Thursday, November 11, 2010


It was one of George Orwell’s superb essays—which you can read here—that pointed me to two wonderful vintage English crime novels, E.W. Hornung’s Raffles, The Amateur Cracksman & No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase. By chance, or possibly due to some Orwell enthusiast on the station’s programming staff, TCM offers movie versions of both this month: the 1930 version of Raffles, with Ronald Colman, is on this Friday evening, while the rarely-shown 1948 version of No Orchids plays November 28.

Monster-of-the-Week: This week we turn to this Onion statshot:

They’re all popular with me, but I’m giving it to Frankenwowski, The Polish Frankenstein…

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