Party like it’s 1939: TMP is one year old today! + GIVEAWAY

Party like it's 1939... and you're Betty Grable! (Image: Classic Cinema Gold)
Party like it’s 1939… and you’re Betty Grable, gettin’ your groove on in “gay ’90s” style with Ken Murray! (Image: Classic Cinema Gold)

On January 18, 2012 I started this blog as a way to keep track of my thoughts on the plethora of films I was watching and discovering. I never expected to get any views or make any blogger buddies. (And in fact, in my entire first month of blogging I only got a little over 30 views.) I wasn’t even sure how long I’d keep the blog, since I’d had many failed attempts at sharing my own written content in the past.

It doesn’t seem like that was an entire year ago, but here we are, 430-some odd posts later and still kickin’. I’ve been mildly (read as: seriously) amazed by how much progress I’ve made as a reviewer and how much this blog has grown over the past twelve months.

In the first year of this blog’s existence, it was accepted into three great blog associations: LAMB, VAMP and the CMH BlogHub. I also participated a few cool blogathons (Future Classic Movies, My Movie Alphabet, Nostalgiathon and What a Character!), was nominated for a Golden Katz award, and received two more awards from bloggers with much greater talent than I!

But this ain’t all about me, and more than anything I marvel at the fact that people are interested in what I have to say about classic film. When I began blogging I was surprised to find that so many people had the same intense interest in Hollywood’s “golden era” as I do. But even with so many of us classic buffs populating the internet, what qualifies me to have gained so many thoughtful, enthusiastic friends and readers?

Party like it's 1939... and you're Clark Gable in Idiot's Delight, surrounded by dancers with strangely proportioned heads! (Image: Fanpop)
Party like it’s 1939… and you’re Clark Gable in Idiot’s Delight, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” while surrounded by glittery dancers! (Image: Fanpop)

In short, and to echo the sentiments made in my 400th post last month, this blog wouldn’t be what it is without everyone who has visited the site even once.  So I want to show my appreciation!

I’ve decided to do a giveaway. (A small one, because my budget is reeeeeally small).

There will be one winner who will receive a gift card from amazon.com. (This gift card is in no way affiliated with my participation in the Amazon Associates program — I was going to use a shop.tcm.com gift card, but their minimum is $25. Maybe next year!) The winner will be chosen at random and the gift card will be worth $15. You can use this gift for anything on Amazon, but of course I’d prefer that you use it toward a DVD! To enter, simply follow the instructions below:

1.  Leave a comment below telling me either your specific favorite post or favorite type of feature on TMP. (The Index and Projects/Features pages may be helpful in making your selection.)

2. Be following this blog – either through email, WordPress, Twitter or Tumblr. Include your username for whichever site you follow TMP through in your comment, so I can double check and make sure you’re a subscriber (though I’m sure I’ll know who most of you are already!).

3. Leave a recommendation of one film you think I should add to the top of my watch list (and include where I can find it – NO ILLEGAL STREAM/DL LINKS, just whether it is in the public domain/on DVD/etc. – if possible).

Please try to leave all of your answers in a single comment; leaving multiple comments will not increase your chances of winning.

Because the winner will be chosen at random, your answers to these questions will not influence your chances of winning, nor will following the blog through more than one channel (i.e. both WordPress and tumblr). You must fulfill all three requirements in order for your entry to count. This giveaway is open internationally, since Amazon has an “e-gift card” option and offers international shipping (but please keep in mind the price of shipping to your location if entering from outside of the US).

The winners will be notified/announced in this month’s wrap up post on February 1, so you have until noon on January 31 to enter. Good luck to all who enter, and thanks again a million times for giving my lil’ ol’ blog the time of day!

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21 thoughts on “Party like it’s 1939: TMP is one year old today! + GIVEAWAY

  1. Characters with enviable wardrobes. Hope to see more of these. Don’t forget to include the jewelry. ;-)
    I am now following via email.
    Broken English is a must-see. It’s quirky. And it ALMOST makes me cry (hee hee! Can been seen on Netflix).

    Party like it’s 1939 got a smile out of me! Congrats on your one year anniversary.

