Announcing The Luck o’ the Irish Blogathon!

Maureen O’Hara

The top o’ the morning to you, colleens and lads! As regular readers of PEPS know, our main focus here is the Motion Picture Production Code and its enforcement for twenty years by the Production Code Administration, which was headed by Joseph I. Breen from 1934 to 1954. Both the Code’s principle author, Martin J. Quigley, and its greatest enforcer, Mr. Breen, were proud Irish-Americans, which prompted filmmakers to frequently include Irish characters and themes in their stories in hopes of gaining Mr. Breen’s favor. It didn’t work, but it resulted in a lot of enjoyable blarney!

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Lucille Ball

According to Joe Breen’s grandson Jack Benton, there were two “tribes” in classic Hollywood, the Jews and the Irish. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the official Irish holiday, we are hosting The Luck o’ the Irish Blogathon. This is a chance for writers to celebrate all things Irish in movies. Since St. Patrick’s Day is on Wednesday this year, we are making the blogathon a long weekend event, beginning on Wednesday, March 17, and ending on Sunday, March 21. We can’t wait for you to join us for this five-day celebration of Hibernian Hollywood!

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The classically Irish James Cagney with Joan Leslie, his co-star of Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Here are the guidelines of topics which are appropriate for this blogathon, along with examples in parentheses:

  • Movies with an Irish theme (The Irish in Us, Going My Way)
  • Movies set in Ireland (The Top of the Morning, The Quiet Man)
  • An overview of an Irish actor’s career and life (James Cagney, Maureen O’Hara, etc.)
  • A review of a particular film starring an Irish actor (Pat O’Brien, Gene Kelly), overseen by an Irish director (Leo McCarey, John Ford), or presented by an Irish producer (John Ford, Leo McCarey)
  • An article about the life, career, or an individual film involving any member of the film industry of Irish descent (screenwriters, costumers, PCA members, etc.)
  • Any other concept related to Ireland in Hollywood of which you can think!
Olga San Juan

If you would like to join this fest of shamrocks and blarney, please scroll down to review the rules:

  1. There is no limit on duplicates, since we are interested in different opinions.
  2. Writers can contribute as many articles as they choose.
  3. If you are interested in joining, please leave a comment below and specify your topic.
  4. If you want to join this blogathon but don’t have a website, you can still join! Email us your article, and we will publish it here on PEPS for you.
  5. Please use the beautiful banners below, which Rebekah made, to help us promote this blogathon!
  6. Don’t forget to include a poster and the link to the roster in your posts!
Gene Kelly in Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1949)
Henry Blair in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Pat O’Brien, James Cagney, and George Brent in The Fighting 69th (1940)
Barry Fitzgerald
James Cagney
Maureen O’Hara
Leo McCarey
Joseph I. Breen

The Roster so Far:

  1. Tiffany Brannan of PEPS – The Irish in Us (1935)

More Coming Soon!

June Haver

The luck o’ the Irish be with you until March!

Please join our three other upcoming blogathons!

The 2nd Happy Holidays Blogathon!

The Sunset Boulevard Blogathon!


The Unhappy Valentines Blogathon!

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!


49 thoughts on “Announcing The Luck o’ the Irish Blogathon!

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  3. Hello, Tiffany!
    Sorry that it has taken me so long to decide! My family watches a lot of movies that would fit with this topic so it took me awhile to pick only one! I would like to talk about Paddy O’Day (1935), please. Thank you!
    MovieCritic | Movies Meet Their Match

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  5. Dear Tiffany, I’m sad to say I won’t be able to participate in the blogathon because (A) the book I was going to review is still packed in a box marked “movie books”, of which there are dozens, unopened; and (B) we don’t yet have wifi at our new house – long story – so I’ll have to bow out this time.

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    • Dear Ruth,

      I’m sorry to hear that you are struggling with your wifi! I know how frustrating that can be. Thank you for letting me know that you won’t be able to participate. I hope you solve your technical difficulties soon!

      Yours Hopefully,

      Tiffany Brannan

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  6. Hi, I would like to contribute a couple articles for this event, if that’s alright. πŸ™‚ I’m thinking of doing two separate articles, one on the life of George Brent, and another on Barry Fitzgerald. I have a couple of questions though: do I simply write the article on my blog, post it, and copy and paste a link in a comment here? Secondly, in the above post you said to use the banners – how do I do that? Finally, you also said to include in the post a a link to the roster, and a poster? How do I do that? Do I just include a link to this page? Sorry for all the questions; I’ve never guest-blogged before!

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  7. I have never entered a blogathon before. This is a bit late, but I would like to review “Beloved Enemy” (1936), if that’s okay. πŸ™‚


  8. Hello Brannan sisters! May I join the blogathon by reviewing the 2012 Hallmark movie, ‘Chasing Leprechauns’? It’s the only movie from the network that either takes place in or was filmed in Ireland that I haven’t seen.

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  9. I’m so glad someone asked about the era of the movie! I know the Breen era ended in 1954, but the movie I want to write about was made in 1959. So glad I still can! Please put me down for Darby O’Gill and the Little People! That is the most Irish movie I know.. except that Sean Connery is actually Scottish! Haha πŸ™‚


  10. Hey, Brannans!
    I have a question, do entries this blogathon have to be about films or people from the PCA era, or can they be from any time? Before I pick a topic I want to be sure that I have all the rules straight. Thanks!

    MovieCritic | Movies Meet Their Match

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  11. Hi again, ladies! I’m sending a message on behalf of Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews–she’s tried to comment on the blog several times and keeps getting put in the spam folder or something. Anyway, she’d like to join your blogathons–Harold and Maude (February) and Tiffin (March). Thanks, hope you’re doing all right.

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