Saturday, May 16, 2015

The "My Favorite Classic Movie" Blogathon for National Classic Movie Day

Today, we are pleased to host the My Favorite Classic Movie Blogathon in support of first National Classic Movie Day

Last year, a grassroots campaign was started to make Saturday, May 16th, the first National Classic Movie Day. The intent is to celebrate classic films from the silents to the seventies. And what better way to pay homage to classic cinema than write about one's favorite film?

For this blogathon, over 60 film buffs have written posts about their favorite movies--which range from The Abominable Dr. Phibes to You Can't Take It With You. There are silent films (The Big Parade), foreign-language films (La Strada), and many classics from Hollywood's Golden Age.

The complete schedule is below. Please check back frequently as links to the reviews will be added throughout the day. The Cafe wants to thanks all the blogathon participants and wish everyone a happy National Classic Movie Day!

2001: A Space Odyssey - It's About TV
The Abominable Dr. Phibes - bare•bones e-zine
Ace in the Hole - Silver Screenings
The Adventures of Robin Hood - Classic Film & TV Cafe
Anne of a Thousand Days - Journeys in Classic Film
The Apartment - stars and letters
Ball of Fire - Cary Grant Won't Eat You
The Best Years of Our Lives - Another Old Movie Blog
The Big Parade - Critica Retro
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Back to Golden Days
Bringing Up Baby - The Wonderful World of Cinema
Casablanca - Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
Chemmeen - Totally Filmi
Citizen Kane - The Stop Button
City Lights - Citizen Screen
The Devil Is a Woman (and others) - Lady Eve's Reel Life
Double Indemnity - Girls Do Film
Employees' Entrance - Immortal Ephemera
Going My Way - ClassicBecky's Brain Food
The Good Fairy - Bunnybun's Classic Movie Blog
The Heiress - Java's Journey
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) - MovieFanFare (Gary Cahall)
The Innocents - I See a Dark Theater
It's a Wonderful Life - Motion Picture Gems
Journey's End - Sister Celluloid
La Strada - 365 Days 365 Classics
Lawrence of Arabia - Movies Silently
Libeled LadyPhyllis Loves Movies
Lili (1953) - Moon in Gemini
The Major and the Minor - portraitsbyjenni
The More the Merrier - The Blonde at the Film
My Man Godfrey - Carole & Co.
On the Waterfront - Criterion Blues
The Palm Beach Story - Movie Movie Blog Blog
The Philadelphia Story - Now Voyaging
Portrait of JennieBrian Camp's Film and Anime Blog
The Private Life of Henry VIII - Cultural Civilian
Rear Window - Pop Culture Reverie
The Red Shoes - Le Mot du Cinephiliaque
Sabrina (1954) - Letters to Old Hollywood
The Shop Around the Corner - Stardust
Singin' in the Rain - The Movie Night Group's Guide to Classic Film
Some Like It Hot - Twenty Four Frames
The Sound of Music - Classic Reel Girl
The Spiral Staircase - In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood
Star Wars - Hitless Wonder Movie Blog
Sullivan's Travels - Reel Distracted
Sunset Boulevard - A Person in the Dark
Sunset Boulevard - Silver Screen Modes
Sweet Smell of Success - Defiant Success
The Thing from Another World - Caftan Woman
The Thing from Another World - Aperture Reviews
The Third Man - the film tank
12 Angry Men - Coogs Film Blog
Vertigo - CineMaven
Waterloo Bridge - Vivien Leigh
The Wizard of Oz - Film Fanatic
The Wizard of Oz - Wolffian Classic Movies Digest
The Women - Shadows and Satin
Yankee Doodle Dandy - Old Hollywood Films
You Can't Take It With You - Classic Movie Hub

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VP81955 said...

Carole & Co. says, "Count me in!" (Well, it would say that if a blog was sentient.)

VP81955 said...

Oh, and give me a few days to determine what I'll precisely write about. (Rest assured it will be Lombard-related, as per the subject of my blog.)

Rick29 said...

Looking forward to seeing what Carole pic you pick!


This is the perfect opportunity to see the restored copy of my favorite silent film: The Big Parade (1925)! Sign me in ;)
Le from Critica Retro

VP81955 said...

Just gave the blogathon a plug at my site (heck, I even contributed a poster for you!): said...

This is exciting. Count me in. I've written about some of my favorite movies before, so I will write about another one of my favorites that I haven't written about before. How many films are we allowed to write about? Would it be ok if I did two? Write about my favorite silent and my favorite talkie?

Silver Screenings said...

Really looking forward to this! Some wonderful films here.

Dan Day, Jr. said...

Hi, this is Dan from the Hitless Wonder Movie Blog. Would I be able to write about the original 1977 "Star Wars"?

Rick29 said...

Thanks, Vincent! Love your poster, too.

Rick29 said...

Crystal, I'd prefer to stick with one film per person. So...what's your favorite fave?

Rick29 said...

That sounds great, Dan! I'll add you to the schedule. I think I have your e-mail, but would appreciate it if you could e-mail your selection, too. said...

