Thursday, February 28, 2013

Welcome to the John Garfield Blogathon

After several weeks of planning and anticipation, the eagerly-awaited John Garfield 100th birthday blogathon (main page HERE) is finally upon us.  Beginning tomorrow, and continuing on through Monday, we'll be celebrating one very under-appreciated actor, and I, for one, am thrilled.  Mr. Garfield so deserves the honor and recognition.  (Participants, please include a link to this page somewhere in your post, and then either leave as a comment or email me the link to your article, so I can include it on the page.)

Participating in the event are two dozen different people, two of whom are not bloggers but are John Garfield enthusiasts.  Since they don't have blogs of their own, it is with joy that I welcome them to be guests here at They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To.  As with all blogathons, try to visit as many of the entries as you can...and have fun celebrating the sensational John Garfield.

The contributions are as follows:

March 1st:

Quite fittingly for this "debut day" of the blogathon, Jenna, of Classic Movie Night, is showcasing Mr. Garfield's debut film---Four Daughters.  (HERE)

The late Lori Moore will be sharing a beautiful video tribute at They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To.  (HERE)

Victoria of Slightly Shabby is taking a break from her usual discussion of home decor to showcase one of her favorites--The Postman Always Rings Twice.  (HERE)

Johan, of I'd Love to Kiss You, But I Just Washed My Hair, has reviewed one of the few Garfield films I have yet to see---Between Two Worlds.  (HERE)

Oh, So Very Classic's Alyssa has provided some quotes by and about Mr. Garfield, as well as a bit of biographical information.  (HERE)

Over at Olivia & Joan: Sisters of the Silver Screen, Tom will be shining the light on the star-studded Thank Your Lucky Stars.  (HERE)

March 2nd:

The WWII film Air Force takes to the air with Jeff over at The Stalking Moon.  (HERE)

At 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Kim shares her thoughts about that sensational film noir The Postman Always Rings Twice. (HERE)

Art, Movies, Wood, and Whatnot's Artman will be sharing the John Garfield portion of his beautiful movie paperware collection.  (HERE)

Featuring Mr. Garfield in his most inherently evil role, Out of the Fog will be showcased by John over at Twenty Four Frames.  (HERE)

They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To has invited a guest, who will discuss the little-known Saturday's Children, a film which features Mr. Garfield in a rare romantic role. (HERE)

March 3rd:

Le of Critica Retro will be discussing Mr. Garfield's influence on films.  (HERE)

Tom will be highlighting Daughters Courageous over at Motion Picture Gems.  (HERE)

Ivan of The Thrilling Days of Yesteryear will give us a glimpse into the terrific noir Force of Evil.  (HERE)

Over at Tales of the Easily Distracted, Dorian will be showcasing the wartime spy flick Dangerously They Live.  (HERE)

Deb of Sidewalk Crossings will be taking a short break from her James Bond series in order to tackle the noirish spy thriller The Fallen Sparrow.  (HERE)

Here at They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To, the boxing film They Made Me a Criminal will be stepping into the ring.  (HERE)

March 4th:

Kristen of Journeys in Classic Film will be spotlighting 1947's Academy Award-winning Gentleman's Agreement.  (HERE)

Taking center stage over at Flick Chick's A Person in the Dark is the prison film Castle on the Hudson.  (HERE)

Here at They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To, I will be offering a humble tribute.  (HERE)

 Over at The Girl with the White Parasol, Aubyn shines the spotlight on Nobody Lives Forever.  (HERE)

Dawn, of Noir and Chick Flicks, will be showcasing one of the ultimate chick flicks---Humoresque. (HERE)

The Nitrate Diva---will be getting into the action with another of Mr. Garfield's WWII films, Destination Tokyo.  (HERE)

Over at The Movie Projector, Richard will be highlighting The Breaking Point, the second film adaption of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not.  (HERE)

And, appropriately, on this final day of the blogathon, Judy of Movie Classics will be discussing Mr. Garfield's final film, He Ran All The Way.  (HERE)

NOTE:  Two other important Garfield films---Pride of the Marines and Body and Soul---were to have been spotlighted during the blogathon; however, the bloggers intending to showcase those films ended up unable to participate.  So, while those films were not part of the blogathon, it's not because they were overlooked.

A huge thanks to: my good friend Monty, of All Good Things, for creating the blogathon's beautiful banner...each person who spread the word about the event...each person who contributed an article...each one who visited the blogs and read the entries.  This celebration would not have happened without the participation of all of you!!


