Friday, December 11, 2015

Inkling Explorations Link-Up // December 2015


Here's for our December Inklings! (Note: if you're interested in participating and new to the blog, you can find our link-up explanation/guidelines + more buttons here. :))

This month's selection is: A Christmastide movie scene


My decision making process this month has been complicated (read 'undecided'), but I finally opted to go with this gorgeous, wintery scene from the classic Lady on a Train with our heroine, Nicki Collins (Deanna Durbin), singing 'Silent Night' long distance to her father in San Francisco.




A murder mystery set in New York at Christmastime, Lady on a Train is quite scary in places and -- with the positively perfect balance of frightfully funny moments and adorable romance -- it's one of my favorite Deanna Durbin films.


Not to elaborate on the costumes and hairstyles...

And I already mentioned the humor, right? I thought I did... :)

And the humor plus the drama.

What think you all? Have you seen Lady on a Train?


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Just leave your own link here in a comment and I'll add it to the post. :) As always, entries are open through the end of the month and I can't wait to see your selections!

Jillian @ a room of one's own
Naomi ~ The Christmas Proposal in Downton Abbey
Hamlette ~ Two (Merry?) Little Christmases
Eva ~ christmas at stalag 17
Natalie ~ A Christmas Eve Wedding
Faith P. ~ "It's a Wonderful Life"
Olivia ~ The Nativity Story

*How to do it*


1. Post the Inklings button on your sidebar.
2. Do a post on your own blog relating to the month's selection/subject (a literary excerpt as short or as long as you like AND/OR—if specified that month—a screencap from a film with an explanation of how the scene builds/develops the story). Link back here somewhere in your post.
3. Come back here and paste your link in the comments box and I'll add it to the post. Then enjoy visiting and reading everyone else's contributions!

That's all there is to it!

(And note: you can visit here for blog buttons and links for previous months. :))

Up next month: A New Year or 'new beginning' passage in literature


30 comments:

  1. Yayy! A Christmastide movie scene. This one's got to be an easy one. :-)

    No, I haven't seen "Lady on the Train", but you've got me hooked! :-)

    ~ Naomi

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    1. Naomi,
      Ooooooooh! SO looking forward to your post! ;)

      And most excellent!! Actually -- believe it or not -- I was thinking of you several times while posting as I think you'd really love it. :D Do tell me if you can see it!!

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    2. Naomi!
      Incidentally, if you absolutely can't get hold of it anywhere, her version of 'Silent Night' AND 'Night and Day' are both available on YouTube, but they're waaaaay better in context in the film (besides better camera quality), so if at all possible please pleeeeease try to see all of it in order first. :P But if you absolutely can't find it, there's always the YouTube clips for a teaser taste. ;D (And so far as I can tell, you can't watch it in it's entirety on there. :/)

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  2. I already know what mine will be. :)

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    1. Faith P.,
      Wonderful and I'm looking forward to it! :)

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    2. Mine is up!! :D

      http://chosenbythepotter.blogspot.com/2015/12/a-wonderful-life.html

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    3. Faith P.,
      Lovely! I've added your link to the post and I'll be reading and happily commenting as soon as I can. :)

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  3. I've never seen Lady on a Train, but I've heard Deanna Durbin sing and she has an absolutely gorgeous voice :) Have you ever heard her version of Danny Boy? It's lovely.

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    1. jessica,
      Yes, Deanna Durbin's voice is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. :D I haven't heard her sing Danny Boy, but her rendition of 'Night and Day' (later, after 'Silent Night') here on Lady on a Train is my favorite version EVER. Have you heard some of her Spanish pieces, too? Those are absolutely incredible. :) :)

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  4. I can't remember if Lady on a Train was one of the movies we watched from our library's "Deanna Durbin collection." I liked her movies a lot-I'll have to see if I can get them again!
    And I DO hope I can participate this month! I'm sorry I wasn't able last month.

