Number 21 in a series

I’m getting too old for this. I can’t keep up. The stuff keeps coming at me faster than I can handle it. But the best part is I don’t have to make any of this stuff up. I have a person who works for the United States government I pay to do it for me. At $400,000 a year. Worth every penny. Here’s the latest:

What’s a ‘Covfefe’? Trump Tweet Unites a Bewildered Nation

WASHINGTON — And on the 132nd day, just after midnight, President Trump had at last delivered the nation to something approaching unity — in bewilderment, if nothing else.

The state of our union was … covfefe.

The trouble began, as it so often does, on Twitter, in the early minutes of Wednesday morning. Mr. Trump had something to say. Kind of.

“Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” the tweet began, at 12:06 a.m., from @realDonaldTrump, the irrepressible internal monologue of his presidency.

And that was that.

A minute passed. Then another. Then five.

Surely he would delete the message.

Ten. Twenty. It was nearly 12:30 a.m.

Forty minutes. An hour. The questions mounted.

I need to check my bank balance. I need to see if I have another $400,000 to lay on the table. This stuff is rich. And the Internet just caught fire.


Oh, my God! Where is this heading?

Is this for real? We need to go to a reliable source.

Jesus, it is real! Stop. Stop! You’re making us all look silly. Too late.


That’s it. I’m done. I can’t take any more of this.

Wait. Here’s another. Let me post this one more. But first, there’s somebody at the door. No! Help me! It’s the Covfefe…



New game in town—number 29 of a series

I need to stop this. It’s getting out of control. This constant sniping at the current President. I’m going to stop it right now. But first this item:


Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney defended President Trump’s tweets this morning calling for a “good shutdown” in September and said the president was “frustrated” by Democrats claiming victory over the government funding bill.

“What you heard the president express this morning was frustration over how he was treated as part of the negotiations,” Mulvaney said during a press briefing at the White House on Tuesday.

“I think the president is frustrated with the fact that he negotiated in good faith with the Democrats and they went out to try to spike the football and make him look bad,” Mulvaney said. “I get that frustration because I think it is a terrible posture for the Democrats to take.”

I mean, people. When is this guy ever going to get a break?

When there’s no skin left.

Bad Movie Wednesday

One of a continuing series

Ever since I picked up Hulu and Amazon streaming video I’ve been watching for this one to get served up. Here it is, from 1987, No Way Out, from MGM, and starring Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman. It’s on Amazon Prime Video this month, the first time I’ve seen it in about 30 years. Details are from Wikipedia.

This is a political-espionage thriller, and it mostly takes place in the nation’s political hub, in and around Washington, D.C. You won’t miss that point, because the title scene is a magnificent helicopter “boom” shot that starts with the focus on the White House nestled behind the George Washington monument, panning backward, across the Potomac before finally settling on an impressive house on the Virginia shore. The scene switches to inside the house where Lieutenant Commander Tom Farrell (Costner) of the United States Navy is explaining to a panel of interrogators how the present situation unrolled. The scene then switches back to the beginning, six months earlier.

Farrell is at an inauguration ball, so this must be 20 January, and the year must be 1984, because that’s when the inauguration prior to this movie occurred. Farrell spots a really hot babe whose name is Susan Atwell and who is played by Sean Young. She decides to ditch her date for the night and make it with Farrell. They get it on hot and heavy in the back seat of a limo, going full carnal for the cameras. They end up at the abode of Susan’s friend Nina Beka, played by Iman. Susan ditches the remainder of her garments, and the two spend the night together in Nina’s apartment.

Immediately Farrell goes off on a sea duty assignment to the Republic of the Philippines. Along the way he becomes a hero after saving a seaman from being washed overboard in a storm. His name and photo appear in the news.

In the Philippines Farrell and his Navy buddy soak up some local culture, inserted by director Roger Donaldson for viewers to feast their eyes while the plot ripens.

Back in D.C. and now attached to the office of Secretary of Defense David Brice (Hackman), Farrell reconnects with Susan, and they really get it on hot and sinful. After a weekend of heavy necking at a Chesapeake Bay hideaway the loving pair return to Susan’s place, where the rent is being paid by Farrell’s new boss. When Secretary Brice shows up unexpectedly, Farrell cuts out the back way as the Secretary enters by the front. Susan’s landlord figures she is double dipping on him, and there is a confrontation. Susan ends up dead, falling from an upper floor onto a glass table below. Things get sticky for the DoD head.

