Friday, February 8, 2019

Archer (1975)

In 1974, actor Brian Keith was hired to play Ross Macdonald’s renowned fictional gumshoe, Lew Archer, on an NBC-TV weekly series titled simply Archer

The show debuted on Thursday, January 30, 1975, but it was unsatisfying, at best. “To all Lew Archer fans,” wrote Cecil Smith in the Los Angeles Times, “I must regretfully report this ain’t him.” Francis Murphy, who wrote the “Behind the Mike” column for The [Portland] Oregonian, was a bit more generous, remarking that “in the opening episode Keith displayed the proper amount of weary cynicism as Ross Macdonald’s celebrate private eye.” Nonetheless, NBC announced within a month that the program had been cancelled, and it went off the air on March 13, 1975, after only six episodes were broadcast.

The clips below are from Murphy, the first one remarking on Archer’s premiere episode, “The Turkish Connection,” the second bringing news that the Thursday-night timeslot occupied by Keith’s series would be filled by The Mac Davis Show (1974-1976).



Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Best from Manhunt (1958)

This is the contents page from The Best from Manhunt, a collection of stories selected by Scott and Sidney Meredith (Permabooks).

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Flush Times (1963)

From Flush Times, by Warren Miller (Fawcett Crest, 1963).
Cover art by Robert McGinnis.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Robert McGinnis’ Gothic Novels


The Coast Draws Near, by Mary Savage (Dell, 1972)



The Master of Penrose, by Jane Aiken Hodge (Dell, 1972).



Timbalier, by Clayton Coleman (Dell, 1969)



Original artwork for Timbalier



Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë (Bantam, 1974)

Softly in the Night (1970)

Softly in the Night, by M.E. Chaber (Paperback Library). Cover art by Robert McGinnis.

A Tender Bed (All Star, 1967)

The same cover art was used on 1962’s August Heat, by Roger Allen.