Film Score Monthly reports that the score to the spy film The Fourth Protocol (1987, book by Frederick Forsyth) will be out shortly after long unavailability; Lalo Schifrin is the composer (best known for the Mission Impossible theme).
Also interesting is the list of top sellers on the FSM Web site; no. 1 is the not yet released, limited-edition score to The Train (dir. John Frankenheimer and featuring Burt Lancaster, 1964) composed by Maurice Jarre.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
David Goodis ... To a Pulp seeks to illuminate the life and work of a major figure in American noir through interviews with relatives and associates and an examination of real-life influences on his fiction. Goodis was the first husband of Elaine Astor, the mother of filmmaker Larry Withers.
Monday, May 26, 2014
|From left: Helen Burnett Wood, Edith Ayres, and Emma Matzen,|
WWI Army nurses. Chicago Examiner 22 May 1917: 3.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
May/June 2014 issue of Museum Notes, William B. Jensen (emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Cincinnati) discusses the Marsh test for arsenic (named for British chemist James Marsh), its first use in a trial, and its place in mystery fiction (mentioning its appearances in Dorothy L. Sayers's Strong Poison and R. Austin Freeman's The Cat's Eye).
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
|Stanley Baker in|
Hell Is a City
Monday, May 19, 2014
|Walt Whitman. NYPL.|
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
"They must be found, gentlemen. Alive or (unthinkable thought) dead, they must be found. The Assembly must do nothing else until this sinister mystery is unravelled. We must employ detectives. We must follow every clue."
Miss Longfellow said, "My! Isn't it all quite too terribly sinister!" (Rose Macaulay, Mystery at Geneva 110)
|Rose Macaulay by W. W. Seaton|
Shadowland Mar-Aug 1923
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Adapted from the novel by screenwriter-author Daniel Mainwaring (who wrote as Geoffrey Homes and is best known for Build My Gallows High, aka Out of the Past), No Hands on the Clock features Chester Morris as a fast-talking PI on the trail of a missing person. He learns that the case is connected to a string of bank heists, which interests the G-men. Jean Parker co-stars.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
In Eight Witnesses, a scientist is murdered, and the only witnesses are eight blind people. Peggy Ann Garner stars in a story by screenwriter Halsted Welles (Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Mannix, 3:10 to Yuma, Rod Serling's Night Gallery).
Friday, May 02, 2014
reviewed the James Ellroy companion (written by Jim Mancall and edited by me): "this A-Z guide is an essential key to unlock the complexities of one of America's most distinctive and powerful writers."