To salvage his reputation, and his job, Secretary Brice engineers a plot of distraction, employing the aid of his eager assistant Scott Pritchard (Will Patton). The plan is to blame the murder of Susan on an imagined Soviet mole named Yuri, suspected of living surreptitiously among Pentagon workers and being sought by the FBI, CIA, and military intelligence. Most of the remaining action takes place within this massive complex, supposedly the largest office building in the world. Irony of ironies, Farrell is assigned to work the investigation. He struggles to keep a level countenance.

Pritchard’s ambition and resourcefulness are without bound. Any and all methods are available for play. Here he discusses strategy with two government contract killers, inside the Pentagon.

Meanwhile, at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, Director Marshall (Fred Thompson) discusses with agent Leon Russom (Kevin O’Brien) just what the hell is going on at the Pentagon. Russom speculates Brice has taken on himself the task of tracking down Yuri the mole to steal the CIA’s thunder. He tells about the late Susan Atwell, apparently the girlfriend of Pritchard or his boss. The Director points out it can’t be Pritchard, because he is gay. Surprise, surprise!

As Farrell monitors the process and pretends to be hunting for Yuri, he gets wind Pritchard’s hit men are going after Nina. There is much artificial drama as Farrell snatches a car from the Pentagon’s pool and gives chase, cutting off the two gunnies and reaching Nina in time to warn her to flee her workplace at a Metro boutique and to get deeply lost.

Farrell enlists the aid of close friend Sam Hesselman (George Dzundza), ultimately taking Sam into his confidence. This proves fatal for Sam. When Sam confides to Pritchard, also revealing Susan’s connection with Brice, Pritchard murders Sam, shooting him inside a Pentagon gymnasium.

In the meantime, investigators have brought in witnesses from the Chesapeake resort to identify the man they saw with the late Susan. One spots Farrell in a Pentagon corridor, and a massive hunt throughout the entire building is initiated.

Farrell discovers Pritchard has murdered Sam Hesselman, and there is a big blowout in the Secretary of Defense office. Pritchard is selected to take the fall, and he responds by putting an unused bullet through his temple.

That ends the hunt for Yuri and possibly not quite Farrell’s troubles. He exits the Pentagon and reminisces on a grassy slope next to Susan’s grave. Two men in suits come and lead him away. They take him to the house in Virginia and interrogate him. His Soviet boss steps from behind a one-way mirror and tells him it’s time to come back to the fatherland. He declines the offer, and his boss instructs his agents not to kill Farrell. He reminds them Farrell has no place else to go.

So, that’s the key to the entire plot. Yuri the mole turns out to be Farrell, and you start to wonder how a deep cover operator like him managed to misplay his relationship with Susan, thus risking his exposure. What was he thinking? Then it is revealed that his assignment was to get close to Susan, very close, and thereby close to the SecDef. Apparently what happened is he got too close and developed a loving relationship, not a wise move for a seasoned spy. As it turns out, this is to be expected.

Revealed at the end is that Evgeni (Eugene in English) had been planted in the United States for years, becoming completely absorbed in American life and working his way to the upper reaches of the United States military. What often happens in cases like this is that the propaganda of the spy’s home country wears thin and with it the spy’s loyalty. Without periodic refreshment orientation an embedded agent may eventually flip.

Other aspects of the plot lack real world comfort. Yuri is known to be in the Pentagon. What do they do? They instigate a room by room search, dragging along the two witness who can identify him. They expect to complete this before the end of the work day, when thousands of people will be heading home. No, I don’t believe that either. I once worked for this company, but it was only last year that I ever visited the headquarters. The place is huge. Let’s think about a room-by-room search taking several days at least.

There is a lot of what I call plot churn. This is what you see when action seems to have been added in an attempt to stretch out the suspense. In this case, as is often, the action takes on the appearance of pachinko played with human marbles. That’s what we see as Defense security people charge from office to office and up and down those huge ramps that connect floors.

