The Hail-to-the-Chief Blogathon Is Finally Here


Thank you to all the participants in this blogathon!

THE SUBMISSIONS (will be updated as they come in):

Thoughts All Sorts: Olympus Has Fallen

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: PT-109

Moon in Gemini: 1776

Movierob: Secret Honor; The Day Reagan Was Shot; The Reagans

Finding Franchot: Advise & Consent

Crítica Retrô: Wilson

Realweegiemidget Reviews: Dave

The Midnite Drive-In: POTUS vs. The Martians



Plain Clothes; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

plain clothesOriginally released 15 April 1988
Written by A. Scott Frank (screenplay) and A. Scott Frank & Dan Vining (story)
Directed by Martha Coolidge

Starring Arliss Howard, Suzy Amis, & Seymour Cassel

My rating: ★★★ stars

Police officer Nick Dunbar is going back to school.

Continue Reading »


The Back-to-School Blogathon Is Finally Here!

backschool copy

Thank you to all the participants in this blogathon!

THE SUBMISSIONS (will be updated as they come in):

Love Letters to Old Hollywood: Teacher’s Pet (1958)

Thoughts All Sorts: Grease (1978)

Sometimes They Go To Eleven: The House on Sorority Row (1983)

Movie Movie Blog Blog: A Chump at Oxford (1940)

The Midnite Drive-InDazed and Confused (1993)

Twenty Four Frames: Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Realweegiemidget: Grease 2 (1982)

I Found It at the Movies: Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)

The Wonderful World of Cinema: The Browning Version (1951)

The Moon in Gemini: Legally Blonde (2001)

BlogferatuMassacre at Central High (1976)

Old Hollywood Films: Good News (1947)

Anna, Look!: Au Revoir, Les Enfants (1987)

The Late-Night Picture Show: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

Cinematic Scribblings: An Education (2009)

Pop Culture Reverie: Plain Clothes (1988)









Clash of the Titans (1981); Review by Robin Franson Pruter

clash of the titansOriginally released 12 Jun 1981
Written by Beverley Cross
Directed by Desmond Davis

Starring Harry Hamlin, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier, Judi Bowker, and Burgess Meredith

My rating: ★★★1/2 stars

Strong narrative elevates special effects-driven film.

Continue Reading »


To Each His Own; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

to each his own posterOriginally released 12 Mar 1946
Screenplay by Charles Brackett and Jacques Thery from a story by Charles Brackett
Directed by Mitchell Leisen

Starring Olivia de Havilland, John Lund, and Mary Anderson

My rating: ★★★★ stars

Outstanding romantic drama of a woman’s struggles through two world wars.

Continue Reading »


Announcing the Hail to the Chief Blogathon!

This November, voters in America will elect the 45th President of the United States of America. From George Washington to Barack Obama, 43 men have held that office (Cleveland is counted twice). Movies and television have told the stories of many of those people, plus a few more conjured from writers’ imaginations.



From October 28 – November 1, it’s time to pick a president!


1. Feel free to write about any film or television show about the President of the United States of America, real or fictional. Or, write about how various films and TV shows present a single president.  The choice is yours.

2. One duplicate of each topic will be allowed.

3. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, leave a comment on my blog, along with the name and URL of your blog, and the subject you wish to cover, or you can always register by email at: robinpruter@gmail.com. For those of you who wish to register by email, please be sure to include the name and URL of your blog, and the topic you wish to cover. Once you get confirmation, please spread the word about this blogathon by advertising the event on your blog. Below are a few banners, so grab yourself a banner, and blog away!

lincoln banner copy

adams banner

dave banner copy

fdr banner copy

nixon banner copy

truman banner copy

wilson banner copy



Pop Culture Reverie: Dick (1999)

B Noir Detour: Suddenly (1954)

Finding Franchot: Advise and Consent (1962)

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: PT-109 (1963)

Once Upon a Screen: Fail-Safe (1964)

Musings of a Classic Film Addict: Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

Movierob: TBD

Thoughts All Sorts: Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

The Midnite Drive-In: POTUS vs. The Martians–Independence Day (1996) and Mars Attacks! (1996)

Moon in Gemini: 1776 (1972)

Critica Retro: Wilson (1944)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: The Life of David Gale (2003)




The Moon Is Blue; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

moon is blueOriginally released 8 Jul 1953
Written by F. Hugh Herbert

Directed by Otto Preminger

Starring Maggie McNamara, William Holden, and David Niven

My rating: ★★★ stars

Once considered shocking, this romantic comedy is charmingly old-fashioned today.

Continue Reading »