Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941)

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     On August 1, 1941, Monogram Pictures released Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941), the latest in the East Side Kids film franchise.  The film finds Danny Breslin, played as usual by Bobby Jordan, falling in with bad company.  Monk Martin, played by Bobby Stone, turns Danny’s head with his flashy car.  How can such a young man afford it though?  

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Detective Desmond Catches Eddie Guerin

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     Before he was the “Sherlock Holmes of St. Louis”, St. Louis Chief of Detectives William Desmond was Detective “Billy” Desmond.  One of the most talented detectives in St. Louis Police history, Desmond met one of the most famous international criminals in history, Eddie Guerin, in the mid-1880s.      Guerin robbed the American Express Office in Paris in

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The Black Castle (1952)

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     On December 25, 1952, Universal Pictures released The Black Castle (1952), a mystery-thriller set in an Austrian castle.  Oddly, the film was released in Sweden ten days earlier.  Universal must have wanted a Christmas release for its U.S. debut.  Richard Green plays Sir Richard Burton, an English nobleman travels to the castle of Count von Bruno to investigate the

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Ringer Throws Wasem

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     On Saturday, November 25, 1899, St. Louis wrestling fans experienced a shock, when a visiting wrestler easily threw local champion Oscar Wasem in a little over 20 minutes.  After the easy victory, fans smelled a rat, when the “Indianapolis Cyclone” spoke with a Lancashire accent.      Oscar Wasem surpassed George Baptiste as St. Louis’ wrestling champion in

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Hattie May Story (1896 – 1917)

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     My great grandmother Lydia Margaret “Dollie” Story Zimmerman’s youngest sister Hattie May Story was born on August 20, 1896.  Hattie was Dollie’s half-sister as she was the daughter of George Washington Story and his second wife Margaret Sweat.  Dollie’s mother was George Story’s first wife Malinda Davis.      Hattie’s mother Margaret either died in giving birth to

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