So thrilled was I upon completing my first-ever blogathon event as a co-host – with intuitive social media talents, Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled and Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club - that I couldn’t just close the book on it once the three-day extravaganza concluded. We hope to make this, WHAT A CHARACTER! blogathon a yearly happening. But our first foray into the world of those fabulous faces, unforgettable voices and unique talents was supreme. Entries that warm your heart and make you laugh by great bloggers who simply love these actors. It was a pleasure to be inspired over and over again.
How it began…
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 catch-phrase from our beloved, home of the classics, Turner Classic Movies, Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled and (@IrishJayHawk66), Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and (@Paula_Guthat) and Aurora, of Once Upon a Screen and (@CitizenScreen) are dedicating an event 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. K. 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.
What a Character! entries
Tell me that’s not impressive!
I know I speak for Kellee and Paula in saying that we could not be more grateful to all the amazing bloggers who made this event such a success. I hope you do yourself the favor of reading what they’ve written, the careers they’ve discussed, the pictures they’ve featured – an impressive showing of passion for film and those characters we can’t get enough of.
The faces on the banner:
Row 1: (L-R) Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Margaret Dumont, Edward Arnold, Albert Dekker, Ann Miller, Leon Errol
Row 2: (L-R) Dan Duryea, Eugene Palette, Aline MacMahon, Charles Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Billie Burke
Row 3: (L-R) Spring Byington, Walter Brennan, Hattie McDaniel, Gene Lockhart, Margaret O’Brien, Edgar Kennedy
Row 4: (L-R) Eric Blore, Franklin Pangborn, Frank Morgan, Guy Kibbee, Gloria Grahame, Jane Darwell
Row 5: (L-R) Judith Anderson, Edward Everett Horton, Eve Arden, S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall, Thelma Ritter, Louis Calhern
Row 6: (L-R) Charles Lane, Kim Hunter, David Wayne, Louise Beavers, Cecil Kellaway, Shemp Howard