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Jack 1939
Jack 1939
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good spy/espionage thriller., January 13, 2013
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This review is from: Jack 1939 (Kindle Edition)
Easy Reading. A tongue-in-cheek pre-WWII story of "what if...?": a mixture of fiction and historical facts about Jack Kennedy as a young man and F.D.R.

Jack's admiration of Winston Churchill is in total conflict of Joe Kennedy, Sr.'s loyalty to Chamberlain and his passiveness to Germany (Joe Kennedy, Sr. was the American Ambassador to England at the time). Being the son of American Ambassador, F.D.R. could use him secretly to be his unofficial eyes and ears on events taking place overseas. Who would suspect this young man as he traveled Europe on the pretext of gathering information for his college thesis?

To sum it up, there are nail-biting moments. There is romance. There is conflict. Everything comes together to make this enjoyable reading. A good WWII novel before the United States finally became involved.


Robert Montgomery Collection (4 Discs)
Robert Montgomery Collection (4 Discs)
DVD ~ Robert Montgomery
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Eight Film Collection ... Robert Montgomery ... Warner Archive (2011)", December 6, 2011
Warner Archive presents "ROBERT MONTGOMERY COLLECTION" (4 Discs) (1931-1940) (767 min/B&W) -- Starring: Robert Montgomery, Ernest Torrence, Dorothy Jordan, Charlotte Greenwood, Irene Purcell, Tallulah Bankhead, Hugh Herbert, Madge Evans, Roland Young, Nora Gregor, Heather Thatcher, Sally Eilers, Rosalind Russell, Robert Benchley, Edward Arnold, Reginald Owen and Edmund Gwenn .... some of the cast from all eight films.

Directed by Harry A. Pollard, Sam Wood, Harry Beaumont, Robert Z. Leonard, Jack Conway, George Fitzmaurice, Richard Thorpe

1.) - Shipmates (1931) (72 min/B&W) - Starring Robert Montgomery, Ernest Torrence, Dorothy Jordan
(Directed by Harry A. Pollard) .... Robert Montgomery, as devil-may-care sailor who falls for an Admiral's daughter

2.) - The Man in Possession (1931) (84 min/B&W) - Starring Robert Montgomery, Charlotte Greenwood and Irene Purcell
(Directed by Sam Wood) .... The Code missed this one, naughty before its time, the two stars trail off to the bedroom and they just met.

3.) - Faithless (1932) (77 min/B&W) - Starring Tallulah Bankhead, Robert Montgomery and Hugh Herbert
(Directed by Harry Beaumont) .... Montgomery loses his position because the companies are closing during the Depression.

4.) - Lovers Courageous (1932) (77 min/B&W) - Starring Robert Montgomery, Madge Evans and Roland Young
(Directed by Robert Z. Leonard) .... Written by Frederick Lonsdale (The Last of Mrs. Cheyney), wherein a quite poor working young man meets a charming, beautiful and wealthy admiral's daughter. This one will tugged at your heart.

5,) - But the Flesh Is Weak (1932) (77 min/B&W) - Starring Robert Montgomery, Nora Gregor and Heather Thatcher
(Directed by Jack Conway) .... Montgomery: "It's quite simple: I have nothing, you have plenty. Swell! Okay by me!"

6.) - Made on Broadway (1933) (68 min/B&W) - Starring Robert Montgomery, Sally Eilers and Madge Evans
(Directed by Harry Beaumont) .... Montgomery is a press agent who has a private club where the rich and powerful meet and drink for free, so they think.

7.) - Live, Love and Learn (1937) (78 min/B&W) - Starring Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell and Robert Benchley
(Directed by George Fitzmaurice) .... Montgomery is a struggling artist who paints for his own amusement. Rosalind is a rich society girl.

8.) - The Earl of Chicago (1940) (87 min/B&W) - Starring Robert Montgomery, Edward Arnold and Reginald Owen, Edmund Gwenn
(Directed by Richard Thorpe) .... Arnold who wants to get even with Montgomery for framing him, and the plot thickens.

