Announcing the WHAT A CHARACTER Blogathon

Another blogathon! One with character! This summer is proving to be a landmark in the classic film blogosphere. Events are planned covering an array of fabulous classic films, movie stars and topics on all things movies.

Borrowing a catchphrase from our beloved home of the classics, Turner Classic Movies, Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club, and Aurora of Once Upon a Screen are organizing a tribute to the great character actors that so enhanced our classic movies. To the faces, the laughs, the drama presented by these wonderful actors whose names all too often go unrecognized we dedicate WHAT A CHARACTER!

  • Would Casablanca be as great without the laughs provided by S. Z. Sakall?
  • Would we want to look out Rear Window if not for the warnings of Thelma Ritter?
  • Can you measure how much Edward Everett Horton added to the fabulous Astaire/Rogers pictures?

We think these and so many others deserve their due. So, here we are with a blogathon in their honor.

The details:
If you are interested in contributing, please go to any one of the host sites and submit a comment with your choice. Please include the title and link to your blog. What or whom you choose to write about is open. We’d love to have everyone choose different subjects and topics because there are so many great character actors that deserve attention. But we’ll leave that up to you. As submissions come in, we’ll update the list of entries to give everyone an idea of what’s been chosen. A couple of weeks before the event, we’ll post a submission schedule. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact any of us at any time.

The event banner is the one you see at the top of this post. It wasn’t easy coming up with one face, one character to focus on – so, a myriad of wonderful faces. It would be great if you can post one on your site to help us promote this event.

Who do all these faces belong to? Check out the Who’s Who in the WHAT A CHARACTER graphic page.

Host sites and contact information:

Kellee – @IrishJayHawk66
prattkellee (at)
Outspoken and Freckled

Paula – @Paula_Guthat
paula.guthat (at)
Paula’s Cinema Club

Aurora – @CitizenScreen
citizenscreenclassics (at)
Once Upon A Screen

Characters already spoken for (as of July 29):

Charles McGraw – Ivan – Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
Eddie “Rochester” Anderson – Terry – A Shroud of Thoughts
Edward Everett Horton – Jill – Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence
Eve Arden – Kellee – Outspoken & Freckled
Eric Blore – Lindsey – The Motion Pictures
Gail Patrick – Laurie – One Gal’s Musings
Lee J. Cobb in ““We Raid Calais Tonight” – Ruth – Silver Screenings
Lew Ayres in HOLIDAY — Marya – Cinema Fanatic
Louise Beavers – Margaret – The Great Katharine Hepburn
Lucille Wilson and Maude Eburne – Patricia Nolan – Caftan Woman (9/23)
Marjorie Main – Lucy – Secluded Charm
Mary Wickes – Brandie- True Classics
Richard Jaeckel – Jack Deth
Sam Levene – Duke – Picture Spoilers
S. Z. Sakall – Paula – Paula’s Cinema Club
Thelma Ritter – Aurora – Once Upon A Screen
Una O’Connor – Anthony Strand
Victor Jory – Jacqueline T. Lynch – Another Old Movie Blog (9/24)
Walter Brennan in “To Have and Have Not” and Mercedes McCambridge – Le – Critica Retro
Ward Bond – Tonya – Goosepimply allover





45 thoughts on “Announcing the WHAT A CHARACTER Blogathon

    1. Not too late at all! The blogathon isn’t until the last week of September. I love her…so good in My Man Godfrey, one of my all-time faves. I will add it to the list 🙂

  1. Hi, Paula:

    I’d like to take a crack at Richard Jaeckel as either Sgt. Bowren in, ‘The Dirty Dozen’ or as Paul Newman’s kid brother, Joe Ben in ‘Sometimes A Great Notion’.

    Let me know what you think.

    I’d put it together and send it you as I did with my Future Classic Blog-A-Thon.

      1. Hi, Paula.

        Check your e-mail. Sent a test letter and my project out earlier today.

        Sounds like a lot of fun. Hope you are well.

    1. Hi, PG:

      Excellent choice!

      Eli Wallach is one of the character actor’s character actor. One of his most slimy, unsavory roles was in ‘Baby Doll’.

  2. Is it too late to take part?? I don’t know if I’ll have time this week as I am late to another blogathon, but I might join in on the fun! 🙂

    1. The actual blogathon isn’t until September 22-24, so no it’s not too late at all 🙂 Who do you want to write about?

  3. I would llllllllove to write about Lew Ayres as Ned in Holiday. I know that later he became a star in his own right, but that is definitely a character/supporting performance and he’s what makes that movie for me.

  4. Paula, I think I might have mentioned this over at Aurora’s ONCE UPON A SCREEN, so I don’t know if I’m repeating myself (yikes, I’m getting old and addled already! :-)), but I asked for dibs on Frank McHugh. If I’ve already mentioned it, sorry to be a pest! In any case, I know the WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon will be great fun!

  5. Hey, Can I get in on the fun? I would like to do Una Merkel at my site, The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World. Hopefully she is still available. If not I do have some secondary choices.

  6. I see you have a picture of Ann Miller up there as a character actress…well, I have a perfectly lovely post already written about her…would you care to “revisit” that for your blogathon? Otherwise, I’d love to chat about Billie Burke, Spring Byington, OR Mary Wickes, especially White Christmas and Now, Voyager. Hope I’m not too late. Thanks, Kay

    1. Hi Kay, happy to see your comment 🙂 Posts that are already written are fine. No one has claimed Spring Byington, though someone else is writing about Billie Burke. In this blogathon, that doesn’t mean that you can’t also, so any of those possibilities would work. I added you to the list with Ann Miller, just let me know if you want to change. add or switch it up. Thanks Kay!

      1. Thanks, Paula…I’ll stick with Ann then…she’s an all-star fave of mine and I just love her to bits! Let me know when/how you want to “link” up and I’m all yours. Hugs, K

  7. Hi Paula! I’ve finally decided on a subject for your blogathon. I’m going to write about Elsa Lanchester. It doesn’t look like anyone has picked her yet (Is that true?), and she’s a favorite of mine.

    1. That’s great Java, thanks very much! Have you chosen an actor yet? Or did you possibly sign up under another name? 🙂

    1. Absolutely! Bainter from Bill of Divorcement and Royle from The Harvey Girls. they are also perfect for this blogathon because they’re two examples of faces most classic fans know. Thanks for stopping by Martin, do you want to perhaps write about one/both of them? 🙂

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