ANNOUNCEMENT: The Fairy Tale Blogathon

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UPDATE: Please visit my event page for direct links to all the participants!

I’m back in the blogathon saddle one more time for 2014!

I have always loved fairy tales. There is something so primal and exciting about these traditional stories. Well, on November 9-11, I am going to be celebrating fairy tales in the movies. Here is the lowdown:

Pick a film or TV show based on a famous fairy tale. It can either be a straightforward adaptation or a looser version. For example, if you wanted to cover Beauty and the Beast, you could go with the Disney cartoon, the famous 1946 French version or even the 1980s modernized television series. There is not date limit for the films and shows.

In order to encourage variety, I am asking for no exact duplicates, please, but you may choose another version of the same tale. So, if someone chooses the Disney version of Cinderella, feel free to go with the 1914 Pickford version or any other version made.

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A few limits

True Fairy Tales Only: The definition can be broad but for the purpose of this blogathon, I am going to say stories from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, Charles Perrault, the Arabian Nights and the like. (Or stories in the classic fairy tale style.) In order to keep the theme strong, I will not be accepting stories from Oz, Wonderland, Camelot, Middle Earth, Neverland, purely religious sources or holiday tales.

In short, this is a fairy tale blogathon not a general fantasy blogathon.

However, amalgamations of fairy tales (e.g. Enchanted) are perfectly acceptable, as are modernizations. Basically, as long as the source is a true fairy tale, it doesn’t matter how crazy the filmmakers get with it.

Family-friendly Event: In order to keep this event reasonably family-friendly, I am asking for no films above a U.S. PG-13/TV-14 rating. Yes, I realize that fairy tales in their original form could have some very distressing content but please humor me on this. And, yes, I realize the rating system here leaves a lot to be desired but it is the simplest way to draw a line on content.

When: November 9-11, 2014

What you need to do: Just tell me your movie or show of choice. If the fairy tale source is not obvious from the title, please be sure to clue me in as to which story it is based on. For example, if you want to claim Ball of Fire as a version of Snow White, simply state both titles and you are good to go.

Once your choice is accepted, grab a banner and display it proudly.

I will not be assigning days. Post your review on one of the three days, send me the URL and I will link over to your site. Easy!

I’ve never done this before but I want to join. Help!

I have written an article on exactly that topic. Here it is. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.

Wish List:

These are films and shows I would particularly like to see claimed. (Quite a few of these titles are in the public domain and may be streamed for free online.)

Amalgamations: Into the Woods (1991), The Thief and the Cobbler (1992, 1993, 1995, 2006, 2007 or 2013 versions)

Classic: Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre (episode or series), Arabian Nights (2000), The Swan Princess (1994)

Sequels: Happily Ever After (1993, Snow White), Cinderella II (2002), The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain (1997)

Fractured: The Frog Prince (Muppet version), Son of Ali Baba (1952), Muppet Classic Theater (1994), The Storyteller (1987-1988), Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961)

Modernized: Ball of Fire (1941, Snow White), Sabrina (1954 or 1995, Cinderella), Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990)

And feel free to choose any Disney or Disney knockoff that strikes your fancy.

Roster:

Movies Silently | Forbidden Fruit (1921, Cecil B. DeMille’s modern Cinderella)

Mildred’s Fatburgers | The Snow Queen (1957)

Portraits by Jenni | Ever After (1998, Drew Barrymore’s Cinderella)

Once Upon a Screen | L0oney Tunes Fairy Tales

Critica Retro | Comparison of Snow White (1916) and Blancanieves (2012)

Sister Celluloid | The Glass Slipper (1955)

Drew’s Movie Reviews | Enchanted (2008)

Enchanted by Film | Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Once Upon a Time (series, 2011-)

100 Films in a Year | The 10th Kingdom (2000) and La Belle et la Bête (1946)

Big V Riot Squad | Nursery Favorites (1913)

Silent Volume | Jack and the Beanstalk (1902) and The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Timeless Hollywood | The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Destroy All Fanboys | The Thief of Bagdad (1940) and Ray Harryhausen fairy tales

Spellbound by Movies | Claire (2001)

Cinema Moonglow | Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre (1982-1987)

Nitrate Glow | Bluebeard (1901) and Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Wide Screen World | Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

Random PicturesSecret Beyond the Door (1948, Fritz Lang’s Bluebeard)

Coolsville | The Juniper Tree (1990)

Silent-ology | Ella Cinders (1926)

A Shroud of Thoughts | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Silver Screenings | Cinderella aka Zolushka (1947)

The Cinematic Frontier | Frozen (2014)

Speakeasy | The Happy Prince (1974)

Phantom Empires | Gulliver’s Travels (1977)

Moon in Gemini | Fractured Fairy Tales (1959-1964) and Once Upon a Mattress (2005)

Jim Fanning’s Tulgey Wood | Cinderella (1950)

Margaret Perry | The Little Mermaid (1989)

Caftan Woman | Shirley Temple’s Storybook (1958-1961, Little Mermaid episode)

The Second Sentence | First Love (1939, Deanna Durbin’s Cinderella)

Cary Grant Won’t Eat You | Tangled (2010)

Girls Do Film | A Thousand and One Nights (1945)

Movie Movie Blog Blog | Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor (1936)

24FPS | Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973)

Mr. Schneid’s Words About Things | Ella Enchanted (2004)

Culture Spy | Aladdin (1992)

Classic Movie Hub | Cinderella (1914)

Girl Meets Cinema | The relationship between Snow White and Prince Charming in Once Upon a Time

Big Screen Small Words | Penelope (2006, Christina Ricci’s Beauty and the Beast)

KaramelKinema | Mirror Mirror (2011) and La Belle et la Bête (2014)

All Eyes on Screen | Sabrina (1995, Cinderella)

The Rosebud Cinema | Peau d’Âne (1970)

The White’s List | Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004)

Let’s Go to the Movies | Beastly (2011)

Shameless Pile of Stuff | Prinsessa Ruusunen (1949)

Eclectic Alli | Into the Woods (1991)

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See you there!

The World War One in Classic Film Blogathon is nigh!

Update: The blogathon has begun! You can catch direct links to Saturday’s posts here. The wonderful Sunday contributors are here.

Well, kids, the World War One in Classic Film Blogathon is this weekend. In preparation, we have divided the roster in half. Silent-ology is taking Saturday, I am taking Sunday. If you need your day switched, just let one of us know and we will be happy to rearrange you.

And, yes, you can still join up. We would love to have you. Just name an unclaimed film, pick a day and you are good to go. Otherwise, sit back, relax and enjoy the posts. That’s what Erich von Stroheim will be doing.

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The Roster:

Saturday Sept. 6 on Silent-ology:

Silent-ology | Hearts of the World (1918)

Movies Silently | The Heart of Humanity (1918)

My Classic Movies | Doughboys (1930)

MovieFanFare | J’accuse (1919 and 1938 versions)

moviemovieblogblog | Shoulder Arms (1918)

The Motion Pictures | Wings (1927)

The Hitless Wonder | I was a Spy (1933)

Mildred’s Fatburgers | The Dawn Patrol (1930 and 1938 versions)

Silver Screenings | Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)

Sister Celluloid | The Road Back (1937)

ImagineMDD | Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Pre-Code.com | Sky Devils (1932)

Into the Beautiful New | Westfront 1918 (1930)

The Movie Rat | Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

Destroy All Fanboys | The Big Parade (1925)

Feet of Mud | A Soldier’s Plaything (1930)

Portraits by Jenni | A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Margaret Perry | Article on Mata Hari

Speakeasy | The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

Silent Volume | What Price Glory? (1926)

Movie ClassicsThe Road To Glory (1936)

Once Upon a Screen | Paths of Glory (1957)

Rick’s Cafe Texan | The African Queen (1951)

Sunday Sept. 7 at Movies Silently (that’s me!):

Movies Silently | Barbed Wire (1927)

Wide Screen World | La Grande Illusion (1937)

Nitrate Glow | The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1920)

Cinematic Catharsis | The Little American (1918)

Coolsville | For Me and My Gal (1942)

Moon in Gemini | South (1920)

Girls Do Film | Hell’s Angels (1930)

Jeff Rapsis | The Strong Man (1926)

100 Films in a Year | The Battle of the Somme (1916)

Immortal Ephemera | The Last Flight (1931)

A Shroud of Thoughts | Sergeant York (1941)

Spellbound by Movies | Dark Journey (1937)

Into the Beautiful New | Outskirts aka The Patriots (Окраина) (1933)

Destroy All Fanboys | The Blue Max (1966)

Cinema MonolithThe Fighting 69th (1940)

Caftan Woman | Ever in My Heart (1933)

At the Sovereign | Wooden Crosses (1932)

Big V Riot Squad | A selection of short propaganda movies including The Leopard’s Spots,Patriotic Porkers, British Effort and British and German newsreels.

