Announcing the Arthur Kennedy’s Conquest of the Screen Blogathon!

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Hello again! Yes, another year will soon be at our door which means… more blogathons of course! You already know that I’ll be honouring Jean Simmons on her 90th birthday at the end of January with Phyllis Loves Her Classic Movies. BUT there’s someone else I’ve been desperate to honour AND invite you to honour him with me: the great and very underrated Arthur Kennedy. Since I’ve written about him for a past edition of the What A Character! Blogathon, he’s become my favourite character actor. I just LOVE. HIM. SO. MUCH. And he deserves more recognition.

But, we like to find good reasons to host a blogathon, more than just “I love this actor”. Ok, it’s a good reason enough, but I have a much better one: next February 17, Arthur Kennedy would have been 105 years old!

Arthur Kennedy is not only remembered for his work in the movie industry, but also for his brilliant (so I’ve read) performances on stage. He was, after all, the winner of a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a play for Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman. He was also nominated for no less than FIVE Oscars! How come we don’t talk about him more??

With James Dean!

Well, now it’s your occasion to change that by participating to this blogathon!

Take a look at these few rules first.

1- Choose a subject and submit it by commenting on this post or via email at Please provide the name of your blog, the URL and your twitter handle if you have one.

  • It can be anything related to Arthur Kennedy (his films, his stage career, his work with Mark Robson, etc).
  • Because I’m a good person I’ll allow duplicates for this blogathon. However, not more than two bloggers on the same subject!
  • I will allow a maximum of two entries/person
  • You can participate even if you don’t have a blog! Just send me your article via email and I’ll post it on my blog as a guest post.
  • All articles must be new material

2- Once I’ve approved your subject, grab one of these banners and embellish your blog with it to help me promote the event!

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3- The event will start on February 15 and will end on February 17, 2019. When it will start, I will publish a new post where you’ll be able to submit your entry.

4- A few requests:

  • All post must show respect towards Arthur Kennedy. So if you don’t like him, this event might not be for you. But if you don’t know him, that’s different as the event could be a good opportunity for you to discover him! 😉
  • If you want to participate, subscribe first. I don’t want you to write an article and then assume I’ll include it to the rooster if you haven’t subscribed first. I’ll accept last minute subscription, but subscribe!

5- If you have any question, don’t hesitate to ask!


Subjects already claimed twice:

Bright Victory

-Too Late For Tears

-Peyton Place

The participants!

The Wonderful World of Cinema“Change of Address” – The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1964)

Musings of a Classic Film AddictPeyton Place (1957)

Pop Culture ReveriePeyton Place (1957)

In the Good Old Days of Classic HollywoodChampion (1949)

Dubbism Sport Analogies Hidden In Classic Movies : They Died With Their Boots On (1941)

Caftan Woman Bright Victory (1951)

The Stop Button Bend of the River (1952)

Pale Writer – Bright Victory (1951)

Film Exodus Boomerang (1947)

Realweegiemidget Reviews A Summer Place (1959)

MovierobAir Force (1943) and The Desperate Hours (1955)

Taking Up RoomLawrence of Arabia (1962)

Second Sight Cinema Some Came Running (1958)

The Midnite Drive-InHigh Sierra (1941) and Too Late for Tears (1949)

Silver Screenings Too Late for Tears (1949)

Crítica RetrôTrial (1955)

Silver Screen ClassicsThe Glass Menagerie (1950)

It Came from the Man Cave Chicago Deadline (1949)

Silver Scenes Murder, She Said (1961)


See you in February!


76 thoughts on “Announcing the Arthur Kennedy’s Conquest of the Screen Blogathon!

  1. Hi Virginie, I’m interested in writing about Some Came Running, but I also have a piece on The Lusty Men that was previously published on my blog. Are you allowing previously published pieces, or just original ones?

    Also, just wondering about the subscription requirement—it’s the first time I’ve seen it. Are all blogathon participants required to subscribe?

    Great idea for a blogathon! Kennedy is a wonderful actor who deserves the attention.

    Thank you!

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    • Hi Lesley! Thanks for your interest in the blogathon! Arthur Kennedy is wonderful indeed!
      Yes all participants are required to subscribe and new material only! I can add you for Some Came Running. 🙂 I only put the subscription requirement because during the last William Holden blogathon, someone just ask me if I could add his piece on The Wild Bunch to the and never subscribed before. Actually, the worst of it was that he didn’t even mentioned the event and the hosting blogs in his article. So I just thought he had a lot of nerves. Didn’t even answer. So now I add this rule whenever I host a blogathon just to avoid similar situations in the futur. 😉


      • Man, that is orful—just plain rude. People who haven’t hosted an event or aren’t really part of the classic movie blogging community ignore the common courtesies, I suppose…. I would never do a blogathon post without a banner and a plug for the event/host—it’s not like we get paid for doing this. If it’s not fun, and we don’t treat each other with respect, the whole thing would break down, which would be a real pity.

        Thanks, I look forward to the event, and it will be fun to write about SCR, a lurid number, and Kennedy is, as always, top-notch.

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  2. How is it that High Sierra hasn’t been picket yet? I can understand Too Late for Tears as it is more obscure, but I would have thought at least High Sierra had been picked. Time for me to get back to the double feature theme of my blog. Please put me down for both.

    Wuiggy @ The Midnite Drive-In

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  3. Hey Virginie, thought of you the other day when I was writing about Thomas Mitchell for What a Character!, and found an audio recording of Mitchell as Willy Loman with the National Touring Company of Death of a Salesman, with Kennedy as Biff. So cool. It’s at the Internet Archive. As close as we will come to seeing them live…

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  4. I really enjoyed the Jean Simmons Blogathon so I can’t pass up on this one! Put me down for “Murder She Said” ( 1961 ), my favorite Arthur Kennedy performance. – Constance ( )

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