The Loretta Young Birthday Blogathon Is Here!

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Welcome, bloggers and readers, to our very first Loretta Young Birthday Blogathon, hosted by myself, Now Voyaging, and the Young Sisters Appreciation Group, on Facebook! Thank you so much to everyone who is participating! Below, you will find links to all of our brilliant contributors’ posts. Enjoy!

Roster:

The Cinema Dilettante: Something Of Her Own- The Loretta Young Show

Now Voyaging: A Night To Remember

Movie Star Makeover: How To Conduct Oneself As A Lady, with our resident muse, Loretta Young

Finding Franchot: The Unguarded Hour

Carole & Co.: Taxi!

Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings: And Now Tomorrow

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: The Story Of Alexander Graham Bell

Defiant Success: The Bishop’s Wife

PortraitsByJenni: Rachel And The Stranger

Back To Golden Days: Private Number

Stardust: The Beauty of Loretta Young

CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch: The Stranger

Speakeasy Classic Movies & More: The Life Of Jimmy Dolan

Girls Do Film: Platinum Blonde

Crítica Retrô: The Films Of Loretta Young & Tyrone Power

Old Hollywood Films: The Farmer’s Daughter

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: Come To The Stable

Remember- if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me (Kayla) at KathrynGraysonFn@aol.com. 🙂 For those of you on Facebook who have yet to join us, by all means, please get in on the fun with the Young Sisters! And now, let the countdown begin to Loretta Day 2016!

Announcing The Loretta Young Birthday Blogathon!

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Get those typing fingers ready, kids, because the Loretta Young Birthday Blogathon is right around the corner! Can you believe how close 2016 is?!

The Specifics:

I’d thought of myself as a great big motion picture star from the time I was six. –Loretta Young

 From her screen debut at age four, to her last starring role, on TV, at age 76, Loretta Young carved her place in screen history as one of our brightest and most gifted movie stars. In honor of her 103rd birthday, let’s get inspired by her films and television show to pay tribute to the beauty of Miss Loretta!

What the what is this?

A blogathon consists of a collection of vastly talented writers, each contributing their own piece to the final product. Each participant’s blog will be linked from this page, and from the marvelous Now Voyaging blog. All I need from you is a movie, TV show episode, or general topic you would like to cover, for right now, so that I can add you to the official roster. When the dates come, you’ll post a comment on the official Blogathon main entry, leaving me a link to your blog entry. I’ll then add it to the page, so the entire universe (give or take a few minor, outlying galaxies) can see!

What do you mean by general topics?

Movie blogathons, by nature, generally consist of movie reviews. As we all know, though, an actor or actress is far more than just some performances. Are you keen on Loretta’s fashions? Go for it! Does her charity work fascinate you? Tell us about it! I’m open to many ideas, so feel free to send me an e-mail (KathrynGraysonFn@aol.com) if you would like to talk one over!

I’m in! What now?

Let your readers know that you will be participating by placing one of the banners or an announcement in your blog sidebar, linking back to this page.

There will be more banners to come, but feel free to use the one above, the following one, or create your own!

Loretta and her youngest sister, Georgiana Belzer.

Loretta and her youngest sister, Georgiana Belzer.

Are there any other rules?

Not really! I do ask that, since there are so many things which you may choose to write about, that there be no duplicates. Once a movie, episode, or topic is chosen, unless you feel you have some brilliant and hugely innovative way of discussing it, it becomes unavailable to anyone else. Therefore, should you decide between now and the time of the blogathon that you will be unable to complete your piece, please let me know, so I can make that available to others.

If you need ideas, here is Loretta’s IMDB page, listing every movie she appeared in, and every episode of her two series. Another invaluable resource is the Official Loretta Young Facebook, where you will find all manner of great information!

Also, everyone is more than welcome to join the fun at the new Facebook group dedicated to the Young sisters. We’ve always got new pictures, articles, and stories, and maybe you’ll get an idea there, too!

Roster:

The Cinema Dilettante: Take A Letter, Loretta- How Loretta Young Helped Pave The Way For Women In Television, Both On and Off Screen

Now Voyaging: A Night To Remember

Movie Star Makeover: Special Feature on The Loretta Young Show

Finding Franchot: The Unguarded Hour

Carole & Co.: Taxi!

Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings: And Now Tomorrow

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: The Story Of Alexander Graham Bell

Defiant Success: The Bishop’s Wife

PortraitsByJenni: Rachel And The Stranger

Back To Golden Days: Private Number

Stardust: The Beauty of Loretta Young

CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch: The Stranger

Speakeasy Classic Movies & More: The Life Of Jimmy Dolan

Girls Do Film: Platinum Blonde

Crítica Retrô: The Films Of Loretta Young & Tyrone Power

Old Hollywood Films: The Farmer’s Daughter

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: Come To The Stable

A Foreign Affair (Billy Wilder Blogathon)

When Aurora and Kellee first announced their jointly hosted Billy Wilder Blogathon, I was eager to sign up. After all, with a career such as his, the hardest part would be narrowing down what movie I wanted to choose. After a moment of thought, the right film, for me, seemed to be A Foreign Affair, starring a couple of ladies so completely opposite, but so very dear to me- Jean Arthur and Marlene Dietrich.

