EXPERIMENT IN TERROR ( 1962 )

“I suddenly realized that the fellow who didn’t show up was getting about fifty-times more money than I was getting. So I thought, ‘this is silly,’ and became an actor. I certainly never thought I’d wind up in motion pictures. That was far beyond anything I’d ever dreamed of.”

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Canada, that vast country which stretches from the United States to the Arctic Circle is home to some of cinemas most acclaimed stars who held prominent reign over Hollywood, but first and foremost, it is also the birth place of Legendary actor, Glenn Ford whose contribution to motion pictures cannot be usurped.

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Glenn Ford had certainly come a long way since his childhood days up north. From the moment he departed Canadian shores to embark on his journey to the bright lights of Hollywood, Ford charted many different territories and explored every destination imaginable.

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The actor who was born on May 1st, 1916 in Sainte-Christine-d’Auvergne, a small village in the Portneuf Regional County in the province of Quebec, achieved great success in the film industry. Although he is best remembered today for his roles in western productions, Glenn Ford garnered popularity in all genres of cinema.

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His versatility and deftness in adapting to different roles allowed him to shine in a diverse range of films. While he succeeded in portraying challenging characters, Ford proved time and time again that he could morph into breezy protagonists in comedic parts, which include, The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father ( 1963 ), where he was cast opposite Shirley Jones.

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The previous year, Ford returned to the thriller genre when he was cast in the 1962 crime film, Experiment In Terror, also starring Lee Remick, and directed by Blake Edwards who became widely known for his directorial work in comedies, his most famous being, The Pink Panther ( 1963 ). Joining Edwards was Mildred and Gordon Gordon, the prolific crime writing duo who based the screen play on their 1961 novel titled, Operation Terror. 

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THE PLOT:

As the tagline reads, Experiment In Terror plunges you into a new dimension of fear. Bank clerk, Kelly Sherwood ( Lee Remick ) is terrorized in the garage of her San Francisco home late one night by an unidentified man with an asthmatic voice who forces her to steal $100,000 from her bank. Sherwood is immediately thrust into the throes of intense fear when she discovers that the stranger is an encyclopedia when it comes to her daily lifestyle. He knows her everyday schedule, and threatens to murder Kelly and her sister Toby ( Stephanie Powers ) if she doesn’t proceed with the plan.

Danger is pronounced if Kelly notifies the police, but knowing that trouble is brewing, she calls the San Francisco office of the FBI, and speaks to John Ripley ( Glenn Ford ) who takes on the case, and tries to track down the antagonist. During a series of investigations we find out that the unidentified man is Red Lynch ( Ross Martin ), who has a criminal record of several different offenses, including murder and statutory rape.

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Experiment In Terror is an obscure film that doesn’t get any coverage today. Ross Martin received a Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role as the villainous Red Lynch who insists that Kelly take the money from her bank, while both Ford and Remick were lauded for their performances. In his biography about his father, Peter Ford states, “From start to finish, Experiment In Terror is a terrific movie, directed with dazzling style, one of those films of the early 1960’s that took the suspense-crime film into a new era: grittier, more provocative, and adult. Film buffs now see it as one of the key films to influence the later revolution in the thriller genre in Italy, the so-called giallos made by people like Dario Argento and Mario Bava.”

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In Hollywood the usual custom was that scenes that take place during the night were filmed during the day, but the filming of Experiment In Terror was a lot different. To create that dark and ominous atmosphere, Edwards insisted that the night time scenes be shot at night, often in foggy and congestive conditions. To enhance the level of suspense, Blake Edwards wanted the film shot in San Francisco with the hilly terrains as the backdrop. The city with its mystique and colorful appeal was the perfect place for murder and tension.

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After Ford’s twenty-two year contract with Columbia, Experiment In Terror marked the end of his tenure with the studio. The actor was melancholy about leaving the studio that he developed such a great rapport with, but he was enthusiastic about commencing the next step of his journey.