BIOS:
1. Robert Montgomery
Date of Birth: 21 May 1904 - Beacon, New York
Date of Death: 27 September 1981 - New York City, New York

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 3 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 767 min on DVD ~ Warner Archive ~ (December 6, 2011)
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Charlie of Nob Hill
Charlie of Nob Hill
by Gene Arceri
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Charlie of Nob Hill ... Beautifully Written by Gene Arceri ... BearManor Media (2011)", December 6, 2011
This review is from: Charlie of Nob Hill (Paperback)
BearManor Media presents "CHARLIE OF NOB HILL" (Paperback) -- by Gene Arceri.

It is not only about Charlie's heroism, but the fact that he and Miss Nova were inseparable from the very first time they met. Coming from Mrs. Binder of Pets Unlimited, this was several years earlier on one cold December day. Bringing Charlie in a basket, his curiosity could not take it any longer, he peered out to see a woman with soft Grey hair and twinkling blues eyes - it was love at first sight. Miss Nova gazed at Charlie's handsome black and white markings, the black scalloping on his back and ears, and the perfect black mustache. "He looks just like Charlie Chaplin!" she exclaimed. "He's just beautiful".

Christening him on the spot, now you belong to me. Charlie thought and he supposed he could get use to being called Charlie, but what's a CHARLIE CHAPLIN?

My favorite part of the book is on page eleven ... Charlie watched from the doorway as Miss Nova instructed a visiting friend to hang up some of her pictures. They were signed photographs of the men associated with on her publicity work in Hollywood -- One was HUMPHREY BOGART, the inscription read: "To Nova-You ain't so tough". The other picture was of a smiling CARY GRANT and he had written, "Nova, what makes you so small?" (Miss Nova was under five feet tall.) -- Between them now hung a picture of CHARLIE. "Well, she said, "now we have three tigers on the wall - BOGIE, CHARLIE and CARY".

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

Big thank you to Ben Ohmart and his staff, BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books, there is something for everyone.

Highly recommend! -- Author Gene Arceri brings a tear to your eye - very touching, for the CAT LOVERS in all of us!

Check out his other books -- Brooklyn's Scarlett Susan Hayward: Fire in the Wind

Total Page: 42 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593933685 ~ (November 26, 2011)


Dead Man's Brand: and Other Tales of the Old West
Dead Man's Brand: and Other Tales of the Old West
by Norbert Davis
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Dead Man's Brand ... Other Tales of the Old West ... Norbert Davis (Author) (2011)", December 5, 2011
Black Dog Books presents "DEAD MAN'S BRAND" (Paperback) ~ by Norbert Davis (Author), Bill Pronzini (Introduction), Ed Hulse (Appendix), Tom Roberts (Cover Design)

I've collected pulps for many years - and as one reviewer states, we are living in the Golden Age of Pulp Reprints, and I also take my hat off to Black Dog Books and editor/publisher Tom Roberts, we now have these collections at our fingertips.

All eight are fast action packed stories, but the first story in this collection A GUNSMOKE CASE FOR MAJOR CAIN, has to be my favorite. It was adapted into a B-Western, HANDS ACROSS THE ROCKIES (1941), starring one of my favorite Western stars Bill Elliott (Wild Bill Hickok) and Dub Taylor (Cannonball Taylor), mixed with plenty of gun play and humor. Of course many of the names are changed to fit our stars handle in their films, but remained faithful to Davis' plot, still basically on the same plain. Reprinted here for the first time since its original magazine appearance, as with the other stories herein.

Collection of eight Western tales, from Action Stories, Dime Western Magazine, Star Western and Western Aces (1935-1942) -- pure entertainment.

With a an introduction by Spur Award winner Bill Pronzini -- Must agree with Pronzini, all eight stories collected here are all first-rate entertainment by a born storyteller. Kudos to Tom Roberts and Black Dog Books for rescuing them from Western pulp obscurity.

Appendix, HANDS ACROSS THE ROCKIES: The Lone Film Credit of Norbert Davis by Ed Hulse, writer, pulp and film historian, and editor of the BLOOD 'N' THUNDER magazine.

