BLOGATHON ANNOUNCEMENT

 

( TEAM ) TRACY & HEPBURN   ( TEAM ) ASTAIRE & ROGERS   WILLIAM POWELL ( MYRNA LOY )

We classic film fans all have our favorite screen teams: Tracy and Hepburn, Fred and Ginger, Powell and Loy. You name ‘em, we got ‘em. But what about that most symbiotic of all relationships in motion pictures – The Director and His Star? I know, I know. These are poor examples:

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We’ve seen that relationship go horribly wrong funny, or horribly wrong tragic. But I’m going to look at the bright side of things. For my first-ever blogathon hosting duties, I’d like to explore the times this relationship works wonderfully well. And when it works, it works because of the two-way street both parties travel…learning from each other and helping each other grow in their craft. So I invite bloggers near and far, hither and yon, and over hill and dale to join me in support of “SYMBIOTIC COLLABORATIONS.”

Everyone within an eyeball of my post who has a blog, is a blogathon veteran and knows the drill. But as a good director, I think I’ve got to set some guidelines:

  • Check out my banners below ( which, of course, you may use ). Here you’ll get an idea of the Star-Director collaborations I’m talking about. These teams have made three or more films together so I am looking for posts about teams whove made at the very least THREE films. ( The third time’s a charm they say, and I’ll make only one exception: for Pabst and Brooks ).
  • The collaboration can be for any genre ( drama, musical, western etc. ) or from any country ( I’m thinking Bergman, Lean, Kurosawa etc. ). No I’m not talking about directors working with their favorite cinematographers. I want to see the connection between who’s in front and who’s behind that camera. Now, what if the star is not your average ‘star above the title’ celebrity…but your dyed-in-the-wool, tried-and-true supporting player? Fine with me, as long as they worked together in three or more films. Boy, I can feel the shorthand now between John Ford and Ward Bond as I type.
  • What if a bunch of you want to deal with Hitchcock. After all, he made four movies with Cary Grant and four movies with James Stewart. Since I don’t want any duplicates ( pssst, I don’t want any duplicates ), I wouldn’t want eight of you to all jump on “Notorious” or “Rear Window” or any one film by Hitch. He’s a big man….spread him around. You can all share collaborative teams, but only one film per team.
  • This is where first come, first serve fairly comes into play, don’cha think? In the Comments section below, tell me which collaborative team and their film you’d like to write about. Here is where my secretarial skills of thirty-four years kicks in, even though I’m retired. Give me your name, your blog’s name and your blog’s URL. I’ll start logging you in and making everything nice and neat and organized.

There are so many star-director collaborations to choose from ( Capra-Stanwyck / Cukor-Kate / Wyler-Davis / Boetticher-Scott / Mann-Stewart / Sturges-Demarest and many many more ) so I hope your cups runneth over with choices. January is a ways away. We’ll be finished with all the holidays by then, but you know how time tends to slip away from us. I hope you all might find this a good topic to think about and write about. Yes, your guest posters are welcomed to join as long as they follow the guidelines.

Don’t mind me if I’m a bit of a noodge in putting out this announcement a couple of times before the actual blogathon. I look forward to hearing from all who want to join in. Now…let me find out exactly what a ‘dale’ is.

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This list might help, though it’s only sprinkled with a few collaborations from the classic era. It might give you more ideas.

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Please check back here for the roster to be updated. Thanks!

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Here is my second announcement for this blogathon——> Part Deux!

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    • Hi Lesley…and thank you for your response. Huston and Bogart sound great. Please let me know specifically if you want to cover one of their films, or do an overview of their collaboration. Just so I can pencil you in and others can know what’s off the table. Okay? Thanks again.

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  1. I’d like to write on George Cukor and Katharine Hepburn. I’ll do an overview, but , sadly, because I do a noir blog, I’m going to have to work in detail on Keeper of the Flame (and how crappy it was despite their incredible relationship).

