Museum of Musical Instruments (Milan)

The Museum of Musical Instruments of Milan exhibits over 700 musical instruments from the fifteenth to twentieth centuries with particular attention to Lombard instruments. The collection contains plucked instruments and Cremonese violins, hunting horns, numerous wood instruments, bassoons and some ancient organs. In particular the Cremonese lutherie is appreciated all over the world for the high quality of its musical instruments; the museum displays the equipment of the former Studio di fonologia musicale di Radio Milano. In 2000 a donation by the Fondazione Antonio Monzino added 79 musical instruments, made between the 18th and 20th century, to the civic collection; these musical instruments represent the strong tradition of Lombard lutherie. The museum is situated in the Sforza Castle complex that includes The Museum of Ancient Art, the Pinacotheca, the Applied Arts Collection and the Egyptian Museum. List of music museums Le città d'arte:Milano, Guide brevi Skira, ed.2008, eutori vari Milano e provincia, Touring Club Italiano ed.2003, autori vari COLLECTIONS OF APPLIED ARTS AND THE MUSEUM OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ON THE FIRST AND SECOND FLOORS OF THE ROCCHETTA Media related to Museum of musical instruments at Wikimedia Commons

Dick Franks

Sir Arthur Temple "Dick" Franks was Head of the British Secret Intelligence Service from 1979 to 1982. Educated at Rugby School and Queen's College, Franks was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals in 1940, he became an Intelligence officer in the Western Desert and joined the Special Operations Executive. After the War he worked for the Daily Mirror before joining the Secret Intelligence Service in 1946, he became involved in Operation Boot, a plan to overthrow Mohammad Mosaddegh, the nationalistic Iranian Prime Minister in 1953. He was posted to Bonn in 1962 and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 1977, he was appointed Chief of the Service in 1978, in place of Brian Stewart, the Director of Support Services. As Chief, Franks was forced to contend with budget cuts, which he accepted for fear that SIS would otherwise be merged with the Security Service. One of the consequences of these cuts was the virtual closure of the MI6 station in Tehran – and the sole remaining officer was forbidden from operating out of the British Embassy by Ambassador Anthony Parsons – forcing him to instead rent a flat and depend on briefs delivered by SAVAK.

He lived at Aldeburgh in Suffolk. Franks was a member of the Travellers Club and still made regular visits into the last years of his life reminiscing with old colleagues from the intelligence world. Daily Telegraph obituary Financial Times obituary

Teenage Devil Dolls

Teenage Devil Dolls is a 1955 American black and white teen crime drama film produced and directed by Bamlet L. Price, Jr; the film was made in a quasi-documentary style that has no dialogue, just sound effects and music by Robert Drasnin. The movie is narrated by Kurt Martell, as Police Lieutenant David Jason, but the part of the Lieutenant is portrayed by actor Robert A. Sherry in the film. Price borrowed $4000 from his then-wife Anne Francis to make the film. Pert, pretty high-schooler Cassandra Leigh opts for the easy life of a pot-smoking biker to avoid the demands of her neurotic mother; when Cassandra's grades slip, destroying her college plans, she marries a love-smitten swain. But soon the bored young bride looks up her old thrill-seeking buddies, splits from home. Soon Cassandra is peddling dope on the streets to finance her growing list of addictions. A young Mexican makes her his partner, in crime and otherwise. With the police on their heels, the young lovers are forced to ditch a stolen car in the desert and take refuge in a shallow cave.

As the posse closes in, he abandons her and the deputies nab her when she's semi-conscious. The court sends her to a Federal Narcotics Hospital. Barbara Marks as Cassandra Leigh Kurt Martell as the Narrator, Lt. David Jason Robert A. Sherry as Lieutenant David Jason Bamlet Lawrence Price, Jr. as Miguel'Cholo' Martinez Lucille Price as Cassandra's Mother Bamlet Lawrence Price, Sr. as Cassandra's Current Stepfather William Kendell as Russell Packard Robert Norman as Johnny Adams Elaine Lindenbaum as Margo Rossi Joel Climenhaga as Sven Bergman Joe Popavich as Al Stutzman Anthony Gorsline as Jimmy Sanchez Victor Schwartz as Sergeant Schwartz The New York Times was critical in their review of the film writing: "The sensationalism implicit in the title of One-Way Ticket to Hell is hardly evident in this depiction of drug addiction and narcotics traffic...a case history of a young girl's descent into enslavement to the habit, this serious attempt to illustrate and warn against the disastrous effects of the evil emerges as an unimaginative cops-and-robbers-type melodrama.

Although its intentions are undoubtedly noble this latter-day parable is crude and without force...there is no dialogue, the story is related in "voice-of-doom" fashion by...the off-screen narrator - it affords its cast little opportunity to develop character. Bamlet L. Price Jr...plays Cholo Martinez, one of the villains who leads the heroine astray, may be listed as an ambitious and busy man. Nothing more. Barbara Marks only rises to the emotional levels called for in the role of the disturbed lass who drifts from a broken home to an broken marriage, to marijuana, sleeping pills and heroin; the other members of the cast are not effective. Neither is One-Way Ticket to Hell."Steven Pulchaski's review in his book, Slimetime: A Guide to Sleazy, Mindless Movies, was devastating, writing - "this is an obscure, anti-drug, anti-juvenile delinquent anti-rebellion morality story, all told in not-so-glorious Dragnet style's overwrought, paranoid and idiotic...basically, this is drug-paranoia propaganda at its bleakest and least entertaining, with grainy black and white photography, static just drones on for sixty-or-so minutes, though the plot tries to be controversial and hard-hitting, the flick is so unsleazy that it never gets off the ground".

Leonard Maltin rated the movie D saying it was "Yet another entry in the Reefer Madness school of filmmaking, about an insecure, discontented teen girl's descent into drug addiction and crime. Presented as a case history and without dialogue; the film ends with a cautionary message: Teenage Devil Dolls on IMDb Teenage Devil Dolls is available for free download at the Internet Archive Teenage Devil Dolls at AllMovie Teenage Devil Dolls at Rotten Tomatoes Times Square Grindhouse