All About Eve
In Chapter Three I have my ten year old want-to-be a movie star, Bette, adopt the role of Margo Channing from the movie All About Eve.
“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”
I used to listen to a college radio station broadcast out of USF. They were fond of playing audio clips from various sources and one their favorites was a Bette Davis line from the movie, All About Eve, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” Ms. Davis had some great lines in that movie and I have my Bette character repeat more of them in Chapter Three.
Based on the play The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, the screenplay was written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Having never seen the play, I don’t know who created that line, it might have even been Darryl F. Zanuck who according to Wikipedia gave the movie its name and worked on the script.
In the first two chapters of the books I have my characters quote from the following films. And just to be clear about what I’ve written: The little actresses are not the leading ladies in those films; they are simply named after the actresses and are being taught to imitate the actresses in certain film roles. Hopefully, no one will accuse me of evil intent. And if you’re interested in why I picked this admittedly eclectic selection, I can only refer you to the TCM channel and my mother with whom I watched many of these old movies as she called them. Many of them I’d seen while growing up in front of the television. I grew fond of seeing them again with her and my sisters who knew the bios of nearly every leading man and lady.
Read for Free: Suitable for boomers to read to their grandchildren.
Desperate for something to publish, I went ahead and posted the first chapter of Sunny Marley and the Six Little Actresses. Later on today, I’ll add citations for the movie lines I have my characters quote. I think I’d mentioned earlier on that there are several issues with publishing this book. It’s the copyright issue for which I can’t find a clear answer. I tried a copyright lawyer, but he hung up on me when I explained I wanted advice on usage before being sued.
That’s the copyright issue. Another issue or problem is the same one as exists for all my writing: publicity. I’d really like to have some readers. For this series (I’m in the process of writing Sunny Marley’s sequel) I’d thought of some emails targeting beseeching…
TCM’s Robert Osborne to give the book a read.
Is that how SEO works? H1 highlight a famous name and brand? Or: was that just a cheap trick, a way of me piggybacking on someone else’s fame? Maybe.