Dangerous to Know Book Giveaway (May)

Dangerous to Know: A Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel
We have TEN Copies to Give Away in May!

“Lovers of old movies, fabulous gowns, and historical gossip will be enchanted.” -Publishers Weekly

Yay! The contest is over and the winners are:
Merrill Y, Carl S, Shelia W, Ana R, Christina S, Ashley T, Jan O, Bruce B, Kristy D, and Pinky K.

It’s time for our next book giveaway! This time, we’ll be traveling back to Hollywood’s Golden Age with the fabulous new mystery, Dangerous to Knowcourtesy of Tor and Forge Books.  The authors, husband-and-wife team Renee Patrick, were inspired by their love of classic film and costume design to create this mystery series set in 1930s Hollywood and starring legendary designer Edith Head.

That said, let the contest begin!

In order to qualify to win one of these books via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, June 3 at 9PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick two winners on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • May 6: Two Winners
  • May 13: Two Winners
  • May 20: Two Winners
  • May 27: Two Winners
  • June 3: Two Winners

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub and/or right here on this Blog in the comment section below (depending on how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 9PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner at 9PM EST on Sunday May 7.

Dangerous to Know book
This is sure to delight fans of old Hollywood and Turner Classic Movies.”
Library Journal


ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, June 3 at 9PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) *Then TWEET (not DM) the following message (if you don’t have twitter, see below):
Just entered to win the “Dangerous to Know” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub @TorBooks & @RPatrickBooks

Who are some of your favorite Golden Age actors/actresses and why ? 

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

Click here for the full contest rules and more details. 

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) and Canada entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the areas noted above.


About the book: December 1938. Lillian Frost has plunged head first into a world of boldfaced names and endless glamour as social secretary to movie-mad millionaire Addison Rice. Costume designer Edith Head is now in charge of Paramount Pictures’ wardrobe department, although her position is precarious: potential replacements are being auditioned on a regular basis. The two friends again become partners thanks to an international scandal: a real-life incident, a historical footnote long forgotten, in which the war clouds gathering over Europe cast a shadow on Hollywood. At a swanky Manhattan dinner party the well-heeled guests speak ill of Adolf Hitler in front of a German maid with Nazi sympathies. The secrets she spills soon have all of New York society running for cover— and two of Paramount’s biggest stars, Jack Benny and George Burns, facing smuggling charges. When an émigré composer seeking work at Paramount is found dead, Marlene Dietrich tells Edith she blames agents of the Reich. As Lillian and Edith unravel intrigue that extends from Paramount’s fabled Bronson Gate to FDR’s Oval Office, only one thing is certain: they’ll do it in style.


If you don’t want to wait to win, you can purchase the book by clicking here

Good Luck!


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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17 Responses to Dangerous to Know Book Giveaway (May)

  1. Merrill Young says:

    I have several Golden age favorites, but if I had to choose one actor and one actress, it Would be William Powell and Myrna Loy. Togeather in the Thin man films they had wonderful chemistry as the Charles’. Individually they acted with a sense of calm and proffesionalism. I would love to see them show up in Renee Patricks books. I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  2. Carl says:

    Two of my personal favorites are Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis. Neither are classically good-looking but they were both tremendously talented and brought such magnetism to the characters they played that it seemed almost impossible to look away. Thanks for the chance to win this new book.

  3. Mike O'Connor says:

    I’ll go with James Cagney and Olivia de Haviland. The former because of the entertaining force of nature throughout his career in many different genres. And I’ve been a fan of the latter ever since she clicked her tongue at Mr. Cagney in THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Good Choice! Please remember to send along your tweet. And if you don’t have a twitter account, please let me know here. Thanks!

  4. Shelia says:

    Since I just recently watched All About Eve for the first time, Bette Davis naturally comes to mind. Also, Cary Grant, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart. Even Burt Lancaster. Mostly the bigger names. Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy. My favorite era is the 30’s and especially the 40’s. In my opinion there were more talented actors back then than today because they had to be. There was more story and plot line that was conveyed by the characters themselves instead of being carried by action, animation, or gimmicks. So as a whole it seems they perfected their craft to a higher standard. Ideas were expressed subtly with lots of dialogue, timing, and facial and whole body actions.
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      I so agree with every point you made. Great actors, scripts, direction, storylines… no reliance on over-the-top computer animation, etc… Thanks so much for entering and Good Luck 🙂

