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Charlie of Nob Hill
Charlie of Nob Hill
von Gene Arceri
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,27

5.0 von 5 Sternen "Charlie of Nob Hill ... Beautifully Written by Gene Arceri ... BearManor Media (2011)", 6. Dezember 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Charlie of Nob Hill (Taschenbuch)
BearManor Media presents "CHARLIE OF NOB HILL" (Paperback) -- by Gene Arceri.

It is not only about Charlie's heroism, but the fact that he and Miss Nova were inseparables from the very first time they met. Coming from Mrs. Binder of Pets Unlimited, this was several years earlier on one cold December day. Bringing Charlie in a basket, his curiosity could not take it any longer, he peered out to see a woman with soft Grey hair and twinkling blues eyes - it was love at first sight. Miss Nova gazed at Charlie's handsome black and white markings, the black scalloping on his back and ears, and the perfect black mustache. "He looks just like Charlie Chaplin!" she exclaimed. "He's just beautiful".

Christening him on the spot, now you belong to me. Charlie thought and he supposed he could get use to being called Charlie, but what's a CHARLIE CHAPLIN?

My favorite part of the book is on page eleven ... Charlie watched from the doorway as Miss Nova instructed a visiting friend to hang up some of her pictures. They were signed photographs of the men associated with on her publicity work in Hollywood -- One was HUMPHREY BOGART, the inscription read: "To Nova-You ain't so tough". The other picture was of a smiling CARY GRANT and he had written, "Nova, what makes you so small?" (Miss Nova was under five feet tall.) -- Between them now hung a picture of CHARLIE. "Well, she said, "now we have three tigers on the wall - BOGIE, CHARLIE and CARY".

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

Big thank you to Ben Ohmart and his staff, BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books, there is something for everyone.

Highly recommend! -- Author Gene Arceri brings a tear to your eye - very touching, for the CAT LOVERS in all of us!

Check out his other books -- Brooklyn's Scarlett Susan Hayward: Fire in the WindBrooklyn's Scarlett Susan Hayward: Fire in the Wind

Total Page: 42 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593933685 ~ (November 26, 2011)


Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera
Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera
von Ida Lupino
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 17,15

5.0 von 5 Sternen "Beyond The Camera ... Ida Lupino ... Mary Ann Anderson & Lupino (authors) (2011)", 4. Dezember 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera (Taschenbuch)
BearManor Media presents "IDA LUPINO:BEYOND THE CAMERA" (Paperback) -- by Ida Lupino (Author), Mary Ann Anderson (Author)

I love the comments in the afterword, where Lupino states - "I was now able to tell WARNER BROS, to go to hell! None of us were happy there. I used to go up on the hill beyond the studio and throw rocks at it. I was always going on suspension or doing roles that I absolutely hated. I refused to do roles turned down by other actresses, like Better Davis."

Lupino never said she was the poor man's Bette Davis, WARNER BROS. came up with that bad line, not me. I respected Davis, Now Ida could do heavy, light - She had a great sense of scene construction. If she could have only gotten another picture like THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT or THE HARD WAY, she could have stayed on top. Lupino's states, acting is a born talent within people, it can be polished and made better but you definitely cannot teach someone to act, you need to leave that up to the audience -- Orson Welles puts it best, actor's acting, I am Bored.

In the director's chair, after films NOT WANTED (1949) and OUTRAGE (1949), Ida had offers by all the studios as a director, but she remained independent. When filmakers was dissolved, Ida turned her full attention to television directing, first directorial assignment was HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, Richard Boone was a wonderful man, but he was not out to baby any director, believe me, but after the first episode he said, "I like you, I want you on the rest of them. I stayed on and directed four episodes. Boone liked his direction hard-boiled."

