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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

YouTube Ann Blyth book trailer

This is by way of a book trailer for Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.  The two songs she sings on this video, "My Foolish Heart," from the Oscars in 1950, and the other, "My Golden Harp" (to the tune of "Danny Boy") from a guest appearance on the Louella Parsons radio show in 1951, are selections probably not a lot of people have heard.  The movie magazine covers are always a kick.

Enjoy.  Buy the book.  Did I mention that before?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Valerie Harper & Sally Struthers at the Ogunquit Playhouse - Maine

Now playing at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine: The musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It, with Sally Struthers and Valerie Harper.  Runs through August 15th - More here at their website.


A summer sale on two of my eBooks runs now through the end of July:

Classic Films and the American Conscience - a collection of essays on classic films in the context of the era in which they were made, and...

Double V Mysteries: Numbers 1 through 3 box set - a cozy mystery series set in New England in the post-World War II era.  A little noir, a little romance, a lot of New England.

Both eBooks are selling at half-price at Amazon.


Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. 

The eBook and paperback are available from Amazon and CreateSpace, which is the printer.  You can also order it from my Etsy shop. It is also available at the Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts.

If you wish a signed copy, then email me at and I'll get back to you with the details.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New London Ledge Lighthouse

The New London Ledge Lighthouse was constructed in 1909 on Black Ledge in Long Island Sound.  Some say it's haunted.

There are 14 rooms in this Colonial style brick building.  A quiet little mansion of some style sitting just outside New London, at the mouth of the Thames River, but far enough away to be isolated.  A lighthouse keeper's life was predominantly one of isolation.

The haunting is assumed by many to be the ghost of Ernie, a lighthouse keeper living here in the 1930s, who leaped to his death off the top of the tower when he got a letter from his wife saying she had run off with the captain of the Block Island Ferry.

Visitors to Ocean Beach in New London consider the lighthouse from a lazy distance, most never knowing the story.  Ever since 1987, the light has been automated, and Ernie is alone again.

For more on the New London Ledge Lighthouse, have a look at this site.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Calamity Jane in the Movies

This is to announce the publication of my new eBook Calamity Jane in the Movies, an essay that began as several blog posts on my Another Old Movie Blog.  The book is available from Amazon here.  It is to be the first in a series of short books examining Hollywood's treatment on historical subjects, as well as the current events of the era in which the films were made.

Calamity Jane, a real-life historical figure in the American Old West gets a "reel" life in Hollywood's varied, entertaining, and inaccurate portrayals.  Fifty-seven pages, includes several historical photos of Calamity Jane, as well as movie stills and lobby card images.  The book is currently priced at $1.99, but can be borrowed free for Kindle Prime subscribers.

Now Available