Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Ken Swofford in Ellery Queen

Here’s a short clip from “The Adventure of the Hardhearted Huckster,” the March 21, 1976, episode of Ellery Queen. In this video, guest stars Bob Crane and Eddie Bracken try to sell deadline-driven New York City newspaper columnist Frank Flannigan (Swofford) on the idea of becoming a radio-show star.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Thomas Polsky’s Novels

U.S. publisher E.F. Dutton released its hardcover edition of Polsky’s Curtains for an Editor in April 1939. Six years later, Dell Books issued its “mapback edition” of that same novel (below) with cover art by Gerald Gregg and a backside painted by Ruth Belew.



Curtains for an Editor was also featured in Two Complete Detective Books in 1948.



In December 1939, Polsky’s second L.F. “Grid” Griddle novel, Curtains for the Judge, was brought to market, again by Dutton. The full hardcover art is shown above.



The third and final Griddle novel was titled Curtains for the Copper. It was released originally by Dutton in 1941. The first Dell mapback edition shown below (#29) comes from 1944, again with an illustration by Gerald Gregg. A subsequent Dell edition of that book (#700) was brought to market in 1953, with façade art by Walter Brooks.





Detective Book magazine published what looks to have been the entire text of Curtains for the Copper in its Winter 1941-1942 edition. That periodical’s introductory artwork is credited to the very popular Norman Saunders.



Mystery*File reports, “The Cudgel was a stand-alone mystery taking place in the hill country of North Carolina.” It was initially published in 1950 by Dutton. The cover shown below comes from the 1952 Boardman edition, with art by Dennis McLoughlin.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Vincent Price Introduces Mystery!

From 1981 to 1989, actor Vincent Price played host to the PBS-TV series Mystery! In the clip below, from 1985, he introduces Part 3 of Praying Mantis, which starred Jonathan Pryce, Cherie Lunghi, and Carmen Du Satoy.