The Mary Astor Blogathon




I became a Mary Astor fan in my teens after watching both The Maltese Falcon and Across the Pacific (both made in 1941) during the same weekend, loving both her dramatic side and her playful flair for comedy.  She made her film debut in an uncredited bit part in the silent film Bullets or Ballots (1921), and got her first screen credit in the 1920 Buster Keaton comedy The Scarecrow.  Her most iconic film role was surely her unforgettable performance as the duplicitous yet irresistible Brigid O’Shaughnessy in writer/director John Huston’s film version of Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 novel The Maltese Falcon.  Even Mary’s fascinating 1987 New York Times obituary had been quick to mention her indelible role in the film.

Mary’s film career blossomed with silent films starring John Barrymore, but it wasn’t all glamour and accolades.  Born Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke on May 3rd, 1915 in Quincy, Illinois, Mary’s parents knew talent when they saw it, and they were quick to use their beautiful young daughter’s assets — “use” being the operative word in every way, until Mary had no choice but to put her money-mad parents on an allowance.  Mary wasn’t afraid to be candid about her tumultuous life over the years.  In real life, she’d been through enough tragedy and controversy for any number of movie dramas, including an unfair custody battle for her young child; the sorrow of her director lover getting killed in a plane crash; overcoming alcoholism later in life.  But of course, there were triumphs in her 43-year film career, too, particularly her Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1941 in the drama The Great Lie as selfish, egocentric pianist Sandra Kovak, opposite Bette Davis as good-girl Maggie Patterson!  Later, our Ms. Astor wrote highly-praised fiction and nonfiction books, in one of her two autobiographies, including My Story (1959), in which Mary overcame alcoholism.  Ever candid, Mary admitted in her two memoirs, she’d admitted, “If I’d had my druthers, I would have preferred getting my Oscar for The Maltese Falcon.”  Who can blame her?  That’s another thing I like about her:  she spoke her mind.  If this isn’t a woman worthy of her own Blogathon, I don’t know who is!,

Mary Astor Blogathon
May 3rd through May 10th, 2013
Co-Hosted by: Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci of Tales of the Easily Distracted
and R.A. Kerr of Silver Screenings.

This wouldn’t be strictly a CMBA blogathon, but simply a fun, casual affair open to all who love Mary's movies, and wish to participate.

While we won't keep people from doing the same films, we will let everyone know what films have been "taken" on this page, so you can keep track. For those of you who need a crib sheet on Ms. Astor's work, here's a link to her IMDB page.

To sign up, either leave a comment below, or contact either myself, Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci or R.A. Kerr to ask any questions!

The Gang So Far


Contributor Website Film

May 3rd

Dorian Tenore-BartilucciTales of the Easily DistractedThe Palm Beach Story
VanessaStardustMeet Me in St. Louis
Rich WatsonWide Screen WorldDodsworth
Jacq. T. LynchAnother Old Movie BlogMary Astor Bio 2
LeCrítica RetrôDon Juan or Romance of the Underworld

May 4th

Aubyn EliThe Girl with the White ParasolDesert Fury
DavidThe Man on the Flying TrapezeThe Lost Squadron
KarenShadows and SatinBehind Office Doors
Jo GabrielThe Last Drive-InThe Man With Two Faces

May 5th

MattClassic Cinema for KidsThe Maltese Falcon
Donna HillStrictly Vintage HollywoodMary Astor: A Life on Film
Sean GallagherThe Joy & Agony of MoviesAct of Violence & The Palm Beach Story
Kim Wilson1001 Movies to see Before You DieDodsworth
Ivan LernerLerner International EnterprisesHurricane or Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

May 6th

FlickChickA Person in the DarkHoliday
Stacia JonesShe Blogged By NightHoliday
John GrecoTwenty-Four FramesAct of Violence
PaulLasso the MoviesAcross the Pacific
JennaClassic Movie NightDodsworth
R.D. FinchThe Movie ProjectorMidnight
Jessica PickensComet Over HollywoodMy Story

May 7th

Gwen KramerMovies, SilentlyOh, Doctor! and The Beggar Maid
JudyMovie ClassicsAnd So They Were Married
Ivan G. Shreve Jr.Thrilling Days of YesteryearSmart Woman
Dawn SampleNoir and Chick FlicksThe Case of the Howling Dog

