Announcement: Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage Blogathon

Those of you who host blogathons regularly know it’s difficult to come up with new and exciting announcements. That’s particularly true if it’s the sixth installment of the same blogathon as is the case with the 2019 Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage Blogathon, which I am announcing today. That doesn’t mean, however, that I’m less than thrilled to be back in celebration of the long and meaningful tradition of Latino players in Hollywood. On the contrary, I’m especially excited this year as there are important reasons to be reminded of the contributions the many Hispanic cultures have made to film and television.

Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 to celebrate the contributions, histories and cultures of American citizens of Hispanic origin. The yearly month-long series of events begins on September 15 and ends on October 15. This blogathon is my small contribution and I hope you join me in making this a memorable event.

Please join me on or before September 29, 2019 to celebrate Hispanic Heritage in Hollywood by discussing actors, films, or television programs that celebrate, depict or examine aspects of Hispanic culture. The topic possibilities are endless. While this blogathon’s focus is primarily “classic” Hollywood cinema, I cannot ignore the impact Hispanics are making in films and television today so feel free to write about a contemporary Latin American actor, filmmaker, film or television show.

As always, the rules and regulations are easy to follow. Let me know what your topic is with a comment below and publish it on or by September 29. Also…

  • No need to yell “dibs!”–multiple posts about the same actor, film or subject are welcome. This event calls for variety.
  • Please provide me with your blog title and twitter tag, if you have one, so I’ll have that all ready to promote your participation in the blogathon.
  • Please include one of the two banners on your blog post to help promote the blogathon. Since my artistic ability and technology do not mix the banners are simple, but I chose two beautiful faces to make up for that.

Bienvenidos y gracias, amigos!


Blogs and Chosen Topics

Pale Writer – Ricardo Montalban in Mystery Street (1950)

Dubsism – Erik Estrada in Midway (1976)

Sean Munger – Spain in the Movies

A Shroud of Thoughts – Stand and Deliver 30th Anniversary

Caftan Woman – Pedro de Cordoba sampler

A Shroud of Thoughts – West Side Story (1961)

Realweegiemidget Reviews – La Bamba (1987)

A Shroud of Thoughts – Robert Cabal retrospective

Poppity Talks Classic Film – Cesar Romero in Captain from Castile (1947)

The Midnite Drive-In – Cheech Marin solo project, Born in East LA (1987)

Crítica RetrôGarras de Oro (1926)

Hometowns to Hollywood – Lupe Velez, Her Life and Hometown

The Movie Night Group’s Guide to Classic Film – Coco (2017)

Musings of a Classic Film Addict – Bird of Paradise (1932)

Moon in Gemini – Camila (1984)

Ana Eire guest post on Once Upon a Screen – The Ring (1952)

Outspoken & Freckled – Border Incident (1949)

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society – The Spanish Main (1945)

Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights – The Santo movies

Movie Rob – The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Once Upon a Screen – Cuba in the Movies


68 thoughts

  1. This made me go back and look how many Hispanic actors have been in movies I’ve done in my series Sports Analogies Hidden in Classic Movies. The latest features NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz and his cameo in 1983’s “The Right Stuff.” But there’s been Joe Kapp in “The Longest Yard,” Esai Morales in “Bad Boys,” and Jose Ferrer in “The Caine Mutiny.”

    But the one who shows up twice is Erik Estrada, having been in both “The New Centurions” and “Airport 1975.” If you’ll have me as part of your blog-a-thon, I would like to complete the Erik Estrada 70’s Trifecta by doing 1976’s “Midway.”

      1. I would like to make an addition…can I also do Ricardo Montalban and Chita Rivera in “Sweet Charity?” And my Twitter handle is @dubsism

  2. Great ideas! Since someone is doing “Cuba in the movies,” could I do “Spain in the movies,” focusing not just on the depiction of Spain as a place and culture, but also as a common filming location for big-budget epics particularly in the 1960s and 1970s? My blog, as you know, is at

  3. How about the Cheech Marin solo project, Born in East LA? I was going to choose Up in Smoke but I’ve already covered that one and I don’t think I have anything new to add.

  4. I would like to submit a Pedro de Cordoba (I call him “the voice”) sampler to the blogathon. A hop, skip and jump through his movie roles.


  5. I’d like to write about the Colombian film Garras de Oro (1926) and how it is tied to the Colombian / American / Panama history. It’s quite a tale!
    I’m glad to take part in this event once again.
    Le from Crítica Retrô

  6. I was going to write about the Argentinian film Camila (1984) for my costume drama blogathon, but how about I switch it over to yours and pick another film for mine?

    1. Hey, Debbie! Sorry I haven’t responded. Your comment just showed up after I refreshed the blog. Have had some technical issues on it.

      I’m thrilled you can join this event.


  7. Dear Aurora,

    I was impressed by this blogathon last year. but I didn’t get a chance to join. This year, I want to participate! Would “The Spanish Main” from 1945 be an acceptable topic because it has Spanish characters? If not, I’ll think of something else.

    By the way, I would like to invite you to a blogathon my sister is hosting, “The Phantom of the Opera Blogathon.” Taking place on September 23-25, it will be dedicated to all things “phantom.” I don’t know if you are a “phan,” but we would love to have you join us!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

  8. Hi Tiffany,

    Yes, THE SPANISH MAIN would be great. Thank you for joining.

    I don’t think my schedule will allow me to join your blogathon, but I’ll try for sure. Let me go take a look. Thank you.


  9. I actually just borrowed Santo y Blue Demon contra Dracula y el Hombre Lobo from the library and am planning on borrowing the three other Santo movies they have if I’m able to get around to them. Been a while since I’ve joined a blogathon, looking forward to it.

    1. Hi Terry. I guess I was mixed up regarding your entries. I had Robert Cabal, West Side Story and Stand and Deliver, but not Border Incident, which Kellee chose to write about. Just an FYI since you will see her post in the blogathon.

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