Monday Smiles

My poster (a Gloria Swanson poster reworked and added to) for a Marcelline Mulot Retrospective held in 1998, at which I was the Special Guest. Last night I had an inspired idea. I have portrayed myself (the narrator) through this series as an unstable crank who thinks she was able to talk to a mouse. (Not too far from true) Two chapters along I am going to double down on that, offer as evidence of me an unhinged old bat that I have been writing a ten-thousand word version of Cinderella in verse for forty years, and give the link to it on Medium.

My favorite. This always makes me smile.

10 thoughts on “Monday Smiles

  1. mimispeike says:

    Does anyone mind if I add an image here? I just finished my poster for a 1998 Silent Film Festival – a Marcelline Mulot Retrospective. I have reworked a promotional piece from a film of Gloria Swanson and inserted my own type.

    My next image will be another paper doll. It will be Maisie’s gown for when she is presented to the Prince of Wales at Thelma Furness’ country estate outside London. Thelma was his mistress before Wallis Simpson. As a matter of fact, it was Thelma who introduced him to Wallis a few years later. (This portion of my story is set in 1927)

    Thelma was the one, off on a lengthy trip to the U.S. (she was American, a Vanderbilt) who so famously said to Wallis, her good friend: Take care of the little man for me, would you dear?

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  2. mimispeike says:

    Well! I have a big TUESDAY smile on my face. I am about to post the first thing I’ve ever posted on Wikipedia!

    I have been hunt- and pecking around the internet looking for info on Wallace Beery, specifically, on a couple of his films. I’ve been looking for reviews on some very early stuff, finding nothing. I tracked ‘Partners in Crime’ down to Wikipedia, they offer only the title, stars, and a few fuzzy words about a plot. (A comedy/crime drama) And the line: “no synopsis available.”

    With persistence, I managed to land on an imaged page from the entertainment industry bible, Variety, from April 5, 1928 with a full synopsis/review. I have taken screen shots. I am going to type it up and add it to the Partners in Crime page on Wik.

    I haven’t figured how to relocate myself to other dates of Variety, but it’s a start.

    My big grin is also because I may have just solved a plot problem for Maisie. I decided my idea of a kiddie-flick turned crime drama isn’t going to work. I couldn’t get myself to believe it, and if I don’t believe it, I’m not going to ask a reader to swallow it.

    I have another idea. It’s more complicated, but I think I can get it to make sense, given the info I’ve found in Variety.

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  3. mimispeike says:

    Here’s my Sunday smile. And yours, perhaps. If anyone is still following this thread.

    I’ve finished chapter seven, Peachy Is Panned.

    I’ve started chapter eight. Maisie has been blackballed by Hollywood producers for having refused to return from Paris to do publicity on The Canary Murder Case. Reworked post production, it was taken from a silent to a talkie, much reshooting/dubbing involved. The industry had changed overnight. To have released it as a silent would have been box-office suicide.

    Unemployable as an actress for the foreseeable future, she and Bea are going to write a screenplay, a new venture for them. They have many writer friends, including Dalton Trumbo (working a a reader in the story department at Warner Brothers, two years before he sold his first script).

    Bea’s going to read their work in a writers’ workshop, taking advice from her social circle of experienced professionals. Her script is going to get slammed.

    I’ve saved my long-ago reviews from Book Country. I will be reconfiguring some of the amusing digs JoeTV made, when he first read my Sly. I’ve been looking for a place to get some of those goofy comments in for years. This is the spot!

    The title of chapter eight will be: You’re No Jane Austen.

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