Sinatra Centennial Blogathon Day 2 Round-up

SinatraCentennial-SQWelcome to day 2 of the Sinatra Centennial Blogathon!  We’ve had a fantastic selection of postings today, so congratulations to all! Also, here are links to the Day 1 round-up in case you missed it, and the master list of blogs taking part.

Thanks so much to everyone who is joining in this 100th birthday celebration for Frank Sinatra – to all the wonderful bloggers posting their contributions, to everyone reading and commenting and to my amazing co-host Emily of The Vintage Cameo.

Emily is hosting tomorrow and Sunday, so she will include any contributions which were too late for me to get into today’s round-up. You can either leave a comment at her blog or as a comment to this posting, or tweet me at @MovieClassicsWP and/or Emily @vintagecameos. It would be great if you could use the hashtag #Sinatrablogathon.Again, thanks to everyone!

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Sinatra Centennial Blogathon Day 1 round-up

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Happy 100th Birthday, Francis Albert Sinatra! The Sinatra Centennial Blogathon is here, running from December 10 to 13. I’m hosting the first two days, Thursday and Friday, here at Movie Classics, before Emily at The Vintage Cameo takes over  for the 100th birthday itself, Saturday, and Sunday.

If you’re taking part, please let us know when your postings go up, so we can spread the word! Either leave a comment on this posting or you can tweet us at @MovieClassicsWP and/or @vintagecameos – or email me at cstmdrama@gmail.com. If you’re tweeting, it would be great if you could use the hashtag #Sinatrablogathon.

Here is a round-up of the first day’s postings, which cover a great variety of films and themes, with many thanks to all the wonderful bloggers taking part. And thanks so much to everyone who is supporting this event! Also, here’s a link to the master list of blogs taking part. If you have put up a post but were too late for today’s round-up, please leave a comment and I’ll add you into tomorrow’s posting.

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Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby

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Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank

This piece is my first contribution to the Sinatra Centennial blogathon, which I’m proudly co-hosting with Emily at The Vintage Cameo. I’m also hoping to put a second piece up before the event ends on Sunday!

They might have only co-starred in two movies, but Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby loom large in each other’s legend. Sinatra took inspiration to start out on his singing career from Crosby’s success, while Bing jokingly spoofed Frank on film. Although best-known as singers, both were also Oscar-winning actors. They appeared together on radio and TV over the years, most famously in the TV special Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank, which has recently been resurrected – and is perfect festive viewing for Sinatra’s Centennial.

According to a biography of the young Sinatra I read a few years ago, Frank: The Making of a Legend by James Kaplan, the young Frank had a picture of Bing on his wall and wore the style of cap favoured by his idol. Once Sinatra started to make a name for himself as a singer and followed Crosby into films, comparisons were soon being made between the two.

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Sinatra Centennial Blogathon – it’s almost here!

The Sinatra Centennial blogathon is almost upon us! It will run from tomorrow, Thursday, December 10, through to Sunday, December 13. I’m hosting the first two days here at Movie Classics, and Emily at The Vintage Cameo will be taking over for Saturday (the birthday itself!) and Sunday.

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I’ll put up a posting tomorrow morning and please leave a comment with details of your posting when it’s up, or you can email me at cstmdrama@gmail.com  if you prefer. Alternatively, you can tweet me at @MovieClassicsWP and/or Emily at @vintagecameos. If you’re tweeting about your post, it would be great if you could use a #Sinatrablogathon hashtag.

Here’s a link to the blogathon announcement with the full list of those taking part. We haven’t allocated days in the end, so it’s up to you when to post.

Looking forward to it, and so glad you can join us!

What a Character – Zeffie Tilbury

This is my contribution to the What a Character blogathon. Please do visit and look at the other contributions.

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Zeffie Tilbury as Grandma in The Grapes of Wrath

Zeffie Tilbury appeared in more than 70 films, came from a famous theatrical family and had a long stage career before making her film debut at the age of 54. So I’ve been surprised to see how hard it is to find much information about this grand old lady of film and theatre. Admittedly, many of her movie parts were small and uncredited – but she also played a number of major roles.

The first time I really noticed her was in Desire (1936), directed by Frank Borzage and starring Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper.  Tilbury, who was then in her 70s, plays an elderly conwoman going under the name Aunt Olga, and urging on Dietrich’s character to press ahead with her efforts to con Cooper. She makes a memorable entrance, heading for the booze and admitting in her aristocratic English voice that she is just out of jail. There aren’t many actors who can hold their own with Dietrich on camera, let alone steal a scene, but I’d say Tilbury manages to do it on this occasion.

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The Bridges at Toko-Ri (Mark Robson, 1954)

This is my contribution to The Wonderful Grace Kelly Blogathon, hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema blog. Please visit and take a look at the other postings.

Title: BRIDGES AT TOKO-RI, THE • Pers: HOLDEN, WILLIAM / KELLY, GRACE • Year: 1955 • Dir: ROBSON, MARK • Ref: BRI019AT • Credit: [ PARAMOUNT / THE KOBAL COLLECTION ]

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After watching this powerful and haunting Korean war film, I belatedly realised it wasn’t really a good choice for a Grace Kelly blogathon. Kelly’s screen time is all too limited and her part doesn’t give her much scope as an actress. However, her character, Nancy, is important, giving a glimpse of the life that the reluctant  hero, her husband Harry Brubaker (William Holden) has been wrenched away from.

Based on a book by James Michener, whose work also inspired South Pacific, this film has hints of the musical’s mood of disillusion over war. Despite being released only a short time after the end of the Korean War, and made with the co-operation of the US Navy, it isn’t the gung-ho propaganda piece I was half-expecting. The movie pays tribute to the courage of the individuals caught up in the conflict, but suggests that many of them didn’t really know why they were there. Although there are many exciting and stirring scenes, which won the film an Oscar for best special effects, they are often undercut by the sadness and weariness of the central character. This element gives this glossy action picture a surprisingly downbeat feeling at times.

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Sinatra blogathon update

Thanks so much to everyone who has signed up to take part in the Sinatra Centennial Blogathon, which I’m hosting jointly with Emily over at The Vintage Cameo – and thanks so much again to Emily for co-hosting and creating all our fabulous banners. :)

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We’ve had a great response and are looking forward to the 100th birthday fun from December 10 to 13, but this is just an update to say that there are still quite a lot of Frank’s films available for any bloggers who haven’t yet joined the party!

Here’s a list of those which are still available – but, of course, you don’t just have to write about a specific film he starred in.

Other themes, such as Sinatra events in your area, his work with other stars and his theme songs offer loads of possibilities. We’re looking for no exact duplicates, but he had such a packed career, that shouldn’t be a problem! If you’re tempted by a theme posting, just check the original blogathon announcement to see whether your chosen theme is still available.

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