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Announcing The Queen of Sass: Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon

Barbara Stanwyck, or Missy or Stanny as she is often referred to with great affection in the classic film community, is one of the greatest actresses to ever live. Hands down. No contest. Even people who have never, or will never (pity on them) ever watch a classic film, are pretty likely to know who she is. Along with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, she is one of the stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood who survived through whatever was thrown at her. From being called not pretty enough, to too old, she took it all in her stride and kept on coming back with brilliant performance after brilliant performance.

Stany, the woman who could play anything

Never one to settle or to rest on her laurels, Stanwyck starred in some of the greatest films of the Golden Age, from Baby Face, to Double Indemnity, to The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Stany could always be relied on to knock audiences out of their socks. And when she was branded “too old” to be leading lady in films anymore, she starred in such TV juggernauts as Dynasty, The Colbys and The Thorn Birds, for which she drew critical acclaim and attracted new fans.

And so I thought I just couldn’t allow a year to go by, especially a year in which Missy would probably have rolled up her sleeves and spat in the eye of rather than admit defeat; without honouring her with a blogathon.

The rules:

  1. Stany had a long career and so her filmography is quite impressive, as are her television credits. Because of this, I will be allowing only two duplicates per entry, and three posts per participant. Please only submit new work, as I won’t be accepting any posts written previously.
  2. You can write about anything you like pertaining to Stany’s film career, television appearances she made, and her friendships and relationships with fellow film stars etc.
  3. This blogathon is dedicated to her life and work and I want to celebrate her, so let’s please keep things nice and not write anything derogatory or defamatory about her.
  4. The Blogathon is being held from the 17th to the 19th of July 2020, which is around her 113th birthday anniversary. Please submit your entries either before or by that date. If you find that you need a little extension, please let me know.
  5. Please take one of the banners and put it somewhere on your site to promote the blogathon. I’d also very much appreciate it if you included one of the banners in your post for the blogathon.
  6. And most importantly, please let me know what you would like to write about for the blogathon, by either commenting on this post, emailing me at, or contacting me on twitter @noir_or_never. Please include the name of your blog and a link to it, as I don’t really want to act as an amateur sleuth and hunt for you! Please tag me on twitter when you share your entry on there, so I can retweet it 🙂
  7. Please check the participation list below to see what everyone else is covering and which subjects have been claimed twice.

I so hope that you’ll join me to celebrate this wonderful actress and her endlessly wonderful brand of sass!

Participation list:

Subjects claimed twice: Ball of Fire (1941) & Stella Dallas (1947)

Pale Writer: Golden Boy (1939) and Jeopardy (1953)

Dubsism: Forty Guns (1957)

Top 10 Films: Barbara and Frank Capra

Silver Screenings: Meet John Doe (1941)

Vitaphone Dreamer: Stella Dallas (1937)

Realweemidget Reviews: Charlie’s Angels episode

Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Baby Face (1933) and The Thorn Birds (1983)

Thoughts from the Music(al) Man: Remember the Night (1940)

Caftan Woman: The Barbara Stanwyck Show “Sign of the Zodiac”

Widescreen World: Titanic (1953)

Critica Retro: The Miracle Woman (1931)

Taking Up Room: The Lady Eve (1941)

Whimsically Classic: Ladies They Talk About (1933)

Hamlette’s Soliloquy: Ball of Fire (1941)

18 Cinema Lane: Cry Wolf (1947)

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: Ball of Fire (1941)

The Pure Preservation Society: BF’s Daughter (1948), Stella Dallas (1937) & Barbara’s film costumes in TBA

Movie Night’s Guide To Classic Film: Shopworn (1932)

The Banners:


55 thoughts on “Announcing The Queen of Sass: Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon”


    Please put me down for Baby Face, since I keep meaning to watch it (being such a controversial pre-code film and all) and this will motivate me to actually do it, and for her character in The Thorn Birds, since she was so magnificent and diabolical in that.

    Also, just going to leave this here in case any of your readers want to participate (you have more classic film fan exposure than I do, haha)

    — I’m looking for contributors for an Olivia de Havilland Blogathon over her birthday, June 1 & 2, 2020. Please go here to find out more:

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  2. Dear Gabriela,

    I just heard about this blogathon. What a wonderful idea! Barbara Stanwyck certainly deserves a tribute blogathon. I would love to participate. I have ideas for three articles. Firstly, I would like to write about some costume which Barbara wore in a film. Secondly, I would like to review two of her films, “BF’s Daughter” and “Stella Dallas.” Is that alright?

    By the way, I would like to invite you to join two events we are hosting in July. Firstly, we are hosting the Code Concepts Blogathon in the middle of the month to celebrate American Breen Era (1934-1954) adaption of classic literature: Also, we are hosting a month-long celebration of Code movies called #CleanMovieMonth2020: We could really use your talent!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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  3. Hey there! I’m not sure if my first comment went through a few days ago, so I thought I’d comment again. If Ball of Fire is still available, I’d love to cover it for Love Letters to Old Hollywood. 🙂

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  4. Hey,Gabriela. So sorry to have to do this but I’m going to have to back out of taking part in this blogathon. I’m so sorry. x

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