Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

November 5, 2020

Jeffrey Hunter in FIND A PLACE TO DIE! (Italy, 1968)

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November 4, 2020

TEDDY WILSON SEXTET, “Live At The Onyx Club–1944”

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Teddy Wilson (piano)
Edmond Hall (clarinet)
Emmett Berry (trumpet)
Benny Morton (trombone)
Slam Stewart (bass)
Sidney Catlett (drums)

01) Don’t Be That Way
02) A Touch Of Boogie Woogie (03:32)
03) I Got Rhythm (8:10)
04) Rose Room (11:05)
05) Flying Home (15:09)
06) ‘B’ Flat Swing (19:53)
07) Embraceable You (24:38)
08) Indiana (28:46)
09) Mop Mop (31:49)
10) Honeysuckle Rose (36:37)
11) Oh, Lady Be Good (40:15)

November 3, 2020

TRADER TOM OF THE CHINA SEAS (12 chapter Republic serial, 1954)

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TRADER TOM OF THE CHINA SEAS, 12 chapters, released early 1954

Sea Saboteurs (20min)
Death Takes the Deck (13min 20s)
Five Fathoms Down (13min 20s)
On Target (13min 20s)
The Fire Ship (13min 20s)
Collision (13min 20s)
War in the Hills (13min 20s)
Native Execution (13min 20s)
Mass Attack (13min 20s)
Machine Murder (13min 20s) – a re-cap chapter
Underwater Ambush (13min 20s)
Twisted Vengeance (13min 20s)

Harry Lauter as Tom Rogers
Aline Towne as Vivian Wells
Lyle Talbot as Barent
Robert Shayne as Major Conroy
Fred Graham as Kurt Daley
Richard Reeves as Rebel Chief

TRADER TOM OF THE CHINA SEAS was the fourth-to-last Republic Serial (the final one being KING OF THE CARNIVAL, also starring Harry Lauter, from the Summer of 1955). As with Republic’s previous serial, CANADIAN MOUNTIES VS ATOMIC INVADERS, there is a cold-war setting, where a small group of people working on behalf of an unnamed “foreign power” are trying to weaken the American (or Canadian) government to make an invasion at some future time easier. Both serials have a nefarious leader of the subversive activities, Arthur Space in Canadian Mounties, and Lyle Talbot in Trader Tom. As with many post WWII serials, the plot was constructed in order to make use of existing action footage which could be used for the cliffhangers to keep the production expense down as television had carved into the serial audience and also Republic’s number of theatrical screens had diminished–thus, a serial had to be made for less money than would have been allowable 8 or 10 or 15 years previously. To Republic’s credit, their editors and writers did for the most part a masterful job of weaving the old footage into the new film seamlessly, and since they were making these films for contemporary audiences who would see the film once in a theater (not on a DVD or VHS, where they could stop the film and watch it in slow motion and examine edits), they are to be commended for doing a professional job under reduced circumstances.

Also, the story changes its setting a few times during the serial, making it not one constant back-and-forth between the same characters in a similar environment over 12 chapters, as some post WWII serials seem to do. The vaguely “foreign” setting (supposed to be some part of Southeast Asia, but never explicitly claimed as such, a wise move!) and the seaside atmosphere of much of the serial lend a fresh touch, and who doesn’t enjoy seeing Lyle Talbot sitting at a desk barking orders to underlings about dirty needs they need to do on behalf of “my government.” The TV show CHINA SMITH, starring Dan Duryea, was popular at this time, and though the shows are not that similar, the serial is undoubtedly hoping to echo that show’s appeal.

If you compare this with other genre entertainment from 1954, and with the other serials being made by Republic and Columbia at that time, as well as the action-adventure shows on television, TRADER TOM OF THE CHINA SEAS is quality action-adventure entertainment, with a solid cast, novel settings and situations, and fine action footage taken from earlier Republic higher-budgeted serials. Also, the shorter running times of the chapters in the late 40’s and 1950’s….only 20 minutes for the first chapter and 13 minutes for the subsequent chapters, keeps things running smoothly without wearing down. The scenes where the crooks are going to and from the underwater hideout might seem a bit too long if you watch multiple chapters in one day, but seen once a week, that probably would not have been as much of a problem as it produces a sense of mystery….well, at least the first 2 times.

Settle back, pretend it’s 1954 and you’re in Salina, Kansas and you’ve got a popcorn and soda, and you’ve sunken into your theater seat and TRADER TOM OF THE CHINA SEAS is about to explode onto the big screen!

As always when wanting information on serials, you should check out the website THE FILES OF JERRY BLAKE (Blake being a character in a Republic serial, I’m assuming that a pseudonym…or a coincidence!). Below is the link for Blake’s discussion of the film, but before that, let me quote some of his intelligent and insightful comments on this particular serial:

[Screenwriter Ronald] Davidson also steers clear of the impossibly grandiose plots that marked some of his other serials; here, he comes up with a large-scale central storyline (the rebellion against the Khan) that can be believably impacted by small-scale actions (the villains’ smuggling activities, Tom’s message-carrying mission). That said, Trader Tom’s screenplay (in typical late-Republic fashion) still asks us to believe in a villain (spy boss Barent) who repeatedly entrusts important assignments to a mere pair of henchmen (sailor Daley and native Gursan)—although periodic appearances by additional heavies (like the crooked skipper Bill Gaines or the rebel chief and his followers) make Barent’s operation seem rather less penny-ante than the undermanned villainous endeavors in Jungle Drums of Africa or Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders. Davidson also populates his mythical island nation with an unusually large amount of non-villainous incidental characters—among them the waterfront bum Ole, Tom’s clerk Wang, the British officer in charge of the island’s peacekeeping force, and the beleaguered khan; these personages and others help to create the illusion that Burmatra is something more than an empty stage provided for the hero and the action heavies to battle on.

Files of Jerry Blake on TRADER TOM OF THE CHINA SEAS:

Here are all 12 chapters, in order:

November 2, 2020

new Bill Shute poetry book COMPLEMENTARY ANGLES (KSE # 417) coming in January 2021

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KSE # 417

available January 2021

46-page poetic diptych, perfect-bound paperback


Composed 5/2020 through 9/2020

in Bexar County, Texas,

and St. Martin Parish, Louisiana



November 1, 2020

Bobby Few 4tet, “Beautiful Africa” (2011)

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Bobby Few (p)
Harry Swift (b),
Jon Handelsman (ts, bcl), Ichiro Onoe (dms)
z’AvantGarde – Paris 15 may 2011

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