The same can be said of Farrell’s dash to save Nina from the killers. A freeway confrontation, an engineered crash, over the edge of an elevated lane, down a tree, through back alleys, sliding down an escalator divider, onto a Metro train, and on and on. It’s plot churn.

This production features a fair amount of female skin, much appreciated by a segment of the viewer-ship. Also there are shots of Kevin Costner’s bare torso, which will interest others in the audience. Titillation is a lot of what this movie is about. Enjoy.

Trump News

Could be a new series

Did I mention I subscribe to Trump News? Yes, it turns out I did mention it. Here’s an excerpt:

I subscribe to an email newsletter from The sender is listed as Trump News, but it is not likely the President-elect is in any way involved with Trump News. Where to get started? How about with a recent story from En-Volve:

Career Felon Killed In Shootout By 13-Year-Old During Home Invasion

That was five months ago. I’ve been neglecting this valuable resource, and I’m correcting that now. From a recent email:

Michigan Residents Have UNEXPECTED Reaction When Court Announces They Have DENIED New Muslim Mosque

Many of these towns were formerly Christian, or wanted little to do with any religion.

But, thanks to “politically correct” policies, they’ve had no choice but to suffer the advance of Sharia Law, a system and ideology totally incompatible with American values.

Finally, there are some towns that have had enough.

This town in Michigan courageously said NO when Muslims wanted to plant a new mosque there. And watch how local residents reacted.

That’s from a link in the email. It’s worth some diagnosis. Some Skeptical Analysis. Start with the headline:

Michigan Residents Have UNEXPECTED Reaction When Court Announces They Have DENIED New Muslim Mosque

I am left to puzzle why the headline needs to emphasize the residents’ reaction–unexpected. I’m reading this on, apparently a conservative site, so I’m trying to figure out why the reaction from citizens of Sterling Heights, MI, is unexpected. I will have to be satisfied with being  puzzled. But, as the headline shouts, the new mosque has been denied. The Detroit News has a more lengthy and clear-headed take on the matter, dating back from 14 March. Better read that to get a better understanding. Apparently an initial  ruling held that the mosque could be built, but then citizens opposed to the mosque sued.

The En-Volve item was published yesterday, and it links to a video centering on the planning board’s most recent decision. The permit to build the mosque was denied by a 9 to 0 vote. A Google search does not turn up additional  reference to this breaking news.

The complaint filed against the mosque cited things like traffic and size of the structure, and that was the ruling of the zoning board. But the cheering crowds seem to express emotions beyond zoning issues. The flavor of the En-Volve piece is indicative of the crowd’s reaction. It contains no mention of zoning:

One mosque at a time, American towns are being overrun by Islam.

This is wholly at odds with a statement by Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor. From  the video:

Sterling Heights has a solid reputation for inclusiveness and tolerance reflected in a wide variety of places of worship across the city.

Mayor, I was not able to discern inclusiveness and tolerance from the people in  the video. And the tone of the En-Volve item was wall-to-wall anti-Muslim, concluding:

This town in Michigan courageously said NO when Muslims wanted to plant a new mosque there. And watch how local residents reacted.

“Muslims wanted to plant a new mosque there.” [Emphasis added] The word “plant” connotes staking a flag at a forward line of troops in a battle. The episode is cast as a battle. My take? It’s supposed to be a battle between Christianity and Islam. En-Volve evokes Christian values being undermined by a rival religion and the need to counter an invasion.

There is a take-away. This is becoming representative of American conservatism. Conservatism, and by implication the Republican Party, is becoming the party of correct religion versus incorrect religion. American  conservatism has come to  this point. There are not many other ways to spell “Fascism.”

Who am I to talk. I wouldn’t want a mosque built in my town. Nor a cathedral nor a temple. All those people are just crazy, and I’m hoping some day they will get some sense and quit doing this shit. I was also hoping to get a new Ferrari for Christmas.

Dying to Believe

Some more of the same

This is not going to be a story about somebody who died. This is about people who died, but not for the attributed cause. The anti-vaccination site Vaccine Impact regularly publishes stories of death attributed to vaccination, and this one wound up in a link on my Facebook feed:

After 3 Years of Suffering 19 Year Old Girl Dies from Gardasil Vaccine Injuries

Kate was very tall for her age and a very accomplished athlete before receiving the Gardasil vaccine. She died at the age of 19 after suffering for years.

