Thursday, May 23, 2013

I'm Hosting The Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon (July 16-22)

"Stanwyck’s greatest strength, in other words—her range—was also the reason that she is impossible to tie down and tame. No genre was beyond her, and no one movie sums her up." ~Anthony Lane
"I was lucky enough to make four pictures with Barbara. In the first I turned her in, in the second I killed her, in the third I left her for another woman and in the fourth I pushed her over a waterfall. The one thing all these pictures had in common was that I fell in love with Barbara Stanwyck -- and I did, too." ~Fred MacMurray
"Barbara Stanwyck had an instinct so sure that she needed almost no direction." ~Preston Sturges
"There is not a more credible portrait in the cinema of a worldly, attractive, and independent woman in a man's world than Stanwyck's career revealed." ~David Thomson
"Working with Barbara Stanwyck was one of the greatest pleasures of my career." ~Fritz Lang
"My only problem is finding a way to play my fortieth fallen female in a different way from my thirty-ninth." ~Barbara Stanwyck
July 16, 2013 will be the 106th birthday of Ruby Stevens from Brooklyn, better known as Barbara Stanwyck. In a career that spanned almost sixty years, with four Academy Award nominations and eighty-five movies to her name, Stanwyck earned a reputation as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood. She could do just about anything. In film noir, she was terrifying, a creature of glittering allure that could freeze your blood just by raising her sunglasses. In melodramas, she was vulnerable enough to break anyone's heart, but there was always that hint of steel that warded off any excesses of pity. In Westerns, she was tougher than anyone, pushing her wiry body to the brink in action scenes that made even the stunt men nervous. In comedies, she was like quicksilver, changing from tender to raucous to wistful with dizzying ease. She was never the girl next door but she never wanted to be. She was too smart for that, too brave, and too complicated.


Barbara Stanwyck is my favorite actress. I've loved her through good movies and bad and I've never seen a performance of hers that didn't leave me with something to remember. And so I've decided to hold a Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon at The Girl with the White Parasol, from July 16 to July 22. 

It's going to be the first blogathon I've ever held on this site and I'm really excited. Participation is open to anyone who who wants to write about Barbara Stanwyck. As it gets close to July, I'll draw up a schedule for the participants but even if you don't want to sign up now, I'll still accept entries during the Week that shall hereafter be known as the Week of Barbara Stanwyck. Cause she deserves it, brother.

The rules of the Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon are as follows (I say rules but it's pretty much just a series of "ifs"):

1. If you'd like to sign up to write a movie review for the blogathon, be warned that it's first come, first served. If you want to call dibs on a particular film, then please let me know in the comments section here or by email (adams.are@gmail.com). If someone snags your first choice, pick another one. I know that we all love Double Indemnity and The Lady Eve, but I want this blogathon to be about the entirety of Stanwyck's career, not just her most famous films. Stanwyck has such an incredible, diverse list of movies to her name that it would be a shame not to pay homage to as many as we can. Underrated dramas like All I Desire, eccentric Westerns like Forty Guns, twisty little noirs like No Man of Her Own, you name it. Even weird misfires like Always Goodbye have something to offer. The sky's the limit, folks!

For a full list of Stanwyck's movies, start here.

2. If you'd like to write a post about anything else Barbara Stanwyck-related (her costumes, costars, directors, life story, zodiac sign, etc.) you're more than welcome.

3. If you'd like to participate in the blogathon but have no idea yet what you're going to write about, don't worry. Surprise us all! 

4. If you come to me saying, "There's this incredible Barbara Stanwyck essay I did three years ago that was so good it made grown men swoon faster than Henry Fonda after a year up the Amazon and please can I repost it for the blogathon," that's just fine too.

5. If you'd like to sign up for a particular day now, that's totally fine, but don't feel like you have to commit to one right away. It's only when we get close to the wire that I'll start bugging you guys. 

6. If you love Barbara Stanwyck but don't think you'll be able to write anything for the blogathon, then I'm inviting you to join the cheering section. It means a lot to have people reading and commenting on the posts too and the whole point of a blogathon is not just to talk, but to have a conversation. And if you decide to spread the news about the blogathon on your own site, I will be eternally grateful and walk around doing this:


(Gif is credited to the superb Barbara Stanwyck Tumblr blog)

7. And last of all, if you'd like to have a banner to promote the blogathon, I've got a few for you to take.




I'll keep this post updated with a list of participating blogs and the movies that have already been chosen. Stay tuned for more news. This is the first major event I've ever hosted at The Girl with the White Parasol and I'm so glad it's going to be a celebration of my favorite actress. Happy blogging, everyone!


