Classic Movie Junkie and … Yowza!


Roger:   So what else do you know?
Eve:     You’ve got good taste in clothes, good taste in food…
Roger:   And good taste in women. I like your flavor.
Eve:     You’re clever with words, sell people things they don’t need, make women who don’t know you fall in love with you.
Roger:  I’m beginning to think I’m underpaid.

From North by Northwest, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 1959

Yowza! We’re down to single digits  

201_318_Carina_0414_9781426898129_ItHadToBeYouEight days. Yep. Eight days until my 1920s romantic mystery, It Had to Be You goes live at Carina Press, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Google Play and other outlets where ebooks are sold.

Next week, I’ll begin to post some excerpts here to get the ball rolling.

Also, for anyone who’s internet surfing that day, I’ll be a guest blogger on Tuesday, April 8th at the Carina Press blog located HERE.  I’ll be talking about—what else?—classic movies and how they inspired the setting and characters in It Had to Be You. Pop in that day or the next to visit and leave a comment.

Or leave a comment here today! I’m always interested to hear which classic books, movies or songs have stood the test of time and continue to  inspire and entertain you.  🙂

Classic Movie Junkie

With the new book release approaching and a non-writing job to tend to, I’ll be plenty busy this week but not too busy to stream some favorite classics. This week it was tough to pick just two!

Monday March 31 (Tuesday am)

North_by_Northwest_movie_trailer_screenshot3:00 am   North by Northwest. (1959)  Thriller/ Spy/ Adeventure. TCM.  A case of mistaken identity launches a glib New York advertising executive into a world of government espionage, murder, seduction and a cross country chase for survival.  Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint.

Why? Many say this is Alfred Hitchcock’s finest achievement. (Would he?) Judge for yourself. North by Northwest clips along briskly and is inarguably a prototype for action and spy thrillers to come ( James Bond anyone?) Beautiful photography and fabulous cinematic techniques abound, including an iconic crop-dusting airplane scene. Grant plays his slick, wise-cracking self to perfection and Eva Marie Saint is delectable as the blond seductress he meets aboard the glamorous Twentieth Century Limited.

Thursday April 3 (Friday am)

Doris Day

Doris Day

4:00 am   Please Don’t Eat the Daisies. (1960) Comedy. TCM. A New York drama critic and his wife suffer a bumpy transition when they move their boisterous young family from the city to the suburbs. Doris Day, David Niven, Janis Paige.

Why? Before Erma Bombeck, there was Jean Kerr. Based on Kerr’s 1957 bestseller, this film is among the best of Doris Day’s comedies. While Niven isn’t my favorite of her  leading men, the two create a charming romantic chemistry. And then there’s Janis Paige—Niven’s would-be naughty temptress—who turns in an engaging performance that’s impossible not to enjoy.

Trivia Corner

Baby boomers and classic TV fans, keep an eye out for one of Doris’s rambunctious kids–a very young blond Stanley Livingston, who would  soon play Chip Douglas in the long-running TV series My Three Sons.

Times listed are EDST. Check here for your U.S. time zone Turner Classic Movie monthly schedule.

This week’s Amazon Prime Pick – North by Northwest

Have a great week!

Photo credits:

Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint – By Trailer screenshots (North by Northwest trailer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It Had to Be You – Copyright © 2014 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited Cover Art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited ® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited or its affiliated companies, used under license.

Cary Grant – By Trailer screenshot Licencing information : and (North by Northwest trailer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Doris Day By Universal Pictures ( [Public domain or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

4 thoughts on “Classic Movie Junkie and … Yowza!

  1. I can’t wait until release day!!!!! And I do love your new banner across the top. Trixie is stunning! 🙂

    I saw Don’t Eat the Daisies many years ago, and don’t remember much about it except for Doris singing the title song, which I thought was more of a gimick than a plot enhancer.

    I’ve been wanting to see NxNW, tho.

    Still can’t wait for release day!!


    • Hey Ava! Yay! Me too! (On the book release. Thx!) And I’m so impressed you remember Doris Day sang a song that played on the movie title. I agree—it *was* just plopped in there like an afterthought. I’m sure it was done to meet audience expectations since Doris was known first as a singer. Que sera sera! 🙂


  2. Yes. I’m thinking….I’m underpaid too. But. Alas. I’m not Cary Grant or Eva. So… back to work. Trixie is surely an eyecatcher! And I can’t wait to hear her story and meet her man.


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