Tantalizing Tuesday: quickie

Who is the femme fatale in film noir?
“Women who would just as soon kill you as love you.”
– Roger Ebert

 

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Linda Darnell (1923-1965)

Linda Darnell with Dana Andrews, in Fallen Angel

Tantalizing Tuesday: Greta Garbo

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I present to you for our Tuesday girl the luminous Greta Garbo. I have watched her in many films, including one in Swedish and a silent picture. But none captivated me as much as her performance in Camille.  It is so compelling that I think it is easy to consider that is the real Greta Garbo up there. She managed to jump into talkies from silent movies, and in English, and still pulled it off with such grace and style.

Here she is with John Gilbert in Flesh and the Devil. I love watching her even without that wonderful voice of hers.

In Inspiration she turns a very young Robert Montgomery into a mess of nerves. She leaves her date behind and leaves the party with him instead. It is the start of an interesting May-September romance.

I won’t give away the ending, as Inspiration is worth the ride.

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Tantalizing Tuesday: Lucille Ball

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I’m not funny. What I am is brave.
-Lucille Ball

Maybe, Lucy, maybe, but baby you are damned funny as well. You brightened up many sad moments in my life in which it was difficult to summon a smile, let alone a laugh. But you did it girl, and I thank you.

If Lucy were alive, I would ask if the comedy was part of the plan, or did she just go with her strengths. I saw her in a few earlier films, pre-I Love Lucy and she was talented and glamorous. Gorgeous.

Lucy stage door

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Tantalizing Tuesday: Jean Arthur

Jean Arthur

I fell in love with Jean Arthur for the first time in Mr Smith Goes to Washington. She guided Jimmy Stewart as a Junior Senator who stumbled over some corruption during his first time in Washington. I could go on an on about the film itself–its great casting, the marvelous filming around Washington, D.C., as well as the involvement of the child-actors who really made the film special. But we’re talking about Jean Arthur today. Let’s take a peek–and a listen–

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Tantalizing Tuesday: Noël Coward

Noël Coward. Always with the eyes, and that little raise of one eyebrow. He had such an expressive face. Today let’s give the boys their due in this Tantalizing Tuesday with a man that I only knew of as a playwright , then found out he was so much more. I would give my left ti…..big toe for an ounce of his talent.

Reviews are mixed about his singing voice, but no one can argue about his songwriting abilities. This song is still being covered over 80 years later.

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Tantalizing Tuesday: Barbara Stanwyck

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The first time I noticed Barbara Stanwyck she was protecting the family ranch in Big Valley. The next time I saw her on my screen she was gunning for the fetching Richard Chamberlain in the very twisted Thornbirds mini-series in the 80’s. I was taken by her strength and resolve. Whatever she was after was going to be hers. She didn’t always win but she usually did, especially when it came to men. She wasn’t just tough, she was often cruel. They gave her some very tough parts that she bit into fully and completely. But here we see her softer side in The Lady Eve (1941) having Henry Fonda on his knees putting her shoes on.

In Crime of Passion (1957) Stanwyck is married to Sterling Hayden’s character, a police officer who is not as ambitious as she thinks he ought to be. She cheats with Raymond Burr to try and get her husband promoted, but he acts honorably afterwards and won’t give in to her pressure. He says,
“In my book, you have enough chips. Cash them in and go home.”
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