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Thursday, December 29, 2011

All Good Things 2011 Year In Review

As 2011 comes to a close, I figure now would be a good time to look back at some of the highlights that took place here on All Good Things. I've broken things down by month. So let's get started with January.

Anne Francis

The year started off with some sad news as veteran actress Anne Francis passed away. I spotlighted her with a little memorial. The classic movie goddess that kicked off the new
year was Jeanne Crain. I started a new series comparing classic screen stars with their modern counterparts called From The Past To Now. The first post featured Jimmy Stewart and Tom Hanks. My series Box Office Attractions, spotlighted Sidney Poitier and his phenomenal year of 1967. And I did reviews of Penny Serenade and China Seas to name a few.

Cary and Irene

Ah, the month of love. And who better to be my classic movie goddess than Scarlett O'Hara..Vivien Leigh. Me and my co-blogger and friend Dawn combined our blogs to craft a series that focused on great Hollywood screen couples. I did posts on Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland; Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, on my blog. And then several more on Dawn's blog, Noir and Chick Flicks. I did a top 10 list of my favorite romantic films of all time. And From the Past to Now compared Vivien Leigh and Keira Knightley.

March Madness begins....

This was the start of something very cool on my blog. My first ever Favorite Classic Actress Tournament. I gathered up 64 of the top actresses across four decades: the 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's to create what everyone thought was a fun and enjoyable tourney. The eventual winner turned out to be Irene Dunne, my second favorite actress of all time. And guess what the tournament will return this March, but this time expanded to 128 women. Should be even more fun than the first time. Not to overshadow my classic movie goddess of the month, I wrote several posts about the wonderful Carole Lombard. The first be my guest of the year was my friend and co-worker Lorie. I did a memorial for the legendary Elizabeth Taylor who passed away this month. And I did reviews of Giant and Princess O'Rourke.

Samantha, Darrin and Endora

My guest for the month was Amanda from A Noodle In A Haystack. Two goddesses shared this month as Betty  Grable and Sharon Farrell graced my blog in the first ever pairing of two classic film actresses. I did a cross-over with Dawn and Irene (And Then They Start To Sparkle) called Beware These Women, which focused on some of the most compelling female characters ever captured on film. I did several posts on TV's Greatest Comedies, including The Addams Family, Bewitched and The Brady Bunch. I also received a Stylish Blogger award from my friend Patti of And They Don't Make Em Like They Use To.

Lee Remick showing the women how it's done

Lee Remick was my classic movie goddess for the month. I wrote a fictional interview about the legendary Audrey Hepburn. My guest of the month was Audrey of Fedoras and High Heels. TV's greatest comedies posts included That Girl and Fawlty Towers. And my friend Irene hosted All Good Things for about a week while I was on vacation in New Orleans. Thanks bunches Irene. And I also started posting about Liz Taylor's problematic love life and all 8 marriages.

Cary Grant

Well fair is fair as the men's tournament got underway this month after the success the women's tourney had back in March. Without a doubt Cary Grant walked away with honors of favorite classic actor. Irene of And Then They Start To Sparkle was the guest of the month. Doris Day was my classic movie goddess of the month. TV's greatest comedies posting on Laverne & Shirley.

Olivia and friend

A birthday celebration in honor of Olivia de Havilland who also happened to be my classic movie goddess for the month. Love it when things like that work out so well. It was so great having Irene as my guest last month, that she stayed over another month. Helped me out because my original guest could not do it. Thanks Irene. I wrote a few pieces on the 1960's, which is my second most favorite decade ever, right behind the 30's. And I kicked off the Monties (my version of the Oscars) with posts on the years 1934, 1935, and 1936.

Constance Bennett helped kick off At The Beach

Esther Williams was my movie goddess of the month. And I got a little help from Dawn to celebrate that occasion. I started a new photo series called At The Beach, which showcased classic film stars hanging out at the beach. I served up more Monties for the years 1937, 1938 and 1939.  And did a new post for my Grace Kelly series, If It's Tuesday Then It Must Be Grace Kelly.