And there is additional detail, including a plug for the film VAXXED and links to other horror stories. What the article does not disclose is Kate’s last name, but you can get it from watching a video linked on the page. Her name is Kate Wright, and a Google search on “Kate Wright Gardasil vaccine” brings up details not available from Vaccine Impact.

The only one of my search results that turned up Kate Wright’s case was the one on Vaccine Impact. A significant body of the remainder pointed to  the false claims being made by the anti-vaccine movement, regarding Gardasil in particular. Snopes has an item about a different Gardasil case:

On 11 August 2014, the alternative medicine web site Health Impact News posted an inaccurate and poorly documented article entitled “Gardasil Vaccine: One More Girl Dead,” which blamed the death of 12-year-old Meredith Prohaska of Waukesha, Wisconsin — whose mother had found her face-down on the floor and unresponsive six hours after being vaccinated on 30 July 2014 — on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil:

Snopes continues with a dissection of the Wisconsin case. The girl did receive a Gardasil vaccination, and she did subsequently die. However, the coroner’s examination  found the girl died from other causes:

This proved true in the Meredith Prohaska case. In October 2014, the Waukesha County medical examiner announced that an autopsy found no evidence that the vaccination caused or contributed to the girl’s death. The actual cause of death was determined to be diphenhydramine intoxication — diphenhydramine being an antihistamine drug, the main ingredient in over-the-counter medications such as Benadryl. Somehow (the details of the manner of death weren’t made public), the girl had ingested a fatal overdose of the drug.

Health Impact News published its story before the coroner’s findings were reported, and they never followed up with a correction.

Some background may be useful. I obtained this from Wikipedia:

  • HPV is the human papillomavirus.
  • HPV infection is a sexually-transmitted disease.
  • Nearly all cervical cancer cases are due to HPV infection.
  • In 2012 266,000 deaths resulted from cervical cancer, taken to be a typical year.
  • Gardasil 9 is Gardasil variant that protects against nine different types of the HPV and will prevent 90% of cases of cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer is treatable, and mortality rates vary from 59% to 67%, along a racial divide. It can be assumed that untreated cervical cancer will prove fatal,  since the cancer will metastasize. Sound advice is available from additional sources. This from Forbes, which includes the following:

Here Is How We Know Gardasil Has Not Killed 100 People

And another interesting take:

Regarding the supposedly damning video interview with Jenny Thompson of Health Sciences Institute:

Note that this video deals primarily with subjects such as the political and moral issues involved with requiring HPV vaccinations for young girls, the notion that vaccinated girls might mistakenly believe they had been immunized against contracting sexually transmitted diseases (other than HPV), and the claim that cervical cancer deaths can be effectively eliminated through means other than HPV vaccinations. It offers no real evidence that Gardasil vaccinations are dangerous other than to cite the raw VAERS data referenced above (without noting that analysis of those reports failed to establish a causal link between HPV vaccinations and the reported serious adverse events).

Both the above refer to VAERS, which is the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

Vaccination against HPV is most effective when administered to young girls, and it is often given free in public schools. To the extent the anti-vaccine campaign prevents girls from getting the vaccine, some those unvaccinated will die from cervical cancer, another case of dying to believe.

Lotz Wife

A recurring appearance

Anne Graham Lotz “is an American Christian evangelist. She is the second daughter of evangelist Billy Graham and his wife Ruth Graham. She founded AnGeL Ministries, and is the author of 11 books, of which her best known is Just Give Me Jesus.” She is also a bottomless well of merriment for those who enjoy hanging around the fringes of modern religion and banging at the low-hanging fruit. For example:

Anne Graham Lotz Says God Sends Terror Attacks Because Of Bathroom Rights And Evolution

By Ed Mazza

Terror attacks such as 9/11 and the mass shooting in San Bernardino were allowed by God because of the gay rights movement and the acceptance of evolution, evangelist Anne Graham Lotz said.

