Sinister Cinema: Twentieth Century Hot Spot

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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 forced to take a call while reading Dime Detective Magazine. He appears to be very near the end of Frederick Nebel’s latest Cardigan story, “Hot Spot.”

No wonder he looks annoyed.

The pulp is dated March 1, 1934, and the film premiered in New York City on May 3, so you know it was the latest issue when they filmed it.

John Newton Howitt’s great cover reveals the literal underworld — New York’s crime-infested sewers.

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