The Picture Ranch

Hollywood, 1940. A boy disappears. There's a dame and a PI. Nothing new? You decide.

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Long time no hear... Micawber Fisher P.I. is still in trouble. Re - "priest-brained fish", accompanying image is a fisherman's priest.
Gold cherry

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How they always start...

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Meeting over coffee and soda in Carlsbad, CA... So it's a slow burner, so what?

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Hey! Slow is sometimes good... we've got 65,000 words to go yet. With luck...

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Reader : Mail boxes? The man's obsessed with mail-boxes! Writer : No internet and smart phones in those days, Bud.

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Looking for Miss G...

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Where in the world is Eleanor Gräfenberg?

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Moose? Really? ... Yes.

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Trouble for Micawber Fisher P.I. Longer by 300 words than usual, make a cup of coffee first.

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With friends like Fisher...

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What? You thought I'd give up? I was looking for inspiration and something turned up...

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Fisher seeks help... even someone called Micawber can't just wait for something to turn up...

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At a Military Academy... (long)

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"Ya wait long enough, sumthin' turns up" Micawber Fisher. Picture is from wikipedia commons.

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A visit from Boethius... Image is from Wikipedia with commons licence.

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Fisher gets his own back... Due to copyright concerns you have to imagine the image. Please attribute to the Coen Brothers inside your own head.

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"How in hell will you get Micawber Fisher out of this one?" "umm..." Image is a still from the 1947 Republic Serial "The Black Widow" and copyright is believed to belong to the distributor of Republic Pictures, viz. Artisan Home Entertainment since 1998. The Black Widow is not available to buy.

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Like Micawber says, something - or someone - always turns up... Picture is produced via and is free of copyright issues.

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Fisher gets a change of clothes... Image produced via Photofunia. Edward G's image labelled for non-commercial use with modification.

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Fisher's plans are complicated, huh? Picture source is Pinterest. No known copy-right issues. Text applied via

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Back to School. CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use. No attribution required. Source:

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A shocking discovery... Image is copyright expired from a very old furniture catalogue of the 19th century, Image source Wikipedia commons Any chance of a genre/category "Noir"?

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Tea and no sympathy... Image made by Alf Van Beem, 20 March 2016, 12:20:27 source Wikimedia commons.

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Semper Fi? You can't trust anyone...

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What's in the box? Gotta find somewhere to open it first... Picture source : No known copyright issues due to age of image (1923)

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Okay, okay I'll tell ya what's in the box... Image source is Wikipedia PHGCOM : Own work , photographed at Japanese Currency Museum User does not endorse this writing or website. Commons Licence : Share-Alike 3.0 Unported

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A visit to a morgue, but not the kind you're thinking of, anyway. Drink that Lye Berry Juice. Image is believed to be out of copyright and will be removed on request, should this not be the case.

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Some holes there is no getting out of... image created by author, from PD photo.

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What the hell is going on? Answers on a postcard or a key fob... Image By jwhalifax - Own work , Public Domain, Link

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Miss G opens up... image licence: GNU Free Documentation License , Version 1.2

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Fisher and Miss G converse pool-side... That's the real Ginger in the picture. Maybe Fred was hoping she'd drop by. The picture was PD and I put the lettering on it, so I could claim copyright, but I'm not.

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Short and bitter... like most of these... Picture is in the public domain, an old movie still of Noble Johnson.

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"Just Drive She Said" And just to be all "meta" check out the link at the end... Image created by author from PD elements and word art.

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Up at Bill Hearst's place... Image was PD, treated with Photofunia...

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Nothing much happens...

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They say life begins at forty, will some kind of plot development begin here? Image source tumbler

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Something happens... almost... Image is in the Public Domain due to its advanced age. It has been modified at

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"I'm looking for a boy," she said. Just so you know where we are. Image is from Wiki Commons and is so old it is in the Public Domain. I fiddled with it on Photofunia.

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Might as well get them into every famous Hotel in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area... Image was taken by Tony Hisgett ( @N00) and used in acc. w/ CCA 2.0

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I bet at least 2 people laugh out loud. Image from CC0 Public Domain

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a little bit more... may even finish this soon... Image created by author.

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In which something, but not so very much, happens. Image is lifted from a Northampton auctioneer's website, the box is long sold, but they still sell such things. I doubt they'll recognise the image after what I've done to it.

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This Mulvaney's not a square guy... Image source is wikipedia commons.

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One day Fisher will catch on to what's going on, but I doubt it... Image source wikipedia commons, in the Public Domain.

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