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Foreword --- xi
1. The First Meeting --- 1
2. The Christmas House --- 5
3. The Duchess of Dirt vs. The Queen of Phones --- 11
4. The Conservatorship of Ida Lupino --- 17
5. The Lupino Legacy --- 23
6. The Light That Failed --- 39
7. They Drive by Night --- 43
8. High Sierra --- 47
9. The Sea Wolf - Out of the Fog - Ladies in
Retirement - Moontide --- 51
10.Louis Hayward --- 55
11.The Hard Way --- 63
12.Life Begins at 8:30 --- 69
13.Starry Efforts --- 71
14.Devotion - The Man I Love - Deep Valley -
Escape Me Never - Road house - Lust for Gold --- 75
15.The Filmakers --- 83
16.Enter Howard Duff --- 91
17.The Bigamist --- 97
18.The Hitch-Hiker --- 101
19.Me, Mother Directress --- 109
20.Farewell to Howard --- 119
21.The End Is Known --- 133
Afterword --- 145
Filmography --- 151
Index --- 161

In closing, this book has loads of studio stills and private photographs which is always a plus.

Big thank you to Ben Ohmart and his staff, BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books, another big winner.

A wonderful story and read of a great lady of the cinema ~ Highly recommend!

Total Page: 180 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593936723 ~ (December 3, 2011)


Nomad's Trail
Nomad's Trail
von E. Hoffmann Price
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,81

5.0 von 5 Sternen "Simon Bolivar Grimes Stories ... Nomad's Trail ... E. Hoffmann Price (Author) (2011)", 3. Dezember 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Nomad's Trail (Taschenbuch)
Black Dog Books presents "NOMAD'S TRAIL" (Paperback) ~ by E. Hoffmann Price (Author), Tom Roberts (Book Layout & Design), James Reasoner (Introduction), Allen Anderson (Cover Art)

As James Reasoner states in the introduction - For the most part, the Simon Bolivar Grimes stories have been out of print since their first appearances in SPICY WESTERN more than 70 years ago. Now, Tom Roberts of Black Dog Books has gathered the first dozen of them in this volume one, so you can enjoy their broad comedy, their colorful dialogue, their beautiful women, their bullet-blazing gunfights and their unexpected plot twists. So sit back and enjoy the adventures of an innocent lad from Georgia who's fast on the draw and sometimes has too much of an eye for the ladies for this own good...but is that bad?

Collection of twelve Western yarns of the saga, from Spicy Western Stories (1936-1938) -- pure entertainment.

With a new introduction by Spur Award nominee James Reasoner.

Cover art by Allen Anderson, rider on a horse rescues a damsel in distress.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)
INTRODUCTION by James Reasoner --- 7
1*Tenderfoot --- 11
2*Treason's Kiss --- 24
3*Grimes, Outlaw --- 36
4*Reward of Valor --- 49
5*Skeleton Creek Feud --- 62
6*Feud's End --- 74
7*Hoodoo Town --- 87
8*Salt Crazy --- 102
9*Too Many Cooks --- 115
10*Grimes Gets Religion --- 129
11*Hungry Valley --- 142
12*Nomad's Trail --- 155

Black Dog Books have for over ten years, been publishing collections of rare and obscure fiction from the golden age of the pulp magazines (roughly 1920-1945) -- They have found their niche, whether it's Westerns, Detective Stories, Adventure Fiction, Crime Fiction or Science Fiction ... Great job from publisher Tom Roberts and his staff at Black Dog Books, at in bringing forgotten series of characters and hard-to-find works from rare magazines -- something we've been missing is now at our fingertips!

Grimes himself is a great character, gullible, hot-tempered, a little uneducated, maybe, but not exactly dumb.

If you enjoyed this book, check out ... Hell's Hoofprints: The Complete Western Trails Tales of Lester Dent ... also ... Trail of the Snake ... also ... Unmasked: The Forgotten Origins of Hollywood Most Famous Western Heroes

Total Page: 168 Pages ~ Black Dog Books #ISBN-13: 978-1928619628 ~ (February 25, 2011)


The Films of the French Foreign Legion
The Films of the French Foreign Legion
von Philip Leibfried
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,46

5.0 von 5 Sternen "Films of the French Foreign Legion ... Philip Leibfried (Author) ... BearManor Media (2011)", 2. Dezember 2011
BearManor Media presents "THE FILMS OF THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION" (Paperback) -- by Philip Leibfried (Author)

Have many films on the 'French Foreign Legion', but was not aware of the ones I've missed. As the author points out in his introduction -- Created by an order of King Louis Philippe of France in 1831, the LEGION ETRANGERS originally served as a means of ridding France of thousands of political refugees who had sought asylum there after revolutions in their own countries in Southern and Eastern Europe.

