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Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
10:23 pm
175 Miss Marple "Moving Finger" icons
James D'Arcy, Frances de la Tour, John Sessions, and Talulah Riley

[175] Miss Marple "The Moving Finger" icons


Oops, my dear Miss Marple! You're being moral and forget you're among friends... @ ogeecons 
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
7:28 pm
100 Mystery Graphics
100 Mystery graphics. Featuring: anthony howell, emma thompson, humphrey bogart, inspector lynley, jeremy brett, kenneth branagh, lauren bacall, edward norton, paul giamatti, rufus sewell, eddie cahill, gary sinise, melina kanakaredes, carmine giovinazzo, anna belknap, sharon small, nathaniel parker, edward burke, david suchet and many others!

[08] New Amsterdam
[15] The Big Sleep (1946)
[14] CSI: NY
[06] Dead Again (1991)
[17] Foyle's War: Fifty Ships
[01] Foyle's War wallpaper
[10] The Illusionist (2006)
[13] Inspector Lynley
[05] Hercule Poirot
[12] Sherlock Holmes: The Solitary Cyclist (1984)


( The ultimate mystery is one's own self... )

The rest can be found over at ogeecons
Thursday, June 12th, 2008
9:11 pm
They asked for it...

She was known as "The Queen of Crime" and her books have captured the imaginations of generations of readers. Today, Agatha Christie remains the most popular novelist in history, with over two billion copies of her books sold.

And now, she has entered the world of icontests. agatha_stills is a new Agatha Christie icontest, specially designed for those who love mysteries! Challenges will range from series such as Poirot and Miss Marple, to Academy Award winning films like Murder on the Orient Express, text icon challenges with famous catch phrases and quotes, minor character themes (Inspectors Japp and Slack, Captain Hastings or Ms. Lemon), book covers, the life and times of the author and even Agatha Christie herself!

First challenge will be posted shortly!

Click here to find out why.
Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
3:38 pm
Actor Richard Widmark dead at 93
Actor Richard Widmark dies at 93

By STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press Writer

HARTFORD, Conn. - Richard Widmark, who made a sensational film debut as the giggling killer in "Kiss of Death" and became a Hollywood leading man in "Broken Lance," "Two Rode Together" and 40 other films, has died after a long illness. He was 93.

Widmark's wife, Susan Blanchard, says the actor died at his home in Roxbury on Monday. She would not provide details of his illness and said funeral arrangements are private.

"It was a big shock, but he was 93," Blanchard said.

After a career in radio drama and theater, Widmark moved to films as Tommy Udo, who delighted in pushing an old lady in a wheelchair to her death down a flight of stairs in the 1947 thriller "Kiss of Death." The performance won him an Academy Award nomination as supporting actor; it was his only mention for an Oscar.

"That damned laugh of mine!" he told a reporter in 1961. "For two years after that picture, you couldn't get me to smile. I played the part the way I did because the script struck me as funny and the part I played made me laugh. The guy was such a ridiculous beast."

A quiet, inordinately shy man, Widmark often portrayed killers, cops and Western gunslingers. But he said he hated guns.

"I know I've made kind of a half-assed career out of violence, but I abhor violence," he remarked in a 1976 Associated Press interview. "I am an ardent supporter of gun control. It seems incredible to me that we are the only civilized nation that does not put some effective control on guns."

Two years out of college, Widmark reached New York in 1938 during the heyday of radio. His mellow Midwest voice made him a favorite in soap operas, and he found himself racing from studio to studio.

Rejected by the Army because of a punctured eardrum, Widmark began appearing in theater productions in 1943. His first was a comedy hit on Broadway, "Kiss and Tell." He was appearing in the Chicago company of "Dream Girl" with June Havoc when 20th Century Fox signed him to a seven-year contract. He almost missed out on the "Kiss of Death" role.

"The director, Henry Hathaway, didn't want me," the actor recalled. "I have a high forehead; he thought I looked too intellectual." The director was overruled by studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck, and Hathaway "gave me kind of a bad time."

An immediate star, Widmark appeared in 20 Fox films from 1957 to 1964. Among them: "The Street With No Name," "Road House," "Yellow Sky," "Down to the Sea in Ships," "Slattery's Hurricane," "Panic in the Streets," "No Way Out," "The Halls of Montezuma," "The Frogmen," "Red Skies of Montana," "My Pal Gus" and the Samuel Fuller film noir "Pickup on South Street."

