Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Announcing the John Ford Blogathon



My friend, Anna, sent me a copy of the Ford at Fox box set on the condition that we run a John Ford Blogathon. Anna blogs over at Bemused and Nonplussed.


I don't have a snappy title--"Print the Legend" was taken by a blogathon a couple of years ago and I don't want to nick that. So "The John Ford Blogathon" it is. If you want to participate, please leave your name and your blog in the comments and tell me what you want to write about. You can write about more than one thing. This is going to be a week-long affair. It will run July 7-July 13.


For myself, I'm planning on writing about How Green Was My Valley and probably some of Ford's work from the 1930s (since I have that shiny new box set), but all periods of his work are fair game. Entirely up to you. Duplicates are allowed, but if you want to shy away from repeating anyone, here's what folks want to write about:


The participants thus far:

Krell Laboratories (right here, as it so happens)--How Green Was My Valley and probably some other stuff.

Bemused and Nonplussed--the Ford at Fox box

Movies, Silently--Bucking Broadway

The Joy and Agony of Movies--They Were Expendable

Critica Retro--The Iron Horse

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear--Prisoner of Shark Island

Caftan Woman--The Informer

Vintage Cameo--My Darling Clementine

Outspoken and Freckled--The Quiet Man

21 Essays--Wagon Master

Directed by John Ford (tentative)--TBA

We Have the Stars--Wee Willie Winkie

Silver Screenings--The Sun Shines Bright

Phantom Empires--The Blue Eagle

Public Transportation Snob--She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

The Grim Reader--The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Girls Do Film--The Grapes of Wrath

The Girl with the White Parasol--Young Mister Lincoln and/or The Whole Town's Talking

Microbrewed Reviews--The Searchers (and tentatively, Donovan's Reef)

The Round Place in the Middle--Drums Along the Mohawk

Mayerson on Animation--Submarine Patrol

Movie Fanfare--Up the River

The Great Katharine Hepburn--Mary Queen of Scots and Ford and Kate

Once Upon a Screen--Rio Grande (and maybe The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)

Mildred's Fatburgers--The Lost Patrol

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog--The Horse Soldiers

Dammaged Goods--Donovan's Reef

Christy's Inkwell--Maureen O'Hara and John Ford

The Stop Button--The Whole Town's Talking

She Blogged by Night--Fort Apache

Ferdy on Films/This Island Rod--TBD

Curtsies and Hand Grenades--Young Mister Lincoln and/or The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

All Things Kevyn--10 Favorite Lesser-known John Ford Films

The Suesue Applegate Blog--The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

The Cinema Packrat--TBD

David Meuel--Women in John Ford

Barry Bradford--Young Mr. Lincoln

Cary Grant Won't Eat You--Mister Roberts

Portraits by Jenni--Sergeant Rutledge

Tom Price--The Last Hurrah and/or The Horse Soldiers




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84 comments:

lipranzer said...

Hi, Christianne. I'd like to write about THEY WERE EXPENDABLE.

lipranzer@wordpress.com

said...

Hi! I just found your blog through Movies, Silently. I'd like to take part in the blogathon with The Iron Horse (1924).
My blog, Critica Retro, is written in Portuguese but I have a translator for events like international blogathons.
Greetings!
Le

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Excellent! I look forward to your posts!

Ivan G Shreve Jr said...

My dear Vulnavia...

I tweeted ya my choice already, but I thought I'd hedge my bets here: Thrilling Days of Yesteryear is in, and I'll do The Prisoner of Shark Island.

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Awesome. I look forward to it! Loving how this is shaping up so far!

Caftan Woman said...

Hi. I'm crazy about Ford and would like to write about "The Informer", if it is not already spoken for.


Vulnavia Morbius said...

The Informer is all yours!

Caftan Woman said...

Thanks!

Vintage Cameo said...

Hi Christiane—I'll take My Darling Clementine, if it's still around! Thanks!

Vintage Cameo said...

Hi Christianne—I'd love to grab My Darling Clementine, if you please! Thanks!

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Sweet! Welcome aboard.

Irish Jayhawk said...

Can I participate in the John Ford Blogathon with "The Quiet Man"? My blog: Outspoken & Freckled, my twitter: @IrsishJayhawk66

Thanks!... Kellee

Vulnavia Morbius said...

The Quiet Man was one of my mom's favorites. I'm happy to see someone take it on!

Lee Price said...

21 Essays returning from hiatus to participate with some pieces on Wagon Master.

Pappys Girl said...

Hello, Chritianne. A friend just pointed me to your blog-a-thon. My website is directedbyjohnford.com. I'll be happy to post about your blog-a-thon there and on its Facebook page. I am not sure yet if I am able to write a full piece myself but I will try. I would like to participate as well as promote and am looking forward to reading the various posts. Especially those new to Ford or less familiar with him in depth.
April Lane (aka PappysGirl, directedbyjohnford.com)

Whitney Behr said...

I would love to join! If it isn't taken yet could I write about Wee Willie Winkie?
Thanks

Whitney Behr said...