List of Participating Blogs (updated as of 6/18)
Note: You guys are amazing! I never imagined such an enthusiastic and generous response  and I feel extremely lucky to be the host of great writers such as yourselves. So far, we've had over 30 bloggers signed up. It's a testament to Barbara Stanwyck that so many people love her and want to share their thoughts.

Barbara is thrilled to see how much the bloggers love her!

139 comments:

  1. Barbara Stanwyck is my favorite actress, and I've actually got a project going on my blog where I'm trying to complete her whole filmography, so I'd love to participate in this! I'm leaning toward a post on her collaborations with Frank Capra but am not 100% sure yet, so I'll get back to you. :)

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    1. That sounds wonderful! I've been trying to watch the entire Stanwyck filmography too, in preparation for doing the blogathon. It's been quite a treat so far.

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    2. It really has! Even in the films I haven't particularly loved, I always love her performances in them. She is the definition of a fantastic actress.

      You can lock me in for the Capra/Stanwyck post. I've been thinking about other potential topics but I keep coming back to that one, which is a sign that I better stick with it! :)

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    3. Follow your interests. The collaboration between Stanwyck and Capra is a pretty fascinating one. He was the one who really took her on and taught her about film (giving Ladies of Leisure a bit of a meta element).

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  2. Love Barbara Stanwyck, and love that you are hosting this event. I hope to be able to post something for this, but since I'm functioning on a day-to-day basis right now, I won't officially sign up until I'm 100% sure I can complete a post. Looking forward to seeing what everyone has to offer for this one, and what YOU come up with, Aubyn (considering it's sure to be fantastic!).

    --Brandie, True Classics

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    1. Oh, Brandie, I understand completely. Yes, it's best to take it one day at a time. Thinking about you and hoping that you're getting the time and energy to enjoy life, even while it's trying to kick your ass :). Take care, girl.

      And as for Stanwyck, she can be a damn tricky customer to write about. So many great things have already been written. Whenever I try to say anything about her, I end up wanting to say, "Oh go see the movie and just ignore my blather."

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  3. Aubyn, you rule! Sign me up for Sam Fuller's 1957 Forty Guns, as Babs from Brooklyn heads west (in preparation for The Big Valley (?), a childhood fave).
    --Ivan
    http://lernerinternational.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ivan, Forty Guns is yours! I really like that one, too. So glad it's you that's going to tackle it.

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  4. Yes, this is a fantastic idea! I'd love to write about Baby Face.

    KC
    Classic Movies

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  5. You're the perfect host for such an event. Might I nab 1954's Witness to Murder?

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    1. You sly thing, sneaking a George Sanders movie in there :) It's yours. I'm delighted you're going to join in.

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    2. Why, I have no idea what you're talking about! Is that Sanders fellow in it? No kidding. >coughs discretely, looks around, runs offscreen<

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  6. Count me in, please and thank you. I'll probably dust off and repost my take on William Wellman's Lady of Burlesque and then do a new write up on a Made for TV thriller Stanwyck did called A Taste of Evil (1971). I'll also probably post some appropriate vintage ads like these. for Stanny at the Morgue, too.

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    1. Wow, Kelso, trust a diligent blogger like yourself to go above and beyond the call of duty. I'd love to see your take on Lady of Burlesque, A Taste of Evil, and the vintage ads.

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    2. Thanks! I love Stanny so much. So much I might even do a triple-feature and tackle Night Nurse, too, if no one else grabs it.

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    3. If I had unlimited time, I'd want to write up all the Stanwyck movies, so I feel ya. Since you're already down for 2 movies though, I think I'll let Comet Over Hollywood take a stab at Night Nurse, but if she decides against it, you're welcome to go for a triple-feature.

      I'm not surprised Night Nurse is a lot of people's favorite. It's an incredibly fun, unique movie.

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  7. Huge Stany fan here. I'm definitely in.

    Are posts about Stany on television okay?

