Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Starting This Thursday: The Joan Crawford Blogathon

Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog will get a little less lazy later this week and contribute to the 2016 Joan Crawford Blogathon, hosted by Crystal of In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood.

While this is very likely the last blogathon we shall participate in this year, Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog much looks forward to reviewing The Women, director George Cukor's and screenwriters Anita Loos' and Jane Murfin's vehicle for big budget MGM splendor and a slew of iconic movie stars and character actresses - led by a strong performance by Crawford.

While the tendency among pop culture vultures has, unfortunately, been to sink deeply and inexorably in the quicksand of Joan's often fabricated offscreen legend rather than enjoy her onscreen work, it's clear looking over her career - from those first appearances in silent movies to her last roles in 1960's TV shows and William Castle films - that Miss Crawford was a fascinating onscreen presence in many ways, as well as the hardest working gal in showbiz.

If an NFL running back, she would surprise everyone (and the coaches) by catching a pass and/or cutting sideways, although her style is to power straight ahead and hit the line hard, fullback-style. More often that not, while imposing and larger-than-life in big screen glory, she's less over-the-top rather than more so and, especially in her film noir period, lets her co-stars have the spotlight.

Here's the lineup of contributors to the Joan Crawford Blogathon. Does Joan Crawford have her fans? Uh. . . yeah, I think so.

Apocalypse Later: Letty Lynton

B Noir Detour: Joan Crawford and Film Noir

Back To Golden Days: Dancing Lady

Christina Wehner: The Unknown

The Cinema Penitentiary Diaries: The Best Of Everything

The Cinematic Catharsis: Strait Jacket

The Cinematic Frontier: Mildred Pierce

Classic Film: Flickers Of Silver and Gold: I Live My Life

Critica Retro: Letty Lynton

Defiant Success: A Woman’s Face

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Prince Of Hollywood: Our Modern Maidens

Film Grimoire: Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?

Finding Franchot: The Bride Wore Red

The Flapper Dame: Daisy Kenyon

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog: Tramp, Tramp, Tramp

Karavansara: Strange Cargo

LA Explorer: Forsaking All Others

Lauren Champkin: Dance Fools Dance

Le Cinema Dreams: Berserk

Leave It To Beaverhausen: Female On The Beach

Little Bits Of Classics: Tramp Tramp Tramp

Meredy.com: Sudden Fear

MIB’S Instant Headache: Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?

The Midnight Drive-In: Reunion In France

Movie Classics: The Damned Don't Cry

Movie Rob: Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?, The Bride Wore Red and The Story Of Esther Costello

Old Hollywood Films: Mannequin

Once Upon A Screen: Possessed

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: Joan Crawford’s clothes closet

Portraits By Jenni: Above Suspicion

Recap Retro: Joan Crawford in Night Gallery

Shadows And Satin: Dance Fools Dance

A Shroud Of Thoughts: Strait Jacket

Silver Screen Modes: Joan Crawford and Adrian

Silver Screenings: Reunion In France - Starring Joan Crawford As France

Speak Easy: The Queen Bee

Stars and Letters: Joan Crawford and Bette Davis

The Stop Button: Love On The Run

Taking Up Room: Grand Hotel and Mildred Pierce

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: Humoresque

The Wonderful World Of Cinema: Autumn Leaves

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