The Veronicas: Male Edition

These are the actors I consider my favorites.  In order to enter I must have seen at least five of their films.  I will be adding new actors at the end of every month as well as updating links and movie totals to any already included.  Rank is in order of personal preference.  Clickable links take you to any reviews I’ve written.

William Holden

Top Films:  Sunset Blvd., Sabrina, The Moon is Blue Network, Picnic

What I Love About Him: I’ve always said William Holden is the actor who could convince you to get in bed with him and make it sound like it was your idea.  I mean Holden was still able to get the beautiful Faye Dunaway in a film during his later years, that’s skill.  Sure he played opportunists or less than reputable men but as mentioned with the other choices you always liked him!

Favorite MovieSabrina

Total Films Seen: 10

Additional Films Reviewed: Apartment for Peggy, Executive Suite, Rachel and the Stranger, I Wanted WingsLove is a Many-Splendored Thing

Robert Mitchum

Top FilmsThe Night of the HunterCape FearOut of the Past, Holiday Affair, Crossfire

What I Love About Him: Robert Mitchum scares me, and that’s what I love about him!  He’s so intimidating and while he uses sexuality as a weapon that way he presents it isn’t a turn-off and Cape Fear is already fairly risqué.  Mitchum was a man’s man known for indulging in numerous taboos which also increases his aura of being a rebel.

Favorite Movie: The Night of the Hunter

Total Films Seen: 10

Additional Films Reviewed: River of No ReturnThe Longest Day, Rachel and the Stranger

Cary Grant

Top FilmsBringing Up BabyThe Bishop’s Wife, Notorious, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Suspicion

What I Love About Him: Cary was the first classic film actor I really thought was the definition of “class.”  He’s got elegance and charm and sadly he was typecast for it.  In looking at his work throughout his career even when he played the menacing would-be murderer in Suspicion, you still wanted to like him.  I mean when you can make playing a lech (in the hilarious Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer) look sweet you’re doing something right.

Favorite MovieThe Bishop’s Wife

Total Films Seen: 21

Additional Films ReviewedBlonde Venus, Night and Day, Destination Tokyo, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Monkey BusinessMy Favorite WifeSuzyTopper, The Philadelphia Story, Holiday, Indiscreet

Warren Beatty

Top FilmsSplendor in the Grass, Shampoo, Reds, Heaven Can Wait, Bonnie and Clyde

What I Love About Him: Warren Beatty was the first old Hollywood crush I had after seeing Splendor in the Grass in high school.  Not only is the man gorgeous but he is such a talented actor who has dabbled in directing as well (GO WATCH REDS!)  I’ve read several biographies about Beatty and the intelligence of the man is legendary.

Favorite MovieShampoo

Total Films Seen: 8

Additional Films Reviewed: The Only Game in Town

William Powell

Top Films:  Libeled Lady, The Thin ManThe Ex-Mrs. Bradford, My Man Godfrey, I Love You Again

What I Love About Him: So dignified and yet he always played the loveable drunk and/or cad.  Not to mention he’ll always be my favorite detective trying to get out of the game aka Nick Charles.  His love story with Jean Harlow is what puts him above all others.

Favorite MovieLibeled Lady

Total Films Seen: 11

Additional Films ReviewedLove Crazy, How to Marry a Millionaire Double Wedding, Evelyn Prentice, Manhattan Melodrama, Reckless

Humphrey Bogart

Top Films Sabrina, The Big Sleep, Casablanca Dark Victory, Key Largo 

What I Love About Him: Can I just say it’s because he was smart enough to marry the stunning Lauren Bacall (who made my Actress Hall of Fame)?  Aside from that genius decision Humphrey is well-known as the heavy and/or the guy who “don’t stick his neck out for nobody.”  I see him as a chameleon able to inhabit any role, even the love-lorn Michael in Dark Victory.  For a short guy he filled up a room with dominance and personality; a real man’s man.

Favorite MovieThe Big Sleep

Total Films Seen: 11

Additional Films Reviewed: The Two Mrs. Carrolls Three on a Match, To Have and Have Not

Marlon Brando

Top Movies:  A Streetcar Named Desire, The Wild One, Guys and Dolls, The Godfather, On the Waterfront

What I Love About Him: Just look at him!  They don’t make strong, aggressive hunks of man like Marlon Brando anymore!  He is just pure sexual energy, a raw nerve waiting to snap and that’s present in the films he’s done.  And regardless of what can be said about his later years you can’t fault Brando for trying every genre of film…even musical (he pretty much stole Guys and Dolls for me).

Favorite Movie: A Streetcar Named Desire

Total Movies Seen: 9

Additional Films Reviewed: Viva Zapata!

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Tom Conway

Top Films: Cat People, I Walked With a Zombie, The 7th Victim, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians

What I Love About Him: Conway didn’t have a lengthy career, probably because he was overshadowed by his brother, fellow actor George Sanders.  Conway was an actor who generally played a cad in his films (and television roles), and yet he was incredibly seductive.  I place him up there with Veronica Lake in terms of dying horribly and being utterly forgotten today.  What can I say, I feel bad for the forgotten star?

