Final wrap-up of A MOVIE GIFT TO YOU BLOGATHON

For this blogathon, at least, Santa’s work is done. So let’s be sure to give credit where credit is due as we present

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We definitely finished our movie-gifting blogathon in style! If you happened to miss the entries, click on the individual blog names to link to them, and click on “Day 1” or “Day 2” to read entries from those days of the blogathon.

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To his favorite Anglophile rock-music fan, A Shroud of Thoughts presents Yellow Submarine, the animated film with soundtrack by and “starring” The Beatles.

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Moon in Gemini presents Ratatouille, a Pixar cartoon with themes of food and cooking, to her late father, a self-styled chef.

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And Silent-ology decided that the best Christmas gift for a silent-film lover would be Three’s a Crowd, Harry Langdon’s directing debut, in which the legendary silent comic takes a deserted wife and baby into his humble home during the holiday season.

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First, I want to thank my blog’s readers who have checked back over the weekend to enjoy the full fruits of this blogathon.

Most of all, I want to thank the bloggers who took the time and effort to provide such fascinating and often touching entries to this blogathon. You provided me and my readers with holiday gifts that, as the great Dr. Seuss put it, can’t be bought in a store. I’m so grateful for your heartfelt entries!

To everyone, happy holidays and best wishes for a prosperous new year!

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Day 2 Recap – A MOVIE GIFT TO YOU BLOGATHON

On the second day of our blogathon, our true bloggers kept giving to us! See what we mean in our

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Our blogathon entrants continue to amaze and delight as they share their accounts of their most special movies and the people to whom they would “gift” them. (If you’ve missed reading any of the entries, click on Day 2’s blog names to link to their entries, or click on “Day 1” to link to the entries for the first day of our blogathon.)

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Thoughts All Sorts shares the adventure of The Last of the Mohicans with his spirited daughter.

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And Old Hollywood Films gives the world’s most passionate cinephiles the ultimate Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life.

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Keep checking back with us through the end of this weekend, as we still have one more day in our blogathon and plenty of entries to come. This is one holiday blogathon that truly has legs!

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Day 1 Recap – A MOVIE GIFT TO YOU BLOGATHON

The cinematic presents are already piling up under the tree! Join us as we rattle the boxes and examine bloggers’ film choices in the

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The theme of this blogathon is special movies being gifted to special people, and our bloggers would do Santa proud! (If you have missed reading any of the blogathon entries, click on the individual blog names below to link to their entries.)

B Noir Detour wishes the modern-day film noir Bound upon the late, great noir actress Barbara Stanwyck.

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Serendipitous Anachronisms thanks her blog’s readers by gifting them with the French romantic comedy Amélie – The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain.

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Spontaneous Whimsy shares An Affair to Remember with her husband in memory of her grandmother, recounting the surprising parallels between her own life and those of the movie’s characters.

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And lastly, yours truly shares with that lucky soul, the first-time moviegoer, the valentine to movies known as Cinema Paradiso.

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Our nifty gifting blogathon still has two days to go, so keep checking back for more entries. You never know what surprises are in store!

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The A MOVIE GIFT TO YOU BLOGATHON is here!

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Getting you in the mood (we hope) for Christmas a week from now, we proudly present the A Movie Gift to You Blogathon. For the next three days, bloggers take careful consideration of movies they would bestow upon worthy people as though they were cinematic gold, frankincense, and/or myrrh. Join us as we give special flicks in spirit to our fellow movie buffs!

If you are one of the blogathon entrants, please list your blog name and the URL of your blog entry in the “Comments” below, and we will link to your blog as soon as possible. Everyone else, keep watching this space through the end of Sun., Dec. 20, as the entries keep coming in. We will also provide round-ups of the day’s entries at the end of each day of the blogathon!

Here are the blogs and the movies they have chosen to “gift”:

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Thoughts All Sorts – The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

B Noir Detour – Bound (1996)

A Shroud of Thoughts – Yellow Submarine (1968)

Serendipitous Anachronisms – Amelie (2001)

Moon in Gemini – Ratatouille (2007)

Old Hollywood Films It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Spontaneous Whimsy – An Affair to Remember (1957)

Silent-ology – Harry Langdon’s Three’s a Crowd (1927)

Enjoy the blogathon!

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Ned Glass (1906-1984) – More than just an actor

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The following is my entry in the 4th annual What a Character! Blogathon, being hosted Nov. 21-23, 2015 by the blogs Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken & Freckled, and Paula’s Cinema Club. Click on the above banner, and read bloggers’ tributes to a wide range of character actors throughout the history of movies!

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This is all of the obituary that The New York Times could see fit to give a performer who appeared in 207 movies and TV episodes and four Broadway productions. “Ned Glass, an actor”? That’s kind of like saying, “Charlie Chaplin, a comedian”!

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Glass falls squarely into the category of “I’ve seen that face a million times, but I couldn’t tell you his name.” He must have laughed all the way to the bank, as he made a 50-year career out of playing such anonymous shnooks.

Born Nusyn Glass in Poland to a Jewish family, he emigrated early to America, grew up in New York City, and began his show business career in vaudeville. He acted and directed on Broadway until 1936, when he started his film career as an M-G-M contract player.

Famous actors flitted about Glass’ orbit. Producer-actor John Houseman helped him get early film roles. Glass was also a neighbor-friend of The Three Stooges’ Moe Howard, and he appeared in several Stooges shorts. This led to an “urban myth” that Howard pulled strings to get Glass into the Stooges’ films; in reality, Howard had minimal input into his movies’ casting. Glass made several screen appearance alongside his neighbor nevertheless.

