Secret of the Blue Room (1933)

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     On July 20, 1933, Universal Pictures released Secret of the Blue Room (1933).  Produced by Carl Laemmle, the film is set in a castle, where 20 years earlier three people were mysteriously murdered.  Secret of the Blue Room opens with three suitors present for the twenty-first birthday of Irene von Helldorf, played by Gloria Stuart.  The inimitable Lionel

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The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935)

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     The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935) is an adaption of one of the Ellery Queen novels.  Two cousins, Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee, who wrote a number of detective novels under the pseudonym of the title character.  In this film, Ellery Queen is taking a vacation to California with his friend Judge Macklin.      Of course, they are

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Morrissey vs. Poole Revised and On Sale

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     We recently revised my second combat sports history book, Morrissey vs. Poole: Politics, Prizefighting and The Murder of Bill the Butcher.  I enjoyed researching and writing this book more than my other titles because it crosses the 19th Century bare knuckle prizefighting world, New York City politics as well as national politics.      World Bare Knuckle Prizefighting Champion

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Ira Cooper Unravels Money Order Theft

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     On February 22, 1924, unknown suspects took $20,000.00 in American Express Company money orders from the Mercantile Trust Company in Downtown St. Louis.  Initially, the American Bankers Association hired private detectives.  After the detectives were unable to discover any serious leads, the association turned the case over to the St. Louis Police Department.      When the bank

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