Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Movie of the Week Blogathon is Here!

The Classic Film & TV Cafe is proud to host the first annual Movie of the Week Blogathon, celebrating made-for-TV movies broadcast between the mid-1960s and 1989.

This era is widely considered to be the "Golden Age" of telefilms and included a number of now-classic movies such as DuelBrian's SongMy Sweet CharlieThe Night StalkerTrilogy of Terror, Gargoyles, and Love Among the Ruins (starring Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier).

Many of them were originally shown on ABC as part of the fondly-remembered Movie of the Week, but NBC and CBS also featured their own evenings of made-for-TV movies. In fact, NBC broadcast what is generally considered to be the first telefilm in 1964: See How They Run. It was a thriller, starring John Forsythe, about three orphans being pursued by hired killers.

Love Among the Ruins.
For this blogathon, some of the finest film and TV bloggers on the Internet have posted reviews of memorable made-for-TV movies. We invite you to check out all of them. And when you're done, you can watch many of these films for free on YouTube, though the quality varies (of course). Click here to view a YouTube playlist with over 50 made-for-TV movies.

Here's the blogathon schedule:

Death Takes a Holiday (1971) - Silver Screen Modes
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) - John V's Eclectic Avenue
Escape (1971) - Some Polish American Guy Reviews Things
Gargoyles (1972) - in so many words...
Gidget Grows Up (1969) - Michael's TV Tray
The Gift of Love (1983) - Christmas TV History
Haunts of the Very Rich/Scream of the Wolf - Classic Film & TV Cafe
Home for the Holidays (1972) - Twenty Four Frames
Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973) - Lo, The Humanities!
Love Among the Ruins - Old Hollywood Films
The Love War (1970) - Silver Screenings
The Night Stalker/The Night Strangler - Once Upon a Screen
Pray for the Wildcats (1974) - Movie Movie Blog Blog
Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972) - Caftan Woman
Shadow on the Land (1968) - Captain Video
Sole Survivor (1970) - Apocalypse Later
Strange Homecoming (1974) - Made for TV Mayhem
Thirteen at Dinner (1985) - British TV Detectives
The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan (1979)- Reelweegiemidget Reviews
Who Is the Black Dahlia? (1975) - Film Noir Archive
The 3,000 Mile Chase (1977) - Cantrell's Writing

32 comments:

  1. I'll take a flyer on Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole
    http://www.caftanwoman.com/

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    1. What a great cast: Susan Hayward, Darren McGavin, Beverly Garland, Michael Constantine, Jeannette Nolan, and Richard Anderson!

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  2. Rick, this is too good to pass up. Please tell me The Love War (1970), starring Angie Dickinson and Lloyd Bridges is still available! If so, that's my choice.
    https://silverscreenings.org

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    1. I love me THE LOVE WAR! PLus, I have a greater appreciation of Lloyd Bridges after recently watching him in THE LONER TV series.

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  3. Rick, I'm a big fan of your site & I'd love to participate! If possible, I'd take on Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, starring Kim Darby!

    http://jveclectic.blogspot.com

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    1. A genuinely creepy movie! Looking forward to your review of this one.

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  4. Rick, put me down for Home For the Hoildays (1972)
    https://twentyfourframes.wordpress.com

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    1. Another cast: Jessica Walter, Sally Field, Julie Harris, Eleanor Parker, and Walter Brennan!

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  5. Gidget Grows Up
    http://michaelstvtray.com

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    1. Karen Valentine was a perfect Gidget. Wish she would have done a couple of sequels.

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  6. Great idea. I'd be happy to join the fray.

    How about Sole Survivor (CBS, 1970), with Vince Edwards, Richard Basehart and William Shatner?

    I'm Hal C. F. Astell of Apocalypse Later.

    apocalypselaterfilm.com

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  7. Looking forward to a modern review of (especially) "Shadow on the Land," as well as "Night Stalker" and "Birds of Prey" ("Remember when we used to make simultaneous approaches on intersecting runways?").

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    1. I hope someone reviews BIRDS OF PREY. It was a "water cooler" movie when I was in high school.

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  8. A great idea! I'll be looking forward to reading the reviews and discovering some hitherto-unknown treasure. I'm reviving my blog and making it classic TV, film, and radio-cetered, and this blogathon will be a part of that revival.

    I plan to review HORROR AT 37,000 FEET, a 1973 classic starring William Shatner, Buddy Ebsen, Roy Thinnes, and other icons of the small screen.

    Gary Peterson of Lo, the Humanities!
    http://gracehumanities.blogspot.com/

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    1. One of the great TV movie casts! Just watched it again last year.

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  9. Hi Rick, please mark me down for Death Takes a Holiday, the 1971 version. It will be covered in Silver Screen Modes.

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  10. For Old Hollywood Films, I would like to write about Love Among the Ruins starring Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier.

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  11. Hi there
    Can you put me down for The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan (TV Movie) for the Movie of the Week Blogathon. https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/
    From Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews

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  12. Can I do GARGOYLES? Has anyone chosen that and I didn't notice?

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  13. Oops. Here's my blog link:

    http://yvettecandraw.blogspot.com/

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  14. This sounds good would like to write about Killdozer from 1974
    It Came From The Man Cave!
    www.mda4life.blogspot.com

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  15. I would love to join in! Going to take a look at the classic Murder on Flight 502 (Ok anything with Farrah Fawcett is a classic right?)

    Bob From
    It Came From The Man Cave!
    www.mda4life.blogspot.com

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  16. Hey Rick, if it's not too late to throw my hat in... I'd like to cover Escape from 1971 with Christopher George.

    http://polishamericanguyreviews.blogspot.com/

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  17. From Movie Movie Blog Blog - My blogathon post is now live at: http://www.classicfilmtvcafe.com/2017/01/the-movie-of-week-blogathon.html

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  18. Rick!I'm very excited about this blogathon & have already posted my entry:
    https://silverscreenings.org/2017/02/19/alls-fair-in-the-love-war/

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  19. http://www.nihell.com/victor/the-3000-mile-chase/
    my blog address for 3,000 Mile Chase TV movie blogathon.

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  20. We're awake: http://www.caftanwoman.com/2017/02/movie-of-week-blogathon-say-goodbye.html

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  21. Here's Love Among the Ruins for Old Hollywood Films:

    http://www.oldhollywoodfilms.com/2017/02/love-among-ruins.html

    Thanks for hosting!

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  22. Here's my review on The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan from Realweegiemidget Reviews xx
    https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/guilty-pleasures/jennie-logan/
    Thanks for the chance to enjoy this movie again with a great blogathon!

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  23. Here's my review of Sole Survivor (1970), as promised at Apocalypse Later:

    http://www.apocalypselaterfilm.com/2017/02/sole-survivor-1970.html

    Thanks for giving me an opportunity to get round to this one. It was a blast.

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  24. Rick, this blogathon has given me a whole new appreciation for made-for-TV movies. Thank you for that. :)

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