Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Salmagundi—Number One

TODAY WE HAVE a small miscellany of small items: a very, very, very short story; an artist's slightly cockeyed look at the court system; and a video (and we all know what happens to videos on the World Wide Webbie, don't we?).

"Beware of the Baby."
By Corey Ford (1902-69).
First appearance: Collier's, March 20, 1948.
Short short short story (1 page).
Online at UNZ (HERE).
"Mister, I woulden steal that baby."
A nervous Mr. Timkins, revolver in hand, must decide just where his priorities—and his affections—really lie.

- Among many other things Corey Ford is responsible for the Philo Vance sendup, The John Riddell Murder Case (1930) (HERE); the source material for a World War Two spy film, Cloak and Dagger (1946) (HERE); and even one of the Topper series films (HERE).

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"Courtroom Lithographs."
By William Sharp (1900-61).
First appearance: Scribner's, June 1937.
Caricature essay (3 pages).
Online at UNZ (HERE).

   "A KEEN sense of drama and character, an unusual differentiation between types—these are the qualities which distinguish the work of William Sharp. The lithographs published here were executed by him from scenes in the courtrooms of New York."

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Mission Impossible.
Running time: 1 minute 25 seconds.
Online at YouTube (HERE).

This should have been the final version . . .

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