Random Pictures | King & Country (1964)

A Person in the Dark | Mata Hari (1931)

Silent Volume | All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)

historyonfilm.com | Dishonored (1931)

Great War Films | Oh What a Lovely War (1969)

Critica Retro | Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938)

The Cinematic Packrat | Article on Basil Rathbone’s service in the war

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:  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.

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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)

Pre-Code.com | 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)

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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.

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News and Upcoming Events

Things are going to be fun for the next few months! I have signed up for a long list of amazing blogathons. In fact, I have signed up for so many that I decided I needed to write a post to keep everything straight in my own head. Ready? Let’s go!

I am hosting:

The Sleuthathon!

detective-blogathon-keatonIt’s going to be a celebration of classic detectives in movies and television. I will be covering the 1922 version of Sherlock Holmes starring John Barrymore and (gulp!) Carol Dempster. You can read the complete roster here.

And now for the events I will be participating in:

(Listed by date)

Big Stars in the Small Screen Blogathon

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All about movie actors on television. Hosted by Aurora of How Sweet it Was on March 20 & 21. I shall be covering one or more of Francis X. Bushman’s Perry Mason appearances.

The Big League Blogathon

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This event is all about baseball movies of any era. It’s hosted by Forgotten Films and will be held March 31-April 6. I shall be covering The Busher, a baseball film from 1919 that stars Charles Ray. The supporting cast includes Colleen Moore and John Gilbert, both in their very early twenties!

The Diamonds & Gold Blogathon

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Celebrating memorable performances from actors in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond. It is hosted by Caftan Woman and Wide Screen World and will take place on April 12-13. I shall be covering William S. Hart in The Toll Gate.

The Great Villain Blogathon

banner_villain5All about the bad guys. It’s hosted by Speakeasy, Shadows and Satin, and Silver Screenings and will take place on April 20-26. I shall be covering Dr. Mabuse. Yay, finally covering a silent Fritz Lang film for the site!

The Romantic Comedy Blogathon

romantic comedyJust what it sounds like, all things romantic and funny! It is hosted by Carole & Co. and Backlots and will take place on May 1-4. I shall be covering The Merry Jail, one of Ernst Lubitsch’s earliest surviving romantic comedies.

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Phew! As you can see, many good things are coming. Looking forward to it!

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sleuthathon, a classic detective blogathon!

UPDATE: You can find the very latest roster (updated and organized) on this event page. Enjoy!

I love mysteries and I know I am not alone. Here is your chance to join me in celebrating the gumshoes of the classic screen.

Here are the particulars:

The event will take place on March 16 & 17, 2014.

You may choose any sleuth from movies or television made on or before 1965. (For TV shows, I shall give leeway to cover later dates as long as the show premiered before 1965.)

Types of detectives include:

Private investigators and consulting detectives (Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Sherlock Holmes)

Interested amateurs (Miss Marple)

Crusading reporters and attorneys (Torchy Blane, Perry Mason)

Ordinary folks motivated by self-preservation (Young Charlie in Shadow of a Doubt)

“They killed my wife/father/cousin/boss/mentor/lady-who-asked-me-for-help-but-I-didn’t-listen and I shall bring them to justice!”

“They don’t pay me enough for this!” Folks who run into a mystery as part of their job (doctors, clerks, nightclub entertainers, etc.)

And more!

In order to keep the event focused, I have decided to exclude police, government agents (FBI, CIA, MI5, MI6, OSS, KGB, FSB, CSIS, etc.) and spies from this event. (They can appear in the films but they must not be the primary investigator.) I know there are a lot of films that are borderline (ex-cops, characters only pretending to be spies, etc.) so if you are not sure if your film of choice qualifies, please feel free to ask. Many apologies for getting technical but the mystery genre is so vast that I felt the need to impose limits.

In the interest of keeping things fresh and varied, I am asking for no exact duplicates, please. However, I welcome coverage of different interpretations of the same character. For example, Sherlock Holmes has been played by dozens of actors. If Basil Rathbone is claimed, why not cover Clive Brook or Christopher Lee, among others? Also, I will allow different bloggers to cover either individual entries in a series or the overall series. For example, one blogger may choose to cover one of the Crime Doctor films while another will write about the series as a whole.

If you have never participated in a blogathon, check out my how-to article on the subject. It’s very easy and fun, too!

If you wish to participate, you can leave a comment or send me an email. Let me know the movie, series, show or character/actor combination you wish to cover and your day preference, if you have one. Be sure to snag a banner as well, they are at the bottom of the post. This is going to be fun!

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Movies Silently | Sherlock Holmes (1922, John Barrymore)

The Vintage Cameo | The Thin Man (1934)

Margaret Perry | Hildegarde Withers as played by Edna May Oliver

Bella Karma | Lured (1948) (I know Lucille Ball is technically on the police force but she didn’t start out as a cop and quit before the ending)

Tales of the Easily Distracted | The Big Clock (1948)

Once Upon a Screen | Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)

Once Upon a Screen Guest Post | Nick & Nora, an overall examination of The Thin Man Series by Sarah (@ImSarahO)

Destroy All Fanboys | Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Big V Riot Squad | William Gillette, Sherlock playwright and Sherlock actor in the lost 1916 film

A Shroud of Thoughts | Murder, My Sweet (1944, Dick Powell)

Cinematic Catharsis | The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959, Peter Cushing, Hammer Studios)

The Thrilling Days of Yesteryear | Johnny Staccato (1959-1960 TV series)

TelevisionMusicFilmsComics.net | Richard Diamond (1957-1960 TV series)

Silver Screenings | A Shriek in the Night (1933)

Wide Screen World | Warner Oland’s take on Charlie Chan

The Girl with the White Parasol | The Phantom Lady (1944)

A Person in the Dark | The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Girls Do Film | The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Speakeasy | Eyes in the Night (1942)

The Joy and Agony of Movies | The Killers (1946 and 1964)

Outspoken & Freckled | Perry Mason as played by Warren William (1934-1936)

Nitrate Diva | The Falcon Series (George Sanders, Tom Conway)

Caftan Woman | Perry Mason (1957-1966 TV series)

The Stalking Moon | The Joel and Garda Sloan Mysteries (Fast Company, Fast and Loose, Fast and Furious, 1938-1939)

Critica Retro | Philo Vance as played by William Powell

Classic Movie Hub | A Shot in the Dark (1964) I know Clouseau is a policeman but you can hardly say that he was any good at sleuthing.

Marlee Waters | Basil Rathbone’s Sherlock Holmes

The Motion Pictures | Dressed to Kill (1941)

Silver Scenes | Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple + The Detective (Father Brown, 1954)

Ramblings of a Cinephile | Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

The Man on the Flying Trapeze | The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe, 1946)

Cary Grant Won’t Eat You | The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

Move Classics | Stage Fright (1950)

Mildred’s Fatburgers | The Torchy Blane Series

Mike’s Take on the Movies | Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

The Consulting Detective | A Study in Terror (John Neville, 1965)

Ferdy on Films | Nancy Drew, Detective (1938)

The Land of Whatever | Philip Marlowe series (1959-60) and Ellery Queen Series (1950-52)

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All About the Blogathons Part 2: How to host your own

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If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times: No one wants a puffy shorts blogathon!

Welcome to the second half of my two-part series on blogathons. Last time, we talked about blogathon participation. This time, I will give you some tips for hosting your own blogathon.

So, you’ve decided that you want to host your own blogathon. First thing’s first, though.

Choosing your topic

You may already have a topic in mind but here are some tips that will ensure maximum participation.

Your topic should be broad enough to allow a variety of participants

There is nothing stopping you from announcing a Trigger the Wonder Horse Blogathon but such a specific subject would severely limit the number of potential participants. The Movie Horse Blogathon (which I am using as an example for these articles) allows a much wider variety topics to be explored.

Does this mean that you must avoid more obscure topics? No, but there are ways of making them have a more general appeal. (This is, of course, assuming that you want a larger pool of participants. Some hosts prefer a more intimate event.)

For example, I wanted to create a blogathon centered around Lon Chaney. Now Chaney is very popular, as silent stars go, but he only made one talkie and this fact would reduce the potential size of the blogathon. So, I expanded the event to include Lon Chaney, Jr. as well. Chaney Sr.’s extant films range from 1914 to 1930 while Chaney Jr.’s credited filmography stretches from 1932 to 1971. This gave participants over 50 years’ worth of films to choose from and resulted in a richer event.

