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.
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:
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 http://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/
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