Saturday, February 25, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
You see, Paul Whipple appeared in Too Many Cooks as a college student. Decades later, here he is with a grown son, and Wolfe and Archie haven't aged a day. Whipple should have demanded to search their attic for mysterious paintings.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
It was nominated for two Oscars (Best Director and Best Screenplay). The MWA gave it the Edgar for Best Motion Picture. I've never seen it. Have you?
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
His first novel was a detective story, Mr. Bazalgette's Agent. His other works included The Worldlings, a psychological crime novel. His novels, stories, and plays have inspired more than ten movies.
Monday, February 20, 2017
It was based, loosely, on Aaron Elkins' series of books about a physical anthropologist, i.e. the skeleton detective. But TV's Oliver (played by a wasted Lou Gossett, Jr.) was more of a general anthropologist, dealing with cults and tongs. The result was not good.
Here is part of what reviewer Richard Meyers said in The Armchair Detective:
"I can imagine Aaron [Elkins] visiting Hollywood, nudging his lovely wife Charlotte, and going, 'Isn't that Gideon Oliver's femur over there? Isn't that his sternum?'
"Gideon Oliver is dead. Long live Gideon Oliver."
Sunday, February 19, 2017
His best-loved characters included Artie Wu and Quincy Durant, definitely of the conman variety, but basically good guys. Also Mac and Padillo, past and maybe present agents. And under the name Oliver Bleeck he wrote about Philip St. Ives, who worked as a go-between between thieves and owners/insurers.