Lists by misspaddylee
Note: silent films are on another list.
Director Henry King gave us and Fox Studios many classic motion pictures. Part of an interview on TVO's Saturday Night at the Movies, Elwy Yost and Henry King: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pexp1k--c90
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Warner Brothers leading lady who excelled at light comedy as well as drama. Glamorous, yet with a down-to-earth appeal.
Renowned Tony and Oscar winner actor with an impressive, unparalleled career.
"Stardom is just an uneasy seat on top of a tricky toboggan. Being a star is merely perching at the head of the downgrade. A competent featured player can last a lifetime. A star, a year or two. There's all that agony of finding suitable stories, keeping in character, maintaining illusion. Then the undignified position of hanging on while your popularity is declining." - FM
My "desert island" director. Curtiz's filmography contains quality entertainment and bona fide classics.
"Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant."
Cary Grant, A Class Apart by Graham McCann (published 1996)
Evenings With Cary Grant by Nancy Nelson (published 2002)
That voice! Those eyes! Oscar winning, British born leading man of quiet charm and deceptive versatility.
Actor/Producer/Director/SAG President/2 time Oscar nominee.
"If you are lucky enough to be a success, by all means enjoy the applause and the adulation of the public. But never, never believe it."
Unforgettable stage and screen character actress. No matter the role, she always seemed perfectly cast.
On Broadway she created the role of Parthy Hawks in the original 1927 production of "Show Boat" and played the role in the 1932 revival, although she did not play the role in the two movie versions made during her lifetime.
Son of a prominent Canadian family, Raymond Massey served in WWI. As was his mother, Massey became an American citizen in 1950.
Two of his children became actors, Daniel Massey (1933-1998) and Anna Massey (1937-2011).
Popular and successful stage and screen star in England, New York and Hollywood. In the 1960s co-starred in the popular TV series "Dr. Kildare".
Composer, arranger, conductor, musician. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. Nominated 22 times for the Oscar, his only win was posthumous for "Around the World in Eighty Days".
"I'm here to make good pictures. If I don't see it, I won't touch it. I may not make a good picture, but I still gotta believe in it!"
"Give me a good script, and I'll be a hundred times better as a director."
Character actor, writer and star of stage and screen, Gene Lockhart leaves an indelible impression on fans of classic film with his ability, and is a fixture in many homes during the Christmas holidays for his appearances in "Miracle on 34th Street", "A Christmas Carol" and "Going My Way".
I'm a Tiomkin gal from way back!
"There is no such thing as a person that nothing has happened to, and each person's story is as different as his fingerprints."
"For me, acting is not an all-consuming thing, except for the moment when I am actually doing it."
Versatile character actor and western, if you'll pardon the expression, "icon". I wish he had been given the opportunity to appear in more comedies. Apologies to my kids for not including Rufus in "The Rescuers".
Handsome, talented and versatile leading man and director.
"I keep playing neurotics because I'm a Welshman, and so I'm supposed to be moody. That's what people keep telling me I am, anyway. But I don't think Welshmen are any more moody than normal. It's the rest of the world that's out of step."
Recommended reading: "Wide-Eyed in Babylon" published 1974
Popular and prolific composer whose movie songs became standards, and whose dream of Broadway success came true when the film "42nd Street" was adapted for the stage.
Beloved television star and versatile movie and radio actress.
"I'm not funny. What I am is brave."
The man still makes me laugh!
"I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful."
Our late father used to wake us, even on a school night, if "Bogie" was on The Late Show.
"The only thing you owe the public is a good performance."
A star for 60 years, Brooklyn born "Missy" was nominated for 5 Emmy Awards, winning 3, the first in 1960 for "The Barbara Stanwyck Show", next in 1966 for "The Big Valley" and again in 1983 for "The Thornbirds. She was nominated 4 times as Best Leading Actress by The Academy and the Honorary Oscar bestowed on her in 1982 read "For superlative creativity and unique contribution to the art of screen acting." In 1987 she was the first actress to be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.
"My only problem is finding a way to play my fortieth fallen female in a different way from my thirty-ninth."
The movie's number one cowboy.
"There never has been such a complete gentleman in the long history of the motion picture business." - Budd Boetticher
Handsome and reliable leading man who contributed fine performances to classic films.
"People say I'm a one-note actor, but the way I figure it, those other guys are just looking for that one right note."
Walter Brennan began in movies as a stuntman and extra. He went on to win 3 Academy Awards and become a beloved television star and recording artist.