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For his final collaboration with Columbia, Glenn Ford went out with a bang. Though, Experiment In Terror didn’t garner the reception it deserved, both stars were excellent in their respective roles. As John Ripley, Glenn Ford is stoic, straight-laced, and seems to be too involved with his job to worry about romance. When Kelly Sherwood calls for help, Ripley is interested in assigning himself to the case, but after watching those two characters playing out each scenario we get the impression that Ripley is not interested in Kelly as a woman. He only wants to do his job and protect her from Red Lynch.

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The project was jointly owned by Blake Edwards and Lee Remick. Glenn Ford was only fulfilling his contractual responsibility with Columbia, and was really only a secondary addition to the film. His part is solid and he received top billing, but in truth, Remick was the main protagonist. She was the one who appeared in almost all scenes while Ford was the sidekick.

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Experiment In Terror is a Hitchcockian style film that Hitchcock never made. The picture is infused with suspense, apprehension, and nail-biting terror. The music score by Henry Mancini is superb and the evocative cinematography creates a dark, menacing and foreboding ambiance that was represented in Hitchcock’s productions that were filmed in black & white.

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The title itself rings terror, but when you add the indelible talents of Glenn Ford and Lee Remick, you know your in for a chilling ride that is full of Film Noir undertones and mystery that is sure to keep viewers on the edge.

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This post was written for the Fourth Annual O’Canada Blogathon, hosted by Silver Screenings and Speakeasy. For more articles covering Canadian stars and films, please click here.

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ANNOUNCING THE THIRD ANNUAL BETTE DAVIS BLOGATHON

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It’s that time of year again when the legendary Bette Davis is the celebrated star of my frequent blogathons. With the success of the two previous blogathons, I’ve decided to shine the spotlight on Bette for the third consecutive year.

As we all know, Bette Davis would be celebrating her 110th birthday this April 5th, and what better way is there to celebrate the special occasion than hosting a blogathon?

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RULES:

1. Now we all know the drill. Bloggers are welcome to write about anything relating to Bette Davis. There are a wealth of topics available, so the list is endless. As always, I encourage people to be imaginative and think outside the square. Instead of writing about her movies, you might want to provide a detailed analysis on another aspect of her life and career.

2. Because the life of Bette Davis is brimming with stories, I am allowing no more than two duplicates. If you have a topic in mind, act fast.

3. The blogathon commences on Bette’s birthday on April 5th, and finishes on April 7th. On the day of the blogathon I will publish a new post where bloggers can submit their entries. I only ask that you please send me your articles on either of those days or early if you prefer, and I’ll happily promote them.

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: crystalkalyana@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 choose one of the banners and advertise it on your blog. I look forward to seeing you all in April to celebrate all things Bette Davis.


Bloggers please note: Dark Victory, Now Voyager, All About Eve, Mr. Skeffington and Death On The Nile has been claimed the maximum number of times, and is no longer available. 

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THE ROSTER:

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Bette Davis profile ( Life story ) and TBA

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: A Stolen Life ( 1946 )

The Wonderful World Of Cinema: Now Voyager ( 1942 )

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: All About Eve ( 1950 )

Critica Retro: The Petrified Forest ( 1936 )

Prince Of Hollywood: Another Man’s Poison ( 1951 )

Anybody Got A Match?: The Star ( 1951 )

Outspoken and Freckled: Now Voyager ( 1942 )

Old Hollywood Films: The famous red dress scene in “Jezebel” ( 1938 )

The Midnight Drive-In: The Watcher In The Woods ( 1980 ) and Return From Witch Mountain ( 1978 )

In The Vintage Kitchen: Bette Davis’ recipes, and Kathryn Sermak’s book, Miss. D & Me.

