Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The most famous and over-analyzed fight in the West

True West Magazine: The Earps & Doc Holliday vs The Clantons & McLaurys

Song of the Day

Barracuda- Heart - YouTube:

7 Strange Tales From the Wild West

7 Strange Tales From the Wild West

Today's Vintage Ad

Hat tip to Richard Moore.

15 Obvious Movie Anachronisms

15 Obvious Movie Anachronisms

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William Johnston, Max Smart and the Perilous Pellets (Get Smart #4), Tempo Books, 1966

How Cuba's Greatest Cartoonist Created 'Spy vs. Spy'

How Cuba's Greatest Cartoonist Fled From Castro and Created 'Spy vs. Spy'

The Big Sleep: Proof That Plot Doesn’t Matter

The Big Sleep: Proof That Plot Doesn’t Matter

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Texas cop chooses Whataburger over providing backup  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Fantastic, August and September 1964: A Retro-Review

Fantastic, August and September 1964: A Retro-Review

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Steven Hill, R. I. P.

abc7ny.com: Steven Hill, a versatile character actor in theater, films and television who achieved his greatest success late in life as grumpy District Attorney Adam Schiff on TV's long-running "Law & Order," died Tuesday. He was 94.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

BBC - Culture - The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films  

Hat tip to Rick Robinson.

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

The Last Call (The Bill Travis Mysteries Book 1) - Kindle edition by George Wier. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. THE LAST CALL starts with a protagonist on the edge of an impending midlife crisis. Add a blond and an old friend with a fetish for high explosives, and you have the kickoff of a first rate crime novel. George Wier writes with wit, verve, and a gut-bucket knowledge of Texas and those who people its quirky underside. This book does not disappoint.

The Scottish Scoundrel Who Changed How We See Data

The Scottish Scoundrel Who Changed How We See Data

Song of the Day

Gene Pitney It Hurts To Be In Love - YouTube:

Bad Movie Night

Bad Movie Night: The Notorious, Disastrous, Fascinating ‘Island of Dr. Moreau’ 

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Or Maybe You Did

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Jacqueline Susann’s ‘Valley of the Dolls’

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John D. MacDonald, The Brass Cupcake, Gold Medal, 1958

7 Obsessions That Influenced H. P. Lovecraft’s Work

7 Obsessions That Influenced H. P. Lovecraft’s Work 

Donna Wold, R. I. P.

StarTribune.com: In 1989, Donna Mae Wold was outed around the world as the longed-for “little red-haired girl” in the “Peanuts” comics strip. “Good Grief,” Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s biography of Minnesota cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, devoted an entire chapter to Wold, the Minnesota woman who got away — from him and from character Charlie Brown.

Behind the Hits

Behind the Hits 

It's Her Constitutional Right

Woman, 24, defends capturing and wrestling ALLIGATORS up to 12ft long for fun  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Overlooked Movies -- So Fine

Andrew Bergman has written some dandy private-eye novels, not to mention the script for The In-Laws (the original).  So how could you go wrong with So Fine, a movie he wrote and directed?  Answer: You can't.  Or I couldn't.

Ryan O'Neal is Bobby Fine, an English prof up for tenure.  His father, Jack Fine (Jack Warden) is an unsuccessful clothing maker, in deep debt to Big Eddie (Richard Kiel).  Through a complicated set of circumstances, Bobby is kidnapped and set up as head of the company.  He's also quickly involved with Kiel's beautiful wife, Lira (Mariangela Melato).  While fleeing Kiel's bedroom, Bobby accidentally invents So Fine jeans (see poster) and saves the company from financial ruin.

The movie's full of jokes, so many that you might miss one while laughing at another.  It has the greatest production of Verdi's Othello ever.  It has Richard Kiel lip-synching to "Walk Like a Man."  It has O'Neal giving a version of Henry V's St. Crispen Day's speech to the garment workers.  Maybe this movie's not as funny as I think it is.  You can let me know in the comments.

So Fine

So Fine (Original Theatrical Trailer) - YouTube:

Monday, August 22, 2016

Campaign for the American Reader: What is Bill Crider reading?

Campaign for the American Reader: What is Bill Crider reading?

Writers Read: Bill Crider

Writers Read: Bill Crider

How Sam Phillips Invented the Sound of Rock and Roll

How Sam Phillips Invented the Sound of Rock and Roll

Song of the Day

ELVIS PRESLEY//Mystery Train - YouTube:

I Miss the Old Days

Watch a Groovy Synchronized Swimming Routine From the 1960s: Complete with pineapple-esque swim caps.

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The Mummified Train Robber

The Mummified Train Robber Who Became a Circus Prop 

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William Johnston, Max Smart Loses Control (Get Smart #8), Tempo Books, 1969

Hard Case Crime Update

How Hard Case Crime Will Bring a Seedy Underbelly to Comics

I Have a Feeling This Has Happened Before

New deja vu theory may explain mystery of human phenomenon

The Cowboy Novels that Inspired Hitler

The Cowboy Novels that Inspired Hitler   

Some of you must be thinking, "Cowboy novels?  WTF?"

Uh-Oh

Whatcha Gonna Do When a COPS Movie Comes for You?