I say, old chaps! Pip pip, tally-ho and all that, wot?
That's right, it's time to announce the British Empire Blogathon, hosted by the mad genius who dreamed up the idea in the first place, Clayton at Phantom Empires, and yours truly. We thought it was high time we sally forth into the world of blogathons with one of our own, and we'd like to invite like-minded fellow bloggers to join in the fun.
We love these movies, from beloved classics like Gunga Din, Zulu, The Charge of the Light Brigade and Kim, to less well-known titles like North West Frontier, Bhowani Junction, and King of the Khyber Rifles. We know we're not alone in our regard for these stories of high adventure and stiff-upper-lip heroism.
There are only a few ground rules we ask contributors to follow:
The event is scheduled for November 14 - 17. If you would like to submit an entry (or more! Don't be shy), please let us know by leaving a comment on this post below, or the similar announcement here at Phantom Empires. You can also feel free to use our contact forms here (for Clayton) or here (for me).
Please include the title and link to your blog, contact information and of course the title of the film(s) you'd like to cover. We also ask that you include a link to this post and Clayton's in your review, and to use one of the event banners included in this post on your website to help promote the blogathon.
We think this event will prove a jolly good time. Thank you and we look forward to your posts!
Speakeasy - The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Movies Silently - The Four Feathers (the 1929 and 1939 versions)
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear - Carry On...Up the Khyber (1968)
Silver Screenings - The Life and Death of Col. Blimp (1943)
Tipping My Fedora - The Letter (1940)
Mike's Take on the Movies - Royal Flash (1975)
Tales of the Easily Distracted - Gunga Din (1939)
Girls Do Film - The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
A Person in the Dark - The Letter (1929)
Once Upon a Screen - The Little Princess (1917)
Critica Retro - The Rains Came (1939)
Silver Scenes - Kim (1950) and Flame Over India (1959)
Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier - Black Narcissus (1947)
Caftan Woman - The Last of the Mohicans (1936)
Mildred's Fatburgers - Zulu (1964)
Kevin's Movie Corner - The Sun Never Sets (1939)
Sometimes they go to Eleven - The Chess Players (1977) and Breaker Morant (1980)
Moon in Gemini - Young Winston (1972)
Laura's Miscellaneous Musings - King of the Khyber Rifles (1953)
Classic Movie Hub - Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
History on Film - The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Shameless Pile of Stuff - Khartoum (1966)
Random Pictures - The Heart of the Matter (1953)
Phantom Empires - Three Sergeants of Bengal (1964)
The Stalking Moon (guest post by Jerry Entract) - The Drum (1938)
The Stalking Moon - The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)
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9/13/2014 01:39:50 pm
Jeff, this is a unique challenge — pre-1980 films set in and around the British Empire. I'll have to give it some thought. In case I do come up with something I'll let you know in advance. I'd enjoy participation in this event..
9/13/2014 04:03:18 pm
Sounds great, Prashant! We'd love your input. Take your time and let us know what film you decide upon. Thanks for joining in!
9/13/2014 05:43:29 pm
Hi Jeff - on the other site I suggested both THE LETTER (1941) and A PASSAGE TO INDIA but that's from 1984, so maybe just the Bette Davis movie - would that OK?
9/13/2014 08:53:04 pm
THE LETTER sounds like a winner, Sergio! A PASSAGE TO INDIA is a wonderful film, but a bit past the 1980 cut-off date. Thanks so much for joining the blogathon!
9/14/2014 06:21:56 pm
Hi Kendra! Ir's yours! Welcome to the blogathon!
9/15/2014 11:40:11 am
Hello, Margaret! We'd love for you to join the blogathon, but I'm afraid we both find THE AFRICAN QUEEN - while being a terrific movie - not quite fitting into the theme of the event. If you can think of another film that you'd like to cover that fits the more into the "British Empire" remit, we'll gladly sign you up right away.
But the whole point of the movie is that they decide to sink the Louisa because they consider themselves British subjects and must fight for Britian even though they've lived in the colonies for years. I don't know how this could NOT be considered a film about the British Empire! If you look on most lists compiling movies are about the British Empire, AQ is right at the top.
9/15/2014 02:12:07 am
I'd like to join in with a look at 1936s "The Last of the Mohicans".
9/15/2014 11:41:28 am
Great choice, Caftan Woman! Looking forward to what you have to say about that film.
9/16/2014 09:21:18 am
...there's always room for more! :)
9/16/2014 09:51:06 am
Thanks for checking in, Raquelle! As Clayton says, we'd love more contributors. You'd be most welcome to join in if you have a mind to. There are plenty of other titles no one's yet claimed. Clayton has a good starter list at his page at www.phantomempires.weebly.com which should give you some further ideas.
9/17/2014 12:39:01 am
Hi Jeff and Clayton: I'd like to do Universal's THE SUN NEVER SETS (1939), a gonzo Imperialist film with Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Basil Rathbone, Lionel Atwill and C. Aubrey Smith. With a title like that, Smith better be in it.
