January 11, 2024

Announcing the 2nd Annual 'Favorite Stars in B Movies' Blogathon

Banner - 2nd Annual "Favorite Stars in B Movies Blogathon - William Shatner & Ida Lupino in The Devil's Rain

I hope that all of you had a great holiday season and that 2024 is treating you well!

With the new year comes resolutions, plans and... blogathons. My second hope for 2024 is that all you bloggers out there will resolve to participate in the second annual "Favorite Stars in B Movies" blogathon, scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2024 through Sunday the 14th.

I was extremely gratified by the response to my first ever Favorite Stars blogathon. I think part of the reason is that the topic conjures up a number of interesting possibilities:

  • Future A-list stars who paid their dues doing B quickies
  • Former A listers who, in the twilight of their careers, accepted roles in low-budget movies in order to keep working
  • Stars who got fed up with oppressive studio control and struck off on their own in independent pictures
  • Actors who never made it out of the B leagues, but whose work nonetheless made them instantly recognizable
  • Unheralded actors who labored all their careers in the Bs, and merit recognition

A reminder (in case you missed the last blogathon): Being a laid-back sort of guy, I am open to various interpretations of the term "B movie." For a convenient yardstick, let's consider Wikipedia's definition: “a low-budget commercial motion picture that is not an arthouse film.”

Per last year's guidelines, we're looking for new posts, podcasts or YouTube videos on the topic. We'll also stick to the "one movie title per blogathon" rule, so if you want to write about, let's say, the stars of The Devil's Rain, get your reservation in early before someone else claims it (but other mentions of the film in the context of a career overview or list are perfectly fine).

Last year's contributions were largely about stars and films from the 1930s to the '80s, and that seems like a good bet for this go round. But if another era interests you, or you want to write about a performance in a direct-to-video title, that's fine by me (with the exception of episodic shows and broadcast TV movies, which we'll save for another time).

The Details (what, when, where, why, how):

What: The 2nd Annual 'Favorite Stars in B Movies' Blogathon

When: April 12 - 14, 2024 (Friday - Sunday)

Where: Filmsfrombeyond.com

Why: Because you know you want to.

How: Contact me with your blog/vlog/podcast name and actor/actress and film (or just actor name if you're doing a career overview or list); use the comments below, email me at brschuck66@yahoo.com, or reach out on X (formerly known as Twitter) via @brschuck66.

I will use this page to keep track of the participants. On or around the dates of the blogathon, send me the link to your post via any of the contact methods above, and I will publish submissions in three daily, digestible parts in the order I receive them.

Hope to hear from you soon!

And now, the roster of blog and film stars (so far):

Brian at Films From Beyond the Time Barrier: Ginger Rogers in The Thirteenth Guest (1932)

Marianne at Make Mine Film Noir: Gene Kelly in The Devil Makes Three (1952)

Barry at Cinematic Catharsis: Joan Crawford in Trog (1970)

Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews: Franco Nero in Enter the Ninja (1981)

Rebecca at Taking Up Room: DeForest Kelley in Night of the Lepus (1972)

John at tales from the freakboy zone: Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Ruth at Silver Screenings: Loretta Young in Cause for Alarm! (1951)

Joey at The Last Drive In: Ava Gardner in Tam Lin (1970) and Carroll Baker in Baba Yaga (1973)

Joey at Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: Basil Rathbone in The Magic Sword (1962)

The Flashback Fanatic: George (Superman) Reeves and Ralph (Dick Tracy) Byrd in Thunder in the Pines (1948)

Andrew at The Stop Button: Dana Andrews in Zero Hour! (1957)

Mike at Mike's Movie Room: Veronica Lake in Flesh Feast (1970)

Quiggy at The Midnite Drive-In: Vincent Price in The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) and Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

Rachel at Hamlette's Soliloquy: Alan Ladd in Paper Bullets (1941)

Kayla at Whimsically Classic: Steve McQueen in The Blob (1958)

Virginie at The Wonderful World of Cinema: Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan and Robert Young in Crossfire (1947)

If you'd like to help promote the blogathon, grab one of these fine, informative banners for your own site:

Banner - "The 2nd Annual "Favorite Stars in B Movies" Blogathon - Dana Andrews in The Frozen Dead


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Banner - "The 2nd Annual "Favorite Stars in B Movies" Blogathon - Ava Gardner and Ian McShane in Tam Lin (aka The Devil's Widow)

22 comments:

  1. Happy New Year!!! Yay, so happy you brought this back Brian! Can you please add me with Franco Nero in Enter the Ninja (1981)?

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    1. Thanks Gill, this one looks like a lot of fun!

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    2. I watched it a while ago, and thought "If Brian brings back his blogathon..."

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  2. Hi, Brian! So glad you brought this back. I'd like to write about DeForest Kelly in "Night of the Lepus," if that's OK.

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    1. Hi Rebecca! I've hopped to it and added you to the roster. 😉

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  3. Happy new year, Brian!
    Looking forward to another round of this blogathon!

    If it hasn't been taken, I would love to review whatever happened to baby Jane!, The original with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, of course!

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  4. The Magic Sword starring Basil Rathbone as this b-movie really is one great fantasy movie yet its often spoofed

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  5. Happy 2024, Brian! I would like to rant about THUNDER IN THE PINES (1948) starring George (Superman) Reeves and Ralph (Dick Tracy) Byrd.

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    1. Superman and Dick Tracy in the same film? That's B movie gold! Thanks for joining!

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  6. Brian, I would like to review FLESH FEAST (1970), the last film starring Veronica Lake. Since I did Alan Ladd for the previous blogathon, it seems fitting to take on Miss Lake!

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    1. That seems very appropriate -- Flesh Feast it is!

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  7. The KING of B movies HAS to be Vincent Price. I'm surprised no one has picked him yet...

    A project I have been meaning to do is for The Midnite Drive-In, and one I should have done before, is The Abominable Dr. Phibes and Dr. Phibes Rises again.

    midnitedrive-in.blogspot.com

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    1. So glad you're bringing Vincent to the blogathon -- thanks for joining!

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  8. Hi! I'd like to join with a review of Alan Ladd's Paper Bullets (1941) at Hamlette's Soliloquy.

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    1. Pre-superstardom Alan Ladd sounds great - you've got it!

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  9. Can I write about Steve McQueen in "The Blob" ?

    Kayla (Whimsically Classic)

    whimsicallyclassic.wordpress.com

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    1. You've got it - one of the great pre-superstardom appearances in a B!

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  10. Hello! I'd like to write about the "Three Roberts", Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan and Robert Young in Crossfire if that's ok. I'm at The Wonderful World of Cinema :) https://thewonderfulworldofcinema.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks for joining Virginie, the 3 Roberts are all yours!

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  11. Hi! Count me in with Ray Milland in "Bulldog Drummond Escapes".

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