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commasense
04-11-2005, 10:59 PM
There are lots of female stars of the 20s, 30s, and 40s that I have never found attractive: Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Betty Grable, for instance, never did much for me. But there are a few I have always found very hot.

The other night I watched Duck Soup and Horse Feathers for roughly the millionth time, but the first time in maybe a decade or more.

I had forgotten what a babe Raquel Torres (http://silentladies.com/BTorres.html) was. (This picture really doesn't do her justice, but it was the best one I could find online.) The gown she wears in the first scene of the movie is low cut, revealing, and HOT! And her accent is very charming, too.

And then I got a load of Thelma Todd (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.spoenk.nl/weblog/archives/200409/thelmatodd.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.spoenk.nl/weblog/archives/200409/thelmatodd.html&h=500&w=333&sz=30&tbnid=_Z3Y2mSe_asJ:&tbnh=126&tbnw=84&start=8&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2522Thelma%2BTodd%2522%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26c2coff%3D1%26sa%3DN) in Horse Feathers. (Also not a great picture, unfortunately.) She's not quite as voluptuous as Raquel, but still smokin'! And she spends most of the movie in a relatively revealing negligée. I like the scene in which she's watching Chico play the piano. (The poor girl died in mysterious circumstances (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0865298/bio) at the age of 30.)

Probably my all-time favorite is Carole Lombard. (http://us.imdb.com/gallery/mptv/1315/Mptv/1315/0705_2231.jpg?path=pgallery&path_key=Lombard,%20Carole%20(I)) Beautiful, sexy, and funny! She's just wonderful in To Be or Not To Be and My Man Godfrey. (Another life tragically cut short: only 33 when she died in a plane crash.)

Who are yours? (Pictures will help make your case.)

gum
04-11-2005, 11:13 PM
Rita Hayworth (http://silverscreensirens.com/galleries/rita27.htm)

The hair..........

Duke of Rat
04-11-2005, 11:23 PM
Veronica Lake. Something about her in "Sullivan's Travels", I know she was supposed to be the blonde vamp, but still, I found her very sexy.

Betty Field, another from the era.

Not Rita Hayworth, but still, something about her.

And I loved Carole Lombard in "My Man Godfrey".

JohnT
04-12-2005, 12:10 AM
Ingrid.

Sampiro
04-12-2005, 12:16 AM
Greta (http://www.gla.ac.uk/~cmc1z/fantasy_celts_b/fantasy_celts_16/greta_garbo_01.jpg) (who for some odd reason was the focus of a posthumous 100th birthday festivity even though her birthday isn't until September. (Her friend Gore Vidal (http://english.people.com.cn/200504/08/eng20050408_180144.html) was the keynote speaker.)

Hunter Hawk
04-12-2005, 01:10 AM
Veronica Lake. Something about her in "Sullivan's Travels", I know she was supposed to be the blonde vamp, but still, I found her very sexy.
Heartily seconded. (http://www.imdb.com/gallery/mptv/1096/Mptv/1096/3912_0179.jpg?path=pgallery&path_key=Lake,%20Veronica%20(I))

Marlitharn
04-12-2005, 01:49 AM
Me, I"m madly in love with Bogie. (http://www.imdb.com/gallery/mptv/1328/Mptv/1328/3339_0367.jpg?path=pgallery&path_key=Bogart,%20Humphrey) Classy, intelligent, sweet, and a sense of humor to boot, with a good dash of hard-boiledness thrown in. *sigh* They don't make'em like that anymore.

bienville
04-12-2005, 02:03 AM
Dig up Paulette Goddard (http://www.born-today.com/Today/pix/goddard_p2.jpg) and I'd do her. (Actually, pretty much anyone Charlie Chaplin had sex with- he was all about the hotties.)

Ditto Brigitte Helm (http://www.deutsches-filminstitut.de/pic/dp2pb003a.jpg).

Freejooky
04-12-2005, 02:33 AM
Gene Tierney (http://www.doctormacro.com/Images/Tierney,%20Gene/Tierney,%20Gene_01.jpg) was pretty ridiculously hot.

seosamh
04-12-2005, 04:26 AM
Virginia Mayo (http://www.skylighters.org/photos/jun2001pu.html)

Maureen O'Hara (http://www.msstate.edu/Images/Film/MaureenOHara.jpg)

They don't make 'em like that any more.

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
04-12-2005, 08:06 AM
Louise Brooks.

