Thursday, April 5, 2012

I hope you'll all sign up for a little horsing around. It's another Blogathon!

After the success of the Dogathon recently, which was the clever creation of Rick over at the Classic Film  & TV Cafe, I thought it would be fun to do a Horseathon. There's been so many great films made that are either horse centric or revolve around our favorite western stars and their trusty sidekicks with hooves.

The Horseathon will be from May 25-27 but depending on how many sign on to do the Blogathon we can always extend the time in order to not have everything crammed in over 3 days.  We know from experience how difficult it is to read and comment on posts when there's at least 10 a day to get through.

I'm extending the invitation to anyone with a blog and if you've found yourself without a blog then contact me and perhaps you can guest post your entry here during the event. I'm more than happy to accommodate you so you don't miss out on the fun.

Even though most of the Blogathons center around classic films I won't be putting a specific time period on your choices so if you want to blog about War Horse then that's perfectly fine with me.  Write about anything you want to as long as there's a horse involved. (Yes, if your favorite film had a rocking horse as part of the plot then that's fine too! But if you have a thing for collecting paintings of horses on velvet then have yourself a garage sale then find a great film to write on.  Although we would love to see your collection.)

I hope everyone will find this topic interesting enough to sign up for it. Just shoot me a quick email at silentscreenfan@gmail.com if I'm not familiar with your blog or if you need more info, have any questions. Otherwise you can leave a comment here with the topic or film you would like to write on. (I have had a couple of bloggers claim their favorite film already so don't wait to sign on if you have a favorite.)

Below are the banners I've made up to display on your blogs so please take the one you like.  Even if you aren't participating I hope you'll let your readers know about the event.







If you need some inspiration here's a link to a large list of horse films beginning in 1940. LIST. Also, if you aren't yet sure about what you would like to write about there is no hurry or if you change your mind on a film the deadline isn't until May 10th.

Becky found another site that has a lot of great classic horse films that can be found HERE.

Thanks everyone and Giddy Up!
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83 comments:

  1. Hi Page! I've been meaning to watch SMOKY with Fred MacMurray and Anne Baxter, this would be a great motivation. :) Let me know if that works!

    Love the banners!

    Best wishes,
    Laura

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    1. Laura,
      I love your choice! It's perfect. I've got you down for Smoky. : )
      Thanks,
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  2. Wonderful! I've put a reminder on my calendar. :)

    Best wishes,
    Laura

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  3. Well you can definitely count me in. Gimme a few days to think of a good movie.

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    1. Rich,
      Take all the time you need. I'm glad you're participating. : )
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    2. Okay, I don't need a few days after all. For now, I'll go with 'The Black Stallion.'

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    3. Rich,
      For now I'll put you down for The Black Stallion in pencil just in case ya change your mind. Ha Ha
      Now if only I could think of what I'm going to do.
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  4. Hi, Page! It's a wonderful idea. You can count on me: I'll write a review about A Day at the Races, with the Marx Brothers.
    Hugs,
    Le

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    1. Le,
      So glad you're participating! I've got you down for that hilarious A Day at the Races. : )
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  5. Page, I'll participate by writing an entry on The Magnificent Ambersons.

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    1. Kim,
      I've got that film sitting on my DVR so I guess I had better watch it again before the Blogathon. : ) I've got you down for The Magnificent Ambersons.

      Thrilled that you've signed on.
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  6. My blog, A Trip Down Memory Lane, would like to do the forgotten movie:

    Riding High (1950) starring Bing Crosby!

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    1. Lobosco,
      Sounds good! : )
      I'm looking forward to your review of Riding High.
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  7. Just to make it official, I'll do The Charge of the Light Brigade, for which you have the perfect banner!

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  8. Becks,
    Anything that brings you and Errol together is alright with me! : )
    Looking forward to it.
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  9. I'll be riding in on "The Story of Seabiscuit" (1949) and "Seabiscuit" (2003), for Friday 25th, please.

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    1. Jacqueline,
      Great choices!

      Aurora is also doing Seabiscuit (2003) so I hope you both don't mind. I think it's just fine that such a great film will be looked at twice by such talented writers.
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  10. Page, an excellent idea for a blogathon, but I can't think of a title at the moment. I considered "Wings of the Morning" immediately, but it isn't a very good film. Can you pencil me in and I'll get back to you with a title?