Cover art by Tom Roberts, when justice comes to a cow town, hell follows with it.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)
INTRODUCTION by Bill Pronzini --- 7
1. A Gunsmoke Case for Major Cain (Oct. 1940) --- 11
2. Their Guardian From Hell (March 1937) --- 34
3. Leetown's One-Man Army (Oct. 1941) --- 61
4. Dead Man's Brand (Nov. 1942) --- 98
5. The Gunsmoke Banker Rides In (July 1942) --- 130
6. Death Creeps (Dec. 1935) --- 165
7. Sign of the Sidewinder (June 1935) --- 179
8. Boot-Hill Bait (Nov. 1935) --- 205
APPENDIX by Ed Hulse --- 227
(Hands Across the Rockies:The Lone Film Credit of Norbert Davis)

Great job from publisher Tom Roberts and his staff at Black Dog Books, at in bringing forgotten series of characters and hard-to-find works from rare magazines - Black Dog Books have for over ten years, been publishing collections of rare and obscure fiction from the golden age of the pulp magazines (roughly 1920-1945) -- They have found their niche, whether it's Westerns, Detective Stories, Adventure Fiction, Crime Fiction or Science Fiction -- something for everyone!

In closing, "A Gunsmoke Case for Major Cain" October 1940. NOTE: This was the basis for a Bill
Elliott film called 'HANDS ACROSS THE ROCKIES' (1941) - Davis's only sale to Hollywood.

If you enjoyed this book, check out ... Hell's Hoofprints: The Complete Western Trails Tales of Lester Dent ... also ... Trail of the Snake ... also ... Unmasked: The Forgotten Origins of Hollywood Most Famous Western Heroes ... also ... Lust of the Lawless ... and ... Nomad's Trail

Total Page: 234 Pages ~ Black Dog Books #ISBN-13: 978-1884449147 ~ (July 19, 2011)


Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera
Ida Lupino: Beyond the Camera
by Ida Lupino
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Beyond The Camera ... Ida Lupino ... Mary Ann Anderson & Lupino (authors) (2011)", December 3, 2011
BearManor Media presents "IDA LUPINO:BEYOND THE CAMERA" (Paperback) -- by Ida Lupino (Author), Mary Ann Anderson (Author)

I love the comments in the afterword, where Lupino states - "I was now able to tell WARNER BROS, to go to hell! None of us were happy there. I used to go up on the hill beyond the studio and throw rocks at it. I was always going on suspension or doing roles that I absolutely hated. I refused to do roles turned down by other actresses, like Better Davis."

Lupino never said she was the poor man's Bette Davis, WARNER BROS. came up with that bad line, not me. I respected Davis, Now Ida could do heavy, light - She had a great sense of scene construction. If she could have only gotten another picture like THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT or THE HARD WAY, she could have stayed on top. Lupino's states, acting is a born talent within people, it can be polished and made better but you definitely cannot teach someone to act, you need to leave that up to the audience -- Orson Welles puts it best, actor's acting, I am Bored.

In the director's chair, after films NOT WANTED (1949) and OUTRAGE (1949), Ida had offers by all the studios as a director, but she remained independent. When filmakers was dissolved, Ida turned her full attention to television directing, first directorial assignment was HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, Richard Boone was a wonderful man, but he was not out to baby any director, believe me, but after the first episode he said, "I like you, I want you on the rest of them. I stayed on and directed four episodes. Boone liked his direction hard-boiled."

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Foreword --- xi
1. The First Meeting --- 1
2. The Christmas House --- 5
3. The Duchess of Dirt vs. The Queen of Phones --- 11
4. The Conservatorship of Ida Lupino --- 17
5. The Lupino Legacy --- 23
6. The Light That Failed --- 39
7. They Drive by Night --- 43
8. High Sierra --- 47
9. The Sea Wolf - Out of the Fog - Ladies in
Retirement - Moontide --- 51
10.Louis Hayward --- 55
11.The Hard Way --- 63
12.Life Begins at 8:30 --- 69
13.Starry Efforts --- 71
14.Devotion - The Man I Love - Deep Valley -
Escape Me Never - Road house - Lust for Gold --- 75
15.The Filmakers --- 83
16.Enter Howard Duff --- 91
17.The Bigamist --- 97
18.The Hitch-Hiker --- 101
19.Me, Mother Directress --- 109
20.Farewell to Howard --- 119
21.The End Is Known --- 133
Afterword --- 145
Filmography --- 151
Index --- 161

In closing, this book has loads of studio stills and private photographs which is always a plus.

