Vintage Pulp Dec 10 2010
FEAR OF A BLACK HAT
You can have my guns when you pry them from my cold dead hands.

We ran across another cool publication from Singapore, this one an English-language movie magazine called Movie News. This issue is from 1951 and features black-clad cover star Randolph Scott about to ventilate somebody with his sixguns. Inside the magazine are a couple of faces that are new to us— Zachary Scott and Miroslava. Zachary Scott, in panel nine, is unrelated to Randolph Scott, but had a moderately successful Hollywood career of his own, appearing in some westerns, as well as in the acclaimed noir classic Mildred Pierce. He died of cancer in 1965 at age fifty-one. Miroslava, née Miroslava Sternova, in panel four, was born in Prague in 1925 but fled that war-torn city for Mexico in 1939. A beauty contest opened doors in Hollywood for her, and she acted in about a dozen films and even once graced the cover of Life. At the age of thirty she committed suicide over a failed love affair. What we’ve read about her is quite interesting, so we’ll get back to her at a later date. 

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Vintage Pulp Jun 12 2010
DIGGING TO CHINA
East of the sun, west of Kowloon.

One of the things we run across quite a bit during our digging for pulp is vintage Hong Kong film magazines. So today we’ve put together a random post of these publications, showcasing their unique and colorful style. Since we can’t read Chinese, we don’t have much information on these, but what we have, we’ve shared at the bottom of the post. Enjoy. Meanwhile, we’ll be watching the World Cup.

1: Union Pictorial, with Mui Yi; 2: Hong Kong Teen Star, with Chan Po Chu; 3: Southern Screen, with Wang Yu; 4: unknown magazine, with Li Lihua, who we’ve featured before; 5: unknown magazine, with Nancy Sit; 6: Golden Movie News, with unknown cover star; 7: The Milky Way Pictorial, with Connie Chan; 8: Screen & Lady, with unknown cover star; 9: unknown magazine, with Chan Po Chu and Yaw Kee; 10 & 11: unknown magazines with unknown cover stars.     

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Vintage Pulp May 23 2009
A HONG KONG TO REMEMBER


Five issues of Hong Kong Movie News, circa 1960s.

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The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
July 14
1921—Sacco & Vanzetti Convicted
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are convicted in Dedham, Massachusetts of killing their shoe company's paymaster. Even at the time there are serious questions about their guilt, and whether they are being railroaded because of their Italian ethnicity and anarchist political beliefs.
July 13
1933—Eugenics Becomes Official German Policy
Adolf Hitler signs the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring, and Germany begins sterilizing those they believe carry hereditary illnesses, and those they consider impure. By the end of WWII more than 400,000 are sterilized, including criminals, alcoholics, the mentally ill, Jews, and people of mixed German-African heritage.
1955—Ruth Ellis Executed
Former model Ruth Ellis is hanged at Holloway Prison in London for the murder of her lover, British race car driver David Blakely. She is the last woman executed in the United Kingdom.
1966—Richard Speck Rampage
Richard Speck breaks into a Chicago townhouse where he systematically rapes and kills eight student nurses. The only survivor hides under a bed the entire night.
July 12
1971—Corona Sent to Prison
Mexican-born serial killer Juan Vallejo Corona is convicted of the murders of 25 itinerant laborers. He had stabbed each of them, chopped a cross in the backs of their heads with a machete, and buried them in shallow graves in fruit orchards in Sutter County, California. At the time the crimes were the worst mass murders in U.S. history.
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