A big thank you to Sleuthathon supporters & participants! Animated GIF

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I bow to your talents!

Please note that I am not wearing a coat like this. They are surprisingly difficult to find these days.

In any case, a thousand thank yous to everyone who wrote for the Sleuthathon, who read our posts, who commented, who helped spread the word… I had a wonderful time! I think we’ll have to do one of those again…

I am scheming up another event. Yes, another blogathon. Oh my! Stay tuned!

(The GIF is from the 1916 version of Snow White)


Sleuthathon! The Great Classic Detective Blogathon is here!

detective-blogathon-keatonAt last! The Sleuthathon is here and we have lots and lots of amazing posts ready for you to read.

Readers: Enjoy!

Participants: Send me links to your posts once you get them published. I can’t wait to read your contributions! I fully expect my to-watch list to burst at the very seams.

For everyone’s reading pleasure, I have categorized the posts by theme. Some posts will fit into more than one section. In those cases, I flipped a mental coin. I hope no one minds.

(Note: I am getting over a flu so please let me know if I make an error or fail to link to you. My mind is not 100% operational today.)

Sherlockians

Quick! Fetch a pipe, a deerstalker cap and some (whisper) cocaine.

Movies Silently | Sherlock Holmes (1922, John Barrymore)

Big V Riot Squad |Sherlock Holmes Looks Exactly Like William Gillette

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

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

Spoilers | Sherlock Holmes: Basil Rathbone

Murder most zany

Death schmeth. We’re here for the laughs.

Silver Screenings | A Shriek in the Night (1933)

Classic Movie Hub Blog | A Shot in the Dark (1964)

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

The Stalking Moon | Not quite The Thin Man – The Joel and Garda Sloane “Fast” mysteries

The Vintage Cameo | The Thin Man (1934)

Hard-boiled & professionals

They get paid to do this. Both sophisticated and rough stuff included.

Destroy All Fanboys! | Kiss Me Deadly (1955) Mike Hammer

Critica Retro | William Powell as Philo Vance (be sure to hit the “translate” button on your browser!)

The Motion Pictures | Dressed to Kill (1941)

Girls Do Film | The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Wide Screen World | Charlie Chan in Paris (1935)

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

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

This was not in my job description

Go to law school, they said. It will be a desk job, they said.

Silver Scenes | Father Brown aka The Detective (1954)

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

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

Outspoken and Freckled | Perry Mason series (1934-36, Warren William)

Mildred’s Fatburgers | The Uneven Adventures of Torchy Blane

The Joy and Agony of Movies | The Killers (both the 1946 and 1964 versions!)

Ladies night

Never let a fella to do a woman’s job, I always say.

Movie Classics | Stage Fright (1950)

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

Margaret Perry | The Women of the London Detection Club of the 1930s: Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Company

Silver Scenes | The Miss Marple Mysteries with Margaret Rutherford

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

Genre Jumpers

A little of this, a little of that and a lot of mystery!

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

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

Speakeasy | Eyes in the Night (1942)

The Nitrate Diva | The Falcon series

Detecting on the Tube

Mysteries from classic television!

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

Caftan Woman | Perry Mason (1957-66)

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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