Announcing the “O Canada” Blogathon!


I admit it! I. Am. Canadian.

This announcement is courtesy of our friend – and fellow Canuck – at Speakeasy.

Sorry to break it to you, but the Hollywood movies you love owe a lot to Canada. And so, with glowing hearts as warm as a bowl of piping hot poutine, we announce the O Canada Blogathon, to occur over the week of OCTOBER 4 – 9, 2014. This is your chance to celebrate (or even educate yourself and others) on just how much Canadians have shaped the cinema. Your co-hosts in this tour of cinematic Canada are:

Ruth of Silver Screenings  925screenings [at]

Kristina of Speakeasy  HQ.Kristina [at]

You obviously don’t need to be Canadian to participate – just be a movie lover – because no matter where you come from, you know these people and films, even if you weren’t aware of their heritage. Let’s help you with some suggestions.

Just who are my fellow Canadians?
Just who are my fellow Canadians?

A lot of your favourite stars came from the Land of the Loonie, people like…

  • Norma Shearer
  • Mary Pickford
  • Raymond Burr
  • Rod Cameron
  • Jack Carson
  • Hume Cronyn
  • Glenn Ford
  • Yvonne de Carlo
  • Marie Dressler
  • Douglas Dumbrille
  • Deanna Durbin
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Jonathan Frid
  • Lorne Greene
  • June Havoc
  • Walter Huston
  • John Ireland
  • Ruby Keeler
  • Margot Kidder
  • Gene Lockhart
  • Raymond Massey
  • Leslie Nielsen
  • Walter Pidgeon
  • Christopher Plummer
  • John Qualen
  • Ann Rutherford
  • Alexis Smith
  • Jay Silverheels
  • William Shatner
  • Ned Sparks
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Fay Wray

…and many more you can click here to discover, or see a list of silent stars here: male, female. You could write a bio or choose a movie (or more than one) that features their talent. Note: if someone is doing a bio, you are still welcome to focus on a specific movie by that same person.

How about the many moviemakers and behind the scenes high achievers like…

  • Douglas Shearer
  • Mack Sennett
  • Louis B. Mayer
  • Jack Warner
  • Sidney Olcott
  • David Cronenberg
  • Norman Jewison
  • Arthur Hiller
  • Atom Egoyan

…and more like the ones listed here.

A good ol' New Brunswick boy.
A good ol’ New Brunswick boy.

Canadian films/productions, any movie with a story/topic relating to Canada, movies prominently set or even shot here are all fair game for this blogathon, including…

  • I Confess
  • Canadian Pacific
  • River of no Return
  • Canadians
  • Niagara
  • Hudson’s Bay
  • The Devil’s Brigade
  • The Immortal Battalion
  • 49th Parallel
  • Corvette K225 (and many other war movies involving Canadian military)
  • Island in the Sky
  • Rose Marie
  • Face-Off
  • A Bullet for Joey
  • Black Christmas
  • The Brood
  • The Fly
  • The Changeling
  • The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
  • Atlantic City
  • Scanners
  • Northwest Trail
  • Zero Hour
  • Saskatchewan
  • Northwest Mounted Police (plus any of the myriad of Mountie movies)

…and that’s just for starters.

You may want to write about some aspect of Canada’s impact on the movies, or something unique to the Canadian movie fan’s experience (Elwy Yost, anyone?). If it has to do with Canada & movies, we’d love to have you join in.

Have a browse through these helpful pages to see more..

notable Canadians in Early Hollywood

films set in Canada

We Canadians are EVERYWHERE!

We ask that you remember these few rules:

  • No duplicates please, so that we can cover as many eras and products of this vast land as possible.
  • We encourage focusing on classics but certainly won’t exclude picks from the 80’s and 90’s, a great time for Canadian film.
  • You don’t need to choose a specific date to post, just please do so starting on the 4th through the 9th.

Now put on your thinking toques and let us know what you wish to write about so we can add you to the list.

Once again, this event will unfold over the week of OCTOBER 4 – 9, 2014.

Here’s some text to paste into your post: This post is part of the O Canada Blogathon hosted by Ruth of Silver Screenings and Kristina of Speakeasy.

