Announcement~4th annual WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon

WE’RE BACK for number 4!


WHAT A CHARACTER! a phrase borrowed from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) so that we could dedicate a blogathon to those whose names few remember – the players who rarely got leading parts, exhibiting instead a versatility and depth many leading actors wished they had.  Aurora, Paula and I never tire of seeing them or paying tribute and as the previous three installments of this event proved, neither do you.  So, here we are with the fourth annual WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon.

To say we’re thrilled is an understatement and we hope you’ll join us in spotlighting the Edmund Gwenns and Spring Byingtons of the world, the oft forgotten names that never appeared above the title.  If this is right up your movie alley then give us a shout out…

Kellee at Outspoken & Freckled and (@IrishJayHawk66) and Kellee Pratt

Paula at Paula’s Cinema Club and (@Paula_Guthat) and Paula Guthat

Aurora at Once Upon a Screen and (@CitizenScreen) and Citizen Screen

And please adhere to the following:

  • Let one of the hosts know which character actor is your choice.  Since there are so many greats worthy of mention, we won’t take any repeats and we’re not limiting these to “classic” actors.  AND… since the medium of Television has featured such greats through the years as well we’re widening the field to include small-screen characters this year. 
  • Don’t take it for granted we know exactly who you are or where your blog resides – please include the title and url to your blog.
  • Publish the post for either November 14, 15 & 16.  Let us know if you have a date preference, otherwise we’ll split publicizing duties equally among the three days.
  • Please include the blogathon graphic on your blog to help us publicize the event and include it in your post.
  • It would be really helpful if you can send any of us the direct link to your post.  Searching on social media sites can lead to missed entries.
  • HAVE FUN and spread the word!  There are many great characters worthy of attention.

Participating blogs and chosen Character Actors

Now Voyaging ~ Robert Barrat
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood ~ Ethel Barrymore


Girls Do Film ~ Louise Beavers

Aperture Reviews ~ Whit Bissell
Movies, Silently ~ Elmer Booth
Smitten Kitten Vintage ~ Joe E. Brown
Caftan Woman ~ Harry Carey & Harry Carey Jr.
Speakeasy ~ Eduardo Ciannelli


Phyllis Loves Classic Movies ~ Charles Coburn

Mother Time Musings ~ Gladys Cooper


Tales Of The Easily Distracted ~ Lloyd Corigan (in BOSTON BLACKIE and THE BIG CLOCK)

Hometowns to Hollywood ~ Harry Davenport
Silver Screenings ~ Daffy Duck
Tales From the Border ~ Dwight Frye
Movie Movie Blog Blog ~ Ned Glass
Classic Film & TV Cafe ~ Sydney Greenstreet
Critica Retro ~ Wilson Grey
I See A Dark Theater ~ Marsha Hunt
The Motion Pictures ~ Allen Jenkins
Guest post on Once Upon a Screen ~ Tommy Lee Jones
Silver Scenes ~ Allyn Joslyn
Spellbound By Movies ~ Tom Kennedy
Immortal Ephemera ~ Guy Kibbee
CineMaven’s Essays From the Couch ~ Peter Lorre
The View From The Back Row ~ Marjorie Main
Second Sight Cinema ~ Dickie Moore
The Last Drive-In ~ Agnes Moorehead
A Shroud of Thoughts ~ Frank Morgan
Shadows and Satin ~ Clarence Muse
Joel’s Classic Film Passion ~ Una O’Connor
Outspoken & Freckled ~ Franklin Panghorn
Just a Cienast ~ John Qualen
Cinematic Catharsis ~ Michael Ripper


Old Hollywood Films ~ SZ “Cuddles” Sakall

Portraits by Jenni ~ C. Aubrey Smith


Le Mot Du Cinephiliaque ~ Harry Dean Stanton

BNoirDetour ~ Helen Walker
Once Upon a Screen ~ Mary Wickes
Wide Screen World ~ Shelley Winters
Sister Celluloid ~ Roland Young



The faces on the banner:

Row 1: (L-R) Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Margaret Dumont, Edward Arnold, Albert Dekker, Ann Miller, Leon Errol

Row 2: (L-R) Dan Duryea, Eugene Palette, Aline MacMahon, Charles Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Billie Burke

Row 3: (L-R) Spring Byington, Walter Brennan, Hattie McDaniel, Gene Lockhart, Margaret O’Brien, Edgar Kennedy

Row 4: (L-R) Eric Blore, Franklin Pangborn, Frank Morgan, Guy Kibbee, Gloria Grahame, Jane Darwell

Row 5: (L-R) Judith Anderson, Edward Everett Horton, Eve Arden, S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall, Thelma Ritter, Louis Calhern

Row 6: (L-R) Charles Lane, Kim Hunter, David Wayne, Louise Beavers, Cecil Kellaway, Shemp Howard


39 thoughts on “Announcement~4th annual WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon

  1. Hi Kellee, could a person do a cartoon character, as in Daffy Duck? I ask because I just saw the Warner Bros short “You Ought to be in Pictures” which combines cartoon characters with human actors. Daffy was a fabulous antagonist. If this doesn’t fit the parameters of the blogathon, I will happily choose someone else Thanks!
    – Ruth at


    1. Thanks so much, Gary! I just added you and posted my “Day 3” post. Could you please remind me of your twitter handle so I can promote you on twitter too? Thanks again for joining in. I enjoyed reading more about Maria.


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