Love that hairdo, love her looks.

Alias
04-12-2005, 08:35 AM
Cary Grant (http://www.moderntimes.com/palace/non_image/grant43.jpg) and Gene Kelly (http://members.aol.com/humorone/graphics/sexy.jpg)

Sexy, Cool, and Talented.

CandidGamera
04-12-2005, 08:36 AM
Claudette Colbert. See : Sign of the Cross, The; Cleopatra (1934 version); It Happened One Night.

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
04-12-2005, 08:44 AM
Louise Brooks.

Love that hairdo, love her looks.

My Heartthrob (http://www.doctormacro.com/Images/Brooks,%20Louise/Brooks,%20Louise_01.jpg)

:cool: :) :cool: :) :cool: :) :cool: :)
:o :o :o :o :o :o

ZeroGyro
04-12-2005, 09:26 AM
I think Irene (http://www.stanford.edu/~brooksie/Stars/DUNNE.JPG) Dunne (http://www.stanford.edu/~brooksie/Stars/IreneDunne.JPG) is quite the fine lady. The final bedroom scene with her and Cary Grant in The Awful Truth is both very funny and very sexy. It's rather sad she doesn't get mentioned even half as much as her comedic contemporaries like Lombard and Loy.

When the heck is Theodora Goes Wild (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028355/) going to be released on DVD?

DeVena
04-12-2005, 09:37 AM
Tyrone Power (http://www.imdb.com/gallery/mptv/1206/Mptv/1206/0319_0016.jpg?path=pgallery&path_key=Power,%20Tyrone%20(I)). Prettiest man ever.

Johnny L.A.
04-12-2005, 09:42 AM
The woman who played Miss Crabtree in the Little Rascals/Our Gang series was smokin' hot.

yojimbo
04-12-2005, 09:43 AM
Ava Gardner (http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Derby/1586/) was smokin' back in the day.

Veronica Lake (http://silverscreensirens.com/veronica.htm) always gets me hot under the collar.

Horatio Hellpop
04-12-2005, 09:44 AM
Theda Bara (http://www.zilltech.com/etchings/ThedaCleo2.jpg)

Irish McCalla (http://www.born-today.com/Today/pix/mccalla_irish2.jpg) (Disturbing fact: Her stunt double in the 50s was none other than Sergio Aragones (http://www.collectmad.com/argentinamadcoversite/Specials/Madargsaragones.jpg)!)

AuntiePam
04-12-2005, 09:47 AM
Merle Oberon (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0643353/)

plnnr
04-12-2005, 10:06 AM
Maria Ouspenskaya
Una O'Connor
Edna May Oliver


hubba hubba

PoorYorick
04-12-2005, 10:17 AM
When I saw Mae West in My Little Chickadee (http://www.autographsmovieposters.com/Fields_West_Little%20Chickadee.htm), I finally understood what all the fuss was about. There was just something about her . . .

Genghis Bob
04-12-2005, 10:30 AM
Cyd Charisse (http://www.jennworks.com/Cyd&Gene.html). Yowzza.

ElvisL1ves
04-12-2005, 10:33 AM
Jean Harlow. "Hell's Angels" was worth it for the long, loving decolletage shots alone, even without the airplanes.

wonderwench
04-12-2005, 10:35 AM
Robert Mitchum!

Yum. Just plain yum!

AuntiePam
04-12-2005, 11:01 AM
Alan Ladd was doable, especially in Shane and Saskatchewan. William Holden was pretty hot in Picnic.

Ditto Robert Mitchum. Dreamy eyes, and a nice chest.

Hoodoo Ulove
04-12-2005, 11:15 AM
The woman who played Miss Crabtree in the Little Rascals/Our Gang series was smokin' hot.June Marlowe (http://www.dspears.com/junepix/gallery.html)

Exapno Mapcase
04-12-2005, 11:21 AM
Myrna Loy, Barbara Kent, Rosalind Russell, Marion Davies, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, and Barbara Stanwyck just to mention a few not already listed. (I hope.)

What I really love about most of the actresses in this thread is that they played intelligent. They were strong, bright, equal partners to the men.

There have been several threads lately about the ludicrousness of recent films in which bimbo babes are playing Ph.D.s. You could never say that about Myrna, Barbara S. or Rosalind, no matter what their roles.

teela brown
04-12-2005, 11:51 AM
I'll second that William Holden vote, and add Don Ameche. Are they still in the "Golden Age"?

