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Kevin39s Corner FFB Review A Time For Hanging by Bill Crider

Kevin39s Corner FFB Review A Time For Hanging by Bill Crider

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... contribution to The Stage to Screen Blogathon, currently underway from October 17-19 and hosted by Rachel's Theatre Reviews and The Rosebud Cinema.

Joyce, glancing at her watch, informs her nemesis that “it's about time for my latest scoop—you wanna hear it?” She switches on the radio in Walker's office ...

Emma observes that she got here just in the nick of time, and asks Buck where she can find the spare room—“Don't be ashamed to ask a friend to help you,” ...

It's William Schallert (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Patty Duke Show)!

But hold on! The train has been stopped by a landslide! Sacré! The next morning, the obligatory corpse is found, and Poirot comes to the conclusion that the ...

Claims and conclusions aside, no one knows anything certain about her life before or after her adventures with two of the most infamous men of American ...

Over at the Radio Spirits blog this a.m., I was asked by the fine staff of the leading publisher and marketer of old-time radio programs to whip up a ...

Despite being the main character, Whitman was second-billed to Maria Schell, who was the more popular star at the time (The Brothers Karamazov, The Hanging ...

One of my favorite movies is the 1968 production The Night They Raided Minsky's, a film (directed by William Friedkin) that tells the fictional story of how ...

Not the first time Sam has heard that, I'm sure, and of course he is powerless when Millie begs. Getting a look in his eye that Aunt Bee would surely be ...

…he's also been referenced on the show a time or two, but this is his first actual appearance (one of two—he later turns up in the episode “Goober, ...

Well, it was a long time getting here—the screener was sent to my and Los Parentes Yesteryear's old Athens address—but I found myself the recipient of a ...

While Doris is trapped with Singer, Ron takes the time to unload on Nick—calling him “stodgy” and “old-fashioned” in his management of the NOW magazine.

Nicholson is going to wish he took the time to fill his second-in-command on the details of the Barracuda situation, because a simple “Whatever you do—don't ...

This title is a major league misnomer. There's hate lurking around every corner in this book, but love rears its pretty head for only a few pages.

... been reviewing over at Radio Spirits, and when he left the franchise after Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion (1945) his presence was solely missed.

The October 26, 1959 issue of Time magazine proclaimed the 1959-60 TV season as “the year of the private eye” by featuring boob tube investigators Philip ...

Well, it's that time of the year again, when we all down tools, decamp to whichever godforsaken corner of the world we hail from (suburban south London in ...

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear: A Piece of Shat: Route 66 – “Build Your Houses with Their Backs to the Sea” (10/25/63) and The Fugitive – “Stranger in the ...

This essay is Thrilling Days of Yesteryear's contribution to The William Wyler Blogathon, now underway at The Movie Projector from June 24-29.

Mary Elizabeth Jenkins, born in Waterloo, Maryland, was seventeen when she married John Surratt. In 1853, they purchased land near what is now Clinton, ...

Guest Review: John Ford's Cavalry Trilogy – Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950)

By the time of the coda, everything is sweetness and light in Mayberry again—Clara was very impressed with Millie's production, recognizing “showmanship” ...

He never finishes his sentence because by that time he's delivered a haymaker right into Goober's breadbasket, sending the dumbass to the floor.

Mark Billingham's Thorne: Sleepyhead; A Review of the Novel and the Television Adaptation

Well, we showed that bully where we stood this time—didn't we, Billy?

Well, she's in this sketch, anyway—as a wife who watches The Great American Dream Machine with her husband (Michael “Time to make the doughnuts” Vale) in “ ...

Back in May of this year, I wrote a review of the DVD release CPO Sharkey: The Complete Season 1—and in my closing remarks, I casually noted that I'd really ...

Existential Ennui: Elmore Leonard's City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit: British First Edition(s) (W. H. Allen, 1981 / Viking, 1987), Book Review

Classic TV Variety Show Blogathon: The Jerry Lewis Show

But today it's the turn of the second book in the series, 2002's Scaredy Cat, and the 2010 Sky TV series it inspired, i.e. Thorne: Scaredy Cat.

