The Van Johnson Blogathon is here!
Calling all bobbysoxers!
Yesterday marked my fourth year of blogging and I can't think of any better way to celebrate than this. For the next three days, we'll be honoring the redheaded, freckle-faced, and immensely talented Mr. Van Johnson, whose 101st birthday is on August 25. For decades, Van entertained audiences on the big and the small screen, whether he was dancing, singing, or acting. With his adorable boy-next-door persona and natural style, Van has endured as a fascinating star from classic Hollywood and I cannot wait to read everyone's tributes to this man and his varied career.
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954).
A Guy Named Joe (1943).
Easy to Wed (1946).
Van's role as the dastardly Minstrel on the brilliantly campy '60s show, Batman.
23 Paces To Baker Street (1956).
Public Transportation Snob explores Van's subtle work in the star-studded The Caine Mutiny (1954).
Caftan Woman discusses when Van acted alongside giants Hepburn, Tracy, Lansbury, and Menjou in Frank Capra's State of the Union (1948).
Sat in Your Lap evaluates one of Van's many military roles in the war drama Command Decision (1948).
Critica Retro checks out Yours, Mine, and Ours (1968), a family comedy that boasts the incredible talents of Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda in addition to Van.
Go for Broke! (1951).
Van's bobbysoxer fans.
Van's hilarious episode of I Love Lucy, "The Dancing Star."
Three Guys Named Mike (1951).
Weekend at the Waldorf (1945).
Van's early years and his hometown of Rhode Island.
Thrill of a Romance (1945).
Psssst... stick around because on the 28th, I'll be announcing my next blogathon! (I know, I'm ridiculous.)