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I am proud to announce that the Royal Family of Hollywood are back again for the fourth consecutive year this August.


The theatrical family known as the Barrymore’s have been entertaining millions worldwide since before the birth of cinema. Louisa Lane Drew became a prodigy of the arts at the age of eight, and continued to follow a successful road as a thespian and manager of the historic Arch Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Her children all embarked on a career as stage actors, but it was her daughter Georgiana’s children who really shone the light on the family business.

Lionel, Ethel and John Barrymore were all reluctant to break into the acting mold, but when they realized that the stage was their only destiny, they utilized all their energy on building a successful career as actors. When the movies came calling all three transitioned into silent pictures, but after a short tenure in film Ethel returned to the stage. She arrived back in Hollywood in 1932 to appear alongside her brothers in Rasputin and the Empress, but it wasn’t until 1944 that Ethel made movies her soul focus.

Ethel Barrymore made her star-studded debut on August 15th, 1879. To celebrate the birth of my all time favorite actress, I’m hosting this blogathon, which is dedicated to the whole family for the fourth time.



1. Bloggers are welcome 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.

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. Also, there is no limit on how many posts you wish to write.

3. The blogathon will take place on August 13th through to Ethel’s birthday on August 15th.

4. 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: Ethel Barrymore and her children, Johnny Trouble ( 1957 ) and TBD.

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: Moonrise ( 1948 )

Real Weegie Midget Reviews: Drew Barrymore in “The Screaming Woman ( 1986 )

Movies Meet Their Match: E.T: The Extra Terrestrial ( 1982 )

Taking Up Room: Dinner At Eight ( 1933 ), Key Largo ( 1948 ) and He’s Just Not All That Into You ( 2009 )

The Midnight Drive In: John Barrymore in the Bulldog Drummond Movies.

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: Just For You ( 1952 )

Sat In Your Lap: Moby Dick ( 1930 ) and Night Flight ( 1933 )

The Stop Button: You Can’t Take It With You ( 1938 )

I Found It At The Movies: Key Largo (  1948 )

Caftan Woman: Counsellor- At- Law ( 1933 )

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: A Bill of Divorcement ( 1932 )

Critica Retro: Grand Hotel ( 1932 )

Old Hollywood Films: Pinky ( 1949 )

Movie Rob: The Farmer’s Daughter ( 1947 ), Lone Star ( 1952 ) and Never Been Kissed ( 1999 )

Karavansara:  The Mysterious Island ( 1929 )

The Wonderful World of Cinema:  The Spiral Staircase ( 1946 )

Musings of a Classic Film Addict: Twentieth Century ( 1934 )

The Story Enthusiast: Ah Wilderness ( 1935 )

Dubsism: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ( 1920 )

A Shroud of Thoughts: Lionel Barrymore on the radio.

Lionel Barrymore Obsessively: TBD.

Silver Screen Classics: Topaze ( 1933 )

Pop Culture Reverie: Santa Clarita Diet ( 2017 )

No Nonsense With Nuwan Sen: Drew Barrymore in Cat’s Eye & Firestarter.



  1. In my never ending quest to try to blog about something no one else has even thought of I think I have a pretty good one this time. John Barrymore as Bulldog Drummond’s confidante, Col. Neilson in three Bulldog Drummond entries from 1937-38; “Bulldog Drummond Comes Back”, “Bulldog Drummond’s Revenge” and “Bulldog Drummond’s Peril”


  2. Last year’s Barrymore blogathon was the first blogathon I ever participated in; I’d be more than delighted to do it again!

    I will review:

    Moby Dick (1930)
    Night Flight (1933)


  3. Samantha Ellis

    Do my eyes deceive me when I see that Twentieth Century (1934) is NOT taken yet? Every year it’s the first one to get snapped up! I know I just said that I would have to think about my choice, but this makes it a no-brainer! Could I write about it for Musings of a Classic Film Addict, please? It’s still likely that I’ll be going on a trip during the blogathon days, but I’ll try my hardest to have my post up either before or while I’m gone!


  4. First, I want to thank you for the kinds words you left on my site. Second of all, I’d like to thank you for the invite. For purposes of full disclosure, I’m really not the world’s biggest fan of all things Barrymore, but I can give you Sports Analogies Hidden In Classic Movies: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


  5. Hello–I am not sure it would be a whole lot of fun, but I’d like to try and do a shortened look at Lionel Barrymore in the Kildare/Gillespie films he made. Or perhaps how David Selznick worked to get him for Duel in the Sun? I’ve done a LOT of research and/or blogging on both, but it’s 454 am and I’m not sure either why I’m awake or which would be better for me to do! 🙂 I’m at


  6. Hi there, I’d like to work on Little Barrymore’s King Connection (i.e. with her work in Cat’s Eye & Firestarter). I honestly would have loved to work on Rasputin and the Empress (all three Barrymore siblings star in it), but I couldn’t find it anywhere. 😦


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