April 12, 2024

Day 1: The 2nd Annual "Favorite Stars in B Movies" Blogathon

Banner - Films From Beyond's 2nd Annual "Favorite Stars in B Movies" Blogathon co-starring Charles Bronson in House of Wax (1953)

"I am big. It's the pictures that got small." -- Norma Desmond, Sunset Blvd. (1950)

"There are no small parts, only small actors." -- Konstantin Stanislavski

Welcome to the 2nd Annual "Favorite Stars in B Movies" Blogathon! It's time once again to celebrate big actors in small pictures... and B movies and second features and independent films and exploitation flicks and drive in fodder and...  Whatever you call them, these featured movies are "big" in spite of their modest budgets, if only because of the presence of a cherished actor or two.

And, to riff on Stanislavski, there are no small parts or small actors here, just intriguing performances in films that may not be prestigious or well-known, but are worthy of attention nonetheless.

We've got a great line-up of films from a wide variety of genres spanning six decades, so there should be something for just about everyone.

Reminder to bloggers: When your post is ready, use the comments below, email me at brschuck66@yahoo.com, or message me on X/Twitter @brschuck66.

Screenshot - Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Norma is ready for her close-up look at her favorite B movie stars -- are you?

Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews admires the smooth, martial-artsy moves of Franco Nero in Enter the Ninja (1981).

Screenshot - Franco Nero and Susan George in Enter the Ninja (1981)

George (Superman) Reeves and Ralph (Dick Tracy) Byrd are lumberjacks in Thunder in the Pines (1948), and they’re okay, says The Flashback Fanatic.

Screenshot - Ralph Byrd and George Reeves in Thunder in the Pines (1948)

Kristen at Hoofers and Honeys sings the praises of Du Barry Was a Lady (1943), the musical comedy that introduced Lucille Ball’s signature red hair to the world.

Screenshot - Lucille Ball in Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)

Mike at Mike's Movie Room makes a case for medical and cinematic malpractice in his review of Veronica Lake’s last movie, Flesh Feast (1970).

Screenshot - Veronica Lake in Flesh Feast (1970)

Quiggy at The Midnite Drive-in would prefer not to be treated if the only doctor in the house is Vincent Price as The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971).

Screenshot - Vincent Price and Terry-Thomas in The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

Frank at Smoke in the Library marvels at Ross Hagen's coolness under pressure as he battles an all-female army in Wonder Women (1973).

Screenshot - Ross Hagen and Nancy Kwan in Wonder Women (1973)

Kayla at Whimsically Classic consumes every sci-fi cliché in her path as she reviews Steve McQueen in The Blob (1958).

Screenshot from The Blob (1958)

Come back tomorrow for more B movie star gazing!


  1. Here's my post:


  2. Here's my post! https://debbimacktoo.wordpress.com/2024/04/12/ray-milland-in-bulldog-drummond-escapes-1937/

    Fun movie! :)

    1. Thanks so much Debbi! You'll be leading off Day 2 if that's okay.

  3. Here's my post about Alan Ladd in Paper Bullets (1941) :-)

    1. Thanks Rachel, looking forward to reading this!

  4. Hi Brian! Here's my post for Crossfire! It was a pleasure to write about that film and participate in your blogathon! Looking forward to read the other entries. :) https://thewonderfulworldofcinema.wordpress.com/2024/04/12/the-three-roberts-and-crossfire-edward-dmytryk-1947/

  5. Hello! A review of Loretta Young in Cause for Alarm! (1951) is here: https://silverscreenings.org/2024/04/12/a-domestic-film-noir/

    1. Thanks so much! Don't be alarmed, I'm adding your post today!

  6. Posted! https://thestopbutton.com/2024/04/13/zero-hour-1957/

  7. My post is up. Sorry I'm late. It's...a bit much.


    1. No apologies necessary at all Christianne, you're not late. Thanks so much for contributing!