Summer Doings, Thermometer Pets & Classic Movie Junkie


“I just got to feel that whoever I marry has some real regard for me, aside from all that lovin’ stuff.”

From Bus Stop, 1956, 20th Century Fox


Thermometer Cat

Ah, summer. It’s my favorite time of year. But, yeah, it’s hot. I know it’s too hot when Thermometer Cat tells me I don’t have the A.C. cranked up high enough. Here’s how it works.

When the temperature is correct, Thermometer Cat looks like this.

1_Temp Correct - Copyrighted Photo

Temperature Correct

1_Temp Incorrect- Copyrighted Photo

Temperature Incorrect

When the temperature is incorrect, she looks like this…

Low Tech. But accurate.

Other Summer Doings…

1920s Fiction -It Had to Be You

As promised, I’ve fallen off my blogging schedule (if ever I had a schedule). I’ve been staying busy with family coming to visit, working at the paying job and writing and, yes, goofing off. For example, check out my new Pinterest board “Vintage Fashion – ‘20s and ‘30s”,  an It Had to Be You – inspired board. Let me know what you think. Dang, but pinning is time-sucking fun!

Mini Vacay

Summer is for hitting the road. The hub and I have an anniversary this summer, so we’ll be heading out for a day trip to Inner Harbor, Baltimore to “do-over” one of our first dates. As I recall, we got rained on while waiting in an excruciatingly long line at the aquarium. I spent the rest of the day wearing soggy clothing and bad hair. I was convinced this guy–who I thought was sorta cute–would never ask me out again. He doesn’t remember it that way. That’s romance. 🙂

How’s your summer? Any thermometer pets at your house? A singing iguana? Color-changing poodle? Any mini vacays planned?

Classic Movie Junkie

Speaking of time-sucking fun, there’s a plethora of classic movie gems on TCM this month. Here are just a few on my July watch list…

Saturday July 12

1_Eileen_Heckart,_Marilyn_Monroe_and_Don_Murray_in_Bus_Stop_trailer_18:00 pm   Bus Stop (1956)  Comedy/Romance. TCM. An exuberant but naïve rodeo cowboy won’t take no for an answer when he decides he wants to marry a struggling saloon singer.  Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray.

Why?  Monroe’s performance as down-on-her-luck saloon singer Cherie is funny, sweet heart-tugging and, possibly, the best of her career. Match that with Don Murray’s oddly engaging film debut as the gorgeous but not too bright rodeo cowboy “Bo” who falls madly in love with her at first sight.

The romance builds gradually and unpredictably and is refreshingly complicated on Monroe’s part for what is basically a light  rom com.  Don’t miss this five-star gem.

Sunday July 13

 6:00 pm   Dial M for Murder (1954) Thriller/Mystery. TCM.A husband’s plot to murder his straying wife takes an unexpected turn when she killsDial M for Murder Movie Poster his hired assailant in self defense. Ray Milland, Grace Kelly.

Why?  Clever, clever, clever. Ray Milland is so superb as the suave, conscienceless, patient-as-a-spider murderous husband that we easily forgive the ever-beautiful Grace Kelly for her marital straying. Still, it’s the twists and turns of this shell-game of a plot that make this Hitchcock classic worth more than one view.

Sunday July 27

 256px-Glenn_Ford_-_19552:00 pm   Blackboard Jungle (1955) Drama TCM. An idealistic new teacher is confronted with the hard realities of juvenile delinquency when he takes a job at an inner city boys high school. Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Vic Morrow, Sidney Poiter.

Why? Parts of this movie are dated but most of it translates very well, thanks to Ford’s understated performance. His portrayal of crusading teacher Richard Dadier—an ex-vet who comes to his first teaching job idealistic but no saint—is nuanced and real.

Sidney Poitier fans: Poitier was too old to be cast as a student in this film, but he still owns every scene he’s in—a treat to watch.

Trivia Corner

Bus Stop marked the film debut of Marilyn Monroe Productions as well as actress Hope Lange, who later married leading man Don Murray. The making of the movie was infamously difficult. Lange later stated about Monroe, “She may have put everyone through hell, but the end result was extraordinary. She’s wonderful in the film.” For more  on the making of Bus Stop, check out AMC’s Backstory: Bus Stop on Youtube.

Dial M for Murder (based on a stage play) has been remade more than once. Check out 1998’s A Perfect Murder, starring Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Blackboard Jungle featured a little-known rock and roll ditty called “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets. It was a year-old “B-side” song that had already faded into obscurity.  Suddenly it rocketed to #1 on the Billboard charts. And the rest is history. 🙂

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

Have a great month!

Photo credits:

Dial M for Murder movie poster – Bill Gold [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 Glenn Ford – By Columbia Pictures (eBay) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Bus Stop – By Trailer screenshots (Bus Stop trailer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It Had to Be You cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited ® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited or its affiliated companies, used under license.

Thermometer Cat – Copyright © Delynn Royer

2 thoughts on “Summer Doings, Thermometer Pets & Classic Movie Junkie

    • Hey Ava! Thanks for stopping by! We love Thermometer Cat too. She certainly does earn her keep. 🙂 Right now, what I should be working on is my third Sean and Trixie book, but I’ve been cheating on that manuscript to dabble with two other vastly different projects. My muse just can’t decide where she wants to be during these dog days of summer.,,


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