Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday"s "Forgotten" Books: the links to reviews and more

The weekly assembly of reviews and citations of books and related literature not yet or no longer given much attention, or at least usually less than they deserve. Hosted usually by founder Patti Abbott, who will resume doing so next week. 

Sergio Angelini: Of All the Bloody Cheek et seq. by Frank McAuliffe

Yvette Banek: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

the Bare Bones quartet: EC Comics, April 1951

Les Blatt: Calendar of Crime by "Ellery Queen"

Elgin Bleecker: A Man Called Spade by Dashiell Hammett

Brian Busby: Exodus/UK by Robert Rohmer

David Cramner: The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov (JF Norris's 2011 review)

Bill Crider: Jackstraw by Ron Faust

Scott A. Cupp: The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer

William F. Deeck: Fatal Venture (aka Tragedy of the Hollow) by Freeman Wills Crofts; Shadow on the Water by Elizabeth Cadell

Martin Edwards: Murderer at Large by Donald Landels Henderson; A Graveyard to Let by "Carter Dickson" (John Dickson Carr); Ricki Thomas
Barry Ergang: Kindly Dig Your Grave and Other Wicked Stories by Stanley Ellin (hosted at Kevin Tipple's blog)

Will Errickson: The Year's Best Horror Stories, Series VII, edited by Gerald W. Page (the series)

Curt Evans: The Conqueror Inn by E. R. Punshon

Fred Fitch: Tomorrow's Crimes by Donald Westlake

Elizabeth Foxwell: Westminster Detective Library, curated by Leroy Lad Panek and Mary Bendel-Simso

Paul Fraser: Science Fantasy #68, edited by Kyril Bonfiglioli and Keith Roberts

Adam Gee: All Fall Down by James Leo Herlihy

John Grant: The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan

Rich Horton: 200 Years to Christmas by J. T. McIntosh; Rebels of the Red Planet by Charles Fontenay; The City of Lillies by Anthony Pryde and R. K. Weekes

Jerry House: "Mistrust, or Blanche and Osbright" by Matthew Gregory Lewis

Tracy K.: Murder Among Friends by "Elizabeth/E.X. Ferrars"

George Kelley: Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alistair Reynolds edited by Jonathan Strahan and William Schafer

Margot Kinberg: Dead Angler by Victoria Houston

Rob Kitchin: A Killing Frost by R. D. Wingfield

Richard Krauss: The Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett (edited by "Ellery Queen"/Frederic Dannay)(Bestseller Mystery #62)

B. V. Lawson: A Dram of Poison by Charlotte Armstrong

Jonathan Lewis: "Aylmer Vance and the Vampire" by Alice and Claude Askew; "The Woman with the Velvet Collar" by Gaston Leroux

Steve Lewis: Operation Counterpunch by Dan J. Marlowe; Who is the Next? by Henry Kitchell Webster; Emerald Flash by Charles Knief

Todd Mason: Speaking of Horror: Interviews with Writers of the Supernatural by Darrell Schweitzer et al. (Milford Series #48)

John F. Norris: The Third Eye by Ethel Lina White

John O'Neill: The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4 edited by Terry Carr (useful, some when finally revised, comments follow, by half-asleep me among others more coherent)

Mathew Paust: Waltzing Cowboys by Sarah Collins Honenberger

Mildred Perkins: Leviathan Wakes by "James S. A. Corey" (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck)

James Reasoner: The Man from Nowhere by T. T. Flynn

Richard Robinson: Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

Gerard Saylor: Black Horse Creek by Charles G. West

Steve Scott: "You Remember Jeanie" by John D. MacDonald

Kerrie Smith: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Kevin Tipple: "You Can Call Me Lucky" by Lawrence Block


Prashant Trikannad: Patricia Abbott

Thursday, June 30, 2016

June's Underappreciated Music: the links to reviews, samples and more

The monthly assembly of undervalued and often nearly "lost" music, or simply music the blogger in question wants to remind you reader/listeners of...

Patricia Abbott: Music

Sergio Angelini: Bernard Herrmann film scores

Brian Arnold: The Shark Alley Hobos: Off the Deep End: A Musical Tribute to Jaws

Jayme Lynn Blaschke: Friday Night Videos

Paul Brazill: A Song for Saturday

Jim Cameron: Charles Sullivan: Re-Entry; Ray Charles at Newport, 1960

Gil Scott-Heron Band, Ohne Filter (March, 1984)


Sean Coleman: a half-century of Dylan

Bill Crider: Song of the Day; Forgotten Hits; Obits and more

Jeff Gemmill: Today’s Top 5: Saturday, 6/25/2016

Cara Giaimo: Ma Rainey (courtesy Bill Crider)

Jerry House: Music from the Past; Hymn Time; The Brothers Four

"Three Days with Doc Watson" (1976; presented on BBC's Omibus)


George Kelley: The Songs of Pomus & Schuman; Van Morrison: ...It's Too Late to Stop Now... (Volume 1)

