Category Archives: Film

Sinister Cinema: A Fistful of Autos

Like Clint Eastwood in a Spaghetti Western, Brian Leno saddles up every day and tracks down one John Hancock after another. He doesn’t turn them in for bounty, however. If Leno guns down a signature, he keeps it: Got a … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Count Zaroff

And here’s Brian Leno once again — Brian plays the game of tracking and hunting down the most elusive John Hancocks lurking in the sweaty climes of the Internet jungles: Leslie Banks was the evil (but cool) Count Zaroff in … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Freddie Mills Leads the Pack

Autograph Hound Saturday once again. Kind of snuck up on me. I mentioned the other week that Brian Leno has been collecting signatures like hell recently — on top of collecting like hell his whole life — and he’s here … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: A Fistful of Fisher

Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. And does our resident pulp/film buff John Locke have a title for you today: I Wake Up Screaming. Yeah, we all get that feeling, right? — now maybe more so than ever. … Continue reading

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Two-Gun Bob: The Chastain Connection

The handsome devil above is Don Chastain, and the mere mention of his name sent Brian Leno off into a web of connections — no doubt prompted by all his ongoing work on the boxing scene known to Texas writer … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Godfather, Meet the Rio Kid

Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. Some might fear to spot woodpulp fiction mags in one of the most beloved — and prestigious — movies of all time. Oscar winner for Best Picture. Best Director. Among others. But … Continue reading

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Frisco Beat: Daniel Woodrell, Resident

Terry Zobeck just happened across an article on Hammett and a couple of New Guy writers (new compared to Hammett, at least) in which they eat in John’s Grill, visit Burritt alley — the things one does in Frisco. For … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Twentieth Century Hot Spot

Pulps in the Movies! On Sale Every Wednesday! I wonder what the fiction mag and film impresario John Locke has for us today. . . . Let’s find out: Here in 1934’s great comedy, Twentieth Century, a private investigator is … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Holy Spicy Detective, Batman!

Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. Sometimes Spicy. Always Hot. For the nineteenth installment in his series, pulp expert John Locke takes us along on another expedition, where we find a unique sighting of a pulp in the … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Doc Savage Meets Bogie

On Sale Every Wednesday: Pulps in the Movies — and How! Today hero-pulp stalwart Doc Savage shares a scene with Humphrey Bogart. Man, you cannot get any more pulp and movie than that, right? Not that anyone ever spotted Doc’s … Continue reading

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