Pittsburgh's legendary Bill Cardille...who stopped being "Chilly Billy" in 1983. (A shame, because I didn't move to Morgantown, which was in Channel 11's ...

Steve may be competing in a male-dominated field but she still takes time out for the important things in life—or as she declares: “Science is science but a ...

Happy birthday, Gloria McMillan!

The oldest, Billy, is played by Philip Brown—who mentions in an interview on MPI's first season set of The Doris Day Show that he was ...

…you know—now would be a good time for a commercial break courtesy of Ralston-Purina.

Yep, the first thing I said was: “Son of a gun, that's Betty Hutton”—surprised the heck out of me, because I thought by the time of this episode's airing ...

I mentioned at the beginning of this review that Dobie Gillis was a unique sitcom because it looked at life through the eyes of a teenager—that and the snap ...

Delevan is counting on an inheritance from his late stepfather to obtain the needed $10,000 for the investment—sadly, life is a funny old dog, ...

But Peanuts' services will be requested a second time; Augustine is wounded in a shoot-out during his apprehension by the authorities, and it would appear ...

Back from the commercial, Judson is still among the living…and he's walking the property with his water wand extended (stop that snickering) until the stick ...

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1 by Robbie Morrison and Dave Taylor (Titan Comics, 2014): Comic Review

The set-up is this: with Superman off traipsing across America in J. Michael Straczyknski's Superman #701 (and disappointingly weepy that was too), ...

At the same time Malone is trying to distance herself from the comic book business, Dean is hired by her boss (a hilarious performance from M&L regular ...

Peck's Bowden stops momentarily outside the U.S. Customs House in downtown Savannah . If I had a nickel for every time I walked past that place…well, ...

*Stolen from World O'Crap.

The abbreviated first season (fifteen episodes) of CPO Sharkey is scheduled to be released in a three-disc collection from Time-Life on May 19th, ...

2010: A Review of the Year in Books and Comics; 2. A Bloody Great List

The events in Dementia unfold like a literal nightmare. A woman (Adrienne Barrett) identified in the movie credits as “The Gamin” leaves her seedy hotel ...

FFB: A Man Called Spade by Dashiell Hammett

Oh, someone hand me a needle and thread…I think my sides have split. Next time, on Doris Day(s): a most worthy nominee for one of the series' worst ...

I almost skipped Monsieur Gallet after reading Scott Bradfield's opinion in his NYT Sunday Book Review piece, The Case of Georges Simenon, that the earlier ...

Earl Staggs earned all Five Star reviews for his novels MEMORY OF A MURDER and JUSTIFIEDACTION and has twice received a Derringer Award for Best Short Story ...

And at an even earlier time, the late author Penelope Fitzgerald, who lived for a time in Southwold, worked in a bookshop there, basing her second novel in ...

Honest to my grandma—the first time I spotted this joker I said out loud “I could have sworn Ned Sparks died in 1957.” It's actually veteran actor Ralph ...

Breaking up a fight between Jenny and Adam in the living room (“Now go to neutral corners”), Doris runs to the phone when it rings…and it turns out to be ...

Spivak reissued the complete collection under a new title in another digest, Mercury Mystery No. 131 in 1949, this time called They Can Only Hang You Once.

This is Satan (Richard Devon). Try to hide your disappointment.

... outfit hanging near the changing room is the same one Millie came into the store with—but if we go back to the scene where Millie holds up the outfit in ...

The oleaginous Edward Andrews plays crooked manager Weyerhause...but his fellow sleazebag (wearing the hat) is none other than George Cisar, ...

Apart from the likable gambler aspect, the TV version of Lucky carved out a new direction for the character; he didn't even have a legitimate name (Grant's ...

The mother and father (who, interestingly enough, is played by the same actor who was “Beast” Burkholtz in the previously mentioned episode) are convinced ...

