Saturday, November 1, 2008
Case Crime Charles Ardai....hard case crime are small publishing house in New york that specializes in those classic pulp fictions with the racey covers from the 40's through to the 60's and the are constantly adding books by new artists.....I've got some letters to Kooper to read to you...a look at the Jerry Lewis tour of Australia and the world of swank with a look at a special charm and deportment school coming up which is run by the charming Darling sisters.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Author John Whitlatch is an absolute enigma. I’m sure there is somebody out there in the mystery genre who is familiar with Whitlatch, but they aren’t talking. All of the regular genre resources and personalities simply shrug their shoulders and admit to their mystification at the lack of information.
Between 1969 and 1976, Whitlatch ground out 11 novels published by Pocket Books, each filled with pulp-style action. While The Judas Goat was a WWII, Dirty Dozen style action thriller, and The Iron Shirt was a traditional western, his other novels all fell into the crime and adventure genre – most often with one lone man going up against everything from motorcycle gangs, to political conspiracies, to corrupt, third world, government regimes.
Whitlatch’s titles were somewhat generic (Cory’s Losers, Frank T’s Plan, Stunt Man’s Holiday, etc.), but the lurid paperback original covers made each title immediately collectible. Blazing primary colors set off action illlustrations torn from the Men’s Adventure magazines of the day. And while Witlatch was a more than competent, if straighforward, writer, it would be my guess the covers were the reason the books were repeatedly reprinted.
TO VIEW A COVER GALLERY VIA THE MYSTERY FILE CLICK HERE
Usually, this little information about an author would indicate the use of a house owned pseudonym, with a number of authors penning the tales. However, this doesn’t appear to be the case with Whitlatch. First, I’ve read all eleven novels and each is has the same distinctive tempo and sentence structure.
Secondly, about twenty years or more ago, I tried tracking Whitlatch through his publisher. I was put in touch with Whitlatch’s agent who informed me Whitlatch was deceased. He did, however, provide me with a contact number for his family, warning me they would probably not want to be interviewed.
I actually made contact with (I believe) Witlatch’s sister in Arizona, but while polite, she refused to impart any information. A strange situation, especially when coupled with a tid-bit from mystery historian Al Hubin noting there have been no copyright renewals on Whitlatch’s titles – was Whitlatch or his work an embarrassment to his family? The work certainly shouldn’t have been.
My introduction to Whitlatch came through his second published title, Morgan’s Rebellion. This was a great adventure tale with our California hero being falsely imprisoned in Central America and having to overthrow the corrupt regime in order to get his life back and revenge on his wife and business partner.
Prison made a man of Morgan. And the man became a legend.
Jamey Morgan – a quiet California citizen – was arrestd on a business trip to Central America. Accused of aiding a revolution he knew nothing about, Morgan was deprived of all diplomatic rights, branded an international renegade, and sentenced to hard labor.
And so, the only way he could return to the United States was to overthrow the government that imprisoned him. He made the revolution his own.
After escaping fromprison, Morgan fled into the hills and joined the rebel forces.
An experienced bowman, he trained and organized an extrodinary guerrilla troop – Los Arqueros, the Archers – fifty rugged men on horseback, armed with bows and explosive arrows.
The exploits of this daring commando unit hhelp bring a ruthless dictatorship to its knees – and brough fame, love, and fortune to Captain Jamey Morgan.
This was great stuff! Morgan was a cool character with his archery background and his righteous American indignation. Whitlatch is hardly politically correct and he wears the male chauvinist lable proudly – definitely a product of his time.
Morgan eventually returns in a late Whitlatch novel, Morgan’s Assassin:
A squad of mean, smart killers was out to bring the nation to its knees. Only one man was tough enough to stop them –El Arquero!
The history books said bows and arrows had gone out years ago. But nobody has told Jamey Morgan. Armed only with his great longbow, he had led a revolution freeing a Central American nation from tyranny. His men were all arqueros, or archers, but he was the only one called “El Arcquero.”
Now back in the States, Morgan received another call for help – from the F.B.I. This time it was to foil an assassination attempt everyone else seemed powerless to stop. But then he discovered he was next on the assassin’s list!
It was kill or be killed – and as Morgan stalked his man, he discovered he was up against the most diabolical political fonspiracy America had ever seen. To defeat it, the arqueros would have to march again…
Both Morgan novels and Whitlatch’s two novels featuring his only other reoccurring character, Frank Gannon (Gannon’s Vendetta, Gannon’s Line), are fine examples of Whitlatch’s storytelling – but in the end, it is still the covers that standout as special.
If anyone out there has more information on Whitlatch, I’d enjoy hearing from you.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
THE LARRY MILLS ORCHESTRA :
VINTAGE CLASSIC SERIES
FOR ANYONE WHO LOVED JAMES ELLROY’S LA CONFIDENTIAL, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES IS CURRENTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF A SSEVN PART SERIES ON THE LA GANGSTER SQUAD, WHICH OPERATED DURING THE ‘40s AND ‘50s. GREAT WRITING BY PAUL LIEBERMAN AND GREAT PHOTOS . . .
TO CHECK OUT PART ONE CLICK HERE
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Jeri Westerson's debut novel, Veil of Lies: A Medieval Noir, hits the bookstores today. A nice twist on the hystorical mystery . . .
Crispin Guest is a disgraced knight, stripped of his rank and his honor - but left with his life - for plotting against Richard II. Having lost his bethrothed, his friends, his patrons and his position in society. With no trade to support him and no family willing to acknowledge him, Crispin has turned to the one thing he still has - his wits - to scrape a living together on the mean streets of London.
TO FIND OUT MORE CLICK HERE
Monday, October 27, 2008
CASABLANCA THE MOVIE PLAY
CASABLANCA THE RADIO PLAY
as heard on "THE SCREENGUILD PLAYERS"
CBS RADIO (Sponsored by Lady Esther)
April 26, 1943
CASBAH THE RADIO PLAY
Complete as heard on "SCREEN DIRECTOR'S PLAYHOUSE"
NBC RADIO (Sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer)
July 22, 1949
LUX RADIO THEATRE : THE THIRD MAN
1- McQueen's break came via Sammy Davis, Jr.'s slip-upBy 1959, McQueen was fast on his way to becoming a Hollywood nonentity. Despite his promising start on Broadway, the Indiana-native squandered his talent in films like The Blob, in which he shared the screen with an omnivorous lump of jelly. That's when serendipity finally kicked in.
"I'm getting old," he declared in 2002, "but I still like to write."
Anne Hillerman said Sunday that her father was a born storyteller.
"He had such a wonderful, wonderful curiosity about the world," she said. "He could take little details and bring them to life, not just in his books, but in conversation, too."