Always reliable and often fascinating leading character actor with a long and versatile career.
From IMDB triva: When he was working on I Wanted Wings (1941) with Ray Milland they filmed on an actual military base and he played Capt. Mercer. He got so uncomfortable with soldiers thinking he was a real captain and saluting him that he wore a sign around his neck that said, "Actor".
"I'm a Spencer Tracy-type actor. His idea was to be on time, know your words, hit your marks and tell the truth. Most every actor tries to make it something it isn't [or] looks for the easy way out. I don't think acting is that difficult if you can put yourself aside and do what the writer wrote."
Director Anthony Mann left movie fans many quality motion pictures to enjoy and discover. Among his titles are the best of film noir, groundbreaking adult westerns and epics.
Few actors give me as much joy as watching "Duke" on screen.
"John Wayne is underrated. He's an awfully good actor: He holds a thing together; he gives it a solidity and honesty, and he can make a lot of things believable." - Howard Hawks
Whether the role required comedy or drama, musician turned actor Fred MacMurray was always note perfect.
On being given his Academy Award for playing Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street (1947): "Now I know there is a Santa Claus."
Scene-stealing Uncle Joe Carson from TV's "Petticoat Junction" (1963 - 1970) was originally a dentist with his own practice. At age 38, he turned the practice over to his wife and began his acting career.
Star character actor Barry Fitzgerald was the only player ever nominated for the Academy Award for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the same year for the same role. The recognition was for Going My Way (1944). After he received this double nomination, the Academy immediately changed their rules to prevent this from happening again, rules which have remained unchanged to this day.
Respected and beloved stage actor and iconic screen star.
"One always hears of actors complaining of being typed - if he's young, he's typed as a juvenile; if he's handsome, he's typed as a leading man. I was lucky. Whereas bootmakers have to spend millions to establish a trademark, I was handed a trademark free of charge. When an actor gets in a position to select his own roles, he's in big trouble, for he never knows what he can do best. I'm sure I'd be damn good as little Lord Fauntleroy, but who would pay ten cents to see it?"
"To my mind, the actor has this great responsibility of playing another human being . . . it's like taking on another person's life and you have to do it as sincerely and honestly as you can."
Recommended reading: "All My Yesterdays" by EGR.
Intelligent, vibrant star of stage and screen with an acclaimed 70 year career.
"People have grown fond of me, like some old building."
Known as "Jimmy" to his fans although his billing always read "James" Stewart.
The first film star to enter the Service, joining the Air Force a year before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Medals awarded: Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, American Defense Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Service Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The Academy nominated James Stewart 5 times and he received 2 Oscars, one for "The Philadelphia Story" and an honorary award in 1985 which reads "For his fifty years of memorable performances, for his high ideals both on and off the screen, with respect and affection of his colleagues."
Energetic, introspective screen star. Watching Cagney is like watching a sunset - each time is a miracle.
"All I try to do is to realize the man I'm playing fully, then put as much into my acting as I know how. To do it, I draw upon all that I've ever known, heard, seen or remember."
Distinguished and popular player with a long stage and screen career, Harry Davenport was born into a theatrical family and sired one of his own. Along with Eddie Foy he was the co-founder of Actors Equity.
"Why do actors think they're so God damn important? They're not. Acting is not an important job in the scheme of things. Plumbing is."
"Those cartoons were never made for children. Nor were they made for adults. They were made for me."
Dashing pre-Code rogue whose good looks and sense of fun make him an enduring appealing performer.
Reliable character actor a welcome presence in his more than 100 film roles. Created the role of "George" in the 1937 Broadway production of "Of Mice and Men".
The star and actress that was Bette Davis never bores and often inspires.
"To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy."
Resilient and dynamic Golden Age star.
"If you have an ounce of common sense and one good friend, you don't need an analyst."
Broadway actress and singer who appeared in movie character roles from 1930. Often uncredited as "landladies" or "counter help", when given the opportunity Esther created memorable characters and made them her own.
Between 1936 - 1953 she starred in a series of Columbia shorts (domestic comedies) opposite Andy Clyde as his wife.
"Age is as much an asset for character players as it is for good wine. Human experiences, both good and bad, leave their marks on one's face and bearing. A few lines on the face and a few gray hairs coupled with the idiosyncrasies an actor adopts throughout life help out round out the actor's personality. So far as I'm concerned, the older a character actor gets, the firmer his position is."
Versatile and imposing character actor who topped his distinguished stage, radio and movie career by playing Lt. Tragg on the popular "Perry Mason" series (1957 - 1965).
