the ranch, events move swiftly to open conflict, despite the rancher's desire to avoid bloodshed and turn to the law instead. A weaker Scott western, with the star effectively absent for much of the first half of the movie.

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

145harrygbutler
Aug 27, 2020, 9:18am

Movie 381. Charlie Chan in Panama (Twentieth Century Fox, 1940)



Charlie Chan is on the trail of a master spy whose aim is sabotage and the destruction of the American fleet while it is transiting the Panama Canal. A reasonable number of red herrings help out the mystery, although a few of the characters are given too little screen time to really be effective.

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

146harrygbutler
Aug 27, 2020, 9:20am

93. The Mighty Warriors, ed. by Robert M. Price

Anthology of sword and sorcery stories is certainly worth a look for fans of the genre, though the individual stories vary in quality (and the pastiches by the editor are probably the weakest). Mildly recommended.

147harrygbutler
Aug 27, 2020, 2:16pm

Movie 382. Iron Monkey (original title: Tie hou zi) (1977)



A wastrel whose father is killed ends up finding refuge in a Shaolin temple, where he studies under the Bitter Monk and masters the monkey style of fighting so that he can seek revenge and finally, perhaps, find peace thereafter.

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

148harrygbutler
Aug 27, 2020, 2:21pm

Movie 383. Sihirbazlar Krali Mandrake Killing'in pesinde (1967)



This entry in the Turkish Killing series finds the archcriminal contending with Mandrake the Magician for the jeweled crown, and the affection, of an Indian princess. Mandrake apparently really does have sorcerous powers (at one point, he turns Killing into a dog for a day), and Killing is his nefarious self in trademark skeleton suit. The plot is rather slight, and the version I saw was pretty choppy from lost footage, so it is difficult to recommend it, save as a curiosity.

Mildly recommended for the curious. Otto judiciously thinks this movie is OK, but certainly not good in its current state.

149harrygbutler
Aug 28, 2020, 10:09am

Movie 384. King Kong vs. Godzilla (original title: Kingu Kongu tai Gojira) (1962)



Fairly disappointing entry in the Godzilla series from the era when the big lizard was a menace rather than a protector has a group attempt to bring King Kong from Skull Island for TV ratings, which of course leads to the ape's escape and a battle between the two. Really only worth a look for completists.

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

150harrygbutler
Aug 28, 2020, 10:13am

Movie 385. Hanuman pob Jed Yodmanud (original title: Urutora 6-kyodai tai kaijû gundan) (aka: Hanuman vs. 7 Ultraman) (1974)



Wild Thai-Japanese co-production based on Ultraman has the Hindu deity Hanuman incarnated in a young boy to battle, first, thieves looting temples and willing to kill to get away with their crimes, and, second, giant monsters set loose by an experimental rocket station established to induce rain and bring an end to a life-threatening drought. Fun kiddie fare that is sometimes surprisingly grim.

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

151harrygbutler
Aug 28, 2020, 10:15am

94. Choice Cartoons from Sports Illustrated, ed. by Charles Preston



Amusing array of cartoons from the era when Sports Illustrated covered a full range of sports. Mildly recommended.

152richardderus
Aug 28, 2020, 3:43pm

Turkish Delight-lite, Randolph Scott *swoon*, and Blahzilla. Got it.

Happy weekend ahead, HG.

153fuzzi
Aug 28, 2020, 4:42pm

>152 richardderus: RANDOLPH SCOTT???

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVGFGmoltDs

And I'd never heard of the man before watching that movie...

154richardderus
Aug 29, 2020, 12:26pm

>153 fuzzi: Ha! I do love that scene.

I guess you didn't grow up with a horse opera fancier like my mother. Loved her a man on a horse. Actually, I think it was the horses not the men.

155harrygbutler
Aug 30, 2020, 10:32am

>152 richardderus: Thanks, Richard!

>153 fuzzi: A very funny movie that I've seen several times.

>154 richardderus: Randolph Scott was my dad's favorite, but there weren't as many of his movies shown, if I recall correctly. I have quite a few of Scott's movies, particularly but not solely westerns, on DVD nowadays.

156harrygbutler
Aug 30, 2020, 10:34am

A weekend power outage probably means I won't hit 400 movies by the end of the month, but it did give me more time for reading instead. With power back on now, we'll see what the day brings.

157mstrust
Aug 31, 2020, 10:37am

Glad your power is back on, Harry, as we need to keep those reviews of obscure films coming. We had just a blip of a power outage a few days ago, not more than 30 seconds. That's unusual for us. During the summer monsoons we usually have our power knocked out at least once for about 40 minutes. But we haven't had a real monsoon this summer.
>155 harrygbutler: My dad's favorite actor did a lot of westerns- Robert Ryan. Don't hear that name too often, do you?

158harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 31, 2020, 3:59pm

>157 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer. I do have more movies to comment on, but I'll likely wait until I start my new thread tomorrow.

We usually lose power for a few hours at least once a year, but two lengthy outages in the same month is unusual. Fortunately, the weather cooled off enough this time that it was OK with the windows open in the house.

Robert Ryan was an actor with real presence. I associate him with war movies perhaps even more than with westerns, though I don't know that he was actually in that many (probably because I've seen some, such as The Dirty Dozen, multiple times).

159harrygbutler
Sep 1, 2020, 10:02am

Come visit on my new thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/323889