May 8th

R.A. KerrSilver ScreeningsThe Great Lie
Kevin DeanyKevin's Movie CornerThe Prisoner of Zenda
Deb ClarkWednesday Movie MatineeRed Dust
Cliff AlipertiImmortal EphemeraThe Sin Ship
Caftan WomanCaftan WomanKennel Murder Case/Case of Howling Dog

May 9th

ViennaVienna's Classic HollywoodMARY ASTOR:JUST ONE SCENE.ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY.
Brandie AsheTrue ClassicsOther Men's Women
AuroraOnce Upon a ScreenThe Maltese Falcon
Tracy GilbertRandomRamblingsof BroadwayFilmTV FanTHRILLER: Rose's Last Summer

May 10th

Maedez
Midnight or Red Dust
Page InciardiMy Love of Old HollywoodMary Astor Bio 1
DannyPre-CodeUpper World
JenniPortraits by JenniThe Hurricane
Jim LaneJim Lane's CinedromeBrigham Young
Kristen LopezJourneys in Classic FilmMeet Me in St. Louis


In addition to the animated banner above, here's a couple more to choose from.  Just have the banner link to this page!


125 comments:

  1. I'll be blogging about THE PALM BEACH STORY, and my lovely and talented co-hostess R.A. Kerr will be blogging about THE GREAT LIE, the drama that won Mary Astor her Best Supporting Actress Oscar!

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  2. I'd love to participate, covering either The Palm Beach Story or Meet Me in St. Louis.

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    1. Kristen, bless your heart for being the first to sign up for The Mary Astor Blogathon! I've already taken THE PALM BEACH STORY, but I'm really looking forward to your post about MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS! Thanks a million for joining the fun!

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  3. Glad to see this lady being appreciated, I'd love to do 'Across the Pacific'.

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    1. Alyssa, we're delighted to have you doing ACROSS THE PACIFICE! It's one of my favorites, too; great choice!

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    2. Thanks Dorian, I'm looking forward to the blogathon.

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    3. Dorian, I was wondering if it was too late to request that I do my blogathon post on the 10th May. My blog is at www.ohsoveryclassic.blogspot.com

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    4. No problem, Alyssa! We're adding your May 10th date to our spreadsheet as we speak!

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  4. I'd love to do a review of a "Thriller" episode she starred in entitled "Rose's Last Summer."

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    1. Gilby, although I haven't seen that particular THRILLER episode with our gal Mary, from the info I've cobbled together, this sounds totally awesome! Great choice! I'm looking forward to checking it out come Blogathon time!

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    2. It's a fantastic episode specifically because of Astor's characterization of an aging film star in a very precarious situation. I did a feature on it at the drive in a while back. Can't wait to see your post... This is great fun... thanks to the lovable Dorian
      -Joey at The Last Drive In

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    3. As always, Joey, you're truly a sugar bowl with two handles! Thanks for your kind words, my friend! Now more than even, I'm excited to be part of our Mary Astor Blogathon, and seeing "Rose's Last Summer" for myself! :-D

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  5. Please, please please let me write about "The Great Lie." I LOVE Mary Astor.

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    1. Hey, Chick, you can still write about THE GREAT LIE if you want to even though R.A. got first dibs. Everyone approaches the same movies filtered through their own viewpoint, and we've all agreed that would be OK for the Blogathon. Think about it and let us know; we'd love to see your take on this Oscar-winner!

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  6. I have you down for ACROSS THE PACIFIC, Alyssa. Great choice; that's always been one of my favorites! Thanks for joining the Blogathon fun!

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  7. Dorian, I can do Dodsworth if you like. http://1001moviesblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. Kim, DODSWORTH is yours! I must confess that's a film I've been meaning to see (even I can't always see everything :-)), so I'm all excited to read your take on it! Thanks for joining the Blogathon fun and frolic!

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  8. Thanks to your amazing kindness on last year's blogathon, I've decided to join this year's blogathon on one of my favorite underrated actresses of all time, Mary Astor. Can I do a post on either MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS or THE MALTESE FALCON, please? (Don't worry. I'll do my post right on schedule.) Thanks!

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    1. Matt, we're delighted to have you come back for our Mary Astor Blogathon! I'm afraid MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is already spoken for, but I'm happy to say THE MALTESE FALCON is all yours! I look forward to reading it come Blogathon time. Welcome back!

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    2. Thanks! :) I will be ecstatic to do a post on THE MALTESE FALCON.

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  9. Hey, Chick, I have good news and bad news:
    1) My co-hostess R.A. Kerr of Silver already has dibs on THE GREAT LIE. BUT...