“Our nation seems to be shaking its fist in God’s face and telling him to get out of our politics, get out of our schools, get out of our businesses, get out of our marketplace, get off the streets,” Lotz told conservative radio host Steve Deace, according to audio posted online by Right Wing Watch. “It’s just stunning to me the way we are basically abandoning God as a culture and as a nation.”

When that happens, “God abandons us and he backs away and takes his hand of favor, blessings, His hand of protection away from us and he abandons us,” she said.

This, of course, causes me much anguish. Who would have thought the gay rights movement had such dire consequences. All those queers out there ought to pay heed and reflect on the damage they are bringing on us straight people. And evolution? Yes, evolution. Mrs. Lotz, the recent product of an ancient lineage of ape-like humanoids, wants to disavow her upwardly mobile ancestors, without whose hard-scrabble persistence she would not now have the opportunity to denounce  them.

She recently appeared on the Steve Deace radio talk show to discuss her new book, The Daniel Prayer. I’m not tempted to purchase the book and do a review, but a copy of the introduction is on-line. It’s a few pages, and it concludes:

And there’s only one solution.

When faced with God’s righteous judgment, there is nothing . . . nothing . . . no politics or president, no government or agreement, no institution or organization, no media or ministry, no economy or military, no alliance or treaty . . . nothing will turn our nation around except prayer.

Heartfelt, desperate prayer. Prayer where the pray-ers rend their hearts, return to the Cross, and repent of personal and national sin. Only prayer that moves Heaven can change a nation.

And that’s the Daniel Prayer

Contact me if you are unable to obtain a copy of the intro for yourself.

I have to admit this is a whole side of human existence foreign to me, and I will not attempt to comprehend it. This I do suspect, and I am paraphrasing others:

God is all knowing, all seeing, and all powerful. He has a plan.

Prayer is a device employed by people to tell  God he is mistaken, and he should do something else instead.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.


New game in town

Did you miss him? I know I did. While President Donald Trump was off schmoozing with the swells of Europe and the Middle East, back here in the U.S. of A. I was pining for my favorite meme, that meme being the prickly ego with skin as sweet and soft as a baby’s behind. The blight is over. My beloved is back, and my world is whole again. Let the fun begin.

The Fake News Media works hard at disparaging & demeaning my use of social media because they don’t want America to hear the real story!

 5:20 PM – 28 May 2017

“The real story.” Yes, we want to hear the real story. It’s time we got the real story. Give us the real story. But, what is the real story? Only the Snowflake-in-Chief knows the real story. He needs to tell us the real story. But where to start? How about start with this real story?

In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally

12:30 PM – 27 Nov 2016

No, not that real story. This real story:

The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.

Maybe that’s not the best real story to put up. There’s this other real story:

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

Will we ever get the real story? Don’t ask me. Ask President Donald Trump. He’s the one who knows the real story. The only one who does.

Quiz Question

One of a continuing series


Taking the easy road this week. I pulled this week’s Quiz Question from an Internet site, so don’t go searching math puzzles on Google. Copied and pasted from the site:

Use the numerals 1, 9, 9 and 6 exactly in that order to make the following numbers: 28, 32, 35, 38, 72, 73, 76, 77, 100 and 1000

You can use the mathematical symbols +, -, ×, /, √, ^ (exponent symbol) and brackets.

Example: 63 = 1×9+9×6

Post your answer in the comments section below. The winner will be whoever posts the greatest number of correct solutions.

Media Research Center

Number 2 in a series

Here’s what passes for news in some circles. I subscribed to the Media Research Center (MRC) newsletter,  and I receive daily (sometimes more) mailings. I am dead sure some of my Facebook friends (ex friends?) consider this and similar outlets to be the straight skinny, but the MRC is as close as you can get to an outlet of disinformation. Rats! I forgot about Alex Jones. OK, second closest. They put out more stuff than I can cover, so I have to pick and choose. Here’s my most recent favorite (from the email):

[May 27 at 8:28 AM]

Dear John,

The way the media is portraying the “riots” in Venezuela is awful. It’s quite frankly dangerous and irresponsible.

[some stuff]

As you probably know, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in response to catastrophic food shortages. Homicide rates in Caracas are now higher than any other city in the world.