    Rich
    Wide Screen World
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    1. I love fellow Stany fans. Television is definitely okay. I'm not nearly as familiar with Stanwyck's TV careers as with her movies but I'm eager to be educated. You're welcome to look at her TV career, a particular show, a special episode, anything you like.

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  8. Sweet! She's my favorite actress by far. I update on Fridays, so can I call The Miracle Woman for July 19th?

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    1. The Miracle Woman is a great choice! Consider it yours.

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  9. I'll take "Ladies They Talk About" if it hasn't been taken. Thanks!

    moviedavid.blogspot.com

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    1. Nobody's taken it so it will go to you. Glad to see that the "women in prison" genre will be represented here.

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  10. Oh I'm in. She's my second favorite actress. And I think she has the best range of any actor ever.
    I don't know what I can contribute, but I'm gonna rattle my brain to find something worthy of her and this blogathon. Awesome idea and tribute.

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    1. Take your time, Teddy. I'm sure you'll come up with something more than worthy. I'm happy you're joining the team.

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    2. I've made up my mind. I'm doing Stella Dallas and then comparing her Oscar nominated performance to the other four nominated performances for 1937 (Luise Rainer, Irene Dunne, Janet Gaynor and Greta Garbo).

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    3. Wonderful! I'm breathing a sigh of relief that someone wants to tackle Stella Dallas. I was beginning to look at Double Indemnity,The Lady Eve, and Stella Dallas, the three most famous Stanwyck films of them all, and worrying that I'll have to do the write-ups for all of them if no one else does. Your idea to compare performances sounds great and the 1937 Actress Oscars was a memorable race, right down Luise Rainer's surprising win.

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    4. Ha, glad I could inadvertently be of help. Oh, that Oscar race is one of the most famous in history. It's such a juicy piece of history.
      Most people fall into Garbo's or Stanwyck's camp, and completely denounce Rainer as an usurper. I want to see for myself. I just pumped myself up even more for this blogathon to start!

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  11. I'd like "Christmas in Connecticut" if okay with you. Any day is fine, as long as I have a little lead time. Christmas in July - yay!

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    1. Yay, Christmas in Connecticut is yours! I like that one too.

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  12. I'd like to write about the Emmy Award winning "The Barbara Stanwyck Show" if I may.

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    1. Caftan Woman, you most certainly may. I'm glad to have a talented blogger like you on board.

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  13. Can I write about her show The Big Valley? It was my intro to Miss Barbara, and remains my fave role of all.

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    1. That's a fine idea, Hamlette. I understand that special fondness for the first role.

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  14. You picked a great actress for your first blogathon! Love Barbara Stanwyck! I would like to write about "Ball of Fire" if it hasn't been taken yet.

    Ginny
    http://oldmoviesnostalgia.com/

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    1. Ball of Fire is a fantastic choice. One of her best roles. It belongs to you now.

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    2. Hooray! I was hoping someone would write about Ball of Fire -- I love that movie!

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  15. I'm in. I'd like THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN.

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    1. Wonderful. I'm happy someone picked Bitter Tea, it's one of my favorites. Consider it yours!

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  16. I am interested in writing about one my all-time favourites - "Remember the Night". Will be in France that week, but can write it in advance and post it on the road. ;) ~Christy

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    1. Remember the Night is now yours, Christy, with my compliments. If there is any trouble about posting, let me know. Glad you're on board!

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  17. I'm interested in participating and thinking about writing on Night Nurse but I'm not positive yet.
    But regardless, count Comet Over Hollywood in!

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    1. Thanks, Jnpickens! It's a pleasure to have you. I guess I'll put you down as a tentative yes for Night Nurse, but if you decide against it, it sounds like W.B. Kelso will be more than happy to give that one a home :).

      By the way, for any of my readers that don't know, Comet Over Hollywood is holding a Children in Films Blogathon this weekend, so check it out!

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    2. I gladly cede the movie. The plan was to give it a home if no one else adopted it. Hooray!

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  18. I love Barbara...she's my #3 gal! I would love to participate in a blogathon in her honor.

    I tend to like to showcase lesser-known films in blogathons, so I would like to do 1938's "Always Goodbye" if that isn't already taken.

    I'm adding a banner to my blog.

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    1. I'd love to have you, Patti. You won my heart by taking Always Goodbye since I have a sneaking little affection for that one. The film will definitely go to you.

