Announcing the Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2019

Whee! It’s time for the Reel Infatuation Blogathon!

This year, Reel Infatuation runs June 7-9, and we want to hear about your film/TV/book character crush. (You can check out our “primer” here, or click here for suggestions on how to participate without writing a blog post.)

Here are the Rules:

  • Remember: The character is the thing! We’re looking to hear all about specific character crushes, not generically dreamy performers.
  • Our main focus is cinema, but your character crushes may come from different media (television, books), any era (silents, early talkies, contemporary sources), any language, etc. Is your favourite character from a silent Italian film or a new Korean novel? Please share!
  • Duplicates and multiple entries are not only allowed, but encouraged. The more the merrier (or even The More the Merrier, co-starring multiple character crush Joel McCrea)…
  • Please post on the day of your choice.

My co-host – and brains behind the operation – is the fabulous Maedez of Font and Frock and A Small Press Life.

Please let us know your choice in the comments below or @925screenings on Twitter. Help yourself to a banner, and we’ll see you at the party in June!

Participants

Font and Frock – Andy Travis (Gary Sandy) from WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982)

Silver Screenings – Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) in The Truman Show (1988)

Realweegiemidget Reviews – Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) in The Great Gatsby (2013)

Caftan Woman – Tom Destry (Audie Murphy) in Destry (1954)

I Found it at the Movies – Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) and Jonathan Mardukas (Charles Grodin) in Midnight Run (1988)

Pale Writer – Sister Luke (Audrey Hepburn) in The Nun’s Story (1959)

Poppity Talks Classic Film – David Linden (Robert Young) in The Shining Hour (1938)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood – Leopold Dilg (Cary Grant) and Michael Lightcap (Ronald Colman) The Talk of the Town (1942)

Words Seem Out of Place – Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer) in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

Critica Retro – Charlie Jackson (Douglas Fairbanks) in The Nut (1921)

The Story Enthusiast – Melanie Wilkes (Olivia de Havilland) in Gone With the Wind (1939)

A Person in the Dark – Biff Grimes (James Cagney) in The Strawberry Blonde (1941)

Whimsically Classic – Greg Brady (Barry Williams) from The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)

Whimsically Classic – Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca (1942)

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society – Dr. Kildare (Lew Ayes) and one of his casual suits from the Dr. Kildare film series (1938-1942)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – Dr. Frederick Steele (George Brent) in Dark Victory (1939)

His Fame Still Lives – Floreal Rameau (inspiration for Rudolph Valentino’s character) in A Sainted Devil (1924)

Wide Screen World – Matilda (Mara Wilson) in Matilda (1996)

Fading, but not Forgotten – Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage) in Moonstruck (1987)

4 Star Films – Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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72 comments

  1. There are so many to choose from. But I’ll take Robert De Niro in Midnight Run.

    If I could do two characters, I’d include Charles Grodin from that film. He and De Niro are like the Odd Couple on the road. Hilarious! 🙂

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  2. Hi! This is lovely! May I please write about Sister Luke in The Nun’s Story? Having a crush on a nun may seem odd, but I just love Audrey in the film & the character is so gutsy

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  3. Hello Ruth! I’ve made my decision and I’m quite pleased with it. I would love to write about Robert Young as David Linden in ‘The Shining Hour’ (1938). I’ve long had eyes for him and this is the perfect opportunity to pen an overdue love letter. 😀

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      • Thank you! 😀 It’s the first film in which I saw Robert and I just completely melted. I’ve seen him in many subsequent films and he is always the highlight for me. And yes, I’ll be honest – I wanted him to prevail in ‘Secret Agent’. 😉

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  4. This was tough to narrow down…so, of course, I’m going with two choices: Leopold Dilg (Cary Grant) and Michael Lightcap (Ronald Colman) in 1942’s The Talk of the Town. Because of these guys, I basically want to be Jean Arthur in this film, haha.

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  5. Ah, this is great! I’d love to write about Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys. It also happens to be the thirtieth anniversary of the film, so that’s a nice connection, too.

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  6. Can I do two? One for TV and one for film?

    I’m excited to participate in this blogathon. I loved oohing and ahhing over Moondoggie last year.

    This is pretty nerdy, but I’m going with it:

    For TV, Greg Brady in “The Brady Bunch”

    For film, Rick Blaine in “Casablanca”

    Thanks!

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  7. Dear Ruth,

    I would like to participate in this great blogathon again! I would like to write about one of Dr. Kildare’s casual suits in one of the nine MGM films in the Dr. Kildare series from 1938-1942, played by Lew Ayres. This would also be part of my weekly series about costumes in movies, Film Fashion Fridays. I would highlight how fascinating I find this character, in a white coat or a suit. Is that alright?

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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  8. Hi! I hope to have my Susie Diamond review done soon. Slight correction to your post – it’ll be at my personal blog, Words Seem Out of Place (https://wordsseemoutofplace.blogspot.com/). Two INFJ Film Junkies blog hasn’t really launched yet, but hopefully soon! It’s a collaborative effort between a friend and me. So, stay tuned for that! I’ll post here once I have the Susie piece up at Words. Thanks!

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  9. If I can, at this very late stage, I’d like to throw my hat into the ring, and post on my His Fame Still Lives Blog, about Floreal Rameau, the Anti Hero on which Rudolph Valentino’s character in the lost A Sainted Devil (1924) was based. I’m crazy about the individual and the story itself: Rex Beach’s Rope’s End. Please let me know!

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  10. Dear Ruth,

    I just publshed my article! Here it is: https://pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/film-fashion-fridays-7-lew-ayress-suit-in-calling-dr-kildare-from-1939-americas-favorite-doctor-for-the-reel-infatuation-blogathon-2019/. Thank you for letting me participate. I hope your blogathon is a great success.

    By the way, I would like to invite you to join my blogathon which I describe at the end of the article!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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