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Morty, the fact that Williams endorsed Chesterfields doesn't necessarily mean that he actually smoked them, or even smoked at all. There certainly was no law back then that required anyone to use the product he endorsed. TerpNats points out in his movie blog that Jack Benny had no love of Jello, even as he endorsed it.
I don't envy Bill Clinton, but I am appreciative of him. He's done a lot of good things. And his wife -- to me, she's the Joan of Arc of this country. Boy, I'll tell you, she's terrific. She has stuck with the guy. She's the greatest strength he's got.
Democrats are a strange breed. Although the greatest American we'll ever know in our lifetime is Roosevelt, no question about it. He wasn't my particular hero, but I give him tons of credit as president. But he could have been a little under-the-table, too, you know.
Ya gotta be ready for the fastball.
I decided I'd have a Cadillac. What the hell. I was kind of successful, and certainly it's a prestigious car. I got more tickets in that car. I figured, ####, they're just lookin' for Cadillacs so they can grab 'em for speeding.
I could have started smoking in the late twenties, but I didn't. I knew then that nicotine could attack every weakness in a person's body.
Christopher Columbus, does that mean you're the one posting as VP in the TCM forums? I sort of vaguely recall your posting here in some of the movie threads, but I never connected the dots. I guess I just assumed that VP was a woman, but then I don't post on TCM nearly as much as I do here, and the only person there I have a real handle on is the incredible Eugenia H with her Stanwyck posts.
In any case, Carole & Co. is right up there with "Self-Styled Siren" and "Noir of the Week" as one of my three favorite movie blogs. I am totally impressed.
My grandfather dipped Skoal and I already thought it was gross as a kid, but I still loved the Skoal commercial Earl Campbell did c.1980.
Earl would be far healthier today if he had quit football and kept dipping Skoal.
And Eugenia's Stanwyck posts are something to behold; to me, Barbara trails only Lombard and Loy among classic Hollywood actresses, and no one comes close to her where sheer versatility is concerned.
AFAIC there's no American actor or actress who compares to Stanwyck for a combination of "naturalness" and versatility. She doesn't have the dominating screen presence of some of the others (Davis and Grant, just to name two), but better than anyone else, she knew where the fine line was between dramatic effect and overplaying the role. I've probably seen over 50 of her films by now and can think of at most 2 or 3 clinkers, and in those few exceptional cases the problem was with the script and not Stanwyck.
In this way, her range and versatility, she reminds me of Stewart, and like him you have to pay attention because she's so authentic you think she's just playing herself. But when you think about it--who was the herself?
The guy had just burst into super stardom and had just won the Academy Award--you might say, too, he voluntarily took a cut in pay from about $300K a year to 30 dollars a month. It didn't matter to him at all. It's hard to imagine someone doing that nowadays.
And sadly, I don't believe Stewart and Stanwyck ever made a film together.
[Stanwyck] worked with some very good actors/stars. MacMurray is one (as you point out, very underrated); others are Fonda, McCrea and Cooper. But she never made a movie with Cary Grant (that might have been some screwball enterprise) or Stewart or Bogart, and only co-starred with Gable and Cagney in pallid vehicles on the downside of their careers.
I'd have liked to have seen Stanwyck work with my all-time favorite actor, William Powell. I'm imagining them in some sort of sophisticated romantic comedy -- not necessarily plugging in Stanwyck for Loy or, conversely, Powell for Fonda -- but something that would have given their elegant sides a way to shine.
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