Taking Up Room: The Bride Came C.O.D. ( 1941 )

Real Weegie Midget Reviews: Death On The Nile ( 1978 )

The Dream Book Blog: Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? ( 1962 )

The Stop Button: Dark Victory ( 1939 )

Vitaphone Dreamer: Dark Victory ( 1939 )

A Shroud Of Thoughts: The Man Who Came To Dinner ( 1942 )

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: Mr. Skeffington ( 1944 )

Caftan Woman: Bette’s guest appearance on The Virginian ( 1962 )

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Mr. Skeffington ( 1944 )

Pop Culture Reverie: Death On The Nile ( 1978 )

Karavansara: The Virgin Queen ( 1955 )

What The Craggus Saw: The Watcher In The Woods ( 1980 )

Christina Wehner: Strangers ( 1979 )

Silver Screen Classics: Marked Woman ( 1937 )

Vinnie H: Watch On The Rhine ( 1943 )

I Found It At The Movies: All About Eve ( 1950 )

Whimsically Classic: Beyond The Forest ( 1949 )

Elizabeth Nelson: Guest post at In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Bette Davis vs. Tallulah Bankhead.

Portraits By Jenni: Bette Davis’ guest appearance on Perry Mason.

The Story Enthusiast: Winter Meeting ( 1948 )

Vintage Geneive: Bette Davis’ film costumes.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT ( 1934 )

“I never did like the idea of sitting on newspapers. I did it once, and all the headlines came off on my white pants. On the level! It actually happened. Nobody bought a paper that day. They just followed me around over town and read the news on the seat of my pants.”

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The image of Clark Gable as the dashing Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind is forever etched in the hearts of millions worldwide, but before the legendary actor stepped into the famous role that garnered him an Academy Award nomination, Gable was already ascending to the highest pinnacle in motion picture history.

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There is no denying that Clark Gable was one of the finest stars that Hollywood as ever produced. Apart from being ruggedly handsome and for epitomizing male sex appeal, Gable was an extremely versatile actor whose tenacious screen presence was a welcoming addition to any film.

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From the moment Clark Gable entered the gates of MGM, his career started to rise. To bolster his popularity he was often cast alongside the most prominent stars of the day, most notably, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy whose prestige status at the box-office helped Gable’s growing reputation.

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At this stage, Gable had hit the earliest peak in his career. Shortly after his appearance in the widely successful, Dancing Lady ( 1933 ), he was loaned out to Columbia for $2,500 per week to play the lead role of Peter Warne in the classic Screwball Comedy, It Happened One Night ( 1934 ) starring Claudette Colbert, and directed by the legendary, Frank Capra, and based on Samuel Hopkins Adams short story, Night Bus with a screenplay by, Robert Riskin.

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To everyone’s surprise, It Happened One Night was an unexpected success. In the beginning the film was anticipated to be another of those bus movies that dramatically floundered at the box-office. When it came to selecting players no star wanted to lend their efforts to the production. Robert Montgomery was the first choice to play Peter Warne, but when he rejected, Clark Gable attained the role. The female lead of Ellie Andrews proved to be even more impossible to fulfill. Initially, Myrna Loy, Miriam Hopkins, Margaret Sullavan and Constance Bennett were all approached about the role, but neither of them were willing to put their box-office appeal at risk. At one stage both Bette Davis and Carole Lombard were heavily campaigning for the part of Ellie Andrews, though both Lombard and Davis had other work commitments and couldn’t be loaned out.

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The search was over when Claudette Colbert entered the picture. The acclaimed actress who made her motion picture debut in Frank Capra’s, The Love Of Mike ( 1927 ) was one of Paramount’s highly revered stars. In 1931, she was lauded for her performance in The Smiling Lieutenant, and the following year her popularity escalated when she was cast in the historical epic, The Sign Of The Cross. By the time It Happened One Night came into production, Colbert already had a resume of twenty-three films to her credit, most of them being commercially successful at the box-office.