    2) The GOOD news is that we're NOT keeping folks from doing the same films, so if you still want THE GREAT LIE anyway, it's OK with us, as long as you don't mind that R.A. is doing her own spin on THE GREAT LIE as well. Besides, everyone always has their own spin on our favorite films anyway, right? We're letting all you lovely participants know what films have been "taken" on this page, so everyone can keep track. Please let us know what you think; you know we love A PERSON IN THE DARK, and we're thrilled to have you in our Blogathon!

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    1. Dorian - since it has already been scooped up, how about "Holiday"?

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    2. Chick, is Mary Astor in HOLIDAY? I didn't see her name in the IMDb. But you know, you can still use one of your other favorite Astor movies if you want to, since R.A. and I have agreed it's OK for bloggers to blog about the same films, since we'll all have different viewpoints on them. Please let us know; we wouldn't want you to miss out on the Blogathon fun!

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    3. Aha! FlickChick, NOW I realize there are 2 different movies titled HOLIDAY: one stars our gal Mary Astor in 1930, and the other one stars Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in 1938. So sorry, my mistake! So I'm not perfect; don't let it get around! :-) Anyway, Chick, unless I've missed something, the 1930 version of HOLIDAY with Mary is now all yours! Quick, grab it before someone else grabs it! :-D

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  10. Dor- I would love to do The Man With Two Faces from 1934. I adore Mary Astor and think covering her along side Edward G. Robinson and Ricardo Cortez would be just great! Thanks for doing this wonderful blogathon, and showing Mary some love...

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    1. Joey, I've said it before, and I'll say it again: you're a sugar bowl with 2 handles, high praise indeed here at Team Bartilucci HQ, and here at our Mary Astor Blogathon, too! I'm overjoyed that you'll be covering THE MAN WITH TWO FACES! Edward G. Robinson, Ricardo Cortez, and of course, our leading lady Mary Astor! I can hardly wait to read your post; May will be here before we know it! Beaucoup thanks!

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    2. You're too kind my friend. I am so thrilled to be paying homage to this great lady. If I'm the sugar, you're sweeter than sour wood honey... Can't wait to dive into The Man With Two Faces. You're a dear for letting me do my thing for your fantastic blogathon...Cheers from your pal joey at The Last Drive In...

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    3. You're too kind my friend. I am so thrilled to be paying homage to this great lady. If I'm the sugar, you're sweeter than sour wood honey... Can't wait to dive into The Man With Two Faces. You're a dear for letting me do my thing for your fantastic blogathon...Cheers from your pal joey

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    4. Aww... *blush!* Thanks, Joey, you're a pal and a sweetheart, always a wonderful combination! We can hardly wait to read your post about THE MAN WITH TWO FACES; thanks again for joining Mary Astor's Blogathon fun, and have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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  11. What a great idea, Dorian and R.A.!. I love Mary Astor in pretty much anything and it'd be a lot of fun to pay her tribute. Has anyone snatched up Act of Violence? Not one of Mary Astor's biggest roles but a great one to talk about. If it's already spoken for, then I'd be happy to tackle Desert Fury.

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    1. Aubyn beat me to it, as evidenced by the time stamp. So I'll go with Smart Woman (1931).

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    2. Aubyn, Sean Gallagher has taken ACT OF VIOLENCE, but I for one would love to see you tackle DESERT FURY! That's another film of Mary's that I've been curious to see; I'm always intrigued by her later roles. It's all yours, Aubyn! :-D

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  12. Dor:

    Dibs on ACT OF VIOLENCE, my favorite Astor film.

    Iv

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    1. Iv, it sounds like SMART WOMAN is a smart choice for a witty gent-about-town such as yourself! It's always fun to see our Mary let her funny flag fly! Glad you're joining the Astor antics!

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  13. DorianTB, Hey! what a fun idea... I would like to write a post on the classic film, The Case of the Howling Dog (1934). If it is not already taken. Thank you.

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    1. Dawn, THE CASE OF THE HOWLING DOG is a swell choice for our Mary Astor Blogathon; it's one of my favorites as well! It's all yours; glad you're joining the Blogathon hoopla!

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  14. I'd like to do Holiday (1930). Awesome banners - I'll be putting one up on the blog!

