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The first ever blogathon I hosted last year was the Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon, which took place over Ethel Barrymore’s Birthday weekend. Seeing as the blogathon was a victorious success, I’ve decided to make it an annual event, and this year I was so enthusiastic about announcing it that I’ve got in early.

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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 136th Birthday, I’m paying tribute to Ethel and her family by hosting my second blogathon dedicated to the Barrymore’s.

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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.

If you are still stuck for ideas, below is the link for last years blogathon entries.

2. Due to the theme of this blogathon being so diverse, 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: 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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In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: The Secret Of Convict Lake ( 1951 )

The Wonderful World Of Cinema: Portrait Of Jennie ( 1948 )

Pop Culture Reverie: Guncrazy ( 1992 )

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: Romeo And Juliet ( 1936 )

Back To Golden Days: Dinner At Eight ( 1933 )

A Shroud Of Thoughts: Mark Of The Vampire ( 1935 )

B Noir Detour: Moonrise ( 1948 )

The Cinematic Frontier: The Paradine Case ( 1947 )

Old Hollywood Films: The Spiral Staircase ( 1945 )

The Flapper Dame: You Can’t Take It With You ( 1938 )

Smitten Kitten Vintage: Grand Hotel ( 1932 )

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: The Spiral Staircase ( 1945 ) and Johnny Trouble ( 1957 )

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: Young At Heart ( 1954 )

Karavansara: Twentieth Century ( 1934 )

Thoughts All Sorts: Duel In The Sun ( 1946 ) and Ever After ( 1998 ) The Devil Doll ( 1936 )

Lauren Champkin: Drew Barrymore’s career

Critica Retro: Don Juan ( 1926 )

Portraits By Jenni: Rasputin And The Empress ( 1932 )

Define Dancing: Pinky ( 1949 )

 The Old Hollywood Garden: Grand Hotel ( 1932 )

James Moll and Lara Scott ( Classic Movie Recall ): Twentieth Century ( 1934 )

Prince Of Hollywood: Women Love Diamonds ( 1927 ) and John Barrymore’s influence on Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

 Classic Film: Flickers Of Silver And Gold: Reunion In Vienna ( 1933 )

 The Stop Button: Midnight ( 1939 )

Century Film Project: Fighting Blood ( 1911 )

Finding Franchot: Stranger’s Return ( 1933 )

Midnight Only: High School Confidential ( 1958 )

Film Music Central: Beau Brummel ( 1924 )

The Midnight Drive In: The Invisible Woman ( 1940 )

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

Movie Classics: Mata Hari ( 1931 )

Christina Wehner: Maytime ( 1937 )

Little Bits Of Classics: Camille ( 1936 )

Breathing Movies: A portrait of John, Ethel and Lionel

Movie Rob: Mad Love ( 1995 )

Movie Rob: Big Miracle ( 2012 )

Movie Rob: Irreconcilable Differences ( 1984 )

 Apocalypse Later: Deadline U.S.A ( 1952 ) True Confession ( 1937 ) and The Yellow Ticket ( 1931 )

Classic Film Obsessions: None But The Lonely Heart ( 1944 )

Lionel Barrymore Obsessively: Lionel Barrymore



  1. The Flapper Dame

    Hi Crystal Thanks so much for inviting me! I’d like to write about You Can’t take it with you! Love that one! Thanks- Emily 🙂


  2. You don’t make it easy for a drive-in movie blogger, do you? Is there a comprehensive list of movies somewhere that lists all the movies a Barrymore was in? I’m trying to avoid doing Charlie’s Angels 1 and 2….


      1. OK it took me a while. I finally found a drive-in style movie, though. The Invisible Woman. (1940) FYI, I found out Diana Barrymore has an uncredited scene in D.O.A. one of my two movies for my Film Noir Blogathon. P.S. If you ever take it into your head to do one of these on John Wayne, I’ll be all over it like white on rice.


      1. Can I be indecisive yet again and change to “Ever After: A Cinderella Story” for Drew if nobody else has taken it? I’m so sorry to mess you around but “Bad Girls” is just not inspiring me right now. Can we do two? If so, is “Duel in the Sun” still available for Lionel?


  3. I would like to do a sort of combination for a blog if I can. I’d like to write about the film Women Love Diamonds (1927) that Fairbanks, Jr. starred in with Lionel. But I’d also like to write about how John Barrymore influenced DFJ’s acting style and how Barrymore mentored him during his early career. He was DFJ’s hero and personal friend. I hope this will count for the blogathon! My url:


  4. Hi there,
    In looking over Griffith-directed films with Lionel Barrymore, I find I haven’t yet reviewed “Fighting Blood” (1911). It also stars Mae Marsh, George Nichols (who went on to become a director), and Kate Bruce. Here’s the thing: Barrymore doesn’t have a lead role, he’s just a supporting actor. That would give me a chance to talk about how Griffith used actors and switched them from role to role in different movies, and how Lionel Barrymore proved himself through versatility over a number of movies. What do you think?


  5. Hello, I finally made up my mind and decided to participate with a review of Camille (1936). I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to watch this movie for a long time and as it turned out that it stars Lionel Barrymore, this seems to be the perfect one!


      1. Actually, could you change that? I’m just gonna do John and Lionel because I feel I’m not familiar enough with Ethel at this point… I wanted to include her as well as she’s talked about the least but I don’t think I will have enough time to “study” her until the blogathon. Sorry!


  6. Again, thanks for the invite. This sounds like a blast.

    Given that you’re running for three days and there were three ‘classic’ Barrymores, I’d be happy to cover one per day. A writing theme sounds appropriate and it’ll allow me to fill some gaps too. How about Deadline – USA for Ethel, True Confession for John and The Yellow Ticket for Lionel.

    My blog is Apocalypse Later at


  7. Hello– Love them all, but just started a blog on Lionel after my research on Kildare/Gillespie films and disability perception took off. I’m still working on the articles, but I’ve also tied the disparate threads of his children with Doris Rankin into a sad but tight bow. I’ve posted on that on my blog and can riff on that or can riff on LB and how his work post 1938 affected public perception of disability in the WWII period and immediately after. Or, any number of things, like his composing! I”M A LITTLE OBSESSED….THANKS!!


  8. Hi, Crystal. Sorry, but I’m going to have to withdraw from consideration for this blogathon. I should have known better than to schedule so much activity around my own blogathon, I’m going to need a week to rest up when I get my Film Noir blogathon to bed. Maybe next time. Thanks.


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