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    1. WG,
      Take your time. : ) Glad you're going to join in.

      I still don't have a clue as to what film I'll be reviewing over here. When you said Wings of the Morning was a bad film I took notice. I'm trying to find a lousy film to review. (Thank goodness there are so many for snark!)
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  12. Sorry, I realized I made a mistake in which title I wanted to do. Again, if you don't mind I would love to take part in your Horseathon. I would like to do my review on The Red Pony (1949) with Robert Mitchum and Myrna Loy. Thank you.

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  13. R.C,
    That's great! I've got you down for The Red Pony. (We needed the talented Loy and Mitchum.)
    I've also added you to my blog roll.
    See you soon.
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  14. Hi Page: I am slipping back into childhood for "The Tattooed Police Horse" - I might have to do it from shady memory if i can't locate a DVD!

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    1. FlickChick,
      I've never heard of The Tattooed Police Horse. : ( Since it has such great memories for you I'll be looking forward to it but if you can't find it or change your mind just remind me later on.

      So glad you're participating.
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  15. Looks like I'm too late, "The Black Stallion" is gone! If only "Seabiscuit" had been a better movie...great idea, though, Page!

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    1. OH! Lady E, I really do want you to participate so I hope you'll find a film. There is still plenty of time. : )
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    2. I'll do a little research - but I can't think of a more beautiful and moving horse movie than "Black Stallion." How about "The Misfits" even though I hate watching the mustang round-up scenes ...I'll take it if it isn't taken

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    3. Lady E,
      I'm glad you chose the Misfits! I'm already smiling while thinking about the scene with the paddle ball game.
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  16. Page, sign me up for "Charlie Chan at the Race Track"! I missed out on the Dogathon what with the house being in a tip, but I'm back and raring to go.

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    1. CW,
      I'm glad you came back in time to saddle up! : )
      I've got you down for Charlie Chan at the Races.
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    2. Ooops CW! I meant the Race Track. Gosh, I'll probably dream about horses tonight. That would be a first.
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  17. Awesome! I would like to do The Apaloosa. I've never seen it, and I love Brando so this will be perfect.

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    1. PerfectNumber 8,
      So glad to have you sign on with The Apaloosa. This is turning into quite the fun little blogathon.
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  18. oh my, I don't have a blog but perhaps I can write on the silent movie horses like Rex the Wonder Horse

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    1. Czarina,
      Since we have had so many interested I'll probably have it over at least 4 days instead of 3 so I'm more than happy to let you guest post your write up on Rex the Wonder Horse here during one of the days.
      We can discuss the details via email if you're interested.
      We would love to have you!
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  19. Page, I also.. would love to take part in your Horseathon. Please count me in...

    I will come back and let you know which horse movie I decided on. :)

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    1. Dawn,
      That's great news! : )
      Take all of the time you need. I didn't find a film until late last night. (Going with Newman and Redford)
      There really is a lot of films with horses now that I've thought about it. The film doesn't have to be centered on horses either. National Velvet still hasn't been chosen either.
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  20. I already conveyed via Twitter which movie I was going to do but to make it official it will be the Bowery Boys romp Crazy Over Horses. Hoopy doopy, we have fun!

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    1. Ivan,
      Was this a dig at Becky in case she didn't see your tweet? Bwaaahhha

      So glad you're doing my Horseathon. Now dust off those spurs and pour us a Sarsaparilla. : ) (As much as you and Kevin write about Western's I would be a bit upset if you sat this one out)
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  21. (From Oklahoma, the MUSICAL - I know how much you love them, Page):

    "Ivan's a boy who cain't say no
    Writin's his favorite food
    When someone says 'come on let's go'
    He's in a blogathon mood"

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    1. Becky,
      You are a mean girl and I love it! I have heard the song Oklahoma quite a few times but it's because it's sung here in OK ad nauseum!

      Let's have a Blogathon on stars with ugly feet on film just to see if Ivan signs on. (He will because he's a nice boy who puts up with us girls) : )
      You two keep me laughing!
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  22. Hi Page:

    I'd like to claim Sleepy Hollow (featuring the horses Daredevil and Gunpowder in prominent roles) for the upcoming blogathon, if it's not too late.

