No role is too small for the great actors who often appear in the periphery of our beloved classic films. For the second year in a row we put them front and center. Hosted by Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled and (@IrishJayHawk66), Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and (@Paula_Guthat) and Aurora, of Once Upon a Screen and (@CitizenScreen) it’s the WHAT A CHARACTER! blogathon!
This event was conceived from the phrase used by our home of the classics, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), and it proved to be a smash hit with bloggers and readers alike last year. The enthusiasm and appreciation for the great character actors overwhelmed us so we’re back to lend praise to the many more we love or love to hate, those who make us laugh, or who cause us to simply smile in recognition.
- Can you count how many scenes Barry Fitzgerald stole from the likes of Duke Wayne?
- Would Gone with the Wind be as memorable without the talents of Hattie McDaniel or Thomas Mitchell?
- We’d have no reference to cling to if not for Eve Arden reminding us that “alligators eat their young” in Mildred Pierce.
To those and the many others whose work we admire we dedicate WHAT A CHARACTER!
If you’re interested in participating, and we certainly hope you are, please adhere to the following:
- Let one of the hosts know which character actor is your choice. Although we’re inclined to limit these to those considered “traditional” classic actors – or before 1970 just to choose a point of reference – if you’ve an actor in mind after that time, that’s acceptable as well.
- Please include your twitter or FB tag, email address and blog name & URL.
- Publish the post for either November 9, 10 or 11. Let us know if you have a date preference, otherwise we’ll split publicizing duties equally among the three days.
- Please include the blogathon graphic on your blog to help us publicize the event.
- Include the graphic and link to one of the host sites in your WHAT A CHARACTER! post
- If possible, please send any of the hosts the direct link to your WHAT A CHARACTER! post by the day before your due date. Otherwise we’ll simply link to your site’s home page.
- HAVE FUN and spread the word! There are many great characters worthy of attention.
A big thank you – HAPPY BLOGGING!
Participating blogs and their chosen actors so far…
(listed alphabetically by character actor)
Edward Arnold – The Girl with the White Parasol
Irving Bacon – Speakeasy
Martin Balsam – You Gotta Get a Critic
Florence Bates – Christy’s Inkwells
Eric Blore – Portraits by Jenni
Ernest Borgnine in Marty – Silver Screenings
Joe E. Brown – Wide Screen World
Timothy Carey – Furious Cinema
Walter Connolly – Carole & Co.
Elisha Cook, Jr. – Sales on Film
Jane Darwell – Pam on Once Upon a Screen
Harry Davenport – Once Upon a Screen
Bruce Dern – Kerry on Paula’s Cinema Club
Joyce Grenfell – Caftan Woman
Sara Haden – The Great Katharine Hepburn
Hugh Herbert – Immortal Ephemera
Sterling Holloway – Sittin’ On a Backyard Fence
John Hoyt – The Skeins
Lionel Jeffries – Silver Scenes
Roscoe Karns – Classic Movie Hub
Pert Kelton – The Skeins
Jesse Royce Landis – MaesMusings on Once Upon a Screen
Sheldon Leonard – A Shroud of Thoughts
Sam Levene – Tales of the Easily Distracted
Peter Lorre – TV’s Fault
Mary MacLaren – I Love Terrible Movies
Tully Marshall – Movies, Silently
Hattie McDaniel – Outspoken & Freckled
Frank McHugh – Paula’s Cinema Club
Una Merkel – Hepburnia
Dick Miller – Cinematic Catharsis
Thomas Mitchell – Joel’s Classic Film Passion
Agnes Moorehead – Movie Star Makeover
Jeanette Nolan – The Last Drive-In
Edna May Oliver – The “semi” Daily Maine
Eugene Pallette – Paula’s Cinema Club
Gail Patrick – Picture Spoilers
Nat Pendleton – Comet Over Hollywood
Jessie Ralph – The 5 AM Show
Tony Randall – Flick Chicks
Thelma Ritter – Family Friendly Reviews
Kenji Sahara – The Draconic Verses
Joe Sawyer – The Bogie Film Blog
Regis Toomey – She Blogged by Night
Stanley Tucci – Paula’s Cinema Club
Dame May Whitty – Silver Scenes
Hank Worden – Critica Retro
This blogathon is just one of the many exciting classic movie “happenings” this fall and winter. For a comprehensive list of events, including classic film screenings throughout the country, visit the Classic Movie Hub events calendar.