One of the most famous and a great story BEAU GESTE, by Percival Christopher Wren, published in 1924, of an unshakable bond among three brothers, which featured action, adventure, mystery, and a character by the name of Sgt. Lejaune, who became a symbol of cruelty as great as Simon Legree. Something I didn't know was, BEAU GESTE was remade three times as a theatrical feature, but its leading characters, including an ogre of a sergeant, have influenced generations of filmmakers and film goers. Beau Geste (1926) (Silent) with Ronald Colman, Neil Hamilton, Ralph Forbes & Noah Beery ... also, Beau Geste (1939) with Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy & Susan Hayward (This is one of my favorite films, great acting and direction by William A. Wellman) ... also Beau Geste (1966) with Guy Stockwell, Doug McClure, Leslie Nielsen & Telly Savalas.

In both silent and sound eras, many leading actors appeared in FOREIGN LEGION FILMS, but these motion pictures have been given short shrift in biographies and autobiographies of those performers, as it turns out films about the FOREIGN LEGION are not as highly regarded as the outfit itself.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Acknowledgements --- vii
Introduction --- ix
CHAPTER ONE: --- 1
Seminal Sands: Under Two Flags
CHAPTER TWO: --- 17
Celebrated Sands: The Novels of P.C. Wren
CHAPTER THREE: --- 37
Silent Sands: Cinema de Legion 1914-1928
CHAPTER FOUR: --- 49
Sound Sands: Cinema de Legion 1929-2000
CHAPTER FIVE: --- 67
Singing Sands: Legion Musicals
CHAPTER SIX --- 75
Shifting Sands: Films of the Post-World War II Legion
CHAPTER SEVEN: --- 85
Subtitled Sands: Foreign Foreign Legion Films
CHAPTER EIGHT: --- 113
Satiric Sands: Comedies and Cartoons
CHAPTER NINE: --- 131
Sundry Sands: The Legion on the Stage, Radio & Television
CHAPTER TEN: --- 149
Superfluous Sands: Marginal French Foreign Legion Films
and Spanish Foreign Legion Films
Bibliography --- 159
Index --- 163

In closing, author Philip Leibfried has given us much in depth, a complete listing of such depictions as possible through 2007.

Thank our lucky stars for Ben Ohmart and his staff, BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books.

An interesting must read ~ Highly recommend!

Total Page: 180 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593936730 ~ (November 10, 2011)


El lobo de mar [Spanien Import]
El lobo de mar [Spanien Import]
DVD ~ Edward G. Robinson
Wird angeboten von DaaVeeDee-DEU
Preis: EUR 19,98

4.0 von 5 Sternen "The Sea Wolf (1941) ... Robinson/Lupino/Garfield/Knox ... Michael Curtiz (Director) (1998)", 1. Dezember 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: El lobo de mar [Spanien Import] (DVD)
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "SEA WOLF" (1941) ~ (90 min/B&W) -- Starring Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield & Alexander Knox

Directed by Michael Curtiz

Humphrey van Weyden, a writer, and fugitives Ruth Webster and George Leach have been given refuge aboard the sealer "Ghost," captained by the cruel Wolf Larsen. The crew mutinies against Larsen's many crimes, and though van Weyden, Ruth, and George try to escape Larsen's clutches, they find themselves drawn inexorably back to him as the "Ghost" sails toward disaster.

A highly regarded sea-faring classic, from the pen of legendary short story writer, Jack London

Oscar Nominated Best Photographic Effects, Special Effects Sound

Special footnote: - George Raft declined the role of George Leach because it was too small.

BIOS:
1. Michael Curtiz [aka: Manó Kertész Kaminer] [Director]
Date of Birth: 24 December 1886 - Budapest, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary)
Date of Death: 10 April 1962 - Hollywood, California

2. Edward G. Robinson [aka: Emmanuel Goldenberg]
Date of Birth: 12 December 1893 - Bucharest, Romania
Date of Death: 26 January 1973 - Hollywood, California

3. Ida Lupino
Date of Birth: 4 February 1918 - Camberwell, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 3 August 1995 - Los Angeles, California

4. John Garfield [aka: Jacob Julius Garfinkle]
Date of Birth: 4 March 1913 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 21 May 1952 - New York City, New York

5, Alexander Knox
Date of Birth: 16 January 1907 - Strathroy, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death: 25 April 1995 - Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England, UK

