Today we bring you the first day of the 8th annual WHAT A CHARACTER! BLOGATHON, hosted by yours truly and my fellow co-hosts, your ambassadors of classic film: Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club @Paula_Guthat and Aurora of Once Upon A Screen @CitizenScreen.
In celebrating this annual event, this weekend we honor the unsung heroes of big and small screens everywhere, the unforgettable character actors. Who are those familiar faces who repeatedly steal every scene from the leads that you look for? Here and now, we salute you! Whether it’s the frustrated hotel manager, or sharp-witted maids, that sassy sidekick, or even the best friend… in so many ways, the character role is often our favorite, albeit small, performances of a film. We have invited bloggers to scribe on their favorite characters. Here they are!
Joey at THE LAST DRIVE-IN aka @LastDrivein writes in his entry on THELMA RITTER… “With her warm and weather worn face, Thelma Ritter is the quintessential expression of a working class dame, the working class mother, the everywoman. And no one can deliver a snappy quip quite like Thelma Ritter.” Read on for What A Character! Blogathon 2019: Thelma Ritter “Always a bridesmaid and never the bride”
FlickChick over at A PERSON IN THE DARK scribes on ESTELLE WINWOOD, describing her as fascinating in her personal life as her on-screen persona… “She was smart, she smoked, she drank, she loved men and she looked down her veddy English nose at just about everyone. She lived to be 101 and remained feisty, irreverent and utterly charming in her crusty, dismissive and oh-so-British way.” Read more of, What A Character: The Ever Scandalous Estelle Winwood.”
Terry aka @mercurie80 at A SHROUD OF THOUGHTS outlines the prolific career of FRANK FAYLEN, including “…his three best known roles are very different from each other. Bim in The Lost Weekend is sadistic and actually takes joy in his taunting of the patients in his charge. Ernie Bishop in It’s a Wonderful Life is respected in his community and would do anything for his community. He truly has a heart of gold. Herbert Gillis is a bit of a curmudgeon, particularly with regards to his son Dobie, but in the end he is only looking out for his son’s best interests.” Discover more… “Frank Faylen: More Than A Cab Driver.”
Patricia at THE MOVIE NIGHT’S GROUP GUIDE TO CLASSIC FILM presents FAY BAINTER in “The Lady and the Mob” (1939). As Patricia states, “It’s not often that Ms. Bainter gets to lead a film, but when she does, it’s always a pleasure. She takes an okay script and an average part, and gives the audience a decidedly better experience.” To read more… “Fay Heads The Mob.”
Maddy over at MADDY LOVES HER CLASSIC FILM offers us HENRY DANIELL. As Maddy explains, “Henry could dominate and steal even the smallest scene that he appeared in. He always brought his A game to every single performance. He was also one of those actors like George Sanders, Richard Burton, or Claude Rains, who had been blessed with a truly magnificent and distinctive voice.” Explore more of Maddy’s thoughts on him… “What A Character Blogathon 2019: Henry Daniell.”
Rich of WIDE SCREEN WORLD brings us UNA O’CONNOR. As Rich reveals, “Best known for playing saucy old broads with a wry sense of humor. A standout visibly as well as audibly: big round eyes and a, um, characteristic nose coupled with a sharp voice that was usually accented in either Cockney English, Scottish, or her own Irish brogue.” Explore more on his thoughts as he visits her gravesite… “Una O’Connor and Her Final Resting Place.”
More entries are on their way. Keep check checking back with us here, and with my fellow co-hosts all weekend.
Saturday, 11/16: Day 2… Aurora/ @CitizenScreen at Once Upon A Screen
Sunday, 11/17: Day 3… Paula/ @Paula_Guthat at Paula’s Cinema Club
13 thoughts on “WHAT A CHARACTER! BLOGATHON: Day 1”
Hi Kellee, here’s my post on Margaret Hamilton. Thanks so much for hosting!
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I just published my article on an outfit which Thelma Ritter wears: https://pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress.com/2019/11/15/film-fashion-friday-20-thelma-ritters-pencil-dress-in-the-model-and-the-marriage-broker-from-1951-character-couture-for-the-eight-annual-what-a-character-blogathon/. Thank you for including it in the blogathon!
Tiffany, You said you were covering Humphrey Bogart as a character actor. Unfortunately, I’m not able to accept anything on Thelma Ritter because someone else is already covering her.
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I understand. Somehow I thought that both topics had been approved, but now I realize that I was confusing this with my entry in a different blogathon. I did write my article on Humphrey Bogart. I have been sick this week, so I haven’t had a chance to send it to you before now. Here it is: https://pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress.com/2019/11/17/52-code-films-week-46-dark-victory-from-1939-from-a-character-to-a-star-for-the-8th-annual-what-a-character-blogathon/. I hope that you will still include it in one of the rosters. Thank you!
Here’s a look at a fave of mine, George Zucco: https://www.caftanwoman.com/2019/11/what-character-blogathon-george-zucco.html
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Hope I’m not too late to take part. http://viennasclassichollywood.com/2019/11/13/they-had-faces-then-part-three
Vienna (Vienna’s Classic Hollywood)
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This is really cute!