DORIS IN PERIL: JULIE ( 1956 )

“Once I flew a plane Jack. The pilot gave me the controls. We were deadheading with no passengers. This is not flying alone and its not landing a plane.”

Doris Day And Poodle

Crowned by many as the epitome of perfection, the legendary actress, singer and animal activist, Doris Day carved her way into history and is revered by legions of film-goers the world over.

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After commencing her career as a big band singer in 1939, Doris Day went on to craft a sustainable tenure in motion pictures, and amassed a total of thirty-nine films before retiring from Hollywood to embark on a successful journey as an animal rights activist.

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Doris Day first rose to super-stardom when she attained a role in the 1948 film Romance On the High Seas, a romantic musical comedy that would ultimately set the young actress on a successful career in motion pictures. The film was a commercial hit, and Day’s introductory to celluloid was steeped in acclamation.

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Doris Day in Romance On The High Seas ( 1948 )

Although Doris Day is mostly associated with her memorable string of rom-coms, especially those starring Rock Hudson and James Garner, she also excelled at playing more dramatic roles and proved time and time again that her talents transcended her most frequented genre. By 1950, Day was already prominently established in Hollywood. The films she was cast in perfectly fitted her personality, and her sunny and effervescent disposition allured audiences and had them begging for more.

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In 1950, Doris had only been in Hollywood for two years when U.S. servicemen in Korea voted her their favorite star. This kind of recognition was a great privilege for Day, who had a habit of underestimating her talents and never considered herself to be a virtuoso at her craft. That same year, Doris found herself stuck in a difficult relationship triangle with Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall in Young Man With a Horn, a dark and brooding film that is set against a backdrop of haunting and melodic jazz music.

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Doris Day, Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall in Young Man With A Horn ( 1950 )

Young Man With A Horn was quite a departure for Doris Day. Even though Doris was once again cast as the good girl in a less showy role, the film itself was heavy, and her character was exposed to the more grittier side of life rather than the idyllic world that Day had become accustomed to in most of her pictures. The final result was not spectacular, and many aspects of the film was panned, but it did do justice to Doris Day whose performance provided audiences with a glimpse into the window of her genius. For the first time fans could easily witness Day’s dramatic potential and realized that her career was flourishing.

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Doris Day on the set of Young Man With A Horn ( 1950 )

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As an actress, Doris Day was eager to charter foreign territory. She was growing tired of being cast as the girl next door, and was yearning for something more challenging. Despite her enthusiastic approach, Doris’ transition into more complex roles was not imminent. Before she could reach those desired heights, Day was forced to play her usual wholesome and virginal characters in lightweight productions.

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In 1951, Doris took a leap towards success as a dramatic actress when she was cast alongside Ginger Rogers and Ronald Reagan in Storm Warning, a Film Noir production that has Doris married to a Ku Klux Klansman. Unfortunately, the film was not compatible with critics and continues to remain one of Warner Brothers. greatest disappointments.

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Doris Day with Ginger Rogers and Steve Cochran in Storm Warning ( 1951 )

The films critical reception was a major setback for Doris too, who was desperate to shed her wholesome image and nurture a career as a dramatic actress. The fact that nobody was recognizing the scope of her talents was frustrating and quite degrading. It only made her look at her career through the lens of negativity rather than focusing on the positive aspects, but in spite of all this, Day still retained her vivacity and sparkle.

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While millions worldwide couldn’t get enough of Day’s beaming ray of sunshine and infectious smile, Doris herself constantly spent her time searching for that glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. What she didn’t realize though, is that success was on the horizon and a door that led to greater opportunities was about to be opened.

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Doris Day as Ruth Etting in Love Me Or Leave Me ( 1955 )

It all came to a head in 1955 when Doris Day was cast in the title role of Ruth Etting in Love Me Or Leave Me, a biopic melodrama based on the turbulent life of the famous jazz singer.  The film was a turning point for Doris both personally and professionally. Audiences and critics touted it as Doris’ greatest screen achievement, and for once, Day herself envisioned that success was looming. Although, Doris was wanting to disseminate her talents, she was initially hesitant to take on the role. The part of Ruth Etting required Day to exude an air of raciness and crudeness, something that Day’s characters never essayed on screen. If she was to accept the offer there was the possibility that fans may not react positively, or worse still, she feared that her career could be tarnished.

