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Episode 1603: THE WRITE STUFF
When a writer is murdered at
a literary event,
Canada's First International
Convention of Novelists,
Rudyard Kipling, Lucy Maud Montgomery
and a struggling new author
Normal Bean (actually Edgar
Rice Brroughs) played by Adam Butcher
come under Murdoch’s scrutiny.
I've been a fan of CBC-TV Canada's
Murdoch Mysteries for over 16 years
and have nearly all of the 250
episodes in my AV Library.
I've made many suggestions that
this series set in early 1900s Toronto
would be an ideal spot to feature
Edgar Rice Burroughs.
They had previously done and
episode involving a burrowing machine to the earth's core
At last, the ERB character has
finally appeared in Season 16's episode 3.
I've done scores of screen captures
from that episode . . . 45 of these will are featured below.
Bibliography of All ERB Books
Some literary licence is
taken with Burroughs's character.
This season's episode is set in
1910 about two years before ERB turned to fiction. Burroughs' first novel
was published by a pulp magazine in 1912.
ERB's first novel UNDER
THE MOONS OF MARS which would eventually be named A PRINCESS OF MARS had
been submitted to All-Story magazine under the penname "Normal Bean" suggesting
that the author of this fantasy fiction wasn't really crazy -- the typesetter
ruined the joke by misreading the name as "Norman Bean". To add a bit of
mystery to the Murdoch plot, the screenwriters had ERB use the name "Norman
Bean" when he attended the Writer's Convention in Toronto.
ERB recognized the policeman investigating
a murder at the event as being Constable George Crabtree -- one of his
favourite authors. Crabtree was flattered and let this struggling writer
follow him around as he investigated the murder. But ERB was eventually
suspected of being the murderer.
When cleared of the crime and
after George had read the manuscript for ERB's TARZAN OF THE APES (actually
ERB's third novel), the two express each author's admiration for the other's
writing. George suggests that ERB use a different name than Norman Bean
and is impressed when ERB tells him that his real name is the much
more appropriate EDGAR RICE BURROIUGHS.
Crabtree suggests that the name
for ERB's jungle hero "Zantar" sounds like a magician's name and that the
alternate "Tublat Zan" sounds more like a creature from outer space
than a super human man-ape character. He suggests that the names be reversed
and ERB agrees that a much better name would be "Tarzan the Apeman."
The two new friends leave for
the pub to enjoy a pint together.
Princess of Mars
Tarzan of the Apes
Rice Burroughs II: Visits Murdoch Mysteries
Rice Burroughs III: Visits Murdoch Mysteries
Rice Burroughs IV: Visits Murdoch Mysteries
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