6. Gene Lockhart
Date of Birth: 18 July 1891 - London, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death: 31 March 1957 - Santa Monica, California

7. Barry Fitzgerald [aka: William Joseph Shields]
Date of Birth: 10 March 1888 - Dublin, Ireland
Date of Death: 14 January 1961 - Dublin, Ireland (heart attack)

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 90 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (September 1, 1998)


Lust of the Lawless
Lust of the Lawless
von Tom Roberts
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,96

5.0 von 5 Sternen "Two-Fisted Fast on the Draw Heroes ... Lust of the Lawless - Robert Leslie Bellem (Author) (2010)", 30. November 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Lust of the Lawless (Taschenbuch)
Black Dog Books presents "LUST OF THE LAWLESS" (Paperback) ~ by Robert Leslie Bellem (Author), Tom Roberts (Editor), James Reasoner (Introduction), Allen Anderson (Cover Design)

As editor Tom Roberts points out, Robert Leslie Bellem is best remembered for his tongue in cheek gumshoes, DAN TURNER, the pulp detective to ever have an entire magazine devoted to him with HOLLYWOOD DETECTIVE, which appeared regularly in SPICY DETECTIVE.
He seemed to effortlessly churn out the stuff, and it's estimated he wrote an astounding 3000 or so pulp stories, with Turner starring in at least 300 of them, not to mention 60 or 70 comic book stories.

Bellem was born in 1902 in Philadelphia, and worked in Los Angeles as a newspaper reporter, radio announcer and film extra. But it was as a writer for the pulps that he truly made his mark.

I'm so glad Tim Roberts of Black Dog Books published this collection of SPICY WESTERN STORIES, the spice in each story is not as graphic in todays publications, but this was hot stuff, for its time.

Here's just a sample: - "He plunged toward her, Me, I want something to bind the bargain, he panted, as he swept her into his arms in a bearlike, crushing embrace. His hands pawed at her shoulders. The roughness of his embrace burst the catches of the negligee, which slipped from her smooth shoulders".

This collection brings together Robert Leslie Bellem's entire output for Spicy Western Stories, plus a short biography of the author.

With an introduction by Spur Award nominee James Reasoner.

Cover art by Allen Anderson, a woman being grabbed by an outlaw in the back of a covered wagon.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)
INTRODUCTION by James Reasoner --- 7
1. MEAT HUNTER --- 11
From Spicy Western Stories, June 1937 as by Jerome Severs Perry
2. KILLER'S BRAND --- 23
From Spicy Western Stories, June 1937
3. POWDERSMOKE PASSION --- 35
From Spicy Western Stories, December 1936
4. BAIT FOR A MANTRAP --- 47
From Spicy Western Stories, November 1937
5. BRAND OF THE QUESTION-MARK --- 57
From Spicy Western Stories, June 1937, as by Ellery Watson Calder
6. LUST OF THE LAWLESS --- 69
From Spicy Western Stories, June 1937
7. COWARD MAN'S SIZE --- 79
From Spicy Western Stories, February 1937
8. GOLD-AND A GIRL --- 90
From Spicy Western Stories, December 1938
ABOUT THE AUTHOR by Tom Roberts --- 99

Great job from publisher Tom Roberts and his staff at Black Dog Books, at in bringing forgotten series of characters and hard-to-find works from rare magazines -- Black Dog Books have for over ten years, been publishing collections of rare and obscure fiction from the golden age of the pulp magazines (roughly 1920-1945) -- They have found their niche, whether it's Westerns, Detective Stories, Adventure Fiction, Crime Fiction or Science Fiction ... they're a winner all way around!

Every story is packed with brutal fistfights and blazing gun battles ... two-fisted fast on the draw heroes, plenty of despicable villains ... Highly recommend for a good action yarn.

If you enjoyed this book, check out ... Hell's Hoofprints: The Complete Western Trails Tales of Lester Dent ... also ... Trail of the Snake by Norvell Page ... also ... Unmasked: The Forgotten Origins of Hollywood's Most Famous Western Heroes by Tom Roberts.

