Category Archives: Film

Sinister Cinema: Bathtub Pulp

Pulps in the Movies! On Sale Every Wednesday. Once again our resident adviser on all things wood pulp ransacks the archives of Hollywood for purposes of amusement and instruction. An education with a smile. That adviser, of course, none other … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Coop for the Star

Evan Lewis, excavating the newsprint of yesteryear, just put up a clump of news items on who was going to star in the first movie version of Hammett’s The Glass Key. Gary Cooper was the first choice for Ned Beaumont. … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Perry Palms Pulps; or, Mason Manhandles Magazines

Another installment of the epic run of Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. Brought to you by that renowned and eagle-eyed pulp expert John Locke. In this Case of the Curious Lawyer, however, we’re easing over from actual … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Even in Bismarck

Yep, no one better positioned to appreciate the COVID-19 outbreak than science fiction fans. It’s like living the la vida loca of a Zombie Apocalypse without the severe downside of rampaging zombies. But I would have thought if anyone I … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Breezy Bombshell

Another exciting installment in that argosy of adventure, Pulps in the Movies! On Sale Every Wednesday. Your expedition leader, as usual, none other than pulp expert John Locke, here to report: Blonde bombshell Jean Harlow (1911-1937) left us too soon, … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: An Oscar-Winning Pulp Reader

Pulps in the Movies. On Sale Every Wednesday. Brought to you by that expert pulp hound John Locke. Take it away, John: Who knew you could win an Oscar for reading a pulp mag on screen? But here is Tatum … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Cagney Kills Time with Otis Adelbert Kline

For his previous Pulps in the Movies post, John Locke spotlighted a flick starring James Cagney. All well and good, but Jimmy wasn’t the guy holding a pulp in that one. Did Jimmy himself ever read a pulp in a … Continue reading

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Hammett: “A Fast-Moving Gripping Mystery Yarn”

The pulp expert John Locke was just telling me he got his hands on a trove of Photoplay issues from the 1930s, and figured everyone would like to see how the trade mag blurbed the very first movie version of … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Taxi!

For the sixth adventurous outing into his new series Pulps in the Movies, John Locke picks up on one of those reliable newsstand scenes he’s mentioned. Too bad Cagney himself isn’t killing time in the frame, but for movie buffs … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: The Mummy’s Ghost

Now I’ve caught the Pulps in the Movies bug! The other night I fell into an impromptu Mummy marathon, and personally spotted a woodpulp in the cinematic wild. The Mummy’s Ghost (1944) with Lon Chaney Jr, John Carradine, even Barton … Continue reading

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