ETHEL BARRYMORE IN ‘NIGHT SONG’ ( 1947 )

“I met this fish this afternoon. He was alive and happy. I was an accessory before the fact of his death. This morning he had his life before him, now his lying on my plate coated with cracker crumbs. I’m sorry, but I can’t eat him.”

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A distinguished member of the royal family of Hollywood, and a critically acclaimed veteran of the Broadway stage, Ethel Barrymore enjoyed a successful career as an actress. She was a sweeping presence in the theatre, and a notable sidekick on screen, but first and foremost, the legend born, Ethel Mae Blythe was a star of the highest magnitude.

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The prominent force known as Ethel Barrymore was the creation of Maurice and Georgiana Drew. The future actress, who made her star-studded debut in this world on August 15th, 1879, was destined to be a theatrical top-liner from the start. Initially, young Ethel had her sights set on becoming a concert pianist, but that dream was soon eclipsed when she realized that it was a career that wouldn’t provide her with a healthy bank account.

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For Ethel Barrymore, the stage was her only destiny. She hailed from a theatrical family of prestige eminence. Her grandmother, Louisa Lane Drew, who managed the famous Arch Street Theatre, was a highly extolled actress in her day, while her uncle, John Drew Jr. and her parents, Maurice and Georgiana were also prodigies of the arts, but it was Ethel, and her brothers, John and Lionel who really catapulted the family name to super-stardom.

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Ethel, John, and Lionel Barrymore broke into the acting mold at the right time. The new art known as motion pictures was being established, and all three siblings followed the path that lead to a career in silent movies. Lionel and John Barrymore endured a moderately successful transition into film, while Ethel struggled to adapt to the medium. She later said that out of all the films she made during that period, the only one she could bear to look at was The Awakening Of Helena Ritchie ( 1916 ). After the completion of 1919’s, The Divorcee, Ethel Barrymore returned to her theatrical roots on stage.

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The stage was where Ethel Barrymore truly felt she belonged, but as much as she detested the art of film making, she also proved that she was more than just a dimming light in motion pictures. The characters that she so often brought to life on stage, retained brief occupancy in the film industry in 1932, when she appeared alongside her brothers in Rasputin And The Empress, though it wasn’t until 1944, that Barrymore would acquire permanent residence in Hollywood.

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Luckily for audiences, Barrymore’s graceful presence on screen was one of the best things to ever come out of Hollywood’s studio system. In her short yet memorable tenure in motion pictures, Ethel Barrymore charted several different territories. She received an Academy Award for playing Cary Grant’s ailing mother who resorts to engaging herself in illegal activities to make money in None But The Lonely Heart ( 1944 ). She attained an Oscar nomination for her role as Mrs. Warren, the bedridden matriarch who senses that evil is around her in The Spiral Staircase ( 1946 ), and she was Miss. Spinney, the owner of an art museum in Portrait Of Jennie ( 1948 ).

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In every production she starred in, Barrymore became the soul focus of the film. She always held her own against the lead players, and even in those vehicles where she only appeared for a fleeting moment, Barrymore’s enduring and majestic image evolved into a luminous glow. Ethel’s presence graced many films, in which she played a supporting character with plenty of screen time. A great example of this is Night Song ( 1947 ), a bittersweet tale of instant devotion, and the sacrifices a woman makes to help the man she loves.

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After years of displaying abominable hatred for the motion picture medium, Ethel Barrymore had finally discovered the positive aspects of film making. For someone who was once reluctant and fearful of standing in front of the movie camera, Ethel was starting to develop a profound interest in the art. Her memories of filming The Spiral Staircase and None But The Lonely Heart were joyousand with these two previous experiences, she found herself approaching each day with absolute gusto. In 1947, Barrymore made four movies, the first being, The Farmer’s Daughter, in which she starred alongside, Loretta Young and Joseph Cotten.

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Ethel Barrymore and Cary Grant in “None But The Lonely Heart” ( 1944 )

Night Song acquired all the ingredients to be a film of importance, but sadly the production faded away into oblivion shortly after its release. Directed by, John Cromwell, who was known for his work in a myriad of signature classics, and produced by, Harriet Parsons, a relatively unknown name in Hollywood, who only had a few titles to her credit, the film featured a stellar cast of players, which include, Ethel Barrymore, Merle Oberon, Dana Andrews and Hoagy Carmichael, who all delivered commendable performances under Cromwell’s masterful direction.