Whoops! forgot to leave my blog address!

We Have the Stars

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, April! I hope you can fit us in. Plenty of time before the blogathon to decide.

Hi, Whitney. Go for it. No one has spoken for it yet (and duplicates are allowed anyway--there's a lot of space to fill in seven days!)

Silver Screenings said...

Hello! I'm wondering if I can do "The Sun Shines Bright" (1953) – if it hasn't been spoken for?

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Absolutely!

Clayton @ Claytonology said...

Hi! I'd like to do the 1926 silent THE BLUE EAGLE, if I may! If so, it'll signal the first on the silents portion of my blog. Thanks for your time!

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Clayton! Awesome. Welcome aboard!

Dan Heaton said...

Hello. I'd love to participate and would like to do She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, which I haven't seen yet.

Vulnavia Morbius said...

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is a swell film. Glad to see it on the list.

girlsdofilm said...

Hello! If it hasn't already been taken, could I please write about The Grapes of Wrath?

My blog: girlsdofilm.wordpress.com
Thank you! Vicki

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Vicki! You're the first one to ask for it, so The Grapes of Wrath is all yours. Welcome!

Aubyn Eli said...

Hi, Vulnavia,

Got your note on Twitter and I've love to participate in your blogathon! Anything that brings more traffic to your superb blog is good in my book and a John Ford blogathon is a great idea. If it hasn't been taken already, can I do Young Mr. Lincoln? If that one's not free, I'd gladly take on The Whole Town's Talking, too.

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Aubyn! Young Mister Lincoln is all yours. So is The Whole Town's Talking. Do 'em both! I have a week to fill with posts!

W.B. Kelso said...

I'm in if you'll have me. Been noodling a piece on The Searchers for awhile now and this seems to be the perfect incentive to finally get it done. Might also take a run at They Were Expendable if no one else takes it.

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Someone has already spoken for They Were Expendable, but don't let that stop you. Microbrewed Reviews, I assume? In any event, The Searchers is all yours for the moment.

W.B. Kelso said...

Ah, TWE is first on the list of requests! (That's me smacking myself in the head right now.) Lets shift that second pick to Donovan's Reef.

And yes, these will be posted at the Brewery.

Nondisposable Johnny said...

Would love to write about Drums Along the Mohawk.

My blog is at The Round Place In The Middle

link is

http://theroundplaceinthemiddle.com

Mark Mayerson said...

I'd like to do Submarine Patrol, simply because so little has been written about it.

While my blog is Mayerson on Animation, I have written about Ford and John Wayne on the blog.

http://mayersononanimation.blogspot.com

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Oooh. I've never seen anything about Submarine Patrol. I've never seen the movie, either, so this should be at treat!

Gary Cahall said...

Greetings, Christianne. Gary Cahall from MovieFanFare here. I read about your John Ford Blogathon, and with your permission I'd like to claim his 1931 prison comedy Up the River, the only film to co-star Humphrey Bogart and Spencer Tracy. We will most likely run it on Friday, July 11. Thanks.

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Gary. I've got you down. I look forward to your entry!

Margaret Perry said...

May I write about Katharine Hepburn's relationship with Ford and the making of MARY OF SCOTLAND (1936)?

Margaret Perry said...

P.S. I just submitted to blogathon to the Classic Movie Hub events page for you.
http://www.classicmoviehub.com/events/category/blogathons/

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Yes! Please! That would be a fascinating post. And thanks for spreading the word!

Citizen Screen said...

Hi! This escaped me but I'd love to take part! If it's not too late and RIO GRANDE is still available that's my choice. :) Let me know.

Aurora
Once Upon a Screen (aurorasginjoint.com)
@CitizenScreen

PS - my second choice would be THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (just in case)

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Aurora!

Amazingly enough, you're the first person to claim Rio Grande. (I'm allowing dupes anyway, so it's all good). If you also want to write about The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, that would be cool, too. It's a (foolishly) long blogathon, so there's plenty of space for entries.

Beth Daniels said...

May I write about THE LOST PATROL (1934)?

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Beth! Absolutely! Any excuse to squeeze in Boris Karloff!

Dan Day Jr. said...

Hi, this is Dan from The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog (http://dandayjr35.blogspot.com). I would like to write about "The Horse Soldiers"--I don't think anyone else has chosen that film yet.

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Dan. The Horse Soldiers is a good one! I can't wait to see your post!

suesueapplegate said...

I would love to write about Maureen O'Hara and her relationship with John Ford and John Wayne in some of their collaborative efforts at Christy's Inkwells: http://suesueapplegate.wordpress.com
Thank you!

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Sue! That would be awesome.

Duvien Ho said...

Thanks for having me, can't wait to revisit The Duke VS Paint Your Wagon's Lee Marvin as brawling buddies in Hawaii!

Andrew Wickliffe said...

Hello,

I'd love to participate--and write about The Whole Town's Talking if it's not already taken!--for my blog, The Stop Button (www.thestopbutton.com).