Favorite Movie: Cat People

Total Movies Seen: 5

Michael York

Top Films: Cabaret, Romeo and Juliet, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (don’t judge me), Logan’s Run, Taming of the Shrew

What I Love About Him: Michael York is just adorable.  There’s a sweet and innocent side to his roles (even during the uncomfortable attempts at seduction in Logan’s Run).  He’s the quintessential definition of the British romantic hero in my book not to mention he made all three Austin Powers films better for being in them, “Whoop-de-doo what does it all mean Basil!”

Favorite MovieCabaret

Total Movies Seen: 8

Jack Lemmon

Top Films:  Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Days of Wine and Roses, JFK, Glengarry Glen Ross

What I Love About Him: Look at that face!  Jack Lemmon is the puppy dog of my Hall of Fame because you really felt for the guy no matter what even as you were rolling on the ground laughing.  Lemmon has expert comedic timing all the way up even in his older years (I love him in My Fellow Americans).  On top of that he could turn in heart wrenching, and painfully humorous turns in dramatic films like The Days of Wine and Roses.  Then again, “Nobody’s perfect!”

Favorite MovieSome Like It Hot

Total Films Seen: 7

Clark Gable

Top Films:   Red Dust, Night NurseIt Happened One Night, Wife vs. Secretary, Gone With the Wind

What I Love About Him: Clark Gable is another fine example of masculinity, and I do admit my interest in Gable leans more towards his pre-Code work like Red Dust and Night Nurse where he played a cad that could charm you out of your clothes (or scare you in the case of Night Nurse).

Favorite MovieRed Dust

Total Films Seen: 10

Additional Films ReviewedManhattan Melodrama, China Seas, SaratogaA Free SoulThe Misfits

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Steve McQueen

Top Films: Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair, Love With a Proper Stranger, The Blob, The Great Escape

What I Love About Him: His infinite charm.  There’s a reason this man was dubbed ‘The King of Cool.’ For a career that didn’t put out as many films as others, he succeeded in every genre.

Favorite Movie: Love With a Proper Stranger

Total Films Seen: 5

Jack Nicholson

Top Films:  The Shining, The Departed, Reds, The Witches of Eastwick, Chinatown 

What I Love About Him: In doing this I didn’t know how far in time I wanted to go with “classic” actors but I figured the seventies was a good stop point and in that case I had to put Nicholson on here.  He’s made so many movies I’ve seen and in hindsight he’s made all of them better.  I will say I prefer Nicholson as a villain because who else can walk that fine line between menacing and cool as hell?

Favorite Movie: The Shining

Total Movies Seen: 10

Additional Films ReviewedLittle Shop of Horrors

Vincent Price

Top FilmsHouse on Haunted Hill, The Great Mouse Detective, Laura, The Song of BernadetteLeave Her to Heaven

What I Love About Him:  For me it’s the voice.  Price has one of the best voices ever!  What’s surprising to me is that Price did non-horror films and was fantastic.  I cite Laura as the best example of his dramatic work.  He’s imposing, he’s intimidating, and he narrated the Thriller video!

Favorite Movie: The Great Mouse Detective (hell yeah!)

Total Films Seen: 12

Additional Films ReviewedThe Fly, Masque of the Red DeathEdward Scissorhands

Spencer Tracy

Top FilmsGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Bad Day at Black RockLibeled Lady, Adam’s Rib, Father’s Little Dividend 

What I Love About Him: Spencer Tracy came off like everybody’s great idea of a father.  He was a nice guy who was always put-upon and frustrated with his family and that’s what I loved.  In the films I’ve seen despite the adventures and pratfalls a key element of his films was always the family, something I couldn’t imagine in a Clark Gable or Robert Mitchum type of film.

Favorite Movie: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Total Movies Seen: 9

Additional Films Reviewed: It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad WorldRiffraffDesk Set

Boris Karloff

Top FilmsBride of Frankenstein, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Mummy, FrankensteinThe Black Cat

What I Love About Him: Karloff puts himself through Hell for his work.  In looking at the films above he spent countless hours in make-up and yet he always conveyed the purest of emotions.  I watched several of his films back to back and no performance was the same.  He played a heart-wrenching misanthrope in one and played a vengeful spirit in another and made them totally separate.  You never felt that Karloff was playing Karloff.

Favorite MovieBride of Frankenstein

Total Films Seen: 10

Additional Films ReviewedBlack Sabbath, The Raven

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3 comments on “The Veronicas: Male Edition

  1. Pingback: Entering the Hall of Fame and a Few Other Changes | Journeys in Classic Film

  2. You have so many great films to look forward to with these great actors. I hope you can see Edison The Man soon, my favorite Spencer Tracy film.

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