Margot Kinberg: Murder songs

Kate Laity: Songs for a Saturday

B. V. Lawson: Your Sunday Music Treat

Steve Lewis: Music I'm Listening To

Todd Mason: some singers, mostly doing covers; Abbey Lincoln and Annie Ross; Rob Wasserman. RIP

Lucy Wainwright Roche and the Roches: "America"


Andrew Orley: Nobody's Listening (courtesy Paul Brazill)

Lawrence Person: Shoegazer Sunday

James Reasoner: Middle of the Night Music

Charlie Ricci: The Kinks: "Celluloid Heroes"

Bhob Stewart: Jeremiah McDonald

Anonymous-4: The Lily and the Lamb


Paul O'Dette: The Lute in the Italian Renaissance

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Rob Wasserman, 1952-2016: Saturday Music Club in memoriam

Rob Wasserman with the David Grisman Quartet: "14 Miles to Barstow"


Rob Wasserman Band: "Is Anyone There?"


Night Music, season 2, episode 15: Rob Wasserman & Bob Weir; The Modern Jazz Quartet; Nana Vasconcelos and John Lurie; Screamin' Jay Hawkins; Bongwater & the Fabulous Pussywillows; Artis the Spoon Man; archival footage of Dorothy Donegan, George Gershwin et al.

Rob Wasserman and Cheryl Bentyne: "Angel Eyes"


Rob Wasserman: "Ode to Casals"

Tuesday's Overlooked A/V: films, television, radio, museum exhibits and more: more links to reviews, interviews et al.

The weekly roundup of reviews, interviews, and other citations of (often, though not always) underappreciated examples of the dramatic and related arts; for the first time, not one but two citations of an auction, as well (and two defenses of Hallmark Channel programming; I don't disagree). As always, please let me know if I've missed your or anyone else's contribution this week in comments... thanks. 

Anne Billson: Godzilla (1998 film); Movietalk: "Blockbusters"
In a World...

Anonymous: Carnal Knowledge; In a World...; 4 films that all happen in a single location each (two Hitchcocks, neither Rope); Kid Brother (Harold Lloyd)

Benjamin Poole: Daemos Rising

Bhob Stewart: "The Monkey Business Illusion"; "Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg"; The Firesign Theater and I Think We're All Bozos on this Bus;  Stan Freberg on The Dick Cavett Show; Six Feet Under finale; Moebius painting

The Big Broadcast, 26 June 2016:
  • 7 p.m. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
    “The Callicles Matter” Parts 3 and 4 (CBS, Original airdates May 2 and May 3, 1956)
  • 7:30 p.m. Burns And Allen
    “George Wants To Kick Meredith Willson Out” (NBC, Original airdate January 24, 1946) 
  • 8 p.m. Gun smoke
    “Bull” (CBS, Original airdate November 3, 1957)
  • 8:30 p.m. The Stan Freberg Show
    “The Musical Sheep” (CBS, Original airdate July 14, 1957)
  • 9 p.m. The Adventures of Philip Marlowe
    “The Red Wind” (NBC, Original airdate June 17, 1947)
  • 9:30 p.m. Suspense
    "A Friend To Alexander" (CBS, Original airdate June 15, 1944) 
  • 10 p.m. Lux Radio Theater
    “Captain Blood” (CBS, Original airdate February 22, 1937)





















Los tallos amargos










Sisters; apparently, the steambath opening for
every early episode was a clammy drag to film.






Steve Lewis: Stop Me Before I Kill!

Television Obscurities: US Fall TV schedule, 2000

Theresa Brown: Devil's Doorway

Victoria Loomes: The Charge of the Light Brigade

Vienna: Sudden Fear; the ruby slippers of The Wizard of Oz (1939)


Bill's citation of Casino Royale got me thinking about the hodgepodge parody film of the mid 1960s, which has aspects that I enjoy, even if Tracy Reed is shockingly underused in the cuts I've seen (Joanna Pettit does what she can to make up for that, among the other cast). Which sent me down a web hole for (the British) Tracy Reed...best remembered, obviously, for Dr. Strangelove, where she was the only woman in the film, and as she noted in this brief interview, played all her role in a bikini (aside from a still of her as a Playboy centerfold draped with a copy of Foreign Affairs magazine, as multilevel if still blatant visual pun as one could want...hmmm. wonder if that's part of Terry Southern's contribution, or if Kubrick came up with that himself...).

























'Dr. Strangelove' and the Single Woman

July 10, 1994|ANNE BERGMAN (Los Angeles Times)

When asked if she has fond memories of working on Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove," Tracy Reed emphatically responds, "Oh yes, lots!"

But Reed, who played "Miss Foreign Affairs," Gen. Buck Turgidson's comely secretary, concedes, in a phone call from London, that there were times on the set that were "very alarming."

"I was the only woman in it and I was wearing a bikini the whole time," Reed remembers, and when Kubrick decided to open the set to the press, "there were all these reporters staring at me. It was dreadful."

Reed landed the part after she met Kubrick with some friends at dinner. "We chatted," she says, "and he asked me to do it."