  5. Ana Roland says:

    I grew up loving Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable because I was a big “Gone With The Wind” fan~from the book to the movie. (I am thoroughly enjoying TCM’s Star Of The Month Clark Gable.) I am still to this day a huge Bette Davis fan. “All About Eve” and “Now Voyager” are still my favorite films with Bette. She was an amazing actress. So versatile in so many roles and not afraid to play unsympathetic characters. I loved Montgomery Clift in “A Place In The Sun”. His sensitivity always touched me. Have always been a huge Marilyn Monroe and Jean Harlow fan. The two blonde bombshells. They fascinated me as much for their film career as well as for their personal tragic story.
    I would be remiss if I didn’t include Carmen Miranda. She always brought the fun Brazilian culture (as much as she was allowed) to the films she was in. She was an original. I have even visited her museum in Rio. Another star gone before their time.
    P.S. I have Renee Patrick’s first book, “Design For Dying” which I enjoyed very much. I am a big fan of the costume designs by Edith Head plus Eddie Muller recommend it to me.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Of course you listed some of my favorites as well (what a surprise 🙂 I have a copy of “Design for Dying” and looking very much forward to reading it. Thanks for entering Ana!

  6. Christina Sharpe says:

    I would have to say for actresses Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, and Joan Crawford because they always seemed like these tough, go getter women who you could really look up to. For actors I would say Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, and Henry Fonda because they always played these unforgettable characters that make me smile.

  7. Ashley Townsend says:

    My first black and white movie was Gaslight with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. I can still remember the night I watched it as a young teenager. All the emotions the movie and the main characters made you feel. After that it led me to Casablanca. I absolutely fell in love with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Those two are my all time favorite actors of the “Golden Age.” He always played these hard characters but he would also truly love the female lead like Ingrid Bergman’s character or Lauren Bacall’s character in all the film’s they did together. Ingrid Bergman’s character seemed so soft and gentle but could stand up to Rick. I just idolized her as a young woman.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Ashley, I saw your other tweet, but not the one for this book. Could you please confirm that you tweeted? Thanks so much 🙂

  8. Jan Ostrom says:

    I cannot pass up anything with Norma Shearer in it. I find her dedication, her talent, her style and look, and her marriage fascinating. She can break your heart with Tyrone Power in “Marie Antoinette”. Now, Barbara Stanwyck, what a dame! From “Babyface” to “Thornbirds” to “Big Valley”, a force to be reckoned with! And my favorite Hollywood genius in any and everything, always a fine performance and also a nice guy: Jack Lemmon. Should have had a Oscar for “The Days of Wine and Roses.” With Billy Wilder he could do no wrong!

  9. Bruce Baldwin says:

    Cary Grant, for his sublime savior faire: Barbara Stanwyck, for her immutable talent playing anyone and anything she wanted; and Jimmy Stewart, the original Tom Hanks, for playing everyone’s kid brother.

  10. Kristy Dalton says:

    There are so many it’s hard to choose which ones to mention. Vivien Leigh because she was such a beauty. Other than in “Gone With the Wind”, I love her in “Streetcar Named Desire”. I’m not sure if the Marx Brothers count but they’re comedic geniuses and always inspire me. Lucille Ball for proving women can be just as funny as men. I’m getting into Orson Welles’ movies. There’s something about the sound of his voice that I like. Anyway, I’ll stop there. I do have Twitter so I can tweet the message. My Twitter username is @zepporella.

  11. Pinky K. says:

    There are far too many to choose from, but I’ll give it a try. Jean Harlow is one of my favorites not just for the chemistry with her fellow actors, but her talent growing into what would have been a fantastic career as a comedic talent. The platinum blonde and ultimate sweetheart. Joan Crawford and Barbara Stanwyck, both women who came from nothing and earned their way into stardom. Tough broads! Their “women’s” pictures were sure to make you cry, yet cheer when they finally get their closure. All of these women exist in our minds and hearts due to the era when the actresses were the big draw for audiences.

  12. Ally Wright says:

    The film memory I share evokes happiness and pain but serves as a window to answer your question of who are my favorites from the Golden Age. It was an April 2010 evening and I was visiting my grandparents in Florida during my spring break from teaching. Per our evening ritual, we turned on TCM at 8 pm for their featured movie. That evening my grandparents and I were treated to Bachelor Mother featuring Ginger Rogers and David Niven. My grandmother, her brain in the deep dark cave of Alzheimer’s, laughed joyously as she followed the movie’s plot. It was a magical gift that Rogers and Niven had given to my grandfather and I as we caught a glimpse of my “neurotypical” grandmother before Alzheimer’s. Her bright blue eyes shined with her loud guffaws as those toy ducks quacked, Rogers pretended to speak Swedish at the dance, and Niven’s facial expressions charmed Rogers to become head over heals in love.

    I lost my grandmother to Alzheimer’s three years later. Anytime I see the Bachelor Mother or any movie with Nivens and/or Rogers, my grandmother comes to me and for a moment, she is watching the movie with me. That’s the power of film
    and Golden Age Actors.

    Thank you for letting me share this poignant memory.

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