Big thank you to Ben Ohmart and his staff, BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books, another big winner.

A wonderful story and read of a great lady of the cinema ~ Highly recommend!

Total Page: 180 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593936723 ~ (December 3, 2011)
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Nomad's Trail
Nomad's Trail
by E. Hoffmann Price
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Simon Bolivar Grimes Stories ... Nomad's Trail ... E. Hoffmann Price (Author) (2011)", December 2, 2011
This review is from: Nomad's Trail (Paperback)
Black Dog Books presents "NOMAD'S TRAIL" (Paperback) ~ by E. Hoffmann Price (Author), Tom Roberts (Book Layout & Design), James Reasoner (Introduction), Allen Anderson (Cover Art)

As James Reasoner states in the introduction - For the most part, the Simon Bolivar Grimes stories have been out of print since their first appearances in SPICY WESTERN more than 70 years ago. Now, Tom Roberts of Black Dog Books has gathered the first dozen of them in this volume one, so you can enjoy their broad comedy, their colorful dialogue, their beautiful women, their bullet-blazing gunfights and their unexpected plot twists. So sit back and enjoy the adventures of an innocent lad from Georgia who's fast on the draw and sometimes has too much of an eye for the ladies for this own good...but is that bad?

Collection of twelve Western yarns of the saga, from Spicy Western Stories (1936-1938) -- pure entertainment.

With a new introduction by Spur Award nominee James Reasoner.

Cover art by Allen Anderson, rider on a horse rescues a damsel in distress.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)
INTRODUCTION by James Reasoner --- 7
1*Tenderfoot --- 11
2*Treason's Kiss --- 24
3*Grimes, Outlaw --- 36
4*Reward of Valor --- 49
5*Skeleton Creek Feud --- 62
6*Feud's End --- 74
7*Hoodoo Town --- 87
8*Salt Crazy --- 102
9*Too Many Cooks --- 115
10*Grimes Gets Religion --- 129
11*Hungry Valley --- 142
12*Nomad's Trail --- 155

Black Dog Books have for over ten years, been publishing collections of rare and obscure fiction from the golden age of the pulp magazines (roughly 1920-1945) -- They have found their niche, whether it's Westerns, Detective Stories, Adventure Fiction, Crime Fiction or Science Fiction ... Great job from publisher Tom Roberts and his staff at Black Dog Books, at in bringing forgotten series of characters and hard-to-find works from rare magazines -- something we've been missing is now at our fingertips!

Grimes himself is a great character, gullible, hot-tempered, a little uneducated, maybe, but not exactly dumb.

If you enjoyed this book, check out ... Hell's Hoofprints: The Complete Western Trails Tales of Lester Dent ... also ... Trail of the Snake ... also ... Unmasked: The Forgotten Origins of Hollywood Most Famous Western Heroes ... also ... Lust of the Lawless

Total Page: 168 Pages ~ Black Dog Books #ISBN-13: 978-1928619628 ~ (February 25, 2011)


The Films of the French Foreign Legion
The Films of the French Foreign Legion
by Philip Leibfried
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.95
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Films of the French Foreign Legion ... Philip Leibfried (Author) ... BearManor Media (2011)", December 2, 2011
BearManor Media presents "THE FILMS OF THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION" (Paperback) -- by Philip Leibfried (Author)

Have many films on the 'French Foreign Legion', but was not aware of the ones I've missed. As the author points out in his introduction -- Created by an order of King Louis Philippe of France in 1831, the LEGION ETRANGERS originally served as a means of ridding France of thousands of political refugees who had sought asylum there after revolutions in their own countries in Southern and Eastern Europe.

