Popeye the Sailor must have really struck a chord with our bloggers. In just the first day of our blogathon, we received ‘thon entries from all but one of our entrants! So we’re flipping our lids as we present


Click on the name of each blog title below to read their blogathon entry.


Caftan Woman starts us off with one of the great Technicolor shorts from Max and Dave Fleischer, Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor.


Popeye goes 1980’s, as It Came from the Man Cave! reviews an episode of Hanna-Barbera’s Saturday morning TV series “Popeye and Son.”


Popeye goes CGI in MovieRob‘s review of the 2004 television special “Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy.”


Quiggy at The Midnite Drive-In makes his case for Robert Altman’s not-so-critically-acclaimed Popeye movie starring Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall.


And finally, yours truly provides a Popeye double feature: A tongue-in-cheek psychological analysis of Popeye and his pals, and a review of the 1935 Popeye cartoon For Better or Worser.

Enjoy all of the great entries listed above, and keep us bookmarked — we still have one blogathon entry to go!




We had some no-shows on Day 2, but we ended our blogathon of famous foursomes with a finale of finesse. So join us for the big closing number, as we present

Click here to link to the entries from Day 1. For today’s finale, click on each individual blog’s name to link to their entries (except for our first entrant, for which you’ll need to click on each of his entries’ names).


First off, Movierob gets our “Blogathoner of the Year” Award for contributing entries on five, count ’em, 5 movies: The first, second, and third movies of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy; and the movie versions/extensions of the TV series Sex and the City and The A-Team.


Caftan Woman sings her praises of the close-harmony vocal quartet The Hi-Lo’s.


Tranquil Dreams shows us that friendship is in the genes (or is it jeans?) of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.


Realweegiemidget Reviews examines the lives of four people who want love but are afraid to get Closer.


An assassination threat on a former agent leaves him and three of his peers seeing Red, as chronicled by thoughtsallsorts.


Chevy Chase takes the concept of family vay-cay’s to a new extreme in National Lampoon’s Vacation, whose itinerary is well-detailed by Moon in Gemini.


Pure Entertainment Preservation Society details how a governess becomes the center of a widower’s family in Adam Had Four Sons.


And finally, what would a foursomes blogathon be without a tribute to TV’s best-known Miami seniors? Once Upon a Screen offers a touch of nostalgia (and grey) for “The Golden Girls.”

Our thanks to all of the wonderful bloggers who contributed such enjoyable entries, and to this blogathon’s followers who enjoyed them. Y’all come back now, ya hear?































Me and My Pal

from the blog Caftan Woman

Steve of MovieMovieBlogBlog is hosting Nuts in May: A Laurel and Hardy Blogathon. The very idea fills me with joy, and clicking HERE for all the contributions will double that feeling.


Mr. Hardy on his wedding day.

If ever I employ a butler I shall insist he be referred to as “Hives”. Hives (Frank Terry), the butler, brings his master, Mr. Hardy, his morning toast and congratulates him on a fine day for his noon nuptials. Mr. Hardy graciously accepts the good wishes and listens to a radio announcer (Frank Terry) extol the upcoming society wedding of up and coming executive, the same Mr. Hardy, to the daughter of oil magnate Peter Cucumber (James Finlayson). Mr. Hardy is pleased with the publicity. However, when the announcer continues by quoting the bridegroom’s lifelong friend Mr. Laurel, Mr. Hardy becomes annoyed. Anyone with a pretense to good sense would feel the same.


Mr. Laurel bearing gifts.

Enter the bridegroom’s bosom pal; purchaser of flowers, keeper of the ring, and bearer of the perfect wedding gift. Mr. Laurel, distressed by Mr. Hardy’s envisioned future of foregoing nights on the town, has thoughtful provided him with a jigsaw puzzle. Mr. Hardy, rightfully so, considers this gift to be a nonstarter. It would not be worth taking the time to explain this to Mr. Laurel as the inestimable Hives has ordered the cab to rush the participants to the ceremony.


Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy are distracted.

Mr. Laurel, whose grasp of time is as tenuous as his grasp of wedding gifts, has become distracted by the jigsaw puzzle. Mr. Hardy as well is drawn into the whirlpool of swirling colours and the search for straight-edged pieces. It is the way of jigsaw puzzles that they seize the mind and soul of all who come within sight of their tantalizing mysteries.


Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy attempting a task greater than themselves.

Nonetheless, a wedding is in the offing and Mr. Hardy’s presence is required. Many of us can attest to the difficulties that may be encountered when entering a cab. Think of those difficulties multiplied by the helpful presence of Mr. Laurel. Mr. Hardy eventually takes his seat in the back of the cab, but he is not unscathed. The trip, however, is delayed when Mr. Laurel is sent back into the house to discover what has become of the errant cabbie. Mr. Laurel finds the hired driver immersed in the jigsaw puzzle. Once again Mr. Laurel becomes entangled in the game.

There is nothing for Mr. Hardy to do at this point but try to rouse those jigsaw puzzle addicts to action. Mr. Hardy, alas, also becomes embroiled in the obsession. Perhaps the arrival of a telegram will shake the dust off the puzzle participants. Perhaps we were hoping for too much. The telegram, which must be of some importance, isn’t even read.


Peter Cucumber on the march.

Meanwhile back at the manse, Peter Cucumber, oil magnate and father of the bride, is getting annoyed. The guests have been waiting, the bride has been weeping and Mr. Laurel has sent a memorial wreath as his flowery contribution. Peter Cucumber has plans for that wreath and he heads over to Mr. Hardy’s residence determined to get the wedding underway or know the reason why.


A cop, a cabbie, a butler, a bridegroom and a best man. Don’t they have somewhere they need to be?

Things at the Hardy household have but one focus this day and it is not a wedding. The jigsaw puzzle has taken over and is now the fascination of Mr. Hardy, Mr. Laurel, the cabbie, the inestimable Hives and a police officer. A police officer? Yes. The cabbie had parked by a fire hydrant and his engrossment in the puzzle is such that he doesn’t even mind a ticket.


The police are summoned to quell a riot in a quiet suburban neighbourhood.

Peter Cucumber, oil magnate, arrives on the scene and he is the first person to do so without becoming entranced by the jigsaw puzzle. It is just as well because the puzzle has been completed, minus one final missing piece. It is the missing piece that now stands in the way of the Cucumber-Hardy wedding. The police officer insists that everyone must be searched in an effort to discover the mislaid treasure.

Objections are expressed regarding the search and, naturally, these objections lead to a free-for-all. A brawl of epic proportions occurs which involves more police officers. These new enforcers of the law who have arrived on the scene are less interested in jigsaw puzzles than their comrade in blue. Hence, the brawlers are escorted to the local hoosegow with the exception of the well hidden Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy.


Mr. Hardy’s day did not turn out as expected.

It looks like the wedding is off. It looks like Mr. Hardy’s career trajectory as an executive has taken a turn. Oh, and remember that telegram? It looks like a fortune was lost. Never put your trust in horse collar futures, or your closest pal, Mr. Laurel.


Ready for some fascinating blogs about movies with inclement weather? Well, don’t just stand out there in the rain! Come in and dry off as we present



Only three of our many blogathon participants have thus far submitted their entries — maybe the rest got caught in the rain! We’ll hope for the best in the next couple of days. In the meantime, here are some good reads for you. (Click on each blog’s name to read their individual entries.)


Caftan Woman appreciates the sight of Alan Ladd trudging through the rain to save the day in the classic Western Shane.


The Midnite Drive-In notes that the futuristic thriller Blade Runner is soaked through with rain from start to finish.


Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews feels for how often Forrest Gump gets rained on in life.


And yours truly offers the rainy and oddly juxtaposed double feature of Buster Keaton’s silent short subject One Week and the musical cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Keep checking back with us over the next two days. We still have a dozen blogathon entries waiting in the wings!