This once wealthy and prosperous nation has been completely decimated by socialism and the meddling of Castro’s Cuba.

But you wouldn’t know that based on the media coverage.

“Wouldn’t know that based on the media coverage?” Really? Then how did I find out about it?

Today CNN aired a report produced by one of their reporters who entered the country disguised as a tourist. In February the government banned CNN from the country after that network published a report about the issuing of passports to potential terrorists:

Conatel [Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission] accused the channel of attempting to “undermine the peace and the democratic stability” of Venezuela.

It did not specifically mention the passport story, but government officials had earlier in the day disputed it at a press conference.

The story was the product of a year-long investigation into allegations that Venezuelan passports and visas were being sold to people in Iraq, including some with terrorism links.

The report alleged that Venezuelan Vice-President Tareck El Aissami was directly linked to the granting of 173 passports, including to members of the Lebanese group Hezbollah, which is designated a terrorist group by the US and other Western powers.

That was drawn from a CNN news item I picked up on YouTube. Another liberal news outlet hiding the story from us is The New York Times:

CARACAS, Venezuela — In scenes across Venezuela, the security forces emerge as villains in dark uniforms. A young demonstrator approaches the military with outstretched arms, witnesses said, only to be shot dead moments later.

In one video, a National Guard armored vehicle runs over protesters. In another, a man shrouded in tear gas falls into convulsions before soldiers toss him on the back of a motorcycle.

The cover-up is unrelenting. Even The Dallas Morning News:

CARACAS, Venezuela — A day that began with largely peaceful protests against Venezuela’s socialist government took a violent turn Monday as fierce clashes between state security and demonstrators killed at least two people.

Thousands hauled folding chairs, beach umbrellas and protest signs onto main roads for a 12-hour “sit-in against the dictatorship,” the latest in a month and a half of street demonstrations that have resulted in dozens of deaths.

Sadly, even The Washington Post:

Venezuelan security forces and the pro-government motorcycle gangs known as “colectivos” have met the unrest with escalating force, and in some cases, lethal gunfire, making matters worse. At least 55 people have been killed in the past seven weeks, including protesters, members of the security forces and bystanders caught in the fray. About 1,000 have been injured, according to the latest tally by authorities, and 346 businesses have been looted or burned.

“The danger is that a spiral of violence will overwhelm the capacity of either side to control it,” said Phil Gunson, a Caracas-based analyst for the International Crisis Group, adding the mayhem of the past several days appears to have “crossed another threshold.”

“The more people die, the more the anger grows and the more willing the government becomes to respond even more violently,” Gunson said.

There is no escaping it. The liberal media are suppressing the true story about Venezuela.

Or, which is more likely, the MRC knows its readership to the core and continues to push this false narrative and others in a stream without letup. This would not be possible if there were not readers eager for any and all that makes them comfortable with their prejudices.

The MRC saga will continue and so will this series. There is more fun heer than anybody has a right to enjoy. Call me unrepentant.

Bad Movie of the Week

One of a series

This movie is prime for review on a number of counts, not the least of which is its poor print and sound quality. That it came out in 1936 should have no bearing, because there exist works in excellent shape from the same era. However this one suffers from an intriguing plot plagued by implausibility. It’s House of Secrets, and I’m obtaining the screen shots from Amazon Prime Video. Details are from Wikipedia. Here’s a summary of the story.

Leslie Fenton is Barry Wilding, an American traveling in Europe, although the reason is never explained. Here he is on the ferry from France to England, and he has just rescued comely Julie Kenmore (Muriel Evans) from a man who was making untoward advances. Only, Barry does not know her name at the time. She refuses to tell him that or why she was in France. When Barry attempts to gain information by examining her purse, she chucks it into the Channel. Rather extreme some would think. There are more extremes to come.

Guess what. Barry has hardly checked into his London hotel when he gets a summons from a lawyer. It is never explained how the lawyer knew Barry was in London, since he only planned to  stay until he could catch a boat to America. Anyhow, the lawyer is named Coventry (Jameson Thomas), and he explains that Barry is heir to a British estate. All Barry needs to do is to sign, in blood, an agreement to never sell, and the 300-year-old place is his. They use red ink instead of blood, and the lawyer assures Barry it’s all perfectly legal.