One of the most famous and a great story BEAU GESTE, by Percival Christopher Wren, published in 1924, of an unshakable bond among three brothers, which featured action, adventure, mystery, and a character by the name of Sgt. Lejaune, who became a symbol of cruelty as great as Simon Legree. Something I didn't know was, BEAU GESTE was remade three times as a theatrical feature, but its leading characters, including an ogre of a sergeant, have influenced generations of filmmakers and film goers. Beau Geste (1926) (Silent) with Ronald Colman, Neil Hamilton, Ralph Forbes & Noah Beery ... also, Beau Geste (1939) with Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy & Susan Hayward (This is one of my favorite films, great acting and direction by William A. Wellman) ... also Beau Geste (1966) with Guy Stockwell, Doug McClure, Leslie Nielsen & Telly Savalas.

In both silent and sound eras, many leading actors appeared in FOREIGN LEGION FILMS, but these motion pictures have been given short shrift in biographies and autobiographies of those performers, as it turns out films about the FOREIGN LEGION are not as highly regarded as the outfit itself.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Acknowledgements --- vii
Introduction --- ix
CHAPTER ONE: --- 1
Seminal Sands: Under Two Flags
CHAPTER TWO: --- 17
Celebrated Sands: The Novels of P.C. Wren
CHAPTER THREE: --- 37
Silent Sands: Cinema de Legion 1914-1928
CHAPTER FOUR: --- 49
Sound Sands: Cinema de Legion 1929-2000
CHAPTER FIVE: --- 67
Singing Sands: Legion Musicals
CHAPTER SIX --- 75
Shifting Sands: Films of the Post-World War II Legion
CHAPTER SEVEN: --- 85
Subtitled Sands: Foreign Foreign Legion Films
CHAPTER EIGHT: --- 113
Satiric Sands: Comedies and Cartoons
CHAPTER NINE: --- 131
Sundry Sands: The Legion on the Stage, Radio & Television
CHAPTER TEN: --- 149
Superfluous Sands: Marginal French Foreign Legion Films
and Spanish Foreign Legion Films
Bibliography --- 159
Index --- 163

In closing, author Philip Leibfried has given us much in depth, a complete listing of such depictions as possible through 2007.

Thank our lucky stars for Ben Ohmart and his staff, BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books.

An interesting must read ~ Highly recommend!

Total Page: 180 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593936730 ~ (November 10, 2011)
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The Sea Wolf [VHS]
The Sea Wolf [VHS]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Sea Wolf (1941) ... Robinson/Lupino/Garfield/Knox ... Michael Curtiz (Director) (1998)", November 30, 2011
This review is from: The Sea Wolf [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "SEA WOLF" (1941) ~ (90 min/B&W) -- Starring Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield, Alexander Knox, Gene Lockhart & Barry Fitzgerald

Directed by Michael Curtiz

Humphrey van Weyden, a writer, and fugitives Ruth Webster and George Leach have been given refuge aboard the sealer "Ghost," captained by the cruel Wolf Larsen. The crew mutinies against Larsen's many crimes, and though van Weyden, Ruth, and George try to escape Larsen's clutches, they find themselves drawn inexorably back to him as the "Ghost" sails toward disaster.

A highly regarded sea-faring classic, from the pen of legendary short story writer, Jack London

Oscar Nominated Best Photographic Effects, Special Effects Sound

Special footnote: - George Raft declined the role of George Leach because it was too small.

BIOS:
1. Michael Curtiz [aka: Manó Kertész Kaminer] [Director]
Date of Birth: 24 December 1886 - Budapest, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary)
Date of Death: 10 April 1962 - Hollywood, California

2. Edward G. Robinson [aka: Emmanuel Goldenberg]
Date of Birth: 12 December 1893 - Bucharest, Romania
Date of Death: 26 January 1973 - Hollywood, California

3. Ida Lupino
Date of Birth: 4 February 1918 - Camberwell, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 3 August 1995 - Los Angeles, California

4. John Garfield [aka: Jacob Julius Garfinkle]
Date of Birth: 4 March 1913 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 21 May 1952 - New York City, New York

5, Alexander Knox
Date of Birth: 16 January 1907 - Strathroy, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death: 25 April 1995 - Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England, UK

