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The Dueling Divas Entries

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The Dueling Divas are underway, readers! I will be updating this post throughout the day as the entries come in, so be sure to check back!

Here are the entries thus far:

Over at Movie Star Makeover, Kim Novak and Rita Hayworth claw it out over Pal Joey.

Silver Screenings gives us a rundown of two military divas, Gregory Peck and David Niven in The Guns of Navarone.

Barry Bradford shows us two ladies battling it out in the wrestling arena with a rundown of All the Marbles.

Meanwhile, at Sister Celluloid, Carole Lombard and Kay Francis compete for the same man in In Name Only (but they’re really friends in real life!)

Cary Grant Won’t Eat You spoons up some drama between Ginger Rogers and Gail Patrick in Stage Door.

Silents, Please! recaps Asta Nielsen’s dual role in Die falsche Asta Nielsen.

Over at Wolffian Classic Movies Digest, Hayley Mills plays twins in…you guessed it…The Parent Trap!

I’m thrilled that Theresa, at the fantastic new blog CineMaven’s: Essays From the Couchis participating this year with a treatise on the divas in Libeled Lady versus those in its remake, Easy to Wed.

Marsha at A Person in the Dark tries to keep it civil between Jean Brodie and Sandy from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Critica Retro offers up a piece on Olivia de Havilland’s twins suspected of murder in The Dark Mirror. If you don’t speak Portuguese, be sure to make use of Le’s handy translate button on the right side of the page!

At Girls Do Film, we are treated to a fascinating look at the legendary relationship between two of the biggest divas of them all, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.

I See a Dark Theater takes on diva Rags Ragland and his dual role in Whistling in Dixie.

Meanwhile, at Vitaphone Dreamer, Lina Lamont and Kathy Selden take center stage as they duel over Don Lockwood in Singin’ In the Rain. So fabulous we “cahn’t steeeeand it!”

We travel to France for some Napoleonic dueling in Silver Screen Modes post about The Duellists.

Movies, Silently discusses Constance Talmadge and a wacky storyline involving identical twins in her piece on Her Sister From Paris.

Classic Reel Girl gets creative and tells us why Bob Hope and Bing Crosby really are dueling divas (no doubt on my end)!

The Wonderful World of Cinema delves into the rivalry between Bonnie Parker and Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde.

It’s a battle of the Barbras over at Moon in Gemini where we’re treated to a piece on Barbra Streisand’s dual roles (with a twist) in a On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

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Announcing the Fourth Annual Dueling Divas Blogathon!

Readers, I have been so bogged down with research that this is the first moment I am getting to announce our annual Dueling Divas Blogathon! Usually, the blogathon takes place in December, but this year I am going to need to push it back a bit due to various research obligations during the months of December and January.

So hear ye, hear ye–dust off those jungle red nails and get ready, because Backlots’ 4th Annual Dueling Divas Blogathon is coming to the blogosphere on January 31, 2015! We have had so much fun with this blogathon over the past 3 years, and I can’t wait to see what this year holds.

If you haven’t participated in the past, here is a rundown of how it works.

In the weeks leading up to the blogathon, send me your topic so that I can add you to the list of participants. Your topic may be related to any of the following:

  • Classic film personalities who had a rivalry in real life, either over a particular film role or over a personality clash, ie Bette Davis and Joan Crawford
  • Classic film characters who had a rivalry on the screen, ie Mildred and Veda from Mildred Pierce
  • Any dual role played by an actor or actress in a classic film, ie Hayley Mills in The Parent Trap.

You don’t need to feel limited to a single duel between two personalities or characters. You can talk about various clashes a single actor had (ahem…Bette Davis) or duels within a group. In the past, I have written about the duels in The Women, which was a lot of fun.

When you have chosen your topic, comment on this post with what you would like to write about, and I will keep a running list of participants.

Please feel free to take the banner below to advertise on your own site. I look forward to seeing all of the creativity that has been the signature of this blogathon in previous years!

Here are the participants thus far:

NOW VOYAGING will discuss the legendary sister actresses Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine

FLICK CHICK will take a look at the duel between Sandy and Pamela in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

GOLDDIGGER OF 1933 will tell us about the duel between Lina Lamont and Kathy Selden in Singin’ In the Rain.

SILVER SCREENINGS will get creative and talk about 2 divas who LITERALLY duel, Gregory Peck and David Niven in The Guns of Navarone.

CINEMAVENS (a new blog to be up and running by the time Dueling Divas gets underway) will also get creative and pit Libeled Lady against Easy to Wed.

BARRYBRADFORD.COM will tell us about the duels between Vicki Frederick and Laurene Landon in All the Marbles.

SISTER CELLULOID will write about Kay Francis vs. Carole Lombard in In Name Only.

I SEE A DARK THEATER will take on Rags Ragland’s dual role in Whistling Dixie.

MOON IN GEMINI will give us a post about Barbra Streisand’s dual role in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

CRITICA RETRO will get murderous with Olivia de Havilland’s portrayal of a suspicious pair of twins in The Dark Mirror.

CHRISTINA RICE will tell us about Bette Davis and Ann Dvorak in Housewife.

