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Friday, April 9, 2010

Classic Movie Goddess Of The Month - Myrna Loy Part 2

These are what I would consider the essential Myrna Loy films that showcase her at her very best.

THE THIN MAN SERIES (1934-1947) Perfect chemistry with William Powell as the two portray the unflappable Nick and Nora Charles, sleuthing spouses. Their witty banter amid murders is pure Hollywood magic.

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946) Myrna gives her best dramatic performance ever as the wife struggling to keep her family together, post WW2. How she was not even nominated that year for an Oscar is a mystery.

LIBELED LADY (1936) One of the early screwball comedies that pairs Loy with Powell again (they made a total of 14 films together). Also on board are Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow. A very entertaining movie.

THE BACHELOR & THE BOBBY-SOXER (1947) Loy's first pairing with Cary Grant is delicious fun. As Judge Margaret Stone, Loy has to act stern and disciplined but she still manages to have a good time.

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE (1948) Another wonderful team up with Grant that features Loy in one of the best scenes in film history. She tries to describe to a painter of her new home what colors to use. It makes perfect sense to Loy, but to the painter it's confusing, and to the audience it's too funny.

1 comment:

Gilby37 said...

Isn't amazing that Powell was engaged to Harlow at the time of Libeled Lady yet we TOTALLY expect Powell & Loywillget together at the end? There was such a natural rapport between Powell & Loy that they seemed like a real life couple!


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