Outspoken & Freckled and Aurora at Once Upon a Screen have conspired to throw a blogathon bash in honor of legendary writer-director Billy Wilder’s 108th natal anniversary this June 22. It’s no state secret that we hold Mr. W in the highest esteem here at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear…but the arduous task was finding one of his movies that has gone previously undiscussed in the past, both here and at Edward Copeland’s space in the blogosphere. (Seriously—I did three write-ups on Wilder films alone at Copeland.) My first choice had already been snapped up (shoot) so I was forced to call an audible and go with his 1943 wartime drama Five Graves to Cairo. It promises to be a wonderful event.
Silver Scenes have also got a ‘thon tucked in the folds of their dresses; to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of what Diana and Connie insist is “the greatest film studio of all time” (hey…I voted for Republic ‘cause I like the sound of the word), June 26-28 will be set aside for The MGM Blogathon. I was still trying to decide at press time if I’m going to be able to participate in this one; the fact that they’ll be awarding a lucky winner the prize of “an original Mickey Rooney photo from the Silverbanks Pictures Archives” is not the incentive that I would have chosen. (Second prize is two Mickey Rooney photos from the Silverbanks Pictures Archives. No, I’m only kidding about that—I just want to see how fast Cliff Aliperti tells me to knock it off on Twitter.) I may have to swoop in with a last minute entry.
Be that as it may…if you’re a Wilder fan or a Leo fan, you’re encouraged to sign up for either (or both) blogathon. This has been a public service on behalf of TDOY.