Tag Archives: 1930s

Planetarium [2016]

Set in the late 1930s, it is a snapshot in the life of a pair of American sisters and their encounter with the French film industry. It touches on film-making, on the role of the spirit medium, of the lifestyle … Continue reading

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The Case of the Late Pig [1937]

There’s always a danger in returning to the things you liked as a child. I can’t remember whether I’ve read this specific Marjory Allingham before, but I have been rereading a selection of Golden Age mysteries to assist with paytesting … Continue reading

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The Shadow Out of Time [1934]

Spoilers ahoy. Go read the short story, and then come back here. Trust me, just do it.

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Murder From The East [1935]

Until very recently I’d never heard of Carroll John Daly; here’s how obscure he is: this post about his book Murder From The East is longer than his wikipedia entry. There are no peer-reviewed articles or books about him that … Continue reading

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The Glass Key

The Thin Man is essentially your traditional detective story. A crime happens, a detective gets involved and investigates, eventually isolating the guilty party at a dinner party. Reading it feels like a journeyman work, where an author is looking at … Continue reading

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The Big Sleep [1939]

I thought I’d have trouble when reading this of keeping the film out of my mind, and I did. The first part of the book plays out exactly as the film does, but at somewhere near the 2/3 mark, the … Continue reading

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Cards on the Table [1936]

One of the analysis perspectives that was investigated in my modern fiction paper was the old saw of gender relations: sexism v. feminism. Almost as a kind of by-catch, I think more general gender and sexuality issues are central to … Continue reading

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