First, I’d like to offer a great big Thank You to all the bloggers who have volunteered to participate in the Huzzah Squad! You guys are absolutely super!
Here are our participants so far:
- Me! (Casey)
It is not too late to jump on the bandwagon, just jot me a comment and I’ll add your name to the list!
We shall begin by each choosing a star for our first tribute. Here is a list of stars to choose from, if you need ideas. Then we need to establish the order the posts will be published (on our own blogs, or I’ll post them here for those without a blog). You guys can pick your own place in the publishing lineup, so if you covet being first, call it fast!
I am working on a logo for us to use in the posts and a button for each of us to post in our sidebars (of course you do not have to use either, but it’ll be here soon for those who would like it).
Also – I have an idea to publicize the series. What do you guys think of a special twitter feed created just to tweet these posts?
(If you are completely lost and have no idea what any of this is, read this post. All will become clear.)
- Turhan Bey (Matthew)
- Richard Beymer (Sarah)
- Honor Blackman (Millie)
- Michael Caine (Niamhy)
- Michael Callan (Millie)
- Claudia Cardinale (KC)
- Diahann Carroll (Casey)
- Sean Connery (Niamhy)
- Tim Conway (Millie)
- Peggy Cummins (Matthew)
- Olivia de Havilland (Audrey)
- Bradford Dillman (Millie)
- Deanna Durbin (Millie)
- Richard Erdman (Addie)
- Peter Falk (Millie)
- Joan Fontaine (Emily)
- Steve Forrest (Emily)
- Coleen Gray (KC)
- Marsha Hunt (Casey)
- Anne Jeffreys (Casey)
- Carla Laemmle (Matthew)
- Angela Lansbury (Casey)
- Joan Leslie (Emily)
- Dorothy Malone (KC)
- Maureen O’Hara (Emily)
- Eleanor Parker (Addie)
- Nova Pilbeam (Matthew)
- Jane Powell (Casey)
- Ann Rutherford (Emily)
- Eva Marie Saint (Emily)
- Lizabeth Scott (Addie)
- Phyllis Thaxter (Addie)
- Esther Williams (KC)
Calling all classic film fans: we have a new project that needs your support! As fans of films from the 30s-60s, we have the bittersweet duty of recalling fond memories when the legends of the screen pass away. It deeply saddens all of us, serving as a reminder of the precious stars remaining with us. It’s time we honored these incredible talents before they leave us.
*cue 60’s adventure music* Announcing, The Huzzah Squad!
Born out of a conversation I had with Terry of A Shroud of Thoughts, The Huzzah Squad will be our way to show appreciation to the stars right now. The plan is to form a circle of bloggers to take turns writing daily or weekly posts in tribute to a star who is still with us. If we have enough participants, each blogger will only be writing one post every month. We can band together to communicate our sincere appreciation for the amazing library of classic films we enjoy today.
So, any takers? Anybody interested in giving back a little of the happiness we receive from watching classic films? If so, drop me a line in the comments by February 11, 2011. Let’s show the fantastic actors and actresses of yesteryear how much they truly mean to us!
P.S. – please feel free to jump in even if you don’t have a blog space of your own. I’ll be happy to host guest posts for anyone interested.
On this, the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan, I’d like to offer a few lines of tribute to a special, one-of-a-kind person we all can respect. Ronald Reagan occupies an exclusive corner of my heart, a place where calling him “Ronnie” is the only way to go. While I have an infinite list of reasons for loving Ronnie, there is one reason above all he will forever have my respect and admiration.
Ronnie truly was exactly what he seemed to be. Balancing kindness, love and a gentle nature with immeasurable courage of his convictions, Ronnie captivated all those who saw him. In his letters to Nancy throughout their marriage, he fully reveals a vulnerable, sincere side of his nature the rest of us only glimpse briefly in his screen appearances. Because of Ronnie’s complete self-confidence, he had a capacity for love only dreamed of in romance novels. Perhaps most surprising of all in light of his soft-heartedness, he was not a wishy-washy man. In fact, we have yet to see an American politician with Ronnie’s unbridled devotion to his beliefs and the courage to defend them to all dissenters. Of course he wasn’t perfect (who would want him to be?), but even when he made mistakes he handled them with grace and charm. That’s all you can ask of a person.
