Classic Movie Friday!

 

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer (1949)

Bud Abbott   Lou Costello   Boris Karloff   Lenore Aubert

Donna Martell   Alan Mowbray   James Flavin

Freddie Phillips (Lou Costello) is framed for murder. He’s a bellhop at the Lost Caverns Hotel. The police believe Freddie is guilty of said murders, even though, it is clear, Freddie couldn’t kill a mosquito. Freddie and Casey (Bud Abbott) are working hard to hide bodies and to prove Freddie is innocent. Inspector Wellman (James Flavin) comes up with an idea to catch the killer, but it puts Freddie’s life in danger. So ensue the comical adventures of Freddie Phillips. And, believe me, there is a plethora of suspects and moments of laughter.

This film is hilarious! I laughed all the way through it. Everyone in the film looked suspicious, except Freddie, and he was the one character who was suspected of the crime. And! The bodies are piling up and getting around!  🙂  Literally! While Freddie and Casey are trying to prove Freddie is innocent and find the real killer, Swami Talpur (Boris Karloff) hypnotizes Freddie. Oh my word! Such nonsense!  🙂  Booby traps are set, confessions are signed and costumes are worn in an attempt to catch the killer. Things get steamed up and in the end the killer is revealed.

Have you seen an Abbott and Costello movie? If yes, do you have a favorite?

Enjoy!

30 Day Winter Writing Challenge ~ Day 30!!!

Good morning Peoples! OH MY WORD! It’s day 30 of my 30 day winter writing challenge!!! Beat the drums, ring the bells, blow the kazoo, throw confetti!!! Do the dance of joy!!! It’s been a great blogging month. All of you have been amazing.  🙂

It’s 27 degrees outside! Heat wave!!!  🙂

Your Favorites for the 30 Day Writing Challenge ~

Day 10   ~   https://katiescottagebooks.wordpress.com/2020/01/10/30-day-winter-writing-challenge-day-10/

Day 24   ~   https://katiescottagebooks.wordpress.com/2020/01/24/30-day-winter-writing-challenge-day-24-death-in-st-petersburg-by-tasha-alexander/  

Day 29   ~   https://katiescottagebooks.wordpress.com/2020/01/29/www-wednesday-30-day-winter-writing-challenge-day-29/

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Today I’m meeting a friend at a coffee shop. We’re going to have a nice visit and drink tea. Enjoy your day!

Much love ~

Kathy

WWW ~ Wednesday! 30 Day Winter Writing Challenge ~ Day 29

Good morning Peoples!  🙂  This morning I thought I would jump on in and participate in WWW ~ Wednesday! Here we go . . .

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! Hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem. Just leave a comment with your responses. Please take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!  🙂

The Three W’s Are ~

What are you currently reading?

What have you finished reading?

What will you read next?

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What are you currently reading?

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

What have you finished reading?

Death in St. Petersburg (Lady Emily, #12)

Death in St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander

What will you read next?

Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert   Mass Market Paperback Murder in the Smithsonian : A Capital Crimes Novel Book

Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert

Murder in the Smithsonian by Margaret Truman

I’m looking forward to reading both of these books!  🙂  Have a great day!

Much love ~

Kathy

30 Day Winter Writing Challenge ~ Day 28

Good morning Peoples!  🙂  Busy busy day yesterday. We had an appointment to take care of some adult business, so we left our humble abode around 10:00 am and didn’t return home until around 2:00 pm. Yes, it was a busy day.  🙂  After we finished with our appointment, which went very well I might add, we had lunch at a coffee shop. We picked a good day. It wasn’t busy at all, so we sat next to the fireplace. Usually the tables near the fireplace are full. I had a gouda grilled cheese sandwich and a tasty salad with a small pot of British breakfast tea. Rick had a turkey sandwich on whole wheat, a salad and a soda. We talked, laughed and had a great time enjoying lunch together. I really need to remember to take a few photos of our food. We did some shopping and then we came home. It was a good day!  🙂

"Kate & Leopold"

Much love ~

Kathy

Ramblings And What Not ~ 30 Day Winter Writing Challenge ~ Day 27

Hello Peoples! It doesn’t seem possible, but February is just a few days away. My LITTLE Sister has a birthday in January! Happy Birthday LITTLE Sister!!!  🙂

It took me awhile to make the choice, but I decided on These Old Shades, by Georgette Heyer for my favorite read in January. Her stories are normally entertaining and I highly recommend them. However, I also liked The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe and Death in St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander.  🙂  

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Word of the Month ~

Rapscallion 

Your favorites at the cottage in January ~

January 3, 2020 ~ Classic Movie Friday, Charlie Chan, The Trap (1946)

January 3, 2020 ~ New Year’s Tag 2020, 30 Day Winter Writing Challenge Day 3

January 10, 2020 ~ Classic Movie Friday, Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

January 10, 2020 ~ 30 Day Winter Writing Challenge ~ Day 10

It’s 27 degrees outside. As many of you might know, Rick feeds the critters in our bad yard. So we have a menagerie of wildlife who come to visit us. Yesterday, he went outside and he could smell a skunk! EEEuuuuuuuuu! He didn’t see it, but he could smell it. I wonder if our smorgasbord has attracted a skunk???  🙂   I have places to go today, people to see and things to do! YIKES!  🙂

Much love ~

Kathy

30 Day Winter Writing Challenge ~ Day 25

Good morning Peoples!  🙂  It’s 23 degrees at 7:00 am. As many of you know, I’m reading, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Friday I packed up my book, journal, pen and enough money for a hot chocolate and drove to the bakery to read for a couple of hours. After I placed my order, I made myself comfortable and started to read. After a few minutes, the employee who made my hot chocolate brought it to the table where I was reading my book. The following conversation ensued.

