Wednesday, May 18, 2022

It's time for the CMBA Spring Blogathon, Fun in the Sun!

The Classic Movie Blog Association requests your presence at our spring soirée also known as the spring blogathon. Now through May 20th, join us for Fun in the Sun! Our bloggers celebrate and explore the films, stars, locations, and more of their favorite summerly and beachy flicks. Peruse our schedule below and do drop by their blogs to read and comment!

Tuesday, May 17th

Bachelor Flat (1961) | Outspoken & Freckled

By the Sad Sea Waves (1917) | Silent-ology 

The Woman on the Beach (1947) | Cary Grant Won't Eat You

Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) | Once Upon a Screen 

Wednesday, May 18th

To Catch a Thief (1955) | Lady Eve's REEL LIFE

Sandra Dee | Whimsically Classic

Gigi: A Weekend in Trouville | A Person in the Dark

Mack Sennett's Bathing Beauties | Silent Cinema School 

Paris When It Sizzles (1964) | Classic Film & TV Cafe

Search for Beauty (1934) | Crítica Retrô

Esther Williams | Hometowns to Hollywood

Thursday, May 19th

Drive a Crooked Road (1954) | Make Mine Film Noir

Clambake (1967) and Don't Make Waves (1967) | 4 Star Films

Flying Down to Rio (1933) | Filmland Follies

Why I Want To Go On A Cruise But Only If It's The Cruise From Romance On The High Seas | Box Office Poisons

Friday, May 20th

Somewhere in Time (1980) Silver Screen Modes

Picnic (1955) | The Classic Movie Muse

Young at Heart (1954) | Another Old Movie Blog

The Very Thought of You (1944) | Backstory Classic

The Long, Long Trailer (1953) | In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

CMBA Profile: Vienna’s Classic Hollywood

Each month, the CMBA profiles a member and their classic movie blog. This month, we’re featuring Vienna, who writes at Vienna’s ClassicHollywood.

CMBA: What makes a film a “classic” in your opinion?

Vienna: I’d say “classic” could apply to any era. We love vintage Hollywood, which can range from the silents to the 1970s. For me it’s the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. It’s all so personal. I think all my film favorites are classics!  I’m not sure you can define a classic. There are many black-and-white films I wish had been made in color—westerns, musicals, comedies—but so many of the movies we love were made before color film became the norm. 

CMBA: What genres do you favor?

Vienna: My favorite genres are probably thrillers (ideal for black and white) and 1950s westerns. My favorite studio is probably RKO just because they made so many of my favorites.

CMBA: What is the most rewarding thing about blogging for you?

Vienna: I’ve been blogging for nearly ten years and two things stand out. I love the research and the fact that I am still finding out new things about stars or films. I love sharing thoughts and opinions with fellow fans. I’ve got a bad habit of starting lots of posts and then taking ages to finish them. I can’t admit how many I have on the go at the moment. To give you a clue, they include JUNE HAVOC, CRAIG’S WIFE, ANDREA KING, NINA FOCH, COME NEXT SPRING, HELEN GAHAGAN DOUGLAS, VILLAIN TO HERO, GRACE MOORE. And many more!

CMBA: Is there a classic film that you find yourself watching again and again?

Vienna: Maybe it’s not a classic, but a small film in my top 50 that I’ve watched many times is ARMORED CAR ROBBERY starring Charles McGraw. I also love Randolph Scott westerns, especially SEVEN MEN FROM NOW and HANGMAN’S KNOT.