Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday's Film Adaption: Benighted by JB Priestley


Summary:
'Priestley is one of the finest and most popular storytellers of the last hundred years.' - Dame Margaret Drabble

'Abundant life flows through J.B. Priestley's books. He was the last of his kind.' - Stan Barstow

'J.B. Priestley is one of our literary icons of the 20th century. And it is time that we all became re-acquainted with his genius.' - Dame Judi Dench

Philip and Margaret Waverton and their friend Roger Penderel are driving through the mountains of Wales when a torrential downpour washes away the road and forces them to seek shelter for the night. They take refuge in an ancient, crumbling mansion inhabited by the strange and sinister Femm family and their brutish servant Morgan. Determined to make the best of the circumstances, the benighted travellers drink, talk, and play games to pass the time while the storm rages outside. But as the night progresses and tensions rise, dangerous and unexpected secrets emerge. On the house's top floor are two locked doors; behind one of them lies the mysterious, unseen Sir Roderick Femm, and behind the other lurks an unspeakable terror. Which is more deadly: the apocalyptic storm outside the house or the unknown horrors that await within? And will any of them survive the night?

Benighted (1927), a classic 'old dark house' novel of psychological terror, was the second novel by J. B. Priestley (1894-1984), better known for his classics The Good Companions (1929), Angel Pavement (1930) and Bright Day (1946). The basis for James Whale's 1932 film The Old Dark House, Benighted returns to print for the first time in fifty years. This edition includes the unabridged text of the first British edition, a new introduction by Orrin Grey, and a reproduction of the rare jacket art of the 1927 Heinemann edition.

Film
A storm strands travelers in a house full of dangerous eccentrics.

Release Date: October 30, 1932
Release Time: 71 minutes

Cast:
Boris Karloff as Morgan(billed as Karloff)
Melvyn Douglas as Roger Penderel
Raymond Massey as Philip Waverton
Gloria Stuart as Margaret Waverton
Charles Laughton as Sir William Porterhouse
Lilian Bond as Gladys DuCane Perkins
Ernest Thesiger as Horace Femm
Eva Moore as Rebecca Femm
Brember Wills as Saul Femm


An eccentric millionaire invites a car salesman to visit his decaying family home.

Release Date: October 30, 1963
Release Time: 86 minutes

Cast:
Tom Poston as Tom Penderel
Robert Morley as Roderick Femm
Janette Scott as Cecily Femm
Joyce Grenfell as Agatha Femm
Mervyn Johns as Potiphar Femm
Fenella Fielding as Morgana Femm
Peter Bull as Caspar/Jasper Femm
Danny Green as Morgan Femm
John Harvey as Club Receptionist
Amy Dalby as Gambler (uncredited)




1932

1963

Author Bio:
John Boynton Priestley, the son of a schoolmaster, was born in Bradford in September 1894, and after schooling he worked for a time in the local wool trade. Following the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, Priestley joined the British Army, and was sent to France --in 1915 taking part in the Battle of Loos. After being wounded in 1917 Priestley returned to England for six months; then, after going back to the Western Front he suffered the consequences of a German gas attack, and, treated at Rouen, he was declared unfit for active service and was transferred to the Entertainers Section of the British Army.

When Priestley left the army he studied at Cambridge University, where he completed a degree in Modern History and Political Science. Subsequently he found work as theatre reviewer with the Daily News, and also contributed to the Spectator, the Challenge and Nineteenth Century. His earliest books included The English Comic Characters (1925), The English Novel (1927), and English Humour (1928). His breakthrough came with the immensely popular novel The Good Companions, published in 1929, and Angel Pavement followed in 1930. He emerged, too, as a successful dramatist with such plays as Dangerous Corner (1932), Time and the Conways (1937), When We Are Married (1938) and An Inspector Calls (1947).

The publication of English Journey in 1934 emphasised Priestley's concern for social problems and the welfare of ordinary people.

During the Second World War Priestley became a popular and influential broadcaster with his famous Postscripts that followed the nine o'clock news BBC Radio on Sunday evenings. Starting on 5th June 1940, Priestley built up such a following that after a few months it was estimated that around 40 per cent of the adult population in Britain was listening to the programme.

