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The Mad Movie Challenge ............ The Scarlet Empress (1934)

Madness ….. Mayhem …. and Marlene.

Time for the monthly mad movie challenge with Kristina over at Speakeasy. She’s assigned me to watch one of the Marlene Dietrich/Josef von Sternberg efforts that borders on outright horror prompting one to almost expect Karloff and Rathbone to show up in their Tower of London regalia. 985 more words

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The Pearl of Death (1944)

After the rousing success of The Scarlet Claw, could Universal’s Holmes and Watson series continue at the same fever pitch? Well, no, not quite, but this breezy thriller, kicking off the next trio of Holmesian adventures for Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, remains none the less extremely entertaining. 1,020 more words

Tuesday's Overlooked Film

The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Madrid–when the Spanish Empire encompassed the globe and young blades were taught the fine and fashionable art of killing…

The mythology of Zorro most certainly starts with the swashbuckling silents of Douglas Fairbanks, but the character’s legacy would be carried forward into the 1940s. 511 more words

Long Review

Above Suspicion-For the Joan Crawford Blogathon

Above Suspicion, the 1943 film, was a nice surprise to me when I watched it a couple years ago.  I saw it on my TCM schedule, saw that the cast wasn’t shabby: Fred MacMurray, Joan Crawford, Conrad Veidt, Basil Rathbone, Reginald Owen, Felix Bressart.   575 more words


Basil's Citrine Ring

Hat tip to a fan named Rani, who told me about a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow on PBS. On this episode, which aired June 27, 2016, Berj Zavian (from Cluster Jewelry in New York) appraised a ring with yellow diamonds, rubies, and a large citrine. 315 more words

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Ages of Sherlock & SHERLOCK Season 4 Trailer

It is going on a year now that I have been doing “The Sherlock Conversations” and I have loved every minute of it! Now, if I may say, one of the reasons I have done the site is to show there is more to the “Sherlock Holmes zeitgeist” than Benedict Cumberbatch. 177 more words

Heat Wave

We’re having a heat wave,
A tropical heat wave,
The temperature’s rising,
It isn’t surprising,
I’m sweating like a … no, no. That isn’t right. 115 more words

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