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    1. Stacia, thanks for joining our Blogathon and for your praise of our Blogathon ads! There's a possibility that you and FlickChick might both be posting blogs about the 1930 HOLIDAY, if you're OK with that. If turns out to be the case, R.A. and I both figure each blogger will have their own spin on HOLIDAY, so one way or another, everyone will have a fresh spin to blog about! :-D

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    2. I'm okay with that -- if you'd like me to find another one, let me know. I think I have a line on a few Astor movies I haven't seen before, just in case.

      Sorry I didn't respond earlier, Blogger didn't send me an email notification! *kicks Blogger in the shins*

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    3. Stacia, I got a kick out of your "*kicks Blogger in the shins*" That'll show 'em! :-) And I'm all for having you do HOLIDAY, as I'm looking forward to your spin on it! That said, if you want to check out Mary Astor's filmography just for the heck of it, feel free to click on the link above. You might find something else you like, or you might be even more determined to blog about HOLIDAY. Either way, R.A. Kerr and I are looking forward to you joining the "Mary" month of May with us! :-D

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  15. I see 'Dodsworth' has been taken, but I promise my take on it will be different...

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    1. Rich, I like bloggers who boldly put their own unique spin on classic movies, and I'm confident your take on DODSWORTH will be so bold and fresh, it might get slapped! :-D Looking forward to your DODSWORTH post, and best of luck to your TERRORTHON, too!

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  16. Our longtime pal Sean Gallagher of THE JOY AND THE AGONY OF MOVIES will do a double-feature for our Mary Astor Blogathon: ACT OF VIOLENCE and THE PALM BEACH STORY (remember, it's OK for more than one blogger to post about the same film, because each blogger will inevitably have a different viewpoint). Glad to have you joining the fun, Sean!

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  17. I'd like to tackle a double bill of canine mysteries starring Ms. Astor - "THE KENNEL MURDER CASE" and "THE CASE OF THE HOWLING DOG". Whaddya think?

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    1. Ooh, Caftan Woman, I love the idea of your double-bill of our Mary in THE KENNEL MURDER CASE and THE CASE OF THE HOWLING DOG! As long as it's not too much work for you, we say go for it! :-D

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    2. Hey, folks, for some reason, our pal and fellow blogger Ivan Lerner couldn't get his message through, so I'm posting his comment here:

      "Dorian,
      Some glitch is preventing me from posting at your blog---so...
      Here's the text:

      Since I'm not sure when I'll be able to get ahold of Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte (Ms. Astor's last film), I'm signing up for John Ford's The Hurricane (although if it's in the South Pacific, isn't that a typhoon? Anyway...), which features sexy Mary (wasn't she involved in some scandals?) in a supporting role.
      Thanks for setting this up!
      Ivan"

      Thanks for the heads-up, Ivan! Sorry you've been having trouble getting into our TotED blog, but whether you opt for THE HURRICANE or you manage to find HUSH HUSH...SWEET CHARLOTTE, we'll be happy to have you join our Blogathon! And yes, Mary Astor was indeed caught in a scandal regarding custody of her 4-year-old daughter, though Mary finally emerged triumphant after much agita. Please keep us posted when you can!

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  18. Hi, Dorian! I'll join all of you, but I'll have to check which film of hers will appeal more to me, since I've watched few. Maybe an obscure one or a silent you do. Tomrrow I'll have my pick.
    Kisses!

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    1. Le, whether you blog about Mary Astor in a much-loved classic or a lesser-known film waiting to be hailed as a hidden treasure, we know you'll have a great movie to talk about at our Mary Astor Blogathon. R.A. Kerr and I are really looking forward to seeing what film you decide on!

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    2. I'm back as promised, and I'll write about Don Juan (1926). I see a lot of kissing in the horizon! :D
      Kisses!

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    3. Le, the silent-era DON JUAN is an excellent choice! We're ready to pucker up already! :-D Glad you're joining our Blogathon fun!

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  19. Count me in, Dorian. I'm going with DODSWORTH. Fun times a'coming. I love blogathons and flash fiction-a-thons and all manner of special doings. Just when I was getting tired of blogging, suddenly I'm feeling rejuvenated. Ha!

    At least for now. :)

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    1. Yvette, I speak for R.A. and myself when I say, HOORAY, we're thrilled that you're in the Blogathon! Nothing rejuvenates us movie lovers like a Blogathon! As of this writing, you'd actually be the 3nd blogger to write about DODSWORTH, but I know you'd have your own cool and unique view of us! One way or another, we're delighted to have you join our Mary Astor fun and frolic!