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Doris Day in Love Me Or Leave Me ( 1955 )

The instrumental force behind Doris Day being cast in Love Me or Leave Me was her co-star James Cagney. Jane Russell and Ava Gardner were the original choices, but Cagney, who had worked with Day in The West Point Story ( 1950 ), recognized that Doris was the only star that could perfectly embody the characteristics of Ruth Etting, and suggested to producer Joe Pasternak that she be hired.

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Doris Day with James Cagney in Love Me Or Leave Me ( 1955 )

The film was Doris’ stepping stone into more dramatic territory. In 1956, Day found herself in the presence of Alfred Hitchcock when she was cast in The Man Who Knew Too Much, a remake of Hitchcock’s 1934 film of the same name. The casting of Doris as Josephine McKenna was a masterstroke of success. Hitchcock was reportedly that impressed with Day’s performance in Storm Warning, that he demanded that the part be assigned to her. However, associate producer, Herbert Coleman had a different opinion. He was unsure whether Day was capable of handling such a challenging role and suggested that a more suitable blonde get the part.

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Doris Day with James Stewart and Christopher Olsen in Hitchcock’s, The Man Who Knew Too Much ( 1956 )

Love Me or Leave Me propelled Doris Day to super-stardom, but its also true that Alfred Hitchcock assisted in catapulting her to even greater heights. If Doris hits emotional depths in The Man Who Knew Too Much, once she finds out her sons been kidnapped, she certainly encounters another harrowing experience in her next picture when she is thrust into the throes of danger.

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Doris Day as Julie Benton in Julie ( 1956 )

It’s hard to imagine any of Doris Day’s characters enduring such a catastrophic situation. Most of the people that Day brought to life on screen were the epitome of happiness. They radiated warmth and usually carried an air of comicality, but if there was one such individual that didn’t define any of these qualities, it would be Julie Benton, an amiable and innocent young woman, who is married to a dangerously jealous psychopath.

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Julie Benton is the star attraction in the 1956 film Julie, a psychological thriller that came from the pen of Andrew L. Stone, who also served as director. The film is a minor entry in Day’s filmography, but it was lauded for bringing together Doris Day and Louis Jourdan along with a stellar supporting cast, which includes, Barry Sullivan and Frank Lovejoy.

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Doris Day and Louis Jourdan discussing the script with director Andrew Stone on the set of Julie ( 1956 )

The plot of Julie closely echos many other women in peril stories. Set in Picturesque Carmel, and starring Doris Day in the titular role, the film is an examination in psychology and taps into extreme jealousy and dangerous obsession. At the heart of the movie is Julie Benton ( Doris Day ), a remarried widow, who believes that her husband Lyle ( Louis Jourdan ) is hiding a dark secret. When she suspects that Lyle may have murdered her late husband, Julie is faced with a perplexing crisis that will exacerbate once Lyle confesses to committing the crime. Realizing that she is in immediate danger and that Lyle is only out to destroy her, Julie turns to her long time friend Cliff Henderson ( Barry Sullivan ) for support, and together the two hatch an escape plan. Is Julie able to flee to safer territory? or will Lyle catch up with her? Watch the movie and find out.

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As I stated in the synopsis, Julie is the quintessential woman in peril movie. In our case the victim is played by Doris Day, who once again proves her adeptness at character manifestation by taking on more challenging and complex roles that differentiated from her usual portrayals of singing sweethearts or amiable fun-loving human beings. What is impressive about Day’s performance is that she never acts like a damsel in distress. Instead of being crippled with fear, Julie is strong-willed and embraces the situation with a more durable state of mind. This is not saying that Julie’s fears are absent. Like any person who’s experienced any sort of terrifying event, Julie does have her bouts of uneasiness and panic, but she does not let it take control of her.

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Thankfully, Julie Benton has one major advantage. She may have a hard time convincing the police that Lyle murdered her late husband and that his latest endeavor is to terrorize her. But at least she has reputable support that comes in the form of Cliff Henderson – her long time friend and associate, who is her pillar of strength and will constantly aid her throughout this terrifying ordeal. In many ways, Cliff embodies the role of a leader. He’s the one that initially suspected that Julie’s first husband’s death was not suicide, and he was the instrumental force behind Julie’s escape. Even before Julie realized that Lyle was dangerous, Cliff knew that Lyle had a few skeletons in his closet, and that Julie is not safe while she’s in his presence.