6. Gene Lockhart
Date of Birth: 18 July 1891 - London, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death: 31 March 1957 - Santa Monica, California

7. Barry Fitzgerald [aka: William Joseph Shields]
Date of Birth: 10 March 1888 - Dublin, Ireland
Date of Death: 14 January 1961 - Dublin, Ireland

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 90 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (September 1, 1998)


Lust of the Lawless
Lust of the Lawless
by Robert Leslie Bellem
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Two-Fisted Fast on the Draw Heroes ... Lust of the Lawless - Robert Leslie Bellem (Author) (2010)", November 30, 2011
This review is from: Lust of the Lawless (Paperback)
Black Dog Books presents "LUST OF THE LAWLESS" (Paperback) ~ by Robert Leslie Bellem (Author), Tom Roberts (Editor), James Reasoner (Introduction), Allen Anderson (Cover Design)

As editor Tom Roberts points out, Robert Leslie Bellem is best remembered for his tongue in cheek gumshoes, DAN TURNER, the pulp detective to ever have an entire magazine devoted to him with HOLLYWOOD DETECTIVE, which appeared regularly in SPICY DETECTIVE. He seemed to effortlessly churn out the stuff, and it's estimated he wrote an astounding 3000 or so pulp stories, with Turner starring in at least 300 of them, not to mention 60 or 70 comic book stories.

Bellem was born in 1902 in Philadelphia, and worked in Los Angeles as a newspaper reporter, radio announcer and film extra. But it was as a writer for the pulps that he truly made his mark.

I'm so glad Tim Roberts of Black Dog Books published this collection of SPICY WESTERN STORIES, the spice in each story is not as graphic in todays publications, but this was hot stuff, for its time.

Here's just a sample: - "He plunged toward her, Me, I want something to bind the bargain, he panted, as he swept her into his arms in a bearlike, crushing embrace. His hands pawed at her shoulders. The roughness of his embrace burst the catches of the negligee, which slipped from her smooth shoulders".

This collection brings together Robert Leslie Bellem's entire output for Spicy Western Stories, plus a short biography of the author.

With an introduction by Spur Award nominee James Reasoner.

Cover art by Allen Anderson, a woman being grabbed by an outlaw in the back of a covered wagon.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)
INTRODUCTION by James Reasoner --- 7
1. MEAT HUNTER --- 11
From Spicy Western Stories, June 1937 as by Jerome Severs Perry
2. KILLER'S BRAND --- 23
From Spicy Western Stories, June 1937
3. POWDERSMOKE PASSION --- 35
From Spicy Western Stories, December 1936
4. BAIT FOR A MANTRAP --- 47
From Spicy Western Stories, November 1937
5. BRAND OF THE QUESTION-MARK --- 57
From Spicy Western Stories, June 1937, as by Ellery Watson Calder
6. LUST OF THE LAWLESS --- 69
From Spicy Western Stories, June 1937
7. COWARD MAN'S SIZE --- 79
From Spicy Western Stories, February 1937
8. GOLD-AND A GIRL --- 90
From Spicy Western Stories, December 1938
ABOUT THE AUTHOR by Tom Roberts --- 99

Great job from publisher Tom Roberts and his staff at Black Dog Books, at in bringing forgotten series of characters and hard-to-find works from rare magazines -- Black Dog Books have for over ten years, been publishing collections of rare and obscure fiction from the golden age of the pulp magazines (roughly 1920-1945) -- They have found their niche, whether it's Westerns, Detective Stories, Adventure Fiction, Crime Fiction or Science Fiction ... they're a winner all way around!

Every story is packed with brutal fistfights and blazing gun battles ... two-fisted fast on the draw heroes, plenty of despicable villains ... Highly recommend for a good action yarn.

