For the Boys Blogathon

There’s a staggering amount of estrogen in our blogs and podcasts. We’d like to shake the content up a bit and expand our masculine audience. Many classic films fall under the manly umbrella: shoot-‘em-up westerns, shadowy noir, timeless war tales, and action-filled gangster ploys. Females are capable of enjoying these types of films, but we feel they were primarily geared towards men. So, here is what we ask of you:

  • Think about the quintessential films in these genres
  • Reflect upon why these films appeal to men

Guidelines/Rules: 

Write a blog (or podcast) regarding the masculine gender in film, genres that appeal to men, films in these genres*, or a combination of any of the above. If you are male or female and disagree with this completely … write about that!

This blogathon is primarily for members of the classic film blogging community. But, if you are a casual reader or specialise outside the classic film realm, you’re welcome to submit an entry, too!

On the day of the blogathon, we will create a new post for the contributions. Simply add a comment to the post with a link to your corresponding entry and we will add you to the list of submissions. For courtesy’s sake, sign up for the blogathon as soon as possible (preferably on this post or shoot us a comment on Facebook/Twitter/e-mail). We’d like to get a running count of participants.

*This includes film reviews and personal accounts. We’re not professors, you will not be graded. Hehe.

When: November 19-20, 2011.

Conclusion: If you find yourself struggling with the subject, we will submit our contribution to the blogathon one week before the event. Our podcast will feature special guest Dr. Philippa Gates; she will clarify and define gender roles in films and delve deeper into the topic at hand.

We are so excited to see what the classic film community can contribute (as we have seen your examples in past blogathons) and if you have any questions feel free to contact us at scarlettolive@gmail.com, on Facebook, Twitter, or under the Contact tab of our website.

Let’s do this for the boys!

Contributors (so far):

As Time Goes By

Backlots

Bette’s Classic Movie Blog

Blame Mame

Comet Over Hollywood

Dear Mr. Gable

Frankly, My Dear

Hollywood Revue, The

Jeremy Gurto

lilliangish.net

Most Beautiful Fraud in the World, The

Noir and Chick Flicks

Sinamatic Salve-ation

Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence

Tales of the Easily Distracted

True Classics

Undy a Hundy

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Dangerous Dames: Barbara Stanwyck

To continue our Dangerous Dames Series, we invited a scholarly guest to join us on our show. Jonathan Aaron Baker discusses film noir, femme fatales, and briefly Barbara Stanwyck to shed light on the formula that makes up a “dangerous dame”. One of the most important twists he adds to the show is a literary background to well-known classic films.

Stanwyck's purposefully "awful" wig in Double Indemnity (1944). (Photo courtesy of doctormacro.info)

One of the famous scenes in Double Indemnity (1944) consists of fast-paced, steamy delivery of double entendres between Phyllis Dietrichson (Stanwyck) and Walter Neff (MacMurray).

"I wish you'd tell me what's engraved on that anklet." Double Indemnity (1944). (Photo courtesy of doctormacro.info)

Jonathan mentions writer Raymond Chandler in the podcast and his supposed cameo appearance. Do you think it’s him?

In the 1946 film The Big Sleep, Bogie and Bacall team up for the second time; proceeding To Have and Have Not (1944), the film which sparked their onset romance. They would appear in two more films together (Dark Passage and Key Largo) as man and wife.

“And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine” The Big Sleep (1946)

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall "The Big Sleep" (1946). (Photo courtesy of doctormacro.info)

Barbara Stanwyck was referred to as “The Best Actress Who Never Won an Oscar”. Although she was rarely a “dangerous dame”, her performances in other roles (especially comedic) exemplify Stanwyck’s capabilities onscreen. Other film recommendations for Barbara Stanwyck: Ball of Fire (1941), The Lady Eve (1941), Meet John Doe (1941), Night Nurse (1931).

Barbara Stanwyck. "Ball of Fire" (1941). (Photo courtesy of doctormacro.info)