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  20. Oh, I didn't notice the other two Dodsworth aficionados. Sorry about that. But it's really my favorite MA performance that I can remember. If I stumble across something else, I'll send out a flare. :)

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    1. Not to worry, Yvette; one way or another, you and your terrific posts always have plenty of flare AND flair! :-D

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  21. Does anyone have dibs on THE CASE OF THE HOWLING DOG? A 1934 Perry Mason flick with Warren Williams and Mary Astor. I've never seen it, but I'm a willing guinea pig. :)

    I love Warren William and one of these days I'm going to call for a Warren William Blogathon!

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    1. Yvette, actually our pal and fellow blogger Caftan Woman has turned THE CASE OF THE HOWLING DOG and THE KENNEL MURDER CASE into a double-feature. But as we've said before, everyone's take on every one of these movies will be unique, so there's no need to fret! For the record, I'm still eager to see your version of DODSWORTH! But whatever you choose, it'll be a joy to read, as your posts always are!

      Also, anyone here who's stumped as to what to blog about may want to click on our link to Mary Astor's filmography from the IMDb. Fear not, my friends, there's something in the Blogathon for everyone!

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  22. I think it's great that you are doing a blogathon in Mary's honor. She's a gal I (and I'm sure many others) don't know all that well. These blogathons give us all an opportunity to get to know some of the "lesser-knowns" a bit better. The "famous" names don't really need the love and attention the way the "lesser-knowns do."

    That said, I will not be involved as a participant, as the only movies I would write about are already taken. Plus, I just caught "Dodsworth" for the first time last week and am already in the midst of writing a review of that one. I will definitely be involved as a reader, though, and I look forward to getting to know Mary a bit better.

    On another note, I caught her in a Robert Wagner movie "A Kiss Before Dying" several months ago, and I was grieved. I don't think she aged very well, and it broke my heart to see her.

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    1. Patti, thanks for your kind words! You're right, Blogathons like ours are a golden opportunity to introduce classic stars like Mary Astor to young movie fans, or even even re-connect with stars of yore. Although you won't be participating this time around (though you're always welcome to change your mind if you like :-)), I for one am looking forward to your upcoming review of DODSWORTH! Yes, it can be sad to see your favorite stars on the wane, but at least we have their better days to remember.

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  23. Dorian, a great choice for a blogathon. Has anyone chosen "Midnight" yet? If not, I'd like to do it. I usually publish on Mondays, so May 6 would be ideal for me.

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    1. R.D., MIDNIGHT does seem to be taken, but you can still put your own spin on your version, and I'm sure it'll be terrific! You might also find another Mary Astor film or TV appearance you'd like to write about in our link to the IMDb. Looking forward to what you decide on!

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    2. Dorian, I will plan to do "Midnight" for May 6.

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    3. MIDNIGHT on May 6? It's a date, R.D.! Glad to have you aboard! :-D

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  24. Would it be cool if I wrote about Upperworld? I've never seen it, and it looks like it could be fun.

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    1. Danny, I must confess I've never seen or even heard of UPPER WORLD, but when I took a look at it on the TCM Web site, you made me eager to check it out! Yes, by all means, please do write a blog post about UPPER WORLD; I'm looking forward to reading your post already! Isn't it great when a Blogathon introduces you to something new?

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  25. Dorian and Ruth,
    I had mentioned that I want to do a bio on Mary and if that's okay, I still want to do so. I've even ordered another book on Mary Astor that should arrive soon which will help with my research.

    Love the banners!
    Page

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    1. Page, I believe I speak for Ruth and myself when I say doing a bio on our gal Mary Astor for our Mary Astor Blogathon is a WONDERFUL idea! It'll be a boon to young classic movie fans who are only just learning about Mary and all the films and TV appearances from her 43-year career. Thanks a million for joining the Astor party and for your praise of our banners, too! Looking forward to your Mary bio, and rooting for you and Rich for your TERRORTHON, too!

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  26. Dorian and Ruth, what a great theme for a blogathon! I'd love to join in and write about one of Mary Astor's silent films, 'Romance of the Underworld' (1928) at my blog, Movie Classics - hope that is ok!

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    1. Judy, that's definitely OK! Ruth and I are thrilled to have you and Movie Classics representing our gal Mary Astor's silent films! I'd heard of ROMANCE OF THE UNDERWORLD, but never saw it, so I'm really looking forward to your Blogathon post! Thanks!

