Thursday, October 13, 2016

10/13/1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors revealed

October 13, 1989.  Woody Allen is not generally thought of as a director of crime movies, but there are Take The Money and Run, Manhattan Murder Mystery, and Small Time Crooks, among others.  And there is Crimes and Misdemeanors, released on this day.

Allen and Martin Landau star as two men in bad marriages, at least one of whom is considering murder as a solution.

The movie was nominated for three Oscars, and the Edgar.

Friday, October 7, 2016

10/7/2014 Shanks on Crime on time

October 7, 2014.  On this day Shanks on Crime was published.  Leopold Longshanks is a curmudgeonly mystery writer who just wants to create his books in peace, but true crimes keep interfering...  Most of these stories appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, but four are new.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

10/1/1923 The Continental Op arrives

October 1, 1923.  "Arson Plus," by Peter Collinson appeared in the issue of Black Mask with this cover date.  Peter Collinson was really Dashiell Hammett and this was the first appearance by one of his greatest characters, the nameless, cynical, overweight, private eye known as the Continental Op.