Hi Rick. Put me down for "The Spiral Staircase". 1946.

My blog is: In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood. said...

Hi Rick. Put me down for "The Spiral Staircase". 1946.

My blog is: In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

Rick29 said...

Crystal, the blogathon is May 16th, so did you intend to post your "Spiral Staircase" review now? Also, please send a note to blogathon@classicfilmtvcafe,com so I have your e-mail address. Thanks! said...

Hi Rick. No, I'm going to write another piece on "The Spiral Staircase" for May 16th. I will send you an email.

jadedartemiz said...

i am joey,form wolffianclassicmoviesdigest. i will post a artcle about wizard of oz. thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to participate. There are so many great films it is hard to pick only one favorite. Please put me down for the Billy Wilder comedy, The Major and The Minor. My blog is and I'll have my post ready for May 16th.

Java's Journey said...

Sounds great. Will be there.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, I'm CineMaven and I would love to participate in your upcoming blogathon about our favorite movies. I'd like to wax on about Hitchcock's "VERTIGO" my favorite classic film. I'll send you an e-mail in hopes of being included. Thanx!

MP said...

Hello, Michaël from Le Mot du Cinephiliaque ( and I'd like to pen down a review of THE RED SHOES as my contribution. By the way, excellent idea for a blogathon!

Rick29 said...

Michaël, I added you to the school, but still need an e-mail address. Please send it to Thanks.

MovieNut14 said...

Hello! This is Anna of Defiant Success (, and I would like to discuss Sweet Smell of Success.

(BTW, I will be sure to promote this elsewhere as well as my blog. It's a great idea.)

Anonymous said...

Hi! This is Meredith ( Would I be able to contribute by writing about "Meet Me in St. Louis"?

John Hitchcock said...

Wow, this seems like an interesting idea for a blogathon, but I have no idea where I'd begin in choosing my favorite classic film. There's so many to choose!

Rick29 said...

That would be fine, Meredith. Please send me an e-mail at

Rick29 said...

'Tis true--but you could pick "one" of your faves!

Virginie Pronovost said...

Hi! I would like to participate to this blogathon! My name is Virginie and my blog is The Wonderful World of Cinema (
As I have already written about my favourite film of all times, Some Like it Hot, I'll go with my absolute second favourite: Bringing Up Baby! :) It will also be a nice way to honour Katharine Hepburn as it is her birthday in May!

Shwyny said...

Hello, I would love to review "A Streetcar Named Desire". Thanks for the opportunity.

Rick29 said...

Shwyny, please send an email with your blog's web address to

Unknown said...

Hello, could I write about Journey's End for Sister Celluloid? Thank you!!

Steve Bailey said...

The blogathon contribution from my blog, "Movie Movie Blog Blog," is now posted at:

Unknown said...

I am really sorry but I am going to be unable to participate in your wonderful blogathon. I would have loved to have written about my favourite classic film, A Place in the Sun, but work deadlines have gotten the best of me and I know I won't be able to do the film (and your blogathon) justice if I participate. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of it- I'm so sorry I couldn't join in (though I will be reading all of the entries with great interest). Thanks again and I hope you can forgive me :)

Anonymous said...

I've already written two big pieces on my choice, with the official Blogathon post going up tomorrow. Here is my last one, which I'm happy with:

Caftan Woman said...

I can relax this evening knowing The Thing from Another World is ready to stalk the earth:

Unknown said...

Hi Rick,

Just wanted to let you know that Journey's End is up; thank you so much for letting me participate -- and Happy National Classic Film Day!!

Take care,

Janet (Sister Celluloid) said...

Looking forward to these entries! Mine is

Fritzi Kramer said...

Thanks so much for hosting! My post on "Lawrence of Arabia" is here:

Andrew Wickliffe said...

And my post is up!

Thanks again for putting this togther!

Debbie Vega said...

My post is now live:

Thanks for hosting this terrific blogathon--loving reading all the posts!

Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Post is up here on THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES at Another Old Movie Blog. Thanks -

Vivien Leigh said...

My post's up for the blogathon:

Thanks for hosting such a great event!

Anonymous said...
Got my blog posted for this great blogathon. The Major and the Portraits by Jenni. :)

Madara said...

My piece on Portrait of Jennie (1948) on Brian Camp's Film and Anime Blog is up:

shwyny said...

Thanks for adding my blog here! I had a great time writing about my favourite movie!

Anonymous said...

Here's my entry on "The Spiral Staircase".

Virginie Pronovost said...

Here's my entry for Bringing Up Baby!

VP81955 said...

I've written about arguably the definitive Carole Lombard film, "My Man Godfrey":

Unknown said...

Here is my entry! Thanks for hosting!

Bonnie said...

Here's my post:
Thank you for hosting!

JavaBeanRush said...

Here's my link to The Heiress (1949)
-- Java

JavaBeanRush said...

Wow! That was quick. Thanks, Rick, for being so understanding.

Phyl said...

Here's my post - - sorry it's late. Hope you don't sue me for "libel" ;)

Anonymous said...

I love that movie!! :)

Unknown said...

I love the Wizard of OZ movie..