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THE PLOT

Set against a musical backdrop, Night Song tells the story of Dan Evans ( Dana Andrews ), an embittered pianist, who was blinded shortly after his return home from the war when an intoxicated driver slammed into a plate-glass window of a drugstore. A year and a half later, he is playing in Chick Morgan’s ( Hoagy Carmichael ) swing-band in a back-alley dance bar, when one night he is discovered by Cathy Mallory ( Merle Oberon ), a society girl who lives with her aunt, Miss Willey ( Ethel Barrymore ) in an opulent residence in San Francisco.

From the moment Cathy first lays eyes on Dan, she realizes that this is a man who possesses unparalleled virtuosity. Instantly enamored in Dan, Cathy wants to help him transcend his limits of success, but in order to do so, she must get past his rancorous facade. Her answer to this is to feign blindness in the hopes that a blossoming romance will brew. When Cathy succeeds, she goes the extra mile by renting an inexpensive apartment with her aunt, Miss Willey, who is also in with the ruse. As her infatuation grows, Cathy persuades Dan to resume writing a piano concerto, and unbeknownst to Dan,  she becomes the instrumental force behind sponsoring a contest for $5,000, that she eagerly wants him to win, so he can undergo an operation to restore his eyesight.

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Night Song is a romantic melodrama that explores the many facets of disability, and the bitter affect that visual impairment can have on its victims. It is also a story of hope and self courage. Dan Evans is a man whose dreams were shattered after the catastrophic accident that left him blinded. When Cathy Mallory enters his life, she has the power to help him vanquish all his demons and succeed. She realizes that he is a composer with great promise, and she is determined to assist him in reaching his highest pinnacle.

 “As a matter of fact I started to paint Dan sitting at the piano, and it turned out to be the piano sitting on Dan. No talent at all, no flair.”

The moral of the story is to never deprecate somebody who suffers from a disability or a certain type of impairment. Many people worldwide consider a disability to be a huge emotional barrier that makes dreams impossible to achieve. However, that is not the case. Even though a certain individual is conflicted with a disability, it does not mean that they unable to achieve greatness in life. Despite their problems, they are still capable of following their dreams and hitting success.

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The above statement is the message that is delivered in Night Song. Crippled with bitterness and acidity, Dan abandons all hope, and believes that any talent inhabited by a blind man will be dismissed. Trying to register the truth into Dan is an erroneous task that only Cathy can resolve. Cathy views Dan as an intelligent man with an artistic flair for classical music. She believes that no dreams should have a price tag attached to them, and encourages Dan to pursue his goals. With Cathy’s guiding light, Dan begins to realize that even though he is blinded, he still encompasses all necessary requirements needed to accomplish his aspirations.

“I never knew a fish could dance doing a first-rate hula.”

All cast members were excellent in their respective roles, but the moral focus of this post is Ethel Barrymore. Like in all her films, Barrymore is the one who advances the film, and propels it to success. As Cathy’s aunt, Miss Willey brings all the comic relief and delivers it to great repute. She is imperturbable, dignified, and extremely knowledgeable, but she also has an imaginative sense of humor that is prominently exhibited throughout the film.

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The viewers first impression of Ethel Barrymore might be that of an elderly aunt, but, in truth, Barrymore is the driving force behind the films success. In Night Song, Miss Willey is a worldly and sophisticated aunt with a positive outlook on life. She is far from being saturnine. Instead she embodies all the characteristics of a vivacious human being who immerses herself in activities that are mainly for people from a much younger generation. She finds great pleasure in staying up late, reading detective stories, drinking coffee, and taking long hot baths. She is also an encyclopedia of sage advice that she continuously splashes around.

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Ethel Barrymore only has a supporting role, but she is present throughout the whole film. We first see her when a dreamy Cathy arrives home from the dark-alley dance bar, where she first meets Dan. Ethel is perceptive, and understands Cathy’s feelings. She immediately recognizes the signal of love through reading her nieces conveyed emotions, and she wants to gain insight on the man who is prominently etched in Cathy’s mind. Once she gets to know Dan, Miss Willey advocates for Cathy and supports her endeavors for Dan. She agrees to be in on the ruse, and introduces herself as Cathy’s guardian, who prolifically paints.

