Swashbuckle ~ er ~ ing

I don’t remember how old I was the first time I saw a “swashbuckling” movie??? But, the way I drank in the classics, I was probably just a child. 🙂

Ah yes, there is nothing like a good swashbuckling movie. To be transported by the film makers to that time when men and women engaged in daring and romantic adventures! Oh yes, and they did it so well, the hero or heroine’s wish was to impress or attract attention. There was so much bravado and flamboyance. Who better, than the King of the swashbucklers to begin our journey.

Captain Blood, Errol Flynn, great swashbuckler! | Movies I Love: Errol Flynn made our hearts swoon with his romantic escapades. *Sigh* What a guy! My husband says, he’s athletic.

Sword Fight  Caption:	 1937: American actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Ronald Colman engaged in furious swordplay in a scene from the swashbuckling adventure, 'Prisoner of Zenda', directed by John Cromwell. (Photo by John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)  Date created:	 01 Jan 1937:

Oh my goodness! Who doesn’t swoon at the sight of Douglas Fairbanks Jr??? Ronald Colman is the second gentle man in the photo in, Prisoner of Zenda. These men of the classics knew how to do swashbuckling right!

El Zorro & "Tornado":

There is the Fox ~ Zorro and his horse Tornado! ~Mysterious ~Masculine ~Swoon worthy!

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982):

“Sink meh,” Percy can wield a sword! The Scarlet Pimpernel, the man of disguises!

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl | Whoa | Oh My Disney:

Epic contemporary sword play ~ the rogue and the swashbuckling hero in, Pirates of the Caribbean.

Gerard Butler. The most gorgeous man ever. I love this movie!!! But in my head she runs away with the phantom because that's what I would do:

If all phantoms could look like this??? Whoops! Did I say that out loud??? He was obsessed, wounded, mysterious. Me thinks he would be the “rogue.” Of course, we all remember the slashing sword fight at the cemetery!

My hubby is teasing me as I conclude this sudden blog post. You might ask, why is he teasing you??? Thank-you for asking! 🙂 One night, I was lying on the couch and a movie came on television. There was a castle with a moat. Weeeeeellll, a man in a dark costume came up out of the moat and I came up off the couch. Rick has never let me forget that. He has teased me without mercy and he is teasing me now. So, it might be a good idea to watch swashbuckling movies alone. Of course, there are many more heroic movies, I have just listed a few. Which ones have you watched? What are your favorites? lol. Enjoy!



Classic Movie Friday!

The Scarlet Pimpernel 1934

Leslie Howard

Merle Oberon

The book is usually better than the movie, however, this movie is hilarious! Leslie Howard (Percy Blakeney) was excellent! Oh yea! He nailed it. I am sorry to say, the movie only takes the viewer halfway through the book, but it’s still a fun movie.

“They seek him here, they seek him there. Those Frenchies seek him everywhere . . . “

"You were once that someone who I followed like a star, but suddenly you've changed and now I don't know who you are. Or could it be that I never really know you from that start. Did I create a dream? Was he a fantasy? Even a memory is paradise for all the fools like me. Now remembering is all that I can do because I miss him so when I look at you."- The Scarlet Pimpernel:

The Happy Tag

There is a Happy Tag going around and I decided this is great fun, so here I am participating in the Happy Tag! 🙂

“You share a bunch of things that make you happy.” I was sorta kinda tagged by http://www.classicsandcraziness.wordpress.com

She put her Happy List in categories, so I will also. 🙂

Let the happy begin!


The Ordinary Princess, by M.M. Kaye

The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy

Tommy and Tuppence Mysteries by Agatha Christie

The Mitford Series by Jan Karon

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Map Across Time, by C.S. Lakin

Our Intrepid Heroine, by Ness Kingsley

Words ~












Movies ~

Hitchcock Movies


Little Women



Dark Victory  – Bette Davis movie

Romantic Comedies

classicsandcraziness included music, but I omitted it because, even though I love music, I didn’t know where to begin. 🙂 I like classical, worship/Christian, jazz/swing and on and on the list goes.

