March 31, 2023

Welcome to Day 1 of the "Favorite Stars in B Movies" Blogathon!

Blogathon banner - Orson Welles in Bert I. Gordon's Necromancy (1972)

It’s been over 12 years in the making... I started Films From Beyond in November 2010, and I’m only now getting around to hosting my first blogathon! I’m gratified that the theme of "Favorite Stars in B Movies" has proven to be so popular; the lineup for the next three days is an intriguing mix of star performances in a variety of B’s spanning six decades. And a couple of contributions will be overviews of B movie careers.

If you’re inspired to join in, it's not too late! See the Announcement page for guidelines, and feel free to share your link by emailing me,, messaging me on Twitter (@brschuck66), or using the comments on this page.

Many thanks to everyone who signed up and/or helped promote the blogathon on their sites or social media! You’ve made this first blogathon effort so much fun!

Before we get to today’s entries, here’s a favorite quote about working in B movies from a man who knew them well:

“I don't resent being identified with B science fiction movies at all. Why should I? Even though they were not considered top of the line, for those people that like sci-fi, I guess they were fun. My whole feeling about working as an actor is, if I give anybody any enjoyment, I'm doing my job, and that's what counts.” - John Agar

And now, without further ado, here's the first lineup of talented bloggers who have no reservations whatsoever writing about B movies and their stars:

(And don't miss these great blogathon posts: Day 2 | Day 3)

Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews conjures up an early Ian Ogilvy film role in The Sorcerers (1967).

Screenshot - Boris Karloff and Ian Ogilvy in The Sorcerers (1967)

Rich at By Rich Watson remembers a pre-Rocky Sylvester Stallone in Roger Corman's Death Race 2000 (1975).

Screenshot - Sylvester Stallone in Death Race 2000 (1975)

At Maniacs and Monsters, Michael's catch-of-the-day is Joseph Cotten's performance in Island of the Fishmen (1979).

Screenshot - Joseph Cotten in Island of the Fishmen (1979)

Ruth at Silver Screenings puts out an all points bulletin for John Garfield in They Made Me a Criminal (1939).

Still - John Garfield in They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

Jo at The Last Drive In serves up generous portions of ham in her two-part look at the B movie career of John Carradine: Part 1 | Part 2.

Still - John Carradine in House of Dracula (1945)

Mike at Mike's Movie Room keeps tabs on Alan Ladd as he battles a violent gang in 13 West Street (1962).

Screenshot - Alan Ladd in 13 West Street (1962)

Christianne at Krell Laboratories finds the performances of Marie Windsor and Charles McGraw anything but marginal in The Narrow Margin (1952).

Screenshot - Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor in The Narrow Margin (1952)

That's all for now -- visit us tomorrow for more great posts!


  1. Hi Brian! Here's my link:

  2. My post on Rory Calhoun in Motel Hell is up!

  3. Posted!

  4. A great eclectic first day, Brian!

    Perhaps because of my eye issues, I was unable to find a comment button on Joe's thoroughly entertaining double post about John carradine.

    I always think of Myra breckenridge, the howling, and House of Long shadows when I think of this truly unique actor!

    1. Thanks John! There are so many John Carradine roles to choose from (and some that are deservedly obscure), that it's impossible to be a Carradine completist. But we can only try. 😊

  5. Excellent contributions all around! Learned about a few films that I wasn't familiar with too!


    1. Thanks again Dustin! That's one of the best things about blogathons -- getting introduced to intriguing films you never knew existed!