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  27. Hi, Ladies. I'd like to write about Mary's 1971 autobiography, "Mary Astor-A Life in Film", which I'll post Friday, May 3rd. She's a great subject for a blogathon. Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

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    1. Jacqueline, thanks for your enthusiastic comments! Ruth and I love the idea of posting your review of Mary's autobiography the day of her 107th birthday! Thanks for joining the Blogathon excitement; we're looking forward to your post!

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  28. I'd love to write something about Meet Me In St. Louis :) Let me know if that's okay. My blog address is: http://bwallover.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Vanessa, a number of bloggers are writing about MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, but you're still welcome to blog about it, too, since our Blogathon welcomes everybody's different spin on this universal classic! Or if you like, you can click on the link above to see all of Mary Astor's films and pick another movie you like. We're all flexible here, so please let us know what you decide; we'd love to have you join the fun!

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    2. I'm going to go ahead and keep my original subject (Meet Me In St. Louis), but I might want to contribute a second blog entry on another one of her films (if that's okay with you). I've just started my first blog post this morning, so it should be ready by tomorrow or the weekend (the latest). Do I have to sign up for a publication date?

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    3. Vanessa, R.A. and I are perfectly happy to have you blog about MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS as planned! And don't worry, you'll have plenty of time to set deadelind and blog about as many Mary Astor films as you wish, since our Blogathon doesn't start until May 3rd, 2013, Mary's 107th birthday! Our Blogathon will last one week, from May 3rd through May 10th. We love your enthusiasm, Vanessa, and we're looking forward to your Blogathon posts! Thanks for being part of our Blogathon! :-D

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    4. Splendid! I'm looking forward to it :D

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    5. Here's the link to my post: http://bwallover.blogspot.ca/2013/05/the-saint-mary-astor-in-meet-me-in-st.html

      I had asked for the first slot (May 3rd).

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    6. Vanessa, thanks for getting your link to us so promptly! Yes, you're on for tomorrow, May 3rd. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me and Ruth know. Looking forward to your post!

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    7. I just wanted to stop by and thank you again for including me in this blogathon! There are such great posts so far - can't wait for the rest! xoxo

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  29. Dorian: Has anyone taken "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1937)yet? I know she's only a supporting role, but its one of my all-time favorite movies and I would love to do it. Thanks.

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    1. Kevin, as of this writing, THE PRISONER OF ZENDA is still free, so as far as my co-hostess R.A. Kerr and I are concerned, it's all yours. and we look forward to your post! Besides, when it comes to Mary Astor, she's every inch a star, whether she's the leading lady or a bit player! Welcome aboard! :-D

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    2. Thanks, Dorian. I look forward to writing this post....and reading the other offerings in the blogathon. Thanks to you and R.A. for hosting it.

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    3. The feeling is mutual, Kevin! Looking forward to all of us commenting and enjoying sharing our Mary Astor blog posts! :-D

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  30. Hi, Dorian -- Please enter me for "The Lost Squadron" if it hasn't been taken. Thanks! moviedavid.blogspot.com

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    1. David, you and THE LOST SQUADRON are all set for our Mary Astor Blogathon! We're happy to have you join our Mary Astor lovefest!

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    2. David, you have your pick of dates for THE LOST SQUADRON! Please let Ruth and I know which date you prefer. Thanks so much; we're looking forward to having you and THE MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE in the Mary Astor Blogathon!

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  31. I would love to do Red Dust (1932)if that's ok and you'll have me ( I have a 30s themed blog and do a movie each Wednesday 0 I looked Midnight last week. See if it's ok - http://debyclark.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/wednesday-movie-matinee-midnight-1939.html

    Otherwise I'd like to do 'I am a a thief (1934) but I can't find a copy yet. Thanks, Deb

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    1. Great to meet you, Deb! Your blog sounds like fun, and we're happy to have you join our Mary Astor Blogathon fun whether you opt for RED DUST or I AM A THIEF (I'm hoping you can find it, too; it sounds promising)! Either way, my co-hostess R.A. Kerr and I have included you; thanks for coming aboard!

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  32. I'm interested in writing about her 1959 autobiography "My Story"

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    1. Jessica, we're thrilled that you and COMET OVER HOLLYWOOD are joining our Mary Astor Blogathon, and we're looking forward to your upcoming blog post about Mary's autobiography MY STORY! You're in! :-D

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  33. Gosh, what a response!
    I've only recently discovered Blogathons and can't wait to read all the posts.
    So many of Mary's films I haven't seen.
    All I could think of in the way of an article is two films in which Mary only had one scene, but made such an impression - ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY and ACT OF VIOLENCE. Unfortunately, I only have the former.