See you soon!

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The Romantic Comedy Blogathon: FINAL DAY ENTRIES

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Well, readers, I must say, this blogathon has been a great success! On behalf of Carole & Co. and myself, thank you to everyone who submitted your posts. We so appreciate all the time and energy that went into these fantastic, informative entries, and we love reading all your work.

So without further ado, here are the final installments:

From our good friend Ivan at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, we kick off our shoes for some Easy Livinghttp://thrillingdaysofyesteryear.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-romantic-comedy-blogathon-easy.html

At The Vintage Cameo, Garbo laughs in Ninotchkahttp://www.thevintagecameo.com/2014/05/ninotchka-1939/

Don’t drink anything the old ladies give you at Amy’s Rib: A Life at the Movies, because she’s serving up the fabulous Arsenic and Old Lacehttp://amysrib.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-romantic-comedy-blogathon-arsenic.html

Don’t wait to go over to The Merry Widow Waltz for a wonderful analysis of Heaven Can Waithttp://randompicturesblog.net/2014/05/04/the-merry-widow-waltz-lubitschs-heaven-can-wait/

Our blogathon regular Dorian at Tales of the Easily Distracted tells us how There’s Always a Woman. http://doriantb.blogspot.com/2014/05/theres-always-woman-blondell-ambition.html

At Movies Silently, we get a taste of early Lubitsch in The Merry Jail. http://moviessilently.com/2014/05/04/the-merry-jail-1917-a-silent-film-review/

At Girls Do Film, demand the ale that won for Yale (rah, rah, rah!) because it’s The Lady Eve! http://girlsdofilm.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/the-lady-eve-barbara-stanwyck-and-henry-fonda/

Go to Journeys in Classic Film for a crash course in culture (and maybe a good game of gin!), because Kristen is giving us Born Yesterdayhttp://journeysinclassicfilm.com/2014/05/05/born-yesterday-1950/

And my own contribution–from Backlots, it’s a case of mistaken identity in Ever Since Eve. https://backlots.net/2014/05/04/the-romantic-comedy-blogathon-ever-since-eve-1937/

Whew! That’s it, folks. Hope to see you next year at the second annual Romantic Comedy Blogathon!

The Romantic Comedy Blogathon: EVER SINCE EVE (1937)

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For my own entry in the Romantic Comedy Blogathon, hosted by Carole & Co. and myself, I have decided to focus on a lesser-known but undoubtedly very funny comedy by the name of Ever Since Eve, made at Warner Bros. in 1937. This was the second time Marion Davies and Robert Montgomery appeared onscreen together (the first was in Blondie of the Follies five years prior) and this movie also marks the final film appearance of Marion Davies.

Ever Since Eve tells the story of Marge, a young secretary who, unable to find a job due to her attractiveness, dresses down and immediately finds employment as an assistant to writer Robert Montgomery. But ultimately when he sees, quite by accident, how she really looks, he falls for her and we are treated to a joyous and clever spectacle of mistaken identities for the remainder of the movie, highlighted by Marion Davies’ comedic talent and that of the delightful Patsy Kelly, who plays her roommate.

Patsy Kelly, a veteran character actress who often played wisecracking maids or roommates, is a gem. Though she is not referenced often, her face is familiar to the vast majority of people familiar with 1930s Hollywood because of the memorable characters she creates and the boisterous energy she exudes onscreen. Kelly has a penchant for stealing the show in any movie she’s in, and this is no exception. Her smart-aleck line delivery and almost manic characters make for a winning combination, and she has some of the best moments in the movie. Ever Since Eve was her 14th movie, and she continued acting through the 1970s in movies like Merrily We Live, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, and even appeared in the classic horror film Rosemary’s Baby in 1968.

Though by today’s standards the basic plot structure of Ever Since Eve, revolving around physical beauty as a factor in whether or not a woman was hired, might be considered rather misogynistic, it oddly doesn’t seem to matter in this film. The comedy is so sharp and the mistaken identities so expertly crafted that one gets the sense of a Shakespearean comedy of errors. The dialogue is witty and the ensemble work is masterful. Ever Since Eve is a great movie.

Despite a widespread publicity campaign, Ever Since Eve didn’t get the attention that Warner Bros. thought it would get upon its initial release. Combined with three prior Marion Davies movies that failed to live up to box office expectations at Warner Bros., this seemed to be the logical end of the line for Marion’s career at the studio. In addition, William Randolph Hearst, companion to Marion Davies and head of Cosmopolitan Productions at Warner Bros., was having severe financial difficulties. Marion thought, for the sake of her beloved “W.R.”, this would be a good time for her leave the movies and act as his full-time companion and caretaker. And that she did, devoting herself to taking care of Hearst, never leaving his side until the day he died. It is said that Marion Davies was one of the kindest, most generous people in all of Hollywood. And this act of sacrificing her film career to take care of her companion confirms it.

Marion and Hearst were together for 32 years, until his death in 1951.

Ever Since Eve is a true delight. I leave you with a fun scene.

This has been an entry in the Romantic Comedy Blogathon. See you next time!