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Wilder, having served in Germany for the US Army, during WWII, had been promised government assistance in making a film about Allied Occupied Germany. The humorous, if still shocking, exposés of the goings on, over there, made the government regret everything. Looking back, now, critics seem to waver on whether this film was one of Wilder’s worst or best, but I personally find it to be a genius look at the realities of post-war Germany. For Wilder to have been able to make light of things like Black Markets and hidden war criminals, while still exposing the severity of it all, is nothing short of incredible.

Jean Arthur, lured out of retirement for the role, is as quirky as ever, as Phoebe Frost, a member of a US Congressional Committee, visiting troops in Germany, 1947. Notoriously insecure, she feared that Wilder was favoring Marlene Dietrich, who Wilder had known since his early years making films in Berlin. Arthur eventually (nearly four decades later) apologized to Wilder, asking if they could be friends, but never let go of the grudge she held against Dietrich.

While Dietrich is essentially playing a similar role to many she’d done previously, this one had a very disturbing aspect to it- she was a Nazi sympathizer. Anyone who knows just the smallest of detail about Dietrich knows that this couldn’t be further from the truth, in her real life, but she pulls it off without lampooning the character. To have played Erika any differently would have altered the movie, for the worst.

While not as biting as his commentary on Hollywood vanity, in Sunset Blvd., the Wilder stamp is clear, in A Foreign Affair. It’s definitely not to be missed. You can order it from Movies Unlimited, as part of a two-pack Directed By Billy Wilder set, HERE.

For more Billy Wilder Blogathon entries, check in with the delightful hostesses, Aurora and Kellee. 🙂

What’s Up, June!

I am your action news reporter, on the scene! OK, I’m not really Ray Stevens covering a streaking story, but whatever. News is late this month because BAM  your friendly neighborhood Dilettante got a new job! You can find me at your local Macy’s, provided you live in the same vicinity as I do. Now that we’ve covered literally everything I’ve got going on (because you’re a caring sort, dear reader), let us move on to the interesting stuff.

TCM In June

Since TCM celebrated June, in May, whatever shall they do for June? Well, they’re gonna throw a Rock at you and hope you don’t notice. I don’t think anyone will mind terribly, as that Rock is pretty fantastic. The Star Of The Month for June is none other than Rock Hudson! *applause* You can find the schedule of movies HERE.

getTV In June

Our pals at getTV, which still isn’t showing in my area even though I’d be addicted to it, if it did, are on point, once again. Their Thursday nights, in June, are dedicated to Kim Novak. There’s a Rosalind Russell birthday extravaganza. Audie flippin’ Murphy hero-ing it up. Friday night shout outs include Judy Holliday and Ralph Bellamy. I mean, who celebrate Ralph Bellamy like that’s even a thing? Oh, that’s right, me and getTV. In other words, June is going to be so awesome, on TV, that you’ll forget that it’s 900 degrees outside and your allergies are making your face look like Wallace Beery’s after losing a boxing match to Marie Dressler. Maybe that’s just me. For the full getTV schedule, click HERE.

June on DVD & Blu Ray

Coming from The Criterion Collection, we’ll see the DVD and Blu Ray release of All That Heaven Allows, a sumptuous Douglas Sirk drama starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. You can pre-order it now, at a discount, from Movies Unlimited.

Show of hands- how many of you love Perry Mason as much as I do? Well, you’re in for a treat, when you can FINALLY own many of the 80’s Perry Mason TV movies, on DVD. I can not even tell you how beside myself with excitement I am. It’s… actually quite ridiculous. Get ye to Movies Unlimited and order that mess NOW. They’ll be out on 6/10. After that, posting here may be spotty because I’ll either be working or power marathoning Perry Mason, who was TOTALLY secretly married to his secretary, my girl Della Street. Street Team REPRESENT!

Finally, and sweet Jesus save your eardrums by staying away from my sonic squealing over this, EPIC GREER GARSON RELEASES FROM WARNER ARCHIVE!

The June Dilettante

In celebration of Jeanette MacDonald’s birthday, on June 18th, I’ll be posting some movie reviews, pictures, and stories of her life. I’ve got my Golden Comets set to EDUCATE, so you know, lots of fun stuff many Jeanette n00bs don’t see all the time. Then, on June 22nd, I’ll be participating in the Billy Wilder Blogathon, where I’ll do actual research and give his A Foreign Affair a run down.