When the topic of classic Hollywood actors arise names like, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, William Holden and James Cagney are usually the first to spring to mind, but in my opinion there is one glaring omission: Joseph Cotten, the renowned star of motion pictures, television, Broadway and radio.

In a career that spanned 51 years, Joseph Cotten appeared in some of cinema’s most acclaimed productions, and shared the screen with the top actresses of the day. Unfortunately, his prolific work ethic and diverse film career was always overlooked at the Academy Awards, leaving Joseph without any nominations or Oscars to add to his mantelpiece. To pay tribute to the underestimated actor whose unparalleled acting abilities continue to enthrall audiences worldwide, Maddy from Maddy Loves Her Classic Films and myself from In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood  are hosting a three day blogathon dedicated to Joseph Cotten in September.

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1. Bloggers are welcome to write about any topic relating to Joseph Cotten: His extensive filmography, personal life, his radio and theatre work or anything else that can be associated with this fantastic actor.

2. Joseph Cotten has a comprehensive resume of films, and because there are a wealth of other topics to discuss, we ask that there be no more than two duplicate entries.

3. The blogathon will take place on the dates, September 5 – 7, so please have your entries ready by then. Maddy will host the first day, and I’ll be doing the honors on the last two days. There will also be a wrap up post on the 8th, so any late comers will be added to that. Why these dates? Because September 5th marks the 77th anniversary of the release of Citizen Kane, one of Joseph’s most famous films, and because I was unable to host it for his birthday on May 15th, we decided to hold it in September to coincide with the anniversary of Citizen Kane.

4. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, leave a comment on my blog or on Maddy’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: or by contacting Maddy. 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 lets all celebrate all things Joseph Cotten. We look forward to seeing you in September.

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In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Portrait of Jennie ( 1948 ) and TBD.

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: Favorite Joseph Cotten movies.

Life’s Daily Lessons Blog: The Killer is Loose ( 1956 )

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: Love Letters ( 1945 )

Caftan Woman: Walk, Softly Stranger ( 1950 )

Cinematic Scribblings: Lo Scopone Scientifico ( 1972 )

Are You Thrilled?: Niagara ( 1953 )

Real Weegie Midget Reviews: The Abominable Dr. Phibes ( 1971 )

The Wonderful World of Cinema: An ABC of Joseph Cotten.

Musings of a Classic Film Addict: Lydia ( 1941 )

Taking Up Room: Citizen Kane (  1941 ) and Joseph and the Mercury Theatre. 

Anybody Got A Match?: Shadow of a Doubt ( 1943 )

The Midnight Drive In: The Hearse ( 1980 )

The Dream Book Blog: A Delicate Balance ( 1973 )

Popcorn and Flickers: Too Much Johnson ( 1938 )

Down These Mean Streets: The Third Man ( 1949 )

Dubsism: Tora, Tora, Tora: The Attack on Pearl Harbor ( 1970 )

The Stop Button: Gaslight ( 1944 )

Karavansara: Journey Into Fear ( 1942 )

A Shroud of Thoughts: Shadow of a Doubt ( 1943 )

I Found It At The Movies: TBD.

Wide Screen World: The Farmer’s Daughter ( 1947 )

Movie Rob: A Blueprint For Murder ( 1953 ), The Oscar ( 1966 ) and Soylent Green ( 1973 )

Back To Golden Days: Since You Went Away ( 1944 )

Critica Retro: I’ll Be Seeing You ( 1944 )

Old Hollywood Films: Duel in the Sun ( 1946 )

Moon In Gemini: The Steel Trap ( 1952 )

Mikes Takes on the Movies: Two Flags West ( 1950 )

Blogie & Bacall: Joseph Cotten as an actor.

Poppity: Under Capricorn ( 1949 )




  1. Samantha Ellis

    What a wonderful idea, Crystal and Maddy! Could I please write about Lydia (1941) for Musings of a Classic Film Addict? This gives me the perfect excuse to discover more of Joseph Cotten AND Merle Oberon’s work!

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  2. Hello, its that woman again! Just finishing off my post for the Barrymore blogathon when I discovered my choice of post was a remake of an Olivia De Havilland and Joseph Cotten film. So can I change my post to The Screaming Woman instead of The Rockford Files as love to compare the alternate versions of this Ray Bradbury tale… please as will probably forget about it by her birthday blogathon next year!


      1. Thanks! Its more of Olivia De Havilland’s film, shes fantastic.. had the idea of briefly looking at all of his films with her – they did three films and a TV Show together, but didn’t know if that would be allowed. Would that be ok?


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