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  • From the Vaults: 'Crimes at the Dark House' (1940)

     
    We have commenter Fibber McGee to thank for this week's movie. Also, I have a new boyfriend, and his name is Tod Slaughter! (Both of those are real names! Oh, OK... Tod's real first name was Norman...) I read Wilkie Collins' "The Woman in White" many years ago
  • Recalling a Friend and a Great Librarian

     
    his is Elizabeth C. Franklin or Miss Franklin to those of us who worked for her. It wasn't until she loaned me her precious Film Index of 1941 with her name written inside that I learned she had once been...

    Charles Dickens' 200th birthday: Ralph Fiennes helps set the stage

     
    Charles Dickens: Tuesday marks the bicentennial of Charles Dickens' birth. Britain's National Film Theatre is holding a retrospective, and a ceremony will be held at London's Westminster Abbey starring actor-director Ralph Fiennes, who, along with...

    A chat with Robin Ellis, the man who was Poldark

     
    A few weeks back I wrote about "Poldark," a BBC series from the mid-1970s that had recently been released in a complete-set package on DVD (by Acorn Media), as a cure for "Downton Abbey" withdrawal. A tale of romance and class war, of tradition and...

    Dark Passages: The lesson of a master

    Dark Passages: The lesson of a master
    Note: This is the second of a two-part column on the current state of contemporary detective fiction. This month: One of the masters of the form talks about the detective story. In order to understand and properly appreciate contemporary detective...