Counter-Espionage (1942)

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     Columbia Pictures’ Lone Wolf series, starring Warren Williams as Michael Lanyard, is one of my favorite “B” film series.  Williams played the debonair jewel thief, who somehow always ends up helping the police solve a series of crimes.  Counter-Espionage (1942) begins with Lanyard stealing top secret plans from Sir Stafford Hart’s safe.      Scotland Yard’s Inspector Stephens

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Muldoon Unable to Throw Sorakichi FIve Times

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     Dominant champions like William Muldoon often had to accept handicap conditions to get fans interested in watching them wrestle.  Since only Clarence Whistler was considered skilled enough to really threaten his reign, Muldoon would often generate interest by either performing feats of strength or taking on the challenge of handicap conditions.      On May 5, 1885, Muldoon met Matsuda

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Corsair (1931)

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     Roland V. West directed fourteen films in his career.  Critics consider three of his films to be excellent.  West directed the silent thriller The Bat in 1926.  West directed his most acclaimed film, Alibi (1929), which resulted in an Oscar nomination for his friend Chester Morris.  In 1930, West and Morris again collaborated on his last classic, The Bat

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“Skippy” Rohan Beats Confederate

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      William “Skippy” Rohan would prove time and again he was one of the toughest kids ever to come out of the Kerry Patch, St. Louis’ tough Irish-American neighborhood.  Home to St. Louis’ most famous gang, “Egan’s Rats”, the Kerry Patch produced the toughest St. Louis gangsters of Irish descent.      Born on July 5, 1874, “Skippy”

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Two Ruffians Beat Officer

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     On Thursday, September 9, 1875, George “Mitchell” Gassert and William Salisbury went to Fred Fisher’s Saloon at the corner of N. Jefferson and Morgan (Delmar today).  After ordering drinks, the two young men of unsavory reputation refused to pay for their drinks.  After several attempts to illicit payment, Fisher summoned St. Louis Police Officer John Cummings.    

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