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  2. Ecstatic you’re taking the plunge! AND it’s a great one. I vowed to ease back on blogathons in 2016 and yet this is the 3rd I’m already signing up for. Terrific topic – if available I’ll take the Billy Wilder-Jack Lemmon combination. 🙂

    Aurora

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    • Hullooooooooooooooo my little friend from across the bridge. I really don’t see enough of you. I know what you mean about easing back. Aye yi yi!! And I consider myself darned lucky if my first time as hostess makes the cut with your schedule. ( Yay! ) So tell me: are you doing an overview of the Wilder-Lemmon collaboration, or do you have a specific gem of theirs in mind?

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    • Hi there Wolfie –

      Fred and Ginger have not been taken. But I have to tell you, I wasn’t doing screen teams per se. I was doing a director who collaborated several times with a certain star. Were there any directors you wanted to cover that worked with Fred or Ginger in three or more films. Let me know, thanks!

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    • Hello Lê – And welcome to my first-ever blogathon. You’re quite welcome to do an overview of D.W. and Lillian. They WERE one of the first great collaborative efforts of motion pictures, weren’t they? Thanks for joining.

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  3. Thanks for letting me know about your blogathon — I don’t know how it slipped by me! After agonizing over my options, I’ve decided to pick Esther Williams and Charles Walters. I’ll probably do an overview of their collaborations. Can’t wait to participate!

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    • Soooooooooooo…you’re going for Esther Williams in the 1950’s, ey? Alrighty, then! I’ll put you down for the collaboration between Walters and Williams. I’m glad I mentioned this to you. And I’m glad you want to participate. Thank you!

      …And I did read your re-make write-up on “Easy To Wed” & “Libeled Lady” and you put your own stamp on these two. But I’ve gotta tell ya, I don’t want Hollywood scooping up any more oldies and re-making them. You’re right they tend to go for blockbusters, but I’d like to see them put an original thought to paper and leave our musty old classics alone. ( I say ‘musty’ and ‘old’ 0NLY to dissuade that carpet-bagging Hollywood from copycattin’ the classics we love 😉 ).

      Again, thanks for commenting and look forward to your entry on Walters & Williams.

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      • Yes, originality would be refreshing, wouldn’t it? I guess I meant I would rather see Hollywood capture the spirit and vivacity of the classic comedies, not necessarily that they continue churning out remakes. Anyway, thanks again for the kind comments!

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      • I’d love to focus on The Letter. Bette Davis raved about Wyler’s direction of that film late in her life… Now to find that interview…

        P.S. Congrats on hosting your 1st blogathon. This is a brilliant idea. I know I’m going to learn a lot.

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      • THE LETTER.”

        When you pick big kahunas…you pick big Kahunas!!! I think during Wyler’s AFI tribute, Bette said if Willie asked her to jump off a bridge, she would have done it without question. See, this is what I adore about these Star-Director collaborations. The absolute trust and faith an actor has in his/her director. And a director who has that faith in his actor to bring his story to life. (( Sigh! )) Look forward to your write up on “The Letter.” ( It was the movie I introduced on TCM as a fan guest programmer for TCM’s 15th Anniversary ). Thanks for joining! I plan to learn a lot as well.

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    • Well I just learned something new, Michaël. I thought Kurosawa only worked with Mifune. How silly of me to not really know my Japanese cinema. I said it before and I’ll say it again though, Kurosawa is a giant. Yes. I thank you for wanting to participate in my January blogathon. Looks like I’ve got my reading and learning cut out for me. Thanks for reaching out!!!

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  4. Okay, I got it. If okay, I want to do Billy Wilder and William Holden. It shows just what I love about Billy Wilder, his ability to do everything well. The three films, I’ll look at show just that: Sunset Blvd. Sabrina, and Stalag 17.

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    • All that my blog allows…is yours! Hi Meredy. I’m happy you’re going join in on these collaborations. NINE MOVIE? I really have to look that up. I had

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      idea their collaboration extended to so many films. Oooh, this is going to be good. Thanks again for responding.

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      • Thanks, Theresa! Here’s a list of the nine Hudson/Sirk flicks: Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952), Taza, Son of Cochise (1954), Magnificent Obsession (1954), Captain Lightfoot (1955), All That Heaven Allows (1955), Never Say Goodbye (1956), Written on the Wind (1956), Battle Hymn (1957), and The Tarnished Angels (1958).

