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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:32 pm 
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Who are some of your favorite stars from the 20s, 30's, 40's and 50s?

For the ladies I love Judy Garland, Vivien Leigh, Barbara Stanwyck(painfully underrated), Audrey, Marilyn, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis,and Betty Hutton. Oh and Lucille Ball, Eleanor Parker(also painfully underrated), Vivian Vance and Tullah Bankhead.

The gentlemen- James Stewart, Cay Grant, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Spencer Tracy.

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For me, I would have to say James Stewart. Not only did he star in some of my favourite films like Rear Window, It's A Wonderful Life, Shenandoah and Anatomy of a Murder, he was also a gentleman of whom very few had a bad word to say. A great and iconic actor who never suffered with personal demons like many others of the era, he is my favourite actor of all time and someone who's work never seems to age or decrease in quality.

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Actresses: Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer, Vivien Leigh, Jean Harlow, Judy Garland, Joan Crawford, Paulette Goddard

Actors: Charlie Chaplin, John Gilbert, Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, James Stewert, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Freddie Bartholomew, Jackie Cooper, Bobby Driscoll


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Gosh, that's like asking if I have a favourite child. I have many personal favourites. Here's a few...

Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Doris Day, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Romy Schneider, Hayley Mills, Sandra Dee, Lana Turner, Jane Wyman, Carole Gray, Kim Novak, Tippi Hedren, Grace Kelly, Mae West, Rita Hayworth, Valentina Cortese, Joan Fontaine, Olivia de Havilland, Anne Baxter, Jane Fonda, Debbie Reynolds, Judy Garland, Deanna Durbin, Jane Powell, June Allyson, Judy Holliday, Greta Garbo; and Vivien Leigh.

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Oh so so many. Truly an era gone by.

Doris Day
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Arlene Dahl
Rhonda Fleming
Jane Russell
Sandra Dee
Rosalind Russell
Lana Turner
Loretta Young
Joseph Cotten
Walter Pidgeon
Deborah Kerr
Ingrid Bergman
Greer Garson
June Allyson
Elizabeth Taylor
Debbie Reynolds
Maureen O'Hara
Bette Davis
Olivia de Havilland
Joan Fontaine
Lucille Ball

There are probably more that I can't think of at the moment there have been so many wonderful actors/actresses to grace the silver screen. They don't make them like that anymore.

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The comedians:
Charlie Chaplin
Harold Lloyd
Buster Keaton
Laurel & Hardy
The Marx bros.
Abbott & Costello
The Three Stooges
Wheeler & Woolsey
Martin and Lewis
Our Gang/The Little Rascals
The Bowery Boys/Dead End Kids/whatever other names they had
Some more I'd probably like if I was exposed to more of their work (I haven't seen much, if any):
Harry Langdon
Fatty Arbuckle
The Ritz Brothers
Olsen & Johnson

Some others:
(This isn't an all-inclusive list of favorites, just a handful that I can think of before I go to bed!)
Danny Kaye
Bob Hope
Bing Crosby
Fred Astaire
Jimmy Stewart
William Powell & Myrna Loy (The Thin Man)
Lucille Ball
Gene Kelly
Paulette Goddard
Audrey Hepburn
Doris Day
Leslie Caron
Humphrey Bogart
Shirley Temple
Will Rogers
Bela Lugosi
Peter Lorre
Vincent Price
Ginger Rogers
Gene Kelly

And finally (because I'm too tired to recall who is in them or look them up right now), the stars of the following:
Annie Get Your Gun (Bettie Hutton?)
Topper
The Music Man
Singin' in the Rain
White Christmas

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Danny Kaye
Gene Kelly
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Cliff Edwards
Buddy Ebsen
Frank Sinatra
Lawrence Welk
Art Carney
Donald O'Conner
Rod Serling
Bing Crosby
Fred Estaire
Gary Cooper
Vincent Price
Josette Day
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Judy Garland
Marjorie Renyolds
Helen Hayes
Ethel Merman
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Hayley Mills - of course. She's just pure sunshine. Maureen O'Hara, too. Same reason.

After seeing The Sisters with Bette Davis, I can safely say I am a fan of Errol Flynn. One of the most gorgeous men who ever lived.

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Women: Judy Garland, Deanna Durbin, Jane Powell, Ginger Rogers, Natalie Wood, Margaret O'Brien, Maureen O'Hara, Shirley Temple, Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance.

Men: John Wayne (for my dad's sake), Donald O'Connor, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Don Knotts, Charles Laughton, Edmund Gwenn, Jimmy Stewart.


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I've lately been growing partial to Bogie. The man practically lived, breathed, and died cool, and pulled off a wide range of emotions. Even in his less interesting films, I'm captivated by his performances.

There's a bunch of other good ones mentioned here as well. I love James Mason, Vincent Price, Audrey and Katherine, the Marx Brothers, Hayley Mills, Peter Lorre, Fred MacMurray, Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Bette Davis myself. Oh, and Robert Mitchum, William Holden, Greta Garbo, John Wayne, and Kirk Douglas. And of course Charlie and Buster.

Tons of great ones. I could go on all day, too.


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I am a fan of Errol Flynn. One of the most gorgeous men who ever lived.



Oh yes he is very gorgeous Robin Hood........ :D :pink:

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Jay wrote:
Who are some of your favorite stars from the 20s, 30's, 40's and 50s?

For the ladies I love Judy Garland, Vivien Leigh, Barbara Stanwyck(painfully underrated), Audrey, Marilyn, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis,and Betty Hutton. Oh and Lucille Ball, Eleanor Parker(also painfully underrated), Vivian Vance and Tullah Bankhead.

