Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Mysterious Marauder

Twice he had entered the St. Clair mansion. What was he after? Who? What was in danger?

I don't know. It sort of looks like Stephen Fry interpreting Hamlet as a 1930s gangster. It's a remake, of course. I guess they ran out of theater space downtown.

Berteau, the famous detective, had warned St. Clair that the mysterious marauder would come again. And now - a noise in the passage! The creak of an opening door! A shot in the dark! A capture!

Boy, that was quick. The critics are so tough these days. Mind you, it was a risky choice of venue.

Is this wounded stranger the mysterious intruder? Who could tell?

Uh oh. This could be very awkward. Maybe this intruder is not the Mysterious Marauder, but is in fact the understudy. In which case they should have told everyone that before the play started. No wonder Berteau is so cranky!

Yet Berteau identified the man without hesitation and won the $2500 reward.

Naturally. Of course he did. What else is he going to say: Oops, I made a mistake!...Of course not. And why else is Berteau so quick on the draw? Because he sent away for the "professional Finger Print Outfit" from the University of Applied Science!*

Here is a real opportunity for YOU. Can you imagine a more fascinating line of work than this?

Goodness, no. I had no idea that being a theater critic was so exciting.

 *Which is located, of course, in Chicago. You can click on the "Retro Chicago" tag below to see why this is so very significant.

[From Popular Mechanics, April 1925 - big-ish version here.]

5 comments:

Bill said...

I'd like to attend that university, and I can be sure of a good education since it is in Chicago. On your site, Chicago has proven itself as the premier city of wondrous products and services.
Here's what I learned from the interwebz about a degree in applied sciences: This kind of degree is for students who intend to enter the work force upon graduation. Okay, thanks! That sure narrows it down.

Tori Lennox said...

I'm a tad miffed. Apparently you can only take this course if you're of the male persuasion. Sounds rather sexist to me. I wonder if any of these secret service geniuses could figure it out if I attended classes dressed as a man?

Amy said...

Now that you've mentioned it he does look like Stephen Fry, very mysterious...

Lidian said...

Bill - Yes, it really does! In a sort of mysterious way...

Tori - They would give you extra credit for a good disguise, probably.

Amy - It is, especially since SF was born in 1959 and the ad is from 1925...

Amanda said...

Hilarious! Who knew creepy, faded outline Marauders were hanging out in stage wings? Will make me think twice about the theatre :)