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Barry Sullivan is one of those classic film stars who are hard to define. He was not categorized as a leading man, nor could he be classed as a character actor. Despite his cumbrous position, Sullivan was prolifically in demand as a supporting player. In a career that spanned fifty-one years, Sullivan had acquired almost two-hundred credits to his resume, and became known for his portrayals of dependable individuals who lent solid support to those he crossed paths with on screen.

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On the other hand, actor Louis Jourdan’s presence on screen is much more sinister. From early on audiences can establish that jealousy is the root to his evil motivations. Lyle’s incentive to terrorize Julie is also coupled by his explosive temper and commanding ways. Although, Jourdan was no stranger to playing abominable characters, it was reported that he disliked the fact that he was portraying a husband who imbued feelings of hatred towards Day’s Julie Benton. Incidentally, Doris Day and Louis Jourdan acted like inseparable friends on set. This relationship contrasted with their tense and uneasy entanglement in the film.

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Coined by author James McKay as the “epitome of suave Continental”, Louis Jourdan was not among those actors who had to exploit their sex appeal to spawn success. His dark and brooding looks and French features were beneficial when it came to modelling character traits and securing roles. He could easily fit the position of a handsome suitor or a suspected criminal with a formidable past. But these days he is best remembered for his triumphant turn as Gaston, the rich playboy in the 1958 musical Gigi. 

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The filming of Julie was far from memorable for Doris Day. Away from the cameras, the actress was in the midst of a personal crisis. The emotional turmoil that was surrounding her was stemming from the problems that were fueled by husband Marty Melcher. Doris’ troubles exacerbated that much that she began to call the movie set her safe sanctuary. It was the only place where she truly felt secure, and often times she found herself clinging to her co-stars for support. In 1958, Day admitted that she was searching for a measure of inner peace and stated “I was a success, it seemed that I had everything – including a lot of fears that I couldn’t put my finger on.”

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As the tension between Day and Melcher mounted, the atmosphere on the movie set became less congenial, and the constant fights were starting to thwart their relationship and marriage. Interestingly, the core to all their troubles was the production company titled “Arwin Productions” that the two had formed. The fact that Marty was serving as the films producer made it worse. Instead of being supportive of his wife, Melcher had the innate ability to be tyrannical and overly controlling. To further escalate matters, he firmly believed that Doris’ friendship with Louis Jourdan was reaching the bounds of sexual intimacy, a feeling that he could not shake off.

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Doris Day with Martin Melcher and Louis Jourdan on the set of Julie ( 1956 )

“The biggest argument we ever had, was when Marty and I got into our first independent production, a movie called Julie. Up to then, he was my husband and manager, and I’d come home nights and tell him all my troubles. But with Julie I came home to a producer, a worried producer who was way behind schedule, and I suppose I was as much to blame for that as anyone.”

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There are not many sources that hint at Doris Day and Louis Jourdan being romantically involved, but it is true that both stars had forged a close friendship. Ironically, Day had gotten to know Jourdan when he lived across the street from her in Beverly Hills. The fact that the two were more than acquaintances made it beneficial for Doris on the set.

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What made the film even worse for Doris is that the plot closely echoed her turbulent marriage with Al Jorden. The actress despised having to make a picture that harkened back to past events. She wanted to completely omit her darkest hours from her memory, and when Marty Melcher assigned Day without any notification, their tense relationship began to spiral out of control. Doris soon learned that the only way to appease Melcher was to give in and accept his plans.

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Doris Day and Martin Melcher.

If the first series of obstacles were a slight indicator of the dramas the filming process would entail, Doris may have refused to yield to Melcher’s demands. In fact, the whole experience can be summed up to nothing more than a complete nightmare. As soon as Day entered the movie set she was plagued with a multitude of difficulties. This was coupled by a tight and exhausting work schedule, which allowed her little time to rest.

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Adding to the emotional strains that Doris Day was already inflicted with, was a health crisis that threatened to throw things out of orbit. A few weeks after filming commenced, Day was hospitalized due to severe hemorrhaging. It was soon determined that a tumor the size of a grapefruit was growing in her intestines, and an immediate operation was required. To say that the recovery process transcended the problems on the movie set would not be an understatement. During this period, Doris was marred with intense pain, the inability to walk and continuous bouts of depression. Her biggest upset came when she was delivered the crushing news that she would not be able to have another baby. Motherhood was a full time job that seemed to enlighten Doris, and the thought that she may never be able to carry another child was devastating.