Academy Award winning actress (To Each His Own, The Heiress) of great talent, beauty and courage. She successfully sued her home studio of Warner Brothers to allow actors greater control over their careers.
"Playing good girls in the '30s was difficult, when the fad was to play bad girls. Actually I think playing bad girls is a bore; I have always had more luck with good girl roles because they require more from an actress."
Popular supporting player from England who studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and enjoyed much success on stage in London and New York prior to his Oscar-nominated (Topper) film career. A scene-stealing delight!
Beautiful, award-winning leading lady of movies and television.
"If you want a place in the sun, you have to expect a few blisters."
"My agent had told me that he was going to make me the Janet Gaynor of England - I was going to play all the sweet roles. Whereupon, at the tender age of thirteen, I set upon the path of playing nothing but hookers."
"Robert Ryan was a craftsman from start to finish. He was an actor first, a star second." - 3 time co-star Ernest Borgnine
The "girl next door" is only this talented and beautiful in the movies.
"I like joy; I want to be joyous; I want to have fun on the set; I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty. I want to smile and I want to make people laugh. And that's all I want. I like it. I like being happy. I want to make others happy."
Bond has been officially remembered with a TV star on Hollywood Boulevard, by being inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and by a Ward Bond Memorial Park in his birthplace of Benkelman, Nebraska. However, he is probably most fondly remembered for his enormous output of solid work, with great respect by the industry.
A great character actress whose presence enriched film. Twice nominated for an Oscar (Of Human Hearts, The Gorgeous Hussy), she won an Emmy in 1977 for a guest appearance on "The Waltons".
"What distinguishes the real actor from the pseudo is the passionate desire to know what is going on in the hearts and minds of people."
"I never enjoyed my work more than when I worked with William Powell. He was a brilliant actor, a delightful companion, a great friend and, above all, a true gentleman." - Myrna Loy
"A lot of people say I've deserted my art because I left Broadway and the stage. Hell, I'm no artist. I'm a working man. I've got a trade just like any other mechanic, and I follow my trade where the work is. Just now it's in Hollywood, but I'm not tied to Hollywood."
"I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut."
"A motion picture should be respected as being more than a tool for selling soap, toothpaste, deodorant, used cars, beer and the whole gamut of products advertised on television."
"You can't tell any kind of a story without having some kind of a theme, something to say between the lines."
Academy Award winning actress (Johnny Belinda) who rose through the ranks as a Warner Brothers contractee. She could make you roar with laughter and break your heart.
"I've been through four different cycles in pictures: the brassy blonde, then came the musicals, the high dramas, then the inauguration of television."
"Get a director and a writer and leave them alone. That's how the best pictures get made."
"I'm a storyteller - that's the chief function of a director. And they're moving pictures, let's make 'em move!"
"Film is a disease. When it infects your bloodstream, it takes over as the number one hormone; it bosses the enzymes; directs the pineal gland; plays Iago to your psyche. As with heroin, the antidote to film is more film."
"For a director there are commercial rules that it is necessary to obey. In our profession, an artistic failure is nothing; a commercial failure is a sentence. The secret is to make films that please the public and also allow the director to reveal his personality."
"Some films are slices of life, mine are slices of cake."
Versatile leading lady of great depth and humanity.
"The best, my favorite . . . Life would be kind if I could live it with Deborah around." - Robert Mitchum
THE entertainer of the 20th century breaking and holding records in film, radio and recordings.
Director George Stevens famously called her "one of the greatest comediennes the screen has ever seen" while Frank Capra credited her as "my favorite actress".
"It's fine to have talent, but talent is the last of it. In an acting career, as in an acting performance, you've got to have vitality. The secret of successful acting is identical with a woman's beauty secret: joy in living."
"Her timing was marvelous. She was so good that she made comedy look easy. If she'd made it look as difficult as it really is, she would have won her Oscar." - Cary Grant
"Method actors give you a photograph. Real actors give you an oil painting."
Stage and screen actor of great commitment.
"If there is something in my eyes, a kind of honesty in the face, then I guess you could say that's the man I'd like to be, the man I want to be."
"On-screen, Duryea exhibited every human weakness: He was mean-spirited, cowardly, selfish, weak - and yet, somehow, strangely compelling if not totally endearing."
from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia
Lionel Herbert Blythe was born to a theatrical dynasty and spent a life in the arts as an actor, director, author, artist and composer.
"To my mind there is nothing so beautiful or so provocative as a secondhand book store."