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Up from the vault : rare thrillers of the 1920s and 1930s
Soister, John T., 1950-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2004]

Physical Description:
xiii, 234 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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PN1995.9.S87 S65 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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A number of thrillers made in the 1920s and 1930s have become available again thanks to new technology. There are a few, however, that remain elusive to most, if not all, movie buffs. This book covers twenty thrillers from those decades that are well-regarded and eagerly sought, but difficult to find - The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu (1923), The Unknown Purple (1923), The Sorrows of Satan (1926), While London Sleeps (1926), The Chinese Parrot (1927), Stark Mad (1929), The Unholy Night (1929), High Treason (1929), The Spider (1931), Eran Trece (1931), The Monkey's Paw (1933), Trick for Trick (1933), Deluge (1933), The Vanishing Shadow (1934), The Witching Hour (1934), Double Door (1934), Black Moon (1934), Le Golem (1936), The Scarab Murder Case (1937), and Sh The Octopus (1937). For each film, the author provides such details as the production company, running time, release date(s), cast and production credits, a synopsis, and commentary.

Author Notes

John T. Soister, a teacher of modern and classical languages. He lives in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu (1923)p. 9
The Unknown Purple (1923)p. 30
The Sorrows of Satan (1926)p. 38
While London Sleeps (1926)p. 50
The Monkey Talks (1927)p. 57
The Chinese Parrot (1927)p. 66
Stark Mad (1929)p. 73
The Unholy Night (1929)p. 80
High Treason (1929)p. 94
The Spider (1931)p. 105
Eran trece (1931)p. 113
The Monkey's Paw (1933)p. 127
Trick for Trick (1933)p. 135
Deluge (1933)p. 143
The Vanishing Shadow (1934)p. 151
The Witching Hour (1934)p. 165
Double Door (1934)p. 172
Black Moon (1934)p. 178
Le Golem (1936)p. 186
The Scarab Murder Case (1937)p. 199
Sh! The Octopus (1937)p. 207
Appendix The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu. Episode 10: The Fiery Handp. 219
Indexp. 227