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What Marty Melcher failed to tell Doris is that there was a lot involved. In order to play the role of Julie Benton, Doris had to be fully equipped. For the films finale where Day’s character is forced to pilot an aircraft to a safe landing after the pilot and Lyle Benton are shot dead, Doris was required to undertake a three week stewardess training course. Even though she was often busily detained studying the career of an air-hostess, Doris found the overall experience to be rewarding, and as a result she developed a whole new appreciation for stewardesses in general.

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“I held my breath and shut my eyes as long as I could. By the time I had my eyes open again we were airborne. I kept telling myself that I wasn’t scared, that I was actually enjoying the feeling of flying. I must have hypnotized myself because now I feel safer in a plane than in a car.”

 

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As much as Doris enjoyed taking flying lessons, she couldn’t help but dwell over the negative aspects of filming. Even the first day of lessons were marked with disaster. While driving her new Cadillac to training, Doris was struck amidship by a juvenile in a hot-rod racer, who was speeding through a red light. Surprisingly, Marty and Terry managed to escape uninjured. However, Doris had acquired serious bruising and was sent to hospital, where she underwent a series of X-Rays. Fortunately, no severe damage was caused. The car was completely demolished – though neither event disrupted much of Day’s work plans.

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Despite the grueling demands that filming entailed, the one aspect that did evoke a considerable amount of interest in Doris was the location shooting in Carmel. Nestled in the heart of Monterey, California, this pet friendly town is encompassed by lush scenery and spell-binding views. The actress was enchanted by the picturesque landscape and the serene tranquility that she was reportedly left with an ingrained sense of nostalgia. In fact, Day was that impressed with what she saw that the quaint seaside community of Carmel would ultimately become her primary residence.

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For over forty years, the seaside community of Carmel served as Doris Day’s residence. Since permanently relocating, Day established herself as an animal welfare activist and formed The Doris Day Pet Foundation, which is now known as the Doris Day Animal Foundation. In 1985, Day and her partner Denny LeVett purchased the luxurious Cypress Inn and transformed it into a pet friendly hotel.

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Doris Day often noted that her years in Carmel were her happiest. Although she had retired from movie making, Day spent most of her time caring for her many pets and overseeing her animal foundation. When she wasn’t working closely with the animals, the former actress could be glimpsed strolling along the beach with her four-legged friends or shopping at her favorite supermarket in Carmel.

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Doris Day’s move to Carmel forever shaped the region and helped turn it into the tourist destination that it is today. Every April Doris fans across the nation make their annual pilgrimage to Carmel to celebrate the beloved stars birthday. One of the greatest highlights of the event is when a deluge of guests gather at the Quail Golf Course in Carmel Valley to sing “Happy Birthday” to their idol as she waved to the assembled crowd from her balcony that overlooks the golf resort.

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On April 3rd, 2019, Doris Day celebrated what was to be her final birthday. To mark her 97th year on earth, Day reportedly stated that she looked forward to spending the day with her pets and ice-cream. Her close friend Jackie Joseph commented that Day was in happy spirits and seemed to enjoy the festivities.  However, others close to the actress noted that she appeared more tired than usual – an early sign of an unpronounced illness.

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Doris Day with close friend Jackie Joseph on her 97th birthday – April 3rd, 2019.

Doris Day had been in fine health for her age.  She was living a contented and fulfilled life among her pets and took great pride in the work she did for the animals. Suddenly this all came to a halt in early May 2019, when Day was hospitalized after contracting a serious bout of pneumonia. Despite the nature of her illness, Day insisted on a fast return home. On the morning of May 13th, Doris Day passed away peacefully at her Carmel Valley paradise with her close friends and beloved dogs by her side. She was 97 years old.

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Doris Day celebrating her 97th birthday in 2019.

The passing of Doris Day is a tremendous loss to the entertainment industry. To many people she was not just an actress – she was a friend everyone wishes they had. Millions worldwide depend on her to lift their spirits whenever they are feeling depressed. Her silky honey voice and sunny screen persona have helped cultivate a legacy that will remain imperishable. There will never be another Doris Day.

