Created by David Anthony (pseud.
of William Dale Smith)
his first book appearance, 1969's The Midnight Lady and the
Mourning Man, David Anthony's sleuth MORGAN BUTLER
is a campus security officer at Jordan College in Jordan City,
Ohio. He investigates a burglary that develops into the murder
of a coed. The book was subsequently was made into a Universal
film, The Midnight Man (1974), starring Burt Lancaster,
who also co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced. By most accounts,
the film's not exactly Burt's best. for some reason, Morgan Butler's
name was changed to "Jim Slade."
By Morgan's second book, Blood on a Harvest Moon (1972), he
has retired to a life of farming, but agrees to take an important case
for his ex-wife. Her current husband has been murdered.
Anthony is also the author of another PI, Stan
Bass, who we fortunately know a little more about.
- The Midnight Lady and the Mourning Man (1969)
- Blood on a Harvest Moon (1972)
- The Long Hard Cure (1979)
- THE MIDNIGHT MAN
(1974, Universal Pictures)
The Ex-con. The Hippie. The Senator. The Pervert. The
Lesbian. The Professor. The Sheriff. The Sadist. One of them
is a murderer. All of them make the most fascinating murder mystery
Based on the novel 'The Midnight
Lady and the Mourning Man" by David Anthony
Screenplay by Roland Kibbee
and Burt Lancaster
Produced by Roland Kibbee
and Burt Lancaster
Starring Burt Lancaster as
Also starring Susan Clark, Cameron Mitchell, Morgan Woodward,
Harris Yulin, Robert Quarry, Joan Lorring, Lawrence Dobkin, Ed
Lauter, Mills Watson, Charles Tyner, Catherine Bach
Report respectfully submitted by David
Nobriga, with additional info from Kevin
Burton Smith. Thanks to Big
Al Hubin for the well-deserved whack on the head.
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