On This Day 11th January

George Zucco
11. JANUARY 1886  27. MAY 1960

George Zucco
11. JANUARY 1886 27. MAY 1960

Zucco’s first appearance in a Sherlock Holmes film was the role of Professor James Moriarty in the 1939 movie The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This role is considered by many as his best film role. As Professor Moriarty, Zucco is a quiet villain with a hint of intimidation. He is not a villain who chases his victims; he waits until they come to him -which they inevitably do. According to Alan Barnes, author of Sherlock Holmes on Screen, “[George] Zuccos Moriarty leaves a strong impression as a conscious lunatic and enjoys another outstanding scene in which he challenges the bullied Dawes, a razor-sharp dropping eater while shaving it: ‘You’re a coward, Dawes. If you weren’t a coward, you would have cut my throat by now…
Zucco later returned to the Rathbone/Bruce series of Sherlock Holmes films, in the film Sherlock Holmes in Washington in 1943, but not as Professor Moriarty. Unfortunately, Zucco in the role of the nazi-Spions Heinrich Hinkel (in German synchronization it made Richard Stanley) a far less lasting impression, which was probably as much on the screenplay of the film as it was in his own performance. During his career, Zucco often appeared in many horror films of Universal Studios, including The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) and The House of Frankenstein (1944).
Zucco was born on  11th January 1886 in
Manchester, England He died on the 27th May
1960 in Hollywood, California.

Conan Doyle fights for justice


On this day in 1907, the first of two longer letters
appeared in the Daily Telegraph. Conan Doyle has spent the last few months investigating the case of George Edalji, a young lawyer convicted in Staffordshire for animal smuggling cases and.
Beggars had received his release from prison, but
in order to practice his profession, he needed a
pardon. In November 1906, he turned to Sir Arthur for help. Arthur, who was just recovering from the death of his first wife, took the case. In the beginning of 1907, he was ready to make his insights public. He asked the Telegraph to print out his letters on this subject without copyright so that other newspapers could publish them as well -whatever they did, often on the same day. In this first letter, Conan Doyle begins to educate the readers Ehlen, as he almost immediately knew that Edalji was innocent: He kept the newspaper close to his eyes and rather sideways, which proved not only a high degree of short-sightedness, but a distinct astigmatism. The idea of such a man roaming around the fields at
night and attacking the cattle while escaping from the police watching was ridiculous to everyone.
The disease caused the young lawyer’s eyes to
appear, which, as Sir Arthur emphasized, in
conjunction with his darker skin color, resulted in him acting strange in his small village. “There, in a single physical defect,” he wrote, “put the moral certainty of his innocence and the reason why he should become a sinner.”

Conan Doyle was in the newspapers OTD in 1886. He came to the aid of a man who fell into an open cellar. The incident was in Southsea when ACD was still a practicing doctor.

The India Arms is still there, literally around the corner from the site of Doyle’s practice. It traded as the I Bar for ages, and now it’s Carter and Co.

Actor Michael Williams co-stared as Dr. John Watson in the BBC Radio series Sherlock Holmes Died OTD 2001

OTD in 1920, ACD wrote an indignant postcard to H. S. Hodges of the Western Chronicle about attacks on spiritualism. https://t.co/vVu2Q4A8dW)

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