Co-hosts, do you need them?

Now that you have an event theme, it is time to consider whether you want to have a co-host or co-hosts for the blogathon. Let’s go over the advantages and disadvantages:

Co-hosts

Some things are better together (via allposters.com)

Pros

  • You have someone to bounce ideas off of and to ask for advice
  • You will expand the number of potential participants with your combined readership and contacts
  • You can split the hosting duties
  • Your co-host may supply expertise in the topic that you lack

Cons

  • You have to consult with your co-host before making changes
  • You may not have the same ideas about running the event
  • You will divide the traffic generated by the blogathon

Solo hosting

For when you want to be alone (via Tumblr)

Pros

  • You can turn on a dime, making any changes you wish
  • You will get all the traffic generated by the blogathon
  • You can fine tune the personality of the event

Cons

  • You won’t have a co-host to consult or commiserate with
  • You will have to shoulder all the hosting duties
  • You will have to sign up all the participants yourself

I have both co-hosted and solo hosted blogathons and I enjoy both styles. Of course, I have had the advantage of working with wonderful co-hosts, which makes all the difference.

How do you ask someone to co-host? Contact them and ask them if they are available. Ask as far in advance as you can. I try to ask my co-hosts 4-6 months before the event launch date and I usually have blogathons planned at least that far in advance.

Duplicates. Duplicates. Duplicates. Duplicates.

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Duplicates, do you want them?

No matter what your blogathon topic, one thing is certain: Some subjects will be more popular than others. If you host a Marilyn Monroe blogathon, you can be sure that The Seven Year Itch is going to be snapped up quickly. If you host a regency fiction blogathon, Jane Austen will surely be claimed immediately.

So, will you allow multiple blogs to host on the same topic? Or will you ask that there be no duplicates? What are the pros and cons of allowing duplicates?

Pros:

  • More bloggers will be able to write on popular topics
  • Get multiple takes on famous subjects

Cons:

  • Too many participants writing on the exact same subject may become tedious
  • Bloggers may hesitate to sign on if they see that their chosen topic may be claimed by someone else
  • Not as much topic variety

Note that there are some cases when you almost have to allow duplicates. For example, duplicates may be necessary for a James Dean Blogathon due to his extremely brief film career.

When to say “no”

A magnificent beast! And the horse looks pretty cool too.
A magnificent beast! And the horse looks pretty cool too.

You will, of course, have to set content boundaries for your blogathon. Will it be about a specific movie star, author or musician? What is acceptable and what is off-limits?

For example, I may decide that the Movie Horse Blogathon is only for live-action movies and TV episodes, no cartoon horses need apply. Other boundaries may include limiting eligible release dates (example: no films made before 1980), banning certain types of films (example: nothing rated above a PG), etc.

You and your co-hosts should decide these limits in advance. However, there is usually someone who will come up with a really off-the-wall topic during the course of a blogathon. It’s up to you whether to accept more unusual submissions. Just know that the subject will come up and you will have to make a decision.

If someone wants to submit something that is just not a good fit, thank them and politely let them know that you would love to have them aboard but you’re afraid that the topic is not quite right. You might also want to suggest a similar topic that they can cover.

For example: Let’s say that for the Movie Horse Blogathon, someone wants to write about the film Legend, which features unicorns. Since unicorns are not quite what I want, I will let the would-be participant know (politely!) that their choice does not suit the topic. I might then suggest another fantasy film that features a horse, such as Ladyhawke.

Banners

Banners are essential for hosting a blogathon. Participants will place them on their own blogs, spreading the word to all of their readers. But how do you make your own?

The Techy Stuff

First, you need an image that catch everyone’s eye and immediately show what your event is all about. You may have just the right image in your collection but if not, you can find lots of free images on the Wiki Commons, Doctor Macro, Morguefile and Stock Exchange.

Next, you need to add text to your banner. This should include:

The name of the event

The name of your blog and any co-hosts

The date(s) of the event

Optional: A tagline describing your event

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Another winner! All the information is in place and the text is very clear.
Another winner! All the information is in place and the text is very clear.

Bloggers use a variety of programs to make their banners. Here are some links to tutorials that work for assorted programs. Please note that most of these tutorials are for header banners (short and fat) so be sure to make your banners taller and narrower. 2.5 inches by 3 inches is a good size to aim for.

(I am just offering links, not tech support.)

Video tutorial for making banners in MS Paint and MS Word

Text tutorial for making banners in MS Word

Text tutorial for making banners in Photoshop Elements

Text tutorial for making banners in GIMP*

*GIMP is a free, open source alternative to Photoshop

The Artsy Stuff

Now, let’s talk design! I am going to give you a few examples to show you how to get maximum bang for your buck.

Here are the two most common mistakes for blogathon banners:

Unreadable colors:

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This first image showcases a common banner mistake. The image is good and all the information is there but the bright primary colors are difficult to read against the background. And keep in mind that your participants might have smaller areas in which to display your banner, which means it will end up looking like this:

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Not too easy to make out, is it?

Unreadable fonts:

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In this case, there is better contrast between the image and the text but the fancy-pants font makes it very hard to read. And, remember, it probably will be much smaller once it gets plopped into a sidebar:

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This is not the best use of your banner.

The Simple Solution:

Here is a simple solution that will produce clear, easy to read banners. It’s not the fanciest banner in the world but it is readable. Simply take a solid color rectangle and place it at the top or bottom of the header image.

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Use dark or bright colors against white and pastels and brights against black. A basic, bold font. Easy, readable, done.

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Works like a charm.

Here are tutorials on how to draw rectangles in Photoshop Elements, GIMP, MS Paint and Paintbrush.

But what font should you use for your banner? (I am calling them fonts so that people know what I am talking about.)

Unless you are confident in your design skills, this is about clarity, not beauty. Impact is certainly used a lot online and Times New Roman is pretty vanilla but both will get your message clearly across, which is what your banner is all about. When you have to choose between fanciness and legibility, choose legibility. (Both are ideal but…)

Conclusion: You can get as fancy as you like with your fonts but always be aware of contrast, readability and the fact that the banner may shrink in a blog’s sidebar.

Remember, fonts have personality!

(And here are the arguments against Comic Sans and Papyrus, if you are interested. Yes, this is an emotional issue. Please don’t use them.)

This is my all prettied-up design. Note that I used a pale gradient at the bottom and a drop shadow on the top text to ensure that there is strong contrast between the image and the text. I also used fonts that are decorative but not too squiggly.

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And the shrunk-down version:

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Ta-da!

This is all basic Photoshop stuff. You can use your search engine of choice to find tutorials for all of these techniques. As I wrote before, I won’t be able to offer tech support but there are a ton of great articles and step-by-step instructions on the web.

Getting the word out

Participation is the key to a successful blogathon. Getting the word out can be a challenge but here are some methods that I have found helpful.

Your announcement post

A month or two before your launch date, post an announcement with all of your blogathon particulars. This is where you describe your event and let people know the rules for participation. Most hosts also post a roster of participants, updating as more sign on.

Here are some examples of announcement posts:

The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon (shameless self-plug)

The Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon

The Great Imaginary Film Blogathon

Crickets

Most blogathon hosts will tell you that there is an awful stretch of time between your announcement and your first sign-up. Don’t stress! Here are some ideas to help you get some participants.

(If you are really terrified of this, get yourself a co-host as you will be guaranteed at least one other participant.)

Social media

Do not be shy! Plug your blogathon shamelessly on whatever social media you make use of. Post your banners, make announcements whenever someone signs up, make noise!

Open up the old address book

Personally invite bloggers whose work you enjoy. You can also look at other blogathons and make contact with participants from those events. Send a friendly message inviting them aboard. Not everyone will be able to make time (some bloggers have their posts planned weeks or months in advance) but quite a few should sign up if your topic is within their writing target.

Use your memberships

If you belong to blog associations, see if they will allow you to make a small announcement on their homepage. Some blog hubs even have dedicated blogathon pages where you can spread the word.

The big day!

Time for the blogathon already?
Time for the blogathon already?

The culmination of all your hard work! Here are some things to keep in mind on the days of the event.

Your roster page

On the day of the blogathon, you will want to post a list of all the participants. As your participants post, they will (you hope) send over links to their contribution. You can then add those links to your roster.

If you are hosting a multi-day event, it may make sense to post a list of that day’s participants. The disadvantage is that is can be harder to keep up with the event if you have to look through multiple posts. Let’s take a look at some well-run events.

