Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Two Thousand Women (1944).

Frank Launder in 1947.
In Two Thousand Women, Flora Robson and Phyllis Calvert are two of the British women interned in World War II France who try to aid downed RAF airmen. The screenwriter-director is Frank Launder (The Lady Vanishes, Night Train to Munich).

Monday, December 26, 2016

Listen to Chester Himes in 1969.

Chester Himes in 1967.
Fotocollectie Anefo,
Dutch National Archives
University of Rochester's online exhibition on writer John A. Williams features a May 1969 audio clip in which fellow author Chester Himes talks about Paris, Richard Wright, and the CIA.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

See Conan Doyle in 1918 and 1922.

At about minute 2:00 in this February 1918 newsreel held at the Imperial War Museum, Arthur Conan Doyle arrives for the opening of the Chevrons Club (a club for noncommissioned officers of the army and navy).

And here he is with his family in 1922.

Monday, December 19, 2016

The art of Dell design.

For those who love Dell paperbacks, two selections from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto:

Philip Ketchum,
from U-Denver's
1925 Kynewisbok

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Glass Alibi (1946).

In The Glass Alibi, a reporter (Douglas Fowley) hooks up with a gangster's girlfriend (Anne Gwynne, grandmother of Star Trek actor Chris Pine) and marries a terminally ill woman (Maris Wrixon) for her money, but complications ensue when she does not die as expected and the gangster (Cy Kendall) escapes from prison. The screenwriter is Mindret Lord (Strange Impersonation).

Monday, December 12, 2016

Dick Tracy's Chester Gould at Northwestern.

Chester Gould, left, with
producer Henry Saperstein of the
Dick Tracy TV series in 1961
The "Notable Northwestern Alumni" exhibition spotlights Chester Gould, the creator of Dick Tracy and member of Northwestern's class of 1923.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Happy centenary, Kirk Douglas.

Kirk Douglas and Jan Sterling in
Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (1951)
Actor-producer Kirk Douglas turns 100 today, and starting today, the Jewish Film Institute will celebrate by showing Paths of Glory, Lust for Life, Spartacus, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Ace in the Hole, The Bad and the Beautiful, Lonely Are the Brave, and The Vikings.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Strange Impersonation
(dir. Anthony Mann, 1946).

Mindret Lord (born Loeb)
in 1923
A scientist (Brenda Marshall) resorts to extreme measures after her car hits a pedestrian and she is blackmailed, while her assistant (Hillary Brooke) plots to steal her boyfriend (William Gargan). One of the film's screenwriters is Mindret Lord, who also wrote as Garland Lord with his then-wife, Isabel Garland (daughter of author Hamlin Garland); their novels include Murder's Little Helper (1941), She Never Grew Old (1942), and Murder with Love (1943). Lord committed suicide in 1955.