Looking at Monty Woolley it wouldn’t be hard to believe that he was raised wealthy, went to Yale, was a professor and had friends like Cole Porter. A charmed life, he didn’t find Hollywood fame until he was 50 years old with The Man who Came to Dinner. Opposite Ann Sheridan and Bette Davis, Woolley plays the crotchety old spoiled brat that slips on some steps and imposes himself on an Ohio family over the holidays. If you haven’t had the experience of seeing Monty in action you’re in for a treat. In fact, he out-auditioned John Barrymore for the part of Whiteside. While Monty played his role Sheridan Whiteside both on screen and on stage, it was only one character of 32 he masterfully played between 1936-1955. A collection of radio experiences kept his head above water during tough financial times and he earned a star on the walk of fame. The Man Who Came to Dinner is a must see and a staple in any Hollywood education. Enjoy!
“There were forty western series, and I went from one to the other. I started out playing the third bad guy on a horse and worked my way up to the No. 1 bad guy,” Oates once quipped.
Most known for the films/tv by director Sam Peckinpah (Ride the High Country, Major Dundee, The Rifleman) Warren Oates succeeded at playing the wayward cowboy. Persistence, a love of filming on location (which gained and lost him 3 wives), and pure old fashioned grit won him a long list of tv appearances and a few substantial roles- his most famous being The Wild Bunch.
But what is fame when you have talent?
Oates role as GTO in Monte Hellman’s 1971 cult classic Two-Lane Blacktop was so powerful that it has been studied in film schools in large part due to Oates’ heartbreaking portrayal of GTO. Famed film critic Leonard Maltin himself has remarked that Oates’ performance in this film was as good as any he’d seen and should have won the Oscar.
Jane Alice Peters, aka Carole Lombard, was dubbed “the finest actress I ever worked with” by the iconic John Barrymore.
And I needed to share this sentiment from Carla over at carolelombard.org ( support her pending Carole biography in any way if you can!)
“Lombard’s legacy comes from her compassionate character. A character who brought laughter in a period of Depression, morale in times of war, and who consistently delivers unity to the generations watching her films across the globe today.”
–By: Carla V. at CaroleLombard.org
A William Powell Favorite? Love Crazy. Part of the Loy and Powell film collection, this film adds slapstick humor to an already crazy storyline. Whether its getting his head stuck in an elevator, or his mustache shaved off, Powell does everything he can think of to keep his wife from divorcing him. Such devotion. I was so shocked by the lack of mustache! Enjoy.
Check out Walter Pidgeon all day on TCM. Here’s the schedule
Make sure to catch Walter and top leading lady Greer Garson in Mrs. Parkington. If you’re a die hard fan, you’ll have to catch Julia Misbehaves (co starring Greer and Walter, alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Lawford).