Shirley Jones

My friend from Facebook, Janine Wild was my guest of the month. Shirley Jones was my classic movie goddess of the month. And I did another tournament, this time about musicals. I staged it over at Dawn's blog, Singin and Dancing Back In Time. I posted updates here on my blog and the eventual winner would be Singin in the Rain. And I did more Monties, this time for 1940 and 1941.

Rear Window is named Favorite Hitchcock film on All Good Things

Just as summer winded down and my At The Beach series came to an end, I started a new series caelld The Fall Series, showcasing classic stars in fall/winter attire. My annual Classic Horror Films Fest returned, and this time I had help from the wonderful Irene Palfy. My classic movie goddess of the month was none other than Irene Dunne, who had a heck of a  year on All Good Things. My guest for the month was appropriately enough Renata, who is the biggest Irene Dunne fan I know.  And I started a new series of matches called Classic Stars Match Play which pitted stars who didn't meet up in my tournaments. Such as Bette Davis vs Joan Crawford and John Wayne vs Gary Cooper. Oh and yet another tournament in the form of Favorite Alfred Hitchcock film where the eventual winner would be Rear Window.

The English Rose, Deborah Kerr

The English rose, Deborah Kerr was my classic movie goddess of the month. My good friend Desiree was my guest of the month. From The Past to Now compared Grace Kelly and Gwyneth Paltrow. I started posted Pawsome Pet Pictures, featuring classic stars with animals. And Thursdays became drama filled as I posted short reviews on similar themed films. One week it was military dramas and one week it was cop dramas. And so on.

Simply Audrey

2011  has come to a close with a rather festive month. Audrey Hepburn finally graced my blog as the classic movie goddess. My guest was Clara of Via Margutta 51. Holiday Cheer was a series of pics depicting classic starts in the holiday mood. I posted the top 12 stars of All Good Things, and surprise, it was Irene Dunne. I continued on with the Monties, Classic Star Match Play and all the assorted goodies everyone is accustomed to here on All Good Things.

And now as we say bye to this year, we look ahead to the new year which I promise to be as good as this year was, if not better. I'll try anyway.


Valarie Joyce said...

Nicely done! All the best for 2012! Unfortunately, I'll have to wait a whole year to read your cinematic recap of it. Ah, could always be worse. ;)

FlickChick said...

Monty - what a year - and how beautifully you've summarized it. Your page is always a ray of sunshine!

KC said...

Oh fun, I'm glad you're doing the tournament again! That has to be my favorite blogging event of 2011. Happy New Year Monty!

Patti said...

Your blog is wonderful and loads of fun. I'm really glad that in this great big wide world of blogging, my path crossed yours this year. You're a great friend.

Dawn said...

Monty, I'm very impressed with your blog re-cap. I have no idea what I posted last week. :)

It has been so much fun to work with you on our combined blogs. I hope that we can continue with a couple of new projects in 2012.

Happy New Year!!

film reviews said...

Its always good be get new and updated movie reviews as it is one of the most important part of our life, entertainment and fashion.Wether it to be a movie or a comedy all have its different place and importance.Some times going back into the past is fun. the craze of movie has taken a great speed from long times, and is now going on increasing day by day. And all want to be updated reviews

Lily Lemontree said...

What a busy year you have had here on the blog and I have enjoyed every step (and post!) along the way!!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas my friend, sending you all my very best for 2012!!

KimWilson said...

You kinda suck, Monty--making me look like a slacker this past year! My goodness you have been busy. I've made a resolution to Rick that I will post for him once a week and now I'll make a resolution to read your blog more often, since obviously you do a lot on it! Happy New Year and keep up that good work!

Irene Palfy said...

Thank you for mentioning me soo much - it was a pleasure, Monty.


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