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For the last weekend in February, I thought I’d do an honorable mentions list for my Saturday Seven list. There are those actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood that shimmered, but they didn’t make the other lists. I probably thought of them AFTER I made the earlier lists. Hey, it happens. So here is my list of Honorable Mentions. Check them out.
7. John Payne
6. Maureen O’Hara
5. Natalie Wood
4. Cesar Romero
3. Claudette Colbert
2. Myrna Loy
1. Ava Gardner
As I’ve said before, I’m sure I missed a few. I’ll do lists of more current actors and actresses, but these are my Old Hollywood favorites. Did I miss some? Let me know. And don’t forget to check out the other Saturday Seven posts!
This week I thought I’d focus on the gals of the silver screen. I love the clothes, the cattiness and the fun of these ladies. I’m sure my list will have some that aren’t on yours and yours will have some I forgot. Here they are in no particular order:
7. Jean Harlow – she is the platinum blond and one heck of a funny lady
6. Carole Lombard – My Man Godfrey wouldn’t have been the same without her.
5. Jean Arthur – that voice, that way of telling people off while still sounding sweet…love her
4. Katharine Hepburn – I loved her in Bringing Home Baby and haven’t looked back. 🙂
3. Deborah Kerr – She could romance Cary Grant, make Robert Taylor nearly give up his life in a fire and still look elegant, even when ruffled.
2. Lauren Bacall – that voice and the whistle. I see why Bogie fell.
1. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford- these two only worked together once, but they’ve been linked forever. Not by that show, but by the competitiveness and the way they wanted to be better than each other. They both were forces on the screen and women to reckon with. I kind of think a picture where they were pitted against each other at a younger age would’ve been dynamite and would’ve been great for their acting chops. I admire them for their pluck, determination and grit.
Okay, I’m sure I left a few people out. I can think of about five honorable mentions. Guess I’ll have to write a second one of these lists, too. Grin. Who would you add? Let me know!
This isn’t technically a Saturday Seven since it’s going up on Friday, but I’ve been asked for the second part of my film legends list. I guess not many people had ever heard of Franchot Tone. He married Joan Crawford for a while. Sweet, blond and soft-spoken. Kind of like a Tom Hiddleston of his time.
Anyway, you asked for the other half of my list. Or at least the second part. Here they are in no particular order:
7. Clark Gable – he’s the man and the legend.
6 Burt Lancaster – From Here to Eternity wouldn’t have been the same without him
5 Claude Rains – he should’ve been a leading man in a lot more. Charm, grace and that grin. 🙂
4. Gary Cooper – Tanglefoot!!
3. Kirk Douglas – Spartacus!!
2. William Holden – always makes me think of that episode of I Love Lucy where she gets to kiss him. Hehehe.
1 Humphrey Bogart – Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.
I’m sure I missed a few you might have mentioned. Let me know in the comments! 🙂 And stay tuned for my Women of the Silver Screen list tomorrow. 🙂
This week, I thought I’d watch yet another old movie, but this time I wanted to watch a movie that wasn’t as popular as other movies. The Heiress fit the bill. It’s certainly not one of Montgomery Clift’s best films. Olivia de Havilland stars in this picture about a woman in the mid 19th century who is about to inherit a lot of money and a home. She’s sheltered and doesn’t have a lot of confidence. Her friends, mostly her father’s age, want to marry her off, but with a man of good standing. She meets Morris, a man of questionable standing and though she’s told not to fall for him, she does. He’s… he’s not a great guy, but he’s not bad. I never really got the hint that Clift’s character was a fortune hunter insomuch as he seemed more like a man struck with a nasty case of wanderlust. I think he loved de Havilland, but he had a strange way to show it.
Olivia de Havilland plays the dowdy woman well, but it seemed tired in this picture. Not like she was trying to act that way, but more like she’d phoned it in. There was almost no chemistry between de Havilland and Clift. I don’t think he enjoyed his role in the film, but it was a paycheck.
If you want a picture that shows a woman who is socially awkward, abused emotionally by her father and ignored by the social set…then this might be a film for you. If you want to root for the underdog and are willing to put up with an ending you can, yet can’t see coming…then this might be the film for you.