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As any normal aunt would be who is guardian of her niece, Barrymore as Miss Willey is staunchly devoted to Cathy. She is empathetic, loyal, protective, and she is the confidant of her nieces utmost secrets. Whenever she has to accompany Cathy, Ethel will gratefully be her escort, but once she meets Chick Morgan, she becomes coquettish, and even though she never admits it, it is evident that Ethel is rather flirtatious when in the presence of Chick.

“The thing I like about coffee is it keeps me awake. Nothing more ridiculous than being unconscious on a bed. Besides, I have insomnia; I like to blame it on the coffee instead of my conscience. My heart’s an old waste paper basket filled with unpaid bills and paperback novels.”

Adding to the films prestige stature is Lucien Ballard’s cinematography. Ballard who was married to Merle Oberon, captures his wife’s exotic beauty and worldly charm perfectly. He was able to eliminate all her facial scars on film by using a light which became known as the “Obie”.

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In whatever journey she took, Ethel Barrymore triumphed in all destinations. By 1947, she had reached the pinnacle of her motion picture career, and she could not be surpassed. Night Song is a relatively obscure title among Ethel’s repertoire of films, but it still gives audiences a glimpse into the window of her genius.

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CAST:

Ethel Barrymore: Born Ethel Mae Blythe on August 15th, 1879 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died: June 18th, 1959 in Los Angeles, California. Aged 79.

Merle Oberon: Born, Estelle Merle Oberon Thompson on February 19th, 1911 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency British India. Died: November 23rd, 1979 in Malibu, California. Aged: 68. Cause of death: Complications from a stroke.

Dana Andrews: Born Carver Dana Andrews on January 1st, 1909 in Collins, Mississippi. Died: December 17th, 1992 in Los Alamitos, California. Aged: 83.

Hoagy Carmichael: Born Hoagland Howard Carmichael on November 22nd, 1899 in Bloomington, Indiana. Died: December 27th, 1981 in Rancho Mirage, California. Aged: 82

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This post was written for the Third Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon, hosted by me. For more on the Barrymore’s, please click here to view the other articles being exhibited during the event.

 

THE THIRD ANNUAL BARRYMORE TRILOGY BLOGATHON HAS NOW ARRIVED

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It’s that time of year again. The critically acclaimed actress and theatre veteran, Ethel Barrymore would be celebrating her 138th birthday today. For the occasion, I am thrilled to be hosting my third blogathon dedicated to the unparalleled luminary, who continues to hold a prominent reign over Hollywood and the entertainment industry.

Once again, I would like to thank all participants for taking part in the blogathon. The Barrymore siblings are immensely underrated, and deserve this tribute. Without further ado, here are the entries.

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THE THIRD ANNUAL BARRYMORE TRILOGY BLOGATHON ENTRIES:

The Midnight Drive-In: Drew Barrymore in Firestarter ( 1984 ) and Cat’s Eye ( 1985 )

Caftan Woman: Lionel Barrymore in Ah, Wilderness ( 1935 )

The Stop Button: Captains Courageous ( 1937 )

Taking Up Room: Marie Antoinette ( 1938 )

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Captains Courageous ( 1937 )

Vintage Ink Stand: Ethel Barrymore in Young At Heart ( 1954 )

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Ethel Barrymore in Just For You ( 1952 )

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: E.T. The Extra – Terrestrial ( 1982 )

Taking Up Room: Lionel Barrymore on the radio.

Real Weedgie Midget Reviews: E.T. The Extra – Terrestrial ( 1982 )

I Found It At The Movies: Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle ( 2003 )

Thoughts All Sorts: Never Been Kissed ( 1999 )

Critica Retro: A Free Soul ( 1931 )

A Shroud Of Thoughts: Key Largo ( 1948 )

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: You Can’t Take It with You ( 1938 )

Taking Up Room: Ever After ( 1998)

Old Hollywood Films: Ethel Barrymore in The Paradine Case ( 1947 )

Sat In Your Lap: Treasure Island ( 1934 )

Christina Wehner: The Spiral Staircase ( 1946 )

The Dream Book Blog: The villainous side of Lionel Barrymore in “The Show” ( 1927 ) and “The Devil Doll” ( 1936 )

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: John Barrymore in Maytime ( 1937 )

