witness for the prosecution

Old movies maybe aren’t so dusty after all.

I watched a 1957 black & white film version of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution last night. It stars Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich (amazing performance!), and Charles Laughton. In doing a bit of research for this blog entry, this was the last film done by Tyrone Power before his untimely death of a heart attack at age forty-five. A small irony, since his character’s antagonist in the movie was in danger of suffering the same fate. Anyway, the reason why I am commenting on this movie at all is because I kept thinking of how much Tyrone Power resembles Barry Williams.

I was also surprised to discover in my research that Marlene Dietrich was 56 when the film was made. I assumed she was probably in her late 30’s or early 40’s! Now I know why her name still lives over fifty years after her heydays (heydecades, really). Quite a stunning woman!

digital Christie

80 of Agatha Christie’s books are being released in digital format this year

I just read in the Powell’s newsletter that 80 of Agatha Christie’s books are being released in digital format this year. They will all be available for download in the Palm Reader, Adobe Reader, and Microsoft Reader formats, and the first five are available now for under $5 each (not bad considering paperback prices these days). Here are the titles currently available:

The Mysterious Affair at Styleshaven’t read it yet
The Murder of Roger Ackroydread it
The Murder at the Vicarageread it
The Body in the Libraryread it
They Came to Baghdadhaven’t read it yet