Random ~

The First Snowfall of Winter

homemade bread warm from the oven

Hot chocolate

My dog’s fuzzy face

the first plants of spring peaking their heads above the ground

Big sweaters

crisp, juicy apple

walk in the fresh air

hiking in the mountains


flying in a hot air balloon


If you are reading this, you are tagged. That’s right, everyone is tagged!




Murder ~ The Early Years

Murder/Suspense/Espionage has always been my favorite genre. When I was but a child, I would watch any classic mystery that was on television ~ AND ~I would devour, that’s right, devour any mystery I could find. (My husband says, the paragraph I just wrote sounds like a murder in the makin.’) 🙂

So! Here are the mysteries that had a profound influence! ~ that shaped me! ~ that molded me! that convinced me! ~ in those early years. The Nancy Drew Library: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories--Classic Series 1-56: Who doesn’t love Nancy Drew??? She’s awesome and she always seemed fearless to me. My friends and I would read her mysteries and then discuss them. Fun. 🙂

Charlie Chan ( While Charlie chan actor was white "number one son" and his family on shows were of Asian descent):

OH  MY GOODNESS! I love Charlie Chan mysteries. Charlie Chan was played by three different actors, however, my favorite was Sidney Toler. Victor Sen Yung played Charlie Chan’s #1 son, Jimmy. Jimmy was always very proud of his famous detective father. Jimmy was also a little tooooo helpful.

Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Otto Preminger's "Laura." 1944. A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.:

I will never forget the first time I saw “Laura,” starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. I was so surprised! I loved it. What a twist! I’ve read the book too!

Joan Fontaine & Laurence Olivier in Rebecca:

“Rebecca!” Oh my goodness! This is a Hitchcock movie. Joan Fontaine and Lawrence Olivier are in this movie of murder and suspense. I read the book before I saw the movie. Loved them both.

So, there you have it! Murder ~ The Early Years. There are so many more I could name. This list is but a few. Enjoy!





Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder, by Chris Cavender

My eyes are itching like the dickens, but I’m going to try to get this post written anyway. My eyes are a mess. *sniff sniff* I have “allergic.”

So, there is a murder at the pizza joint. HORRORS! While the citizens of Timber Ridge, North Carolina are snug in their beds, sleeping soundly, someone enters “A Slice of Delight,” the local pizzeria and murders Wade. Wade’s brother, Greg, is a suspect in the investigation. Eleanor, the owner of the pizzeria, and her sister decide to prove Greg’s innocent.

This is a good solid cozy mystery. I really don’t have much to say about it. 5***** stars!



Classic Movie Friday!

The 39 Steps ~1935~

Robert Donat

Madaeleine Carroll

No one does it like Hitchcock! Espionage, murder, counterespionage! A man on the run ~ hunted ~ that’s right ~ hunted, accused! A spy ring! Top secret information!

I’m not sure when I saw this movie for the first time??? I have read the book and I would recommend both movie and book. Enjoy. 🙂

I die for Robert Donat in that coat. "The 39 Steps" - 1935:


“The Rivers End,” by James Oliver Curwood

This book was so good. 🙂 The copyright on it is 1919! Can you imagine? 🙂

Mounted Police Office Conniston has tracked and captured the outlaw John Keith for killing a judge. The two men are holed up in a cabin, in the Hudson Bay area, because of an Artic storm. Brrrr. Conniston is dying, so, because of a resemblance to one another, they believe they can successfully change identities and Keith can return to civilization as Conniston.

This was such a good adventure story. There was always a sense of foreboding ~ will the characters who knew Conniston believe Keith is Conniston? There were surprises in the story leaving this reader wondering if Keith’s secret was going to be revealed. There was a mystery with one of the characters. And, each time I read a book by Curwood, I either get frostbite because he describes the  northern winters so well, or I get lost in the wilderness, fearing I will never return to land of people. 5***** adventuress stars!