Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sanction To Slaughter by Jack Garside

Nick Carter Rips Through A Nest Of Spies
To Hunt A Ruthless Assassin!


Killmaster  #250
Canada is split into two hostile camps. Quebec's left-wing separatists are threatening the prime minister with a bloody secession from the Canadian state. The political scene explodes into an inferno when separatist leader Giles Parisant is cut down by an assassin bullet. The Mounties number one suspect is the prime minister's son. Only one man can pull the nation from the brink of civil war, Nick Carter. Racing against a deadline where one  mistake spells failure, Nick works around the clock to sniff out Parisant's killer, a demonically manipulator who's dug in so deep only Agent N3 can smell his special sent of evil.

Printing History
Written by Jack Garside (1924- )

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 10034
June 1989

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Kiss Of Death (1947)

Story revolves around a former robber played by Victor Mature and the ruthless, 
violent Tommy Udo, played by Richard Widmark


  Narrated by Nettie. On Christmas Eve, down-on-his-luck Nick Bianco, an ex-convict, and his three cohorts rob a jewelry store located on an upper floor of a New York skyscraper. Before they can exit the building, however, the proprietor sets off his alarm. While attempting to escape, Nick assaults a policeman, but is wounded in the leg and arrested. The Assistant DA tries to persuade Nick to name his accomplices in exchange for a light sentence. Confident that his lawyer and cohorts will look after his wife and two young daughters while he is incarcerated, Nick refuses and is given a twenty-year sentence. Three years later, at Sing Sing Prison, He learns that his wife has committed suicide, and his daughters have been sent to an orphanage. He later finds her obituary in the newspaper and learns his wife had been worried over financial issues prior to her death Nick is visited in prison by Nettie , a young woman who used to babysit his girls. Nettie reluctantly tells Nick that his wife had an affair with Pete Rizzo, one of his accomplices. Nick then decides to tell all to the Assistant DA. Because so much time has elapsed,  he cannot use Nick's information to reduce his sentence, but instead makes a deal that if Nick helps the police on another case, he will be paroled.


Cast
Victor Mature as Nick Bianco
Brian Donlevy as Assistant District Attorney Louis D'Angelo
Coleen Gray as Nettie
Mildred Dunnock as Mrs. Rizzo
Richard Widmark as Tommy Udo
Taylor Holmes as Earl Howser, Attorney
Howard Smith as Warden
Karl Malden as Sergeant William Cullen
Anthony Ross as Big Eddie Williams
Millard Mitchell as Detective Shelby
J. Scott Smart as Skeets
 
Directed by
 Henry Hathaway

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Darling You're Doomed (Revised) by Carter Brown

1956 Horwitz Edition


Joe Carslake is in the town of Linmouth to visit a pal of his named Godfrey for a quiet weekend in the country. All is going well except the two murders and the ulcer. His weekend started with the girl at the gas station in the bikini. It further developed into a double cross with his buddy Godfrey, whose idea of fun was to twist Joe's arm and break it. The weekend further developed with a girl named Lucille who did not know the finer things in life and thought Joe was the guy to put the love into her, but her father disagreed. The weekend really could have been happening if the frustrated brunette by the name of Jennifer made sure it did not happen. Joe did not mind the corpses, up until the police lieutenant thought he was responsible for them. And Joe did not mind the gangsters until they started minding him. It all started with a real estate deal. It was real alright, but the only estate he was likely to wind up in was a six foot plot. 

Cover by Moira Bertram

Printing History
Written by Alan G Yates (1923-1985)

Horwitz Publications, Inc
Numbered  Series #34 1956
Collector's Series Vol 1 No 27 July 1959

Bonus Cover
 Finland 1969


Note
This title was originally published on Feb 12, 2011

Monday, July 28, 2014

2014 USA Fiction Challenge: Louisiana

The next stop on the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge is the state of Louisiana.

 Presenting
New Orleans Mourning
by Julie Smith


When the smiling King of Carnival is killed at Mardi Gras, policewoman Skip Langdon is on the case. She knows the upper-crust family of the victim and that it hides more than its share of glittering skeletons. .......
 


It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and civic leader and socialite Chauncy St. Amant has been crowned Rex, King of Carnival. But his day of glory comes to an abrupt and bloody end when a parade-goer dressed as Dolly Parton guns him down. Is the killer his aimless, promiscuous daughter Marcelle? Homosexual, mistreated son Henry? Helpless, alcoholic wife Bitty? Or some unknown player? Turns out the king had enemies...

Enter resourceful heroine Skip Langdon, a rookie police officer and former debutante turned cynic of the Uptown crowd. Scouring the streets for clues, interviewing revelers and street people with names like Jo Jo, Hinky, and Cookie, and using her white glove contacts, the post-deb rebel cop encounters a tangled web of brooding clues and ancient secrets that could mean danger for her, and doom for the St. Amants.

 Printing History 
Written by Julie Smith (1944- )

St. Martin's Press
February 1990
ISBN 312 03892
   

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

The Man Who Knew Too Much



Bob and Jill Lawrence are a British couple on vacation in Switzerland, with their daughter Betty, where the wife Jill is participating in a clay pigeon shooting contest. They befriend a foreigner, Louis Bernard, who is staying in their very hotel. One evening, as Jill is dancing, she witnesses the foreigner being killed. Before dying, he passes onto them some vital information to be delivered to the British consul. To ensure their silence, the assassins, led by a Mr Abbott , kidnap the Lawrences' daughter. Unable to seek help from the police, the couple return to England After following a series of leads, they discover that the group intends to assassinate the head of state of an unidentified European country during a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The wife, Jill attends the concert and distracts the gunman with a scream.