Single-post rosters:

The Mary Astor Blogathon (two hosts, each with one post for all participants)

Children in Films Blogathon (one host, one post for all participants)

And multi-post rosters:

Dynamic Duos of Classic Film Blogathon (two hosts, each one taking a turn at posting the participants for the day)

The William Castle Blogathon (two hosts, each taking a turn at posting the participants for the day)

Reminders and no-shows

A popular blogathon can have dozens of participants. Should the host remind them of the event?

Two schools of thought on this. The first group feels that we are all big boys and girls and it is the duty of the participants to show up. The second group feels that a friendly reminder is always a good idea.

Both positions have good arguments so decide in advance which one you want to embrace.

Read, read, read

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This is the most time consuming job you will have as a host. It is also the most important and the most rewarding. You need to read all of the posts that have been contributed to your event. I also like to leave a comment on each and every participating blog (if they accept them). First of all, it is a great pleasure to read everyone’s take on your topic. Second, the success of a blogathon depends on the participants and it is important to show them that you enjoyed their work.

Thank you and good night!

Another nice touch is to close out your event with a “thank you” post for your participants and any co-hosts you may have had. You can put this up the day of the blogathon or a few days later. It’s by no means a requirement but it is rather nice.

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I hope this article has helped you know what is involved in hosting a blogathon. Be sure to leave a comment if you have any additional suggestions!

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon

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UPDATE: You can find direct links to all the participants’ posts here.

UPDATE: The roster is full! Thank you so much for participating and we look forward to your posts in January!

I firmly believe that there is a little bit of the historian in every classic movie fan. After all, we love films that were made before we were even a gleam in our father’s eye. Well, here’s our chance to collaborate on a project celebrating the history of motion pictures

Most movie blogathons center around actors, topics, genres or eras of film. This event is going to focus on individual years. Our range is 1915 to 1950. Participants will each focus on one individual year in the history of film. In order to focus on as many years as possible, we are asking for no duplicates, please. The event will be held January 12-14, 2014.

I have been joined by two amazing co-hostesses this time around: Ruth of Silver Screenings and Aurora of Once Upon a Screen, two of the best classic film bloggers on the beat. I will be hosting the silent era portion of the event while Ruth and Aurora will split the sound era between them.

How do I join?

Pick the year you would like to focus on (or ask us to assign one to you). Be sure to wait for confirmation before going to work as the “big” years are likely to be snapped up quickly. If your chosen year is taken, we will suggest alternate years that still open.

You can contact me in the comments section, via email or on Twitter.

Is this your first blogathon? I just happen to have written a handy how-to article on blogathon participation.

What can I submit?

It’s your year and you can handle it any way you like. Here are some ideas:

A pictorial focusing on the best film posters of your chosen year.

A review of a film from your chosen year.

An examination of the year through the films of a particular actor or director. For example, you could cover 1931 by examining the five films Joan Crawford made that year.

A historical approach discussing events that changed the course of film history. For example, 1927 and the talkie revolution.

A timeline showing the important events of your year. For example, a timeline of major releases for 1922.

An examination of the year through popular genres. For example, you could cover 1916 by discussing the role of westerns and realism vs. escapism in these films.

If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask.

Roster

Remember, no duplicates!

1915 Movies Silently
1916 Big V Riot Squad
1917  Flick Chick
1918  One Track Muse
1919  Totally Filmi
1920  Durnmoose Movie Musings
1921  Silent Volume
1922  Family Friendly Reviews
1923  The Filmatelist
1924  Nitrate Glow
1925  Critica Retro
1926  Classic Film Buffa
1927  Goregirl’s Dungeon
1928  Self-Styled Siren
1929 Silver Screenings
1930  The Artistic Packrat
1931  Immortal Ephemera
1932  Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel
1933 Outspoken & Freckled
1934  Nitrate Diva
1935  Absolutely Merle
1936  Lasso the Movies
1937 The Motion Pictures
1938  Speakeasy
1939 Once Upon a Screen
1940 Lady Eve’s Reel Life
1941  The Joy and Agony of Movies
1942 Wide Screen World
1943 The Last Drive In
1944  The Movie Rat
1945  Caftan Woman
1946  synkroniciti
1947  Crimson Kimono
1948  Hye’s Musings
1949  Portraits by Jenni
1950 Vienna’s Classic Hollywood

Banners

Be sure to snag one of our banners for the event!

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This is going to be fun!

All About the Blogathons Part 1: How to partipate

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Friends! Citizens! Will you not join the blogathon?

If you hang around cyberspace long enough, chances are you will run into blogathons. But what are they? How do you join one? And what if you want to host one of your own?

Well, I hope to answer all of your questions in this two-part series. Part one will cover everything you need to know to be a good blogathon participant. Part two will cover the art of blogathon hosting.

First of all, what is a blogathon? Simply, it is an online event during which multiple blogs post on a particular topic at a set time.

Why should you participate in a blogathon? Several reasons:

1. It publicizes your blog. This is especially important if you are new or have low traffic.

2. It challenges your writing skills. You may end up writing about a topic that you never considered but find you enjoy.

3. It’s fun!

The blogathon will be hosted by one or more blogs. What is involved in hosting? The host sets the blogathon rules, publicizes the event and organizes the participants.

For the purpose of this article, let’s say that my blog, called Example Blog, is hosting an event called The Movie Horse Blogathon on February 29.

How to join a blogathon

Just ask. Usually, you will hear about blogathons by seeing banners on other blogs (more on that later) or by reading an announcement on the host blog. If you write about classic film, The Classic Movie Blog Hub keeps an up-to-date blogathon page.

Always include the name and address of your blog when you communicate with blogathon hosts.

Please note that some blogathons are members-only events for certain organizations. The host blog will usually make these restrictions clear in their announcement post.

So, you would probably read something like this for my Movie Horse Blogathon:

Example Blog invites you to join us in celebrating the equine stars of the silver screen. We welcome all bloggers to contribute reviews of horse-centric classic (pre-1970) film and television for this event, as well as profiles of famous horse performers. It will take place on February 29. In order to make sure that the maximum number of films are covered, we are asking for no duplicate reviews, please.

How do I choose what to contribute?

Lurk a bit and see what other people are choosing.
Lurk a bit and see what other people are choosing.

The blogathon host may have certain requirements. They may want movie reviews only or they may prefer that the topic be limited. For example, a Noir Fiction blogathon may choose to only accept posts that cover works published pre-1980. A knitting blogathon may ask for nothing crochet-related.

Another thing to look out for is whether the blogathon allows duplicates. Let’s say you want to review National Velvet for my Movie Horse blogathon. But it looks like someone has beaten you to the punch and is already going to review it. (Blogathon hosts usually include a roster for easy reference.)

What to do? Well, look over the announcement. In this case, the Movie Horse does not allow duplicate reviews so you will have to choose another film. When in doubt, ask the blogathon host.

What if you want to participate but everything you want is taken? This is another good time to contact the host blog. They may know of an unclaimed topic that will suit your taste.

What if my topic does not exactly fit the event?

Is Francis close enough to horsiness? (Wikipedia)

Contact the host and tell them your idea. Let’s go back to my example of a Movie Horse Blogathon. Let’s say that you wanted to write about Francis the Talking Mule. He’s not a horse but pretty close.

The host will either okay your idea or decide that it is too far from the spirit of the blogathon. In this case, I would say that Francis is a no-go as a mule is close but not a horse. I would then offer the idea of writing a review of the Mister Ed show.

I suggest having a backup plan in case your slightly-off-topic post is not accepted.

What if an emergency comes up and I can’t participate after all?

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I hope this fight ends soon or I’ll NEVER finish my blogathon post!

Send a polite message to the blogathon host. Apologize for being unable to participate. Try to do this as far in advance as you can, especially if the event does not allow duplicate posts. This allows the host time to update their roster and show would-be participants that the topic is once again up for grabs.

What if I change my mind about what I want to cover for the blogathon?

Contact the host and ask if the change is possible. It’s usually okay to change but sometimes the host may not approve. For example, if you changed your mind and wanted to review The Black Stallion instead, the host may ask you to choose again if another blogger is already covering the film.

The blogathon is scheduled for several days. How does that work?

Some hosts choose to break up their blogathons over several days. If you have a preferred day, make sure to politely ask if you can be scheduled on that date. If you have no preference, tell the host. It makes scheduling much easier for them.

Generally, when a blogathon is scheduled over several days, the host will have a separate announcement post for each day. If there are co-hosts, they may split up the days and participants between them. If this is the case, make sure you communicate with the host you “belong to” and inform them of any changes that may come up.