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      • Crikey! I know all those movies, but didn’t realize that Sirk directed those. Ha! I’m going to learn so much during my own blogathon. Thanks for the info Meredy. 🙂

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    • L0L! Hi Karen. You’re not late. Now February’d be another story. Sure…hop on the conga line and bring Clarence and Joan with you. You want to focus on “Letty Lynton”? You got it! Thanks for joining. Now we’re gettin’ this party started. 😉

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  5. Love this blogathon idea! Cary Grant did four movies with Alfred Hitchcock and Ingrid Bergman did three…so I’d like to write about the Master of Suspense directing these two stars in Notorious if that’s possible.

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    • “Notorious”??? It’s totally possible. Hi Keisha and WELCOME! I’m glad you saw my blog announcement and are throwing your hat in the ring. Thanks for wanting to come aboard. I’ll put your blog down for “Notorious.” Your blog’s name is Cinemacities? Am I spelling that right…I didn’t see its name over at your blog.

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    • Hey Sister C. Thanks for the encouragement and your wanting to be a part of my virgin effort. Whale and Clarke? Sure thing. I’ll put you down for their collaboration. Thanks again for answering my “clarion call.”

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  6. Hi Theresa,

    Congrats on throwing your first blogathon!

    If it’s still available I’d like to write about SCARLET STREET (Lang-Bennett), and if that’s gone MAN HUNT works too.

    Thank you!

    Best wishes,
    Laura

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    • Hi Laura…thank you for the congratulations. Yep, I’m jumping in the pool with the big dawgs and I’ll see if I can swim or not. Thanks for wanting to join in. I’ve got you down for specifically writing about “Scarlet Street.”

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  7. Hi, great idea for a blogathon. I’d like to write about Raoul Walsh and James Cagney if I may – they made four films together, The Roaring Twenties, The Strawberry Blonde, White Heat and A Lion is in the Streets. I’ll look at them all.

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    • Judy, with your choice of Walsh and Cagney…I think my blog is going to go up in flames. What a combustible combo. Come on in, come in and welcome to my first blogathon. Thanks for your interest. I’ve got you listed now on my roster as covering the collaboration of these two power houses. Thank you!!!

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  8. Hi Theresa,

    I’m new to the classic film blog community and I’m excited to participate in this blogathon. I’d like to do Frank Capra and Jean Arthur. I’m having a hard time choosing just one of the three films they did together, so would it be okay if I do an overview of all of them (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can’t Take it With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)?

    I just created my blog so there aren’t any posts yet, but it’s called Cinema Crossroads and the URL is http://cinemacrossroads.wordpress.com.

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    • Hi Julia – Welcome to the blogging community. Who am I to deny a real new newbie the chance to join a blogathon. Okay. Maybe your post re: Capra and Arthur will be your very first post of your new blog. Or maybe by January you’ll have some more things on your site that people can peruse and your post for my Symbiotic Collaborations will be among them. So yes…I welcome you to writing about the collaboration between Capra and Jean Arthur.

      Now get to work on creating some content for yourself.

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  9. Hi! Just got your email about the blogathon… I’d love to contribute an overview of William Wyler and Audrey Hepburn’s collaborations. (They made three films together — Roman Holiday, The Children’s Hour, How to Seal a Million.)

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    • Hi there Lindsey…thanks so much for responding. I’ll be happy to put you down for that overview. Gee. Audrey sure did hit it out the ballpark on her first try with Willie, didn’t she. Thank you for joining!!!

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  10. I have so many favorite pairings that are still available, but I think I’ll take François Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Léaud if that’s okay. I’m actually covering the Antoine Doinel series for the Criterion blogathon, but for this one I’d like to talk about all seven movies that they did together. My blog is Cinematic Scribblings (cinematicscribblings.wordpress.com). Thanks!

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  11. Hi, Theresa. I’m Tracey. What a nice site you have here. Your love of the movies you write about is obvious. I’d like to write about Cary Grant’s work with Howard Hawks, specifically the contrast and similarities in the drama Only Angels Have Wings and the screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby. I also have a question: Everything here seems to be focused on classic films, but if modern films are a go, my husband Carl has a good idea. (I don’t have a film review posted on Spontaneous Whimsy right now, but I’m posting something this weekend for the France on Film Blogathon if you want to check me out.)

