Columbia Pictures Movie Series, 1926–1955

The Harry Cohn Years


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About the Book

Blondie, Boston Blackie, Ellery Queen, The Lone Wolf, Gasoline Alley, Jungle Jim… There were 27 film series produced and released by Columbia Pictures from 1926 through 1955. This reference book covers the origins of the popular fictional characters featured, as well as their appearances in other media (comics, novels, radio and television). Also provided are thumbnail biographies of the actors who brought these characters to life.
The films themselves are examined in detail, with release dates, cast and production credits, synopses, reviews, the author’s summation, the publicity “tag lines,” and the songs heard. Additionally, most of the outdoor locations used in filming such Columbia western series as Wild Bill Saunders and The Durango Kid are identified.

About the Author(s)

A retired pharmacist, Gene Blottner has written for such publications as Western Clippings and Under Western Skies. He is the author of several books with McFarland and lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Gene Blottner
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 363
Bibliographic Info: 49 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3353-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8672-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Preface      1

Historical Overview

Columbia Pictures—The Harry Cohn Years      5

What Is a Series?      9

Columbia Pictures Series in Brief      10

The Series Films

Blondie      15

Boston Blackie      51

Bulldog Drummond      70

Captain Blood      75

Counterspy      80

Crime Doctor      84

The Durango Kid      100

Ellery Queen      171

The Five Little Peppers      183

Gasoline Alley      190

I Love a Mystery      194

Inspector Trent      200

Jess Arno      205

Jungle Jim      209

The Lone Wolf      231

The Medico      254

Mr. District Attorney      259

Nero Wolfe      262

Night Editor      268

Robin Hood      271

Rusty      278

Sally and Bill Reardon      288

Thatcher Colt      292

Tillie the Toiler      296

The Whistler      299

Wild Bill Hickok      311

Wild Bill Saunders      327

Bibliography      333

Index      335