In short, communication is the key to most blogathon issues that may arise.

The Lead-up: What to do before the blogathon

There are a few things that you can do before the blogathon to make things easier for both you and your host.

Grab a banner

Most blogathons will provide banners, that is, graphics designed to be plopped into participating blogs. These banners spread the word about the event and advertise your participation.

Most bloggers place the banners in their sidebar or in their footer. It’s up to you where you place it.

Also be sure to link the image to the host blog. Here are instructions on how to do this in WordPress and Blogger.

Spread the word

If you participate in social media, it is a nice touch to tout the blogathon a little. Remember, the more successful the blogathon, the more traffic you will get. Plus, it’s just a nice thing to do.

Start working early

Forward! Let nothing stop you!
Forward! Let nothing stop you!

Everyone has a different schedule but I highly recommend writing your blogathon post as early as possible. That way, if something does come up, you will have your post ready to go for the event. I realize that this is not always workable but it is a good goal.

The Big Day: What to do during the blogathon

The day has arrived and it is time for your blogathon post to go up. Here are some tips:

Link to the blogathon page

You will want everyone to know that your post is part of a blogathon so be sure to include a link. There are no rules as to where the link should be placed but most folks put it either at the beginning or end of their post. You can also include one of the blogathon banners but this is not mandatory.

Send your hosts the URL of your post

Send a link to your post to the host of the blogathon. If the blogathon has multiple hosts, it is a good idea to send it to all of them so that it does not get lost in the shuffle. Blogathons can be a little hectic.

Check out the posts of the other participants

Now you can relax and enjoy the other blogathon posts.

I hope you enjoyed this little guide to blogathon participation. Do you have more suggestions? Be sure to leave a comment!

Next up: How to host a blogathon of your very own.

The Chaney Blogathon! Two men, thousands of faces

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I just can’t stop!

Here is another blogathon and it’s a special one. We are coming up on the 88th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera (1925). That seems as good an excuse as any to host a blogathon celebrating Lon Chaney. But why settle for just one Chaney when we can have two?

That’s right! Not only will the blogathon be dedicated to Lon Chaney Sr. of Phantom/Marines fame, it will also honor Lon Chaney Jr. of Wolfman/Lennie fame.

The talented Jo of The Last Drive In has stepped in as my co-hostess for the event, her expertise on the spine-tingling classics will make this thing one for the history books!

But who are these Lon Chaneys?

Lon Chaney Sr.

Lon Chaney (1883-1930) was a prolific actor primarily known for his roles in silent horror. Dubbed “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” Chaney’s talent for elaborate makeup helped him create iconic images that terrorized his audience. But you know what? He could be even scarier with no makeup at all. His powerful acting style and sensitive characterization assured his place among silent acting legends. Chaney made one talking picture but tragically succumbed to cancer at the age of 47. Here is his IMDB profile.

Lon Chaney Jr.

Lon Chaney, Jr. (1906-1973) was Chaney’s only son. Born Creighton Chaney, he was renamed after his famous father by a movie producer in 1935. In true Chaney manner, he achieved fame in the horror genre but was also an accomplished character actor who starred in everything from westerns to serials. Throughout his long career, he specialized in tortured men and monsters. Chaney passed away at the age of 67. Here is his IMDB profile.

When does it start?

November 15-18

How to join:

You can contact either Jo or myself via comment or email. Tell us what you will contribute and your preferred posting day. Then all you have to do is snag one of our banners (they’re down there!) and put it up on your site.

What you can contribute:

All things Chaney are welcome, either father or son. Movies reviews, biographies, pictorial posts, video tributes, anything you like! Feel free to review a film even if someone else has claimed it. After all, each reviewer will have a different take. That being said, reviews of more obscure films would be greatly appreciated.

Still not sure what to pick? Here are a few ideas:

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The Roster

November 15

Asta’s Doghouse – Newspaper clippings on Lon Chaney Jr.

Cable Car Guy – Chaney Outchaneys Chaney

Forgotten Films – Review of The Mummy’s Curse

Furious Cinema – Review of The Alligator People

Grand Old Movies – Review of Big House USA

The Last Drive In – Review of The Unknown

Movies Silently – Review of The Wicked Darling

Portraits by Jenni – Review of Tell it to the Marines

Pre-Code.Com – Review of The Unholy Three (1930)

Silver Scenes – Review of The Wolf Man

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear – Review of High Noon

November 16

The Artistic Packrat – Review of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Cable Car Guy – The Face of a Thousand Memories

Destroy All Fanboys – Review of The Defiant Ones

Durnmoose Movie Musings – Review of Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman

Crítica Retrô – Review of The Penalty 

The House of Lizarraga – Chaney Caricatures and Chaney Caricatures 2

Monster Magazine World – Article: Lon Chaney vs Jack Pierce: A Monster Makeup Smackdown

The Motion Pictures – Review of The Black Sleep

Movies Silently – Article on the lost Chaney/Browning film London After Midnight

Once Upon a Screen – To the Lon Chaneys: A Wall of Faces

Silent Volume – Review of Oliver Twist

Silver Screenings – Review of Of Mice and Men

Tales of the Easily Distracted – Review of My Favorite Brunette

Tales of the Easily Distracted – Review of Spiderbaby

November 17

Cable Car Guy – But not as Lon Chaney Jr: Scrapbook

Cinematic Catharsis – Review of West of Zanzibar

Goregirl’s Dungeon – Review of House of Frankenstein

The Hitless Wonder – Tribute to Lon Chaney Sr.

The Last Drive In – A Thousand Faces: Musical Tribute to Lon Chaney Sr & Lon Chaney Jr

Movies Silently – Review of Nomads of the North

Speakeasy – Reviews of Inner Sanctum films

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear – Review of Ace of Hearts

November 18

Cable Car Guy – Listen to that box office howl (tribute to Lon Chaney Jr.)

Classic Movie Hub – Review of Abbott & Costello Meet Frankestein

Destroy All Fanboys – Review of Indestructible Man

Esther J. Cepeda – Review of Mockery

The Hitless Wonder – Lon Chaney Jr. Tribute

Immortal Ephemera – Review of Dead Man’s Eyes

The Last Drive InMan Made Monster Slideshow

Midnight Palace – Video interview with Ron Chaney

The Movie Rat – Review of By the Sun’s Rays

Movies Silently – Lon Chaney GIFs

The Nitrate Diva – Review of The Wicked Darling or Outside the Law

Once Upon a Screen – Review of The Wolf Man

Retro Remote – Review of Riddle Gawne

Silent Volume – Review of The Unholy Three (1925)

Silver Scenes – Review of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

TV’s Fault – Review of The Monster

Widescreen World – Review Of Mice and Men

Banners

Be sure to grab one of these banners so that everyone knows you have joined us!

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You can also download larger sizes of each banner, if you like, as well as a large version of the header I used at the top of the post.

Velcome to my castle! Banner (large)

Phantom-Wolfman Banner (large)

Sans Makeup Banner (large)

Unknown Spiderbaby Banner (large)

Chaney Blogathon Quadruple Header (large)

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We will be posting more updates soon!

Updates, upcoming events and a few secrets I have been keeping from you

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All about me!

The Gish Sisters Blogathon is over but what a fun ride it was! The contributors outdid themselves and it was a great pleasure to read their posts.

The blogathon was the culmination of five months of behind-the-scenes work. I began to plan in April, made the banners and invited my co-hostess aboard. The biggest challenge? Keeping the secret until the announcement in July! I like to plan ahead but I hate to keep secrets.

Well, I am keeping more secrets from you, readers. I have a few new features and special events in the pipeline and I fully intend to knock your socks off. In fact, you may want to watch those socks on Sunday because I will be making a huge announcement. You’re going to like it, I promise.

But enough mysterious-type talk! I wanted to give you some details on what is coming up on Movies Silently.

Upcoming Blogathons (that I am not hosting but have joined and feel you should too)

I will be covering The Power of the Press starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and directed by Frank Capra. You can join up by getting in touch with either hostess, Comet Over Hollywood or Lindsay’s Movie Musings.

(As a non-hosting participant, I can’t accept entries to any of these events. Just mentioning. But I will link to each and every host blog and I am sure they would love to have you.)

This is going to be fun! I will be inventing a 60’s-style starring-everyone-famous-in-the-whole-world adventure comedy… in the silent era! Fairbanks or Swanson or Valentino or Pickford or Barrymore? Yes. You can get in touch with Silver Scenes to join up.