9/17/2014 07:46:30 am
Damn straight, C. Aubrey better be in it...in fact, I'd go so far as to say it's not really a proper British Empire movie without C. Aubrey Smith. ;)
9/17/2014 06:00:18 pm
Err...Kevin, where can one find this obviously perfect film???
9/18/2014 12:22:06 am
Clayton, I taped it off AMC many years ago. I still have a functioning VHS player. tried the tape and it still plays. It shares a tape with another Fairbanks THE FIGHTING O'FLYNN, yet another gem that has yet to receive a proper home video release.
9/18/2014 02:28:32 pm
Astounding good luck, sir! I think it's already my favourite film, though I've yet to see it! The cast and the synopsis alone makes it 135% my kind of thing...and I had no clue! I found it on a grey market DVD source, though, so you've made my decade! I'll wait until the Blogathon to watch it!
9/22/2014 10:09:45 pm
Lesley Selander's DESERT SANDS is worth a mention but does not
9/23/2014 06:12:54 pm
Great to hear from you, John K.! I always love reading your comments at Colin's, :Laura's and Toby's blogs. You've got a real encyclopaedic knowledge of (and passion for) westerns and adventure films in particular.
9/23/2014 09:39:53 pm
I just got ROYAL AFRICAN RIFLES fom a grey market dealer recently! It's a reasonable print. There's a clip from it on Youtube.
9/23/2014 09:43:20 pm
Jeff,thank you so much for your kind comments,I feel somewhat
9/24/2014 09:29:56 pm
Just to add to titles that might fit the genre are the two India set films KHYBER PATROL (1954)
9/25/2014 07:58:10 am
Hello again, John! Thanks for the information on Veronica Hurst, and especially for introducing some further titles for the blogathon...was aware of BENGAL BRIGADE but not KHYBER PATROL, and ZARAK is an excellent choice that completely slipped my mind. CONDUCT UNBECOMING is also an inspired choice. WHITE MISCHIEF is indeed a fine movie but, as you say, outside the time limit for this event.
9/25/2014 12:22:45 am
I would like to submit a rather wonderful film for this from the Alexander Korda stable, "THE DRUM" (1938) starring Sabu, Raymond Massey (playing the rotter of course), Roger Livesey ( as the wonderfully-named Capt. Carruthers!) and Valerie Hobson.
9/25/2014 08:01:36 am
Greetings, Jerry! THE DRUM is a wonderful choice! We'd love to have you cover it for the blogathon! I'm not sure if you have a dedicated website or not, but you are very welcome to submit your piece (if indeed you are interested in doing one) to me here and I'll gladly publish it on this site as a guest post. The same goes for you, too, John K.!)
9/25/2014 10:56:42 pm
I don't have a website, Jeff, so if it could be submitted as a "guest" post here that would be great. Thanks.
9/26/2014 07:25:22 pm
Jerry, a guest post sort of deal works just fine for me. If you'd just kindly send me your submission on or before Nov. 14th, that would be great. Clayton and I love us some Sabu and Roger Livesey can do no wrong in my book...haven't seen THE DRUM other than pieces of it way back when I was a wee nipper, so am really looking forward to reading your piece. Feel free to send it to me at my email address:
9/25/2014 08:04:08 am
Hi Laura! Great to hear from you!
9/25/2014 12:15:30 pm
Wonderful, I've put it on my calendar! :)
9/25/2014 08:10:29 am
9/25/2014 09:37:50 pm
Welcome, Minoo! Sure, we'd be happy to have you discuss LAWRENCE OF ARABIA - one of the greatest movies of all time! - for the blogathon. Thanks for joining in!
9/26/2014 12:02:01 am
One sub genre that does come to mind and I'm not sure if it fits,is the Australian
10/10/2014 11:01:14 pm
John K. - Sorry to reply to your last comment so belatedly. Clayotn and I did consider films like BOTANY BAY, but as a large part of it takes place on board a sailing vessel, it sort of fell between the two stools of Empire and naval adventure. We're planning on hosting a "Seven Seas" blogathon next year, so maybe we can fit the Ladd film in then (not that we'd rule it out for the British Empire blogathon if someone offered to cover it). I must plead ignorance concerning ADAM'S WOMEN, but it certainly looks promising.
11/7/2014 08:29:20 pm
This sounds like it could be fun. If I'd found out about it sooner I probably could have contributed a few things. Unfortunately I know that in November things often get really hectic for me between essay assignments and exam preparation (the ironic thing about being a film student is that it often becomes really hard to find time to watch movies). so I don't know I'd be able to find time to watch anything letalone write about it. These review based blogathons can be fun but I've found they're easier to participate in during the Summer when I have more free time.
11/9/2014 06:06:14 am
Trust me, John, I hear you about this time of year being hectic! I completely understand about having a lack of time to commit to writing a post, but if you do decide to change your mind, feel free to chime in at any time during the event.
11/15/2014 06:47:03 pm
Thanks for the link Jeff - I think the blogathon is going splendid well - congrats to you and Clayton, great fun!
11/18/2014 06:08:57 am
Cheers for taking part, Sergio!
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