Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Fallen Sparrow (1943)

John Garfield gives a great performance in this intricate story involving a ring of enemy agents in New York. TV fans be on the lookout for John “Sgt.Schultz” Banner as musician Anton and Hugh “Ward Cleaver” Beaumont using  a German … Continue reading

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Cast A Dark Shadow (1955)

Dirk Bogarde’s performance is reason enough to see this one. He’s a fortune hunter who has a thing for rich widows. The credits say “Introducing Lita Roza.” She’s a singer in a club. She’s not very good. Edward Bare (Dirk … Continue reading

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Benny’s Girls-Benny Goodman’s Rare Songbirds

Helping to fill in some holes in Benny Goodman collections. The songbirds are: Anne Graham, Louise Tobin,  Jane Harvey, Kay Penton, Dottie Reid, Liza Morrow, Eve Young and Nancy Reed. Twenty-four tracks in all. Highlights include: “Love Never Went To … Continue reading

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The Year’s Best Science Fiction Sixth Annual Collection (Best New SF 3)-Edited by Gardner Dozois (1989)

Twenty-eight stories from 1988. Favorites: “Surfacing”-Walter John Williams – Anthony is on Overlook Station. He brought some whales with him.He’s able to communicate with them and he’s trying to communicate with creatures just known as the Dwellers since they live … Continue reading

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Secrets Of A Secretary (1931)

Just an okay movie but defintely worth seeing for Claudette Colbert as a social secretary for the wealthy Mrs.Merritt,well played by Mary Boland and the performance of Georges Metaxa as a villianous gigolo. At a costume party everyone is having a … Continue reading

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Lu Watters’ Yerba Buena Jazz Band Live At Hambone Kelly’s

Sixteen great tracks led by the legendary San Francisco trumpet player. Others along for the ride include Clancy Hayes-banjo, Turk Murphy-trombone, Wally Rose-piano and Bob Helm-clarinet. Highlights include: “Struttin’ With Some Barbeque”, “Shake That Thing” and “Doctor Jazz.”

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The Case Of The Runaway Corpse-Erle Stanley Gardner (1954)

Another good entry in the Perry Mason series. Some great characters in this one and there’s even a nice D.A. to challenge Perry. Two women with twenty minutes to catch a plane come into Perry’s office. One is the mousy … Continue reading

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The Burglar (1957)

The screenplay is by crime writing legend David Goodis based on his novel. Some scenes are shot in Philadelphia and on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. There’s even a quick shot of the diving horse at Steel Pier. Jayne Mansfield … Continue reading

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Death At Broadcasting House (1934)

Entertaining movie about the on air murder of a radio actor. Val Gielgud appears as a radio producer. The movie is based on his novel and he co-wrote the screenplay. Peter Haddon is a lot of fun to watch as … Continue reading

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30 Favorite SF Books-Part Two

I could probably have listed a hundred books which is why a number of favorite authors are missing among the thirty listed but I wanted to keep it short. For what it’s worth, here’s part two of the list 16-20 … Continue reading

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