Existential Ennui: Simon Harvester's Dorian Silk Spy Novel Series: Unsung Road (Jarrolds, 1960)

Guest Review: Warner Bros. Night at the Movies – The Sea Hawk (1940)

So here's a close-up of the two men in the office. I know what you're thinking: “I've seen these two guys before!” Actors Herbie Faye (Corporal Fender on ...

The preface is essentially Maugham's thoughts on fact versus fiction and the vogue for fiction – still prevalent – which attempts to replicate the " ...

In the panoply of my beloved character actresses, Kathleen Freeman would duke it out with any contender for first place. She is one of my true favorites; ...

I just wanted to interrupt for a sec to identify this actor as character great Don Beddoe, who you might recognize from various Three Stooges comedies, ...

Here at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, I've joked in the past about a creation of mine I call The Blind Squirrel Theory of Film™; it states that no matter ...

A US first edition hardback of The Dame by Richard Stark/Donald Westlake, published by The Macmillan Company in 1969 as part of their Cock Robin Mystery ...

It's still one of Hollywood 's most intriguing mysteries: on December 14, 1935 , a vivacious, popular actress named Thelma Todd leaves a party and days ...

... one on Jack the Ripper, one about the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, and one about Lizzie Borden. My thanks to Mr. David Laurence Wilson for turning ...

a base which in 1976, appropriately enough given our Cold War context, was turned into a secret nuclear bunker. First editions of the later novels are ...

It's all deliciously, delightfully evil, and Olman posted a pithy review of it a couple of years ago (and there's a longer one by Cory Pung here which is ...

Eater on Scribd

... partly because reviews of Rabe's books seem to be few and far between online, and partly because, well, I read it quite recently. Which is, I suppose, ...

Something I was chuffed to see was that my review of #1 has been excerpted on the back cover of #2, although that particular bit of my review does make me ...

This British paperback edition of Donald "Richard Stark" Westlake's ninth Parker novel, The Rare Coin Score, was published by Allison & Busby in 1988.

DORIS: Come on, men…up and at 'em…come on, boys…egg time! Come on, lazybones—we've got deliveries to make!

A dozen years before his presumed death in a plane accident; a decade before he created celebrated cult TV spy series The Sandbaggers (1978–1980); five ...

... first of Brunner's The Wrong End of Time (Eyre Methuen, 1975), and a US first of A. E. van Vogt's Rogue Ship (Doubleday, 1965), jacket by Peter Rauch.

In Cape Fear (previously The Executioners), MacDonald does not waste time in yanking the reader straightaway into the heart of his story, into the lives of ...

... the Mayor's aide deduces that the electrician (actually an undercover cop) has probably recognized him…so Fallon suggests Jackson take some time off to ...

After a week's hiatus, we're back with another installment of Serial Saturdays…and if you were with us last time on Big Gubmint Agents vs.

“Of course, they're all raving mad, you know,” are the final words uttered in Carry On… Up the Khyber (the observation is made by Peter Butterworth's ...

The second and final John Smith spy thriller, Foreign Exchange, was published by Triton in 1968 (and filmed for television in 1970, again with Robert Horton ...

READ MORE: “Too French and Too Deadly (Henry Kane, 1955),” by Jure P. (Alpha-60 Books).

... with another book review and a very special announcement about Mr. Price. I'll unveil that announcement in a short while, but first, let's take a look ...

There's a perceptive review of Flush as May over on the Записки реликтовой рыбы blog, detailing in an admirably clear-eyed fashion why the novel is really ...

And having reviewed Pelecanos's 2011 novel The Cut, I'm turning now to the second Pelecanos book to have been published in the past six months – in a rather ...

... brings the return of London kidnap consultant Charles Boxer (Capital Punishment, You Will Never Find Me), this time challenged by a case involving the ...

…but they sure look the same. To demonstrate how bored I became with this episode, I actually found myself counting the number of African-American couples ...

From the DVR: The Reluctant Dragon (1941)

2010 CMBA Award Winner: Best Film Review (Drama)

I think classic movie fans might enjoy The Last Tycoon; I think it evokes that filmmaking era almost as well as The Day of the Locust (1975), ...