Employee, setting the hot chocolate on the table, smiling brightly: Oh! What are you reading?

Me: Thank-you. *Turning the book to it’s cover, so she could see the title* I’m reading, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Employee: Her eyes got huge and she had the most surprised expression on her face: OH!!! MY!!! I DIDN’T EXPECT YOU TO BE READING THAT BOOK!!!” She was smiling and laughing as she dashed back to the goodie area.

I had no idea what just happened.  🙂

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Much love ~

Kathy

30 Day Winter Writing Challenge ~Day 24 Death In St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander

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“A dance with death . . . “

“After the final curtain of Swan Lake, an animated crowd exits the Mariinsky theatre brimming with excitement. But outside the scene is sober. A ballerina’s body lies face down in the snow, blood splattered like rose petals over the costume of the Swan Queen. The crowd is silenced by a single cry – Nemetseva is dead!” ~goodreads

Lady Emily and Colin have returned with their friend Cecile ~ this time, Russia. In this captivating mystery, they are visiting St. Petersburg. The night of the murder they are enjoying the ballet. During the break, the prima ballerina disappears and is replaced by her under study. The audience notices this switch, however, they are soon mesmerized by the accomplishment of the dancers and forget their is a new ballerina. Still entranced by the performance they have just witnessed, they step outside into the cold, snowy night air of Russia and hear the screams. The snow is red with blood.

This is an intriguing mystery. The characters, the setting, the ballet and even the victim grabbed my attention and held it. The author’s description of St. Petersburg, the snow, the cold, even the clothes one must wear to keep warm were wonderfully described. The chapters moved back and forth between the ballerina’s childhood and her adult life in Russia. This is a mystery I won’t likely forget. Colin is on an assignment, given to him from the Queen, so Lady Emily investigates this tragic death. She is not a stranger to investigation and uncovers the identity of the killer.

Highly recommend! If you read the Lady Emily mysteries, I recommend you read them in order. 5 ***** stars!

Happy Reading!

Classic Movie Friday!

McLintock. He tamed the West... but could he tame her?

McLintock (1963)

John Wayne   Maureen O’Hara   Patrick Wayne   Stephanie Powers

Chill Wills   Yvonne DeCarlo   Jerry Vandyke   Jack Kruschen

George Washington McLintock (John Wayne) is his name,  🙂  and he’s the wealthiest man in the territory. He’s respected by many. His daughter, Rebecca (Stephanie Powers) is returning from college and he’s eager to see her. Shortly before his daughter’s return on the train, his wife, Katherine (Maureen O’Hara) arrives in town. She says, she’s there to meet their daughter and take her back east. Katherine left McLintock a couple of years earlier and never said why she was leaving. They were never divorced. While he’s dealing with a headstrong wife and the return of his equally headstrong daughter, he’s also dealing with farmers moving into the territory, Indians who are about to be moved to a reservation and a government agent who seems nefarious in his purposes.

This film is a comedy, romance and a western all rolled into one. We have good guys, bad guys, strong women and wild men. There are fist fights, gunfire, brawls and everything you might possibly want in a western. However, it’s not my favorite John Wayne film. I had a coworker who loved this film. It was her favorite John Wayne movie. She thought it was hilarious!  🙂  I didn’t really like it. My favorite film with John Wayne is Rooster Cogburn (1975). However, if you love the old west with a whole lotta shenananigans and strong characters with happy endings, this might be the movie for you.  🙂  Enjoy!

 

30 Day Winter Writing Challenge ~ Day 23

Book Tag

The New Year Book Tag

Good morning Peoples! I found a book tag! YAY! I like tags. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, however, I found this tag at Kristen’s blog. The link to Kristen’s blog is below. The New Year Book Tag was created by Heather at Bookables!  🙂

The New Year Book Tag

 

How many books are you planning to read in 2020?

Probably 50.  🙂

Name five books you didn’t get to read in 2019, but want to make a priority in 2020?

~ The VanDerbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser

~ On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher

~ Almost Home by Valerie Fraser Luesse

~ Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

~ The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien

Name a genre you want to read more of in 2020?

I like a good adventure story. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of my favorite novels. I would enjoy reading more adventure stories.

Three non-book related goals for 2020 ~

Gardening. I would like to plant a few sunflowers and spruce up our backyard. I’m not very good at gardening, I call myself The Struggling Gardener, I will give it a good try this spring and summer.

My desk is always on my non-book related goals.

I don’t like to cook, but it might be nice to try one new recipe a month. I can do that.  🙂

What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

I would like Rick and I to read out loud together, Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis.

One word that you’re hoping 2020 will be ~

Refreshing.

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice

If you would like to participate in this New Year Book tag, please do, consider yourself tagged.  🙂

Happy Reading!

Much love ~

Kathy