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    • Hi Tracey ~ I have been surfing through your spontaneously whimsical site and I must say ( I’m going to use a high falutin’ word here that is not part of my usual vocabulary ) I find it enchanting. ( Since my old friends are not really classic film buffs, I’m safe they won’t see me using such a fancy schmancy word here ). I’d love to have you join the gang of bloggers and contribute your thoughts on the teaming of Hawks and Grant. I’m intrigued as to those contrasts and similarities in the two movies you picked. Right off the top of my pointed head, I can’t think of a thing. Guess this’ll be my chance to learn, so yes…please join us.
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      As you can see, my focus is on classic films and your husband’s interest in participating with a modern film gives me pause. But who am I…Zsa Zsa Gabor in “The Queen of Outer Space”? No, I’m just a plain ol’ regular person who says “Aw hell, why not!” So please, tell the Mister to “come on in…the water’s fine.” Please tell me what collaborative effort he wants to write about. And did the star and director work on at least three films together? Will he be posting under your banner? Let me know these things so I can put him on the roster.
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      By the by, I read your post on Semi-Colons ( how’d you even FIND my blog??? ) and if you don’t mind, I will be sharing this on my FaceBook page. As a kid who had a crush on her 10th grade English teacher, this was wonderfully written. Now if you can give me some tips in punctuation…

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      • Thank you so much for your kind words! I approve whole-heartedly of your high falutin’ word, and say, “You flatter me…please… do go on!”

        Feel ever so free to share my Semi-Colon letter! I’m honored you’d like to pass it along. I found you via Serendipitous Anachronisms. Carl and I love movies; we were browsing; one thing led to another, and here we all are! You have a marvelous site, too. I really enjoyed the writing and variety of topics.

        I talked to Carl about his possible post. Since you’re really doing classics, he may hold off. He doesn’t want to be the odd-ball showing up at the formal ball in his jeans and tuxedo t-shirt. What would Edith Head say? Just to let you know, (wouldn’t want to keep you in undue suspense) he was considering Wes Anderson and Bill Murray. They definitely have enough collaborations collaborations.

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      • Trust me…my blogathon is going to be sandals and toga affair. But if your husband does have any ideas along a classic film line, he’s more than welcome to check back here. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed perusing my site. I’m not academician. I’m just a girl who just like black ‘n white old movies. Thanks for participating.

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  12. Hello, my name is Yorgo and I write over at Weekly-cinerama.blogspot.com.
    This is a great idea for a bloggathon! And right before my birthday (January 26th). As a gift to myself I’d like to offer two pieces. One for each day of the event.
    George Cukor and Catherine Hepburn
    Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski

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    • Hi there Yorgo! Thank you so much for your interest in my first ever blogathon. My birthday is January 18th, so I’m right before yours. My blog is pretty much a classic film blog. I may not use the Herzog-Kinski connection but I’m lovin’ your Cukor and Hepburn idea would it be an over view of their career together or a particular film of theirs? If you’re interested in doing a team that’s more classic to substitute for Herzog & Kinksi…please, write me back, Okay. I’ll add you to my roster with Cukor and Hepburn.

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    • Hi Anonymous? Are you one and the same Yorgo? No, no one has chosen Curtiz and Flynn. Shall I put you down for that team whose made such rousing blockbusters? Shall I put you down for:

      1. Cukor and Hepburn … and
      2. Curtiz and Flynn?

      And if you are Yorgo, tell me…if this is what you’re going for, do let me know if you want to cover a specific film of Curtiz’s and Flynn’s and Cukor’s and Hepburn’s, or were you interested in doing an over view of their entire collaboration?

      Let me know so I know how to list you, okay? Thanks. And thank you for being interested in jumping in. 🙂

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    • Hi Now Voyaging. I was sort of looking for you among the participants and was disappointed not seeing your name. But here you are…and you’re bringing C.B. to the party. Fine, fine…but do tell him not to go roaring into that megaphone. Other directors hate when he does that. Thank you for joining in. I’ll add you to the roster right now. Thanks!

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      • “Toddler-addled brain” – L0L! I hear ya. Well…it’s not due for another two months, but give yourself plenty of time to work on this. DeMille & Swanson. I never think of them together. I should. I shall. I will. Thanks again.

