Announcing the Code Classics Blogathon!


Since it is now June, here at PEPS, we are planning for July, #CleanMovieMonth. For the past two years, we have dedicated this whole month to the Motion Picture Production Code and the twenty years (1934-1954) when Joseph I. Breen’s leadership of the Production Code Administration (PCA) created decent films for everyone. As the highlight of this annual celebration, each year we host a blogathon around July 15, the anniversary of the PCA’s official formation. This blogathon has a different Code-centered theme each year. While we will wait until later in June to announce our plans for celebrating #CleanMovieMonth, we are announcing this year’s Code anniversary blogathon now!

 In honor of the 86th anniversary of the PCA’s formation on July 15, 1934, we are hosting the Code Classics Blogathon! This blogathon is about the Code versions of classic literary works. Shakespeare plays, Dickens novels, Sherlock Holmes short stories, Victor Hugo novels, and iconic tales like Phantom of the Opera have been adapted in numerous formats, including dozens of film adaptions. Many of these iconic stories were made as Hollywood movies during the American Breen Era (1934-1954). This blogathon is dedicated to celebrating Code films of classic literature.

The Code Classics Blogathon will take place July 14-17. If you want to join, please read the below rules and then leave a comment, specifying your choice.

  1. Participants can write about one or more Code classics. Eligible films are those released between July 1934 and 1954.
  2. Note: These movies must be American. British films or foreign movies from any other country do not count as Code movies even if distributed in the United States during those twenty years. For example, neither the 1948 Oliver Twist nor the 1948 Anna Karenina qualifies as a Code film, since both were British productions.
  3. Code films reviewed must be adaptions of classic books, short stories, plays, or even poems. These adaptions don’t have to be faithful to source material to qualify.
  4. Participants may write as many entries as they choose.
  5. You may also compare a Code adaption of a story to its original source material or to an adaption from a different time period.
  6. There are no restrictions on duplicates, since everyone has a unique opinion on any film.
  7. Please include a link to this post and one of the blogathon banners on your post.
  8. Send us the link to your article(s) on July 14-17! Let us know if you need to post earlier or later.
  9. Start by leaving a comment below saying you want to join and tell us your proposed topic, if you have chosen one. If you have any questions about what films are eligible, just ask us in the comment section!
  10. Please help us spread the word about this blogathon with the banners below!

Here are the banners for this blogathon. Please use them in your posts and to help us advertise this event!

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Current Roster of Participants:

  1. Tiffany Brannan of PEPS – Les Miserables (1935)
  2. Rebekah Brannan of PEPS – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)
  3. J-Dub of Dubsism – The Three Musketeers (1948)
  4. MovieCritic of Movies Meet Their Match – The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  5. Ruth of Silver Screenings – Pride and Prejudice (1940)
  6. Rebecca Deniston of Taking Up Room – The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1950)
  7. Charity of The Sacred in the SecularThe Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
  8. Joe Jordan – So Big (1953)
  9. Sally Silverscreen of 18 Cinema Lane – To Be Announced
  10. Eva Schon of Coffee, Classics, and Craziness – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
  11. Gabriela of Pale Writer – To Be Announced
  12. Crystal Kalyana of In the Good Old Days of Classic HollywoodTo Each His Own (1946)

Please join the Code Classics Blogathon today! We’ll see you in #CleanMovieMonth!

Follow us to bring back the Code and save the arts in America!

We are lifting our voices in classical song to help the sun rise on a new day of pure  entertainment!

Only the Code can make the sun rise on a new day of pure entertainment!

34 thoughts on “Announcing the Code Classics Blogathon!

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  4. Hi Tiffany. I would like to sign up with “To Each His Own” ( 1946 ), if that’s okay?

    My blog: In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood.

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    • Dear Crystal,

      It’s wonderful to hear from you! I’ve looked at your blog lately and found it to be quite dormant. I’m glad to know that you are alright. I am so happy that you would like to join the blogathon. I just watched “To Each His Own” for the first time myself this week for the Olivia de Havilland Blogathon, which was hosted by Charity of The Sacred in the Secular. It just wasn’t the same without you as the host, although I am very glad that Charity, a new friend, hosted the celebration in your absence. I’ll put you down for “To Each His Own,” an excellent choice, and look forward to reading your article!

      Yours Hopefully,

      Tiffany Brannan


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  6. What a great idea for a blogathon! I am planning on participating in the Clean Movie Month blogathon, so this is a perfect addition to the line-up on my blog! Right now, I don’t know what I’ll write about, but I will let you know as soon as possible. Speaking of blogathons, I’m hosting a blogathon that will take place in November. Here’s the link if you’re interested:

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    • Dear Sally,

      Thank you! I’m so glad that you are joining this blogathon and #CleanMovieMonth2020! You added so much to the event last year. I look forward to reading your entries this year. I added your name to the roster.

      Thank you for telling me about your blogathon! You are really planning ahead for the holidays! It’s smart to announce a blogathon a few months in advance. I always wait until about a month before. I definitely want to join. I always want to join new blogathons, and this is a great topic! I will leave a comment on that post to tell you my topic.

      Yours Hopefully,

      Tiffany Brannan

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  7. Hello, Brannans!

    This sounds like a great blogathon! It’s a blend of two of my favorite things. I don’t know what I’ll review yet, but I’ll think about it and you can definitely count me in!

    MovieCritic | Movies Meet Their Match

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      • I finally decided! I would like to do The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and talk about how it compares to the book. Thank you so much! I’ll also be participating in #CleanMovieMonth2020.

        MovieCritic | Movies Meet Their Match

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        • That’s wonderful! I watched that movie for the first time a few months ago, and I was surprised by how much I loved it! I am eager to read your thoughts on it. #CleanMovieMonth2020 starts tomorrow, and I am excited about reading your contributions!

          Yours Hopefully,

          Tiffany Brannan

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