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With her prolific work schedule came experience. During her time in Hollywood, Claudette Colbert had charted many different territories, and proved that she was more versatile than some of her contemporaries. Colbert could easily adapt to any role, and exuded all the necessary qualities to portray Ellie Andrews, the breezy screwball heiress in It Happened One Night. Colbert however, was not enthused. She had already planned her long awaited vacation, and after her first film, The Love Of Mike resulted in disaster, the last thing she wanted to do was to make another movie with Frank Capra. She reluctantly agreed to star in the picture if her salary was doubled to $50,000, and if the filming of her role be completed in four weeks.

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Despite her initial hesitations, It Happened One Night was a turning point in the career of Claudette Colbert, and it opened the door to a world of endless opportunities. Both Gable and Colbert attained Academy Awards for their performances. To this day the film is known as the first production to receive all five Academy Awards for, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Writing.

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If Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert had the slightest inkling that the film was going to be a triumphant success, the shooting process may not have been as turbulent. During production the atmosphere was often tense and laborious. Both stars disliked the script, forcing Frank Capra to assign Robert Riskin to rewrite the screenplay to satisfy Gable and Colbert. However, Colbert continued to appear discontented. She was easily incensed, and even an insignificant problem evoked a catastrophe as far as she was concerned. When it came to filming the hitchhiking scene, Colbert’s anger exacerbated. She refused to pull up her skirt and flash her thigh to entice a passing driver, which meant that Capra had to hire a stand-in to complete the scene, leaving Claudette Colbert enraged with the idea.

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On the other hand, Clark Gable enjoyed making his foray into Screwball Comedy. The maniacal life as seen in films from this genre was a lot different than the tough guy roles that Gable usually played, but in It Happened One Night, Gable gives viewers a glimpse into his real genuine self. After working with Gable, Frank Capra later stated, “It Happened One Night is the real Gable. He was never able to play that kind of character except in that one film. They had him playing these big, huff-and-puff he-man lovers, but he was not that kind of guy. He was a down-to-earth guy, he loved everything, he got down with the common people. He didn’t want to play those big lover parts; he just wanted to play Clark Gable, the way he was in It Happened One Night, and it’s too bad they didn’t let him keep up with that.”

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The only altercations that Clark Gable encountered on the set was his rocky relationship with Claudette Colbert, and the daunting task of returning to MGM once filming was complete. Like many actors, Gable found Colbert impossible to work with. He resented her capricious attitude and he disliked that she was on a higher salary than he was, but being the amiable down to earth human being that Gable was, he accepted it.

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Whilst filming It Happened One Night, Clark Gable displayed a jubilant approach to his work, but when production ended and his return to MGM grew closer, his mood changed. On Christmas Day he received a telegram from Louis B. Mayer who demanded that he shave off his mustache and report to work before the new year commenced. His next assignment was a film called, Men In White, a medical drama also starring Myrna Loy. 

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Men In White was a simple film that only took fifteen days to make. Upon completion Clark traveled to New York to promote It happened One Night, which was scheduled to be released in February that year. He was astonished to discover that a film that everybody  initially had low expectations about had garnered a positive reception at the box-office. Mordaunt Hall from the New York Times stated “It’s a good piece of fiction, which, with all its feverish stunts, is blessed with bright dialogue and a good quota of relatively restrained scenes.” He then went on to praise Colbert’s performance by saying she was “engaging and lively” and said that Gable was “excellent.”. Variety noted that it was “without a particularly strong plot”, but “manages to come through in a big way, due to the acting, dialog, situations and directing.”, while Film Daily described it as being “A lively yarn, fast-moving, plenty humorous, racy enough to be tantalizing, and yet perfectly decorous.”

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THE PLOT

It Happened One Night is Frank Capra’s rendition of the famous road movies. The film tells the story of Ellie Andrews ( Claudette Colbert ), a spoiled heiress who has eloped with pilot and fortune-hunter, King Westley ( Jameson Thomas ), despite the rejections of her father, Alexander ( Walter Connolly ). While trapped on-board Alexander’s yacht, Ellie is at her lowest ebb when her father announces that he’s going to annul the marriage. Despondent, a ferocious Ellie eludes her solitary life that her father has planned for her by jumping overboard and swimming ashore, where she embarks on a bus trip to New Year to meet King Westley.

