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.
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|
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!
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.