 

The Romantic Comedy Blogathon–DAY 2 ENTRIES

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The Romantic Comedy Blogathon rolls on today with some more fantastic entries! Without further ado, here they are. Thanks to everyone who has participated thus far, Vince and I are very pleased with the turnout!

Silver Screenings gives us a peek into the science of romantic comedy, through the lens of one of my personal favorite movies of all time, Show Peoplehttp://silverscreenings.org/2014/05/01/the-science-of-romantic-comedy/

Over at The Joy and Agony of Movies, we get an informative write-up of the beloved Audrey Hepburn vehicle Sabrinahttp://lipranzer.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/romantic-comedy-blogathon-sabrina/

Be sure to put on your dancing shoes, because our friend Patricia at Caftan Woman is giving us a Footlight Serenade. http://caftanwoman.blogspot.ca/2014/05/the-romantic-comedy-blogathon-footlight.html

Kim at I See a Dark Theater tells us all about Over 21, and the wonderful reason she chose a straight comedy for a romantic comedy blogathon! http://www.iseeadarktheater.com/#!over-21-5-2-14/c21ev

Minoo at The Classic Movie Hub takes on a legendary movie that could fit just about any genre, but we are so glad to feature it as a romantic comedy! Minoo presents: The Thin Manhttp://www.classicmoviehub.com/blog/the-romantic-comedy-blogathon-the-thin-mans-perfect-marriage/

We at the Romantic Comedy Blogathon do not discriminate against newer films, and we are delighted to have our first look at a modern-era romantic comedy this evening, as Rich at Wide Screen World looks at Bridget Jones’ Diary. http://widescreenworld.blogspot.com/2014/05/bridget-joness-diary.html?m=1

Thanks all, and see you tomorrow for Day 3 of the Romantic Comedy Blogathon! 2 more days to get those entries in!

Romantic Comedy Blogathon: DAY 1 ENTRIES

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It’s here, readers! Vince and I have been collecting entries all day for the Romantic Comedy Blogathon, and without any further ado, I give you the 7 entries we received today. Enjoy, and be sure to tune back in tomorrow for Day 2!

Over at Cary Grant Won’t Eat You, Leah gives us 5 reasons why English majors will love the zany 1941 romantic comedy Ball of Firehttp://carygrantwonteatyou.com/englishmajors-balloffire/

Meanwhile, at The Blonde at the Film, we get an enthusiastic review of one of Cameron’s favorite comedies, The More the Merrierhttp://theblondeatthefilm.com/2014/05/01/the-more-the-merrier-1943/

And at The Man on the Flying Trapeze, David gives us a rundown of Monkey Business (which he likes better than one certain other beloved screwball comedy…see which one!) http://moviedavid.blogspot.com/2014/05/my-romantic-comedy-blogathon-entry.html

Mildred’s Fatburgers cooks up some romance, Reno-style, with the beloved comedy The Awful Truth. http://www.mildredsfatburgers.com/1/post/2014/05/the-road-to-reno-is-paved-with-suspicions.html

Vanessa over at Stardust takes a look at a movie without which no romantic comedy blogathon could ever be complete. In fact, it needs no introduction. The winner of the first Oscar sweep, it’s…. http://bwallover.blogspot.ca/2014/04/the-romantic-comedy-blogathon-it.html

Critica Retro looks at a Frank Capra masterpiece where romantic comedy meets straight drama, in her rundown of Meet John Doe. As always, remember to hit Le’s handy translate button located on the right side of her page if you don’t speak Portuguese! http://www.criticaretro.blogspot.com.br/2014/05/adoravel-vagabundo-meet-john-doe-1941.html

And finally, last for today but certainly not least, my fabulous co-host for this blogathon over at Carole & Co. takes a look at Carole Lombard’s Lady By Choice. When Vince talks about Carole Lombard, you’re hearing from a true expert! http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/691567.html

That’s all for today, folks! Tune in tomorrow for the next installment of the Romantic Comedy Blogathon!

Romantic Comedy Blogathon Starts Tomorrow!

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May is upon us, readers, and you know what that means–it’s time for the Romantic Comedy Blogathon! Co-hosted by Backlots and Vince over at Carole & Co., the Romantic Comedy Blogathon runs from May 1-May 6 and is an opportunity for bloggers to swoon over their favorite romantic comedies and give us all a taste of that romance that classic Hollywood did so well.

We have a huge list of participants this year and we’re still accepting requests, so if you have something you would like to submit, let us know! This is shaping up to be a monumental blogathon, and I’m so excited to read all the entries.

For participants, there are two ways you may submit your post:

  • When your post is finished, link to this post. We will then post your link live on Backlots and Carole & Co. so all of our readers can go to your blog and read the entry.
  • Leave your link as a comment on this post.

In past blogathons I have accepted email submissions, but I find that sometimes emails get lost, so to keep all the submissions in one place I would like to have the entries linked or left as comments. My sanity thanks you!

Marion Davies in THE PATSY sums up how many entries we’re expecting.

If you have any further questions, feel free to leave them in the comments or email me or Vince, but if not…see you tomorrow for the Romantic Comedy Blogathon!