Inspired by my Silent Take posters, Carole & Co. is hosting a bit of silent recasting. I am signed on for Star Wars circa 1915. You can join up by contacting the host blog.

Once Upon a Screen, Paula’s Cinema Club and Outspoken & Freckled are co-hosting the second What a Character Blogathon! I will be covering Tully Marshall in a review of the 1929 Technicolor film Redskin.

In other news, I will be continuing my assorted series and I will be getting back into the mini biographies. Haven’t written any of those in a while and I really enjoy making them.

And next month’s theme is Reader Requests! I got an overwhelming list of amazing films but I have narrowed down my selections. It was a challenge to choose only five films but I did it in the end. I will be announcing the final choices in October and, as promised, if I choose your suggestion, I will link to your (SFW) blog or website.

The latest and Gishiest news! Gish Sisters Blogathon Schedule

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I can’t believe it’s almost here! The Gish Sisters Blogathon is launching this Saturday.

Some of the contributors expressed a day preference while others were free to be penciled in any time. My co-hostess, Lindsey of The Motion Pictures, did a marvelous job of scheduling everyone between the three days of the blogathon.

If you need to reschedule:

No problem! Just let one of us know and we will be happy to accommodate you.

If you want to join:

You can still do that too! Let us know your topic and the day you prefer.

The Schedule

Day 1: September 7

Critica Retro – Orphans of the Storm

Donald Mania – Video tribute

Falderal – The White Sister

The Film Writer – Lillian Gish profileA few words on the Gish Sisters, Unseen Enemy Remix

Films Worth Watching – The Battle of Elderbush Gulch

The Great Katherine Hepburn – Remodeling Her Husband

The Motion Pictures – List of participants (to be updated throughout the blogathon w/ links)

Movies, Silently – Gretchen the Greenhorn

Nitrate Glow – Poetry inspired by Lillian GishBroken Blossoms

Once Upon a Screen – The Musketeers of Pig Alley

The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion – Have You Been Gished?

portraitsbyjenni – The Scarlet Letter + BGSU’s Gish Theater

The “Semi” Daily Main — Broken Blossoms

Silent Volume – La Boheme

Silent Volume – Mothering Heart

They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To – The Whales of August

Day 2: September 8

Cinemalacrum – The Night of the Hunter

Cinematic Catharsis – Broken Blossoms

Donald Mania – Article on Lillian’s influence on cinema

Films Worth Watching – True Heart Susie

MIB’s Instant Headache – Birth of a Nation Blu-ray

The Motion Pictures – Sweet Liberty

Outspoken and Freckled – The Night of the Hunter

The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion – Don’t you wish you were a Gish?

Girls Do Film – Romola

Silent Volume – Birth of a Nation

Silent Volume – Intolerance

Silver Screenings – Portrait of Jennie

The Soul of the Plot – Duel in the Sun

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear – The Wind

Day 3: September 9

Don’t Upset Granny Gish – His Double Life

Falderal — Reassessing the Legacy of Mary Pickford Through Lillian Gish

The Joy and Agony of Movies – Intolerance

The Last Drive In – Alfred Hitchcock Hour, “The Body in the Barn”

The Man on the Flying Trapeze — The Day I Insulted Lillian Gish

Motion Picture Gems – Centennial Summer

The Motion Pictures – The Cardinal

Movie Classics – The Scarlet Letter

The Movie Rat – Orphans of the Storm, Lillian and Dorothy Together

Movies, Silently – An Unseen Enemy

The Nitrate Diva – Hearts of the World

The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion – Gish Sisters Have Imperfect Noses

Silent Volume – Rebirth of a Nation

Strictly Vintage Hollywood – Nell Gwynn

True Classics – La Boheme

How to broaden your blog’s audience (expanding it beyond your loyal niche followers and possibly ruling the world)

Take a look at your own site to see how you can expand its appeal.
Take a look at your own site to see how you can expand its appeal.

I blog about a niche topic within a niche topic. Classic movie blogs are niche enough but I specialize in silent movies.

Want to know my favorite kind of comment?

“I have never seen/wasn’t interested in seeing/only have seen a few silent movies but I want to see this one.”

It makes me so happy to read this. But how do you get people to take that first look at your site? I am going to share some of the tricks that have worked for me. Some of them have already been covered in my post on increasing your blog’s traffic but I am going to revisit them with broadening blog audiences in mind.

How widely do you want to spread your blog?

Show People, Marion Davies, William Haines, King Vidor, Silent Film review
Spreading the word about your blog.

That is the most important thing to consider is how far you are willing to spread your blog’s topics. If you blog about cooking, would it make sense to add sections on gardening, entertaining or travel? Only you know the answer to that.

Let’s cover some risks of stepping out of your niche:

You risk alienating your core fans: If your most devoted fans only want to read about cooking, suddenly adding a lot of semi-related posts will make them less likely to return.

You risk unfocusing your blog: If you add too many new topics or topics that are not closely related to your main theme, you risk losing focus on your blog. A new visitor must be able to immediately know what your blog is about. And if your blog is purposely eclectic, say so on the landing page.

Here are some rewards:

You might get readers who may never have visited your blog otherwise: Sure, you have loyal readers for your articles on French cheesemaking but adding reviews of supermarket cheeses will give you access to a much broader readership.

You might find yourself having fun: Writing a regular blog is a challenge, even for the most passionate. Thinking of ways to expand your topic can make your blog new to you once again.

In conclusion:

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Would you like a kitten with your giant pin of a chili pepper? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eclectic content and off-topic posts are fun to write and read. However, when you are expanding your content, never forget the original purpose of your blog. Venture out but don’t forget to come home again.

(Of course, there are cases of blogs changing their purpose entirely but that was a decision made by their creators, not the result of too many topics. And, again, some blogs are purposely eclectic.)

Adding new topics and features

Only Me 1929 silent comedy short film review Lupino Lane
Try something new!

What new topics and features? Again, it depends on your blog. In my case, I wanted to make silent movies more real and relevant to modern viewers who may not necessarily be film buffs. Figure out your target and then try to come up with ideas that will appeal to them.

Samples:

You have a blog on classic English literature. You decide that you want more non-readers to take a look at your site. You decide to start reviewing modernized film versions of the classics.

You have a blog on fine cooking. You decide that you want to appeal to the busy mom/dad reader. You decide to start posting about quick and easy shortcuts that bring gourmet food to a busy household.

In my case, I started reviewing modern sound films that featured silent movies in their plots.

Varying post length and branch into other media

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Try out new media!

If you are regularly writing 1,000+ word posts, consider interspersing smaller, more digestible posts. Someone who is new to your blog may hesitate to commit to a 2,500 word review but will be more than happy to look at a 350 word feature. Plus, the challenge of having fewer words available is a great writing exercise.

Also consider varying your content. What do I mean? Well, if you are a passionate blogger, you are using the written word. Have you considered adding images to the mix? Movie stills, vintage illustrations, animated GIFs…

By the same token, if you are an image-centric blogger, maybe consider adding a small amount of written content to mix things up.

Videos are powerful and search engines love ’em. Just be sure that the video is either in the public domain or is otherwise authorized to be posted. Of course, your own videos would not have copyright issues, assuming you follow the rules of your video hosting service. (Here is the official word on Fair Use; the actual definition of it varies from site to site.)

Test drive your content

Tiny and cute!
Make sure your content looks its best!

I’ve mentioned before that I belonged to a small writers group and that it helped my writing a lot. Here’s why.

The group consisted of four women, not including me. We were all from different backgrounds and were different ages. We all wrote on different topics. Only one of the ladies had ever seen a silent film. What did this mean? I got to test out my reviews on an audience who did not know Wallace Reid from Sessue Hayakawa. If my references were too vague or too obviously intended for insiders, they would tell me so.

You see, as a fan of your subject, you may take for granted that your audience will understand your references and jokes. Am I advocating talking down to your readers? Heavens, no! What I am saying is that it helps me a lot to try to imagine a newcomer reading one of my posts. Would it be clear and fun to read? It should be.

While I no longer belong to a writers group, I think I benefited from my membership. In addition to helping with the basic craft of writing, it also helped me to see my work with fresh eyes.

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The Gish Sisters Blogathon: The Countdown Begins!

Gish Sisters Blogathon

Gish Sisters Blogathon

It’s hard to believe that the Gish Sisters Blogathon is less than a month away! I just wanted to update everyone on what has been happening.

What is it

A three day celebration of the careers of Lillian and Dorothy Gish.

When is it?

September 7, 8 and 9

Where is it?