Sat In Your Lap: The Great Man Votes ( 1939 )

Musings Of A Classic Film Addict: John Barrymore in Svengali ( 1931 )

Anybody Got A Match?: Ethel Barrymore in The Spiral Staircase ( 1946 )

Movies Meet Their Match: Ever After ( 1998 )

The Wonderful World Of Cinema: Dinner At Eight ( 1933 )

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood:  Ethel Barrymore in Night Song ( 1947 )

 

ANNOUNCING THE SPENCER TRACY & KATHARINE HEPBURN BLOGATHON

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Hollywood has had it’s fair share of romantic couples who graced the silver screen with their immaculate presence and larger than life personalities, but the world was about to be conquered when Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, two unparalleled individuals who were already at the top of their zenith, created a sizzling on-screen partnership that has now made motion picture history.

Both stars are legendary figures, and while they made nine movies together, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn endured successful solo careers, appearing in a wide array of blockbusters alongside the greatest stars Hollywood has ever produced.

Tracy and Hepburn welcomed audiences into their idyllic lifestyles that they created for themselves on-screen, and the wonderful Margaret Perry, the instrumental force behind The Great Katharine Hepburn blog, has invited fans to join her in honoring Katharine Hepburn with previous blogathons, but now it is my turn to shine the spotlight on both stars who continue to enthrall millions worldwide with their ingenious trail of artistry that they left behind.

With Margaret Perry’s blessing and full approval, it is with great pleasure that I am hosting this blogathon dedicated to both Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, two of my personal favorites from Hollywood’s constellation of stars.

Many of you might be wondering why I am hosting this blogathon in October? Well, the answer is simple. I couldn’t wait for the birth dates, death dates or other prominent dates of either stars, but both Kate and Spence are special enough to be honored on any day of the year.

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RULES:

1. This blogathon is not just restricted to the nine films that Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn made together. Bloggers are welcome to write about any film that either Katharine or Spencer appeared in, or any topic relating to either Tracy or Hepburn.

2. Since I am generous, I am allowing no more than two duplicates. Both Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn had an illustrious career that consisted of a long resume of acting credits, so there is no reason why every everybody should write about the same topic. I only ask that you send me your posts during the days of the blogathon.

3. When: The blogathon will be held on October 15th, to October 18th, so please send me your articles on any of these dates.

4. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, leave a comment on my 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. 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. Below are a few banners, so grab yourself a banner, and let’s all open to the window to Spencer and Kate’s genius.

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ROSTER, WITH THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: The complete filmography of Katharine Hepburn.

Thoughts All Sorts: Rooster Cogburn ( 1975 )

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: Adam’s Rib ( 1949 )

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: Woman Of The Year ( 1942  ) & Holiday ( 1938 )

The Shelly Blog: Early Spencer Tracy romantic comedies.

The Midnight Drive-In: Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner ( 1967 )

Real Weegie Midget Reviews: On Golden Pond ( 1981 )

A Shroud Of Thoughts: Bad Day At Black Rock ( 1955 )

The Dream Book Blog: Long Day’s Journey Into Night ( 1962 )

The Stop Button: Desk Set ( 1957 )

Cinema Cities: Pat and Mike ( 1952 )

In The Vintage Kitchen: Katharine Hepburn Vintage Dinner & The Philadelphia Story ( 1940 )

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Holiday ( 1938 ) & Woman Of The Year ( 1942 )

Taking Up Room: Boys Town ( 1938 ), Pat and Mike ( 1952 ) , The Spencer Tracy Legacy, hosted by Katharine Hepburn ( 1986 ) & Men Of Boys Town ( 1941 )

Moon In Gemini: Father Of The Bride ( 1950 )

Sat In Your Lap: San Francisco ( 1936 ) & Adam’s Rib ( 1949 )

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: Keeper Of The Flame ( 1943 )

Old Hollywood Films: Kate & Spence Literary Classics: Little Women ( 1933 ) and Captains Courageous ( 1937 )

Life With Books & Movies: On Golden Pond ( 1981 )

Cinematic Scribblings: The Lion In Winter ( 1968 )

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: TBD, but at this stage a top ten list.

