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American Mystery Classics: DORIS MILES DISNEY

Originally, the plan was to feature Ellery Queen this week. Since there are a lot of Ellery Queen books, there was a request to delay that feature in order to give people more time to read those stories. Instead, we're going to focus on DORIS MILES DISNEY, who was hugely popular in the 1960s and early 1970s. 

 

Sadly, her books appear to be out of print, but many used copies are available through BN.com.

 

From Wikipedia:

 

Doris Miles Disney (December 22, 1907 – March 9, 1976) was an American mystery writer. She was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut, and died in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Disney wrote 49 novels. Many of her novels were both best sellers and the bases for major feature films.

 

Disney was known for her character development and the creative mystery surrounding her plots. Most of her main characters were based on acquaintances known to her or her daughter, Elizabeth. Disney liked to use her society experiences as a female character base for novels.

 

She was survived by one daughter, Elizabeth Miles Disney, a writer and theater actress, as well as a granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Laing.

 

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I'm not familiar with her so I will have to do some digging

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DISNEY, Doris Miles

Born 22 December 1907, Glastonbury, Connecticut; died 9 March 1976, Fredericksburg, Virginia

 

Daughter of Edward L. Hart and Elizabeth Malone Miles; married George J. Disney, 1936 (died); children: one daughter

 

Doris Miles Disney was a prolific, versatile writer of mystery and suspense; she has been praised for never repeating herself, and for skillfully varying her approaches.

 

Disney created three detectives; each is a fully realized and distinct character. Jim O'Neill, a county detective; Jefferson DiMarco, an insurance claim adjuster, the most famous; and David Madden, a U.S. postal inspector. In Disney's fiction, suspense evolves from both plot and character. Her characters are round and consistently portrayed, their relationships and motivations often creating complex plots.

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Ryan_G wrote:

I'm not familiar with her so I will have to do some digging


I'm having a really hard time finding a photograph of her, or any kind of detailed biography. I don't THINK she's connected to "the" Disney family, but this is going to require some research!

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From Wikipedia:

 

Novels

  • A Compound for Death (1943)
  • Murder on a Tangent (1945)
  • Dark Road (1946)
  • Who Rides a Tiger (1946)
  • Appointment at Nine (1947)
  • Enduring Old Charms (1947)
  • Testimony by Silence (1948)
  • That Which Is Crooked (1948)
  • Count the Ways (1949)
  • Family Skeleton (1949)
  • Fire at Will (1950)
  • Look Back on Murder (1951)
  • Straw Man (1951)
  • Heavy, Heavy Hangs (1952)
  • Do Unto Others (1953)
  • Prescription: Murder (1953)
  • The Last Straw (1954)
  • Trick or Treat (1955)
  • Room for Murder (1955)
  • Unappointed Rounds (1956)
  • Method in Madness (1957)
  • My Neighbor's Wife (1957)
  • Black Mail (1958)
  • Did She Fall or Was She Pushed? (1959)
  • No Next of Kin (1959)
  • Dark Lady (1960)
  • Mrs. Meeker's Money (1961)
  • Find the Woman (1962)
  • Should Auld Acquaintance (1962)
  • Here Lies… (1963)
  • The Departure of Mr. Gaudette (1964)
  • The Hospitality of the House (1964)
  • Shadow of a Man (1965)
  • At Some Forgotten Door (1966)
  • The Magic Grandfather (1966)
  • Night of Clear Choice (1967)
  • Money for the Taking (1968)
  • Voice from the Grave (1968)
  • Two Little Children and How They Grew (1969)
  • Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate (1970)*
  • The Chandler Policy (1971)
  • Three's a Crowd (1971)
  • The Day Miss Bessie Lewis Disappeared (1972)
  • Only Couples Need Apply (1973)
  • Don't Go Into the Woods Today (1974)
  • Cry for Help (1975)
  • Winifred (1976)

*This was made into a popular movie with Helen Hayes. You can watch the whole thing on YouTube - I'll post the first part.

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Fantastic Fictionhttp://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/d/doris-miles-disney/

Series
Jim O'Neill
1. A Compound for Death (1943)
2. Murder on a Tangent (1945)
3. Appointment at Nine (1947)
4. Fire at Will (1950)
5. The Last Straw (1954)
     aka Driven to Kill
A Compound for DeathFire at WillThe Last Straw
 
Jeff DiMarco
1. Dark Road (1946)
     aka Dead Stop
2. Family Skeleton (1949)
Straw Man (1951)
Trick or Treat (1955)
     aka The Halloween Murder
Method in Madness (1957)
     aka Quiet Violence
Did She Fall or Was She Pushed? (1959)
Find the Woman (1962)
The Chandler Policy (1971)
Dark RoadStraw ManTrick or TreatMethod in Madness
Did She Fall or Was She Pushed?Find the WomanThe Chandler Policy
 
Unappointed RoundsBlack MailMrs Meeker's Money
 
 



 

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I found a newspaper article with new of her death - and a photograph! - here:

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/garchives?searchquery=doris+miles+disney%2C+mystery+writer&submit...

