Mary Pickford Blogathon: Secrets (1933)

This is the SBBN entry for the Mary Pickford Blogathon, hosted by KC at Classic Movies. I highly recommend checking out Classic Movies, not just for the other participants, but for KC’s own contributions, such as today’s really fun Q&A with Peggy Dymond Leavey, Pickford biographer. *** Mary Pickford had considered silent star Norma Talmadge…

Just Plain Something: Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948)

This article on Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948) is the SBBN entry for the 2012 For the Love of Film Blogathon, dedicated to raising funds to allow the 1923 film The White Shadow, much of which has recently been found in a New Zealand archive, to be shown online. More about this project can be found…

A Delightful Hour of Animated Shorts (Not The Kind You Wear) (Probably)

This is my entry for the Pussy Goes Grrr! Short Animation Blogathon. Warning: Naughtiness to follow. No pictures will be unsafe, but the videos linked and the words posted are NSFW. You have been warned. We begin our hour-long program of animated shorts with a Chuck Jones double feature of the 1951 Looney Tunes short…

Week of Hong: The Seventh Sin (1957)

This is my entry for the Week of Hong, hosted by Lost Video Archive. Don’t forget to check out all the other entries this week! *** The Seventh Sin is based on the exceedingly popular 1925 novel The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham. This book was previously set to film in a 1934 version…

The White Elephant Blogathon: Clara Bow and It (1927)

Caution: Spoilers ahead! *** Truth be told, I consider The White Elephant Blogathon a chance to inflict pain, suffering, discomfort, loss of appetite and slight headache upon some poor unsuspecting soul. That’s why I proffered up Universal Soldier: The Return and Big Trouble in previous years, irritating the recipients so much one victim considered smashing…

The Gone Too Soon Blogathon: Marie Prevost

Edit 07/06/2013: For anyone interested in doing their own project on Marie Prevost, please make sure to read the note at the bottom of the page. Thank you. This post originally appeared at http://www.shebloggedbynight.com/2012/03/gone-too-soon-blogathon-marie-prevost.html and a copy can be found on the Internet Archive here. *** Almost exactly one year ago, I posted my latest…

The Italian Horror Blogathon: Dario Argento’s Jenifer and Pelts

Italian director Dario Argento is known for his giallo films featuring excessive style, bloodshed and sex. His surrealist and controversial horror thrillers of the 1970s are often cited as some of the most influential films by modern horror filmmakers. In the mid-2000s, Argento directed two episodes of the Showtime “Masters of Horror” series. While not…

Carole Lombard

Five hours late and short on promised content, I offer some lovely Carole Lombard photos in humble apology for flaking out on the Caroletennial (+3) held at Carole & Co. To explain why my offering is so late would take away from the blogathon, so look for a post later this week on that. Meanwhile,…

The Dick Van Dyke Show Blogathon: The Masterpiece & The Man From My Uncle

This is my entry for Ivan’s Dick Van Dyke Show Blogathon, celebrating the revolutionary sitcom that first aired 50 years ago today! “The Masterpiece” Season 3, Episode 2 Rob sidesteps the ottoman! He then spazzes out and almost falls on Laura.   “The Masterpiece” was the second episode of season 3, nestled between the classics…

The Nicholas Ray Blogathon: "The Janitor" (1974)

“That’s the way film should be. An artist should not moralize. A person who has the audacity to make a film in the first place should never consciously put his own neuroses on the screen.” — Nicholas Ray, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, 1975   *** Wet Dreams is a 1974 compilation of short films…