  1. So delightfully exciting! Not only am I looking forward to learning oodles more about this talented classic Hollywood actor, but many of these sites are new to me, so I'll definitely getting to know all of them, too.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Thank you very much for your wonderfully nice comment on my vintage outfit post this week, darling Patti. Stellar score on your new Talbots frock!

    1. Thanks, Jessica. I do hope you get a chance to visit some of the awesome blogs that are taking part in the event. There are so many talented writers in blog land!!

  2. I am ashamed to admit that I've only seen a very few movies with John Garfield in them, and I don't even remember him! So I'm putting some on hold at my library (we don't have NEARLY enough) and am excited to see what all of the participating blogs have to say!

    1. Carissa, that is the tragedy of John Garfield. Since he was blacklisted before his death and then died at such a young age, he has been largely forgotten and, thus, isn't well-known to modern audiences. The first film of his I watched was "Pride of the Marines," and I got it solely for its WWII theme. I had never even heard the name John Garfield before that. Sad, but true.

      I hope you enjoy the films you get from the library. I'd love to hear your thoughts after you watch them.

  3. I think mine is almost ready Patti so I'll email you the link later on this evening. I'm going to link to this page in my post right now:)

  4. It was a pleasure contributing to your first ever blogathon - and I hope this will happen again many times more in the future. Who knows I might even host one myself at some point!

    1. I was glad to see you blogging again, Johan! Thanks for making this blogathon your entrance back to the blogging world! And if you ever host a blogathon, count on me to join in...unless, of course, it's science fiction-related films, about which I know nothing!)

  5. Hi Patti.
    I may not spend much time in the blogosphere any more but I do want to wish you luck on the eve of your first blogathon. It's great to see so many of your friends and associates joining you in celebrating the great Mr Garfield.
    Enjoy the next few days!


    1. Paul, thank you for stopping by and for your well wishes. It's nice to hear from you every now and then.

      I do understand about not spending much time in the blogosphere. In my 7 years of blogging, I have taken a few very-necessary breaks, including one of about 13 months. Now, though, since my kids have finished high school and I am no longer home schooling them and am seeking a new career path, I am in a season of life which allows me a bit more time for blogging.

      Again, thanks for stopping by and for the well wishes. I will see you around as you have the time.

  6. Just stopping by to say hi and see how you are doing! Have a wonderful evening.


    1. Jill, it's wonderful to hear from you! I wasn't sure you were still blogging. I haven't gotten a blog update from you in months. I hope school is going well for you!

  7. I'm sorry Patti but i wont be able to contribute to the Blogathon. It just took me over 20 minutes to do a post with 4 pics and my Garfield post would have about 40 or more. I'm sorry to disappoint. I was looking forward to it and have been scanning the remaining items needed for my post all week, but there is just no way I am going through this aggravation anymore :(

    1. I'm sorry too, Artman. I would have loved to include your beautiful movie paperware collection in the blogathon. I do understand the frustrations, however.

      If you want to run one of your old posts---since they are already uploaded---do feel free to send me a link to one of them. I'd love to include you, whether it is a current post or one that is a year old!

      Have a great weekend!

  8. Hi, Patti! It was a lot of fun writing the post, and I hope to learn a lot more with the other entries. Mine is here:

    1. Very much enjoyed your post, Le! Thanks so much for being a part of the blogathon.

  9. Hello, Patti! The Air Force review is up and running now at

    Thanks for putting together and hosting this fun blogathon!

    1. Loved your post, Jeff! Thanks so much for being a part of this event!

      It was interesting to discover that you live in Japan. I've never been out of North America. (I have been to Canada, so I HAVE been out of the country.) Anyhow, I'll bet Japan is beautiful and fascinating. Thanks for sharing that bit about yourself.

  10. Hi Patti - here's a link to the Garfield post i did last year so that at least I can contribute SOMETHING to this awesome blogathon...i also need to get caught up reading all these posts!!!

    thanks for putting all this together and for honoring one of the most underappreciated artists and stars of his, or any other, time

    1. Awesome, Artman!! Thank you so much for participating. I'm thrilled to have your beautiful paperware collection represented in the blogathon.

      Mr. Garfield is, indeed, one of Hollywood's most underappreciated artists, and I count it a privilege to have hosted a blogathon in his honor. Truly, it has been a labor of love.

    2. happy to contribute Patti! that post shows about 1/2 of my Garfield stuff. maybe someday blogger will get their crap together and...oh who am i kidding its been like this for years now, lol. anyway thanks and you're welcome and on with the blogathon :)

  11. Patti, here's a link to my post for the blogathon on Nobody Lives Forever:

    I'm sorry it's late but better late than never :) Thanks for hosting the blogathon!

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