Lauren Champkin: Father Of The Bride ( 1950 )

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog: State Of The Union ( 1948 )

DB Movies Blog: The Philadelphia Story ( 1940 )

The Flapper Dame: Test Pilot ( 1938 )

Le Cinema Dreams: Spencer Tracy in “The Actress” ( 1953 )

Finding Franchot: Quality Street ( 1937 )

Christina Wehner: The African Queen ( 1951 )

I Found It At The Movies: Bad Day At Black Rock ( 1955 )

Critica Retro: Topic to be decided.

Classic Movie Treasures: Without Love ( 1945 )

Goose Pimply All Over: Desk Set ( 1957 )

Linda Sandahl: Captain’s Courageous ( 1937 )

The Divine Miss Hepburn: Bringing Up Baby ( 1938 )

Karavansara: The Iron Petticoat ( 1956 )

Blogferatu: Suddenly Last Summer ( 1959 )

Movies Screen Life: Summertime ( 1955 ) & State Of The Union ( 1948 )

Second Sight Cinema: Stage Door ( 1937 )

Silver Screenings: Dear Katharine Hepburn. Katharine Hepburn tribute post.

Anybody Got A Match: 20,000 Years In Sing Sing ( 1932 )

Silver Screen Modes: Katharine Hepburn & Walter Plunkett, a working relationship.

Movies Meet Their Match: A Delicate Balance ( 1973 )

Cinema Monolith: The Seventh Cross ( 1944 )

Classic Stars: A Review: Kate and Kathy: From aunt and niece to mother-daughter duo.

Charlene’s Mostly Classic Movie Reviews: Inherit The Wind ( 1960 )

Prince Of Hollywood: Morning Glory ( 1933 )

The Story Enthusiast: Sylvia Scarlett ( 1935 )

The Wonderful World Of Cinema: Libeled Lady ( 1936 )

Liza Trevino: Bringing Up Baby ( 1938 )

Diary Of A Movie Maniac: Love Among The Ruins ( 1975 )

Vinnieh Movie Reviews: The African Queen ( 1951 ) & Broken Lance ( 1954 )

THE SECOND ANNUAL OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND + ERROL FLYNN BLOGATHON HAS ARRIVED

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Today is a big day for Hollywood living legend, Dame Olivia de Havilland, who is celebrating her 101st birthday in Paris. To celebrate the special occasion, Laura from Phyllis Loves Classic Movies and myself from In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood are hosting the Second Annual Olivia de Havilland Blogathon, which commences today and continues on until Monday July 3rd.

During the course of the next few days several notable bloggers from the classic film blogasphere are joining us to pay tribute to this unparalleled actress who conquered the world with her ingenious trail of artistry.

It is in honor for both of us to be hosting this blogathon again, and as always we look forward to reading your entries. A big thank you to those of you who are taking the time to participate.

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THE ENTRIES: 

Maddy Loves Her Classic Movies: Dodge City ( 1939 )

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: My journey with Olivia.

Taking Up Room: Gone With The Wind ( 1939 )

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: Cry Wolf ( 1947 )

Musings Of A Classic Film Addict: Dodge City ( 1939 )

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: The Strawberry Blonde ( 1941 )

The Stop Button: The Adventures Of Robin Hood ( 1938 )

Hamlette’s Soliloquy: Santa Fe Trail ( 1940 )

The Wonderful World Of Cinema: Top ten Olivia de Havilland movies.

Life With Books & Movies: To Each His Own ( 1946 )

The Dream Book Blog: The Heiress ( 1949 )

Critica Retro: It’s Love I’m After ( 1937 )

Sat In Your Lap: It’s Love I’m After ( 1937 )

Sat In Your Lap: Gentleman Jim ( 1942 )

Real Weedgie Midget Reviews: The Swarm ( 1978 )

Old Hollywood Films: Captain Blood ( 1935 )

Movies Meet Their Match: The Adventures Of Robin Hood ( 1938 )

THE JUDY GARLAND BLOGATHON HAS NOW ARRIVED

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After months of eagerly awaiting for this event to arrive, I am euphoric to say that the Judy Garland Blogathon has now arrived, and will be continuing through to Judy’s birthday on June 10th.

During the course of the next few days a plethora of bloggers will be paying tribute to Judy Garland and her illustrious career by writing about all facets of her life. A big thank you to all participants. I look forward to reading all the entries.

