If you dig noir (and who doesn’t?) and appreciate the art of woodcuts, check out Loren Cantor’s blog Woodcuttingfool straight from Hollywood — the image above is of the great Peter Lorre in Fritz Lang’s M, and the blurb on Lorre is must reading. While I try to stay reasonably conversant with serial killers, I don’t believe I had ever heard that the Hillside Strangler almost kidnapped Lorre’s daughter, but let her go when he found out she was Pete’s offspring. Cool.
Even if that is complete urban myth, I’d believe it.
Loren also has a nice bit on Jack Palance. Plus there’s Karloff. And Bacall. And many more. Surf over and knock yourself out.