March 15th, 2012

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Stalked in the Forest Too Close to Hide

The Lone Wolf And His Lady brings the Lone Wolf movies to a conclusion, with another new actor (Ron Randell) playing jewel thief Michael ``The Lone Wolf'' Lanyard, and Eric Blore replaced by Alan Mowbray as gentleman's gentleman Jameson. William Frawley at least is thrown in as Inspector Crane, so he's familiar, though not as Crane. Mowbray looks kind of like Blore, but there's just not the good cheer in his performance.

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Mostly, though, there's not enough of the wit and bounce that made the earliest entries fun. There's a scene near the climax where Lanyard uses his understanding of how jewel cutters work to see through one of those double-crosses which come in scenes near the climax in this sort of film, and if there were more thoughts like that then maybe the movie would be more compelling. As it is, this was the last of the Lone Wolf movies (there was a TV series) and it's not making a case that it should've had more chances.

Trivia: In 1629 investors Sir Fernando Gorges and Captain John Mason divided the region of the Province of Maine which they hoped to colonize between them, using the Piscataqua River as the boundary. Mason named his portion, to the west, New Hampshire; Gorges named his, to the east, New Somersetshire. Source: How The States Got Their Shapes, Mark Stein. (And I just learned from Pomfret's Colonial New Jersey: A History of the connection this makes to the towns along the Raritan!)

Currently Reading: Before The Fallout: From Marie Curie To Hiroshima, Diana Preston.

Also, for those interested in the progress of Project Gemini, fifty years ago saw a big decision about the ejection seats, and the first launch schedule, which got kind of near the actual schedule in that eventually, yes, Gemini did launch.