Things I'm addicted to and enjoy: Agatha Christie, mysteries, reading and collecting books, Dark Shadows (TV), Stephen King, writing, movies, Saturday afternoons and more than I can possibly list. Follow me and find out. Enjoy!
P.D. James in her home office, pictures by Mark Gerson, 1993. One of my long time favorite authors. So amazing she is 93! I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another novel in the works!
[Pete Martell pours coffee for Dale Cooper and Sheriff Truman.]Pete Martell: Mr. Cooper, how do you take it?Dale Cooper: Black as midnight on a moonless night.Pete Martell: Pretty black.
Twin Peaks - Nothing better than Agent Dale Cooper and his love for black coffee.
100 Favourite Movies
11: The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes 1939
The Snoop Sisters - Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick - are finally on DVD! I’ve waited YEARS for this limited series to come back! Yahoo!
Directed by Andrew L. Stone, Julie stars Doris Day as a woman who finds herself married to a talented pianist who also happens to be a jealous nutbag and a dangerous lunatic (Louis Jourdan). Instead of doing the sensible thing and braining him with a shovel while he sleeps, she runs away and starts a new life and a new career as a stewardess. (Is that really a ‘career’?) Unsurprisingly, her husband doesn’t take this lying down, and pursues her with a murderous determination and ruthless efficiency you wouldn’t particularly expect for someone who plays the piano for a living. His pursuit culminates in the hijacking of a plane, setting the cinematic historical precedent of the stewardess landing a plane when the pilots are otherwise indisposed.
I’m a big fan of Doris Day anyway, but I always enjoy her in peril (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Midnight Lace, Caprice), and Jourdan always makes a smooth, sinister villain. Director Andrew Stone ( (Highway 301, The Steel Trap, Confidence Girl, The Night Holds Terror) specializes in wringing every drop of tension from even quite generic plots, and he keeps things nice and taut in this one.
It doesn’t show up on TV very often (if ever), so it’s nice to see that it’s now available from the chaps at the Warner Archive shop as a burn-on-demand DVD.