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TRIVIA

Of the many films that Doris Day appeared in, the budget for this one ($785,000) was reportedly the lowest. This because Arwin Productions (the Doris DayMartin Melcher company) kept cost to a minimum.

The scene in which distraught stewardess Doris Day must land a commercial airliner based only on instructions she’s receiving by radio was later replicated by Karen Black in Airport 1975 (1974).

Despite negative reviews, this film was profitable for M-G-M, costing under $800,000 and grossing more than $2.5 million.

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CAST

Doris Day: Born, Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3rd, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Died: May 13th, 2019 in Carmel, California. Aged: 97.

Louis Jourdan: Born, Louis Robert Gendre on June 19th, 1921 in Marseille, France. Died: February 14th, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. Aged: 93.

Barry Sullivan: Born, Patrick Barry Sullivan on August 29th, 1912 in New York City. Died: June 6th, 1994 in Sherman Oaks, California. Aged: 81.

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This post was written for The Third Doris Day Blogathon, hosted by Michaela from Love Letters To Old Hollywood. Please click here to read the other articles being exhibited during this event.

ANNOUNCING THE 110 YEARS OF CLAIRE TREVOR BLOGATHON.

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The motion picture industry is full of criminally underrated stars, who have transmitted all their energy and infused splashes of their genius into every film they made, but yet they have never received the recognition that they so rightfully deserve.

One of Hollywood’s most protruding glaring omissions is Claire Trevor. In a career that spanned 58 years, Trevor amassed 87 acting credits, and was bestowed “The Queen of Film Noir”, after having starred in several films from the genre and receiving an Academy Award for her supporting role in Key Largo ( 1948 ). However, despite her prominent status and invaluable contribution to motion pictures, very few people seem to remember her.

After years of eluding public recognition, Claire Trevor is finally securing a position on the radar for three days in March, and just in time for her 110th birthday too. The instrumental forces behind putting Claire back in the spotlight is my friend Virginie from The Wonderful World Of Cinema and myself, who have both decided to host a blogathon dedicated to Claire Trevor.

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THE RULES

1. Bloggers are enabled to write about anything that pertains to the life and career of Claire Trevor. There is absolutely no restriction on subjects. However, we are limiting the quantity of entries on the same topic, and we are asking that there be no more than two duplicates. Remember, the more popular the subject matter, the more likely it is to be claimed, so act fast.

2. The purpose of this blogathon is to celebrate Claire Trevor. Any post that appears derogatory or disrespectful towards Claire will not be accepted.

3. Participants are allowed to write more than one entry, but to give everyone the chance to take part in the blogathon, we are limiting it to three posts per blog.

4. All contributions must be new material only. Previously published posts will not be accepted.

5. The blogathon will take place on March 8th – 10th, 2020, which coincides with Claire’s 110th birthday on March 8thEarly entries are most welcome, but they will not be linked until the day the event commences.

6. If you wish to participate in the blogathon, please register first. Any post submitted that is not part of the event, will not be showcased.

7. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, leave a comment on my blog or on Virginie’s blog along with the name and URL of your blog, and the subject you wish to cover. If you wish to register by email, please contact me me at: carolelombardforever@yahoo.com. For those of you who wish to register by email, please be sure to include the name and URL of your blog, and the topic you wish to cover. Once you get confirmation, please spread the word about this blogathon by advertising the event on your blog. Please take one of these beautiful banners that were designed by Virginie, and advertise it on your blog. We look forward to seeing you in March.

SUBJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN CLAIMED THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF TIMES

Born To Kill ( 1947 )

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THE ROSTER

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood – TBA.

The Wonderful World Of Cinema – Claire Trevor in Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Movie Rob – How To Murder Your Wife ( 1965 ), The Babe Ruth Story ( 1948 ) and Allegheny Uprising ( 1939 ).

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Born To Kill ( 1947 )

Taking Up Room – Stage Coach ( 1939 )

The Flapper Dame – Key Largo ( 1948 )

Sister Celluloid – Borderline ( 1950 )

Overture Books and Films – Murder, My Sweet ( 1944 )

The Stop Button – Dead End ( 1937 )

Caftan Woman – The Desperado’s ( 1943 )

Nitrate Diva – Born To Kill ( 1947 )

4 Star Films – Claire Trevor’s Legacy.

Shadows and Satin – Raw Deal ( 1948 )

 

THE CAROLE LOMBARD MEMORIAL BLOGATHON IS HERE

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Are you guys ready for four fun packed days of Carole Lombard? We certainly hope so, because today ( January 16th ) marks not only the 78th anniversary of Carole’s tragic passing, it is also the day that my great friend and dedicated Carole historian, Vincent Paterno from Carole & Co and myself, officially launch the opening of our tribute blogathon dedicated to the legendary Miss Lombard.

