When you re-watch your favorite films, what keeps you coming back for more? A great
story with sharp writing? No doubt. Beautiful costumes, swanky set designs, and
stunning cinematography? Most assuredly. But the performances are key to any movie.
While we all look forward to the popular leading actors, it is the stand-out, scene-stealing
supporting actors that feel like “home.” Like this gent…
Or perhaps the wise-cracking Eve Arden, nurturing Louise Beavers, sassy Thelma Ritter, double-take
pro Edward Everett Horton, tart-tongued Edna May Oliver, gravel-voiced Eddie
“Rochester” Anderson, fatherly Charles Coburn, frazzled Franklin Pangborn, bull frog
voiced, barrel-chested Eugene Pallette, or cigar chomping Ned Sparks are more your style. No matter which you choose among our dearest ole chums we’ll be happy to spotlight in this, our seventh consecutive year of the WHAT A CHARACTER! BLOGATHON.
I am thrilled to join forces once again with Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club/ @Paula_Guthat and Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled/ @IrishJayhawk66 to bring this event to life. Visit my co-hosts often at their blogs or follow on social media as we share the love for these all-too-often forgotten talents. If it’s not obvious you can find me on this blog and at @CitizenScreen on Twitter and Facebook. Of course we hope you join us for the WHAT A CHARACTER! BLOGATHON 2018, on December 14, 15, and 16 with a tribute of your own.
You should know the drill by now, but if you don’t here are guidelines you should follow:
- Let at least one of the hosts know which character actor is your choice by leaving a comment below.
- Don’t take it for granted we know exactly who you are or where your blog resides –
please include the title and URL of your blog, also your Twitter handle if you have
- We will not accept repeats (previously published posts), or duplicates, since there
are so many greats worthy of attention, but your choices are not limited to classics.
You can choose any character actor from any era and from the medium of
television, if you so desire.
- Publish your WHAT A CHARACTER! post on either December 14, 15, or 16, 2018. Let us know if you have a date preference; otherwise, we’ll split publicizing duties equally among the three days.
- Please include one of the two banners included here in your post when you publish or on your blog in general to help us promote the event.
- Thank you for sending any of us the direct link to your post once you have published it. Searching on social media sites can lead to missed entries.
- HAVE FUN and spread the word!
Participating blogs and choice of actors
Another Old Movie Blog – Walter Abel
Maddy Loves Her Classic Films – Sara Allgood
Paula’s Cinema Club – Lionel Atwill
Taking Up room – Fay Bainter
Once Upon a Screen – Beulah Bondi
A Person in the Dark – Boris and Natasha
Critica Retro – Spring Byington
It Came from the Man Cave! – Bruce Campbell
The Wonderful World of Cinema – Jack Carson
Nobody’s Attention – Minoru Chiaki
Outspoken & Freckled – Elisha Cook, Jr.
The Dream Book Blog – Gladys Cooper
One Gal’s Musings – Jean Dixon
Maddy Loves Her Classic Films – Marius Goring
Silver Screen Classics – Alan Hale, Sr.
Wide Screen World – Margaret Hamilton
Reelweedgiemidget Reviews – Ed Harris
The Last Drive In – Eileen Heckart
Sister Celluloid – Fieda Inescort
Married at the Movies – Patsy Kelly
dudsism – dudsism on the career of George Kennedy
Caftan Woman – Jack Lambert
Pale Writer – Hattie McDaniel in GWTW and Marjorie Rambeau in Torch Song
The Old Hollywood Garden – Charles McGraw
CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch – Stephen McNally
Second Sight Cinema – Thomas Mitchell
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Agnes Moorehead
Carole & Co. – Eugene Pallette
Backstory: A Guide to Classic Film – Elizabeth Patterson
Sarah on Once Upon a Screen – Nat Pendleton
A Shroud of Thoughts – Thelma Ritter
Silver Screenings – Everett Sloane in The Lady from Shanghai
The Lady Eve’s Reel Life – Kay Thompson
The Midnite Drive-In – Hank Worden
Silver Scenes – TBA
Classic Film Observations & Obsessions – TBA
Special dedication: This WHAT A CHARACTER! BLOGATHON is dedicated to the memory of two fine character actors whom we lost this year. The first is James Karen (1923 – 2018), a hard-working actor with a long career whose personality graced all who met him. The second is Vanessa Marquez (1968 – 2018), a talented actress of film and TV and an even better friend. Vanessa is greatly missed and we continue to hold her close in our hearts. With each entry we’ll think of her.
Thank you to TCM for the WHAT A CHARACTER! tagline inspiration and to all bloggers and film fans for your ongoing participation and support for seven years running! Finally, a big shout out to
my co-hosts who inspire me all year long for being such marvelous and lovely characters themselves!