    -- Barry

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    1. Barry,
      I'm excited that you're doing this Blogathon but more importantly Sleepy Hollow!
      Talk to you soon!
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  23. Any chance I could do a sort of random post on Barbara Stanwyck and horses, if you know what I mean? Or do I actually need to find a movie? Thanks for hosting this! I want to be a part of it either way, so if the first idea doesn't fly with you, I'll find myself a movie. :)

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  24. Natalie,
    That is just fine! It sounds like an interesting topic. I'll put you down for Stanwyck and horses. If you change your mind just give me a shout.
    Glad you're participating! : )
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  25. Has anyone picked ... Thunderhead son of Flicka (1945)?

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    1. Dawn,
      I sent ya an email! : )
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  26. Can I do National Velvelt and International Velvet comparsion for my blog, Classic Cinema Reviews For Kids? By the way, this is an awesome idea! :)

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    1. Matt,
      Certainly! I'll put ya down. : )
      I was worried nobody would choose National Velvet. Stay tuned for updates on the Horseathon. And feel free to take a banner for your blog.
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    2. Thanks. Oh by the way, how do you get a banner on your blog, since this is my first blog-a-thon ever.

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    3. Matt,
      Right click over the banner you want to use then Save (should save to your download folder) If you're putting it on your sidebar use the Picture option and just locate it then add where it asks for attachment or image. You can add script up above in the empty box.

      If that doesn't work email me and I can help you as needed! : )
      Thanks,
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    4. Matt,
      Since you also use blogger you'll go to the top right and choose 'Design' then 'Add Gadget' scroll down to 'picture'in the choice of Gadgets then you'll Add your saved image from Downloads (in this case the banner you saved) name it while saving so you can find it easily! : ) Picture is what I always use when uploading pictures or anything for my sidebar. You can also insert a blog link for quick access to whatever you're featuring.

      Then don't forget to save at the bottom of the pop up box you're working in then SAVE before returning to your blog.

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  27. Hi Page, would Little Miss Marker (the 1934 version) qualify as a true "horse movie"?

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    1. R.A,
      Little Miss Parker is a great pick and fits with the theme. : )
      If that's the film you'd like to do I'll put ya down for it.
      (Shirley will be thrilled)
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  28. Hi Page! What a cool idea for a blogathon! If I may, I'd like to contribute with a post on the Gene Hackman/James Coburn western, BITE THE BULLET (1975)...it's about a cross country horse race, so there'll be lots of horsey action.

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    1. Jeff,
      I'm glad to have you participating in the Horseathon. I'll put ya down for Bite The Bullet.
      Stay tuned for updates on the Horseathon.
      Hope to see you around often.
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  29. If Rich gives up The Black Stallion - can I have it? If not, I'll have to hunt around for a film, luckily I still have time. What a great idea.

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    1. Yvette,
      Ya better leave Rich and his film alone! Ha Ha
      You've got plenty of time and keep in mind that the film doesn't have to have a horse as it's central focus. There are so many great films where the characters rode horses, used horses etc.

      I know you'll find something great! Looking forward to your participation.
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    2. A couple of suggestions:

      The Return of October (Columbia, 1947)-A teenage girl's beloved uncle dies and is reincarnated as a racehorse! She ends up having to stand trial to prove her sanity, a la Miracle on 34th Street.

      You Never Can Tell (Universal, 1951)-This is mainly about a murdered dog who pleads his case in "Animal Heaven" and is allowed to return to Earth as a man to solve his murder. But he's accompanied by a racehorse who takes the form of a woman to be his secretary. "Goldie" is a real scene-stealer, doing things like using a feedbag as a purse, and outrunning a bus!

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    3. Bobby,
      Great examples! There are so many fun films that don't have a horse in the title or as the main character!
      Will you be participating?

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    4. No, I've never written a movie review. Plus I haven't watched The Return of October (yet).

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    5. Another suggestion: Son of Paleface (Paramount, 1952), with Roy Rogers and Trigger. Among other things, Bob Hope has to share a bed with Trigger, who keeps hogging the covers!