Personalities collide and sparks fly when Ellie meets the fiery-headed journalist, Peter Warne ( Clark Gable ) en-route to New York. Having just been fired from his job, Peter views Ellie as the chief protagonist of his latest headline, and hopes to retain his position as newspaper reporter with his scoop on Ellie, but before he can get that far, Peter and Ellie find themselves drawn to each other after getting entangled in a series of intimate situations.

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It Happened One Night takes audiences on a turbulent ride to New York, where an unexpected match is formed and an unlikely romance is created. The last person Ellie Andrews wanted to meet on her bus journey to New York was a rebellious hack like Peter Warne whose wisecracking personality she found irritating. Her opinion changes however, after an adventurous cross-country trip that results in Ellie not being able to envisage life without Peter.

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The film itself is brimming with hilarity, sharp crackling dialogue and an abundant of iconic scenes. The stellar performances by both Gable and Colbert are a testament to their talents. In his foray into Screwball Comedy, Clark Gable is an absolute delight to watch. As Peter Warne, Gable is gruff, dubious and quick-witted with an acidic disposition. At first he finds Ellie and her lavish upper-class way of life uninspiring, but he still embodies enough compassion to rescue Ellie from the hardships and struggles of the real world.

“You know, I had you pegged right from the jump. Just a spoiled brat of a rich father. The only way you get anything is to buy it, isn’t it? You’re in a jam and all you can think of is your money. It never fails, does it? Ever hear of the word humility? No, you wouldn’t. I guess it would never occur to you to just say, ‘Please mister, I’m in trouble, will you help me?’ No, that would bring you down off your high horse for a minute. Well, let me tell you something, maybe it will take a load off your mind. You don’t have to worry about me. I’m not interested in your money or your problem. You, King Westley, your father. You’re all a lot of hooey to me!”

Despite her initial trepidation to take on the role, Claudette Colbert was enchanting. Her Ellie Andrews is lively and spirited with a spicy aura. Ellie is not accustomed to reality, and finds the rough and tumble ways of Peter a cause of irritation. Sadly, Colbert displayed no enthusiasm during production and predicted that her career would be on the downward spiral. Confident that she would not win the Academy Award, Colbert decided not to be present at the ceremony, and embarked on her long awaited cross-country railroad trip instead.

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After It Happened One Night had triumphed, Clark Gable was walking on air. He continued to achieve greatness as the years progressed, and in 1939 he was cast in the role of Rhett Butler in the Hollywood classic, Gone With The Wind. That same year he married the love of his life, Carole Lombard, and planned to live happily ever after. Sadly that was not to be. Lombard was tragically killed in 1942 while traveling home from a successful War Bond Rally in Indiana. Ever since that fateful night that Lombard’s plane crashed into Potosi Mountain, Clark Gable was left distraught and tormented. He spent the rest of his life searching for another Carole Lombard, but nobody could ever take her place.

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This post was written for the Clark Gable Blogathon, which was hosted by Love Letters To Old Hollywood. To read the other entries being exhibited during the event, please click here.

THE ROBIN WILLIAMS BLOGATHON HAS NOW ARRIVED

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About a month ago Gill from Real Weegie Midget Reviews and myself from In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood announced that we were hosting a Robin Williams Blogathon together, and today we are happy to say that our first collaboration is now underway.

During the course of the next few days an array of fabulous bloggers will be submitting entries dedicated to everybody’s favorite funny man whose comedic genius could not be eclipsed. We would like to thank all participants, and we look forward to reading your posts.

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THE ROBIN WILLIAMS BLOGATHON ENTRIES:

Taking Up Room: Good Morning Vietnam ( 1987 )

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Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: Dead Poets Society ( 1989 )

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Real Weegie Midget Reviews: Awakenings ( 1990 )

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Vinnie H: Aladdin ( 1992 ) 

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The Midnight Drive-In: Robin William’s appearances on Happy Days.

