Category Archives: Film

Two-Gun Bob: In a Pulp — In a Movie!

January 22. Birthday number 114 for the Texas pulpster Robert E. Howard (1906-1936), one of the favorite tough guy writers here on These Mean Streets. What could we do to fire up an ebony candle to his memory? I didn’t … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Max Z

While I don’t proselytize for it every day, I am a big fan of the Max Brooks novel World War Z — not so much for the movie they named after it. Brian Leno nabbed me a couple of Brooks … Continue reading

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Hammett: Jeopardy! Won’t Let Go

Yeah, Jeopardy! has a thing going for Hammett clews — and who can blame them? He’s famous, for closing in on a century now, and you can creep in via the books, the movies, the life. Yesterday — S36E55 — … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Brigitte Helm

And if you’ve seen Metropolis, you probably have put the words “hot” and “robot” together in your mind. For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday Brian Leno returns to those halcyon years of German silent cinema with some comments on: Brigitte Helm had … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Metropolis Mama

From Faust to Metropolis, Brian Leno keeps this Autograph Hound Super-Sunday hopping. Yeah, he’s got a Thea von Harbou John Hancock, but he’d really like to have the loot needed to pop for a copy of the novel currently available … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: A Faustian and Toulouse-Lautrec-ian Yvette

For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday, another Halloween Edition, I see that Brian Leno has been digging around in the corner of the crypt where he secrets his silent German movie stuff. Tell us about it, Herr Leno: Yvette Guilbert may be a … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Dr. Cyclops

What else has Brian Leno pulled from his cavernous crypts to divert Autograph Hound Saturday surfers, as Halloween retreats into the rearview mirror? Hit it, Brian: Everybody should know Albert Dekker. If you love Westerns you’ll enjoy him in Sam Peckinpah”s … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Black Lagoon

Halloween — Brian Leno just can’t let it go! He’s back with another weekend of cinematic signatures appropriate to the horrific holiday. Take it away, Brian: This obviously is a signed photo of Julie Adams in Creature from the Black … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Cyclopean

For Halloween proper Brian Leno trots out an apt image recently pulled from his holdings: I bought this years ago, and I think, if I remember rightly, purchased it directly from William Stout. Of course it’s an original drawing of … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: The Golem

And for the theme of today’s Autograph Hound Super-Sunday, Brian Leno digs another signature from the clay. . . . “I love the German silents,” Brian tells me, “right now a signed postcard of Paul Richter (Siegfried) is on the way from … Continue reading

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