Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wicked Haunt-o-ween with Georgie Lee and Classic Hollywood Films for Halloween

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KAREN: As a dedicated history and movie buff, Georgie Lee loves combining her passion for history and story telling through romantic fiction. I'm  thrilled she could join us today and take us back in time to those Classic Hollywood films we all love and cherish. 

***CONTEST: Georgie is giving away a digital copy of Mask of the Gladiator to one lucky person. Read on and find out how you may add this treat to your goodie bag! Contest ends Oct. 30th.

Now, settle into your favorite seat with her popcorn and drink, the show's ready to roll...

Classic Hollywood Films for Halloween by Georgie Lee

Halloween is almost upon us. If you live on a street like mine where no trick-or-treater is going to climb a steep hill just for a mini-Snickers, then it’s a great night to watch a Halloween film. Scary movies like Halloween or A Nightmare on Elm Street are great, but I also love classic ghost stories, and by classic, I mean films from the golden age of Hollywood.

Cary Grant
There isn’t a splash of red anywhere in these great old pictures, but they’ll make you laugh or send chills up your spine as fast as any modern movie. So, if you’re looking for a new film to round out your Halloween night, check out my list below, and don’t be afraid, there isn’t a Dracula or Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy to be found.

Arsenic and Old Lace – It isn’t a ghost story but it does take place on Halloween. It’s a fun, zany romp with the creepiness of a serial killer mixed with the dashing humor of Cary Grant.

Veronica Lake in I Married a Witch
I Married A Witch – Veronica Lake is the original sultry witch with the peek-a-book hairstyle in this paranormal romance. She comes back from the 17th century to get revenge on the man whose ancestors burned her at the stake, and inadvertently falls in love with him.
Topper – Another Cary Grant classic. He and Constance Bennett play a husband and wife who die then return as ghosts to spend some of their afterlife teasing their old banker friend. Not a scary film but a ghost of a great time.

The Uninvited – For a creepier ghost story, check out this Ray Milland classic. It has all the elements of a classic scary movie including a haunted mansion, a séance and a ghostly possession.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir – A romantic love story between a widow and the ghost who haunts her idyllic seaside home, starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney.

***CONTEST: Now that you’ve read about some of my favorites, I’d love to hear about yours, or about any classic ghost tales I might have missed. I will choose one lucky commenter to win a digital copy of Mask of the Gladiator. GIVEAWAY ends Oct. 30th.  Don't forget to leave your email.

Also, please check out my upcoming release, Studio Relations, a romance set against the backdrop of Hollywood’s golden age in which a strong-willed female director and a handsome studio executive square off in matters of both business and the heart.

Have a great Halloween everyone!

Studio Relations
By Georgie Lee

Available December 11, 2012 from Montlake Romance

Vivien Howard hasn’t forgiven Weston Holmes for almost derailing her career five years ago. Female directors in 1930s Hollywood are few and far between, and a man who coasts by on his good looks and family connections can’t possibly appreciate what it took for her to get to where she is. But when the studio head puts Weston in charge of overseeing Vivien’s ambitious Civil War film, she realizes she has a choice: make nice with her charismatic new boss or watch a replacement director destroy her dream.

Weston Holmes doesn’t know much about making movies, but he knows plenty about money. And thanks to the Depression, ticket sales are dangerously low. The studio can’t afford a flop—or bad press, which is exactly what threatens to unfold when an innocent encounter between Weston and Vivien is misconstrued by the gossip rags. The only solution? A marriage of convenience that will force the bickering duo into an unlikely alliance—and guide them to their own happy Hollywood ending.


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thank you so much for joining us for Wicked Haunt-o-ween! I love the movie selection. :) I Married a Witch is one of my favorites. Loved it as a kid.

I have one. How about: Blithe Spirit. This is also a play. The title is from Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "To a Skylark" ("Hail to thee, blithe Spirit! / Bird thou never wert").

A socialite and novelist Charles Condomine invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book.

The scheme backfires when Charles is haunted by his first wife, Elvira. Elvira tries to ruin Charles's marriage to his second wife, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

It's an entertaining film staring Rex Harrison.

Georgie Lee said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for having me. I love Rex Harrison! I'll have to check out Blithe Spirit.

Melissa Cutler said... Best Blogger Tips

*waving* Hi, Georgie!
As someone who knows nada about old movies, I'm definitely impressed that you can write a whole blog post (and an interesting one at that!) on them.

Great blog!


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I had to drop by and say how much I LOVED The Uninvited. My mother introduced me to that movie (along with the Ghost and Mrs. Muir) and I love them both.

I also remember watching Thirteen Ghosts when I was a kid. I think it was consideredy fairly scary in its day.

Great post and wishes for much success with your books!

Jean MP said... Best Blogger Tips

Love Arsenic and Old Lace, one of my most favorite films. I could watch that one over and over again.
Great post!
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Linda Thomas-Sundstrom said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Georgie. My favs are The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein (LOL), and a great old movie with Ray Miland about a haunted house that I cannot recall the name of because I haven't had my morning tea yet. Will have to look that up. Do you know the title?
Happy Tuesday!

Georgie Lee said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Linda, the Ray Milland movie is the Uninvited. A great film.

Thanks Melissa, Maeclair and Jean for stopping by!

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on the book! Nice list of movies. Don't have a favorite.


Lisa Kessler said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the old Vincent Price movies... He was so great at being creepy! Yikes!

He didn't need special effects! LOL

Great blog Georgie!

Lisa :)

Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

I really like old movies. Cary Grant is a favorite actor of mine!! Loved him in the "The Awful Truth".

But for a Ghost Story-- Is Ghostbusters old enough to be a classic now? lol


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Mary Galusha said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved your blog. Thanks. For a ghost story, "The Portrait of Jennie" with Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotton comes to mind. Also "Psycho" never fails to scare me and so does "Cape Fear with Robert Mitchum.

Georgie Lee said... Best Blogger Tips

A big thank you to everyone who commented. The winner of Mask of the Gladiator is Mary Galusha! Congratulations!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

@Georgie LeeMary Galusha! Congratulations!

Thanks again for being a part of Wicked Haunt-o-ween!!