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  19. Hey Aubyn,

    I'd like to go for "Gambling Lady" (1934) at Immortal Ephemera if it's still open ... looks like it is.

    Thanks, Cliff

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  20. Yay, so glad you're joining us, Cliff. Gambling Lady will be all yours.

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  21. Great idea! Can I write about Barbara Stanwyck/Douglas Sirk? I would review All I Desire and There's Always Tomorrow in the same post.
    Thanks!

    Pensamentos Fílmicos
    http://pensamentosfilmicos.blogspot.com.br/

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    1. I would love a post on Stanwyck and Sirk! As far as I'm concerned, All I Desire and There's Always Tomorrow will go to you.

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  22. Aubyn:

    Deal me in. I'll go with Sorry, Wrong Number (1948).

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    1. Signed and sealed. I'd love to see you tackle that one.

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  23. I'd love to do "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" if it hasn't been taken yet. Could I have Thursday, July 18?

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    1. Martha Ivers is one of my all-time Stanwyck favorites so I'm so glad it's going to a talented blogger like you. I'm not posting dates yet but you can have the 18th.

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  24. I don't mean to be a pain, but if it's not a problem, I want to change my choice. I'm really making an effort to get out of my romantic drama rut and, in fact, to cultivate a taste for Westerns. I'd like to take on "The Furies" if that is okay. It's a film that's been on my "must watch" list for awhile, and this blogathon will provide just the incentive I need to get at it.

    Thanks,
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    They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To

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    1. Not a problem at all, Patti. I'd far rather have people write about what they want than feel obligated to stick with something they don't. I understand what you mean about getting out of a rut. I've used blogathons as incentives to do just that in the past. And The Furies is pretty much essential for Stanwyck fans so I'm delighted it will be represented in the blogathon.

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  25. You can count The Hollywood Revue in for this!

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    1. Excellent! I'm so glad you're joining us.

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  26. I'm a huge Barbara Stanwyck fan, so count me in! :) May I write about The Mad Miss Manton (1938)?

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    1. Of course. I love to see that Stanwyck's comedies are quickly being snatched up since she was so good at it. Yet people generally think of her as a serious actress first.

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  27. Hi! I'd love to take part in this and, since I saw above that Stanwyck on television is OK, I'd love to post a commentary on her role in THE THORN BIRDS! I don't think that's been spoken for, but if it has I'll go with ROUSTABOUT and Ms. Stanwyck's stint with Elvis.

    Thanks,

    Aurora

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    1. Stanwyck on television is okay and I wasn't planning on keeping TV shows and productions to the "first come, first served" rule anyway. So of course, you may write about The Thorn Birds. I think it's incredible to see what Stanwyck could do as an older actress. Even when the script asks her to put the moves on Richard Chamberlain, you still buy it.

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    2. Oh yeah! Completely believable. AND BRAVE!

      By the way, just remembered I have a copy of "These Wilder Years" and I've never seen it. If that's available I'll post a commentary on that instead. Probably a better choice than the Thorn Birds anyway altho I can't say it's as interesting.

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    3. It's definitely available. I'll go ahead and put you down for These Wilder Years instead. The only movie Cagney and Stanwyck ever did together!

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  28. What a pleasure it is going to be to have so much to read about Barbara!
    Could I tackle one of my favorites,No Man of Her Own?

    Vienna's Classic Hollywood

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    1. I really like No Man of Her Own, it's a fun film noir with a lot of twists and turns. I'm glad it will go to you.

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  29. Super idea for a blogathon ( and its about time she got a blogathon of her own ). I love that tough dame. I need a few hours to figure out what to write about....but I see alot of the good titles are going fast! Who would of thought that Witness to Murder would be nabbed so quickly? - Connie

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    1. Alrightee then...we decided (so many choices!). Is it okay if we gets dibs on two of her films? Unless someone else wants these of course....I'd like to do a write-up about her role as the rootin-tootin sharp-shooter in "Annie Oakley" and my sister would like to cover her excellent role in "Clash By Night". Our blog site is "Silver Scenes" :

      http://silverscenesblog.blogspot.com/

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    2. Well, there are two of you so two movies seems pretty fair to me. Annie Oakley and Clash by Night will belong to you both.

