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Monday, September 12, 2011

THE MONTIES: 1941 - BETTE DAVIS and OLIVIA de HAVILLAND win their first Monties...and PENNY SERENADE wins a few as well...

1941 was another strong year in film and some notable first timers who landed their first Monties.

BEST FILM:





















THE LADY EVE
THE LITTLE FOXES
MR. AND MRS. SMITH
THE MALTESE FALCON
PENNY SERENADE - WINNER
ZIEGFELD GIRL

Penny Serenade is one of the all time great tear-jerkers that mixed comedy and drama magnificently well. Throw in another pairing with my favorite screen team of Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, and it easily is my favorite film of 1941.

BEST DIRECTOR:





















ALFRED HITCHCOCK - MR. AND MRS. SMITH
GEORGE STEVENS - PENNY SERENADE (WINNER)
ROBERT Z. LEONARD - ZIEGFELD GIRL
JOHN HUSTON - THE MALTESE FALCON
WILLIAM WYLER - THE LITTLE FOXES

Veteran director George Stevens superb direction of Penny Serenade gives him his first Montie. I expect to see George back up here again with potential winners in A Place in The Sun, Shane and Giant.

BEST ACTOR:
















HUMPHREY BOGART - THE MALTESE FALCON
HENRY FONDA - THE LADY EVE
CARY GRANT - PENNY SERENADE (WINNER)
ROBERT MONTGOMERY - MR. AND MRS. SMITH
GARY COOPER - SERGEANT YORK

My guy Cary gives a marvelous performance as the devoted father and husband in Penny Serenade. This is the performance that showed Cary could do more than just comedy. And he was amazing. If you don't believe me, just check out that one scene where he has to to plead with the judge not to take away his adopted child. How Cary lost out an Oscar for this performance remains a mystery. Well he picks up his 3rd Montie from me, so congratulations Cary.


BEST ACTRESS:

























BARBARA STANWYCK - THE LADY EVE
BETTE DAVIS - THE LITTLE FOXES (WINNER)
IRENE DUNNE - PENNY SERENADE
CAROLE LOMBARD - MR. AND MRS. SMITH
LANA TURNER - ZIEGFELD GIRL

The grand diva of film, Bette Davis picks up her first Montie with her performance as the wicked Regina Gidden, who is the type of character you just love to hate. And Bette gets to put on quite the show. One of her very best performances ever. And what should be the first of many Monties.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

















CHARLES DINGLE - THE LITTLE FOXES
PETER LORRE - THE MALTESE FALCON (WINNER)
WALTER BRENNAN - SERGEANT YORK
SYDNEY GREENSTREET - THE MALTESE FALCON (WINNER)
EDGAR BUCHANAN - PENNY SERENADE

I couldn't decide who deserved a Montie more between Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet, as they were both memorable as Joel Cairo and Kasper Gutman, respectively. Nefarious and shady, they are perfect foils to Bogart's Sam Spade. So they both get Monties.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:























TERESA WRIGHT - THE LITTLE FOXES
MARY ASTOR - THE MALTESE FALCON
CAROLE  LANDIS - MOON OVER MIAMI
OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND - THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE (WINNER)
JOAN LESLIE - SERGEANT YORK

One of my favorite actresses, Olivia de Havilland picks up her first Montie for her engaing turn as Amy Lind, the outspoken and brash suffragette who butts heads with James Cagney. You could argue hers is the main performance even though Rita Hayworth portrays the title character. But that's schematics, and I'm here to award Olivia a Montie.


So the final tally is PENNY SERENADE wins 3 Monties (Film, Director, and Actor); THE MALTESE FALCON picks up 2 Monties for Supporting Actor. And first time Montie winners inlcuded Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. Congratulations to all the winners and I will be back soon for my favorites of 1942.

5 comments:

Patti said...

I'm with you on every single one except I would give Mary Astor the Best Supporting Actress Award.

Of course, you know that Penny Serenade is about my 5th favorite film of all time, so I definitely think it is Best Picture material.

And, as we have discussed before, I DO think Cary was robbed in 1941. Yes, I am a major Gary Cooper fan (LOVE Coop, as you know), but I don't think his performance was as stand-out as Cary's was in Penny Serenade. And, I agree, it was that scene before the judge that showed Cary's brilliance Truly, he deserved the Oscar, so I'm glad he's being given the Montie.

And as for Bette Davis...absolutely! My all-time favorite actress...at her best when she was being nasty!!

MovieFreak said...

i feel left out i really need to sit through Penny Serenade. i have heard nothing but amazing things about the film.
i will completely agree with you about Olivia de Havilland in The Strawberry Blonde!! she was adorable i cracked up watching her especially when her character is first introduced.

Renata said...

yayy go Penny Serenade. It's the best movie from 1941 =)

Renata said...

yayy go Penny Serenade. It's the best movie from 1941 =)

Desiree said...

Yayyy, I'm glad Penny Serenade won for best film:D And I'm glad Cary Grant won, too, because he was really good in that... he always makes me cry. And now I want to see this movie "Strawberry Blonde." I've never seen it. And Bette was really great in The LIttle Foxes :)

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