Friday, January 10, 2014

Didn't we just discuss Hildegarde Withers 3-1/2 years ago? It only seems like yesterday!

Last Saturday saw the last of the Maisie movies on TCM during their Saturday pre-noon slot that's been showing various movie series with the movies beginning generally at 10:30 AM or 10:45 AM depending on the length of the film. Having finished with Maisie, TCM is switching to teacher-detective Hildegarde Withers, with the first of those movies being The Penguin Pool Murder tomorrow morning at 10:30 AM. I last mentioned Hildegarde Withers back in September 2010. Edna May Oliver played the detective in the first three movies in the series, which should takes us through to January 25, or just before 31 Days of Oscar comes along for all of the regular programming to take a break. The series will return in March after 31 Days of Oscar, and with Helen Broderick in one Withers movie and Zasu Pitts in two more. James Gleason played the police detective/love interest of Withers in all six movies. The Penguin Pool Murder is as far as I know not on DVD at all; I didn't check to see the availability of the other five.

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