Daily Archives: December 19, 2011

                                                     by Mary Roberts Rinehart                                                              

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I keep asking myself why Agatha Christie became a household name while Rinehart – an author quite similar to Christie – has faded into obscurity.  I think the answer might be that Rinehart, unlike her British contemporary, never created a charismatic, recurring protagonist.  Her books have no Poirot, no Miss Marple, no hero to capture the public’s fancy.  At any rate, The Window at the White Cat is vintage fun from the American writer.  One thing I’ve learned:  It’s never safe to put out the lights and go to bed in a Rinehart mystery, because someone is always breaking into your house.

 

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Sacred

In 1937, the screwball comedy Nothing Sacred was a critical and commercial smash, and it helped make Carole Lombard the highest-paid actress in Hollywood.  Five years later, the 33-year-old actress was killed in a plane crash near Las Vegas.  Watch the legendary star in what might be her best film by clicking here (YouTube version) or here (IMDB version).

 

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