ANNOUNCEMENT: Snoopathon, a Classic Spy Blogathon

Shh, this is spy stuff.

UPDATE: The final roster and direct links to the participating posts can be found here

I had so much fun at the Sleuthathon that I just had to have another event!

Espionage thrillers are as old as the movies themselves and they come in every flavor you can imagine. There are zany spies, sexy spies, realistic spies, adventurous spies…

The Snoopathon will celebrate all things spy-related in classic film! Here are the particulars:

When: Jun 1, 2 and 3, 2014

Where: Right here!

Banners? They’re at the bottom of the post.

Duplicates? No duplicates, please. However, you are free to claim an entire series or a single entry in a series. For example, if someone has already snagged the entire Matt Helm series, you are free to focus on a single film from the series.

Scheduling? I will not be assigning days to bloggers. Pick a time within the event dates that works best for you. Once you post, please send me a link. Is that easy or what?

How do I sign up? You can leave a comment or send me an email.

What do you mean by spy-related and classic?

Spy-related: The movies covered should have spying play a significant role in the story. I am pretty flexible about this.And your spy movie can be a comedy, a drama, an action film… As long as it has a fair amount of spies, it’s fine!

Generally speaking, your spies should work for a government or a sinister secret organization, though freelancers like The Saint (who could be a detective, thief or spy as the mood struck him) or the Scarlet Pimpernel (whose espionage was aimed at saving lives) are quite welcome. You may also cover series characters who take on the role of spy in a one-off film or episode. However, a detective going undercover amongst criminals is not admissible unless he or she stumbles onto a nest of spies. The same for caper films. Entertaining, to be sure, but not really spy films.

Please note that the main character of the film needn’t be a spy. In fact, some of the best spy films are about civilians, cops, reporters or the odd nightclub singer who accidentally fall in with the secret agent set.

I realize that the spy film genre is quite broad so feel free to contact me if you are not sure about your selection.

Classic: ย I mean that the film must have been released and the television show must have premiered on or before 1970.

skyfallSpecial Exception: James Bond. Since the Eon Bond series has been released continuously since 1962 and since he is the single biggest name in spying, I have opted to allow any film in the series to be reviewed. You can cover anything from Dr. No to Skyfall. Please note that this is for James Bond only.

What else can be covered? Please feel free to review books or plays, if you wish. I only ask that they have some connection to classic film or television. (For example, a review of the original James Bond novels.)

What about remakes or sequels that were made after 1970? In general, no. I am making an exception for Mr. Bond only because of his status as top spy and the fact that the series has been made without interruption. However, if you wanted to cover, say, The Saint series (which ran from 1962-69) and then discuss the 1997 big picture adaptation, that would be fine. However, you wouldn’t be able to cover the 1997 film solo.

One more important thing:

While I fully expect the 1960’s to be THE decade in this event, please consider covering spy-related entertainment from earlier eras.

Some suggestions:

Films I am particularly keen to see claimed are marked with an *

Silent Era: The General, Hands Up!*, The Secret Game, The Hessian Renegades, Mare Nostrum, Spies (Spione)*, The Love Light

1930’s: Mata Hari, Duck Soup*, Operator 13, The 39 Steps, The Spy in Black*, Secret Agent X-9, Confessions of a Nazi Spy

1940’s: Contraband, G-Men vs. The Black Dragon*, All Through the Night*, My Favorite Blonde, Once Upon a Honeymoon, The Mask of Dimitrios

1950’s: Decision Before Dawn, 5 Fingers, Springfield Rifle, Betrayed, A Bullet for Joey, The Man Who Knew Too Much*, The Shaggy Dog*

As for the 1960’s, I would love to see The Ipcress File covered.


Movies Silently | Hotel Imperial (1927) plus its remake, Five Graves to Cairo and coverage of Her Man o’ War (1926)

Outspoken and Freckled | The Third Man (1949)

Nitrate Diva | Hands Up! (1926)

Once Upon a Screen | The 39 Steps (1935) | Mata Hari (1931)

Destroy All Fanboys | The Ipcress File (1965) and Deadlier than the Male (1967)

Big V Riot Squad | Batman (1943) a wartime serial that recasts the Caped Crusader as a government agent battling Axis spies

Nitrate Glow | The General (1926)

Margaret Perry | Article Krystyna Skarbek (real-life Bond girl… heck, a female James Bond. Or, actually, he is a male Krystyna Skarbek.)

Spoilers | Torn Curtain (1966)

Shadow Cabaret | The Mr. Moto series

The Vintage Cameo | The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Girls Do Film | My Favorite Blonde (1942)

The Stalking Moon | Our Man Flint (1966) and In Like Flint (1967)

Phantom Empires | The Adventures of Tartu (1943)

Culture Spy | From Russia With Love and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Tales of the Easily Distracted | Arabesque (1966)

Mildred’s Fatburgers | Duck Soup (1933)

A Shroud of Thoughts | Goldfinger (1964)

Critica Retro | Notorious (1946)

Movie Fanfare | The Nasty Rabbit (1966)

Forgotten Films | The Ambushers (Matt Helm, 1967)

Film: Take As Directed | Where Eagles Dare (1968)

#Bond_age_ | Casino Royale (2006)*

Greg McCambley hosted by #Bond_age_ | The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-68) and Mission: Impossible (1966-73)

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear | My Favorite Spy (1951)

Cinematic Catharsis | Spies (1928)

The Counterfeit Writer | The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

Silver Screenings | Secret Agent (1936)

Cinema Monolith | All Through the Night (1941)

Caftan Woman | Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1939)

Bubblegum Aethetics | The Avengers (1961-69)

Classic Film Freak | The Spy in Black (1939)

Ramblings of a cinephile | The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Mike’s Take on the Movies | Invisible Agent (1942)

Speakeasy | The Man Who Never Was (1956)

Immortal Ephemera | Secret Service (1931)

Retro Warehouse | Charade (1963)

hardboiledgirl | Pickup on South Street (1953)

A Thousand Words | After Tonight (1933)

verenahartmann | Skyfall (2012)

Random Pictures | Army of Shadows (1969)

The Joy and Agony of Movies | Five Fingers (1952)

Silver Scenes | The Shaggy Dog (1959), Above Suspicion (1943), Octopussy (1983)

I See A Dark Theater | I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

Silent-ology | The Hessian Renegades (1909)

*No date limit on James Bond films, all entries in the series are eligible.










