October Round-Up: Eleven Interesting Posts

The Great Villain Blogathon

I’m taking part in this year’s The Great Villain Blogathon. My review of Blanche Fury (1948), starring Valerie Hobson and Stewart Granger, is up on my blog Font and Frock.

Illicit Love is a Killing Thing

Valerie Hobson and Stewart Granger

Valerie Hobson and Stewart Granger in Blanche Fury (1948)

Just Because I Like This Photo of Rex Beach, Writer and Olympic Medalist

Rex Beach

Rex Beach

Rex Beach wrote many popular novels and plays, including the spectacularly successful The Spoilers (1906). This work alone has been adapted for film five times. He also won a silver medal at the 1904 Olympics. Event: Men’s (Team Competition) Water Polo. He committed suicide in 1949.

Day One: Miriam Hopkins Blogathon

Round-Up for Day One of our lovely Miriam Hopkins Blogathon!

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We’re feeling the Miriam love today!

Today is the first day of the Miriam Hopkins Blogathon, and we’re off to an amazing start. Today’s reviews reveal the surprising versatility and depth Miriam conveys on the screen.

This blogathon is celebrating the talent of a remarkable actress, and launching the new site, Font and Frock, with our friend and fellow book/movie lover, Maedez, who also curates A Small Press Life.

Here are today’s fab posts:

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Critica Retro discusses our Miriam and Paul Muni’s attractive beard in The Woman I Love (or: The Woman Between).


The Last Drive-In examines Miriam’s ability to embrace characters who are destructive, and even grotesque, in The Children’s Hour and Don’t Open Until Doomsday (The Outer Limits).


Caftan Woman introduces us to a delightful and thoughtful film, The Stranger’s Return.


Speakeasy looks at Miriam as a sophisticated con artist in Trouble in Paradise.


Public Transportation Snob raves about Miriam’s free-spirited character in

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Miriam Hopkins Blogathon Starts Tomorrow!

I am honored to co-host this amazing blogathon with the lovely Ruth of Silver Screenings!

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The Miriam Hopkins Party starts tomorrow! Image: RedditLet’s raise a glass to Miriam! Image: Reddit

Yay! Tomorrow the Miriam Hopkins Blogathon begins.

Miriam’s celebration is in conjunction with the launch of Font and Frock, a new website about film, fashion, [flash] fiction, and feminism. This artfully-conceived site is curated by our chic, smarty-pants co-host, Maedez, who’s also the brains behind the literary A Small Press Life.)

Click HERE for a list of blogathon participants. (If we’ve accidentally overlooked you, please let us know right away.

Every evening, from January 22-25, we’ll be uploading a recap of the day’s posts. So just let us know when your post is live, and we’ll include it in our “nightcap” (ha ha).

See you at the Miriam Hopkins bash!

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Font and Frock: What’s in a Name?

Here’s a bit of info about my soon-to-officially-launch new blog!

Font and Frock

What are your favourite words?

I love serendipitous, melancholy, and fortuitous.

Adamantine, sliver, and succor.

And, oh, perhaps a hundred others. They inevitably change with the finesse or jolt of a passing mood.

Words are surprising things, the way that they latch hold of our imaginations.

Some visit but a moment; others stay for a lifetime.

At the top of my list?



Aside from its dictionary definition(s), and the fact that it is fun to say, the word conjures up, for me, a kaleidoscope of vivid images that have less to do with fact, and more to do with feeling.

Frock is bold, artistic, spirited, rebellious, chic, and imaginative. It is, in short, the heart of this endeavor.

What of the front half of the name?

 Font is the foundation upon which everything is built.

It embraces my love of language, of writing, of communication.


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Get Ready: Miriam Hopkins Is Coming to Town

Just a reminder that I am co-hosting the upcoming Miriam Hopkins Blogathon AND simultaneously launching my new blog!

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"How come you get a blogathon and I don't?" Image: lskdj flskdjf “How come you get a blogathon and I don’t?” Image: Matthew’s Island of Misfit Toys

The Miriam Hopkins Blogathon starts soon! We, along with our über-chic friend Maedez of A Small Press Life/Font & Frock, will be celebrating All Things Miriam from January 22-25. Click HERE for details.

To those who have signed up: We can’t wait to read your entries.

To those who haven’t signed up: Come on! You know you want to.

We’ll be going – ahem – full throttle, starting January 22.


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