Tim offered to swap this copy of The Outfit, which he got from Mr. Cooke himself, for the regular copy I'd already bought (and reviewed).

... contribution to The Stage to Screen Blogathon, currently underway from October 17-19 and hosted by Rachel's Theatre Reviews and The Rosebud Cinema.

Joyce, glancing at her watch, informs her nemesis that “it's about time for my latest scoop—you wanna hear it?” She switches on the radio in Walker's office ...

Emma observes that she got here just in the nick of time, and asks Buck where she can find the spare room—“Don't be ashamed to ask a friend to help you,” ...

Claims and conclusions aside, no one knows anything certain about her life before or after her adventures with two of the most infamous men of American ...

Despite being the main character, Whitman was second-billed to Maria Schell, who was the more popular star at the time (The Brothers Karamazov, The Hanging ...

But hold on! The train has been stopped by a landslide! Sacré! The next morning, the obligatory corpse is found, and Poirot comes to the conclusion that the ...

Over at the Radio Spirits blog this a.m., I was asked by the fine staff of the leading publisher and marketer of old-time radio programs to whip up a ...

This title is a major league misnomer. There's hate lurking around every corner in this book, but love rears its pretty head for only a few pages.

Yep, the first thing I said was: “Son of a gun, that's Betty Hutton”—surprised the heck out of me, because I thought by the time of this episode's airing ...

But Peanuts' services will be requested a second time; Augustine is wounded in a shoot-out during his apprehension by the authorities, and it would appear ...

Not the first time Sam has heard that, I'm sure, and of course he is powerless when Millie begs. Getting a look in his eye that Aunt Bee would surely be ...

…he's also been referenced on the show a time or two, but this is his first actual appearance (one of two—he later turns up in the episode “Goober, ...

While Doris is trapped with Singer, Ron takes the time to unload on Nick—calling him “stodgy” and “old-fashioned” in his management of the NOW magazine.

The October 26, 1959 issue of Time magazine proclaimed the 1959-60 TV season as “the year of the private eye” by featuring boob tube investigators Philip ...

The time period is the Gay Nineties, and in the small Western town of Brushwood Gulch, the locus of entertainment can be found in a saloon run by Mickey ...

... been reviewing over at Radio Spirits, and when he left the franchise after Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion (1945) his presence was solely missed.

Well, it's that time of the year again, when we all down tools, decamp to whichever godforsaken corner of the world we hail from (suburban south London in ...

Mary Elizabeth Jenkins, born in Waterloo, Maryland, was seventeen when she married John Surratt. In 1853, they purchased land near what is now Clinton, ...

This essay is Thrilling Days of Yesteryear's contribution to The William Wyler Blogathon, now underway at The Movie Projector from June 24-29.

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear: A Piece of Shat: Route 66 – “Build Your Houses with Their Backs to the Sea” (10/25/63) and The Fugitive – “Stranger in the ...

Goober shrugs indifferently, while Howard attempts to elicit some faux sympathy. But the two men have difficulty stifling grins while following Emmett out ...

Guest Review: John Ford's Cavalry Trilogy – Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950)

Classic TV Variety Show Blogathon: The Jerry Lewis Show

Mark Billingham's Thorne: Sleepyhead; A Review of the Novel and the Television Adaptation

He never finishes his sentence because by that time he's delivered a haymaker right into Goober's breadbasket, sending the dumbass to the floor.

I mentioned at the beginning of this review that Dobie Gillis was a unique sitcom because it looked at life through the eyes of a teenager—that and the snap ...

Well, we showed that bully where we stood this time—didn't we, Billy?

Existential Ennui: Elmore Leonard's City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit: British First Edition(s) (W. H. Allen, 1981 / Viking, 1987), Book Review

By the time of the coda, everything is sweetness and light in Mayberry again—Clara was very impressed with Millie's production, recognizing “showmanship” ...

Happy birthday, Gloria McMillan!

