It is with great pleasure that I am announcing the return of my blogathon, dedicated to the Royal Family of Hollywood, for the fifth consecutive year. This year I am joined by the wonderful Gabriela from Pale Writer, who has kindly offered her services as co-host. 

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The prominent theatrical family known as the Barrymore’s have been prolifically involved in the entertainment industry since before the birth of motion pictures. 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.

August 15th marks the 140th anniversary of the birth of Ethel Barrymore. To celebrate my favorite actress on what I consider to be a milestone birthday, I am honoring my favorite actress and her siblings yet again.



1. Bloggers are welcome to write about any film that stars either of the three Barrymore siblings, or any topic pertaining to Ethel, John or Lionel. Previous years, I have allowed posts on Drew Barrymore, but this year however, we have decided to keep things classic, and that means that we are omitting Drew from the blogathon. 

2. Due to the diversity of the subject matter, we are only allowing two duplicates, so if you have a topic in mind act fast. If you wish to write more than one post, that’s fine. However, we are limiting this to three entries per blogger. 

3. The blogathon will take place on August 13th- 15th, 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.

4. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, leave a comment on my blog or on Gabriela’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 Gabriela. 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 get ready to celebrate the legendary Barrymore siblings. 

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In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: TBD.

Pale Writer: Tribute to John and “The Beloved Rogue” ( 1927 )

The Stop Button: Twentieth Century ( 1934 )

Poppity Talks Classic Film: The Paradine Case ( 1947 ) and A Family Affair ( 1937 )

Real Weegie Midget Reviews: Barrymore ( 2011 )

Thoughts From The Musical Man: You Can’t Take It With You ( 1938 )

Critica Retro: Broken Lullaby ( 1932 )

Screen Dreams: A Bill Of Divorcement ( 1932 )

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: The Spiral Staircase ( 1946 )

Taking Up Room: David Copperfield ( 1935 )

Musings Of A Classic Film Addict: John Barrymore’s burial situation.

Movies Meet Their Match: That Midnight Kiss ( 1949 )

Caftan Woman: On Borrowed Time ( 1939 )

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Grand Hotel ( 1932 )


  1. Hi Crystal, Can I review Barrymore (2011), its a Christopher Plummer biopic on John Barrymore? Sad you not including Drew this year, had a few ideas. Aw well, anyway have you any ideas on what you’d like to do for the Hammer-Amicus one, there’s been a flurry of interest, so best to check out our lists asap! from Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews


  2. Samantha Ellis

    My mother and boyfriend both have birthdays around these dates so it’s always a bit tricky to jump into this blogathon, but I’d still love to try to contribute for the third year in a row! This sounds like a strange topic, but could I write about John Barrymore’s burial situation? I’ve been wanting to discuss it for ages and I think this would be a good opportunity!


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