In the 1970s British cinema was at a particularly low ebb following the departure of the American majors. The number of productions fell precipitously and confidence ebbed away. As a result, for the next few years British cinemas seemed to subsist predominantly on a continuous diet of cheap horror, risqué comedies and most of all … TV spin-offs. Callan was one of the best, albeit via a somewhat circuitous route.
The following review is submitted for Todd Mason’s Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme at Sweet Freedom, and is my last entry for the 2013 Book to Movie Challenge at the Doing Dewey blog – for links, click here.
Ayn Rand, author of The Fountainhead, was a fan of mysteries, praising the likes of Mickey Spillane and Fredric Brown, and even dabbled in the genre. Night of January 16th was a popular courtroom drama where the audience decided the outcome; Think Twice was not produced in her lifetime and she claimed that it showed why she did not write any more whodunits as she could only ever really reach one ending. Let’s see …
I offer this review as my final contribution to Bev’s 2013 Vintage Mystery Challenge in the ’Country House Criminals’ category and Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Books meme over at her fab Pattinase blog.
The story goes that Orson Welles, needing $50,000, rang the head of Columbia Studios and offered to make a film for them from a paperback he had just plucked at random from a book stand near the phone booth. Is this tall tale true? And is the film any good? And are you ready for Rita Hayworth as a blonde? For answers to some of the questions follow me into the intoxicating fun house that is, The Lady from Shanghai.
I offer this review for Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme hosted by Todd Mason over at his fab Sweet Freedom blog and the 2013 Book to Movie Challenge at the Doing Dewey blog (for all reviews, click here).
Later adapted by Orson Welles into The Lady from Shanghai starring Rita Hayworth, this was one of a pair of pre-war mysteries by Raymond Sherwood King. Set among the wealthy elite of Long Island, it is narrated by Laurence Planter, an ex-sailor working as a chauffeur who ends up being put on trial for a murder he thinks was actually committed by his own defence attorney.
I offer this review for Bev’s 2013 Vintage Mystery Challenge in the ’Old Bailey’ category; the 2013 Book to Movie Challenge at the Doing Dewey blog – for links click here; and Friday’s Forgotten Books meme at Patti Abbott’s fab Pattinase blog.
Lew Archer, Ross Macdonald’s immortal private detective, had a name change when played by Paul Newman in Harper (1966). The movie was a hit so further attempts were made to transpose the character to the screen. The 1974 TV-Movie of The Underground Man starring Peter Graves didn’t sell and Archer, starring Brian Keith, was killed off almost instantly the following year. Newman returned to his version of the character shortly after that – could lightning strike twice?
I offer this film review for Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme hosted by Todd Mason over at his fab Sweet Freedom blog and the 2013 Book to Movie Challenge at the Doing Dewey blog (for all reviews, click here) after my review of the book (here).
David Callan is a very reluctant spy who undertakes nasty jobs for a black ops unit of MI6 known only as ‘The Section.’ An exceptional marksman with a deep-rooted (and usually well-founded) distrust of authority, his often lethal assignments do little to assuage his malcontent. This was the first novel featuring the character, though he was already established on television as played by the late Edward Woodward, to whom this book is dedicated.
I offer the following review for the 2013 Book to Movie Challenge at the Doing Dewey blog – for links to other participants’ reviews, click here; and Friday’s Forgotten Books meme run by Patti Abbott at her fab Pattinase blog.
This above average whodunit was directed with style and conviction by Joseph Losey, an American émigré in London who brought much of own feelings of cultural and social displacement to bear. Hardy Kruger is the foreigner in London who gets framed for murder and Stanley Baker the flinty Welshman from Scotland Yard. Both men are caught in a class system they resent but remain resolute in their commitment to the truth. Also known as Chance Meeting, the first part of the story is told largely in flashback from the scene of the crime …
The following review is offered for Tuesday’s Overlooked Film meme hosted by Todd Mason over at his fab Sweet Freedom blog.