Announcing the “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon!

Time for a new blogathon! I am inviting you to write about thievery in films.

The caper, the heist, kidnappings, great escapes, con artists, high-class jewel thieves, art forgers, hungry peasants stealing bread, in any genre–all will be accepted!

You many write about films from any era from any area of the world.

You may also write about television shows, either those featuring a thief as a main character (for instance, Remington Steele or White Collar) or individual episodes featuring thievery (the “Dead Freight” episode of Breaking Bad or “The Train Job” episode of Firefly).

This is a very expansive topic, so my only rule is no duplicates, unless it’s two versions of the same story (i.e. the two versions of The Lavender Hill Mob).

The blogathon will run Friday, November 17 – Sunday, November 19. You may post any day (or earlier, if you wish).

To claim your topic, please request your choice in the comments section below, or contact me on Twitter (@DebbieVee). Include the name and URL of your blog. Then grab one of the banners below, display it on your blog and link it back to this post.

Thanks for joining in!


Moon in Gemini: Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)

MovieMovieBlogBlog: Take the Money and Run (1969)

Cinematic Scribblings:  Le Départ (1967)

lifesdailylessonsblog: How to Steal a Million (1966)

Liz Durano: The Usual Suspects (1995)

Realweegiemidget Reviews: The Angels’ Share (2012)

Movies Silently: Alias Jimmy Valentine (1929)

The Stop Button: The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

B Noir Detour: Comparison of The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and Rififi (1955)

Once Upon a Screen: The Killing (1956)

Silver Screenings: To Catch a Thief (1955)

Outspoken and Freckled: The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Caftan Woman: You and Me (1938)

A Shroud of Thoughts: The Saint (1962 – 1969)

Destroy All Fanboys!: Topkapi (1964)

Cinematic Catharsis: White Heat (1949)

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Remember the Night (1940)

Critica Retro: Jewel Robbery (1932)

Peyton’s Classics: The Devil’s Brother (1933)

CineMaven’s Essays From the Couch: Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

The Midnite Drive-In: The Maltese Falcon (1931) and Satan Met a Lady (1936); the three actors who played Mr. Freeze in the classic Batman TV series (1966 – 1968)

Wide Screen World: Road to Perdition (2o02)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Dreaming in the Balcony: Arsène Lupin (1932)

Thoughts All Sorts: Man on a Ledge (2012)

Film Noir Archive: Thief (1981)

Top 10 Film Lists: Criss Cross (1949)

The Story Enthusiast: Trouble in Paradise (1932)

It Came From the Man Cave!: JCVD (2008)

Sat In Your Lap: Twilight’s Last Gleaming (1977)

Random Pictures: Payback (1999)

Sometimes They Go to Eleven: The Split (1968)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: Grand Hotel (1932)

LA Explorer: Charade (1963)

Silver Screen Classics: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Totally Filmi: Sapthamashree Thaskaraha “Seven Good Thieves” (2014)

4 Star Films: The Big Steal (1949)




121 thoughts on “Announcing the “It Takes a Thief” Blogathon!

      1. Sorry to change my selection but would it be okay if I covered the 1929 Alias Jimmy Valentine instead? This film is often listed as lost but a collector has generously granted me permission to review it and its safe-cracking plot would fit perfectly into your event!

  1. Hi Debbie –

    For now put me down for Kubrick’s THE KILLING (1956), but I may well choose a second one. 🙂

    Once Upon a Screen

  2. Hi there! I would like to review White Heat (1949), if it hasn’t already been spoken for.
    Blog name: Cinematic Catharsis (Cinematic
    – Barry P.

      1. Dear Debbie,

        I may have asked you this before, but I can’t remember. I apologize if I am being redundant, but I would like to invite you to join my blogathon, “The Great Breening Blogathon:” It is celebrating the life and work of Joseph Breen, the enforcer of the Motion Picture Production Code between 1934 and 1954. As we honor his birthday, which is on October 14, we will be discussing and analyzing the Code era, breening films from other eras, and writing about our own ideas for classic movies. One doesn’t have to agree with the Code and Mr. Breen to enjoy that! I hope you will do me the honor of joining. We could really use your talent!

        Yours Hopefully,

        Tiffany Brannan

  3. I’d like to join up! I pick The Devil’s Brother (Fra Diavolo) starring Laurel and Hardy.

    My blog is Peyton’s Classics.

  4. I did the Bogart version of “The Maltese Falcon” last year for the Bogart blogathon. In it I mentioned the two previous versions of the story “the Maltese Falcon” from 1931 and “Satan Met A Lady” from 1936. At the time I didn’t have access to either one. Now I do.

  5. I’d love to write about one of my favorite comedies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988). This promises to be a lot of fun!

  6. I’m surprised no one has yet taken “The Sting”… I already covered it once, so I’m not ready to re-hash it yet. I’m just commenting.
    I think I would like to take a second entry however. Three different actors took on the role of Mr. Freeze in the classic “Batman” TV series (George Sanders, Otto Preminger and Eli Wallach) As expansive as it sounds (and it probably will be), I’d like to take on a review of the three (six episodes).

  7. Hi and nice to meet you. Many thanks to Cinemaven/Theresa Brown for informing me of this blogathon. I would like to contribute an essay on Arsene Lupin with the Bros Barrymore. Hoping it is not too late. Such a great theme for a blogathon.

    1. Hi Kevin! I’m sorry, but someone has already claimed that film. If there is another one you’d like to write about for the blogathon, please let me know.

      1. Thanks!  Looking forward to the Blogathon!  Great topic

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