Let's take a movie journey thru the decades with a likely few more stops in the 1940s/50s/60s. We'll chat up films, people, likes/dislikes, some social commentary, film reviews (current and yesteryear), star sightings and whip up some quizzes. The opinions expressed may be informational, serious, light-hearted, maybe occasionally controversial. More than anything we gotta have fun. I hope you will. New posts coming your way Tuesdays and Fridays.
There was a professional life before I Love Lucy. Lucille Ball liked to intimate there wasn't. She said she was washed up in Hollywood when she turned to television and that she had grown tired of making B films. There were 24 movies in the 40s and a number of good ones. We know what the lady could do in comedy but she was an actress whose dramatic turns always made me sit up and take notice and whose singing and dancing skills were evident. Let's notice some of her work from those long-ago days...
They made a whopping 10 films together and that ought to qualify them as a screen team. Two of those films are world-famous and in the spirit of all good character actors, they gave their films... well, some character. Both were certified oddballs which made them most recognizable to the public. When one became aware of their presences in a movie, one knew what to expect. We could always count on Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet to deliver the goods.
One of the most reliable of actors, Dana Andrews could certainly claim the 40s as his decade. He owes some of his good fortune to the fact that he was exempted from the service because of family status (wife and four kids), allowing him to slide into top roles that very well may have gone to others had they been around. He is one of the film noir icons but did just as well in family dramas, war films, women's stories, westerns, sci-fi and even a musical. I have immensely liked a number of his films and one of his best roles is in one of my 50 favorites.
What a pair. There haven't been too many screen teams, let alone married-to-one-another screen teams, to cause this kind of excitement. The public didn't seem to mind that Humphrey Bogart was 24 years older than Lauren Bacall or that he was married, unhappily so. They made four films together, three of which were quite wonderful. There were plans to do more but he died at age 57 in 1957. It was a fascinating relationship, watched at the time by the entire world, it seems. We're lucky to have these films to see all the magic they dispersed.