Total Page: 102 Pages ~ Black Dog Books #ISBN-13: 978-1928619949 ~ (April 1, 2010)


The Princess Comes Across
The Princess Comes Across

4.0 von 5 Sternen "Princess Comes Across (1936) ... Lombard & MacMurray ... William R. Howard (Director) (1995)", 29. November 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Princess Comes Across (Videokassette)
Paramount Pictures presents "PRINCESS COMES ACROSS" (1936) ~ (76 min/B&W) -- Starring: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Douglass Dumbrille, Alison Skipworth & William Frawley

Directed by William K. Howard

Our mystery comedy begins something like this, Wanda Nash (Carole Lombard) is an alluring Swedish beauty who travels under the name of Princess Olga. Everyone whom she meets en route to America on the steamship Mammoth bows and scrapes to the Princess, while Hollywood anxiously awaits her arrival to star her in a big-budget film. Only the ship's band leader, King Mantell (Fred MacMurray), refuses to defer to Olga, sensing that she may not be all she claims. Mantell's instincts are right on target: the "Princess" is a phony, a Brooklyn girl who has adopted a royal guise thanks to drama coach Lady Gertrude Allwyn (Alison Skipworth) - its a publicity stunt. Unfortunately, blackmailer Darcy (Porter Hall) becomes aware of Wanda's true identity and offers to keep quiet in exchange for a huge cash settlement.

At the same time, Darcy is attempting to shake down several other passengers on the Mammoth, including King Mantell. Inevitably, Darcy is found murdered in the Princess's stateroom, and Wanda finds herself one of several likely suspects, among them Mantell. A quintet of international detectives, traveling to a convention in America, sets out to solve the mystery, which becomes even more mysterious when one of the detectives also turns up dead. Taking matters in his own hands, Mantell vows to clear Wanda's name, and in the course of things he realizes that he's madly in love with her - but will Wanda give up her hoax, and her future showbiz career, for Mantell's sake?

There is much chemistry between Lombard and MacMurray, who both could play drama and comedy, which is a sign of good acting.

* Special footnote: - George Raft initially was cast as Carole Lombard's co-star, but he walked off the set at the start of production. He objected to Ted Tetzlaff as the cinematographer.

BIOS:
1. William K. Howard [Director]
Date of Birth: 6 June 1893 - St. Marys, Ohio
Date of Death: 21 February 1954 - Los Angeles, California

2. Carole Lombard [aka: Jane Alice Peters]
Date of Birth: 6 October 1908 - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Date of Death: 16 January 1942 - Table Rock Mountain, Nevada (airplane crash)

3. Fred MacMurray
Date of Birth: 30 August 1908 - Kankakee, Illinois
Date of Death: 5 November 1991 - Santa Monica, California

4. Douglass Dumbrille
Date of Birth: 13 October 1889 - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death: 2 April 1974 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

5. Alison Skipworth
Date of Birth: 25 July 1863 - London, England, UK
Date of Death: 5 July 1952 - New York City, New York

6. William Frawley
Date of Birth: 26 February 1887 - Burlington, Iowa
Date of Death: 3 March 1966 - Hollywood, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 76 min on DVD/VHS ~ Paramount Pictures ~ (September 12, 1995)


Hell's Hoofprints: The Complete Western Trails Tales of Lester Dent
Hell's Hoofprints: The Complete Western Trails Tales of Lester Dent
von Gene Christie
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 17,38

5.0 von 5 Sternen "Hell's Hoofprints (1930's) ... Complete Western Trails Tales Of Lester Dent (2009)", 29. November 2011
Black Dog Books presents "HELL'S HOOFPRINTS: THE COMPLETE WESTERN TRAILS TALES OF LESTER DENT" (Paperback) ~ by Lester Dent (Author), Gene Christie (Editor), Walter M. Baumhofer (Illustrator), Will Murray (Foreword)

Dent was the originator of the Doc Savage series of books, a master of pulp fiction and real-life adventurer. His writing advice is specifically tailored to the pulp-era markets, but is surprisingly effective even today.

If you don't have any Lester Dent books in your library, here is a good start with 'Complete Western Trails Tales of Lester Dent', you'll be glued to every page, the characters seem to jump out from the page ... Nobody can put sentences together like Lester Dent, as he pulls you into every chapter ... This Lester Dent Library Vol.3 - is a GOLD MINE in reading!