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  30. Great idea to have a blogathon about Barbara Stanwyck. I'm torn between several films, but, after agonising all day over the question of what to choose, would like to do 'Always Goodbye' if that is ok with you! Judy

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    1. Consider it done, Judy! Always Goodbye will have a home with you.

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  31. Hi. If no one has taken "Meet John Doe", I'll take that one.

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  32. I'm a huge Barbara Stanwyck fan ! Please add me to the list.. I'll get back to you with my movie choice. Thanks. :)

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  33. I would like to write about the classic film "Titanic". Thanks..

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    1. Dawn, I'm so happy you're joining us, it wouldn't be the same without you. Titanic is a fine choice.

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  34. I'M SCREAMING! I love Babs and was thinking that my blog needed more of her. I'd like to cover The Miracle Woman, and let my post for July 21st, that will be my birthday.
    Kisses!

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    1. And I was just thinking that this blogathon needs more of you, Lê :). The Miracle Woman has already been taken by Pre-Code.com, but there's still about 60 other Barbara Stanwyck films to choose from as well as topics on TV or whatever else you like. Let me know what you decide.

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    2. Oh, thanks! :)
      I didn't pay a lot of attention, so now I checked all movies picked well and chose This is my affair (1937).
      Kisses!

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    3. I was wondering when someone would get around to picking one of the movies she did with Robert Taylor. It is yours, my dear. Wear it in good health!

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  35. So glad you're doing this. I'm in. I'd love to write about the unappreciated little jewel A Lost Lady. Should that be spoken for, I'll go with The Bride Walks Out or my guilty pleasure, His Brother's Wife.

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    1. You're welcome to any one of those three, but I'll put you down for A Lost Lady since you put that one first. Glad to have you on board!

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  36. Oops! Forgot to mention that my blog (such as it is) is Tinseltown Royalty located here:
    http://artdecoluv.tumblr.com/

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  37. Good gravy, Aubyn -- I don't know how this got past me!!! I LOVE Barbara Stanwyck. Could I do Forbidden? Looking forward to hearing from you. :)

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    1. Ooh, Forbidden is an interesting one. I'd love to see you tackle that one. It's got Stanwyck playing a "Marian the Librarian" part, Adolphe Menjou as a sincere romantic lead, Ralph Bellamy playing the sleazy but kind of sexy other man, how can anyone not want to see that?

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  38. Ooh, I love me some "Double Indemnity", but then again, who doesn't? Doesn't really fit the them of my blog (www.WeirdFlix.com), though.

    I'd love to write about "The Night Walker" (1964), directed by schlockmeister William Castle and written by Robert Bloch ("Psycho") and/or "The House That Would Not Die" (1970), an ABC Movie of the Week with hokey supernatural themes.

    The movies may be B-grade fare, and I'd definitely feel obligated to be honest on that score, but I have no intention of denigrating or besmirching Ms. Stanwyck in any way.

    In any event, I'll be checking this out for sure in a couple month's time!

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    1. RayRay, welcome! I agree with you that a B-movie deserves to be looked at honestly, without condescension or sneering or partisanship. Personally I think that The Night Walker, while it wouldn't make my list of favorite Stanwyck films, deserves some attention. It was Stanwyck's last theatrical film, it was her only real experiment with the kind of "scream queeen" stuff that Crawford and Davis delved into late in their careers, and it's got some interesting ideas. I'm very glad you decided to take it on!

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    2. Aubyn, how should I provide you with a link to the post? I can do so here or via e-mail, and on the July 21st scheduled posting date or in advance, per your preference.

      Thanks again for hosting! Now that I'm ready on my end, I'm going to explore some of the other offerings.

      Cheers!

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    3. Thanks for the question. There's no real preference. How about you just send me a link in the comments section here? Any time between now and the 21st is fine.

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    4. Here ya go!

      http://www.weirdflix.com/blog/?p=4216

      Goes live tomorrow (the 21st) at 9:00 a.m.

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  39. I would love to do The Two Mrs Carrolls. Stanwyck is one of my favs and I'm so glad you're doing a blogathon to tribute her work. Cheers Joey from The Last Drive In

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    1. Joey, The Two Mrs. Carrolls will go to you. So glad to have you with us!

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  40. Oh wonderful then.... Thanks so much Aubyn. I wish I had discovered your blog sooner. It's a winner! I need to devour your Mary Astor post. I'm so thrilled that you're letting me show some love to Stanny!- Cheers Joey

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    1. You're too kind, Joey. I forgot to congratulate you on starting the William Castle Blogathon (link is here if any of my readers are intrigued), which is looking like a lot of fun.