 

I can't figure out how to copy it, though.

 

 

There is some discussion about Doris Miles Disney's books at this forum:

http://jdcarr.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2146

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STELLA (1950)

 

 

"Starring Ann Sheridan, Victor Mature, Leif Erickson, David Wayne, Randy Stuart
Directed by Claude Binyon

Print: black/white
Runtime: 83 min.
Genre: comedy
Print Quality: B

Stella is an out-of-left-field black comedy in which star Anne Sheridan is upstaged by an 
uproarious supporting cast. At a family picnic, a none too likeable uncle dies from 
accidentally eating poisoned mushrooms. The other family members don't want to be 
accused of murder, so they leave it to the stupidest branch of the clan, personified by David 
Wayne and Frank Fontaine, to dispose of the body. When it is learned that Uncle had a hefty 
insurance policy, the family tries to palm off various corpses as the genuine article. The 
final image is of Wayne and Fontaine digging hundreds of holes in the field where uncle is 
resting; it seems they can't remember where they buried him! Stella is based on a 
somewhat more serious novel by mystery specialist Doris Miles Disney."

 

STELLA Ann Sheridan

 

"...the Jeff DeMarco of the movie (in the guise of Victor Mature) was actually one of author Doris Miles Disney’s continuing series characters.

 

In fact FAMILY SKELETON was the second of eight cases for Jeff DiMarco in Disney’s overall output (note the slight change in spelling), spread out between 1946 and 1971. I’ve not read the novel, so I can’t report on the romance that’s a key ingredient of the movie, but the comedy aspects are a definite part of both.

 

Quoting fromhttp://www.novelguide.com/a/discover/aww_01/aww_01_00314.html

“Disney skillfully manipulated tone as well as plot, as in FAMILY SKELETON (1949), a Jeff DiMarco story, showing what happens when a family first conceals the accidental killing of a cantankerous uncle and then frantically tries to reclaim his body in order to collect his insurance. Their macabre misadventures were filmed by Fox as STELLA (1950).”

 

http://mysteryfile.com/blog/?p=1846

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I thought it was interesting that the article discussed her politics, even if just a little bit.


becke_davis wrote:

I found a newspaper article with new of her death - and a photograph! - here:

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/garchives?searchquery=doris+miles+disney%2C+mystery+writer&submit...

 

I can't figure out how to copy it, though.

 

 

There is some discussion about Doris Miles Disney's books at this forum:

http://jdcarr.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2146


 

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Ryan_G wrote:

I thought it was interesting that the article discussed her politics, even if just a little bit.


becke_davis wrote:

I found a newspaper article with new of her death - and a photograph! - here:

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/garchives?searchquery=doris+miles+disney%2C+mystery+writer&submit...

 

I can't figure out how to copy it, though.

 

 

There is some discussion about Doris Miles Disney's books at this forum:

http://jdcarr.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2146


 


You're right - was it that unusual for a writer to have "left of center" politics back then?

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071209/

 

http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/articles/pages/2158/Betrayal-ABC-12-3-1974-90-mins.html

 

Betrayal Poster

 

 

(ABC, 12/3/1974, 90 mins). Amanda Blake, in her TV movie debut and her first role after 18 years on “Gunsmoke,” is a lonely widow who hires a young woman companion, unaware that the girl and her boyfriend are killer-extortionists planning to make her their next victim. Singer/actor Dick Haymes also made his initial TV movie appearance in this adaptation of Doris Miles Disney’s “Only Couples Need Apply” (1973).

 

Production Company Metromedia Producers Corp. Director Gordon Hessler. Executive

 

Producer Charles Fries. Producer Gerald I. Isenberg. Teleplay James M. Miller. Based on a Novel by Doris Miles Disney. Photography Jacques R. Marquette. Music Ernest Gold. Editor John A. Martinelli. Associate Producer Gerald W. Abrams.

 

Cast Amanda Blake (Helen Mercer), Tisha Sterling (Gretchen [“Adele Murphy”]), Dick Haymes (Harold Porter), Sam Groom (Jay), Britt Leach (Fred Hawkes), Edward Marshall (Roy), Ted Gehring (Police sergeant), Dennis Cross (Highway patrolman), Eric Brotherson (Mr. Hall), Lucille Benson (Eunice Russell), Vernon Weddle (Savings officer), Rene Bond (Betty/waitress).



Read more: Betrayal (ABC, 12/3/1974, 90 mins) - Producer, Miles, Dick, and Blake - JRank Articles http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/articles/pages/2158/Betrayal-ABC-12-3-1974-90-mins.html#ixzz1wBGpf0ww

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http://www.stephaniezimbalist.net/yesterdayschild.html

 

Based on:

 

 


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Yesterday's Child (1977)

TV Movie  -  78 min  -  Drama
6.0
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 18 users   

 

A young couple's three-year-old daughter is kidnapped and no trace is ever found of her. Fourteen years later, a young woman claiming to be that girl shows up at the parents' house.

 

Writers: 

Doris Miles Disney (novel)Michael Gleason