    Incidentally, I am a recently new blogger and ,my computering skills are limited. What is the procedure for submitting an article to you?

    Vienna's Classic Hollywood

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    1. Vienna, happy to hear from you! I take it you're a JOHNNY GUITAR fan? Sterling Hayden had always been one of our family's faves!

      I've heard of your blog VIENNA'S CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD, and I'm delighted to meet you and have you take part in our Mary Astor Blogathon! You're welcome to blog about either one of these films, as long as our gal Mary Astor is in the the cast! :-) My husband Vinnie and I sometimes take turns blogging here at TALES OF THE EASILY DISTRACTED (TotED for short), so if you've got a nifty idea to be a guest blogger here sometime, we'd be glad to have you as our special guest star, and send a little blog love to you and VIENNA'S CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD for all to enjoy! And of course, we're looking forward to whatever film Mary Astor film you decide on, too! Thanks for joining the Blogathon fun!

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  34. Many thanks for your kind comments, but I still don't know what the blogging procedure is .

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    1. Vienna, we of the Mary Astor Blogathon keep things simple. All you have to do is write your blog post about whatever Mary Astor film you want to write about. No hoops to jump through, just blog! :-)

      The Blogathon starts on May 3rd (Mary Astor's 107th birthday) and continues through May 10th. My co-hostess R.A. Kerr and I will soon be putting everyone's name (for example, "Vienna" :-)) on a list of Blogathon participants and the films they're blogging about. If you have further questions or suggestions, let us know. Looking forward to yours and everyone else's Blogathon posts!

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  35. Thank you. Could I please post on May 9th? (at http ://dancing lady39.wordpress.com)
    My article will be called MARY ASTOR:JUST ONE SCENE (ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY)

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    1. Vienna, I've officially got you down for May 9th for "Mary Astor: Just One Scene: ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY." Thanks for joining our Blogathon, and have a great holiday weekend!

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  36. Can I sign on for THE SIN SHIP (1931) at Immortal Ephemera (http://immortalephemera.com) - Preferably May 7 or 8, whichever works best for you, though other dates work if you're full then.

    Thanks! Cliff

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    1. Cliff, THE SIN SHIP is all yours! As of this writing, both May 7th and 8th are available, so please let R.A. and I know which date you prefer. In any case, this is a great time to remind everyone to pick Mary Astor Blogathon dates; just a few more weeks to Blogathon day! :-)

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    2. Thanks! I'll take May 8th then.

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    3. Cliff, I just posted your May 8th date on our spreadsheet post! We're glad you're joining in the Blogathon fun with THE SIN SHIP! Thanks!

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  37. Dorian, we have a problem. Here in Brazil I can't find a DVD of Don Juan, like there is from Warner Archive there in the US. It's not online (only the versions of 1934 and 1994) and my torrent download s stuck at 7% I'll do my best to make the download faster, but if it doesn't end in time, could I write about Romance of the Underworld (1928)? I'll watch Don Juan anyway when it's completed, but just in case!
    Kisses!

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    1. Le, we understand, and we're happy to accommodate you any way we can to help you participate in our Mary Astor Blogathon. Please let us know how we can help. Whatever movie you choose is fine with Ruth and me; please let us know!

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  38. Ruth and Dorian, I posted here back in March to say I'd write about 'Romance of the Underworld' (1928), and you said that was fine, but I see it's not included in the 'gang so far' list above - could you add it into the list please?

    Thanks so much, looking forward to it!

    Judy, Movie Classics blog

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  39. PS just realised you may not have added me because I hadn't named a particular date - any date is fine with me :)

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  40. Dorian, I tried to leave a comment earlier saying I'd offered to do 'Romance of the Underworld' but wasn't on the list, but please don't worry about it as Ruth is now adding it to the list for me and I'll be posting on May 7! Looking forward to the blogathon. I see Le might now be doing the same film but I'm sure our takes will be different and look forward to reading her posting. Judy

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    1. Fear not, Judy -- Ruth and I have it covered, thanks! And yes, it's OK for our Blogathoners to cover the same films; as you said, our takes will each have their own views on the subject. We're looking forward to reading your post; thanks for joining our Blogathon fun and Mary-ment! :-D

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  41. Dorian, just to confirm I will post on May 9th and the subject is MARY ASTOR:JUST ONE SCENE.ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY.
    Hope that is ok

    Vienna's Classic Hollywood

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    1. Glad to hear it, Vienna; we're looking forward to ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY!