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    • Whew!!! I’m glad you finally decided Constance…and I’m so happy to have you join! I’m putting you down for Jimmy Stewart with Henry Koster and look forward to reading why you’ll say what you’ll say about these two. Thank you again for participating in my blogathon. If you know any other bloggers, do pass the word. I’ll do that myself as well before Thanksgiving. Thanks!

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    • Hi Steven. I’m glad you saw my announcement here. WELCOME! And look forward to having you join in. You may not trust me to host this blogathon once you hear that I’ve never ever seen “MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS” but your entry could change all that. Thank you again for participating. I’m putting you down for Minnelli’s and Garland’s classic. See…I’ve got you HERE. Thanks again!!!

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  15. I didn’t read all the comments, so maybe someone else proposed it before me and was rejected. (I didn’t see it listed in the blog list anyway) Wondering what your timeline cutoff date is on this. The first duo of director/actor that comes to my mind is John Carpenter and Kurt Russell. They collaborated on 4 theatrical releases (Escape from New York and it’s sequel Escape from LA, The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China, all post 1980 movies) as well as a made for TV movie Elvis (about, surprisingly enough, Elvis…:-D) Of, those only Escape from LA was not up to par (by my thinking). I could easily write up a blog entry based on any number of the theatrical releases if you agree to my entry. (Sorry never saw, nor know where to even find a copy of the Elvis one…)

    Also, if you are interested Silver Scenes and I are co-hosting a Oscars Snubs blogathon you might check out.

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    • Hi there Quiggy…even though I had have a mad crush on Kurt Russell going waaaay back in my way back to his Disney days, ( can’t wait to see “Hateful Eight” my preference would be to keep the collaborations to films made in the traditional classic era. If you can think of any Star-Director team that you like from that era ( 20’s – 60’s ) please do let me know.

      The Oscar Snubs Blogathon? I’m very interested. I’ll check out your and Silver Scenes’ site for that info.

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      • The only one that would fit that bill (for me and my tastes) is John Wayne and Howard Hawks. I’m a huge John Wayne fan. I could go for that duo, but only if you let me go all the way to 1969. I refuse to leave out “El Dorado”, my absolute favorite John Wayne flick. In fact, ideally I’d like to contrast Rio Bravo with El Dorado (the second was a remake of the first). The ball is back in your court, now…:-)

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      • Hello again Quiggy. I welcome you to talk about the collaboration of John Wayne and the great Howard Hawks. And if you specifically want to contrast “Rio Bravo” ( 1959 ) with “El Dorado” ( 1966 ) have at it boy. Love to include it in my blogathon. Thanks for wanting to join in. Now the writing is in YOUR court. Thanks again.

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  16. Alright, I’m intrigued! Can I write about Stanley Kramer and his collaborations with Spencer Tracy? I think they made four films together, but I’d be most interested in talking about Inherit the Wind, Judgement at Nuremberg, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. But I may wander, as I am apt to do.

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    • Hello there!!! I am soooooooooo happy you’d like to join my first ever hosted blogathon. I’ll put you down for Kramer and Tracy. ( Dang! I hadn’t realized they made those two other movies together. ) I will add you to my list, and look forward to reading your post in January. If it’s anything like what you wrote for the “Try It You’ll Like It” blogathon hosted by Sister Celluloid and Movies Silently…I’ll be flattered you’re giving my blogathon a break. Your writing on “The Best Years Of Our Lives” truly blew me away and I know that movie very well. Wait a second, what am I saying!!!! Dagnabit! Your writing tells me now I must step up MY game. ( Grrrr!!! 😉 ) Thanks for joining in on the fun.

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  18. Wow! What a fantastic list. And so many participants. I’ve been dragging my feet on picking a team, but I’m glad I came up with one that nobody else picked–William Witney and Roy Rogers. The did a total of 27 films together. Hey, even Tarantino’s a fan of that duo. When The New York Times ran a series a decade ago asking contemporary directors to pick a single classic film to talk about one-on-one, Tarantino picked Witney’s greatest Rogers western, THE GOLDEN STALLION. So I think I’m in good company.

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