Not so fast. Barry shows up at the estate, supposedly unoccupied since the death of his relative, only to be met by guard dogs and a distinguished gentleman in the form of a Dr. Kenmore, who also has a gun—pointed at Barry. Despite Barry’s protestations, he is ordered to depart forthwith and to never return. This is a disappointing turn of events.

And if you have guessed there is a connection between Julie Kenmore and Dr. Kenmore, you are right. The good doctor is Julie’s father. The intrigue thickens, as Julie shows up at Barry’s hotel room asking him to cease and desist. Who can refuse an offer like that? Everybody, of course.

Barry stops at a local lodging near his estate and gets the lowdown. This scene also introduces some of the rare acting talent in this movie. From IMDb I learn that Mrs. Shippam is played by Rita Carlyle, who puts in a sterling character performance.

Among the documentation that came with Barry’s inheritance is half a parchment that originally gave directions to a hidden treasure. Who has the other half?

It’s necessary to introduce Sidney Blackmer as Tom Starr, an American friend of Barry’s and also a police detective, in England to ferret out a murderer who fled American law. Tom helps out and eventually plays into the plot.

It turns out the killer Tom is looking for is Dan “Three Fingers” Wharton (Noel Madison), and Dan and his gang are looking for the treasure. They have the other half of the parchment. To cut to the chase, Wharton gets Barry’s half of the parchment, and the gang raid the estate, dragging everybody except Barry (missed him in their dragnet) down to the basement. They will force them to reveal the secret treasure. They threaten to turn on the valve on that tank and then leave everybody cooped up in a closed room filling with poison gas. In fact, that is exactly what they do.

But Barry comes to the rescue. He gets the drop on the gang and breaks into the closed room He is advised to turn on the valve attached to the other tank. It contains a gas that neutralizes the poison gas.

And that’s what the movie is all about. The government (Great Britain) has been seeking to develop the poison gas neutralizer, and seeing Barry’s estate vacant they took it over to run their experiments. Now the poison gas neutralizer is proved to be successful, and the whole business can come to an end, and Barry and sweet Julie can live happily ever after in the estate. They celebrate.

But what about the treasure? They spring up and go on a treasure hunt, quickly finding the ancient loot. Barry and Julie are going to live quite comfortably ever after. Of course, this movie was put out not knowing that a major world war was about to engulf England in barely three years, and everybody’s life was going to be disrupted in horrific fashion.

What’s wrong? A short count:

Barry meets Julie on the ferry. She tosses her purse into the water rather than reveal her identity. As though nobody on the boat knew her name already. Who gets on a cross-channel vessel without entering some kind of identification into a passenger manifest?

Barry is in London and receives a lawyer’s summons while the ink on hotel register was still wet.

Barry acquires an estate by signing his name to an agreement. Really? No title transfer and lawyer stuff?

Barry shows up and gets run off his estate. Police tell him to get lost and quit troubling these squatters. Why doesn’t Barry show his title deed to the property? Because he has none.

The British government wants to conduct secret experiments, and the only way to keep the secret is to take over somebody else’s estate. That’s going to keep the secret?

The estate has been around for 300 years, and nobody has ever found the treasure under a trap door in the basement?

My knowledge of poison gas is that it kills quickly. A few seconds inside a closed room with the gas valve on, and everybody would be Dead. With a capital D.

Yeah, a lot doesn’t make sense in this movie. It’s based on the novel of the same name by Sidney Horler. I wish I could get a Kindle edition and do a review, but it’s available only in hard cover. Others share my opinion of Horler’s plots:

Literary reviewers of the time, such Dorothy L. Sayers and Compton Mackenzie, generally gave negative opinions on Horler’s fiction. Horler’s novels have not been popular since his death. Critics have taken issue with Horler’s plots, described by William L. DeAndrea as “unbelievable” (Horler himself claimed to “give old man coincidence’s arm a frightful twist”) and characters seen as cliched. David Stafford describes Horler as “among the worst” of British thriller writers.

There’s a lot of that going around even today, much of which finds its way into movie plots.