I knew about the Classic Movie Blog Association’s Forgotten Stars Blogathon—to be held October 27-31—the last time I posted a ‘thon announcement…but it was still in the planning stages then, and I didn’t want to steal anyone’s thunda, if you get my drift. (Thunda = thunder, if you don’t.) This event is a CMBA-only affair, and the topics under discussion—according to the CMBA post—will be those movie greats who were “at the top of the heap and today they are barely remembered.” Thrilling Days of Yesteryear is going to sit this one out because—and this is no reflection on the folks who chose the topic, it’s just my personal bag—to me, no star is ever forgotten. If I’m familiar with their work, then there you go.
MovieMovieBlogBlog, they’ll be hosting on October 4 the First Annual Laurel & Hardy Blogathon—to coincide with the yearly Oliver Hardy Festival that’s held in Harlem, GA every year on the first weekend in October. (One of the best birthday presents I ever received was when I got the opportunity to visit the Hardy museum courtesy of my sister Kat—and I talked about it here.) There was no way anyone was going to keep me out of kicking in for this ‘thon, so I said “Sign me up!” The subject of my text will be my favorite feature film with The Boys, Way Out West (1937).
The Stalking Moon and Clayton at Phantom Empires (a great blog that revisits many of the same kinds of movies we often unspool here at TDOY) will sponsor The British Empire Blogathon from November 14-17—in the words of the hosts, they’re movies “like cowboy pictures with monocles, wild adventures at what the English perceived to be the farthest frontiers of the Earth.” And what better way to participate than to pay a visit to the Carry On gang and Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968)? (I had to call an audible on this one, since the one I was going to do has apparently been spoken for.)
Rachel’s Theatre Reviews (in tandem with The Rosebud Cinema) have cooked up the Stage-to-Screen Blogathon, which will get underway from October 17-19. I haven’t gotten the official “OK” on this…but if my application is accepted, I’ll discuss the 1951 version of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman—the one starring Fredric March, Kevin McCarthy and Mildred Dunnock. (And if isn’t…well, then I’ll do some card tricks.)
If you’re interested in participating in any of the ‘thons save the first (the CMBA one), click the prospective linkies. Tomorrow: an episode of Doris!