Ever since I joined the WordPress community in June (and even before that), I have wanted to host or co-host my very own blogathon. However, until now I haven’t been able to find just the right subject to celebrate. In fact, it wasn’t until Phyllis Loves Classic Movies astutely pointed out that no male actors had been honored with blogathons this year did I find the perfect icon to pay tribute to. So, without further ado, Diana of Sleepwalking in Hollywood and I are happy to announce our first ever blogathon, paying tribute to the magnificent Humphrey Bogart!
He’s number one on AFI’s Greatest Stars of All Time list, and his film quotations take up an astounding five spots on their 100 Greatest Quotes list, the most for any actor. He’s an Oscar winner and three time Oscar nominee. He has his hand and footprints permanently cemented in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in honor of his outstanding career in motion pictures. In short, he’s the best, and there’s really no better actor to add to this year’s multitude of blogathon tributes. Of course it would be difficult for many bloggers in the community to participate in this birthday blogathon on his actual birthday on Christmas Day, so we decided to push it ahead a little bit in order to accomodate everyone.
- Bogie has an extremely significant and diverse filmography with over eighty films to his credit, so we will only be allowing ONE duplicate for each film, and this is only going to be allowed only on a case-by-case basis. We want as many films to be covered as possible, and we made sure to leave most of his classics open for the taking. For example, we don’t want to see two out of five bloggers writing about Casablanca (1942). Try to expand your horizons and write about a film that you may not be as familiar with first.
- Anything relating to Humphrey Bogart is up for grabs! You could write about his relationship with Lauren Bacall, his Oscar nominations, his many collaborations with John Huston, or even how he helped Gene Tierney on the set of The Left Hand of God (1955). The possibilities are endless!
- Once you think of a topic, please leave a comment with your blog’s name, your blog’s link, and your subject (include the year if you’re choosing a movie). You may comment on Sleepwalking in Hollywood’s post as well.
- Once you’ve been approved, help us spread the word! We’re both fairly new blogs and we’ll need all the help we can get! Please take one of our lovely banners from below and put it somewhere on your blog, and make sure to tell your friends. We want as many participants as possible, and if this blogathon is a success we will likely do it again next year!
- Musings of a Classic Film Addict — My Top Five Favorite Bogart Films
- Sleepwalking in Hollywood — Dark Passage (1947)
- Moon in Gemini — The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
- Champagne for Lunch — Battle Circus (1953) & possible tribute post
- Defiant Success — Bogart’s Oscar-nominated performances
- Cinema Cities — In A Lonely Place (1950)
- Phyllis Loves Classic Movies — We’re No Angels (1955)
- The Wonderful World of Cinema — Casablanca (1942)
- In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood — The relationship between Bogie & Bacall
- Old Hollywood Films — High Sierra (1941)
- Back to Golden Days — The Caine Mutiny (1955)
- Critica Retro — Beat the Devil (1953)
- Film Noir Archive — The Maltese Falcon (1941)
- The Midnite Drive-In — The Maltese Falcon (1941)
- Movierob — The African Queen (1951) & Sabrina (1954)