For those bloggers participating in the blogathon, please submit your entries on the comments section below or on Vincent’s blog, and we’ll showcase them as soon as we can. Thank you for taking the time to honor Carole by participating in our event. We look forward to reading your articles.

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THE ENTRIES

The Story Enthusiast – How Carole Lombard Won Me Over, AKA, Tribute to Carole as a dramatic actress.

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18 Cinema Lane – In Name Only ( 1939 )

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The Midnight Drive-In – High Voltage ( 1929 )

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The Stop Button – The Princess Comes Across ( 1936 )

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Critica Retro – Carole Lombard: Bathing Beauty

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Caftan Woman – We’re Not Dressing ( 1934 )

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Karavansara – My Man Godfrey ( 1936 ) and ( 1957 ), AKA, The Two Godfrey’s.

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Taking Up Room – Made For Each Other ( 1939 )

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Carole & Co – An Upright Story Of A Sleeper Car 

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Screen Dreams – No Man Of Her Own ( 1932 )

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THE SECOND FRED ASTAIRE AND GINGER ROGERS BLOGATHON HAS ARRIVED

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The closing chapter of 2019 is drawing closer, and in a few days time it will be 2020. To celebrate the arrival of the new decade and to leave the existing one with a bang, Michaela from Love Letters To Old Hollywood and myself have decided to go out in style with two of the most endearing couples to ever grace the silver screen – their name as known the world over is Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

For those of you who are participating in the blogathon, please submit your entries on the comment section below or on Michaela’s blog, and we’ll post them as soon as we can. Thank you.

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THE ENTRIES

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films – Fred and Ginger Tribute.

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Love Letters To Old Hollywood – Kitty Foyle ( 1940 )

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The Story Enthusiast – Forever Female ( 1953 )

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Silver Screenings – Top Hat ( 1935 )

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Poppity Talks Classic Film – Swing Time ( 1936 )

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Musings Of A Classic Film Addict – Having Wonderful Time ( 1938 )

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Caftan Woman – Professional Sweetheart ( 1933 )

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THE THIRD ANNUAL LAUREN BACALL BLOGATHON HAS ARRIVED

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It’s that time of year again. For the next three days, the legendary Lauren Bacall will be taking high precedence in the blogasphere. Join me and a talented array of writers while we pay tribute to this great actress, who left an indelible mark on cinematic history with her illustrious contribution to motion pictures.

For those of you who are participating in the event, please submit your entries on the comments section below, and I will link them as soon as I can. Thank you for taking part in the event.

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THE THIRD ANNUAL LAUREN BACALL BLOGATHON ENTRIES

Real Weegie Midget Reviews – Appointment With Death ( 1988 )

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The Stop Button – To Have and Have Not ( 1944 )

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Taking Up Room – Dark Passage ( 1947 )

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The Midnight Drive-In – The Big Sleep ( 1946 )

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Critica Retro – Designing Woman ( 1957 )

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Love Letters To Old Hollywood – How To Marry A Millionaire ( 1953 )

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18 Cinema Lane – From The Mixed-UP Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler ( 1995 )

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Poppity Talks Classic Film – Blood Alley ( 1955 )

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ANNOUNCING THE SECOND FRED ASTAIRE AND GINGER ROGERS BLOGATHON

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Two iconic screen legends who epitomized American cinema, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were a dynamic dancing duo and successful acting veterans whose names will continuously echo throughout the years.

At least everyone should have heard of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The unparalleled artistry that both stars possessed, which is coupled by their enduring legacy, continue to evoke interest in today’s popular culture. In the blogasphere Fred and Ginger are among the most celebrated screen teams. It is for this reason that Michaela from Love Letters To Old Hollywood and myself have decided to launch the second addition of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Blogathon, a blogging event that we hosted for the first time in July 2018.

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THE RULES

1. This blogathon is not just restricted to the ten films that Fred and Ginger made together. The purpose of this event is to celebrate the indelible legacy and illustrious filmography of both stars. Bloggers are welcome to write about any film that starred either Astaire or Rogers or any topic pertaining to the two legends.