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  41. Sounds like fun! I'm torn between Union Pacific and The Lady Eve, but I think the 'verdicts in' -- if it's not taken yet, I'd like to do The Lady Eve...

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    1. You're more than welcome to whichever of the two you like. I'll put you down for The Lady Eve.

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  42. Hi there! My blog, The Kitty Packard Pictorial, would very much love to participate since Stanny is one of my absolutely favorites.

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    1. The Kitty Packard Pictorial is one of my favorite blogs so I'm beyond pleased that you'll be joining the blogathon. I'll update the list to include you.

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  43. Cheers, Aubyn! It's so marvelous to see to many amazing people participating! I've no idea what I'm going to write about, but I'm leaning toward Union Pacific since I've never seen it, and it might be fun to write about Stanwyck in a Western early in her career, when she'd become so known ubiquitous in it later...

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    1. I agree, the turnout has been phenomenal. Don't feel pressured to decide right away, there's plenty of time to figure out what you'd like to write about. If you're interested in Union Pacific, I can list you for that one, but again, you're welcome to change your mind. It just might help to prevent someone else from snatching it in the interim :).

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  44. Hi there! I LOVE Stanwyck (whose eyes are the banner for my blog?) and hope that I can still sign up for this fabulous blogathon! Has anyone taken THE PURCHASE PRICE yet? Because I'd love to write about some pre-Code Babs.
    Thanks and best wishes!
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  45. The Purchase Price is all yours! I'm so glad to hear that you'll be joining us. I agree that you can never have too much pre-Code Stanwyck.

    By the way, if any of my readers are not currently following the wonderful Nitrate Diva, you should know that she's holding The Italian Film Culture Blogathon from June 2nd through July 4th. Link provided here. I'm hoping to submit something myself in the upcoming weeks.

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  46. I need to get back into the swing of blogging about classic films. I'll take The File on Thelma Jordan if no one else has. My second choice would be So Big. My third choice would be The Cattle Queen of Montana.

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    1. Vulnavia, I'm so happy we'll have you on board. The File on Thelma Jordon will be yours. It's good to know that Thelma will get a good writeup since it's an interesting little noir.

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  47. I'll give Crime of Passion a try. Never seen it, but Sterling Hayden's a favorite, too!

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    1. I'm happy that Crime of Passion has been snapped up since I think that one's got many points of interest (including a pretty acid depiction of 50s housewives and strong supporting performances from Sterling Hayden and Raymond Burr). I like Hayden, too.

      I notice that Blogger is keeping your identity a secret, so if you could send me a link to your blog, I'll add you to the list.

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    2. Whoops, I didn't know about the "secret" -- thanks for the heads-up about that; will fix. My blog is called Running After My Hat.

      Really looking forward to seeing the film. Between my taste and The Missus's, it's hard to come up with an old one that neither of us knows, but Crime of Passion is one!

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  48. I would like to participate in your blogathon tribute to Barbara Stanwyck. My choice is her film, My Reputation, which reunited her with her Babyface co-star, George Brent.

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    1. Hi Jenni, you're more than welcome to My Reputation. Glad to have you on the team!

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  49. This is a marvellous idea - I'm on Tumblr usually (http://www.tumblr.com/blog/hollywoodlandthisnthat) so I'll definitely be sharing your banners on there too. Has Golden Boy been taken yet? I've been switching between a few choices. So excited for this! Missy is wonderful! - Helen.

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    1. Hi Helen. You've got a pretty awesome collection of Stanwyck pictures on your blog. I'd be happy for you to take Golden Boy. Nobody's claimed that one yet. I'm really excited for the blogathon, too. The turnout has been fantastic!

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  50. I'd like to participate! I would have wanted to review Titanic or Night Nurse but see they are both taken. I I didn't see The Thorn Birds taken, so I'd like to claim it if I could. I'll probably review the movie as well as include a paragraph about Stanwyck unrelated to the movie. :) My blog is http://florencefallon.com

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    1. Titantic and Night Nurse are indeed wonderful, but I do believe The Thorn Birds deserves a good look since personally, I consider it her last big performance. That final speech is a killer.

