Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
|Ad for Svengali (1954)|
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
There is no shortage of suspects when a showgirl with a fondness for money is murdered. On hand are Van Heflin (as PI Rocky Custer), Tom Conway (a producer), and Virginia Grey (Custer's wife and fellow investigator). The film is based on the novel by Sue MacVeigh (pseudonym of journalist Elizabeth Custer Nearing, a descendant of George Armstrong Custer who wrote four mysteries).
Monday, December 08, 2014
|William O'Dwyer, ca. Oct. 1949|
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Sunday, November 30, 2014
|Carrie Fulton Phillips, LOC|
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
A similar 2002 exhibition included photos of Colin Dexter and Ian Rankin.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
|F. Tennyson Jesse|
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
After women in New York obtained the vote in 1917, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published a January 1918 article discussing the question of whether women should serve on juries as part of their civic duty. Some interesting quotes from the piece:
"in many things women could render a verdict more logical and more consistent than that of men."—Harry E. Lewis, district attorney, Kings County (NY); later presiding justice, New York State Supreme Court
"there are many cases where the intuition and experience of a woman would lead to the rendering of a better verdict than is sometimes rendered under the present system"—Russell Benedict, justice, New York State Supreme Court
|Helen P. McCormick|
(later married Patrick Toole,
but kept her maiden name)
"with votes for women goes jury duty for women"—Alice Hill Chittenden, former president, New York State Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage
"There has been the point raised, I know, as to whether women can stand the nervous tension. Personally I think it rather absurd..."—Helen P. McCormick, asst district attorney, Brooklyn; first female asst district attorney in any U.S. city
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
In this Dec 1958 episode of the British anthology series Armchair Theatre, the charismatic Stanley Baker (Hell Is a City, The Guns of Navarone, etc.) is one of several men forced to rob a bank.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Wright State University's Martin Kich has finished his series on "National (In)Security: Fifty Notable American Espionage Novels" on the Academe blog. Some of the latest entries:
• Holly Roth, The Content Assignment (aka The Shocking Secret, 1954). When a female CIA agent disappears, a British journalist sets out to find her. Sadly, Roth died at age 48 after falling off a boat.
Upton Sinclair, ca. 1906. NYPL
• Upton Sinclair, World's End (1940). The first in a series with spy Lanny Budd by the author of The Jungle.
• Ross Thomas, The Cold-War Swap (1966). Thomas's Edgar-winning debut.
• Trevanian, The Eiger Sanction (1972; film 1975). The first in a series with assassin Jonathan Hemlock.
• Leon Uris, Topaz (1967, Hitchcock film 1969). A Soviet spymaster defects.All of the posts can be found here.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
|Clues 26.4 (2008), w/Barbara Stanwyck|
and John Lund from No Man of Her Own
- Hugo Friedhofer's score for No Man of Her Own (film with Barbara Stanwyck based on I Married a Dead Man by William Irish, aka Cornell Woolrich)
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Canadian-born Ford served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve during World War II and joined the Naval Reserve in 1958, eventually attaining the rank of captain.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
|Edith (Lent) Taylor, |
Buffalo creative writing teacher
and author of
The Serpent under It (1973)
Swarthmore Class of 1935
The expected authors are covered (e.g., Robert Barnard, Amanda Cross, Helen Eustis, Michael Innes, Jane Langton, Dorothy L. Sayers), as well as lesser known names and authors with unexpected academic milieus (e.g., Helen McCloy, David Frome, Emma Lathen, Richard and Frances Lockridge, Peter Lovesey, Gladys Mitchell, S. S. Van Dine, Hillary Waugh).
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Monday, November 03, 2014
the Holmes Service") that feature various incarnations of the Great Detective. These include:
A separate series of programs focuses on the gothic, which includes:
- A Study in Scarlet (with Robert Powell as Holmes, dramatized by Michael Hardwick)
- The Adventure of the Speckled Band (with Cedric Hardwicke as Holmes, 1945)
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (with Roger Rees as Holmes)
- The Final Problem (with John Gielgud as Holmes and Orson Welles as Moriarty, 1954)
|Horace Walpole, NYPL|
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
|Willa Cather, NYPL|
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
|"There's an east wind coming,|
Watson": Basil Rathbone, left,
and Nigel Bruce in
Sherlock Holmes and
the Voice of Terror
• Part 1 of the blog post (Colman, Rathbone)
• Part 2 of the blog post (Rains, Marshall)
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
|Alley Oop: The Complete Sundays (vol. 1)|
Dark Horse Comics
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
|Ad for 1948 film Sorry, Wrong Number|
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
|Clues 30.1, with Brooks Hefner article |
on S. S. Van Dine
Monday, October 13, 2014
recent episode of BBC Radio 4's series Great Lives focused on Dorothy L. Sayers, selected by ex-MI5 chief turned novelist Stella Rimington and discussed by Sayers Society chair Seona Ford. Subjects covered include the obligatory Lord Peter Wimsey and the controversial series of radio plays penned by Sayers, The Man Who Would be King.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Monday, October 06, 2014
|Evan Hunter, NYPL|