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.)
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!
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)