THE HOTTER’NELL BLOGATHON – Da Big Finish

We’re not just blowing smoke when we say that we received some great entries to conclude our summer-and-heat-wave blogathon! So let’s end on a high (note) as we present

Click on the appropriate day to read entries from Day 1 and Day 2 if you missed them. For today’s entries, click on the name of each individual blog.

Movies Silently discusses Harry Langdon’s role as a well-meaning but inept fireman in the Mack Sennett comedy His First Flame.

A divorcee dad (Gerard Depardieu) has trouble dealing with the realities of his growing-up daughter (Katherine Heigl) in My Father the Hero, as chronicled by Taking Up Room.

Moon in Gemini points out how the themes of 1961’s The Day the Earth Caught Fire eerily parallel today’s hot-button issue of global warning.

And finally, Silver Screen Classics lovingly chronicles the ways in which Marilyn Monroe gives unhappily married Tom Ewell The Seven Year Itch.

Our thanks to all the participants and readers of our hot-headed blogathon. Have a happy, safe, and cool summer!

THE LAUREL & HARDY BLOGATHON – The End

This is the first blogathon we’ve ever held where all of the entrants submitted their entries on the first day! (Of course, it helps if you have only six entrants.) Therefore, it is with a mixture of pride and regret that we are already presenting



Click on each of the blogs’ names below to link to their individual blogathon entries. Great tributes to Laurel & Hardy by all!

The Laurel & Hardy Blog tips its hat to a couple of L&H silent short subjects, Early to Bed and You’re Darn Tootin’.

Another Laurel & Hardy Blog interviews L&H superfan Chris Seguin about his spirited defense of L&H’s final theatrical film, Atoll K.

Caftan Woman takes a loving look at Hog Wild, in which The Boys attempt to install a radio antenna on Mr. Hardy’s roof.

Movies Silently takes a look at Laurel & Hardy in the unusual roles of a Scottish visitor and his harried uncle, in Putting Pants on Philip.

The Scribe Files gives a listen to some rare but well-worth-seeking-out CDs of Laurel & Hardy’s stage appearances in America and overseas.

Queerly Different reviews cinema’s most recent look at Laurel & Hardy, the touching bio-film Stan & Ollie.

And finally, your faithful correspondent offers his take on Laurel & Hardy’s surprise 1954 appearance on the live TV show “This Is Your Life.”

Lastly, we promised to have a drawing for the blogathon’s participants, the winner receiving a copy of Charles Barr’s enjoyable 1967 study of Laurel & Hardy’s movies. And the winner of that book is the Laurel & Hardy Blog (the one in the Netherlands), to whom we have sent that book today.

Even more lastly, your faithful correspondent (hereafter known as me) cannot resist one final plug of my exhaustive L&H podcast, Hard-Boiled Eggs and Nuts — 68 episodes in which I review their movies and anything else L&H-related that I could think of. Click on the above image to link to the podcast.

Thanks to all of our wonderful blogathon participants and readers. We hope you’ll bookmark this blog, as there will be other wonderful things coming from it in the months to come!