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HORROR - SCIENCE FICTION
HORROR - SCI FI: Annex
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MYSTERIES: Alfred Hitchcock
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TRANSPORTATION IN THE MOVIES: Aviation
VINCENT PRICE
VINCENT PRICE: Connoisseur
WHAT'S MY LINE?
THE WHISTLER
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
     Maven loves mysteries so much that she has a print of Sherlock Holmes giving the boot to Philo Vance (in the guise of William Powell) with an Ogden Nash poem:
 
       Philo Vance
       Needs a kick in the pants.

Not to mention the radio version of an early television
 
and
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Click on the Links below to listen to free radio goodies at http://www.radiolovers.com/pages/mysteries.html:


•  Beyond Midnight
•  Bulldog Drummond
•  Cabin B-13
•  Candy Matson
•  Danger Dr. Danfield
•  A Man Called X
•  Barry Craig Confidential Investigator
•  Blackstone the Magic Detective
•  Call the Police
•  Calling All Detectives
•  Casey Crime Photographer
•  Chandu the Magician
•  Charlie Chan
•  Cloak and Dagger
•  Crime Classics
•  Crime Club
•  Crime Doctor
•  Crime on the waterfront
•  Deadline Mystery
•  Defense Attorney
•  Ellery Queen
•  Fear on Four
•  Haunted Hour
•  Haunted Tales of the Supernatural
•  Hidden Truth
•  House of Mystery
•  Jeff Regan, Investigator
•  Magic Island
•  Majestic Master of Mystery
•  Manhattan at Midnight
•  Philip Marlowe, Adventures of
•  Police Headquarters
•  Richard Diamond Police Detective
•  Sealed Book
•  Unexpected, The
•  Unsolved Mysteries
•  Voyage of the Scarlet Queen
•  World Adventure Club

The Sleeping Cardinal (1931)
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With Arthur Wontner as Sherlock Holmes

NEW TO THE OLD MOVIE MAVEN SITE!

 

     Maven has come across an old - 1931 - Sherlock Holmes movie called The Sleeping Cardinal* with Arthur Wonter as the world's best-known detective.      

     There is more to The Sleeping Cardinal's history, including four more movies that it inspired, and only a click away!

 

The Sleeping Cardinal (1931) - Sherlock Holmes in a story culled from "The Final Four" and "The Empty House":

http://www.archive.org/details/SherlockHolmes-SleepingCardinal

 

The Missing Rembrandt (1932, aka Sherlock and the Missing Rembrandt, considered lost).

 

The Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case (1932) - A woman is menaced and need Holmes help but . . . she is kidnapped:

http://www.archive.org/details/The_Sign_OF_Four or

http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi1504970009/ (this one has "limited" commercial breaks.)

The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935) - A mysterious murder brings Holmes and Watson out of retirement that pits them against Professor Moriarty over the lives of coalminers:  http://www.archive.org/details/The_Triumph_of_Sherlock_Holmes

Murder at the Baskervilles (1937, aka Silver Blaze) - Holmes visits Sir Henry Baskerville and - SURPRISE! - finds the game afoot for murder:  http://www.archive.org/details/Murder_At_The_Baskervilles

 

*NOTE:  The Sleeping Cardinal was released about the same time that Raymond Massey's The Speckled Band (http://www.archive.org/details/SpeckledBand or http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/the-speckled-band-1931/.

Earl Carroll's Vanites
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With the Least-Costumed Chorus on Broadway!

MURDER AT THE VANITIES (1934)
 
     Murder at the Vanities is a great movie that combines two genres in one . . . murder mysteries and musicals!
     It has a musical number about marijuana on
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCoj855Vdo8 with Gerturde Michael as the nasty Rita Ross with music from no less than regal musician, Duke Ellington, and his orchestra.
     It's a "stand alone" mystery, as opposed to the Sherlock Holmes/Charlie Chan series types . . . and a very good one, too.  It's a great whodunit in that you may not guess who the villian turns out to be!
     Maven wouldn't have been surprised the first time she saw it to find out that Earl Carroll did it!  He's the Broadway Empresario who named his theatre (the Earl Carroll Theatre) and productions (Earl Carroll's Vanites) after himself.
     Carroll is absent from Murder at the Vanities but Jack Oakie's Jack Ellery keep bringing the Boss's name up one way or another throughout the movie.
     Victor McLaglen is the policeman, Lt. Bill Murdock, called in by Oakie when a woman is found dead in the catwalks above the stage. . . .  McLaglen's cop frequently looses track of his job with all the chorus girls running around, which is no surprise because Carroll's shows had a reputation for being the "troubador of nudity" with all the least-costumed girls on Broadway.
     Of course, these days you see females wearing as little on city streets so Carroll's girls would be hard pressed to stand out!
     www.imdb.com has a synopis for Murder at the Vanities at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025529/plotsummary and the entire cast, which includes Kitty Carlisle in her first movie, at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025529/fullcredits#cast.
     Want goofs (okay, one!) and trivia on this great movie?  Then go to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025529/goofs and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025529/trivia.
 

      An interesting view for mystery lovers is Ken Hanke's review "Who Killed the Whodunit" at http://www.mountainx.com/movies/screening_room/2008/032808crankyhanke
     Plus extra credit reading:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

+You might also want to check out these pages:
Retrovision not only lists lots of interesting movies of
various genres but covers decades of movies. 
Definitely worth checking out.
 
 
http://www.badmovies.org/ - You can find lots of B flicks at this site plus their reviews AND quotes, bloopers and pictures, not to mention input from fellow B movie lovers!
 
http://www.radiationcinema.com/search/label/Thing%20From%20Another%20World - The link to this site goes to their review of The Thing from Outer Space (1951), complete with pictures. . . .  What's not to love with pictures that include a great shot of James Arness as the Thing?!
 
http://www.badmovieplanet.com/unknownmovies/genfiles.html - This is an interesting website with reviews of movie genres from action to science fiction (plus "UNCLASSIFIABLE & OTHER GENRES" like The Wild World of Batwoman!] but no pictures.  Darn.