Some members of the Conservative Party, including Winston Churchill, expressed concern that Priestley might be expressing left-wing views on the programme, and, to his dismay, Priestley was dropped after his talk on 20th October 1940.

After the war Priestley continued his writing, and his work invariably provoked thought, and his views were always expressed in his blunt Yorkshire style.

His prolific output continued right up to his final years, and to the end he remained the great literary all-rounder. His favourite amiong his books was for many years the novel Bright Day, though he later said he had come to prefer The Image Men.

It should not be overlooked that Priestley was an outstanding essayist, and many of his short pieces best capture his passions and his great talent and his mastery of the English language. He set a fine example for any would-be author.


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Back to Me by Lindsay Paige

Title: Back to Me
Author: Lindsay Paige
Series: Carolina Rebels #1
Genre: Adult, Sports Romance, Hockey
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Summary:
Noah Ramsey has a great hockey career, wonderful parents, and a good best friend, but what he wants most is to be with the love of his life who walked away from him years ago. When he finds her at the airport, he realizes she’s changed, and she’s struggling with things she doesn’t want to tell him about. Noah also realizes just how much she scarred him when she left.

Meredith Quick has always planned everything out. She chose her tennis career over love in order to better succeed, but her plan dissolves when an injury threatens her career and her fiancΓ© leaves her. Struggling through pain and the uncertainty of her future, she realizes her first misstep was walking away from Noah. She impulsively decides to go back to him while she attempts to put her life back together.

Reacquainting isn’t easy when Noah doesn’t quite trust Meredith to stay and Meredith struggles with overcoming the pain she’s endured without him. Can they work through their issues and move forward, or will their past ruin things between them forever?


“Tell me about you.”

He tilts his head back to lean against the seat. I'm not sure what it means that he's not looking at me as he speaks. “Well, I love playing as a pro. It's been a bit frustrating at times, but I wouldn't trade it. My teammates are great, too. Maybe you can meet one or two of them while you're here.”

“I'd like that. What about your family?”

“You already know Ashley had a baby. She's been married to Oliver for about a year now. She met him in college and he proposed the day after they graduated. Mom and Dad are doing well, too. Dad spends his time on the golf course while Mom makes quilts and does whatever it is she does with her friends. Not much has changed with them. I would ask about your family, but I already know. And since you don't want to talk about you, I'm not sure if I should ask how you've been.”

He does know how they are because according to my parents, he talks to them almost as often as he talks to his own parents. He's right, too. I don't want him to ask how I've been because if I start talking, I might become a crazy, blubbering mess. “Tell me what you know about my life instead.” Then, I'll find out how much he knows about Vance. How much he knows about my disastrous life. I'm not sure what he talks about with my parents or how much information my mom provides about me.

“I know you've hated dealing with your injury, you're worried you'll be forced to leave the game early, and you don't talk about it if you can help it. From what I hear, you also refuse to talk about your engagement and why it ended. Your parents are worried about you, too. That's all I know, Mere. You mom only gives me brief updates. She knows I want to know how you're doing, but she doesn't want to say too much either, out of respect to you.” He pauses as a flight attendant checks on us and then focuses his attention on me again. “Am I crazy for hoping you'll talk to me about those things?”

“Yes.” I don't want to, not yet. Just like I want to find out if he has a girlfriend, but I'm too scared to ask right now.

Noah nods, not looking surprised at all. He leans his head against the seat again, facing forward. “I've missed you, Meredith.” Four quietly spoken words that echo loudly in my heart as if he just shouted them.

I glance away, deciding the cloud-filled sky is a more preferable view than this handsome man next to me. “I've missed you, too,” I whisper. More than he could ever imagine.

Author Bio:
Lindsay Paige is the author of multiple Young Adult, New Adult, and Sports romances. She also coauthored sports romances with Mary Smith. Along with writing, she loves reading, watching hockey, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins, and finding funny terrible puns and recipes on Pinterest. All the while, she is also focused on completing college.

Lindsay resides in North Carolina and is inspired by the world around her and the people in it. She is currently working on numerous solo works. Visit her website.


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