2. Due to the diversity of the subject matter, we are allowing no more than two duplicates per topic. I know this sounds extremely fair, but we want to give everybody the opportunity to participate. If you have a topic in mind, act fast. Also, you are welcome to write more than one entry if you wish. However, we are limiting it to three posts per blog.

3. This blogathon is a loving tribute to both Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. All bloggers are welcome to participate, but we will not accept any post that appears derogatory or disrespectful to either star.

4. All contributions must be new material only. Previously published posts will not be accepted.

5. The blogathon will take place on December 28th – 30th, 2019. Please submit your entries on either of these days or early if you wish. For those of you posting early, just remember that your entry won’t be linked until the event starts.  In case your wondering why the event takes place on dates that aren’t specifically connected to either star – the answer is that we simply wanted to end the year with a bang.

6. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, leave a comment on my blog or on Michaela’s blog along with the name and URL of your blog, and the subject you wish to cover, or you can always register by email at: carolelombardforever@yahoo.com or by contacting Michaela. For those of you who wish to register by email, please be sure to include the name and URL of your blog, and the topic you wish to cover. Once you get confirmation, please spread the word about this blogathon by advertising the event on your blog. Please take one of these beautiful banners that were designed by Michaela, and advertise in on your blog. We look forward to seeing you in December.

SUBJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN CLAIMED THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF TIMES

SWING TIME ( 1936 )

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THE ROSTER

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood – Stage Door ( 1937 ) and TBD.

Love Letters To Old Hollywood – Kitty Foyle ( 1940 ) and a Fred Astaire Tribute.

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Tribute.

Poppity Talks Classic Film – Swing Time ( 1936 ) and The Sky’s The Limit ( 1943 )

Pale Writer – Daddy Long Legs ( 1955 )

Real Weegie Midget Reviews – Fred’s Appearance on Battlestar Galactica ( 1978 )

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society – Swing Time ( 1936 )

Caftan Woman – Professional Sweetheart ( 1933 )

Screen Dreams – Top Hat ( 1935 )

The Story Enthusiast – Forever Female ( 1953 )

Critica Retro – Kitty Foyle ( 1940 )

Musings Of A Classic Film Addict – Having Wonderful Time ( 1938 )

THE SECOND SPENCER TRACY AND KATHARINE HEPBURN BLOGATHON HAS ARRIVED

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I can’t believe how fast the time has flown since Michaela and I announced the comeback of the Second Annual Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn Blogathon. Now, here we are two months later and the blogasphere is ready to bring one of cinemas most iconic couples to the forefront this weekend with our highly anticipated event.

For those of you who are participating in the event, please submit your entries on the comments section below or on Michaela’s blog, and we will read your articles as soon as we can. Thank you for taking part.

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THE SECOND SPENCER TRACY AND KATHARINE HEPBURN BLOGATHON ENTRIES

Screen Dreams – Woman Of The Year ( 1942 )

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Caftan Woman – Keeper Of The Flame ( 1942 )

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The Stop Button – Adam’s Rib ( 1949 )

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18 Cinema Lane – It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World ( 1963 )

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18 Cinema Lane – One Christmas ( 1994 ) – Kate’s final film

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Dubsism – Pat and Mike ( 1952 )

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A Shroud Of Thoughts – The People Against O’Hara ( 1951 )

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Pale Writer – Undercurrent ( 1946 )

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The Wonderful World Of Cinema – Quality Street ( 1937 )

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Critica Retro – Desk Set ( 1957 )

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Wolffian Classic Movies Digest – The African Queen ( 1951 )

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Taking Up Room – The Philadelphia Story ( 1940 )

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Love Letters To Old Hollywood – Eight Favorites from Kate the Great.

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Vintage Genevieve – Katharine Hepburn: A Fashion Icon

HEPBURN AS YOU LIKE IT

Poppity Talks Classic Film – Spencer Tracy Double Feature

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Anybody Got A Match? – Katharine Hepburn’s legendary status with the Academy Awards

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Pure Entertainment Preservation Society – Film Fashion Friday: Spencer Tracy

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Pure Entertainment Preservation Society – The African Queen ( 1951 )

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Movies Meet Their Match – The Philadelphia Story ( 1940 )

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