The gentlemen- James Stewart, Cay Grant, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Spencer Tracy.

How about you?


Yes! Eleanor Parker is underrated. Mainly I think because instead of wanting to be a "star", she was all about being an actress, creating separate identities for each character she portrayed on screen. I'm paraphrasing, but I believe she once said "If you recognize me on the street, it means I haven't done my job properly".

I love all her movies. :)

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Jay wrote:
Who are some of your favorite stars from the 20s, 30's, 40's and 50s?

For the ladies I love Judy Garland, Vivien Leigh, Barbara Stanwyck(painfully underrated), Audrey, Marilyn, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis,and Betty Hutton. Oh and Lucille Ball, Eleanor Parker(also painfully underrated), Vivian Vance and Tullah Bankhead.

The gentlemen- James Stewart, Cay Grant, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Spencer Tracy.

How about you?


Yes! Eleanor Parker is underrated. Mainly I think because instead of wanting to be a "star", she was all about being an actress, creating separate identities for each character she portrayed on screen. I'm paraphrasing, but I believe she once said "If you recognize me on the street, it means I haven't done my job properly".

I love all her movies. :)



I agree! It's a shame she is really only remebered for her role as the Baroness in "The Sound of Music". I mean I love the movie and she is fabulous in it taking what could have been a one dimensonal role and making her a human but she has so many wonderful performances. She should get an honorary Oscar but I really doubt that will happen.

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Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, William Powell, Claud Raines, Ronald Colman, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, James Cagney, Humphry Bogart, Fred MacMurray, Jack Lemmon, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Dick Van Dyke, Ingrid Bergman, Vivien Leigh, Audrey Hepburn, Gene Tierney, Barbara Stanwyck and Grace Kelly

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Just a few of the names I can think of right now:

Cary Grant
James Stewart
Spencer Tracy
Lucille Ball
Kirk Douglas
Gregory Peck
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Errol Flynn
Basil Rathbone
Shirley Temple
Edgar Bergen
Bob Hope
Hayley Mills
Danny Kaye

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I generally enjoy a lot of the ones listed, but if I had to pick ten favorites (5 male, 5 female), it would be the following (with my favorite movie of theirs listed as well):

Fred Astaire (The Band Wagon)
Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca)
Montgomery Clift (A Place in the Sun)
Greta Garbo (Ninotchka)
Rita Hayworth (Gilda)
Audrey Hepburn (Sabrina)
William Holden (Golden Boy)
Kim Novak (Picnic)
Tyrone Power (The Black Swan)
Gene Tierney (Laura)

And ten honorable mentions:

Marlene Dietrich (The Scarlet Empress)
Errol Flynn (Captain Blood)
Ava Gardner (Pandora and the Flying Dutchman)
Greer Garson (Random Harvest)
Cary Grant (Charade)
Katharine Hepburn (Bringing Up Baby)
Robert Mitchum (Ryan's Daughter)
Marilyn Monroe (Some Like It Hot)
Gregory Peck (The World in His Arms)
Robert Taylor (Camille)

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My top 5 actresses, and a few favorite films by each:
Bette Davis (Of Human Bondage, What Ever Happened To Baby Jane, The Star)
Katharine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story, Morning Glory, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner)
Judy Garland (A Star Is Born, The Wizard Of Oz, The Clock)
Greta Garbo (Ninotchka, The Mysterious Lady, Grand Hotel)
Norma Shearer (The Women, The Barretts Of Wimpole Street)
Audrey Hepburn (Charade, My Fair Lady, Wait Until Dark)

Top 5 actors, and a few favorites by each:
Clark Gable (Red Dust, Gone With The Wind, It Happened One Night)
Cary Grant (Charade, The Philadelphia Story, Arsenic And Old Lace)
William Holden (Picnic, Sabrina)
Charles Laughton (The Barretts Of Wimpole Street, Mutiny On The Bounty, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame)
John Gilbert (Flesh And The Devil, The Big Parade, Queen Christina)
Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Sabrina)

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In no particular order:

Katharine Hepburn
Spencer Tracy
James Stewart
Debbie Reynolds
Elizabeth Taylor
Charlton Heston
Montgomery Clift
Olivia de Havilland
Marlene Dietrich
Henry Fonda
Charlie Chaplin
Charles Laughton
Fred Astaire
Rex Harrison
Bette Davis
Leslie Caron
Veronica Lake
Cecil Kellaway
Elsa Lanchester
Robert Morley

and obviously Julie Andrews would be on this list had she been in cinema a good ten years earlier.


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In no order...

Ingrid Bergman
Humphrey Bogart
Bette Davis
Cary Grant
Audrey Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
Gene Kelly
Peter Lorre
James Mason
Vincent Price


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UmbrellaFish wrote:
In no particular order:

Katharine Hepburn
Spencer Tracy
James Stewart
Debbie Reynolds
Elizabeth Taylor
Charlton Heston
Montgomery Clift
Olivia de Havilland
Marlene Dietrich
Henry Fonda
Charlie Chaplin
Charles Laughton
Fred Astaire
Rex Harrison
Bette Davis
Leslie Caron
Veronica Lake
Cecil Kellaway
Elsa Lanchester
Robert Morley

and obviously Julie Andrews would be on this list had she been in cinema a good ten years earlier.

I mean, still a pretty good list. I think I’d add Ingrid Bergman, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Gene Kelly, Vivien Leigh, Richard Burton. So many, many great actors... how could I try and name all my favorites?

I think when I posted that list, Elizabeth Taylor was still with us (EDIT: I just looked it up, she passed three days after I posted). We still have Dame Olivia de Havilland (at 104!!!) and Leslie Caron, 89, who is still acting in France.


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