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  30. True Classics would like to contribute two posts, if possible. Carrie has long wanted to do a post on THE LAST UNICORN for our Saturday Morning Cartoons series (if you are okay with her posting on the 26th!), and I would like to write about CAT BALLOU if no one else has claimed it!

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    1. Brandie,
      I've got you and Carrie down for the films and date you requested! : )
      Glad to have you participating
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  31. Hi Page - I had originally signed up to do "The Tattooed Police Horse," but I can't locate it for love or money. So - can I change to "Misty"?
    Thanks,
    Marsha

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    1. Marsha,
      I sent ya an email! : )
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  32. Ooh, nice Horseathon! I confess I'm not a horse expert, and I bet the film I would've thought of, A DAY AT THE RACES, is already taken. Still, I'm game! Would ARABESQUE be acceptable, considering Ascot and a horseback chase are part of the action? I actually blogged about it sometime in 2010 or 2011, but I can freshen it up. Please let me know. If that's not acceptable, I'll be content with cheering the rest of you on, and writing comments to what will undoubtedly be awesome posts! :-)

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    1. Dorian,
      Your choice of Arabesque is perfectly fine! I've got you down for it.
      So glad you'll be participating.

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    2. Page, beaucoup thanks for letting me join the Horseathon hootenanny with ARABESQUE! Looking forward to it, my friend! Also, thanks a million for including the ad for the BEST HITCHCOCK MOVIES (THAT HITCHCOCK NEVER MADE) here at MY LOVE OF OLD HOLLYWOOD for our beloved Becky and me! Looking forward to your upcoming post about THE GHOST WRITER for it!

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  33. This sounds like a great idea for a blogathon but I'm having a hard time coming up with a good horror/scary movie involving a horse with the exception of one story - Sleepy Hollow. Now I know someone above already said they were doing Sleepy Hollow, which I assume they are talking about the 1999 Tim Burton version, so I was thinking I could do one of the many other versions of the same tale, like the 1949 Disney version, "Adventures of Ichabod Crane and Mr. Toad" or the 1922 silent movie "The Headless Horseman." What do you think?

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    1. Bodhi,
      I think either of those films would be great for the Horseathon. I would be very pleased to see The Headless Horseman written about for the Blogthon since I'm such a fan of the silents. Just let me know which of the two you're writing on and I'll put ya down for it.

      Thanks for joining in! It should be a lot of fun.
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    2. Well then, I think I'll go with the silent movie Headless Horseman then, especially since I've been on a bit of a silent movie kick anyways :)

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  34. Page,

    I, and in turn my site, The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World, would like to participate in your Horseathon. I have no idea on what I will write yet, but I am sure to come up with something before the deadline. Glad to be aboard.

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    1. Kevyn,
      I'm really glad you've signed on for the Horseathon. Once you've picked your film just let em know here in comments.
      Looking forward to it.
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  35. Hi Page, Jeff Flugel told me about this 'Horseathon.' Would it be ok if I do a top 5 favorite scenes involving horses? I'll try to keep 'em all from classic movies :D

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    1. Hi Ruth,
      That would be a nice addition to the Horseathon. I'll be getting the final list together shortly.
      So glad you're joining in on the fun.
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    2. It turns out I have another blogathon around that time so my entry will be slightly late. I'll let you know when it's up though :)

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  36. Okay Page, I'm a little slow, but I finally figured something out. I'm going to write about Eadweard Muybridge's experiments capturing horses running on film. I promise it won't be as boring as it sounds! I hope you'll join me for the Mary Pickford blogathon as well :-) http://www.aclassicmovieblog.com/2012/04/mary-pickford-blogathon-announcement.html

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    1. KC,
      I like your idea for the Horseathon. I'm looking forward to it. I've been sick for over a week so I've missed a lot. I'll head over to your place and read up on the Pickford Blogathon. : )
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  37. I just noticed this blogathon. I'd like to knock Marlene Dietrich off her high horse and write about horses in her movies at Marlene Dietrich: The Last Goddess. All you Dietrich neigh-sayers can eat hay.;)

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    1. Joseph,
      That sounds like a great topic for the Horseathon. I've got ya down. Stay tuned for the final list etc.
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