Don’t know much about (Hollywood) history? That will change soon.   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.18 at 23:20

Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic

Or at least know more about a certain segment of Carole Lombard’s Hollywood history, including films such as “Virtue” (where she’s shown with Pat O’Brien above). It’s for the second edition of the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon, slated for late June:

Three blogs are hosting the event: Movies Silently (, Silver Screenings ( and Once Upon a Screen ( The inaugural blogathon was held last year, and for some reason I wasn’t aware of it (perhaps my impending move to Los Angeles played a role in my ignorance). This time, though, fully settled in town, I’m not only aware of it, but am proudly taking part. (That’s Rudolph Valentino in the banner above.)

Movie history here has been divided into three eras: the Silent Era (1880-1929, naturally hosted by Movies Silently), the Golden Age (1930-1952, hosted by Once Upon a Screen), and Swinging into Modern Times (1953-1975, hosted by Silver Screenings). In turn, each period is divided into sub-periods. Here’s the roster as of 10:45 p.m. (Pacific) Monday:

* Friday, June 26
The Silent Era (1880-1929)

1880-1895: The birth of the movies
Silent-ology | Overview of early film

1896-1900: From novelty to art
Silent Volume | The Best Pre-Feature Movies

1901-1907: The first hits
Big V Riot Squad | Life of an American Director: Edwin S Porter in 1903

1908-1913: Nickelodeon!
365 Days 365 Classics | Indian Silent Cinema

1914-1918: The War
Now Voyaging | Movie audience perceptions of the war

1919-1923: Hollywood triumphs
Movies Silently | Home Theaters of the Silent Era
A Small Press Life | Anita Loos: Females in Early Hollywood

1924-1927: The high art of pantomime
Sepia Stories | Jeanne Eagels was Robbed. Why the stage’s most recognized Sadie Thompson didn’t appear in the film.

1928-1929: The talkie revolution
film, fashion & frivolity | Garbo’s Last Silents
Critica Retro | 1928 Around the World
CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch | The Crowd (1928)

* Saturday, June 27
The Golden Age (1930-1952)

1930-1931: All Singing! All Dancing! All Talking!
None as of yet

1932-1934: The wild world of pre-Code
Carole & Co. | Of Carole and Pre-Code
Girls Do Film | Barbara Stanwyck’s Pre-Code Bad Girls

1935-1938: The Code enforced and the rise of Technicolor
Nitrate Glow | Disney’s Early Features

1939: The Big Year
Movie Movie Blog Blog | Laurel and Hardy’s The Flying Deuces
Smitten Kitten Vintage | The Big Year: Selections from the Biggest Year in Classic Cinema

1940-1945: Wartime cinema
Once Upon a Screen | The de Havilland Decision
The Vintage Cameo | Wartime Musicals
Second Sight Cinema | Two Anti-Nazi comedies of 1942: The Great Dictator & To Be or Not to Be
Speakeasy | 1943 at RKO
The Motion Pictures| For Me and My Gal (1942)
Way Too Damn Lazy to Write a Blog | Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

1946-1949: Homecoming
Now Voyaging | The Soldiers Return
B Noir Detour | Wartime Cinema

1950-1952: Realism and the Method
Sister Celluloid | Stage Fright: Hitchcock Goes Home
Old Hollywood Films | Hollywood Expose Pictures
Hitchcock’s World | Destination Moon (1950)

* Sunday, June 28
Swinging into Modern Times (1953-1975)

1953-1957: The birth of cool
Back to Golden Days | Juvenile Delinquency: The Blackboard Jungle, The Wild One, Rebel Without a Cause
Movies Silently | After the Silents: A Face in the Crowd (1957)

1958-1962: Musicals, biblical epics and the shimmy-shimmy shakes
A Shroud of Thoughts | British New Wave

1963-1967: Mod’s the word
The Last Drive In | Strong Women of Sixties Film

1968-1972: Hays is dead
Portraits by Jenni | Airport (1970)
The Joy and Agony of Movies | Films about politics and social unrest
Girls Do Film | The American Road Movie
Moon in Gemini | Paranoia in Movies

1972-1975: The Godfather and Jaws
Silver Screenings | Sounder: The Anti-Blaxploitation Film

All sorts of fascinating topics already, with more to come.

Here’s more about the endeavor, should you wish to participate:

What about duplicates?
While no exact duplicates are allowed, the topic is so broad that we are sure you will find an angle that works for you. For example, if someone is covering Rebel Without a Cause, you might cover the overall career of James Dean. That being said, if there is a section that looks a little empty, we would greatly appreciate you stepping up and making sure there are no gaps in the event.

Do I have to stay in Hollywood?
No! International cinema is welcome and encouraged. While our date ranges are based on Hollywood history, please feel free to cover cinema from any nation 1880-1975.

Can I still cover a particular year?
Yes, you can. Just make sure that your angle is different from everyone else’s. For example, if someone is already writing about why 1939 is such a great year, you might write about the Academy Award winners of ’39 or choose to focus on individual films.

Do you only accept blog posts or can I get imaginative?
You can get imaginative. Pictorials, videos, podcasts and other multimedia items are allowed.

Wow! I’m so excited that I can’t choose just one topic! Can I write in more than one category?
Yes! If you would like to take on extra categories and date ranges, please feel free to do so.

How do I join?
Contact any of your friendly hosts and we will add you to the roster. Please be sure to include the address of your blog, the section you have chosen and the title or general nature of your topic.
Hello! I would like to join in the 1880-1895 category. I want to cover Fred Ott’s Sneeze. My blog address is

When do I post?
We will each be hosting one day of the event in chronological order. “Movies Silently” will be first (June 26), “Once Upon a Screen” second (June 27) and “Silver Screenings” will wrap things up (June 28).

So don’t get caught unprepared — grab yourself a banner and get ready for a historically good time. (And somebody please writw an entry for 1930-1931, a period that so often is overlooked but is full of intriguing topics and trends.)

Posted May 19, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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