In 1952, he starred in "Don't Bother to Knock" with Marilyn Monroe. He told an interviewer in later years:

"She wanted to be this great star but acting just scared the hell out of her. That's why she was always late — couldn't get her on the set. She had trouble remembering lines. But none of it mattered. With a very few special people, something happens between the lens and the film that is pure magic. ... And she really had it."

After leaving Fox, Widmark's career continued to flourish. He starred (as Jim Bowie) with John Wayne in "The Alamo," with James Stewart in John Ford's "Two Rode Together," as the U.S. prosecutor in "Judgment at Nuremberg," and with Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas in "The Way West." He also played the Dauphin in "St. Joan," and had roles in "How the West Was Won," "Death of a Gunfighter," "Murder on the Orient Express," "Midas Run" and "Coma."

"Madigan," a 1968 film with Widmark as a loner detective, was converted to television and lasted one season in 1972-73. It was Widmark's only TV series.

He also was in some TV films, including "Cold Sassy Tree" and "Once Upon a Texas Train."

Richard Widmark was born Dec. 26, 1914, in Sunrise, Minn., where his father ran a general store, then became a traveling salesman. The family moved around before settling in Princeton, Ill.

"Like most small-town boys, I had the urge to get to the big city and make a name for myself," he recalled in a 1954 interview. "I was a movie nut from the age of 3, but I don't recall having any interest in acting," he said.

But at Lake Forest College, he became a protege of the drama teacher and met his future wife, drama student Ora Jean Hazlewood.

In later years, Widmark appeared sparingly in films and TV. He explained to Parade magazine in 1987: "I've discovered in my dotage that I now find the whole moviemaking process irritating. I don't have the patience anymore. I've got a few more years to live, and I don't want to spend them sitting around a movie set for 12 hours to do two minutes of film."

When he wasn't working, he and his wife lived on a horse ranch in Hidden Valley, Calif., or on a farm in Connecticut. Their daughter Ann became the wife of baseball immortal Sandy Koufax.


(cross posted to classic_film)
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
9:54 am
I'm new to this community, but I am very excited to announce a new icontest which may interest you guys.

mystery_stills was founded by those and for those who love mysteries and those who solve them. We will be having challenges focusing on topics ranging from vintage crime novels (Such as the Big Sleep), famous historical cases (Jack the Ripper), fictional detectives (Sherlock Holmes), films (Chinatown, the Illusionist, etc) and crime shows (such as CSI and Criminal Minds) and BBC mystery series like Poirot, Lord Peter, Foyle's War and Cadfael.

We will have the community up and running very shortly, with the first two icon challenges being posted this Friday, the 15th of February. We look forward to seeing you over there!

Monday, May 28th, 2007
7:24 pm
On this day...
On This Day:
Monday May 28, 2007

This is the 148th day of the year, with 217 days remaining in 2007.


1961 - The Orient Express, from Paris to Bucharest, made its last journey after operating for 78 years. It was revived in 1982.


)cross posted to agathachristie, poirot_fans & greycells)
Friday, September 15th, 2006
7:19 am
Happy Birthday Agatha!
Today, she'd have been 115!

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
6:15 am
Thursday, January 12th, 2006
9:52 am
On This Day
On This Day: Thursday January 12, 2006
This is the 12th day of the year, with 353 days remaining in 2006.

1976 - Agatha Christie, English detective-story writer.


(cross-posted to greycells & agathachristie)

Current Mood: working
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
3:48 am
The very first Agatha Christie book that I've ever red was The murder on The Orient Express ... I red ALL the titles with Hercule Poirot
whom I absolutely LOVE! I tried to read the ones involving Mrs. Marple but for whatever reason I disliked
it... Hercule Poirot is simply brilliant & delightful. Can anyone suggest any other mystery authors that are eqivalent or similar to Agatha Christie?

Current Mood: awake
Sunday, April 17th, 2005
3:44 pm
Hey!! Good idea for a community.

What we talk about here? :P
Thursday, April 14th, 2005
1:03 pm
I'm bravesbeleJillian, your moderator :)

I created this community today because I got an email reminding me that today was Sir John Gielgud's birthday! He played Mr. Beddoes in the movie version of Murder On The Orient Express. (MOTOE has always been one of my favorite Agatha books) :)


Current Mood: good
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