That’s right Edna, here are your banners. Now take off, eh! 😉







Blog Subject Website URL
Silver Screenings Buster Keaton in The Rail Rodders
Speakeasy Yvonne De Carlo’s best
A Small Press Life Fay Wray
Shadows & Satin Norma Shearer in Riptide & Strangers May Kiss
Laura’s Misc Musings Pony Soldier
Mike’s Take on the Movies Captains of the Clouds
Phantom Empires Dick Powell’s Mrs. Mike & Fort Vengeance
Hitchcock’s World Cronenberg: Naked Lunch, eXistenZ, Videodrome /poss Wilby Wonderful
Stardust Norma Shearer: bio & significance
Rosebud Cinema Dead Ringers
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Niagara
Midnight Palace Michael Sarrazin, Margot Kidder in The Reincarnation of Peter Proud
Movies Silently Mary Pickford in The Dream
Noirish Marked Man
A Shroud of Thoughts Rock & Rule
The Stop Button I Confess /2nd poss Scanners or Black Christmas
Portraits by Jenni The 49th Parallel
Wide Screen World William Shatner
Forgotten Films The Changeling
Tales of the Easily Distracted Two O’Clock Courage + Strange Brew
Mildred’s fatburgers Ned Sparks in 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933, and Lady for a Day
Caftan Woman Alexander Knox / also poss: Elwy Yost
Vienna’s Classic Hollywood actor John Qualen
Movie Rob HBO movie on Terry Fox’s life (1983)
Riding the High Country Northern Pursuit
A Person in the Dark Dudley Do Right OR Norma Shearer in “The Women”
Cinematic Catharsis Terror Train
Loud Green Bird Atom Egoyan: Exotica
Girls do Film Florence Lawrence
Moon in Gemini The Grey Fox
Barry Bradford John Candy
The Joy & Agony of Movies Donald Sutherland
Pamela, Guest Blogger New Brunswick’s connection to Hollywood
Old Movies Nostalgia Jack Carson in Romance on the High Seas
Critica Retro Marie Dressler
Once Upon a Screen Glenn Ford in 3:10 to Yuma
Canadian Cinephile Leslie Nielsen
We Always Have Classic Movies Mary Pickford Bio
le Mot du Cinephiliaque films of Claude Jutra: The Devil’s Toy, Mon Oncle Antoine, more
Dell on Movies American Mary, directed by the very Canadian Soska sisters
History on Film Passchendaele
Margaret Perry Louis B. Mayer
The Movie Rat Leolo
Voiceover Mack Sennett and “Tillie’s Punctured Romance”
Cinepanopticon The Peanut Butter Solution
Classic Movie Man Deanna Durbin
Cary Grant Won’t Eat You Michael J. Fox
Outspoken & Freckled something of Mack Sennett




  1. Ruth – would it be wrong to do something about Dudley Do Right? I know he’s TV, but shucks… (and they did make that stupid movie). However, if it is not worthy I would like to do an entry about Norma Shearer: The Woman of The Women.


  2. Kristina, Ruth, I’m all excited about the O Canada Blogathon, and thanks for including me in the fun for Two o’ Clock Courage! My Canadian hubby is most pleased! 😀


      • Aw, the feeling is mutual, my friends! You know my hubby Vinnie and I sometimes team up as Team Bartilucci, so we were wondering: would you gals mind if we did Two ‘O’Clock Courage AND Strange Brew together as a double-feature? If it’s already completly spoken for, no problem; just figured it couldn’t hurt to ask. in our blog posts Warmest wishes to you gals, as always, and looking for the Blogathon! 😀


      • Dor, that is EXCELLENT! We’d love to have the addition of “Strange Brew”. It’s been years and years since I’ve seen that, and it would be good to revisit it again via your post. Great choice!


      • Hooray! Kristina, Ruth, we of Team Bartilucci are thrilled that you’re joining forces for our double-feature of Two O’Clock Courage and STRANGE BREW for Tales of the Easily Distracted! Now we’re even more excited than ever for the O Canada Blogathon, as if we weren’t thrilled enough! 😀 Thanks a million, and warmest wishes to all you gals, as always 😀


  3. Hi Ruth! Fantastic turnout and exciting entries so far. Shows how “out of it” I’ve been that I totally missed this announcement. Of course, I’d love to participate and, if available, I’d love to write about Glenn Ford in 3:10 TO YUMA. If not I’ll choose something else.




    • Absolutely, Vienna! In a move that is VERY uncharacteristic for me, we aren’t asking people to choose certain days. But I’m glad to hear you’re planning on the 9th because I fear fewer people will be posting that day.


  4. Is it too late to sign up? I post at #TCMParty as @13millionplus and recently started a blog Voiceover ( I’ve never participated in a blogathon.

    If it’s not too late, I’d like to do Mack Sennett and “Tillie’s Punctured Romance” and post it at Voiceover.


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