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Critica Retro: Mork and Mindy.

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Movie Rob: Robots ( 2005 )

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Taking Up Room: The Final Cut ( 2004 )

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Movie Rob: Popeye ( 1980 )

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What The Craggus Saw:  The World According To Garp ( 1982 )

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ANNOUNCING THE ROBIN WILLIAMS BLOGATHON

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He was a legend whose genius shone through in every avenue he explored, and his unparalleled flair for being funny made him become the face of family comedy. Robin Williams was the greatest actor to grace modern day cinema screens, and to this day nobody has reached the depths of artistry that he attained during his short time on mortal soil.

To celebrate the life and the illustrious career of this iconic actor who touched the lives of millions worldwide through his superlative talents and selfless generosity, Gill from Real Weegie Midget Reviews, and myself from In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood are paying tribute to everyone’s favorite funny man by hosting a blogathon in his honor.

Considering the fact that the soul focus of this blog is classic Hollywood, many of you will find it unusual that the star of this blogathon is Robin Williams, but in my opinion, Robin Williams is one of a very few stars from today that deserve to be put in the spotlight.

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THE RULES: 

1. Before we continue there are some ground rules that must be adhered to. Bloggers are welcome to write about any topic regarding the life and career of Robin Williams. However, we only ask that you please refrain from delving into his suicide. Of course, you can mention it in your posts, but we don’t want articles where the main focus is his death: There are a wealth of subjects to talk about without having to resort to the tragic end of his life.

2. As for duplicates, Gill and I have decided to allow three duplicate entries. This gives everyone a chance to participate with the topic of their choice.

3. The blogathon will commence on January 19th, 2018, and will finish on January 31st. On the first day of the blogathon, Gill and I will publish a new post where you can submit your entries.

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: crystalkalyana@yahoo.com or by contacting Gill over at her blog. 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 show Robin Williams our love.

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THE ROSTER WITH THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Dead Poets Society ( 1989 ) & TBA.

Real Weegie Midget Reviews: Awakenings ( 1990 )

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: Dead Poets Society ( 1989 )

Movies Meet Their Match: Hook ( 1991 )

Life’s Daily Lessons Movie Blog: Robin Williams in “August Rush” ( 2007 ) and “Dead Again” ( 1991 )

THE GRETA GARBO BLOGATHON IS HERE

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After months of waiting in anticipation, I’m elated to say that the Greta Garbo Blogathon has now arrived. At last the beautiful, enigmatic actress with the luminous screen presence who carried with her an air of mystery will finally be given the credit that she deserves.

From now until Thursday an array of prolific bloggers will be putting the legendary Greta Garbo back in the spotlight with my blogathon. A big thank you to all participants. I look forward to reading your entries.

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THE GRETA GARBO BLOGATHON ENTRIES:

Love Letters To Old Hollywood kicks things off with her delightful post titled, Portraits Of Greta Garbo.

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Maddy Loves Her Classic Films showcases Greta Garbo in Grand Hotel ( 1932 )

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The Stop Button joins the party with Greta Garbo’s final film, Two Faced Woman ( 1941 )

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Taking Up Room brings us a delightful post about the time she visited Greta Garbo at Grand Hotel ( 1932 )

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Silver Screenings pens an excellent article on one of Greta Garbo’s most famous films, Camille ( 1936 )

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For her second post, Taking Up Room presents us with an excellent post on Ninotchka ( 1939 )

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Wolffian Classic Movies Digest joins the party with a fabulous article about Greta Garbo’s performance in Camille ( 1936 ) 

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For her third post, Rebecca from Taking Up Room joins us with another wonderful post this time on Greta Garbo & MGM. 

