The time has arrived…
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
― Groucho Marx
Despite what Groucho may have said he was one of the big stars who appeared regularly on television and did quite well. The famous Marx is just one of those featured in the line-up for the Big Stars on the Small Blogathon, a two-day event replete with talent and interesting stories. I couldn’t be more excited about the shows and stars featured or more appreciative of the impressive list of bloggers participating.
I will be updating the links as entries come in so be sure to check in as the event progresses.
Without further ado here they are – Big Stars on the Small Screen…
Thursday, March 20
Classic Film and TV Cafe – The Errol Flynn Theater
Another Old Movie Blog – “The Clementine Jones Story” – Wagon Train, starring Ann Blyth
The Vintage Cameo – Buster Keaton on “The Twilight Zone”
Pop (Culture) by Book Worm Greg – Ida Lupino on “Columbo”
TV When I Was Born – Groucho Marx on “Bob Hope presents Chrysler Theater”
Imagine MDD – Raymond Burr
Pre-Code.com – “The Barbara Stanwyck Show,” featuring Stanwyck and Joan Blondell in “Sign of the Zodiac”
The Movie Rat – Robert Loggia as Elfego Baca
How Sweet it Was – Babyface Bogart on “The Jack Benny Show”
Silver Scenes – “The Snoop Sisters” with Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick
Girls Do Film – Katharine Hepburn’s TV Movies
Critica Retro – Ray Milland on “Hart to Hart”
Minoo for Classic Movie Hub – Angela Lansbury on “Murder She Wrote”
Friday, March 21
Caftan Woman – Dick Powell’s “Zane Grey Theater”
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear – “Gun Smoke” episode, “The Jailer” with guest star, Bette Davis
Movies Silently – Francis X. Bushman on TV
Portraits by Jenni – “Have Gun Will Travel” featuring Vincent Price
Michael’s TV Tray – Stolen Footprints: Lucy and John Wayne
The Great Katharine Hepburn – “The Julie Andrews Hour”
Made for TV Mayhem – “Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate” starring Mildred Natwick, Sylvia Sidney, Helen Hayes and Myrna Loy. (Made-for-TV movie)
Pop (Culture) by Book Worm Greg – Janet Leigh on “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
Mildred’s Fatburgers – All About Evil – Anne Baxter on “Columbo”
Happy Thoughts, Darling – Myrna Loy on “Family Affair”
Film: Take as Directed – Martin Milner on Film and TV
A Shroud of Thoughts – “The Big Valley” starring Barbara Stanwyck
Silver Scenes – “The Stately Ghosts of England” with Margaret Rutherford
How Sweet it Was – Irene Dunne on “The Jack Benny Program”
The Movie Rat – Leslie Nielsen as The Swamp Fox
Outspoken and Freckled – James Garner as Maverick
What a line-up!
How Sweet it Was
I’ve been very lucky to have had the opportunity to co-host several successful blogathon events dedicated to topics such as 31 Days of Oscar, Dynamic Duos in Classic Film, What a Character! and the Classic Movie History Project all centered on classics of the silver screen. Now I’m venturing forth with my first solo hosting gig and thought I’d return to where the love of classics started for me, television with the Big Stars on the Small Screen Blogathon. It was, after all, by way of a small Magnavox set, similar to the one pictured on the bottom-right corner of this ad that I was first introduced to classic movies.
So that’s the story and here are the details:
Many big Hollywood stars, like the ones whose images are featured on the banners included here had their own shows and many more also guest starred or hosted anthology series with revolving stories. As such you’ve a treasure trove of television shows to choose from – any topic, episode, series or guest appearance is welcome. You can write about the history of a series, a silver screen star’s road to the small screen or submit a review of a particular guest appearance. Whatever you want. The only requirement is that the star(s) you choose must have had a career in the movies.
The event is scheduled for March 20 and 21. If you want to submit an entry (or more), and I certainly hope you do, please…
- submit topics either by leaving a comment on this post, send via twitter to @CitizenScreen or by email to email@example.com
- include the title and link to your blog, contact information and topic
- include one of the event banners included in this post on your blog to help promote the event.
Finally, I must offer two special THANK YOUS – first, to Rick of the Classic Film and TV Cafe for his encouragement and to my friend, Nyssa for making these banners for me! She’ll become a fan of classics yet!
Thanks also to you for your time. Happy blogging!
Great idea! I definitely want to participate, but will have to give some thought to my choice of show.
Wonderful, Michael! I have to give the topic some thought too. Can’t wait!!
Ohhhhhh, I’m looking forward to this and who you all write about…
Count me in. Now, as to the subject … h’m … I’ll have to do some thinking, and some TV viewing. Classic TV viewing. I’ll get back to you shortly.
I am signing up to participate and as the above have said, I’ve some researching to do and I’ll get back to you with my “person” asap!
This is a fun idea for a blogathon! I would love to participate!
Great, Tom!! I look forward to it.
Thanks for the opportunity to participate in such a fun idea for a blogathon. I’ll be posting Thursday, March 20th on Another Old Movie Blog with Ann Blyth’s guest appearance on Wagon Train with the episode “The Clementine Jones Story” from October 1961.
Love that!! Thanks, Jacqueline!
I saw Ms. Blyth in a Twilight Zone episode last week, which was what finally got me to go ahead with this blogathon.
No kidding? I’m saving that for Halloween.
DO! Fun episode only 30 mins.
Calling dibs on “Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater”.
Love it!! Yahooo!
Hi Aurora! How about Buster Keaton in his Twilight Zone episode, “Once Upon a Time”?
LOVE IT!! 😀
Thanks for throwing your hat in the ring!