As Will Murray states in his foreword - "Most pulp Western writers of the Depression consisted of what some derisively called HUDSON RIVER COWBOYS - Eastern pulpsters who cribbed their knowledge of the west from movies and pulp magazines. Lester Dent was the real article, however. He could ride like an Indian and bagged his first antelope with a .22 rifle when he was just eight. And he knew the territory. As his wife Norma once put it, He was a WESTERNER."

One of the articles that caught my attention is RIDIN' SIGN, the character Skookum Charlie reads sign, it was a highly developed art in the days before telephones and automobiles came to the West. A sign rider was the Sherlock Holmes of the cow and mine country. A sign rider drew down good money for his work, Cowmen hired him to track rustlers. The U.S. government hired him to track Indians and outlaws.

Entire book gives the reader the sign of the times, Dent rarely depicted a matinée idol hero, but true sons of the West in all their raw, sunburned glory. sometimes the characters are unpleasant, repulsive - like Will Murray in his words ... you decide if it was 'repulsive' or 'realistic'.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Introduction by Will Murray --- 7
Dusty Trant-Road Agent --- 11
Gunslick Roundup --- 25
The Sudden-Disaster Gent --- 38
The Gun Quest --- 50
Hell's Hoofprints --- 73
Fear Ranch --- 86
Trigger Trap --- 101
The Devil's Ear --- 114
Haunted Saddle --- 134
Trickery Trail --- 148
Frozen Phantom --- 161
Snow Ghost (bonus story) --- 177

Appendix A--
A Bonus Silver Corporal story
Death Cache --- 197

Appendix B Articles--
Hogleg Facts --- 213
Ridin' Sign --- 216
Bronc Twisting --- 218
Cold Facts --- 224

Appendix C--Letters to Western Trails
April 1932 --- 229
June 1932 --- 230
June 1933 --- 231

Appendix D--
From Lester Dent's notebook-Story submission records --- 335

Another great cover art by Walter Baumhofer, he was best known as the 'King of the Pulps', captured a pretty girl in a handsome man's arms as easily as he could grab readers with a pulp monster threatening the world ... and because of his talent, he was soon churning out crime, western, and thriller paintings. Some 550 pulp covers grace his resume ... Baumhofer captures the mood of the authors words.

In closing, Black Dog Books have for over ten years, been publishing collections of rare and obscure fiction from the golden age of the pulp magazines (roughly 1920-1945). -- Great job from publisher Tom Roberts and his staff at in bringing forgotten series of characters and hard-to-find works from rare magazines -- great reading from those days gone by!

When the gunsmoke clears, the dust from the trails settle ... you'll find Lester Dent & Western Trails Tales ... Highly recommend!

If you enjoyed this book, check out ... Unmasked: The Forgotten Origins of Hollywood's Most Famous Western Heroes by Tom Roberts.

Total Page: 238 Pages ~ Black Dog Books #ISBN-13: 978-1928619581 ~ (March 31, 2009)


Blazing Across the Pecos
Blazing Across the Pecos
Wird angeboten von Tolle Unterhaltung
Preis: EUR 7,53

3.0 von 5 Sternen "Blazing Across The Pecos (1948) ... Charles Starrett/Durango Kid ... Ray Nazarro (Director) (2004)", 28. November 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Blazing Across the Pecos (DVD)
Columbia Pictures present "BLAZING ACROSS THE PECOS" (1948) (54 mins/B&W) --- Starring: Charles Starrett (Steve Blake/Durango Kid), Smiley Burnette (Marshal Smiley Burnette), Patricia Barry (Lola Carter), Paul Campbell (Editor Jim Traynor), Charles C. Wilson (Ace Brockway), Thomas E. Jackson (Matt Carter),

Directed by Ray Nazarro

Our plot and story line has the masked defender of law and order The Durango Kid protecting the rights of Thomas E. Jackson against Charles C. Wilson from Indian attacks ... is Wilson trying to drive Jackson out of business on his trading post ... can The Durango Kid out smart the baddies in this exciting Columbia oater, is Marshal Smiley Burnette still trying to figure out who is the real Durango Kid ... never fear our hero will win out and with the musical talents of Burnette to help us over the bumpy trail ---- they just don't make 'em like this anymore and Columbia Pictures was one of the leaders of exciting B-Westerns and Serials.

