Monday, July 26, 2021

Doggone lit.

"The Dog Show: Two Centuries of Canine Cartoons" exhibition at Ohio State University's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum includes such sleuthhounds as Scooby-Doo and Dick Tracy's Mugg. The exhibition will be on display until October 31, 2021.

Monday, July 19, 2021

The multiple sides of Erskine Childers.

The book club of Bromley House Library in the United Kingdom posted an appreciation of author Erskine Childers's classic espionage novel The Riddle of the Sands (1903; part of the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstones list): "funny and exciting and very atmospheric." It also includes details on Childers's interesting life and premature death (executed during the struggle for Irish independence).

Monday, July 12, 2021

The Skull Murder Mystery (1932).

In the Skull Murder Mystery, criminologist Dr. Crabtree (Donald Meek) and Inspector Carr (John Hamilton) need to deduce who has been murdered when a box of bones is discovered.

This is part of the series of short films produced from source material written by S. S. Van Dine and featuring Crabtree and Carr; see the previous blog posts on The Wall Street Mystery and The Trans-Atlantic Mystery.

Monday, July 05, 2021

Christie's wartime flat.

Photo of Isokon Bldg by Yuriy Akopov. 2015.

 The modernist landmark Isokon Building—aka London's Lawn Road Flats—offers a short film on Agatha Christie's residence there from 1941 to 1947 (see below). It also is presenting an exhibition on Christie in its gallery. Christie lived and wrote there while her second husband, Max Mallowan, was on assignment in the Middle East and while she was working in the dispensary of University College Hospital.

Further reading: David Burke, The Lawn Road Flats: Spies, Writers and Artists