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Everything posted by SansFin

  1. A certain fuzzy in my life had an uncle who reached retirement age and stated: "Being of sound mind and body, I am going to spend everything I earned." He then sold all his properties, kept out what he needed to buy a small home in Florida and put the remainder into an annuity. He is remembered as a lovable character who was generous with ice cream cones and silver dollars during his annual visits to his old stomping grounds. The other uncles were more practical and more tightfisted and all who knew them waited impatiently for them to die and their wills probated.
  2. It was a decade after he had had any true high points. He acquits himself very well here and I would not call this movie one of his low points. Who Is Hope Schuyler? (1942) and Tomorrow We Live (1942) were definitely low points. Stepping back and taking smaller roles was a wise move for him.
  3. The Inner Circle (1946) A private detective needing a secretary has one walk in, announce that she now works for him and arranges his meeting with a mysterious new client. It comes as a surprise only to him that he quickly becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the client's husband and his new secretary trots out a very convincing but totally false alibi. This is a quite wonderful little comedy murder mystery. It is very tight, the patter is enjoyable and it has more twists and turns than a thing which metaphorically has many twists and turns. The leads have reasonable che
  4. Deadly Nightshade (1953) An artist is arrested because he looks exactly like an escaped murderer. The escapee reads of it in the newspaper and manages to assume the artist's identity. This is perhaps not a good swap because the artist was involved in something much deeper. One wonderful aspect of short, quickly-made, British movies of this period is the large stable of good actors available. Emrys Jones, Zena Marshall, Joan Hickson, Hector Ross, and Marne Maitland all slipped into their usual characters admirably. I did not find any outstanding performances but all were comfor
  5. "The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play." - Theodore Sturgeon
  6. It is my understanding that many traffic lights are made of an aluminum/magnesium alloy because of its light weight and can be die-cast easily to lower fabrication costs.
  7. The Avenging Hand (1936) Noah Beery is an American gangster on vacation in London. He stumbles across a plot to steal stolen loot. Those who love Noah Beery should like this movie because he dominates it as the loudest and fastest talker. My problem with the movie is that it is all talk. A murder commands all of 5.2 seconds in the middle of the movie. This includes the time required to place the gun in the victim's hand so that it will be ruled a suicide. Reginald Long is credited for the adaptation. I can find no other information but it seems very plain to me that this was
  8. The Fake (1953) Someone has stolen two great masterpieces and put expert forgeries in their place. An American investigator is sent to prevent the loss of a third. Will he track down the forger? Will he catch the thief? Will he find a beautiful young lady who will fall in love with him? This is a very nice little British crime drama with touches of lightheartedness. There is no great mystery and the solution is telegraphed so that it is not shocking but it moves along at a good pace and the characters are likeable. There are many worse ways to spend eighty minutes. 4.8/6
  9. A helicopter crew counting bighorn sheep in Utah found a 2001-type monolith. https://nypost.com/2020/11/23/mystifying-monolith-found-amid-utah-rocks/
  10. This is one of my favorite movies. It is much like having two movies in one by the way it changes from precision caper to walking disaster.
  11. F Minus is quite similar: https://www.gocomics.com/fminus/2020/11/15 Crumb is not far off: https://www.gocomics.com/crumb/2012/02/21 Last Kiss often has a different focus: https://www.gocomics.com/lastkiss/2011/07/27 Pibgorn by Brooke McEldowney began as the story of a fairy who tired of toting dew drops and sought adventure. It has evolved massively over the years. The fairy's frenemy is a succubus. Many of the installments are true art. I hope someday to be able to afford some of the prints. https://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2011/02/07 9 Chickweed Lane is by him also. It is the s
  12. I believe this is why many people have lost faith in science:
  13. Never make a senior citizen angry. As you get older, "life in prison" is less of a deterrent.
  14. A certain fuzzy of my acquaintance writes science fiction and is a qualified engineer. Our PtC* ramblings often included discussions with other writers and engineers concerning a wide variety of topics including colonizing other planets. I appreciate your concern but I feel relatively safe pointing out what I know to be gross absurdities. *Prior to Covid
  15. Million Dollar Manhunt (1956) aka Assignment Redhead (1956) A known document forger and counterfeiter goes to London. The authorities identify him as a passenger on a particular flight but their attempt to trace his movements is hampered by not having a photograph of him. This is despite the fact that they know he is traveling under the passport of an official who visits their offices regularly. The only person with a photograph is murdered and they know that the forger did it but they chase the victim's roommate and put out the equivalent of an APB to arrest him on sight for murde
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