Right here or at my co-hostess Lindsey’s blog, The Motion Pictures.

How can I join?

Just contact either one of us and say what you would like to contribute. We

Here is the roster, if you want to take a peek at what other folks are contributing.

If you can’t join…

You can still help us by spreading the word. Every little bit helps and is enormously appreciated.

If you want to join but aren’t sure what to contribute…

Here is a list of film suggestions!

And remember…

Dorothy needs a little help!

(via Tumblr)

While her films are not quite as available as Lillian’s, there are still lots to choose from so please consider contributing something about Dorothy.

The Gish Sisters Blogathon!

Greetings! Well, it looks like I am at it again! Another blogathon!

September 9, 2013 is going to mark the 101st anniversary of Lillian and Dorothy Gish’s motion picture debut. I was really excited and wanted to do something special. However, the Gish sisters spent even more time making talkies than they did silents. I needed someone to help me, someone who was an expert on mid-century film…

My wonderful co-hostess is Lindsey of The Motion Pictures! Together, on September 7-9, we are going to celebrate the careers of these amazing women.

We are inviting bloggers to join us in this celebration. The event is open to all!

While they are best remembered for their silent work, Dorothy enjoyed a 51 year career, acting until 1963. Lillian’s 75 year career lasted until 1987! And the versatile sisters made films in every imaginable genre. There is truly something for everyone.

What you can contribute:

  • A review of a film that has one or both of the Gishes
  • Information on their stage work
  • A biography
  • An article on their films, careers, relationships, etc.
  • A pictorial post
  • Get creative! I have seen blogathons feature video slideshows, poetry, works of art and more. If it is Gish-related, please consider submitting it.
  • No film is “taken” so feel free to select a film even if others are already reviewing it.

Participants:

(note: this list has been updated and the latest version can be found here)

Cinemalacrum – A review of The Night of the Hunter (Lillian)

Cinematic Catharsis – A review of Broken Blossoms (Lillian)

Crítica Retrô – A review of Orphans of the Storm (Lillian and Dorothy)

Donald Mania – A video tribute to the sisters and an article on Lillian’s influence on cinema

Don’t Upset Granny Gish – A review of His Double Life (Lillian) and an article on becoming a Gish fan

Falderal – Lillian Gish’s relationship with fellow screen star Mary Pickford

The Film Writer – An article profiling each sister and a video

Films Worth Watching – Reviews of True Heart Susie and The Battle of Elderbush Gulch

Girls Do Film – A review of Romola (Lillian and Dorothy)

The Great Katharine Hepburn – An article on Remodeling Her Husband (Lillian and Dorothy)

The Joy and Agony of Movies – A review of Intolerance (Lillian)

The Last Drive In – The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: The Body in the Barn (Lillian)

MIB’s Instant Headache – A review of The Birth of a Nation Blu-ray (Lillian)

Motion Picture Gems – TBD

The Motion Pictures – Sweet Liberty (Lillian) and The Cardinal (Dorothy) as well as keeping a list of the participants.

Movie Classics – A review of The Scarlet Letter (Lillian)

The Movie Rat – An article on the Lillian and Dorothy’s film careers.

Movies Silently – The Unseen Enemy and Orphans of the Storm (the first and last films that the sisters made with director D.W. Griffith), Gretchen the Greenhorn (Dorothy)

The Nitrate DivaWay Down East (Lillian) and/or Hearts of the World (Lillian and Dorothy)

Nitrate Glow – A review of Broken Blossoms (Lillian) and poetry selections inspired by the film.

Once Upon a Screen – A review of The Musketeers of Pig Alley (Lillian and Dorothy), one of the earliest gangster films, and a pictorial post

Outspoken and Freckled – A review of The Night of the Hunter (Lillian)

The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion – A collection of contemporary newspaper clippings on the sisters

Silent Volume – Reviews of La Boheme, Mothering Heart, Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, and DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation recut

Silver ScreeningsPortrait of Jennie (Lillian)

The Soul of the PlotDuel in the Sun (Lillian)

Strictly Vintage HollywoodNell Gwynn (Dorothy)

They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To – A review of The Whales of August (Lillian), plus, we get Bette Davis in the bargain! Hurrah!

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear – A review of The Wind (Lillian)

True Classics – Review of La Boheme (Lillian)

Remember, no movie is “taken” so don’t be afraid to pick a title even if it is already listed!

In case you need some inspiration, here is Lillian’s filmography and here is Dorothy’s.

How do I join up?

Contact us and let us know your blog address, what you would like to contribute and the date on which you would like to participate. Here are some ways to get in touch:

  1. Leave a comment

  2. Contact me directly

  3. Tweet me @MoviesSilently or Lindsey @TMPLindsey or both!

Then snag one of the banners we have supplied for the occasion.

Please link back to http://moviessilently.com/tag/gish-sisters-blogathon/

It’s here! The Funny Lady Blogathon!

I am just marvelously excited! The Funny Lady Blogathon has launched! My fellow bloggers have joined me in celebrating the wonderful funny women of classic film!

Some have contributed reviews, some have contributed articles. I invited my Tumblr friends to make animated GIFs for the occasion and they did themselves proud! Come and see all the wonderful treasures that have been contributed!

A special note to participants:

Thank you so much for making my first blogathon a success! Please give me the URL of your post to make it easier for the readers to find your contribution. You can email, tweet, Tumblr message, anything you like.

I have arbitrarily divided the ladies into three categories covering the time when they did their most famous work. It’s just a guesstimate to keep things tidy so don’t be mad if I put someone in the wrong slot.

Blogs with direct links to the posts will be marked with an *

The Silent Ladies

*Movies Silently | Marion Davies in Show People + sundry GIFs

Comet Over Hollywood | Zasu Pitts

*The World’s Funniest Dissertation | Mabel Normand

*The Movie Rat | Louise Fazenda

*Noir and Chick Flicks | Clara Bow

*Family Friendly Reviews | Mary Pickford in My Best Girl

*A Modern Musketeer | Martha Sleeper

*A Mythical Monkey | Funny Ladies of the Silent Era: A Baker’s Dozen

The Golden Age, Thirties and Forties

*I Started Late and Forgot the Dog | Ginger Rogers

*Crítica Retrô | Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday

*Girls Do Film | Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby

*The Vintage Cameo | Carmen Miranda

*Thrilling Days of Yesteryear | Thelma Todd

*Classic Movie Hub | Kathleen Howard

*I Humbly Suggest… | Irene Dunne

*She Blogged by Night | Margaret Dumont in Duck Soup

*Portraits by Jenni | Claudette Colbert in The Palm Beach Story

*Spoilers | Jean Arthur in The Public Menace

*Stardust | Una Merkel

*Close Ups and Long Shots | Jean Harlow

*Shadows and Satin | Isabel Jewell

*Love Those Classic Movies!!! | Billie Burke

*Film Flare | Barbara Stanwyck

*i luv cinema | Mae West

*Destroy All Fanboys | Betty Hutton The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

Naughty Librarian | Miriam Hopkins

Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence | Myrna Loy

*Movie Classics | Margaret Rutherford in Blithe Spirit

*Let’s Go to the Movies | Carole Lombard

The Nifty Fifties and Swinging Sixties

*Motion Picture Gems | Marjorie Main

*Silver Scenes | Joan Davis

*Frankly My Dear | Lucille Ball

*The Kitty Packard Pictorial | Shirley MacLaine

*Once Upon a Screen | Gracie Allen

*The Great Katharine Hepburn | When Comedy Was Queen: The Women of the 1950s Sitcom

*Blame Mame | Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

*Oh, Don’t Be Diriculous! | Doris Day

*Caftan Woman | Judy Holliday

*The Motion Pictures | Mary Tyler Moore

*Cindy Bruchman | Maureen O’Hara

*Cinemalacrum | Marilyn Monroe

UPDATE: Funny Lady Blogathon

Hello everyone! I have been just overwhelmed by the response to the blogathon! There are more wonderful entries than I could have hoped for. Since we have reached the 10 day countdown, I thought it would be a good time to update everyone.

First, though, let me explain what the blogathon is all about. We are celebrating the feminine side of comedy, specifically classic film and television. Participants choose comedienne who was active from the dawn of film to 1970. Then the fun begins!

Some bloggers will be writing bios. Some will be reviewing films. Others will be creating articles.  There is no limit on how you can celebrate your funny lady! Paint a picture, write a poem, make a GIF, create a gallery, edit a video tribute… Whatever you like so long as it celebrates your actress of choice.

You can still participate!