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Before I delve into things further, I must say that I have been suffering from a continuous bout of violent migraine attacks for the past week, and after consulting with the doctor for the second time in the past week today, I am being sent to the emergency ward at the hospital very soon. However, my brother Jarrahn has got access to my blog, and will be relieving me during my absence. As Jarrahn will be in charge of things while I’m away, he will be adding today’s entries onto the roster as they come in, and will be thanking you all individually. I should be back tomorrow for day two of the blogathon. Until then, happy Judy blogging to everyone.

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THE JUDY GARLAND BLOGATHON ENTRIES:

Caftan Woman: Thoroughbred’s Don’t Cry ( 1937 )

Thoughts All Sorts: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas song from Meet Me In St Louis

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: The Clock ( 1945 )

Taking Up Room: A Portrait In Art and Anecdote book 

The Stop Button: The Wizard of Oz ( 1939 )

Love Letters to Old Hollywood: A Star is Born ( 1954 )

Big V Riot Squad: Judy Garlands first movie The Big Review ( 1929 )

Taking up Room: Mick and Joots

Reel Weedgie Midget Reviews: Life With Judy Garland: Me and my Shadows ( 2001 )

The Flapper Dame: A Star is Born ( 1954 )

Katy Rochelle: For me and my Gal ( 1942 )

Silver Scenes: Listen Darling ( 1938 )

Critica Retro: Judy and Liza

Chars Movie Reviews: Meet Me in St Louis ( 1944 )

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: Judy Garland a vaudevillian legend of the screen

Life’s Daily Lessons Movie Blog: The Pirate ( 1948 )

Taking Up Room: Judy’s homes

The Dream Book Blog: Judy and Marlene Dietrich

Love letters to old Hollywood: Gay Puree ( 1962 )

I found it at the Movies: Easter Parade ( 1948 )

Christina Wehner: Girl Crazy ( 1943 )

Champagne for Lunch: The Harvey Girls ( 1946 )

LA Explorer: Presenting Lily Mars ( 1943 )

The Wonderful World of Cinema: A Child is Waiting ( 1963 )

 

 

ANNOUNCING THE THIRD ANNUAL BARRYMORE TRILOGY BLOGATHON

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I’m proud to announce that for the third consecutive year the blogathon that is dedicated to the illustrious theatrical family known as the Barrymore’s is back.

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Two years ago when this event first commenced, a constellation of bloggers coalesced together to pay tribute to the Barrymore siblings, and made it a triumphant success. Last year the blogathon was well received, and this year I’m hoping for even better results.

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 Anyone that knows me would know that I’m a Barrymore enthusiast. I have always marveled over the talents of this prominent theatrical family who have graced the stage and screen with their versatile acting ability and unique artistry that has been showcased since before the birth of cinema and right up to the present day.

Ethel Barrymore was born on August 15th, 1879, so in commemoration of what would have been her 137th Birthday, I’m paying tribute to Ethel and her family by hosting my third blogathon dedicated to the Barrymore’s.

BLOGATHON RULES:

1. Bloggers are enabled to write about any film or subject relating to any member of the Barrymore family. The Barrymore’s are a long linage of show business personalities, so it’s only fair that I include the whole family, starting from Louisa Lane Drew, and continuing on to the present day with Drew Barrymore.

To get your juices flowing, here is a list of the Barrymore’s that bloggers are allowed to write about or write about films that star any of these names:

Ethel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Drew Barrymore, Louisa Lane Drew, John Drew Barrymore ( John’s son ), Georgina Drew, Maurice Barrymore, Sidney Drew, John Drew, Diana Barrymore or Ethel’s children, Samuel, Ethel and John.

2. Due to the diversity of the subject matter, I will be allowing no more than two duplicate entries. There are a wide range of topics or films to go around, and remember, you can write about any member of this illustrious family.

3. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, please leave a comment on my blog along with the name and URL of your blog, and the topic you choose to write about, or if you wish to register by email, my email is: carolelombardforever@yahoo.com. Once you get confirmation, please spread the word about this blogathon by advertising the event on your blog. Below are a few banners, so grab yourself a banner, and get ready to join the Barrymore party.