But today it's the turn of the second book in the series, 2002's Scaredy Cat, and the 2010 Sky TV series it inspired, i.e. Thorne: Scaredy Cat.

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1 by Robbie Morrison and Dave Taylor (Titan Comics, 2014): Comic Review

Pittsburgh's legendary Bill Cardille...who stopped being "Chilly Billy" in 1983. (A shame, because I didn't move to Morgantown, which was in Channel 11's ...

Hodges would later do work for Disney (Summer Magic, The Happiest Millionaire) but you might also remember him for his brief career as a recording artist ...

The oldest, Billy, is played by Philip Brown—who mentions in an interview on MPI's first season set of The Doris Day Show that he was ...

Delevan is counting on an inheritance from his late stepfather to obtain the needed $10,000 for the investment—sadly, life is a funny old dog, ...

Back from the commercial, Judson is still among the living…and he's walking the property with his water wand extended (stop that snickering) until the stick ...

2010: A Review of the Year in Books and Comics; 2. A Bloody Great List

At the same time Malone is trying to distance herself from the comic book business, Dean is hired by her boss (a hilarious performance from M&L regular ...

Chess, Comics, Crosswords, Books, Music, Cinema: Richie Rich, 1994, and The Parent Trap, 1998

The abbreviated first season (fifteen episodes) of CPO Sharkey is scheduled to be released in a three-disc collection from Time-Life on May 19th, ...

I almost skipped Monsieur Gallet after reading Scott Bradfield's opinion in his NYT Sunday Book Review piece, The Case of Georges Simenon, that the earlier ...

*Stolen from World O'Crap.

FFB: A Man Called Spade by Dashiell Hammett

…you know—now would be a good time for a commercial break courtesy of Ralston-Purina.

Earl Staggs earned all Five Star reviews for his novels MEMORY OF A MURDER and JUSTIFIEDACTION and has twice received a Derringer Award for Best Short Story ...

And at an even earlier time, the late author Penelope Fitzgerald, who lived for a time in Southwold, worked in a bookshop there, basing her second novel in ...

Spivak reissued the complete collection under a new title in another digest, Mercury Mystery No. 131 in 1949, this time called They Can Only Hang You Once.

This is Satan (Richard Devon). Try to hide your disappointment.

Existential Ennui: Simon Harvester's Dorian Silk Spy Novel Series: Unsung Road (Jarrolds, 1960)

The oleaginous Edward Andrews plays crooked manager Weyerhause...but his fellow sleazebag (wearing the hat) is none other than George Cisar, ...

Guest Review: Warner Bros. Night at the Movies – The Sea Hawk (1940)

So here's a close-up of the two men in the office. I know what you're thinking: “I've seen these two guys before!” Actors Herbie Faye (Corporal Fender on ...

The set-up is this: with Superman off traipsing across America in J. Michael Straczyknski's Superman #701 (and disappointingly weepy that was too), ...

A US first edition hardback of The Dame by Richard Stark/Donald Westlake, published by The Macmillan Company in 1969 as part of their Cock Robin Mystery ...

Here at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, I've joked in the past about a creation of mine I call The Blind Squirrel Theory of Film™; it states that no matter ...

The preface is essentially Maugham's thoughts on fact versus fiction and the vogue for fiction – still prevalent – which attempts to replicate the " ...

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear: Mayberry Mondays #27: “Andy's Baby” (09/22/69, prod. no. 0205)

a base which in 1976, appropriately enough given our Cold War context, was turned into a secret nuclear bunker. First editions of the later novels are ...

It's still one of Hollywood 's most intriguing mysteries: on December 14, 1935 , a vivacious, popular actress named Thelma Todd leaves a party and days ...

Eater on Scribd

It's all deliciously, delightfully evil, and Olman posted a pithy review of it a couple of years ago (and there's a longer one by Cory Pung here which is ...

... partly because reviews of Rabe's books seem to be few and far between online, and partly because, well, I read it quite recently. Which is, I suppose, ...