65 Replies to “ANNOUNCEMENT: Snoopathon, a Classic Spy Blogathon”

  1. You know, I’m way behind in comments on my own blogathon. Have to backpeddle to read posts submitted in your sleuthathon and yet here I am. You have GOT to stop doing this to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll take Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps if available.


  2. Oooh. SO many movies to think of covering (*faint*, THUD!). Er, sorry – got a bit carried away there. Any-way, wow. You got my brain locked between eras *faint*, THUD!)…

    AND I see you have a request flag waving for one of my later favorites. So, The Ipcress File it is. I get to see it with people who’ve never heard of it who thought Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was brilliant, so this should knock their socks off even further.

    Oh, is 1967’s Deadlier Than The Male considered a “spy” film? It’s ol’ Bulldog Drummond re-imagined as James Bond, but it’s a howler with that giant chess piece scene and crazy car chase. I can expand (and improve) my old review and add that to the list as well. LMK. Off to find my typing sunglasses and trench coat!

  3. Shoot – I wanted Mata Hari! May I write about the real life spy upon whom (supposedly) the Bond girls were based? Her name was Krystyna Skarbek. How do you feel about TV? – I was also considering writing about Emma Peel from the 1965-68 Avengers.

    1. TV is absolutely accepted. And I also love the Krystyna Skarbek idea. Whichever direction you choose will be fine by me ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Fritzi, I know for sure that my husband Vinnie Bartilucci from The 30-Year-Old Fanboy is interest in participating! My only hesitation is that I’ve already done a few spy movies in previous Blogathons. That said, I could always repost one of my Stanley Donen movies. Please let me know what you think. Either way, I know it’ll be a swell den of spies! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. I’d love to have you! Just let me know what titles you and Vinnie settle on and I will add you to the roster.

      1. Fritzi, if you’re cool with me doing ARABBESQUE, I’m there! Vinnie is still deciding! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for letting me play in your garden!

  5. Hi again, Fritzi! Another blogathon…oh, boy! This is too good to pass up. So many to choose from…hmm, how about a campy James Coburn double header of OUR MAN FLINT / IN LIKE FLINT?

  6. Hooray! Another fun event on the horizon.
    I had doubts between the wonderfully underrated 5 Fingers and Notorious, but I choose Notorious. I hope someone makes justice to 5 Fingers, though!

  7. Fritzi:

    You put up My Favorite Blonde,,,but how could you leave out My Favorite Spy? (I mean the 1951 Bob Hope-Hedy Lamarr romp, not that godawful Kay Kyser flick.) I’ll go ahead and do that one (Spy).

    Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

    P.S. If I had seen this sooner, I could have included it in today’s post touting a few other ‘thons.

    1. Hurrah! You got it! (Too bad about missing your ‘thon post but I am very happy to have you along for the event)

  8. Hi! Long-time lurker here; I very much enjoyed reading the entries in the Sleuthathon. ๐Ÿ™‚ If it’s not too presumptuous to join with nary a blog post yet, I’d like to claim “The Counterfeit Traitor” with William Holden. (As you may guess from my blog’s title, I’m a fan.)

  9. Hi Fritzi! It’s Todd from Cinema Monolith…as soon as I started reading your post, I knew I wanted to do ‘All Through the Night’…and then there it was, listed as a ‘keen to be claimed’! May I have that one?

    1. Fabulous! Glad to hear Bogart, Lorre, Veidt and his dachshund Hansel have a home ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. I think there are spies in our midst. They’ve snatched all the best titles. But I have an ace up my sleeve. I’d like to write about 1939s “Arrest Bulldog Drummond”. That is, does Captain Drummond’s involvement with Scotland Yard to stop a mad scientist from destroying the world count?

  11. Hello, Movies, Silently:

    Ruth, over at Flixchatter e-mailed me about this auspicious event since I submit guest posts and critiques for her site.

    An intriguing idea, this Blog-a-thon. I’d like to dissect a recent arrival from across the pond,
    courtesy of PBS.

    The Bletchley Circle which focuses on a group of women code breakers. Who worked at Bletchley Park helping to break the German Enigma Code. And others, during the war. And how they deal with life after WWII and the beginning of the Cold War.

    Much more “snoop” than “espionage”. Which fits tidily within your guidelines.

    1. Hi there and thanks for stopping by. It’s a fascinating topic to be sure but I am afraid that I have limited the event to entertainment made before 1970. (I made an exception for Mr. Bond as his film series has been made continuously since 1962.)

      However, if you were able to connect the series to classic films (for example, comparing how codebreaking was portrayed during the war vs. how it is portrayed now) then it shouldn’t be a problem. Let me know if this works for you!

    1. Wonderful! Glad to have you aboard (and to get some coverage for the American Revolution, we are quite WW2 and Cold War-centric at present)

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