[Dorothy Lamour Blogathon] Welcome to the Old Stars’ Retirement Home: Murder, She Wrote Edition

It is a winter morning in New York City. Sidewalks are tightly stamped with greyish footprints from the previous night’s snowfall. The air is still, but figures fly by in an intricate choreography of mufflers and coats, hats and gloves. They whirl in shades of red or blue, black or orange. They are humans–city humans late for work. Office jobs, retail jobs, factory jobs. A variable soundtrack accompanies their undulating moves: honks, whistles, screams, grunts. How nimble! How determined! How practiced in the art of the commute. A typical day, then…

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Winter in NYC

The sandy-haired gentleman rushing out of the corner store is having a typical day, too. But a typical day for him is, well, not so typical for even your average hardened New Yorker. Within 48 hours of this moment, he’ll almost get flattened by numerous vehicles whilst crossing an intersection, find the dead body of his boss, deal with an intrepid IRS agent accusing him of tax fraud, bumble his way through flirtatious encounters with a sexy secretary, meet with an eccentric client, encounter a “ghost”, and be arrested for and cleared of murder. Welcome to the life of Grady Fletcher, Mr. Hapless.
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Dorothy Lamour Blogathon: Day 1

We’re in the midst of a great blogathon!

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Dorothy is dressed & ready for her Big Party. Image: Fine Art AmericaDorothy Lamour is ready for her Big Party. Image: Fine Art America

Hooray! We’re off to a great start with our “Dot” Blogathon! Today’s posts show Dorothy’s versatility as an actress, a singer, and a trend-setting fashion icon.

Bloggers: If you post later tonight, we will include your post in tomorrow evening’s recap.

Enjoy today’s contributions!

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Love Letters to Old Hollywood explains why Don Ameche wants Dorothy to be Slightly French (1949).

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Mike’s Take on Movies asks if Dan Duryea is railroading Dorothy in Manhandled (1949).

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Christina Wehner looks at Dorothy’s incredible talent as a (torch) singer.

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LA Explorer laments Dorothy’s lack of screen time in They Got Me Covered (1943).

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The Motion Pictures celebrates Dorothy’s parody of the femme fatale in My Favorite Brunette (1947).

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Old Hollywood Films explores Dorothy’s role as a sarong-wearing fashion icon.

Check back tomorrow for more Dorothy love! For the full list of participants, click on the…

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