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock

Written by 
Charles Bennett and D. B. Wyndham-Lewis

Cast
Leslie Banks as Bob
Edna Best as Jill
Peter Lorre as Abbott
Frank Vosper as Ramon
Hugh Wakefield as Clive
Nova Pilbeam as Betty Lawrence
Pierre Fresnay as Louis
Cicely Oates as Nurse Agnes
B. A. Clarke Smith as Binstead
George Curzon as Gibson

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Valley Of The Dragon (1961)

A comet transports two enemies to a jungle on the moon.

In 1881, two men, Michael Denning, an American soldier, and Hector Servadac, a French aristocrat, are about to have a duel over a woman that they both are infatuated with. However, just as the two men are about to shoot at each other, a comet strikes the Earth and the gravitational pull draws in the two men. Michael and Hector soon deduce that this comet has been periodically landing on Earth and gathering people and animals from various eras in time, including people and dinosaurs. The two men then decide to put their differences aside and fight for survival as well as help make peace between two warring tribes of cavemen. 

Directed by
Edward Bernds

Based on the novel by 
Jules Verne

Cast
Cesare Danova as Hector Servadac
 Sean McClory as Michael Denning
  Joan Staley as Deena
Danielle De Metz as Nateeta

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mission Impossible (1988 Season)

Your Mission,
Should You Decide To Accept It


Peter Graves is back to reprise his roll as Jim Phelps. The brilliant leader of the Impossible Mission Force. This time around he is back with four new team members.

Cast
Peter Graves as Jim Phelps
Thaao Penghlis as Nicholas Black
Antony Hamilton as Max Harte
Phil Morris as Grant Collier
Terry Markwell as Casey Randall
Jane Badler as Shannon Reed 
Bob Johnson as Voice on Disc (voice only)

Created by Bruce Geller (1930-1978)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Saint (1962-1969)

The exploits of a charming, modern-day Robin Hood.


Centered on the Leslie Charteris literary character Simon Templar, played by Roger Moore as a suave and sophisticated Robin Hood-like adventurer. Many episodes were based upon Charteris's stories, although a higher percentage of original scripts appeared as the series progressed. The novel Vendetta for the Saint, credited to Charteris but written by Harry Harrison, was one of the last Saint stories to be adapted. Some of the later scripts were novelized and published as part of the ongoing series of The Saint novels. The first of these books, which gave cover credit to Charteris, but were actually written by others. The series of novelisations continued for several years after the series had ended.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Middle East Massacre by Jack Canon

Nick Carter Battles A Death Squad Of Terrorists!


Killmaster #249
Terrorism is the name of this deadly game, and all the players are professionals. There's the sexy spy who travels in the fast lane of London's society. And the financial terrorists who are only too glad to kill for their cause. A squad of crack commandos Israel's best. And Nick Carter is America's only entry in this high-stakes shoot out. With Arab missiles pointing at Haifa and Tel Aviv, millions of lives are in jeopardy, it's a race against time for Nick, a race that he can't afford to lose!

Printing History
Written by Jack Canon

Berkley Publishing Group
Jove Books
Published by arrangement with The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
ISBN 515 10014
May 1989

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

And then There Were None (1945)

René Clair's 1945 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's best-selling mystery


Eight people, all total strangers to each other, are invited to small, isolated Indian Island off the coast of England, by Mr. and Mrs. Owen. They settle in at a mansion tended by two newly hired servants, Thomas and Ethel Rogers, but their hosts are absent. When the guests sit down to dinner, they notice the centerpiece, ten figurines of Indians in a circle. Afterward, Thomas puts on a gramophone record, from which a voice accuses them all of murder:
  • General Sir John Mandrake (played by C. Aubrey Smith), of ordering his wife's lover, a lieutenant, to his death
  • Emily Brent (Judith Anderson), of the death of her young nephew
  • Dr. Edward G. Armstrong (Walter Huston), of drunkenness which resulted in a patient dying
  • Prince Nikita Starloff (Mischa Auer), of killing a couple
  • Vera Claythorne (June Duprez), of murdering her sister's fiance
  • Judge Francis J. Quinncannon (Barry Fitzgerald), of being responsible for the hanging of an innocent man (Edward Seton, guilty, in the novel)
  • Philip Lombard (Louis Hayward), of killing 21 East African tribesmen
  • William H. Blore (Roland Young), of perjury, resulting in an innocent man's death
  • Thomas (Richard Haydn) and Ethel Rogers (Queenie Leonard), of the demise of their previous employer, an invalid.
It turns out that none of the ten knows or has even seen "U. N. Owen," as he signed his instructions to Thomas; they suddenly realize it stands for "unknown." The guests decide to leave, but Thomas informs them that the boat will not return until Monday, and it is only Friday.

Remakes
as Ten Little Indians (1965), Ten Little Indians (1974), Desyat Negrityat (1987)
 and Ten Little Indians (1989)