So, may I say: Happy Birthday, Ronnie. We haven’t forgotten the lessons you taught us, even though we miss you more each day.
Don’t miss the other tribute posts to Ronnie around the blogosphere:
Millie of ClassicForever
Laura of Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings
Niamhy of Born in the Wrong Decade
Hello friends! I’m woefully behind in answering your lovely comments, but I promise, I will soon. In the meantime, would you like to have a guess as to the subject of my latest portrait? This is my first caricature, rendered in vectors (infinitely scalable graphics to you) and created entirely in Adobe Illustrator CS5.
So, who is this? Extra bonus points for additional information about the character, if you know it.
[Click on the image for the largest size]
While sorting through some old magazines today, I happened to flip open a 7 year old issue of Coastal Living and saw the name “GIDGET” popping out at me from the page. Being that my dear friend Millie has a great love for the Gidget film from 1959, I of course paused and perused. The headline turned out to be a lead in for a short (one page!) feature about the lady who truly is Gidget. So, please have a look and revel in the crazy, amazing 60’s-ness of it all! :D
Why hello my lovely friends! Yes, I am still in existence, though you wouldn’t know it from my posting frequency. Many apologies. I’m here to begin to remedy that sad situation.
One of my favorite bloggers, Mr. Matthew Coniam, (of Movietone News) celebrated his birthday on June 20 and I would like to extend him best wishes for another year of movie watching. Matthew’s blog always drives me to try harder as a writer and blogger because his posts are so darn good. Case in point: his recent tribute to the incredible Jane Russell. The post is full of hilarious zingers, my favorite of which lies in his discussion of Jane and Marilyn Monroe. Go read the post, I’ll wait for you……………………………………. See what I mean?
Whenever a blogger friend celebrates a birthday, I like to use the occasion to learn more about their favorite stars. Matthew is a man of many classic film crushes, but he is most devoted to the gorgeous Fay Wray.
He has written several posts on the glories of Fay, so I won’t even attempt to compete with his prose. You can celebrate his birthday by delighting in them for yourselves.
Any port in a drought
Ten recommendations from 1931 – including 2 of Matthew’s Fay picks
Also be sure to check out Matthew’s new blog: Movietone Cameos – his new place for short film reviews!
I leave you now, with a quote from Fay, letting us in on a truly valuable secret of life:
I would say the secret is to be enthusiastic about everything that comes into your life. To care, to care about people. To be excited about everything that comes close to you.
– Fay Wray
I’ve been a dreadful blogger of late. I’m so bad I even completely missed wishing my dear niece Millie a Happy Birthday two days ago! Well I am now prepared to remedy this situation.
HaPpY BiRtHdAy MiLlIe!!!!
Millie created a terribly interesting post explaining why she will no longer be a supporter of Ingrid Bergman, do make sure you read it. I was quite sad to hear this news, so in one last blast of Ingy fan-adoration, I found two marvelous Ingy photo sites to visit… as a final farewell.
TCMdB’s Ingrid Bergman Archive Material Collection – The Saratoga Trunk wardrobe stills are particularly spectacular. Even the wardrobe practice photos were works of art in classic Hollywood!
The Life Collection of Ingy Photos – The place where all these lovelies showcased here were found. The Life Archives have made being a classic film fan even more fun than before!
I wish a very happy belated birthday to Miss Millie!
Happy Birthday Sarah!
Today, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Sarah, Queen of the Quips, a marvelously happy birthday! One of her favorite actors is Mr. Ian McShane (see above) so I thought it would be fitting to introduce you all to him in honor of her special day.
Ian McShane’s IMDb – He’s worked steadily since the early 60’s. My favorite of his roles, (and I think Sarah’s) is a swell film he made with Hayley Mills called Gypsy Girl aka Sky West & Crooked in 1966.
McShane Flickr Goldmine – The place where that adorable photo above was found. Browse around – it’s multitude of McShane Shots to choose from there.
Official McShane Facebook – Not kidding at all. He actually has a Facebook page, to my astonishment. Follow away, Facebookers!
I hope Ian McShane casts his spell on you as he did on Sarah & I! And don’t forget to wish Miss Sarah a very Happy Birthday!