      Bios and other Stanwyck-related posts are also more than welcome so feel free to include as much extra material as you like. Very happy to have you on Team Stanwyck.

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  51. Can we pick a date to post or will you let us know ?

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    1. You can definitely pick a date. If you have a fair idea of when you'd like to post your entry, drop me a line either here or through email. I'll probably start drawing up a blogathon schedule around July 1st and those who don't contact me will just get a random assigned date. If you do have a preference, I can accommodate it.

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  52. Thank you. Could I post on the first day,July 16?
    NO MAN OF HER OWN.

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  53. Aubyn! What an amazing turn out of excellent writers- This is fantastic... It doesn't seem like anyone has chosen Walk on the Wild Side yet... Hhm, it's a challenge to take on two films, but it's a provocative, decadent dance that I'm tempted to do. If no one claims it, maybe I should just go ahead and do a little ruthless androgynous Stanny Would that be okay?- So happy to be a part of the great line up- Joey

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    1. Hey, Joey. It is an incredible lineup. I honestly just feel so amazed and honored that so many great writers have decided to grace the blogathon. If you'd like to go for an ambitious double-scoop of Stanwyck, I'm perfectly fine with it. More than fine since I was hoping someone would pick Walk on the Wild Side. Consider it yours!

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  54. D'oh! I need to start poking around more on WP so I can contribute to a few of these blogathons. Oh well - banner grabbed and posted on the site:

    fanboydestroy.com/

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    1. Thanks, Greg! Glad for the support.

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  55. Hi, Aubyn -- If possible I'd like to schedule my "Ladies They Talk About" piece for July 22. Thanks!

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    1. Not a problem, David. I'll make a note on my schedule.

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  56. Besides my Stanwyck/Sirk post, could I write about Jeopardy too?

    http://pensamentosfilmicos.blogspot.com.br/

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    1. Of course. I'll add the film to your entry. I'm happy someone nabbed Jeopardy.

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  57. I'd love to participate in your blogathon! Might I post about Stanwyck's costumes in Ball Of Fire (1941)? Tweet me @callmeveebee and let me know :) My blog's name is Stardust and the URL is: http://bwallover.blogspot.ca

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    1. By all means! That nightclub dress in Ball of Fire is something else. Putting you on the list.

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  58. May I write a compilation-style post about the films in which Stanwyck is NOT your all-American girl-next-door sweetheart? It would include the films in which she plays swindlers, swingers, murderers, etc. I don't know what I'll call it yet.
    http://thegreatkh.blogspot.com/

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    1. Sounds like a great idea to me! And gives you lots of great films to talk about. I'll add you to the contributor list right away.

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  59. Hi, Aubyn:

    Ready and able to sign up now--I don't think Always Goodbye has been claimed, so I'll tackle that one over at True Classics. :)

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  60. Never mind. I see it IS taken. How about Banjo on My Knee?

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    1. Got both your messages. I can't tell you how glad I am that you're going to join us. You've always been a great friend to me and this blog and my blogathon wouldn't feel the same without you.

      I'm sort of amused that Always Goodbye is a much more popular choice than I thought it would be, but you know, I've been plowing through so many Stanwyck movies in the past several months that I've gotten quite fond of its mismatched charms. But I'm very glad that you're going to tackle Banjo on My Knee. Any pairing of Joel McCrea and Barbara Stanwyck is well worth a look, in my opinion. McCrea was the one that insisted Stanwyck be given the part of Stella Dallas.

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  61. Is it possible to add my commentary on "So Big" (http://movienightgroup.blogspot.com/2013/06/barbara-like-asparagus.html)

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    1. You're definitely welcome to add your thoughts on So Big. If you can just edit the post with a link back to this blog, I'd be more than happy to add you to the blogathon list. Welcome aboard!

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  62. Aubyn, I wish I'd been able to participate (long story short, life happened to me while I was making other plans), but I know your Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon will be truly awesome! I'm looking forward to reading your posts (including DOUBLE INDEMNITY and THE MAD MISS MANTON)!

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  63. Aubyn, it's great to be on a site with so many Stany Fans! Love it! I also love being a Complete Stanwyck FIlmography Owner! I can watch all here works(TV&film)any time, day or night! It's fun to get to cry or laugh whenever w/Stanwyck! Thanks loads 4 Ur work here as U R so loved!

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