I voted Beery, mainly because I've always thought his infuriating loser in Tugboat Annie must be some version of what he was really like. Such a relief when he climbs into that boiler.Dross of the Golden Age Dept.: I watched a few of the Our Gangs that TCM ran the other night; not exactly as good as they were when I was their age, but still -- Spanky age 3 is pretty amazing. More importantly, the clear winner of that batch of Rascals is Stymie.Gold of the Drossen Age Dept.: Remember a few years ago (by which... do I mean ten...?) when we discovered that Caddy Shack is actually great mostly? Another of those, also a Dangerfield vehicle: Easy Money; 1983. With Joe Pesci and J.J. Leigh! Highly recommended. Who'd have thought? Well, all the barflies who started reeling off lines when I mentioned it at happy hour the other day. Be careful for whom you turn up your nose; it tolls for thee.
I *too* picked Beery because I'd heard that he used to pinch child actors who, frankly, had enough troubles.Here's a frightening little one-off from Wikipedia: "In December, 1939, the unmarried Beery adopted a seven-month old infant girl Phyllis Anne. No further information on the child appears to exist, and she is not mentioned in Beery's obituary."My friend Gayle reminded me about Kay Francis, who was trouble, but I think only toward the end. Joan Crawford is a red herring.As for Caddyshack, I remember liking Michael O'Keefe and loathing Bill Murray. I'll watch it again.
Hey - I wrote in Norma Shearer, because even though she might have been an ok person, everybody had to deal with that junior artiste's wife. I also actually think she has some terrific moments in The Women.Anyhoodle - I've been walking around with Powell & Pressburger's "A Canterbury Tale" for a little over a week. I must be an instinctive sucker for Anglo-American brotherhood propaganda, but I absolutely loved this movie. No comment on Golden Globes. Recommend "The King's Speech" for some nice storytelling and lovely Firth acting.
Good one. I think I'll list the results on Thursday.I've never seen "A Canterbury Tale," but the glue thing sounds really scary. Have you seen "The Edge of the World?" The story is fine, but the cinematography is spectacular.Loved "The King's Speech" for the exact same reasons. Did you recognize Jennifer Ehle right away? Took me a while.
I did recognize her, but only because I knew she was in it somewhere. I do not know The Edge of the World, but will look it up.Canterbury Tale was so amazing that even though it was in Black and White, I keep remembering color. It's just a weird, beautiful movie.
I know I missed this contest as I have just found this site.Had I been in time, I would have voted for Joan Crawford.Can't get much worse than having your fellow cast members bash you.Mercedes McCambridge describes Joan as "a mean, tipsy, rotten-egg lady." And as for Sterling Hayden, his dislike for Crawford was strongly evident in his statement, "There is not enough money in Hollywood to lure me into making another picture with Joan Crawford. And I like money."All this just from one film, Johnny Guitar.
Meredes McCambridge was no picnic either, as I understand it, and I love that close up of her in her murderous frenzy in Johnny Guitar ("String her up!!!"). I've gotten more responses to this quiz, so I'll repost results again shortly.Thanks for playing!
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