Conduct Unbecoming (1975) – Tuesday’s Overlooked Film

England-Conduct-Unbecoming_heinemannThis highly unusual military drama is set in 1880s India and stars Stacy Keach, Richard Attenborough and Christopher Plummer with Susannah York as the widow of a regimental hero who accuses an unpopular new recruit of assault. Michael York is the unlucky lieutenant tasked by his senior officers with ‘defending’ the accused, and their ‘honour,’ at a court-martial. But is the outcome a foregone conclusion?

The following review is offered for Katie’s 2014 Book to Movie Challenge at Doing Dewey (for links, click here); Bev’s 2014 Silver Age Vintage Mystery Challenge bingo; and Todd Mason’s Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme at his fab Sweet Freedom blog.

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EXPO 58 by Jonathan Coe

Coe-Expo_58Jonathan Coe is one of my favourite authors, a witty and wise chronicler of British mores, foibles and eccentricities who, in terms of book sales, is apparently appreciated even more on the Continent than he is at home – but isn’t that always the way with satirists who hit too close to home? This seems especially relevant here as this is one of those books about an Englishman abroad, a typically clever and beguiling mixture of character, thrills, comedy and movies …

“Your man?” said Thomas, his eyes slowly coming back into focus.
“Our man, yes. Our man in Brussels”

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SO LONG AS YOU BOTH SHALL LIVE (1976) by Ed McBain

McBain-So-Long-As-You-Both-Shall-Live-signetThe 87th Precinct series, after the intimate highlight of Blood Relatives, reaches back to its past for a much more expansive story centered around the wedding of Bert Kling, whose bad luck when it comes to love sadly continues. This novel later adapted into No Time to Die, probably the most maligned  episode of my favourite American detective show, Columbo.

I submit this review for Katie’s 2014 Book to Movie Challenge at Doing Dewey (for review links, click here); Bev’s 2014 Silver Age Vintage Mystery Challenge; and Todd Mason’sTuesday’s Overlooked Film meme at Sweet Freedom.

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FEAR (1940) by L. Ron Hubbard

Hubbard-Fear-nepWell, I didn’t think I’d ever review a book by L. Ron Hubbard here at Fedora! But this early tale of suspense and horror was written well before the author made his fortune by creating sci-fi religions, and has had some great reviews. Plus it deals with both amnesia (and I’m a sucker for this particular plot device) and superstition in the modern world, which ever since I read Fritz Leiber’s sublime Conjure Wife has always intrigued me. So, here goes. One day college professor James Lowry’s hat disappears …

I submit this review for Bev’s 2014 Golden Age Vintage Mystery Challenge Bingo; and Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Books meme over at her fab Pattinase blog.

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Ten Little Indians (1965) – Tuesday’s Overlooked Film

Ten-Little-Indians-DVDWith the news that the BBC are to adapt Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, I thought this might be a good opportunity to look at the original novel and earlier screen incarnations, especially the 1965 cinema version released as Ten Little Indians that changed the island setting to a remote mountain-top.

The following review is offered for Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme over at Todd Mason’s Sweet Freedom blog; Katie’s 2014 Book to Movie Challenge at Doing Dewey (for links, click here); Bev’s 2014 Golden Age Vintage Mystery Challenge; and Kerrie’s Agatha Christie Reading Challenge monthly Blog Carnival.

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THE TODD DOSSIER (1969) by Robert Bloch

Bloch-Todd-Dossier_macmillanThis medical thriller was the first novel by Robert Bloch that I ever read, though I didn’t know it at the time. The reason I picked it up was because it was credited to Collier Young, the creator of Ironside and writer-producer of several films made with Ida Lupino and the late Joan Fontaine, both of whom he was married to (consecutively, not at the same time, I might add). To add further to the familial confusion, Todd Dossier was a novelisation of a treatment developed by the husband-and-wife team of Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne for a film that was ultimately never made.

I submit this review for Bev’s 2014 Silver Age Vintage Mystery Challenge and Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Books meme over at her fab Pattinase blog.

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NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH (1939) by James Hadley Chase

Chase_Blandish_posterWhat can you say about this infamous crime story – that as a book and again as a film it was once the most notorious title in the UK? That it was critically lambasted by George Orwell? That it sold millions of copies and was adapted several times for television, stage and the cinema? That more people have heard of it than actually read it? What was the fuss all about? Well, this twisted beauty and the beast story starts with a roadside stick up in Kansas City …

I submit this review for Katie’s 2014 Book to Movie Challenge at Doing Dewey (for links click here); Bev’s 2014 Golden Age Vintage Mystery Challenge; and Todd Mason’s Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme at Sweet Freedom.

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