I found the perfect subject – an episode of Gunsmoke from 1966. “The Jailer,” featuring guest star…Miss Bette Davis!
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
Love it! Thanks, Ivan!
Nice! No clue who I’d write about or if I will have time, but this is a really cool idea 🙂
Wish you would!! 😀
Count us in ( Diana & Connie ) for at least two entries…..but we’ll need some time deciding. There were an awful lot of stars on the small screen! Great idea for a blogathon!
Hi there! I would cover William Boyd’s Hopalong Cassidy but I have already covered him! 😦 So I shall cover one or more of Francis X Bushman’s Perry Mason appearances, if that works for you. Splendid idea, looking forward to it!
LOVE IT! YAY!
Great idea, Aurora! I plan to take part through my “TV When I was Born” blog. Haven’t decided on a subject yet, but there’s a few shows right off the bat that I haven’t written about yet, that would be perfect!
Sounds great!! I have yet to decide on a show and star myself.
May I talk about Judy Garland’s television show?
Oh, dear YES!!! Wonderful choice, Margaret. If I hadn’t done a post on it already that would have been my one and only selection.
Oh have you written about it already? I could write about Julie Andrews’ show instead, but that was a little later. Would it still count?
I did last year but that doesn’t matter! Anything you want to write on is fine by me. Julie Andrews works as well.
Maybe I’ll do a spin on the Judy Garland piece since you wrote about it last year and I’ll write specifically about all the great guests she had and the duets she did, like on the PBS special.
Sounds great! As far as I’m concerned people can write about Judy Garland every day. 🙂
I was just thinking how “The Judy Garland Show” would be a perfect choice for someone, and would’ve been for me if I hadn’t already written about it myself. Go for it!
Hurray! I absolutely love that show! Maybe I’ll do a spin on it since Aurora wrote about it last year and I’ll write specifically about all the great guests she had and the duets she did, like on the PBS special.
Aurora, you’re going to laugh. I just posted this blogathon on CMH! I’ve taken to doing that because so many people never post their events. Sorry for stepping on toes, but now it’s up twice. :O
That IS pretty funny. But I guess double exposure is not a terrible thing. 🙂
Marvelous idea! I’ll do Errol Flynn Theatre on the 20th.
That’s one I’ve never watched, Rick. I look forward to your take on it.
Sounds like fun! I definitely want to participate. I need to do a little thinking about what my topic will be, though.
I have decided to post about an episode of Have Gun Will Travel when the guest star was none other than Vincent Price!
Hi Aurora. What fun this is going to be. I would like to write about Angela Lansbury, Murder She Wrote, and how it became a kind of haven for classic movie star.
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Thanks Minoo! So happy you’re joining the fun and I love Ms Lansbury! This comment went into Spam for some reason so I didn’t see it sooner.
Ooh, this sounds fun! I’d like to participate. I’ll write about Myrna Loy’s guest appearance on a season 1 episode of “Family Affair,” playing a hapless maid working in Mr. Davis’s apartment building.
Sheesh, Jenni. Did I even reply? Thought I had! LOVE that topic. But then anything about Vincent Price is fantastic. 🙂 YAY!
I found one that I want to write about: Groucho Marx’ adaptation of his play, “Time for Elizabeth,” as it appeared on a 1964 episode of “Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre.”
Love that, Dixon! I’m so excited about the topics. 🙂
Ooh! Could I do Anne Baxter on Columbo?
YES!!! WoooHooo! Columbo is always welcome and special. Thanks, Beth!
Oh, please give me your email and twitter tag if you’re on there. 🙂
This is such a great idea! My friend Michael from the awesome Michael’s TV Tray just told me about it.
Love Michael’s TV Tray and so happy you’re joining us.
Or Celeste Holm on Columbo…
p.s. my site is http://www.mildredsfatburgers.com
Got your site and added you to the list. 🙂
Another great one! Whichever you prefer. Two fantastic episodes!
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Man I’m behind! Just seeing this.
Can I do Van Johnson on I Love Lucy? (my favorite episode)
If that’s taken I’ll do Esther Williams on the Donna Reed Show
sure! Sounds great. I love that episode too.
I’m afraid I won’t be able to participate after all. I’ve been ill this week and just can’t get my entry finished. I look forward to reading all these fascinating-sounding posts, though!
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My post on Ann Blyth appearing on WAGON TRAIN is here: http://anotheroldmovieblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-clementine-jones-story-wagon-train.html
Thanks for the opportunity to participate. Looking forward to reading the other posts.
My blog post at “TV When I was Born” is on Groucho Marx’ play, “Time for Elizabeth,” in which he starred, as it appeared on an April 1964 “Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre.” http://tvwheniwasborn.blogspot.com/2014/03/bob-hope-presents-chrysler-theatre.html It’s actually on Youtube! Good luck everyone, I look forward to reading all of the others! http://tvwheniwasborn.blogspot.com/
Got it! YAY! 🙂
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Aurora – my post about Katharine Hepburn is here http://girlsdofilm.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/katharine-hepburns-tv-movies/
Thanks so much for organising, looking forward to reading all the other entries!
Got it! 🙂
What a fun blogathon! Thank you for including me, for putting it all together. What a great topic.
Sorry about the back and forth about the topic, Aurora – I finally settled on The Julie Andrews Hour. Hope you like!
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My post Have Gun Will Travel Featuring Vincent Price is up! Here’s the link :http://portraitsbyjenni.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/have-gun-will-travel-featuring-vincent-price/
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We got our second post up! ( Better late than never as the saying goes ).
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Too late for the blogathon, but here’s a little post about The Doris Day Show, in honor of her birthday (90th or 92nd, depending on the source): http://michaelstvtray.com/2014/04/03/doris-day-bday/