If you enjoyed this book, check out ... Hell's Hoofprints: The Complete Western Trails Tales of Lester Dent ... also ... Trail of the Snake ... also ... Unmasked: The Forgotten Origins of Hollywood Most Famous Western Heroes

Total Page: 102 Pages ~ Black Dog Books #ISBN-13: 978-1928619949 ~ (April 1, 2010)


Hell's Hoofprints: The Complete Western Trails Tales of Lester Dent
Hell's Hoofprints: The Complete Western Trails Tales of Lester Dent
by Lester Dent
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hell's Hoofprints (1930's) ... Complete Western Trails Tales Of Lester Dent (2009)", November 29, 2011
Black Dog Books presents "HELL'S HOOFPRINTS: THE COMPLETE WESTERN TRAILS TALES OF LESTER DENT" (Paperback) ~ by Lester Dent (Author), Gene Christie (Editor), Walter M. Baumhofer (Illustrator), Will Murray (Foreword)

Dent was the originator of the Doc Savage series of books, a master of pulp fiction and real-life adventurer. His writing advice is specifically tailored to the pulp-era markets, but is surprisingly effective even today.

If you don't have any Lester Dent books in your library, here is a good start with 'Complete Western Trails Tales of Lester Dent', you'll be glued to every page, the characters seem to jump out from the page ... Nobody can put sentences together like Lester Dent, as he pulls you into every chapter ... This Lester Dent Library Vol.3 - is a GOLD MINE in reading!

As Will Murray states in his foreword - "Most pulp Western writers of the Depression consisted of what some derisively called HUDSON RIVER COWBOYS - Eastern pulpsters who cribbed their knowledge of the west from movies and pulp magazines. Lester Dent was the real article, however. He could ride like an Indian and bagged his first antelope with a .22 rifle when he was just eight. And he knew the territory. As his wife Norma once put it, He was a WESTERNER."

One of the articles that caught my attention is RIDIN' SIGN, the character Skookum Charlie reads sign, it was a highly developed art in the days before telephones and automobiles came to the West. A sign rider was the Sherlock Holmes of the cow and mine country. A sign rider drew down good money for his work, Cowmen hired him to track rustlers. The U.S. government hired him to track Indians and outlaws.

Entire book gives the reader the sign of the times, Dent rarely depicted a matinée idol hero, but true 'Sons of the West' in all their raw, sunburned glory. sometimes the characters are unpleasant, repulsive - like Will Murray in his words, you decide if it was 'repulsive' or 'realistic'.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Introduction by Will Murray --- 7
Dusty Trant-Road Agent --- 11
Gunslick Roundup --- 25
The Sudden-Disaster Gent --- 38
The Gun Quest --- 50
Hell's Hoofprints --- 73
Fear Ranch --- 86
Trigger Trap --- 101
The Devil's Ear --- 114
Haunted Saddle --- 134
Trickery Trail --- 148
Frozen Phantom --- 161
Snow Ghost (bonus story) --- 177

Appendix A--
A Bonus Silver Corporal story
Death Cache --- 197

Appendix B Articles--
Hogleg Facts --- 213
Ridin' Sign --- 216
Bronc Twisting --- 218
Cold Facts --- 224

Appendix C--Letters to Western Trails
April 1932 --- 229
June 1932 --- 230
June 1933 --- 231

Appendix D--
From Lester Dent's notebook-Story submission records --- 335

Another great cover art by Walter Baumhofer, he was best known as the 'King of the Pulps', captured a pretty girl in a handsome man's arms as easily as he could grab readers with a pulp monster threatening the world ... and because of his talent, he was soon churning out crime, western, and thriller paintings. Some 550 pulp covers grace his resume ... Baumhofer captures the mood of the authors words.

In closing, Black Dog Books have for over ten years, been publishing collections of rare and obscure fiction from the golden age of the pulp magazines (roughly 1920-1945). -- Great job from publisher Tom Roberts and his staff at in bringing forgotten series of characters and hard-to-find works from rare magazines -- great reading from those days gone by!

When the gunsmoke clears, the dust from the trails settle ... you'll find Lester Dent & Western Trails Tales ... Highly recommend!

If you enjoyed this book, check out ... Unmasked: The Forgotten Origins of Hollywood Most Famous Western HeroesUnmasked: The Forgotten Origins of Hollywood Most Famous Western Heroes... also ... Trail of the SnakeTrail of the Snake

Total Page: 238 Pages ~ Black Dog Books #ISBN-13: 978-1928619581 ~ (March 31, 2009)


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