Movie Mystery & Suspense - John Howard Reid

Movie Mystery & Suspense

By John Howard Reid

  • Release Date: 2011-04-04
  • Genre: Industries & Professions
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Movie Mystery & Suspense John Howard Reid Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

As the author of the acclaimed "Merryll Manning" series of crime and detective novels, Movie Mystery and Suspense is a topic right up my alley. Of course, this is not the first, nor is it the only movie book, in which I've tackled the mystery and suspense genre. Other books include "Great Cinema Detectives" and "Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD". These books are still in print, but earlier accounts such as "Suspense in the Cinema", "Mystery Movies" and "More Movie Thrillers" were also bestsellers in their day. Fortunately, "Movie Mystery & Suspense" is the book I personally regard as my best on this particular topic. You'll find detailed accounts of such classics as "Johnny Allegro" ("When is a Columbia film not a Columbia film? Answer: When it's deliberately made to look like an RKO film noir"), "House of Strangers" (now available on an excellent Fox DVD), "The High Wall" and "Black Angel"; plus famous serials like "Daredevils of the Red Circle" (one of Republic's best). I also cover many of the legendary movies, including "The Big Sleep", "To Have and Have Not", "The Big Carnival", "Angel Face" and "My Name Is Julia Ross". And then, of course, there are the surprises. Lots of surprises, including two bonus monographs, one on director Robert Siodmak, the other on producer/director Otto Preminger! Although published way back in December, 2006, in the U.S.A., Canada and Great Britain, this book is not in the least dated. In fact, it was recently published without any alterations in Australia. Of course, many of these superb movies are now available on DVD, and that would partly explain this book's continued popularity.

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