Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Conrad Stargard series-Leo Frankowski (1986-2005)

Conrad Schwartz is taking a hike in today’s Poland. Of course every good hiker needs some liquid refreshment. Instead of pink elephants, he sees a not too happy Teutonic Knight. That’s just the beginning. He finally realizes that he’s still in … Continue reading

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Not Of This Earth (1957)

A Roger Corman Drive-In special. Before the Enterprise had a  matter transporter, the planet Davana had one of their own. Seems Earth isn’t the only place with nukes. Someone on Davana dropped the big one and an agent was sent to … Continue reading

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Murder At Midnight (1931)

When a movie opens with a hand changing a clock from 11:30 to midnight, you know something’s going to happen. Channing is sneaking in the house. He sees his boss’s wife. They get real close. Down the dark stairway comes … Continue reading

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Case Of The Frightened Lady (1940)

Lady Lebanon is a nasty piece of work. She wants her secretary to marry her son. After all, they’re cousins and you can’t have blue blood mix with the red blood of the riff raff. The line must go on. … Continue reading

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Djangology-Django Reinhardt

Twenty-three tracks from the last session Django did with violinist Stephane Grappelli. They were recorded in Rome in 1949 with an Italian rhythm section. The two are in a more melodic mode than their previous swinging recordings with The Quintet Of The … Continue reading

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Waterfront (1954-55)

Another forgotten series. Veteran actor Preston Foster is tugboat captain John Herrick. Along for the ride are his wife and family. Just so happens son Jim is a detective. They keep running into crooks around the harbor. Famous and soon … Continue reading

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About Face(Death About Face) (The Fatal Foursome)-Frank Kane (1947)

The first in the fun Johnny Liddell series. He’s with an agency in this one but goes his own way in 1951’s “Bullet Proof.” Johnny is the typical tough, New York City P.I. The fun of the series is that Johnny … Continue reading

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Murder At Glen Athol (1936)

John Miljan is famous detective Bill Holt. He and his butler, an ex-prizefighter who likes to cook and clean, stay at a friend’s house in the country. Holt wants to write a book about himself. He’s interupted by the neighbors, … Continue reading

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Steelheart-William C. Dietz (1998)

“Machines Are Evil-So Sayeth The Lord” That’s the slogan of the antitech religious Zid on the planet Zuul in 2176. It’s believed their home planet dumped them on Zuul because they wanted to get rid of them. Their goal is … Continue reading

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Benny Goodman-On The Air 1937-1938 (Live)

Years ago when I began exploring Jazz from its roots through Swing, Bop and onward, this is an album I was told I must hear. I’m glad I did. Two CD’s with forty-nine tracks This is the Goodman band at the … Continue reading

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