Despite overexposing her to the media, Reed says Kubrick was "wonderful." George C. Scott, who played Gen. Turgidson, was "a darling, absolutely sweet," and the film's star, Peter Sellers, was "a sad man who never quite knew who he really was."
Although just 22 when "Dr. Strangelove" was produced, Reed disputes original press material claiming the film is "introducing Tracy Reed as 'Miss Foreign Affairs.' "
"That's ridiculous," she says. "I've been in the movies all of my life!"
The stepdaughter of British director Sir Carol Reed and the daughter of actress Penelope Dudley Ward, Reed actually made her film debut at the age of 6 months, co-starring with her mother and Laurence Olivier in "The Demi-Paradise."
And after "Dr. Strangelove," Reed continued to appear in British comedies--"there were so many I can't remember"--working again with Sellers in "A Shot in the Dark," until she began turning down parts to raise a family.
Now 52, Reed has three daughters, ages 34, 21 and 20. She works as a broker for a British gourmet foods company, for whom she "travels the whole of Ireland," trying to encourage grocery stores to carry the company's products.
Reed got the job, she explains, by "pure chance," after deciding she wanted to remain in West Cork, Ireland, where she had recently bought a house. "I just rang them and asked if they needed someone to help them export to Ireland," she says. "They agreed and I had a job."
She says she's sometimes recognized as "Miss Foreign Affairs" when "Dr. Strangelove" has "just been on television," and is delighted to hear that the film is being re-released in the United States, where she hopes a lot of people see it.
But more important, she says with a laugh, "I hope we all get paid again."





















From the 1962-63 ITV television series Man of the World, Reed with Craig Stevens. from Wikipedia 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Friday's Forgotten Books: the links to the reviews and more: more new links added



The weekly assembly of reviews and citations of books and related literature not yet or no longer given much attention, or at least usually less than they deserve. Hosted usually by founder Patti Abbott; this week and next hosted here. 

Patricia Abbott: Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

Sergio Angelini:  He Won't Need It Now and The Dead Stay Dumb by James Hadley Chase; The Madman's Room by Paul Halter

Mark Baker: Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson

Yvette Banek: The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Les Blatt: Silence in Court by Patricia Wentworth

Brian Busby: Return to Rainbow Country by William Davidson

Bill Crider: She Got What She Wanted by Orrie Hitt

Scott A. Cupp: The Lost Continent (aka Beyond 30) by Edgar Rice Burroughs

William F. Deeck: Too Many Doctors by Holly Roth

Martin Edwards: Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh; Robert Barnard reissues; Murder Intended by Francis Beeding; The Link by Anthony Gethryn

Barry Ergang (hosted by Kevin Tipple): The Twisted Ones by "Vin Packer" (Marijane Meaker)

Will Errickson: Ammie, Come Home by "Barbara Michaels" (Barbara Mertz)

Curt Evans: Death Brings a Storke and Cradled in Fear by Anita Boutell; Murder in the Closet and other guides to LGBTQ+ crime fiction

Fred Fitch: The Grifters by Jim Thompson

Paul Fraser: Science Fantasy (#69, January-February 1965) edited by Kyril Bonfiglioli (with Keith Roberts)

Ed Gorman: Zigzag by Bill Pronzini

John Grant: Before the Poison by Peter Robinson

Rich Horton: The City of Lilies by Anthony Pryde and R. K. Weekes

Jerry House: Isaac Asimov Presents: The Best Science Fiction of the 19th Century edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh

Tracy K.: The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie

George Kelley: The Dying Earth by Jack Vance; Our Kind of Traitor by "John le Carré"

Margot Kinberg: Bad Country by C. B. McKenzie

Rob Kitchin: The Man from Beijing by Hanning Mankell

Richard Krauss: (Bestseller Mystery #40:) $106,000 Blood Money by Dashiell Hammett

B. V. Lawson: The Singing Spider by Angus MacVicar

Evan Lewis: The Earp Curse by Glenn G. Boyer

Jonathan Lewis: "The New Catacomb" by Arthur Conan Doyle; "Three Steps Back" by Robert Weinberg

Steve Lewis: Murder is My Business by "Brett Halliday"

Todd Mason: Seon Manley and Gogo Lewis, Helen Hoke, Hugh Lamb, Michael Parry, and other anthology editors of the '60s and '70s

John F. Norris: Death and the Professors by Kathleen Sproul; Here's Blood in Your Eye by Manning Long

John O'Neill: Lincoln's Dreams by Connie Willis

Mildred Perkins: Rise Again by Ben Tripp

James Reasoner: Pistol Passport by Eugene Cunningham

Richard Robinson: Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction edited by Jeff Prucher 

Gerard Saylor: The Driftless Area by Tom Drury; A Sleeping Life by Ruth Rendell

Steve Scott: "Game for Blondes" by John D. MacDonald

Jack Seabrook: "Mrs. Herman and Mrs. Kenmore" by Donald Honig

Kerrie Smith: Treachery in Bordeaux by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen

Prashant Trikannad: Killing Floor by Lee Child

David Vineyard: The Man from the Norlands by John Buchan