Wonder why Barbara's smiling? Well, she's got good reason. A whopping 49 film bloggers have signed up for the Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon this summer!
While I can't speak for the lady herself, I have a pretty good idea that she would be truly touched and honored to see how much the people love her, over twenty years after her passing. Barbara Stanwyck was not the kind of actress that campaigns for praise or glories in adulation. She wasn't America's sweetheart, she wasn't a sex symbol, and she wasn't a great lady of the theater. She was a woman that went to work every day and gave it her all and if Stanwyck knew she was a genius (as I'm sure she did) she never let it get in her way. She was brilliant right up to the end. And from July 16 to July 22 this year, we're going to give her one hell of a celebration.
For those of you who've been wondering about my long silence this past month, rest assured that I haven't just been sitting around munching chips and reading The Lone Ranger reviews. Aside from real-world stuff, I've been gearing up for the blogathon by brushing up on my Stanwyck knowledge. That means reading the Stanwyck biographies. That means fighting my way through Stanwyck's formidable filmography of 85 movies. Not to mention her TV shows and guest appearances. I haven't gotten through all of it and I probably won't by the time of the blogathon. I may love Stanwyck beyond all reason, but I do have to pay rent. Still, it's been an incredible joy to spend quality time with her this summer and I've emerged from the experience, an even more devoted fan.
The big news today is that I've posted the schedule for the blogathon. Bear in mind that it is a preliminary schedule, that's all. For those of you that have requested a specific date, you have it. For everybody else, I've tried to arrange the dates so that every day has a good mix of movie genres and topics. I hope I've come up with something workable for everybody.
That said, you can still request a date. Just comment here or email me if you'd like to change to another day and I'll move you around.
For those of you that requested more than one movie, I've tried to arrange the schedule so that each movie gets its own post. If you're down for two movies, than I've put you down for two separate dates. Please go through the list and see where your blog is posted. I chose to do this on the assumption that it would be more difficult to post multiple movie reviews on the same day. If however, that is what you were planning to do and you'd prefer to just do one big post, let me know and I'll change your entry date. No worries.
Before I show you the schedule, let me try to answer some standard blogathon questions.
I don't want to write about this topic any more. Can I switch?
Course you can. No problem. Drop me a line and I'll change it for you.
Things have changed and I've just been so busy this summer and I won't be able to write for the blogathon after all. Is that okay?
I still don't know my topic! But I still really want to write for the blogathon!
Then take your time. The only reason I collect blogathon topics ahead of time is so that we get a good mix of movies. You've still got from now until the blogathon to decide.
I haven't signed up for the blogathon but I want to! Are you still accepting entries?
Sure. Again, just let me know in the comments section or by email and I'll add you to the list.
- No Man of Her Own (Vienna's Classic Hollywood)
- Remember the Night (A Thousand Words)
- Sorry, Wrong Number (Thrilling Days of Yesteryear)
- The Miracle Woman (Pre-Code.com)
- Lady of Burlesque (3B Theater: Micro-Brewed Reviews)
- Stella Dallas (Faster, Pussycat! Blog! Blog!)
- Stanwyck the femme fatale (The Scarlett Olive)
- Barbara Stanwyck: an appreciation (The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog)
- Stanwyck's costumes in Ball of Fire (Stardust)
- Christmas in Connecticut (A Person in the Dark)
- Forty Guns (Lerner International Enterprises)
- Stanwyck and Dynasty (Wide Screen World)
- Titanic (Noir and Chick Flicks)
- Capra and Stanwyck (The Motion Pictures)
- The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (Silver Screenings)
- Witness to Murder (Who Can Turn The World Off With Her Smile?)
- Night Nurse (Comet Over Hollywood)
- A Lost Lady (Tinseltown Royalty)
- The Barbara Stanwyck Show (Caftan Woman)
- Annie Oakley (Silver Scenes)
- Golden Boy (Hollywoodland This N That)
- Stanwyck: a career in pictures (Let's Go to the Movies)
- Blonde Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity (Film Noir Blonde)
- The Lady Eve (Classic Movie Hub
- Gambling Lady (Immortal Ephemera)
- These Wilder Years (Citizen Screen)
- The File on Thelma Jordon (Krell Laboratories)
- All I Desire/There's Always Tomorrow (Pensamientos Filmicos)
- The Two Mrs. Carrolls (The Last Drive In)
- My Reputation (Portraits by Jenni)
- Ball of Fire (Old Movies Nostalgia)
- Union Pacific (The Kitty Packard Pictorial)
- The Bitter Tea of General Yen (Ferdy on Film)
- A Taste of Evil (3B Theater: Micro-Brewed Reviews)
- The Big Valley (Hamlette's Soliloquy)
- Always Goodbye (Movie Classics)
- Crime of Passion (Running After My Hat)
- This is My Affair (Crítica Retrô)
- Banjo on My Knee (True Classics)
- Clash by Night (Silver Scenes)
- Forbidden (Shadows and Satin)
- The Night Walker (WeirdFlix)
- Meet John Doe (The Joy and Agony of Movies)
- Ladies of Leisure (The Girl with the White Parasol)
- "Babs in the Boardroom" (Second Sight)
- Ladies They Talk About (The Man on the Flying Trapeze)
- The Mad Miss Manton (Close Ups and Long Shots)
- Double Indemnity (Classic Movie Hub)
- The Purchase Price (The Nitrate Diva)
- Jeopardy (Pensamientos Filmicos)
- The Thorn Birds (FlorenceFallon.com)
- Walk on the Wild Side (The Last Drive In)
- Stanwyck the anti-heroine (The Great Katharine Hepburn)
- Baby Face (Classic Movies)
Stay tuned for more updates, guys!
ETA: For those of you that need to talk to me about post topics/scheduling/anything else blogathon-related, you can always reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.