IT’S HERE! Hollywood’s #HispanicHeritage Blogathon

La herencia hispana de Hollywood.

There is a definitive Hispanic flavor to Hollywood’s legacy. From music to images to locations Hispanic players made their mark during the earliest days of filmmaking in Fort Lee, NJ and never looked back. Some are still among the most glamorous, admired and mysterious from filmdom’s golden age. Also notable are films and filmmakers from Latin America and Europe, which have connections to American movies that are undeniable. There’s a lot to enjoy and a lot to admire and I am honored to host another installment of Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage Blogathon intended to honor a few of the notables.

To the bloggers and friends who have submitted entries I am truly grateful. This event means the world to me. Each year I learn about movies and players I would otherwise not be introduced to if not for these passionate, talented people. I present this year’s entries filled with pride, knowing that it is a unique gathering in the classic film community. Small perhaps, but potent. You need only read the entries to recognize it.

This year’s submissions range from silent reviews to modern movie fare to a personal account of movie fandom with a Spanish flavor. Particularly entertaining is the uniqueness of this year’s entries with creativity of topic and presentation taking center stage. You’ll no doubt enjoy your time with each. For more details about the Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage Blogathon visit the original announcement here. And now enjoy the entries…

Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage Blogathon

(I will update the list as entries arrive so be sure to check back frequently)

The Dream Book Blog presents the story of a Hollywood pioneer with Unprecedented Fluidity: Beatriz Michelena in Salome Jane (1914)

Friend Ana Eire recalls her personal journey to classic movie fandom with How a Spanish Girl Got Hooked on Hollywood Classic Films

Who on Earth is Dolores Del Rio, and Why is She in a Hollywood Mural? is the fascinating account of Hollywood’s first major star from Mexico by Silver Screenings

CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch shares an insightful and entertaining commentary on Julio Bracho’s Crepúsculo (1945) starring Arturo de Córdova

A Shroud of Thoughts honors Gilbert Roland: Latin Legend, an actor who overcame stereotypes to forge a varied career.

The Vintage Cameo discusses a special presentation of Hollywood Home Movies, Latin Stars Edition from the Academy Film Archive

Sarah Owens contributed a guest post on this blog to honor a memorable man and his extraordinary talent, here are The Careers of Jose Iturbi and His Piano

The Cisco Kid Was a Friend of Mine by A Shroud of Thoughts tells the story of one of the few upright and honorable Latin characters from the golden age of cinema and TV.

Caftan Woman discusses the memorable performance of former Latin lover Ramon Novarro as Inspector Ortega in The Big Steal (1949). 

Practice your Spanish in enjoyable Hollywood glamorous style via Wide Screen World‘s A Rita Hayworth Primer.

I focus on Mexico’s diva of divas, María Félix in Antonio Momplet’s uncomfortable melodrama, Vértigo (1946)

Movies Silently offers verdicts on several aspects of silents with the entertaining and informative, What I learned from My Whirlwind Tour of Latin American Silent Film

A Person in the Dark, with whom I share a deep-seated Cary Grant rivalry, offers a True Confession: Why I Cheated on Cary Grant with Gilbert Roland

Critica Retro honors José Ferrer, the treasure of Puerto Rico with a memorable retrospective.

The Midnite Drive-In takes a look at Reluctant Heroes, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short in John Landis’ Three Amigos (1986)

Moon in Gemini discusses the 7-part miniseries based on the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (née Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana), one of the greatest poets of the Baroque era.

Realweegiemidgets Reviews looks at Stanley Donen’s Blame it on Rio (1984) with a focus on the film’s Latin American flavor.

Once Upon a Screen (me) gives Cuba’s most influential song, “The Peanut Vendor” or “El Manisero” its own post and a bit more attention. Here’s my tribute – and please refrain from dancing on my blog.

The Wonderful World of Cinema discusses her favorite Spanish movie, También la lluvia (2010) directed by Icíar Bollaín.

Old Hollywood Films discusses the Making of Spanish-language Dracula (1931).


“¿Sabes silbar, Steve? Solo tienes que juntar los labios y soplar”. – Tener y No Tener (1944)


Hasta el año que viene,



19 thoughts

  1. Oh gosh…it has come and gone and I never even let you know that I’m so snowed under at the moment…having moved overseas, started a new job and trying to find my feet I’m just not touching sides at the moment. I really apologise for having left you in the lurch. I’ll make it up to you as soon as I can. Leaving for work at 5am and getting home at 7pm…

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