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Glass was also a favorite of Stooges directors Jules White and Del Lord. Buster Keaton buffs can easily spot Glass in Keaton’s 1939 Columbia short subjects A Pest from the West and (shown below) Mooching Through Georgia.

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It would take an entire blog to cover all of Glass’ movie appearances. You might remember him as Doc in West Side Story (1961), “Doc Schindler from Chicago” in Billy Wilder’s The Fortune Cookie (1966), and alongside Cary Grant in North by Northwest (1959) and Charade (1963), among countless other movie roles.

Glass also made many TV appearances. He was a regular on “Julia” (1968-1971, starring Diahann Carroll as a widowed nurse) and the short-lived sitcom “Bridget Loves Bernie” (1972-73, about families colliding when an Irish-Catholic girl marries a Jewish guy). Fans of “The Honeymooners” will remember him from the episode “Pal o’ Mine” as Ed Norton doppelganger Teddy Oberman, whom Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) briefly befriends after he has a spat with Norton. (The episode is embedded at the end of this blog entry. Also, click here for a pictorial of some of Glass’ most notable movie and TV appearances.)

For an actor so prominent in movies and on TV, little about Glass’ private life is documented. Apparently, he was briefly blacklisted in the 1950’s, during which time he found work as a carpenter. Glass was married to actress Kitty McHugh, making him brother-in-law to character actor Frank McHugh and bit player Matt McHugh. Kitty McHugh committed suicide in September, 1954, and Glass later married actress Jean (also known as Jhean) Burton. That marriage ended in divorce.

With so little information about his personal life, Glass’ film and TV roles are nearly all we have to go on in order to “know” the man. As noted in the entry on him in Wikipedia, “Short and bald, with a slight hunch to his shoulders, Glass was immediately recognizable by his distinct appearance, his nasal voice, and his pronounced New York City accent.” Judging from his considerable (and mostly memorable) body of work, Glass was content to let his work speak for itself.

(Below is the “Honeymooners” episode where Glass made his guest appearance; he first arrives on the scene at the 17:40 mark.)

Announcing the A MOVIE GIFT TO YOU BLOGATHON

Christmas is coming soon — and as we are endlessly reminded every year, Christmas is a time for giving. So it’s only appropriate that Movie Movie Blog Blog announces the
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What movie would you give to a very cherished person in your life?

Oh, sure, you’ve done it before. But we don’t mean look up Amazon.com, go to Genres, pick a movie from your friend’s favorite genre, have Amazon add a gift card and gift wrapping, type in your credit card number, and boom, you’ve done your Christmas shopping for another year!

Give this one some thought. If you could give only one movie to someone this Christmas:

  • Who would be most deserving?
  • What movie would be worthy of that person?
  • Why do you think that person would appreciate and/or enjoy that particular movie?

Here are the rules for this blogathon:

  1. No duplicate entries allowed. Please check the listing of entries below so that you do not start writing about a movie that has already been taken.
  2. Only one (1) movie per blogger. As stated, we want you to give this one entry some very special thought. We also fear that, if we allowed more than one entry per blogger, this blogathon would be running past New Year’s Day.
  3. Please give a minimal description of the person to whom you are “giving” this movie.

(a)  It does not have to be a real person. EXAMPLE: Perhaps you enjoy a particular Disney cartoon, and you’d like to give it to an anonymous child who loves watching cartoons.

(b) If it is a real person, don’t feel you have to identify him or her by name or by your relationship with the person. Just give us enough info that we can understand why you’d want to gift that person with your movie choice.

   4.  Provide the standard movie description that you would for any blogathon, but also be sure to relate the movie to your recipient and why/how the movie fits that person so perfectly.

Posting rules are as follows:

  1. Please leave me a message in the “Comments” section below that includes the name and URL of your blog, and the name of the movie you choose to write about.
  2. Below are banners to advertise the blogathon. Once you have completed Step # 1, please grab a banner, display it on your blog, and link it back to this blog.
  3. The blogathon will take place from Fri., Dec. 18, through Sun., Dec. 20, 2015. Once you have posted your blogathon entry on one of these dates, please post its URL in the “Comments” section so that I can link our blog back to it.

Let’s make this the best blogging Christmas ever!

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Here’s the line-up so far:

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Thoughts All Sorts – The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

B Noir Detour – Bound (1996)

A Shroud of Thoughts – Yellow Submarine (1968)

Serendipitous Anachronisms – Amelie (2001)

Moon in Gemini – Ratatouille (2007)

Old Hollywood Films – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Spontaneous Whimsy – An Affair to Remember (1957)

Silent-ology – Harry Langdon’s Three’s a Crowd (1927)

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Wrapping up the ‘ONE’ OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE CARTOONS BLOGATHON

It looks as though we had a no-show for the blogathon…but that’s all right, because we also had a may-I-show-at-the-last-minute, and that more than made up for it. So let’s take a final bow with

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We were happy to see Tom & Jerry represented in the blogathon by Dell on Movies, who gave us his angle on the cartoon Jerry’s Cousin. (If you missed this entry, click on the blog’s name, above, to link to it.)

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And 365 Days 365 Classics took a look at Chuck Jones’ fantasy about some drunken musical notes, High Note.

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We want to thank all of the talented and enthusiastic bloggers who gave their time and energy to this blogathon, as well as those who stopped by to read the entertaining entries. You all made the ‘thon a smashing success, and we might just take up one blogger’s suggestion to make this subject an annual tradition. And now, to coin a phrase…

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