Ring the Assembly Bell! Here Comes the Singing Sweethearts Blogathon!


Friends! I, Rebekah Brannan, co-founder of PEPS, have had very little to do with the writing of articles on PEPS up until now. My first solo participation was “Ring of Love:” An Original Movie from 1940 by Rebekah Brannan, for the Great Breening Blogathon. As many of you may have gathered from the subject of my article, I am a great fan of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, the Singing Sweethearts of the Silver Screen. So, for my first major participation in PEPS, I am hosting a blogathon honoring this team, one of the greatest pairings in Hollywood history. It will run from February 12-14, 2018, since, what better time is there to honor the Singing Sweethearts than on Valentine’s Day?

Although this grand pair only made eight movies together, they also made many great movies separately, such as Nelson Eddy’s brilliant Let Freedom Ring (1939) and Balalaika (1939), or Jeanette MacDonald’s sparkling Broadway Serenade (1939) and San Francisco (1936). In this blogathon, any fan of these two magnificent nightingales of the Screen can write about one of their glorious pairings, one of the marvelous films they made separately, or an original idea for a movie they could have made together!

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Here are the Rules of the Singing Sweethearts Blogathon:

  1. You may write about any film which features one or both of the Singing Sweethearts, or you may write the outline of a movie which they could have made together.
  2. You may also write about a non-film aspect of there careers, such as their opera careers, their participation in World War II, or their radio careers.
  3.  Because the subject of this blogathon is largely the Singing Sweethearts’ movies together, of which there are only eight, I am putting no limit on duplicates. This will present an interesting collage of contrasting opinions.
  4. I must ask that, in this blogathon, all participants discuss only their on-screen romance and relationship. Although I know it is tempting to discuss their personal lives and relationships, I wish this to be an entirely on-screen blogathon. You can discuss their marvelous chemistry, and their excellent interaction to a point. I mainly want to avoid discussion of their alleged affair, since the extent of their relationship is largely debatable. In conclusion, let’s keep this blogathon entirely Code compliant!

In conclusion, I hope that everyone of you, our friends and supporters, will be as excited about this as I am and will want to write article honoring this wonderful team! I am extremely appreciative and thankful for all the kind people who participated in the Great Breening Blogathon, as well as those who wanted to but were too busy. I hope that they all will be able to participate in my Singing Sweethearts Blogathon and will enjoy it as much as I will. So, ring the assembly bell and gather in the town square. Here comes the Singing Sweethearts Blogathon!

Here are the banners for the blogathon. Please choose one and put it in your article.

If you are writing about one of the Singing Sweethearts’ glorious pairings, please use one of these two banners:

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Singing Sweethearts 5

If you are writing about one of the movies they made separately, please use one of these:

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Singing Sweethearts 10

If you are writing about an original idea for a movie they could have made together, please use this banner, since it features a picture from Farewell to Dreams, a movie they were going to make together which was never completed.

Singing Sweethearts 11

We would greatly appreciate it if you would advertise the blogathon on your websites and on social media with these banners.

Here is the roster so far:

  1. Rebekah Brannan for PEPS: New Moon (1940)
  2. Tiffany Brannan for PEPS: San Francisco (1936)
  3. Promise E. Pope: To Be Announced
  4. Christina Wehner: Bitter Sweet (1940)
  5. Katherine of In the Vintage Kitchen: To Be Announced
  6. Phyllis of Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: Rose Marie (1936)
  7. Crystal Kalyana of In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: Naughty Marietta (1935)
  8. Charlene of Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews: Love Me Tonight (1932)
  9. Jenni of Portraits by Jenni: The Girl of the Golden West (1938)
  10. Katrina Morrison of Life’s Daily Lessons: To Be Announced
  11. Amanda Garrett of Old Hollywood Films: MacDonald and Eddy’s Top Five Musical Moments

Thank you!

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35 thoughts on “Ring the Assembly Bell! Here Comes the Singing Sweethearts Blogathon!

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  2. Hello, Rebekah!

    Thank you so much for the invitation to join this blogathon! I haven’t seen any movies with Jeanette MacDonald or Nelson Eddy in them, but if I do soon I will be sure to participate!

    Even if I don’t, I will love reading all the entries.

    Thanks again!


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  3. Hi, there! This is Amanda from Old Hollywood FIlms. I would like to write a post about Eddy and MacDonald’s top five musical moments.

    This is my only blogathon around this time, so I should be able to get this one done (last time I had three in the same week).


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    • Dear Charlene,

      Thank you so much for your request. You’re the first person to join without my personally inviting you and I greatly appreciate that you want to join without being requested.

      I got a DVD of “Love Me Tonight” for Christmas, which I have yet to watch, but I hope I’ll enjoy it as much as you do.

      I would be very glad to have you write about “Love Me Tonight” for the blogathon, since it will be our first entry about a film with only one of the Singing Sweethearts, and you will surely write a charming article!

      Thank you very much for offering your talents to my blogathon!


      Rebekah Brannan

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  17. Dear Rebekah, thank you for your kind invitation. Sadly I know absolutely nothing about Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, the Singing Sweethearts, so I will have to decline.
    I wish you the best of luck with your blogathon. Have a happy Christmas!

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    • Dear Paul,

      Please forgive me for not responding to you sooner. I haven’t been looking at our blog much for the past few days because of the holidays, and this is the first chance I’ve had to respond.

      Thank you for your kind reply. I’m very sorry that you can’t join us, since we would have enjoyed having your talents in the blogathon. Although you will not be able to participate because you don’t know about Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, I think you would enjoy their films. I think you might especially enjoy Sweethearts, since it is the only real comedy that they made. To learn about this brilliant team, you can come over during the blogathon and read some of the swell articles we’re going to have in it.

      Thank you!


      Rebekah Brannan

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    • Dear Phyllis,

      I’m sorry that I haven’t responded sooner, but I’ve been busy over Christmas and this is the first chance I’ve had to get back to you.

      I’m very glad that you’ll be joining us to write about this brilliant film! I think “Rose Marie” is one of their best films! It’s interesting to note that, although this film was not their first one together, their most famous duet, “Indian Love Call,” comes from it.

      Thank you very much!


      Rebekah Brannan


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    • Dear Christina,

      I’m very glad you’re going to watch and review “Bittersweet.” I hope you’ll like it as I do, and I’m sure you’ll write a wonderful article about it! I’ll put you down for “Bittersweet” on the roster right away.

      Thanks again!


      Rebekah Brannan

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  19. Thanks for the invite. Sadly, this blogathon is right around the time of our O Canada Blogathon and I won’t be able to participate. However, please tag me for your next blogathon.

    This is a great idea. Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy deserve this kind of a tribute.


    • Dear Ruth,

      It seems that we think similarly, since both of PEPS’s blogathons have been around the same time as yours! I’m sorry you can’t participate, but I understand perfectly. I know that it’s not wise to overload your schedule.

      I hope that you’ll be able to participate in our next blogathon, since we would love to have you! Of course, you can always write an article honoring Jeanette and Nelson of your own accord, since they indeed deserve tributes and accolades for their wonderful films!


      Rebekah Brannan

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