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January 19, 2014

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There's some fun movies coming up on TCM, my thoughts on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty remake and a free audio of the original Walter Mitty short story. Let's dig in!

Issue 008 January 2014


If you didn't get a DVD of I MARRIED A WITCH for Christmas, you're in for a treat because coming up tomorrow morning at 1:15am PST (4:15am EST) Turner Classic Movies is showing I MARRIED A WITCH (1942) featuring the stunning Veronica Lake and the stoic Fredric March. Based on the Thorne Smith novel THE PASSIONATE WITCH, keep an eye out for Robert Benchley too.

On Saturday, January 25 at 6:30am EST (3:30am for us in the west) TCM is showing THE THIN MAN GOES HOME (1945). In this Nick & Nora Charles adventure, Nick gets mixed up in a murder investigation during a trip to visit his parents.

TCM brings us two more treats on Monday, January 27. At 11:45am EST (8:45am PST) you can catch MY BROTHER TALKS TO HORSES (1946) which I have never seen but sounds like it might share some of Thorne Smith's THE STRAY LAMB type of fun.

Following that you can get your Cary Grant, Myrna Loy & Shirley Temple fix with THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER (1947) which airs at 1:30pm EST (11;30am PST). If you've never seen Shirley Temple as a teenager, this one is especially fun as she develops a crush on Cary Grant.

Last but not least, on Friday, January 31 at 9:30am EST (6:30am EST) you can see BACHELOR APARTMENT (1931) starring Lowell Sherman and Irene Dunne. This is an interesting one because Lowell Sherman would direct NIGHT LIFE OF THE GODS a few years later, in 1935. So, here's the chance to see him direct and act.


Have you gone to see the new version of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY? A lot of times I will wait for a movie to come out on DVD because going to the movie theater can be expensive but I recommend getting out to your local theater to see this one on the big screen.

I went to see this with low expectations because I really liked the zany 1947 movie starring Danny Kaye. We often see remakes of movies and wonder "why did they have to do that?" but in this case I was very pleasantly surprised.

This new version of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY still has the fun daydreaming one would expect but it's also a very inspiring and uplifting movie that shows Walter trying to break free, to stop his daydreaming and start living his life.

Critics have either liked it or dismissed it as fluff but I'm not afraid to say that I think you should go see it (hopefully with someone you love) before it leaves the theaters because you'll laugh, you'll be stunned by the locations, and you'll leave the theater feeling good--which is a rare thing to feel leaving a movie theater these days.


Do you love audiobooks? If so, you're in for a treat!

I recently found out the folks at are giving away a free download of Ben Stiller reading the original short story of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY.

Just click this link below Free Audio of Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The link will open up a new page showing the Free audio to download. On the right side of the page it'll say "Get it for free" and you just click on that dark gray box. It'll ask you to log-in to get it.

Now, if you don't have an account, you can log-in with your account info if you want. Or you can sign up to get a free Audible account to try for 30 days. It's that simple. Just wanted you to know about it so you can grab your free audio download before they come to their senses and stop giving it away.

If you have any trouble getting the download or even signing up for a free account so you can get it, send me an email at and I'll be glad to help you out.


Here’s a reminder for those who missed it in the previous newsletters:

Criterion, the film folks who make super high quality DVDs of classic films, have released a regular DVD and a Blu-Ray edition of I MARRIED A WITCH, which was adapted from Thorne Smith’s last novel, THE PASSIONATE WITCH.

Starring Veronica Lake, Fredric March, Robert Benchley & Susan Hayward, I MARRIED A WITCH (1942) has never had an official DVD release in the U.S. Many people sell bootleg copies of it on DVD but it's not worth your hard earned cash. Wait until you see how the Criterion DVD looks. I'd be shocked if you aren't astonished.

The DVDs came out in October, just in time for Halloween. The other great news is that right now you can your copy of the DVD at a significant savings over the normal price of a Criterion Collection DVD.

Normally Criterion Collection DVDs sell in the range of $35 and upwards because they are regarded as the highest quality DVDs made of the movie. Criterion does an amazing job working with the filmmakers to produce the best transfer of the film onto DVD. A lot of times they include essays, commentaries and other supplementary materials.

But right now you can order your DVD at far less than $35. The regular DVD is only $16.58 while the Blu-Ray DVD is just $19.99. That’s a steal! If you're thinking of getting this one, you might want to get it now before the prices go back up to their normal cost.

Here’s some quick links I made for you to save you time.



So, that wraps up the this mini-issue of the Thorne Smith Newsletter for January 2014.

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