It's nice to see that Thomas Burke's wonderful "Limehouse Nights" is still in print. One of my favorite books (I have an original 1916 edition), it waIt's nice to see that Thomas Burke's wonderful "Limehouse Nights" is still in print. One of my favorite books (I have an original 1916 edition), it was a bestseller in its day. D.W. Griffith made a memorable film, "Broken Blossoms" (1919) from the opening story. The movie was such a huge success, Griffith tried again with "Dream Street". Unfortunately, Griffith this time couldn't leave well enough alone. He not only added some ridiculous sop-to-the-censor religious touches but even changed the valiant hero of Burke's story to a cackling melodramatic villain!...more
This is a second volume of verse by Margaret Havill Reid. The first book, SONG OF THE WAYWARD WIND and Other Poems, was published shortly after her deThis is a second volume of verse by Margaret Havill Reid. The first book, SONG OF THE WAYWARD WIND and Other Poems, was published shortly after her death in 2004. Margaret had already selected the poems and provided the illustrations. For her second book, she had prepared a title poem, "Face of the City". However, I decided to use an earlier version of the poem (there were four or five) and to change the anthology's title to "Love & City Dreaming" because I found a large notebook full of heartfelt romantic verse of such quality, it deserved publication. I also wanted to publish some of her hilarious humorous pieces and at least one of the inspired works that were aimed primarily at children, such as the delightful "Mida, the Spider", which is now included in this little volume of 80 really superb poems. ...more
Editor Ross Adams writes in the February 2010 issue of Dress Circle: the Film Enthusiasts’ Magazine: Just a fraction larger than Leonard Maltin’s FilmEditor Ross Adams writes in the February 2010 issue of Dress Circle: the Film Enthusiasts’ Magazine: Just a fraction larger than Leonard Maltin’s Film Guide and a massive 1.3 inches thick, this book is a real pot-pourri of essential information: players, technical teams, music, release dates and more. During 2009, I purchased a number of classic movies on DVD, but the jackets contained only bare details. I was able to retrieve information by looking up the index of over 700 films in this book and then turning to the descriptions Reid provides.
The book is interspersed with good black-and-white photos of film stars, scenes from films and prints of posters and lobby cards. Some of the 222 movies extensively reviewed in the main section include Gilda, Laura, Father Brown Detective, Lady Vanishes, Maltese Falcon, Man Who Knew Too Much, Naked City, City Streets, Night Has a Thousand Eyes, Mandalay, Odd Man Out, The Paradine Case, Phantom of the Opera, Rebecca, Vertigo, Leave Her to Heaven, Lady from Shanghai, The Kennel Murder Case, Spellbound and Run for the Sun.
Briefer summaries and reviews are then provided for a further 500 films in a supplementary section. Full DVD details are given in each instance, and the quality of the DVD itself is rated on a scale of 1 to 10.
There are also some interesting supplementary chapters on Sherlock Holmes, the Thin Man series, and Humphrey Bogart versus Alan Ladd. The author also lists details of "Recommended DVD Suppliers" and even provides his choice of the "36 Top Noir Movies on DVD."
And finally, there is a comprehensive index of all 730 titles covered in this book.
I most highly recommend Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD by John Howard Reid. ...more