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Please Join Us for the “TRY IT, YOU’LL LIKE IT!” Blogathon!

When you’re plunking down on the sofa to watch a classic film, do your friends and loved ones react like…


Or…  not so much? Well, never fear, the “Try It, You’ll Like It!” Blogathon is here!

Hosted by Sister Celluloid and the fabulous Fritzi at Movies Silently, the blogathon is a public service of sorts… We’re asking you to pick a “gateway film”—a classic movie you think (or know from experience!) has crossover appeal to those suffering from a tragic scourge: Dread Of Old Movies (DOOM) syndrome. Don’t turn away from these DOOMed souls—reach out and help them! Rescue them from a life filled only with <sniffle> modern movies!


Your choice of movie is wide open. Maybe you’re thinking of a nifty little noir or gangster film that might rope in the modern-crime lover. Or an intriguing mystery that’ll keep them guessing until the closing credits. A comedy that’s as fresh today as the day it came out. A timeless drama that could win over the worst cynic. A swoon-worthy or blistering-hot romance. A frank Pre-Code. A rousing Western. Or even a—gasp!—musical with energy, style and rhythm to burn. Whatever it is, if you think it fits the bill, it’s yours for the taking.

In line with the definition of “classic” in the new TCM Presents Leonard Maltin’s Classic Film Guide, all we ask is that you pick a film made in or before 1965.


By the time the blogathon goes live in December, we’ll have created something of a ready-made “cheat sheet” for our fellow classic movie lovers potentially facing a house full of DOOMed friends and relatives for the holidays.

So please join us! Your classic-film family—and your actual one!—will thank you!



On December 5, when the blogathon begins, Fritzi and I will add new posts for it on our sites, which will be updated as entries pour in. Here’s mine: The “Try It, You’ll Like It!” Blogathon Is Here!

I’ll be handling the first half of the list, through The Hidden Fortress , and Fritzi will take the second half. So check which half your film is in to see which of us you should send your post to, and we’ll put your link into our post.

When you write your piece, please include one of the banners at the top or the bottom, with a link to the December 5 post on either Fritzi’s or my page, depending on which of us has your post.

And please add this description or something similar to your post: This post is part of the “Try It, You’ll Like It!” Blogathon, hosted by Sister Celluloid and Movies Silently, where we write about “gateway films” that might bring non-classic-film lovers into the fold! For all the entries, click here!

The Roster:

Movies Silently     Judex
Sister Celluloid     The More the Merrier
A Shroud of Thoughts     Bringing Up Baby
Silver Screenings     The Big Country
Caftan Woman     12 Angry Men
BNoirDetour     Gilda
Now Voyaging     The Palm Beach Story
Cinema Gadfly     Pandora’s Box
Book ’em Danno!     The Crowd
Moon in Gemini     The Razor’s Edge
Drew’s Movie Reviews     Some Like It Hot
An Ode to Dust     Why Be Good?
Cinematic Scribblings     Elevator to the Gallows
Special Purpose Movie Blog     Casablanca
Queerly Different     All About Eve
Big V Riot Squad     The Great K&A Train Robbery
Aperture Reviews     The Americanization of Emily
Criterion Blues     Wild Strawberries
Le Mot du Cinephiliaque     Wings of Eagles
365 Days 365 Classics     The Virgin Spring
Critica Retro     Roman Holiday
Defiant Success     Singin’ in the Rain
The Movie Rat     Psycho
Bookshelves and Daydreams     East of Eden
Old Shelter     Underworld
Jesgear’s Blog     The Hidden Fortress
Girls Do Film     It Happened One Night
Cinema Cities     Rear Window 
Gravatar     Stalag 17
I Love Terrible Movies     Attack of the 50-Foot Woman
Old Hollywood Films     His Girl Friday
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood     The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Silent-ology     The Scarecrow
Speakeasy     Gun Crazy
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies     My Favorite Brunette
Shadows and Satin     Too Late for Tears
Mildred’s Fatburgers     M
The Love Pirate     High Noon
wolffianclassicmoviedigest     The Wizard of Oz
Cary Grant Won’t Eat You     Ace in the Hole
LA Explorer    The Lady Eve
Welcome to My Magick Theatre    Safety Last
Totally Filmi     Jungli
The Flapper Dame     The Thin Man
The Wonderful World of Cinema     Modern Times
Play Off the Page     Here Comes the Groom
1001 Films 1001 Days     Silver Lode
Christina Wehner     The Horror of Dracula
The Basement Tan     The Best Years of Our Lives
Aperture Reviews     The Americanization of Emily





  1. Reblogged this on Movies Silently and commented:
    Surprise! I’m joining up with Janet of Sister Celluloid for a special event celebrating classic film and recruiting new fans. We’re going to have more fun than a barrel of Chaplins so mosey over and join us.

  2. This was tough! So many possibilities!

    I have finally decided. Please put me down for The Razor’s Edge. Thanks!

  3. Sounds like fun! Can I do Elevator to the Gallows?

  4. Ooh! May I write about “Why Be Good?”

  5. Great idea!

    I have in mind something that touches on a few things, but probably focuses most on Casablanca if that’s ok?

  6. Love the idea of this blogathon! I’d like to write about Rear Window if it’s available.

  7. Hi! What a great idea. I’d love to write about Stalag 17. 🙂

    • You’re in!!

      • Simoa

        Hi, I realized I didn’t leave my blog address: Thanks!

  8. I’ve never critiqued or written about a movie I liked. But if I did it would probably have to be “It Started with Eve” or “The Lady Eve.” Two of our all-time favs! 🙂

  9. Hi there!! I’d like to pick Buster’s The Scarecrow, if you please. 🙂

    • So happy you’re joining us, Lea!! And Luke the dog — yay!!

      • It’s probably my favorite Buster short, covering it is long overdue!!

  10. Could I do “My Favorite Brunette” (1947)? Thanks!


  11. Hi, Janet! Can I do Too Late for Tears?

    • Consider that briefcase tossed into your car, Karen!!

  12. stevedallas

    I’d love to have an excuse to watch Harvey again. How about that?

    • stevedallas

      Actually, I’m sorry, never mind. I’ve posted about Harvey before, and while I can certainly write a new post about the film, I’ll probably have the same sentiments and might look like a retread. Thanks anyway, though. Great idea for a blogathon!

      • If you think of another movie, please jump in!!

  13. Hi, Janet — my post is here:

  14. Been reading through the submitted blogs for your recent blogathon. What a wealth o’ information.


  1. Do Your Loved Ones Suffer from Dread Of Old Movies (DOOM) Syndrome? | Sister Celluloid
  2. The Try It, You’ll Like It! Blogathon: THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942) – Now Voyaging
  3. “Try It, You’ll Like It” – Horror of Dracula (1958) | Christina Wehner
  4. An Atypical American Story: The Razor’s Edge (1946) | MOON IN GEMINI

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