Category Archives: Film

Sinister Cinema: Juggling The Glass Key and Red Harvest

Today Evan Lewis in his digging through digital archives pulls up some interesting news articles from 1941, covering the birth of a film version of Hammett’s Red Harvest. Hollywood had decided not to do a new version of The Glass … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Ditko

Brian Leno sends in a pithy movie review that for some of us, says it all: “Last night watched Doctor Strange and, for the most part, I enjoyed it. Amazing that with all the computer generated special effects to display … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Sam Invades Manchette Territory

Terry Zobeck pops along the news from The Rap Sheet that unbeknownst to us Sam Spade moved to France and is about to get into some 1960s colonial action, as in a Jean-Patrick Manchette novel! Well, hell, I wasn’t expecting … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: At Last, “Roadhouse Benny” Enigma Explained

Remember back in 2012 when a bunch of us heard the name Jack Benny and “wireless hero” during a screening of Roadhouse Nights from 1930? Only problem was that Jackson wasn’t supposed to be on the radio before 1932. In … Continue reading

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Hammett: Blue Bloods Blurb

Both Evan Lewis and Brian Wallace alerted me to a major Hammett/Falcon cameo in the cop show Blue Bloods. “Friday night, February 12, 2021,” Brian reported. “Season 11, Episode 7 — ‘In Too Deep.’Alison Gable (Erin Neufer) is introduced to … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Does Continuity Matter?

For those who enjoy chewing the fat about books and writers, in email the noted book and pulp collector Kevin Cook and I recently got off on another little thread that might interest some of you: Kevin: Of course the … Continue reading

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Hammett: More “Silver Eyes”

And today Evan Lewis tosses up yet another newsprint appearance for the Op yarn “The Girl with the Silver Eyes,” Pittsburgh, December 1936. Plus some ads from Allentown blurbing an October 1938 reprint for this primo Op adventure in that … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Brooding Over John Hancocks

Just got a note in from the famed and maniacal Autograph Hound Brian Leno, who says: Last night some guy was selling about 70 or so signed postal covers. Good stuff too, so I got my trigger finger ready and … Continue reading

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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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