As I stated in my previous post, this is an open blogathon and there is no pre-event cut-off date for registration. That means that you can submit your funny lady choice up to the dates of the event, June 29-30. The two hard and fast rules that I have are that the funny lady must be from the pre-1970 era and that there be no duplicates. There are so many talented women in the business of classic comedy that it should be easy to find a unique choice to celebrate.

To join up, just let me know the name and URL of your blog, as well as your funny lady of choice. You can contact me by email, reach me on Twitter (@MoviesSilently) or leave a comment.

If you are on Tumblr and wish to participate in a purely visual manner, simply use the tag #funnyladyblogathon on the blogathon dates.

If you change your mind and want to choose another actress: Just let me know and I will adjust the roster. Easy!

I know that a lot of the major players have been taken already. Here is a small list of great actresses who have not yet found a home:

Audrey Hepburn, June Allyson, Betty Grable, Veronica Lake, Marie Dressler, Constance Talmadge, Mae Busch, Ethel Merman, Dorothy Provine, Natalie Wood, Shirley Temple, Margaret Sullavan, Goldie Hawn (if you want to cover Cactus Flower), Lee Remick (she was marvelously funny in No Way to Treat a Lady), Lupe Velez, Debbie Reynolds, Paulette Goddard, Jeanne Crain, Thelma Ritter

News

Here is what is going to happen on the day of the blogathon: I will put up a new post listing the participants.

Here’s what I would like you to do: Please contact me with the URL of your blogathon post. Otherwise, I will be posting a link to your blog’s homepage, which will mean it will be more difficult for readers to find your blogathon post as time passes.

Also, please be sure to link back to one of the blogathon’s posts on this site so that your readers can enjoy the work of the other participants.

Non-participation: If you had an emergency or just plain forgot, let me know and I will be sure to keep your blog on the roster, even if the post is up to a week late.

If you are going out of town and would like to post a little early, that is perfectly all right by me. All you need to do is send me the URL of your post and I will make sure it is listed with the others.

I have arbitrarily divided the ladies into three categories covering the time when they did their most famous work. It’s just a guesstimate to keep things tidy so don’t be mad if I put someone in the wrong slot.

Blogs with direct links to the posts will be marked with an *

The Silent Ladies

*Movies Silently | Marion Davies in Show People + sundry GIFs

Comet Over Hollywood | Zasu Pitts

*The World’s Funniest Dissertation | Mabel Normand

*The Movie Rat | Louise Fazenda

*Noir and Chick Flicks | Clara Bow

*Family Friendly Reviews | Mary Pickford in My Best Girl

*A Modern Musketeer | Martha Sleeper

*A Mythical Monkey | Funny Ladies of the Silent Era: A Baker’s Dozen

The Golden Age, Thirties and Forties

*I Started Late and Forgot the Dog | Ginger Rogers

*Crítica Retrô | Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday

*Girls Do Film | Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby

*The Vintage Cameo | Carmen Miranda

*Thrilling Days of Yesteryear | Thelma Todd

*Classic Movie Hub | Kathleen Howard

*I Humbly Suggest… | Irene Dunne

*She Blogged by Night | Margaret Dumont in Duck Soup

*Portraits by Jenni | Claudette Colbert in The Palm Beach Story

*Spoilers | Jean Arthur in The Public Menace

*Stardust | Una Merkel

*Close Ups and Long Shots | Jean Harlow

*Shadows and Satin | Isabel Jewell

*Love Those Classic Movies!!! | Billie Burke

*Film Flare | Barbara Stanwyck

*i luv cinema | Mae West

*Destroy All Fanboys | Betty Hutton The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

Naughty Librarian | Miriam Hopkins

Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence | Myrna Loy

*Movie Classics | Margaret Rutherford in Blithe Spirit

*Let’s Go to the Movies | Carole Lombard

The Nifty Fifties and Swinging Sixties

*Motion Picture Gems | Marjorie Main

*Silver Scenes | Joan Davis

*Frankly My Dear | Lucille Ball

*The Kitty Packard Pictorial | Shirley MacLaine

*Once Upon a Screen | Gracie Allen

*The Great Katharine Hepburn | When Comedy Was Queen: The Women of the 1950s Sitcom

*Blame Mame | Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

*Oh, Don’t Be Diriculous! | Doris Day

*Caftan Woman | Judy Holliday

*The Motion Pictures | Mary Tyler Moore

*Cindy Bruchman | Maureen O’Hara

*Cinemalacrum | Marilyn Monroe

Funny Lady Blogathon

For the very latest news, please visit the Blogathon Update Page!

Let’s all celebrate the feminine funnybone with the Funny Lady Blogathon. It will be held on June 29-30. The goal is to celebrate the wit and wacky ways of female comedians. This is a classic blogathon so any funny actress from the beginning of film to 1970 is eligible.

Here’s the skinny:

Who can join:

You can! All bloggers are welcome. There is no pre-event cutoff date. You can join right up to the first day of the Blogathon! (And maybe even after, we’re pretty casual in these parts.)

How to participate:

Pick a comedienne from pre-1970 cinema. Then have fun! Post an image gallery, review a film, write a biography, paint a picture, create a GIF, write a poem…

Your Funny Lady can be a dedicated comedienne (Mabel Normand, Beatrice Lillie) or a dramatic actress who also excelled in comedy (Katherine Hepburn, Carole Lombard).

There are a ton of funny ladies to choose from so I am asking for no duplicates, please. And I selfishly snagged Marion Davies for myself.

Need inspiration? Here are some unclaimed Funny Ladies: Marie Dressler, Bebe Daniels, Marilyn Monroe, Edna Purviance, Myrna Loy, Audrey Hepburn, Lupe Velez, Carole Lombard, Constance Talmadge, Dorothy Gish, Leatrice Joy, Margaret Sullivan.

If you are on Tumblr and deal exclusively in images and GIFs, simply tag your posts #funnyladyblogathon on June 29-30.

You can either leave a comment, tweet me @MoviesSilently or contact me via email to join in. And grab yourself a banner too.

There is no pre-event cut-off date for entries. I will be accepting new participants up to the Blogathon date.

Oops, I changed my mind!

No problem! Just contact me and let me know your new choice and I will update the roster.

I have arbitrarily divided the ladies into three categories covering the time when they did their most famous work. It’s just a guesstimate to keep things tidy so don’t be mad if I put someone in the wrong slot.

Blogs with direct links to the posts will be marked with an *

The Silent Ladies

*Movies Silently | Marion Davies in Show People + sundry GIFs

Comet Over Hollywood | Zasu Pitts

*The World’s Funniest Dissertation | Mabel Normand

*The Movie Rat | Louise Fazenda

*Noir and Chick Flicks | Clara Bow

*Family Friendly Reviews | Mary Pickford in My Best Girl

*A Modern Musketeer | Martha Sleeper

*A Mythical Monkey | Funny Ladies of the Silent Era: A Baker’s Dozen

The Golden Age, Thirties and Forties

*I Started Late and Forgot the Dog | Ginger Rogers

*Crítica Retrô | Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday

*Girls Do Film | Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby

*The Vintage Cameo | Carmen Miranda

*Thrilling Days of Yesteryear | Thelma Todd

*Classic Movie Hub | Kathleen Howard

*I Humbly Suggest… | Irene Dunne

*She Blogged by Night | Margaret Dumont in Duck Soup

*Portraits by Jenni | Claudette Colbert in The Palm Beach Story

*Spoilers | Jean Arthur in The Public Menace

*Stardust | Una Merkel

*Close Ups and Long Shots | Jean Harlow

*Shadows and Satin | Isabel Jewell

*Love Those Classic Movies!!! | Billie Burke

*Film Flare | Barbara Stanwyck

*i luv cinema | Mae West

*Destroy All Fanboys | Betty Hutton The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

Naughty Librarian | Miriam Hopkins

Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence | Myrna Loy

*Movie Classics | Margaret Rutherford in Blithe Spirit

*Let’s Go to the Movies | Carole Lombard

The Nifty Fifties and Swinging Sixties

*Motion Picture Gems | Marjorie Main

*Silver Scenes | Joan Davis

*Frankly My Dear | Lucille Ball

*The Kitty Packard Pictorial | Shirley MacLaine

*Once Upon a Screen | Gracie Allen

*The Great Katharine Hepburn | When Comedy Was Queen: The Women of the 1950s Sitcom

*Blame Mame | Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

*Oh, Don’t Be Diriculous! | Doris Day

*Caftan Woman | Judy Holliday

*The Motion Pictures | Mary Tyler Moore

*Cindy Bruchman | Maureen O’Hara

*Cinemalacrum | Marilyn Monroe