ANNOUNCEMENT: Athletes in Film Blogathon

UPDATE: Visit Athletes in Film Blogathon – Day 1 for links to the fabulous entries.

Today I consider myself the luckiest woman on the face of the Earth.  Well…OK.  Maybe that’s overselling this a bit, but I am thrilled to be co-hosting a blogging event with my friend and colleague Rich from Wide Screen World.  The event is the Athletes in Film Blogathon and we look forward to your participation.



The Athletes in Film Blogathon will focus on former athletes who became actors.  Examples are Charles Reisner, Johnny Weissmuller, Esther Williams and Sonja Henie.  You can also choose to write about films that feature athletes with obvious examples being Pat and Mike (1952), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), and Raging Bull (1980) among others.  There are many movies and characters to choose from and we hope you get creative.  In hopes of getting a wide range of submissions we will not be accepting duplicate topic entries.  Also, films from all eras are OK by us!



Scheduled for June 4th and 5th The Athletes in Film Blogathon hosts ask that you adhere to the following:
  • Let one of us know your topic choice by leaving a comment on either blog.
  • Don’t take it for granted we know exactly who you are or where your blog resides – please include the title and URL.
  • We will not be assigning exact dates.  Publish the post for either June 4th or 5th and let us know it’s up so we can promote it across social media.  If you have a date preference let us know.
  • Please include one of the blogathon banners on your site to help us promote the event and include it in your post submission.
  • HAVE FUN, spread the word and HAPPY BLOGGING!
“How can a guy climb trees, say “Me, Tarzan, you, Jane”, and make a million? The public forgives my acting because they know I was an athlete. They know I wasn’t make-believe.” – Johnny Weissmuller on playing Tarzan in 12 films.




By the way, just because Rich came up with the topic idea and made the banners and invited me to co-host this event with him doesn’t mean I didn’t contribute to its planning.  I actually offered a title I thought would go over like hotcakes, but Rich disagreed.  The Athletic Supporter Blogathon.  Oh well.

“If you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.” – Principal McGee (Eve Arden) in Grease (1978)



List of participants and chosen topics

Wide Screen World – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Once Upon a Screen – College (1927)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood – Bathing Beauty (1944)

Victoria Mature – Million Dollar Mermaid (1953)

Victoria Mature – Footlight Serenade (1942)

Victoria Mature – Easy Living (1949)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Pat and Mike (1952)

Cinematic Scribblings – The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Moon in Gemini – The Color of Money (1986)

Silver Screenings – Rocky (1976)

The Wonderful World of Cinema – A League of Their Own (1992)

Old Hollywood Films – Jim Thorpe – All American (1951)

Girls Do Film – One in a Million (1936)

Critica Retro – The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Radiator Heaven – Bull Durham (1988)

Caftan Woman – Rawhide (1938)

Speakeasy – Breaking Away (1979)

The Cinematic Frontier – Rocky Balboa (2006)

Movies Silently – Babe Ruth in Heading Home (1920)

The Movie Rat – Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)

Ramblings of a Cinephile – Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Mike’s Take On the Movies – Viva Knievel (1977)

Back to Golden Days – The Stratton Story (1949)

Cracked Rear Viewer – All the Marbles (1981)

L. A. Explorer – The Freshman (1925)

Zeppo Marxism – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Airplane!

BNoirDetour – Night and the City (1950)

The Midnite Drive-In – The Dirty Dozen (Jim Brown)

Eyes on Kite – Nat Pendleton – Brian’s Song (1971)

Pop Culture Reverie – Quarterback Princess (1983)

Outspoken & Freckled – Wimbledon (2004) and other tennis highlights

98 thoughts

  1. Just started started a blog:
    I’d like to reserve Million Dollar Mermaid (1953)…(And Footlight Serenade (1942) and Easy Living (1949), if they fit within the parameters of this blogathon…;-)

  2. Just started a blog:
    I’d like to reserve Million Dollar Mermaid (1953)…(And Footlight Serenade (1942) and Easy Living (1949), if they fit within the parameters of this blogathon…;-)

  3. Greetings!

    Just started a blog: …I’d like to reserve Million Dollar Mermaid (1953)…(And Footlight Serenade (1942) and Easy Living (1949) if they fit within the parameters of the blogathon…;-)


    From the desk of Victoria Mature


    1. Hi! WordPress plays havoc with comments once in a while and this time it hid your comment until this morning! Very strange!! BUT, I’m super excited about you joining us!!


  4. Just how much focus has to be on the former athlete? He is one of a dozen central characters (not including the lead played by Lee Marvin), but Jim Brown had a significant presence in “The Dirty Dozen”. Or are only movies about athletes being allowed?

    1. Woooohoooo! I’ve been away this week unexpectedly (until Sunday night) and will update the list with your entry upon my return home.

  5. I’ll do one on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Airplane!

    My mostly-defunct blog is Zeppo Marxism (

  6. I’d like to do a short something about Nat Pendleton. Does it need to be him in a particular movie? My gradually developing blog is

    1. In reviewing the comments I don’t see my reply to you published so in case you didn’t see it – a general post about Nat Pendleton would be fantastic!!


  7. After much internal debate…. I will write about Vijay Amritraj in OCTOPUSSY. This particular discussion will be housed in the house of Bond at

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