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    1. Natalie,
      If your library had 'The Sweetheart Collection', which seems to be the common one, you probably did! :)) Aren't they fun? It seems I always forget in between times just how much I enjoy them. ;D

      And I so hope you can join in, too, as I'd love to see what you come up with!! :)

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    2. Heidi,
      Yes, that was the collection! :D They were such fun movies. :)

      And here is my link! Yay! :)
      http://ramblings-of-a-red-head-girl.blogspot.com/2015/12/christmastide-movie-scenea-christmas.html

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    3. Natalie,
      Yay!! I've added your link and I'm hoping to comment on your post ASAP. ;D

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  5. I've never heard of this movie! I love classic films, so I'll have to put it on my list. I had actually just posted a series of images from a Christmas scene in a film and scheduled it for Christmas Day -- before I saw this post. :) So I'll link to that for my participation this month. Great minds think alike, eh? Mine won't be visible until Christmas morning. Anyone who knows me knows which film I'm featuring! :) Merry Christmas, Heidi! (Also, great idea for January!)

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    1. Jillian,
      Lovely! I do hope you can see it soon!

      And wow, that's absolutely perfect! (I haven't seen it, so I'm not positive, but... *coughs* would I be going way out on a limb to guess it'll be something to do with GWTW?? ;D)

      And thank you!!

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    2. YOU GUESSED IT, SHERLOCK! :D

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  6. Oh, ha! I forgot my link: https://readingamericanleaves.wordpress.com/2015/12/25/merry-christmas-x/

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    1. Jillian,
      Splendid! :) Quick question: would you like me to add your link now or wait until after it goes live on the 25th?

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    2. Oh, you can add it now if you like! I don't want you to have that lagging on your to-do list. Thanks for asking! :)

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    3. Jillian,
      Oh, thank you -- perfect. It's on the post! ;)

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  7. I would like to try and do this one.I haven't seen "Lady on a Train" but after seeing this post I saw that it was coming on TCM so I taped it and will check it out.

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    1. Robert,
      It'd be great to have you! And oh that's fantastic -- I hope you enjoy it!

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  8. I know exactly what scene I want to use... I just need to find time to do it! Now that the birthday party is out of hte way, I should have time tomorrow or Friday :-)

    I have never seen a Deanna Durbin movie, I don't think. Isn't that awful?

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    1. Hamlette,
      (Wow, okay. I just had one of those reality check moments. It is Friday already! Somehow all day yesterday I was thinking it was Wednesday, but then not really -- 'cause I remember thinking it was Thursday when I was posting... I guess I'm just all end-over-end just at the moment. ;P)

      Anyhow, all that to say I'm super looking forward to your entry whenever you can do it!

      And oh, dear. That IS awful! I've seen (roughly) five of hers so far and think four of them quite charming. But Lady on a Train is definitely my favorite, so if you ever can, do start with that one! (Unless, of course, you want to save the best for last... ;D)

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    2. I finished my post! Here it is: "Two Merry (?) Little Christmases".

      I'll have to check YouTube and Hulu for DD's movies. My library has none, and Amazon has a few but I am maxed out on movie-buying for quite some time. Thanks for the recommendation! You might enjoy Millie's post here about her -- that's where I first heard of her!

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    3. Hamlette,
      Splendid! I added your link and I'm hoping to get over and comment asap this afternoon. :)

      On the DD's -- some of them seem hard to find at the moment, but if you can't track them down for free, I'd also recommend Ebay.

      And that article is absolutely beautiful! I'm bookmarking it for future reference and thanks so much for telling me about it!!

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  9. My first time participating in one these link-ups, and it was tons of fun. :) Here's my post - https://classicsandcraziness.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/christmas-at-stalag-17-inklings-exploration-link-up-december-2015/

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    1. Eva,
      Yay, I'm so glad you joined in! :) I added your link and I'm off to comment on your post.

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