Oliver Kirk and the 1904 St. Louis Olympics

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Oliver Leonard Kirk has the distinction of being the only Olympic boxer to win a gold medal in two separate weight classes in the same Olympic Games.  Oliver Kirk accomplished this feat at his hometown Olympics in 1904. St. Louis hosted the third Olympiad during the 1904 World’s Fair Exposition.  Like the Paris Games four years before, St. Louis gave

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Island of Doomed Men (1940)

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I recently stumbled across Island of Doomed Men (1940), a rare Peter Lorre film that I had not seen.  While I’ve written about Lorre in the Mr. Moto series over the last year, Lorre was more well-known for playing criminals and killers in thrillers such as M (1931) and Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). In Island of Doomed Men,

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Wladek Zbyszko Loses Unexpectedly

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Wladek Zbyszko’s legacy is often overshadowed by his brother Stanislaus Zbyszko.  Stanislaus, who was 12 years older, posed the last real threat to Frank Gotch’s World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship. Wladek Zbyszko was a skilled wrestler in his own right.  Unfortunately, he didn’t arrive in the United States until 1914, when most wrestling matches were prearranged.  Wladek had proved his bona

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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

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On July 7, 1939, Twentieth Century-Fox Films released the final Mr. Moto “B” film starring Peter Lorre as Inspector Kentaro Moto.  Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939) finds Mr. Moto accompanying the Queen of Sheba’s Crown from its discovery in an Egyptian archaeological site to a San Francisco museum.  Mr. Moto suspects the arch criminal Metaxess, who authorities believed was

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