June 22, 1989 on UK TV: Traffik

Traffik-1989Traffik is a British television serial about the illegal drugs trade. Its three stories are interwoven, with arcs told from the perspectives of Afghan and Pakistani growers, dealers and manufacturers, German dealers, and British users. It was nominated for six BAFTA Awards, winning three. It also won an International Emmy Award for best drama.

It starred Bill Paterson as Jack Lithgow, a Scottish Home Office minister in the United Kingdom government engaged in combating heroin importation from Pakistan, and Julia Ormond as his drug addicted daughter Caroline.

The six-part serial was produced by Britain’s Channel 4, written by Simon Moore and directed by Alastair Reid. [Wikipedia]


June 22, 1979: Queen release ‘Live Killers’

Queen_Live_KillersLive Killers is a live album by the British rock band Queen. It received strongly negative reviews from critics on release. In a retrospective appraisal, Greg Prato of AllMusic found the initial reaction inexplicable, calling the album “an excellent document of Queen at the height of their ’70s arena rock powers”. [Wikipedia]

Listen to the album on Spotify.

June 22, 1942 in UK cinemas: The Falcon Takes Over

“MYSTERY that you’ll laugh at…when — The Falcon TAKES OVER”

The_Falcon_Takes_Over-1942The Falcon Takes Over (also known as The Falcon Steps Out), is a black-and-white mystery film directed by Irving Reis. The B film was the third, following The Gay Falcon and A Date with the Falcon (1941), to star George Sanders as the character Gay Lawrence, a gentleman detective known by the sobriquet the Falcon.

Although the film featured the Falcon and other characters created by Michael Arlen, its plot was taken from the Raymond Chandler novel Farewell, My Lovely, with the Falcon substituted for Chandler’s archetypal private eye Philip Marlowe and the setting of New York City replacing Marlowe’s Los Angeles beat. The film was the second adaptation of a Marlowe story, after Time to Kill, released earlier in the same year. That film, also, did not use Marlowe as the main character, changing the name to Michael Shayne. [Wikipedia]

One night in New York, beefy escaped convict Moose Malloy goes hunting for his ex-Cinema-UK-06-22-1942girlfriend Velma, leaving a trail of mayhem behind him. Velma seems to be well-hidden, and adventurer The Falcon, intrigued, investigates on his own, approaching the heart of the mystery via a varied sequence of shady characters and attractive women. [IMDB]

June 22, 1960 in US cinemas: The House Of Usher

“Edgar Allan Poe’s overwhelming tale of EVIL & TORMENT”

House_Of_Usher-1960House of Usher (also known as The Fall of the House of Usher and The Mysterious House of Usher) is an American horror film directed by Roger Corman and written by Richard Matheson from the short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe. The film was the first of eight Corman/Poe feature films and stars Vincent Price, Myrna Fahey, Mark Damon and Harry Ellerbe.

In 2005, the film was listed with the United States National Film Registry as being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Philip Winthrop (Damon) travels to the House of Usher, a desolate mansion surrounded by a murky swamp, to meet his fiancée Madeline Usher (Fahey). Madeline’s brother Roderick (Price) opposes Philip’s intentions, telling the young man that the Usher family is afflicted by a cursed bloodline which has driven all their ancestors to madness. Roderick foresees the family evils being propagated into future generations with a marriage to Madeline and vehemently discourages the union. Philip becomes increasingly desperate to take Madeline away; she agrees to leave with him, desperate to get away from her brother.

During a heated argument with her brother, Madeline suddenly dies and is laid to rest in the family crypt beneath the house. As Philip is preparing to leave following the entombment, the butler, Bristol (Ellerbe), lets slip that Madeline suffered from catalepsy, a condition which can make its sufferers appear dead.

Philip rips open Madeline’s coffin and finds it empty. He desperately searches for her inCinema-US-06-22-1960 the winding passages of the crypt but she eludes him and confronts her brother. Now completely insane, Madeline avenges herself upon the brother who knowingly buried her alive. Both die as a fire breaks out, ending the Usher bloodline, and Philip escapes and watches the burning house sink into the swampy land surrounding it. The film ends with the final words of Poe: “…and the deep and dank tarn closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the ‘House of Usher'”. [Wikipedia]

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June 22, 1966: Around The World Under The Sea


Around_the_World_Under_the_Sea-1966Around the World Under the Sea is a science fiction film directed by Andrew Marton and starring Lloyd Bridges, with Marshall Thompson, Shirley Eaton, Gary Merrill, and David McCallum. It follows the adventures of a crew of the deep-diving nuclear-powered civilian research submarine Hydronaut making a submerged circumnavigation of the world to plant monitoring sensors on the ocean floor that will help scientists better predict impending earthquakes. Although Jules Verne isn’t credited by the film makers, his influence can be seen throughout the film.

The crew of a five-man submarine travels the world oceans, planting sensors on the ocean floor to warn scientists of any impending earthquakes. [Wikipedia]


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June 22, 1984: The Pope Of Greenwich Village


The_Pope_Of_Greenwich_Village-1984The Pope of Greenwich Village is an American crime black comedy film directed by Stuart Rosenberg and starring Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Geraldine Page, Kenneth McMillan and Burt Young. Page was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her two-scene role. The film was adapted by screenwriter Vincent Patrick from his novel of the same name. [Wikipedia]

“Little Italy” in New York: Charlie and his cousin Paulie aren’t lucky job-wise. Charlie is cool, but Paulie’s moronic behavior constantly brings them in trouble. Then Paulie comes up with the idea to rob the safe of a small company. Together with a safe expert they go for it. However the $150,000 they get are hot: it belongs to the mob and was intended to corrupt the police. The mob only knows the name of the safe man, but they try very hard to find the rest of the gang, too… [IMDB]Cinema-US-06-22-1984

Watch the trailer on the Video Detective YouTube Channel.