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  42. Hey, gang, don't forget to keep an eye on the posts as they come in! Just a couple of weeks to Mary Astor Blogathon time! :-D

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  43. Dorian: Did you assign us particular days for us to post?

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    1. Hey, FlickChick, your timing is impeccable, as I was just about to comment to you! Right now, I have you on our spreadsheet as "The Great Lie or Holiday." Either one is fine, so just let me know which film and date you'd like!

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  44. I'm doing "Holiday" - and how about May 6th?

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    1. May 6th and HOLIDAY are all yours, Chick! Looking forward to your post! :-D

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  45. Hey, gang, just heard from our pal Jim Lane of Jim Lane's Cinedrome: he'll be blogging about BRIGHAM YOUNG on May 10th! Glad to have you aboard, Jim!

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  46. Hi Dorian,

    I realized that I hadn't given you a date for my review of Desert Fury. Would May 4th work for you and Ruth? If not, I can shift my schedule around, no worries.

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    1. No worries, Aubyn - posting DESERT FURY on May 4th will work just fine. We're looking forward to reading it on Saturday!

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  47. I'm going to be joining in at Strictly Vintage Hollywood ( http://strictly-vintage-hollywood.blogspot.com/) on Mary's days in silent films and taking a look at her book A Life on Film. Drat, someone took Prisoner of Zenda!

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    1. Donna, we're thrilled that you'll be posting about our gal Mary Astor's autobiography, A LIFE ON FILM! Have you chosen your date yet? Please let us know today. Thanks so much for joining our Blogathon fun!

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  48. Hi Dorian, I'll try to get it up on my blog on Sunday

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    1. OK, Donna, we'll aim for Sunday. Thanks - we're looking forward to your post about Mary Astor's LIFE ON FILM!

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  49. Nice work, Dorian. :) It was your good idea to have a blogathon for Dear Mary, and it will be a good one.

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    1. Ruth, thanks so much for your kind words about our Mary Astor Blogathon! But it takes a village, as they say, and your tremendous help to me as my friend and co-hostess really means a lot to me. Three cheers for friendship, teamwork, and swell bloggers who love Mary, too! :-)

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  50. Blog post on "Mary Astor-A Life on Film" up now at Another Old Movie Blog. http://anotheroldmovieblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/mary-astors-life-on-film.html

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

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    1. Jacqueline, I'm really looking forward to giving your post about "Mary Astor - A Life On Film" my undivided attention today. Thanks a million for joining our Mary Astor Blogathon!

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  51. Just wanted you to know that I nominated you for the Super Sweet Bloggers Award. I received the award on Sunday, May 19th, and part of accepting it was to pass it on to a Baker's Dozen of blogs that I like.

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    1. Aren't you nice! Jenni, thanks for including me among all the swell nominees for the Super Sweet Bloggers Award! Really, as far as I'm concerned, you and the rest of our awesome bloggers here -- among other worthy blogger pals -- are all winners as far as I'm concerned! But if you feel you must cite particular bloggers, these folks happen to leap readily to mind!

      1) Yvette Banek, …in so many words…
      http://yvettecandraw.blogspot.com/

      2) R.A. Kerr, Silver Screenings
      http://silverscreenings.org

      3) Marsha Collack, a.k.a. FlickChick: A Person in the Dark
      http://flickchick1953.blogspot.com/

      4) Jo Gabriel, The Last Drive-In
      http://thelastdrivein.com/

      5) Brian Schuck, Films from Beyond the Time Barrier
      http://filmsfrombeyond.blogspot.com/

      6) Page Inciardi, My Love of Old Hollywood
      http://myloveofoldhollywood.blogspot.com/

      7) Aurora Bugallo, Once Upon A Screen
      http://aurorasginjoint.com/

      8) Ivan G. Shreve, Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
      http://thrillingdaysofyesteryear.blogspot.com/

      9) Patricia Schroder, The Lady Eve’s Reel Life
      http://eves-reel-life.blogspot.com/

      10) Tracy and David Gilbert, Random Ramblings of A Broadway, Film, & TV Fan
      http://randomramblingofabroadwayfilmtvfan.blogspot.com/

      11) Kevin’s Movie Corner
      http://kevinsmoviecorner.blogspot.com/

      12) Jacqueline T. Lynch, Another Old Movie Blog
      http://anotheroldmovieblog.blogspot.com/

      Keep up your wonderful blogging, my friends!

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