Favorite Actors

Don Ameche
Fun in films like That Night in Rio.  Fabulous on the Radio - Wonderful Voice

Dana Andrews
Great in films.  Fantastic on Radio - Another Wonderful Voice

Bob Bailey
Radio God - Yours Truly Johnny Dollar

John Barrymore
Stage and Silent Movie God.  I melted when I saw Don Juan

Lionel Barrymore
Stage and Screen Legend.  Fabulous Radio Voice

Jack Benny

Is there really anyone funnier?  What I love about him is that his comedy is timeless.  With few references to the present, his radio programs are enjoyable to this very day.

Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen

Another radio star (or pair in this case) who make me laugh with their timeless comedy.  I dare you to listen to Charlie McCarthy's antics without laughing.

Humphrey Bogart
Casablanca, Maltese Falcon, and many, many more.  My favorite Bogart film - Dark Passage

Jack Carson
Great character actor.  Favorite films - Mildred Pierce and Romance on the High Seas

Ronald Colman

Screen Legend and Radio God.  Favorite Films include Random HarvestA Tale of Two Cities,   The White Sister.  Radio appearances on The Jack Benny Show and The Halls of Ivy with wife Benita Hume , as well as appearances on Suspense such as in August Heat.  OK, basically everything

Richard Conte
Great gritty actor.  Favorite films - The Blue GardeniaSomewhere in the Night, and especially Call Northside 777 (his character and characterization really spoke to me)

Errol Flynn
Swashbuckler extraordinaire.  He's fabulous in adventures, westerns, war films, etc.  I wish he was known more for his wonderful acting rather than his bedroom antics.

Clark Gable
Fell in love with him since I saw him as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind.  I also adore him in It Happened One Night

Cary Grant

Fantastic in everything - Who doesn't love Archie?  Favorite films - North by Northwest, The Bachelor and the Bobby-soxer,  and Arsenic and Old Lace

Ray Milland

Fantastic leading man material.  I also love him on radio.  Poorly treated by Hollywood late in life, I find him a completely underrated actor.
Dick Powell
Great song and dance man, yet also a wonderful detective.  Every film I've seen him in is wonderful, and I adore him on the radio.  And who can beat that voice?

William Powell
Suave, sophisticated, funny, handsome and a great athlete.  Wonderful teamed up with Myrna Loy in their many films together, and great on his own.  My favorite Powell performances are in the Thin Man films and Libeled Lady.


Anonymous said...

Do you also like the work of Edward G. Robinson, Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas?

A said...

Your comment made me realize I never finished the list. I never went past G on the alphabet.

I do like the work of Robinson, Mitchum, and Douglas. I probably wouldn't have them on my all-time favorites list, but I do appreciate them

Anonymous said...

and Burt Lancaster

moviemag46 said...

Some very interesting choices...

Skarlet said...

I love Jack Carson too. Dick Powell is the romantic fantasy boyfriend

Anonymous said...

Yes , yes, yes to Jack Carson! What about Robert Mitchum and William Holden? And Jimmy Cagney?! Also, John Garfield...a much better "method man" than either Marlon Brando or James Dean, in my opinion, and doing it on-screen first.

briviba-41 said...

My favorite Bogart film - Dark Passage
Mine too.

JRD said...

Three actors who I find myself watching every chance I get are William Powell, Robert Montgomery and George Brent. What I really love about the 30's and 40's are the great character actors of the era. Frank McHugh, Eugene Pallette, Frank Morgan, James Gleason, Charles Coburn, Edward Arnold etc etc etc.
Hollywood in my mind has been dead and buried for the last 25 years.

A said...

JRD you are absolutely right. Those are some great actors.


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