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    1. Thank you! Added Broken English to my instant queue. I’m excited to see that Parker Posey is in it (assuming I’ve found the correct film, haha). I think she’s terribly underrated!

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      1. That’s the one. I’m not sure why the film isn’t more widely known. Something charming about it.

        (No coincidence that you birthed your blog on Cary Grant’s birthday, huh? Do you know much about his first wife, VIrginia Cherrill? Chaplin’s Girl: The Life and Loves of Virginia Cherrill by Miranda Seymour is now available on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Chaplins-Girl-Loves-Virginia-Cherrill/dp/1847391583 I first found it in a bookshop in Paris and picked it up for a friend of mine who knew Virginia. A couple of years ago she ordered more copies online: at that time the books were very inexpensive. I think she bought four (including one for me!) from the UK, the books and shipping were about the price, if not less than, what I paid for the book in Paris! By time I met my friend, it was towards the end of Virginia’s life and she was bedridden, so I was never able to go up to Santa Barbara to meet her. Fascinating woman!)

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        1. I know a bit about her but I’ve never read that book. It looks like a good one, and Amazon has pretty great prices for the used edition of it, so I’ll definitely have to add it to my next order! Thanks for the tip!

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  2. Holy cow, Lindsey, congrats on your big 1-year anniversary! I’d consider myself lucky if my site makes it past one MONTH, much less one year! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your site…you’ve supplied me with tons of fun reading, and plenty of cool films to add to my ‘must see’ list!

    My favorite thing about your blog is, well, ‘Favorite Things About…’. And I’ve recommended this film to you before, when you recently mentioned that you hadn’t watched many (or any) Westerns, but I’ll offer it up again: ‘The Gunfighter’, starring Gregory Peck, available on DVD and possibly streaming on Netflix.

    And as you may have concluded by my deadly serious gravatar photo, I’m Todd Benefiel from The Derby Killer.

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    1. To top it off, my blog’s birthday is on the same day as Cary Grant’s birthday, and I broke my record number of views! :)
      The Gunfighter doesn’t appear to be available on Netflix but it is available for rental on Amazon, so I’ve added it to my watchlist there!

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  3. 1. I like your Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project feature, as well as your tribute to Irene Dunne.
    2. I’m actually following you through all 4; my Twitter username is the same as my WordPress,
    3. I know you said you don’t really like Westerns in the 10 “Deal Breakers” post, but I thought I’d try recommending you Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, as well as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly seeing as you enjoyed Once Upon a Time in the West. I believe both are available on Netflix.

    And congrats on TMP’s one year anniversary!

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    1. Funny that you mention Westerns — one of my movie resolutions this year is to watch more of them (and other films/genres that are out of my comfort zone). I actually made a blind purchase of Butch Cassidy the other day, so that one will be reviewed soon-ish. :) Thanks for entering!

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  4. Congrats on reaching this anniversary, Lindsey! It’s amazing that you’ve been posting every single day for a year.

    I’ve really enjoyed your “Favorite Things About…” posts, and the one on Creature from the Black Lagoon really stands out in my memory. If you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend the 1945 Michael Curtiz film Roughly Speaking, which stars Rosalind Russell and Jack Carson. It airs on TCM from time to time and is also available on DVD from Warner Archive. I can come up with something else if you have already seen it. I actually follow your blog via RSS, but I’m also following on Twitter – @mediamusings33.

    Enjoy your second year of blogging!

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  5. I follow on Twitter – MsCarolsueA
    I like the post called FIVE adapted films that I haven’t yet read in book form
    Do you have The King’s Speech? I didn’t see it…it was an excellent movie.
    So was Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. That is the only movie I was ever literally sobbing during the last half. I’m usually immune to tear-jerkers, but this one got me.

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    1. I’ll add both of those to my list, though I may not be able to get through Hachi — I’m a terrible sap when it comes to movies about dogs/animals! Thanks for entering my giveaway, and good luck :)

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  6. HAPPT TMP ANNIVERSARY!! I LOVE TMP!!! I learn something new from every post and have come to love the old movies even more than the current ones because of it! Cary and Audrey’s “CHARADE” is one of my all time favs :)

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