The anticipation is over! Today we bring you the 9th annual What A Character Blogathon, hosted by yours truly, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club (on Twitter @Paula_Guthat), and my co-hosts, the classic film-loving ladies Kellee of Outspoken and Freckled (@IrishJayhawk66), and Aurora of Once Upon A Screen (@CitizenScreen).
This annual event celebrates the supporting actors who are ostensibly there to bolster the lead but more often than not steal the scene. From the frustrated hotel house detective or the reliably sarcastic maid to the cigar-chomping stage manager or the reliable sidekick — character roles are often our favorite performances in a film. So we invited bloggers to scribe on their favorite characters. Let’s begin after the jump…
First up, Lady Eve’s Reel Life (@TheLaydeeEve) discusses MARCEL DALIO, whose career was comprised of masterpieces from French cinema to classic Hollywood, as he brought distinction, warmth, and humanity to every role.
Gill (@realweegiemidge) of Real Weegie Midget Reviews recounts memories of DIANA RIGG, including her lesser-known talent, singing.
Can you guess who was the first African-American given a long-term contract with a major film studio? It may not be who you think. Lê of Crítica Retrô (@startspreading) shares her thoughts on unsung pioneer ERNIE MORRISON, aka “SUNSHINE SAMMY.”
Maddy Loves Her Classic Films considers EVE ARDEN the “best of the best” character actors, lauding Arden’s “no-nonsense, sassy, sardonic, witty, and capable gal pal or secretary.”
Maddy also analyzes the career of British TV and theater mainstay, BERNARD HEPTON. Best known to me as Toby Esterhase in the original Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Trust me…you’ll know him when you see him!
Ruth at Silver Screenings reviews the new book, Celeste Holm Syndrome: On Character Actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age by David Lazar.
Another Old Movie Blog (@JacqTLynch) recaps the career of late-blooming TOM TULLY, whose roles ran the gamut from compassionate to cruel.
Toni at Watching Forever remedies RICHARD DEACON‘s underrated, sometimes even uncredited, status and reveals his shocking hobby.
Paddy at Caftan Woman examines HARRY CORDING‘s prolific career: “…a name grabbing ahold of the end of the credits. He could be counted on to bring the menace, or to let the hero show how brave he is by defeating the strong man.”
Lesley (@zleegaspar) at Second Sight Cinema explores the “unsparing honesty” of MARY ASTOR‘s fascinating writing.
Wide Screen World (@ratso318) covers British thespian RAYMOND MASSEY, star of stage, TV, and screen.
Silver Scenes spotlights “frustrated fellow” JOE FLYNN‘s roles in Disney films in the 1960s and 1970s.
Kellee at Outspoken and Freckled recounts her favorites of scene-stealing BARRY FITZGERALD‘s films.
Check back throughout the evening as entries continue to pour in. You can also explore the host trio’s Twitter accounts (in parentheses) for links. To our participants, our readers, and my fellow hosts… THANK YOU. Enjoy!