Yes, Yes, Ninotchka!

This isn’t the first time that I’ve used a quote from an old movie for a bit of Last Kiss dialogue. It’s the second. And it probably won’t be the last.

It’s not just that I’m trying to save time writing (although that’s nice too!)

Mostly it’s because I love old movies and it’s tremendous fun for me to place classic quips in the mouths of my characters and perhaps entice a few readers to seek out witty films like Ernst Lubitch’s NINOTCHKA.

Art by Dick Giordano from the story “Fooling with Love” in FIRST KISS #7, 1959. Click image to enlarge.

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SCENE: Man and woman embracing in front of the Eiffel Tower.

WOMAN (thinking): it's
midnight! And one half of paris is making love to the other half!*

*Quote from the movie NINOTCHKA, 1939

1959 Art: Dick Giordano Color: Allen Freeman

A Novel Wedding

Art by John Tartaglione from the story “Dear Jilted” in BRIDES IN LOVE #8, 1958. Click image to enlarge.

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SCENE: Bride and groom kissing.

BRIDE (thinking): This’ll make a great scene in my book!

1958 Art: John Tartaglione Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira


Sleeping with Strangers?

Art by Charles Nicholas & Vince Colletta from the story “Possessed” in BRIDES IN LOVE #8, 1958.

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Scene: Woman on couch or sofa.

WOMAN: I don’t sleep with strangers! So…what's your name?

1958 Art: Charles Nicholas & Vince Colletta Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira


Too Sexy For…

Art by Vince Colletta Studio from the story “His Future Bride” in BRIDES IN LOVE #10, 1958.

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SCENE: Woman in a nightgown brushing her hair.

WOMAN (thinking): My boyfriend says I’m too sexy to be gay! But my girlfriend says I’m too sexy to be straight!

1958 Art: Vince Colletta Studio Re-Creation: Diego Jourdan Pereira


Proud Papa

Congrats to all the graduates—and their proud parents.

Art by Art Saaf & Mike Peppe from the story “Kiss and Run” in NEW ROMANCES #14, 1952.

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SCENE: Female college graduate in commencement robes smiles as her proud father holds her by her shoulders.

FATHER/DAD: We're so proud!

So proud!

FEMALE GRAD: I'm sure I'll get tired of a few hours!

1952 Art: Art Saaf & Mike Peppe Color: Allen Freeman