Something I was chuffed to see was that my review of #1 has been excerpted on the back cover of #2, although that particular bit of my review does make me ...

This British paperback edition of Donald "Richard Stark" Westlake's ninth Parker novel, The Rare Coin Score, was published by Allison & Busby in 1988.

DORIS: Come on, men…up and at 'em…come on, boys…egg time! Come on, lazybones—we've got deliveries to make!

A dozen years before his presumed death in a plane accident; a decade before he created celebrated cult TV spy series The Sandbaggers (1978–1980); five ...

... first of Brunner's The Wrong End of Time (Eyre Methuen, 1975), and a US first of A. E. van Vogt's Rogue Ship (Doubleday, 1965), jacket by Peter Rauch.

In Cape Fear (previously The Executioners), MacDonald does not waste time in yanking the reader straightaway into the heart of his story, into the lives of ...

... brings the return of London kidnap consultant Charles Boxer (Capital Punishment, You Will Never Find Me), this time challenged by a case involving the ...

After a week's hiatus, we're back with another installment of Serial Saturdays…and if you were with us last time on Big Gubmint Agents vs.

“Of course, they're all raving mad, you know,” are the final words uttered in Carry On… Up the Khyber (the observation is made by Peter Butterworth's ...

The second and final John Smith spy thriller, Foreign Exchange, was published by Triton in 1968 (and filmed for television in 1970, again with Robert Horton ...

... the Mayor's aide deduces that the electrician (actually an undercover cop) has probably recognized him…so Fallon suggests Jackson take some time off to ...

... with another book review and a very special announcement about Mr. Price. I'll unveil that announcement in a short while, but first, let's take a look ...

READ MORE: “Too French and Too Deadly (Henry Kane, 1955),” by Jure P. (Alpha-60 Books).

There's a perceptive review of Flush as May over on the Записки реликтовой рыбы blog, detailing in an admirably clear-eyed fashion why the novel is really ...

And having reviewed Pelecanos's 2011 novel The Cut, I'm turning now to the second Pelecanos book to have been published in the past six months – in a rather ...

... one on Jack the Ripper, one about the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, and one about Lizzie Borden. My thanks to Mr. David Laurence Wilson for turning ...

Tim offered to swap this copy of The Outfit, which he got from Mr. Cooke himself, for the regular copy I'd already bought (and reviewed).

Do you remember reading any of these comics? What are your memories of early comic-books?

Simon Harvester Bibliography

My Blood Runs Cold (1965) – I've only seen two of William Conrad's three theatrical features released in 1965 (this one and Brainstorm), but why I like ...

Besides Bisset, women figure in the film professionally as nurses and stewardesses--nary a policewoman is seen, even one who does nothing more than, say, ...

A hardback first edition of Geoffrey Household's Dance of the Dwarfs, published by Michael Joseph in 1968. One of Household's scarcest books in first, ...

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I don't want people to get the idea that I spent a lot of time chatting with the principal when I matriculated at Ravenswood Penitentiary…but it would not ...

I've wrestled with this for the past several days, and I've decided to retire “Coming Distractions.” I gave serious consideration to hanging it up ...

Existential Ennui: The Great Tom Ripley Reread, 2: Ripley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith (Heinemann Uncorrected Proof, 1971)

I got the impression that Hemingway might have written them on an impulse, perhaps for want of anything better to do, as poetry is often written.

It's one of the greatest works in the history of world literature: the epic poem penned by the Italian bard Dante Alighieri that offers up visions of Hell, ...

Anyway, it's time to look at the comics I'll be getting, or might be getting, or even won't be getting, this week! And I will almost certainly definitely ...

2010 CMBA Award Winner: Best Film Review (Drama)

Yes, it's our old pal John Litel…and for those of you visiting this blog for the first time, let me state for the record that you can make some easy money ...

She agrees...they spend the night in bed together, but it is purposefully left vague whether they engaged in actual sexual activity at any time during the ...

... as how Hitchcock was inspired in the first place to make Psycho after the success of Bill's and Roger Corman's films I've done a complete one-eighty.)