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Pure Entertainment Preservation Society delivers an intriguing analysis on Greta Garbo in The Kiss ( 1929 )

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Christina Wehner joins us with an engaging article on The Temptress ( 1926 )

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Prince Of Hollywood tells us about Greta Garbo, John Gilbert & Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in A Woman Of Affairs ( 1928 )

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Critica Retro provides us with a fun post on her personal favorite Greta Garbo film, Flesh and the Devil ( 1926 )

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Sat In Your Lap brings us a great post on Ninotchka ( 1939 )

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Anybody Got A Match? joins us with her article on the underrated film, As You Desire Me ( 1932 )

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Lauren Champkin writes a terrific article on Anna Karenina ( 1935 )

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Old Hollywood Films talks about Garbo’s roles in Anna Christie ( 1930 ) & Camille ( 1936 )

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Karavansara joins us with an exceptional analysis on Queen Christina ( 1933 ) 

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ANNOUNCING THE ELIZABETH TAYLOR BLOGATHON

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When I was growing up, one distinguishable figure that sprang to mind at the mention of classic cinema was Dame Elizabeth Taylor. A luminous beauty with trademark violet eyes, Taylor enchanted millions worldwide with her unrivaled talents and humanitarian work that would ultimately catapult her to super-stardom.

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor made her star-studded debut in this world on February 27th, 1932. To celebrate the birthday of this iconic legend and her ingenious trail of artistry, I’m hosting a blogathon dedicated to the actress whose glorified presence became a cinematic attraction.

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THE RULES:

1. Here are some ground rules to follow. Bloggers are welcome to write about any topic regarding Elizabeth Taylor’s life and career. There are a wealth of subjects to choose from. You could write about her marriage to Richard Burton, or her marriages in general ( she married eight times ). You could write about her humanitarian work or Taylor as a fashion icon. Anything is up for grabs. If you have a topic in mind but not sure whether it’s suitable, just run it by me. The only thing I ask is that there be no more than two duplicates, so act fast.

2. The blogathon will take place on February 25th – 27th, 2018 to coincide with Elizabeth’s 86th birthday.

3. 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: crystalkalyana@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 choose one of the banners and advertise it on your blog. I look forward to seeing you all in February to celebrate the very beautiful Elizabeth Taylor.

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ROSTER WITH THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Elizabeth Taylor’s Humanitarian Work & Elephant Walk ( 1954 )

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof ( 1958 )

Elizabeth Nelson: Guest post at In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Elizabeth Taylor & Michael Wilding.

Portraits By Jenni: A Date With Judy ( 1948 )

The Story Enthusiast: National Velvet ( 1944 )

The Wonderful World Of Cinema: A comparison between Elizabeth Taylor’s and Joan Bennett’s Amy March in “Little Women”.

Musings Of A Classic Film Addict: The V.I.P.s ( 1963 )

Taking Up Room: Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewelry, Cynthia ( 1947 ) & Father’s Little Dividend ( 1951 )

Cinematic Scribblings: A Place In The Sun ( 1951 )

Anybody Got A Match? Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton.

Serendipitous Anachronisms:  A Little Night Music ( 1977 )

Caftan Woman: The Mirror Crack’d ( 1980 )

Real Weedgie Midget Reviews: Elizabeth Taylor in X, Y and Zee ( 1972 )

The Dream Book Blog: Between Friends ( 1983 )

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: Julia Misbehaves ( 1948 )

The Stop Button: Giant ( 1956 )

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: Elizabeth Taylor Tribute.

Vinnie H Movie Reviews: Suddenly, Last Summer ( 1959 )

Karavansara: The Taming Of The Shrew ( 1967 )

Critica Retro: There Is One Born Every Minute ( 1942 )

I Found It At The Movies: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf ( 1966 )

No Nonsense With Nuwan Sen: Elizabeth Taylor & Mike Todd & Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton.

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Life With Father ( 1947 )

Lauren Champkin: The Mirror Crack’d ( 1980 )

LA Explorer: Little Women ( 1949 )

Old Hollywood Films: Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry.

Charlene’s Mostly Classic Movie Reviews: Butterfield 8 ( 1960 )

Movies Meet Their Match: The Last Time I Saw Paris ( 1954 )