Thanks,
Andrew

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Andrew,

Go for it. I look forward to it!

Stacia said...

If you're still taking entries, I'd like to do Fort Apache (1948) for the 'thon. Thanks!

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Stacia!

We'll be taking entries until the last minute! So welcome aboard!

Roderick Heath said...

Christianne, in case it wasn't already obvious from my comment on Facebook, I very much intend to do something for this. I haven't written anything about Ford yet and it's been eating at me, and now - opportunity!

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Rod. Just let me know where you'll be writing. Ferdy on Films or This Island Rod?

Willow Maclay said...

This sounds so much fun. I'll participate and write about either Young Mr. Lincoln or Liberty Valance. I look forward to seeing what everyone writes about.

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Willow!

Excellent! You can write about both if you want. It's a long blogathon.

Roderick Heath said...

On Ferdy on Films, Christianne, and probably 7 Women.

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Excellent. I've never seen 7 Women so it'll be a treat!

Kevyn Knox said...

Hiya. My name is Kevyn Knox, and I would like to offer up both myself and my blog, All Things Kevyn, to be participants in your John Ford Blogathonie. I would like to do a post on "My 10 Favourite Lesser Known John Ford Pictures."

Does this sound okay? Hope so. See ya 'round the web. All Things Kevyn

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Kevyn. That would be great. I've got you down.

John Hitchcock said...

Interesting. This sounds tempting but I'm not sure what film of his I'd cover. You seem to have most of the big ones down and I'm not sure I know Ford's work as well as some.

If we were dealing with Howard Hawks or John Huston it'd be another story but I have no idea where I'd begin to decide on Ford.

Pappys Girl said...

Hi, April here from Directedbyjohnford.com...for the benefit of some of my readers who aren't familiar with "blogathons", can you be more specific about the process? Mostly they want to know when and how they post their articles...by a specific time, do they email the link to you, etc.
Thank you.

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, April.

Basically: your folks write their articles and post them during the dates of the blogathon (you can write in advance if you want, it's the publication that matters). Send me a link either by commenting on this or the blogathon posts during the blogathon and I'll add the articles to the ongoing blogathon roll. Alternatively, you can email me at archaeopterxy_wtw (at) yahoo (dot) com

And make sure to link back to the blogathon when you post.

Pappys Girl said...

Thank you very much, Christianne!
---April

lzcutter said...

I'm writing on "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" for the SueSue Applegate blog.

The Cinematic Packrat said...

Is it possible to still get involved in this blogathon. Would love to join in.

Vulnavia Morbius said...

There is most assuredly time to get in on this. Welcome! I've got you down.

Tom Price said...

Hi, is it possible to write a bit on The Last Hurrah and/or The Horse Soldiers? Thanks, Tom

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Tom. Absolutely. I've got you on the list!

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Oh, and let me know where you'll be blogging, Tom.

David Meuel said...

Hi Vulnavia,

I would like to submit a post on some of the little known, but still very good women's roles in Ford's films. Would that work for this blogathon?

Thanks!

David Meuel

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, David! That would be wonderful.

portraitsbyjenni said...

Hi! I just saw an ad for your blogathon on John Ford films in July. If it's not too late, I'd like to participate and write about the 1960 film Sgt. Rutledge.

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi,Jenni! Yes! It's not to late! Sgt. Rutlege is all yours.

Barry Bradford said...

Hi,

If your person decides not to do "Young Mr. Lincoln" I would love to do it!

Leah Williams said...

Hi! I'm Leah at carygrantwonteatyou.com. This blogathon sounds great. Could I write about Mister Roberts?

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Barry,

Please write about Young Mr. Lincoln. Multiple entries are allowed, and I love seeing how different people respond to the same movie!

Hi, Leah,

That would be awesome. Particularly given the unfortunate way he departed that movie. Lots to write about.

Leah Williams said...

Great. Thanks!

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Michaël Parent said...

Hi! Michaël @ Le Mot du Cinephiliaque (www.lmdc.co.nr), I would like to write about SEVEN WOMEN.
Thanks!

Vulnavia Morbius said...

Hi, Michael! Sweet! I was hoping someone would step in for that one.

Jon Oye said...

Hi,
I wrote about My Darling Clementine several years ago - does that count? If so, it's here:
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/2011/01/john-ford-prints-legend.html
Tentatively, I'm planning to write and essay on Donovan's Reef.
Thanks,
Jon Oye
Here's my blog URL:
http://derbingle.blogspot.com

Jon Oye said...

Almost forgot to mention my John Ford Gallery, an ever-expanding page featuring images of Ford memorabilia, stills, books, and posters, punctuated with quotes from colleagues, critics, other directors, and stock company stalwarts.
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/john-ford-gallery.html

Citizen Screen said...

My apologies for the delay! My post on RIO Grand is up. Can't wait to read all the entires.

Aurora

http://aurorasginjoint.com/2014/07/12/john-fords-rio-grande-1950/