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THE BARRYMORE TRILOGY ROSTER:

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Grand Hotel ( 1932 )

The Wonderful World Of Cinema: Dinner At Eight ( 1933 )

Thoughts All Sorts: Never Been Kissed ( 1999 )

Taking Up Room: Lionel Barrymore on the radio, Ever After ( 1998 ) & Marie Antoinette ( 1938 )

Caftan Woman: Ah Wilderness ( 1935 )

Charlene’s Mostly Classic Movie Reviews: Twentieth Century ( 1934 )

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: You Can’t Take It With You ( 1938 )

Musings Of A Classic Film Addict: Svengali ( 1931 )

Real Weedgie Midget Reviews: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial ( 1982 )

Vintage Ink Stand: Young At Heart ( 1955 )

Sat In Your Lap: The Great Man Votes ( 1939 )

The Midnight Drive In: Firestarter ( 1984 )

Critica Retro: A Free Soul ( 1931 )

The Stop Button: Captain’s Courageous ( 1937 )

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial ( 1982 )

I Found It At The Movies: Charlie’s Angel’s ( 2000 )

A Shround Of Thoughts: Key Largo ( 1948 )

 Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Captain’s Courageous ( 1937 ), Maytime ( 1937, and Just For You ( 1952 )

Old Hollywood Films: The Paradine Case ( 1947 )

Anybody Got A Match: The Spiral Staircase ( 1946 )

Christina Wehner: The Spiral Staircase ( 1946 ) & Counseller At Law ( 1933 )

Movies Meet Their Match: Ever After ( 2004 )

The Dream Book Blog: Lionel Barrymore in The Show ( 1927 ) & The Devil Doll ( 1936 )

ANNOUNCING THE SECOND ANNUAL OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND BLOGATHON + ERROL FLYNN

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Olivia de Havilland, the critically acclaimed actress who first rose to super stardom when she played cousin Melanie in the 1939 blockbuster epic, Gone With The Wind, celebrated her 100th centenary on July 1st last year.

For the memorable occasion, Laura from Phyllis Loves Classic Movies, and myself from my blog, In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood, hosted the Olivia de Havilland Centenary Blogathon, which proved to be a success. On the days of the event a myriad of bloggers coalesced to honor Miss. de Havilland, and her illustrious body of work.

As of 2017, Olivia de Havilland is one of the last stars who hold the key to the golden age of Hollywood. It is for this reason that Laura and myself have decided to make the blogathon an annual event. As a bonus we’re adding Olivia’s frequent co-star, Errol Flynn to the blogathon.

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THE RULES:

1. Bloggers are welcome to write about any topic pertaining to either Olivia de Havilland or Errol Flynn. If you have a subject in mind, but your not sure if its worthy for the blogathon, ask Laura or myself, and we’ll clarify it with you.

2. Due to Olivia and Errol’s extensive body of work and a diverse range of topics, we’re allowing no more than two duplicate entries. If there is a topic you really want to cover, act fast. It’s first in best dressed.

3. When: The Blogathon will be held on July 1st – 3rd, 2017, so you can post on any of those dates.

4. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, leave a comment on my blog or on Laura’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 Laura at solidmoonlight@gmail.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. Below are a few banners, so please help yourself to a banner, and advertise the event on your blog.

Olivia and Errol Banner 4

Olivia and Errol Banner 1

Olivia and Errol Banner 3

Olivia and Errol Banner 2

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ROSTER:

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Olivia de Havilland and Bette Davis.

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: My Journey with Olivia, and “Never Say Goodbye” ( 1946 )

The Dream Book Blog: The Heiress ( 1949 )

Musings Of A Classic Film Addict: Dodge City ( 1939 )

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films:  Dodge City ( 1939 )

Charlene’s Mostly Classic Movie Reviews: The Snake Pit ( 1948 )

Real Weedgie Midget Reviews: The Swarm ( 1978 )

Pop Culture Reverie: Light In The Piazza ( 1962 )

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: Cry Wolf ( 1947 )

Old Hollywood Films: Captain Blood ( 1935 )

Life With Books & Movies: To Each His Own ( 1946 )

Critica Retro: It’s Love I’m After ( 1937 )

Sat In Your Lap: It’s Love I’m After ( 1937 ) & Gentleman Jim ( 1942 )

The Stop Button: The Adventures of Robin Hood ( 1938 )

The Wonderful World Of Cinema: Top ten Olivia de Havilland movies.

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: The Strawberry Blonde ( 1941 )