Charles Starrett as the black masked Durango Kid of '40s and '50s B-Western trail, he became as synonymous with the character as Clayton Moore was with the Lone Ranger and William Boyd was to Hopalong Cassidy ... The Durango Kid was an immediate hit with Saturday matinee crowd and a decision was made to continue the character, which Columbia did for an unprecedented 64 series westerns over the next seven years ... when Starrett portrayed the black clad and masked Durango Kid, he rode an Arabian white steed named "Raider" ... don't miss any of the Durango Kid features loaded with action that will leave you wanting more of his B-Western adventures.

* Special Footnote: - Charles Starrett was an American actor best known for his starring role in the "Durango Kid" Columbia Pictures western series ... In 1933 he was one of the people who helped organize the Screen Actors Guild, and in 1936 signed with Columbia Pictures to become one of the top ten western stars, starring in 115 movies the following 16 years ... in playing assorted sheriff and rangers roles, Starrett gained notoriety for his role as the "Durango Kid", the first film in which he played his famous alter-ego character was known as "The Durango Kid", which was released in 1940, but for some reason, Columbia did not see fit to continue with the series at that time ... the character was revived in 1944 and lasted through 1952. Dub Taylor, as "Cannonball", worked with Starrett until 1946 ... at that time, Smiley Burnette, who had been a very popular sidekick to Gene Autry, was brought in to replace Taylor. Burnette, appropriately enough, played a character called Smiley Burnette ... "The Durango Kid" series combined vigorous action sequences - often with speeded up camera work and spectacular stunts performed by Jock Mahoney - and western music ... each film featured a singing group, and many gave free rein to Burnette's singing and playing ... Starrett, who was independently wealthy, ended his acting career at 48 age when the "Durango Kid" series ceased production.

BIOS:
1. Charles Starrett
Date of birth: 28 March 1903 - Athol, Massachusetts,
Date of death: 22 March 1986 - Borrego Springs, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 3 Stars
Performance: 3 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 3 Stars
Overall: 3 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 54 min on VHS ~ Sony Video ~ (9/14/2004)


Ragtime Tricks
Ragtime Tricks
Preis: EUR 39,84

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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Ragtime Tricks ... Stephanie Trick ... Next Rising Star In Sride Piano (2010)", 25. November 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ragtime Tricks (Audio CD)
CDBY presents "RAGTIME TRICKS" -- One of the few female stride pianists to command mastery of this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style, she has been called "the next rising star in the stride world" and one of "only three or four people alive today" with the potential to recreate "the magic" of stride legend masters such as James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Art Tatum, and Jelly Roll Morton. A classically trained pianist and organist, Stephanie began playing piano at the age of five.

While in college, it became clear to Stephanie that she wanted to pursue stride and classic jazz styles professionally -- With a music style resembling a mixture of old blues and boogie woogie plus Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson, Stephanie has performed all over the United States as well as in Europe in a variety of venues, including The Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Missouri, Philippe Carment's music studio in Normandy, France, Mimi Blais & Friends' Concert in Versailles, Missouri, and the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, California.

Ragtime Tricks (Track Listings & Time):

1. Troublesome Ivories (Blake) - 3:46
2. American Beauty Rag (Lamb) - 3:25
3. Rialto Ripples (Gershwin) - 3:23
4. Peacherine Rag (Joplin) - 3:24
5. The Chevy Chase (Blake) - 3:00
6. Maple Leaf Rag (Joplin) - 3:41
7. Dizzy Fingers (Confrey) - 2:04
8. Solace (Joplin) - 6:05
9. Pineapple Rag (Joplin) - 2:51
10. Ragtime Nightingale (Lamb) - 3:57
11. Elite Syncopations (Joplin) - 3:06
12. The Easy Winners (Joplin) - 3:29
13. The Entertainer (Joplin) - 3:48
14. Carolina Shout (Johnson) - 2:49

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Mixing: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Arrangements & Song Selection]

Special footnote: If you enjoyed this album, check out ... Piano TricksPiano Tricks .. also .. Hear That Rhythm!Hear That Rhythm! .. also .. Stephanie Trick LiveStephanie Trick Live .. also .. Something MoreSomething More

Total Time: 49 min on 14 Tracks ~ CDBY ~ (June 8, 2010)


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