THE HONEYMOONERS BLOGATHON – Da Big Finish

We’re sorry if you missed our blogging tribute to one of TV’s legendary sitcoms. But it’s not worth a “homina-homina” — just click on each of the blog titles that are highlighted below to read our bloggers’ takes on them, as we present


As originator of this blogathon, Movie Movie Blog Blog II preferred to take a somewhat “historic” approach, reviewing one episode each from the “Lost Episodes” era, the “Classic 39” period, and the 1970’s TV specials.

Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason, of course) goes out of this world to concoct a creation that will win his lodge’s costume contest, as reported by The Midnite Drive-In in his look at “The Man from Space.”


Wide Screen World shows us that, when it comes to his contempt for Latin music, Ralph shoots from the hip in “Mama Loves Mambo.”

Speaking of music, Caftan Woman shows us how Ed Norton (Art Carney) and Ralph make beautiful music together, in a variety of noteworthy scenes from “The Classic 39.”

And lastly, Movierob shows how timeless Ralph Kramden’s story is, as Cedric the Entertainer works to fill Jackie Gleason’s shoes in the 2005 movie update of the TV series.

Our many thanks to the tireless contributors and eager readers of our nostalgic blogathon. Hope you enjoyed the ride!

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THE UNEMPLOYMENT BLOGATHON – Da Big Finish

Our goal was to do a no-holds-barred blogathon about unemployment in the movies. So let’s finish it up unashamedly naked as we present

Click here if you missed the blogathon entries from Day One. For this final day, click on the individual movie titles to read each blog’s entry about them.

A weekly poker game evolves into a mid-life crisis for two old friends (Bob Newhart and Gene Wilder) in Thursday’s Game, brought to you by Movie Movie Blog Blog II itself.

Outspoken and Freckled details how Doris Day is looking for employment and (to the chagrin of Cary Grant) something more, in That Touch of Mink.

It seems Kristen Wiig picked the wrong time to (a) lose her business and (b) help her best friend arrange her wedding. Moon in Gemini tells how it all works out in Bridesmaids.

Against all odds, the Joad family (including Henry Fonda) keeps looking for hope in the famous Depression-era story The Grapes of Wrath, as reviewed by Taking Up Room.

A teacher (Bette Davis) at an American girls’ school tells how she stirred up a, er, French revolution in All This, and Heaven Too. Pure Entertainment Preservation Society takes it point by point.

And lastly, what would one of our blogathons be without an ambitious trilogy contribution by Movierob? Here are his top choices for pink-slip movies:

* Albert Brooks’ dark comedy Lost in America;

* Michael Moore’s documentary with a difference, Capitalism: A Love Story; and

* Will Ferrell as an evicted divorcee in Everything Must Go.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our blogathon, either by writing for it or reading it. We wish you all very long and happy jobs and lives!

Finally, please allow one final indulgence from this blogathon. We have already arranged for a new blogathon to appear on Oct. 25, 2019, whose theme is the TV series “The Honeymooners.” Thus far, we have only three entrants in this ‘thon. You know this classic TV series is far more deserving of many worthy tributes. If you have any fans of “Honeymooners” or classic TV in your circle, please encourage them to contribute to this fun-based blogathon! Click on the banner below for more information and how to enter.

AN ALAN SMITHEE BLOGATHON is here!

At last, it’s time for our tribute to the movie director who never existed! The bloggers at An Alan Smithee Blogathon take a look at some of the movies credited to Mr. Smithee (not a real person) when a movie’s actual director decided he or she didn’t want his or her name on it.

Below, click on each individual film title to read the blogger’s entry about it.

Movierob‘s double feature takes a look at two vastly different kinds of existential crises — Western (Richard Widmark in Death of a Gunfighter) and sci-fi (Solar Crisis).

The Midnite Drive-In assures us that we’ll have a bloody good time watching Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh.

Nothing like being a woman (Jodie Foster) whose hit man falls in love with her…especially when he’s Dennis Hopper, the “Alan Smithee” of a movie known variously as Catchfire and Backtrack. Realweegiemidget Reviews gives us the lowdown.

Finally, your faithful correspondent chronicles Eric Idle playing a put-upon movie director who is actually named…well, you know, in An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn.

And believe it or not, that’s it for this blogathon! My thanks to the talented bloggers who took the time to share their opinions with us. Be sure to read their ‘thon entries as well as other great writing at their blogs.

And if you’d like to join our upcoming blogathon, click on the banner below to learn more about The Unemployment Blogathon!