Thursday, June 26, 2014

The MGM Blogathon : A 90th Anniversary Celebration

Kick up your heels and start singin' in the rain, for the MGM Blogathon is finally here!! 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, founded in 1924, is celebrating their 90th anniversary this year and to celebrate the occasion we are hosting the MGM Blogathon, a three-day event featuring wonderful posts about the talented people that called MGM their home, and the marvelous films that they made. Come join us in celebrating this great studio....we're going to be popping the corks all throughout the year and this blogathon is just the beginning! 

A fantastic array of posts have been submitted from the four corners of the classic film fan world and, which we are pleased to say, do indeed highlight some of the greatest films and actors of MGM's illustrious past.  We have also arranged the posts in chronological order below or, if you'd rather, you can view them by date here

If you want to add a post during, or after the blogathon has ended, just shoot us an email and we will be glad to add your post to the lists! Unlike most blogathons we will be collecting posts about MGM throughout the entire year. Our main goal is to celebrate the studio and provide fans with a hub where they can find writings on some of their favorite films, stars, and behind-the-scenes stories....so we don't quibble about dates and such. 

So without more ado.....here are the entries! 


He Who Gets Slapped ( 1924 ) - Nitrate Diva

The Golden Years

Katharine Hepburn and Louis B. Mayer - The Great Katharine Hepburn


The 1950s 

Ben-Hur ( 1925 ) and Ben-Hur ( 1959 ) - Phantom Empires


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As a special thank you to our participants we will be giving away three original MGM photographs from the Silverbanks Pictures Archive. Originally we were going to award them to the best written posts, but then we thought that rather competitive and so now we will resort to that tried and true method of fairness....hat drawing. 

At the close of the blogathon we will draw three names from our magic top hat and award the The Champ, the grand chockee of them all, with this behind-the-scenes candid of Mickey Rooney, Peter Lawford and Van Johnson at MGM ( or you can pick from any in our store )....



...while the first prize winner may select their choice of these two original photos : 



14 comments:

  1. Hi, gals! The link for the Garb / Gilbrt post is here:
    http://criticaretro.blogspot.com.br/2014/06/garbo-gilbert-mgm-um-triangulo-amoroso.html
    Now up to the reading!
    Kisses!

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    1. Thanks Le! We're sure glad you could join the event!

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  2. "Three Godfathers" is up: http://caftanwoman.blogspot.ca/2014/06/mgm-blogathon-three-godfathers-1936.html

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for highlighting one of MGM's few great westerns, that is one genre that they are not well remembered for, but Three Godfathers is a topper!

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  3. Go back to 1935 & live "Reckless" with Jean Harlow, William Powell, Franchot Tone and Rosalind Russell:
    http://imaginemdd.blogspot.com/2014/06/jean-harlow-is-reckless-1935-joan.html
    Thanks for having this awesome blogathon

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  4. My post (on my blog Silent-ology) is up and away! My choice was Buster Keaton's The Cameraman (1928), one of the most perfect comedies ever made. Enjoy! http://silentology.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/mgm-blogathon-on-buster-keatons-the-cameraman-1928/

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    1. How true! It's a classic. Thanks so much for contributing a review on this film!

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  5. I only just made it to the party, but my Cedric Gibbons post is here: http://girlsdofilm.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/cedric-gibbons-art-deco-sets-and-the-hollywood-dream/
    Can't wait to read all the other entries!

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    1. Thanks! We'll be heading over to read it this afternoon. :-)

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  6. Hey kids, my Leo the Lion post is up and running at my site, All Things Kevyn. Here is the link: The Lion, the Witch, & the MGM Logo: An Irreverent History.

    Thanx for letting me be part of the fun. See ya 'round the web.

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    1. Thanks Kevyn. Glad to have you apart of the event!

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  7. Hi! Here is the link for SIngin' In The Rain! http://wp.me/p4kzW6-kF

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  8. Thanks for hosting! Hope you enjoy my humble contribution... http://kelleepratt.com/2014/06/30/a-day-at-the-races/ (btw, I had to adjust my settings because it shows me posting this a day later- lol.)

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