Jul 282014
The next stop on the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge is the state of Louisiana.

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

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

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Jul 272014
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

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

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Valley Of The Dragon (1961)

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Jul 262014
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

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

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Mission Impossible (1988 Season)

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Jul 252014
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.

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)
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The Saint (1962-1969)

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Jul 242014
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.
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Jul 232014
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
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And then There Were None (1945)

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Jul 222014
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.

as Ten Little Indians (1965), Ten Little Indians (1974), Desyat Negrityat (1987)
 and Ten Little Indians (1989)
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Jul 212014
The next stop on the 2014 USA Fiction Challenge is the state of Kentucky.

Uncle Tom's Cabin


Margarita Fischer - Eliza
James B. Lowe - Uncle Tom
Arthur Edmund Carewe - George Harris
George Siegmann - Simon Legree
Eulalie Jensen - Cassie
Mona Ray - Topsy
Virginia Grey - Eva St. Clare
Lassie Lou Ahern - Little Harry
Lucien Littlefield - Lawyer Marks
Jack Mower - Mr. Shelby
Vivien Oakland - Mrs. Shelby

Avery Brooks as Uncle Tom
 Phylicia Rashad as Eliza
 Edward Woodward as Simon Legree
,Jenny Lewis as Evangeline 'Little Eva' St. Claire
Samuel L. Jackson as George
Endyia Kinney as Topsy 
Kate Burton as Ophelia
Augustine St. Claire
Mr. Shelby
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

First appeared as a 40-week serial in The National Era
an abolitionist periodical, starting on June 5, 1851

Six full-page illustrations by Hammatt Billings engraved for the first printing. 
Published in book form on March 20, 1852

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The Rockford Files (1974-1980)

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Jul 202014
James Garner (1928-2014) portrays Los Angeles-based private investigator Jim Rockford

In the 1970s, Roy Huggins had an idea to remake Maverick, but this time as a modern-day private detective. Huggins teamed with co-creator Stephen J. Cannell, and the pair tapped Garner to attempt to rekindle the success of Maverick, eventually recycling many of the plots from the original series. Starting with the 1974 season, Garner appeared as private investigator Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files. He appeared for six seasons, for which he received an Emmy Award for Best Actor in 1977.

In Remembrance Of
James Scott Bumgarner (April 7, 1928 to July 19, 2014)

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Day of the Dolls #7

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Jul 192014
Today is the final day of Day of the Dolls. All this week I have highlighted each day one or two noir titles from the late 1940's to the early 1960's. 

Dead Dolls Don't Talk
by Day Keene

He figured her for just another one night stand...until he found her still there in the morning - murdered.

A juror who learns the hard way what it means to find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Hours after returning a verdict of “guilty” in a murder case, Doc Hart wakes up next to the condemned man’s wife…dead wife. On the run and wanted for murder, Hart’s only friend is Gerta, the young woman from his shop whose affections he turned down in the past. Together, the two of them head to Mexico to unravel an increasingly complicated scheme that looks harder and harder to prove.

Printing History
Written by Gunnar Hjerstedt, (1904-1969)

Crest Books

Stark House Press
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