Balle_M
04-12-2005, 12:06 PM
I've always thought that Elsa Lanchester (http://www.monsterzine.com/pd/images/lanchesterbride1.jpg) was a total hottie.

pokey
04-12-2005, 12:28 PM
Robert Mitchum!

Yum. Just plain yum!

No joke. I'm a huge gigantic fool for Robert Mitchum. Just looking at him makes me feel like he somehow just made me pregnant.

I used to flip out over Orson Welles too, when he was in Jane Eyre. Kind of embarassing.

Horatio Hellpop
04-12-2005, 12:28 PM
She later became the punchline to a million jokes, but back in the 40s, Shelly Winters (http://www.geocities.com/waltertshirley/Shelly-Winters.jpg) was Marilyn Monroe's roommate and, in terms of sheer babe-a-liciousness, her peer. Imagine the negigee pillow-fights those two had...

Acsenray
04-12-2005, 01:36 PM
Of the links posted in this thread, I'd say the only one that I find beautiful is Ava Gardner. The rest of them seem to have really big faces, either big foreheads or big chins or something.

Syntropy
04-12-2005, 01:54 PM
Jean Harlow. "Hell's Angels" was worth it for the long, loving decolletage shots alone, even without the airplanes.
Yup. Used to practiceher look (http://www.imdb.com/gallery/mptv/1153/0716_0382.jpg) in the mirror when I was younger. She was engaged to one of the sexiest men ever, William Powell.

Evil Captor
04-12-2005, 02:04 PM
Since I'm late to the thread, I'll have to be satisfied with seconding Claudette Colbert and Irish McCalla. And I'll RAISE you Mary Pickford. That's right, Mary Pickford. I saw a documentary about her once, and it had a scene where the male lead kissed her unexpectedly. She did that wiping her lips, eek, awful, yuck stuff, but then she looks at him with this sizzling-hot "That may have been awful but I want a LOT MORE of it!!" look that gave her instant hottie status in my book.

kunilou
04-12-2005, 02:13 PM
I was channel surfing one night and happened upon a scene where a blonde was getting out of a car. First these incredibly long legs emerged, followed by a heavenly hiney. She turned slowly, allowing a profile glimpse of some fine assets and when I finally saw her face I realized it was Deborah Kerr. (http://www.deborah-kerr.idoneos.com/)

Even leaving From Here to Eternity oof her list of films, she was seriously hot.

cher3
04-12-2005, 02:44 PM
What I want to know is how they all got such wonderful hair. Actresses today, who presumably have access to the best, they look like they've just rolled out of bed, half the time. Does the Veronica Lake look just seem simple and actually required hours of prep that no modern actress would put up with?

AuntiePam
04-12-2005, 03:38 PM
I used to flip out over Orson Welles too, when he was in Jane Eyre. Kind of embarassing.

Yeah, that dark, brooding look. Like Laurence Olivier in Wuthering Heights, and (a bit later) Marlon Brando in The Wild One.

Horatio Hellpop
04-12-2005, 05:39 PM
What I want to know is how they all got such wonderful hair. Actresses today, who presumably have access to the best, they look like they've just rolled out of bed, half the time. Does the Veronica Lake look just seem simple and actually required hours of prep that no modern actress would put up with?

No, they spend top dollar to look like street kids who just happen to be stars. Tom Wolfe described it in his intro to Rolling Stone: The Photographs. For a good look at someone having it both ways, look at the Britney Spears video for "Lucky." As the Narrator, she has "rolled out of bed" street hair, and as Lucky, she has 30s Movie Star hair. Clearly, she could go either way but goes with what kids actually wear most of the time.

drm
04-12-2005, 05:46 PM
For me, it's Olivia de Havilland (http://www.imdb.com/gallery/mptv/1338/Mptv/1338/0925_0019.jpg?path=pgallery&path_key=de%20Havilland,%20Olivia).

wonderwench
04-12-2005, 05:48 PM
No joke. I'm a huge gigantic fool for Robert Mitchum. Just looking at him makes me feel like he somehow just made me pregnant.

I used to flip out over Orson Welles too, when he was in Jane Eyre. Kind of embarassing.


Orson was very compelling in Jane Eyre - no reason to be embarassed.

I must confess, however, that I find Rick Moranis to be kinda sexy.

pinkfreud
04-12-2005, 05:57 PM
I once began a serious romance when a guy I met at a party told me I looked like Rhonda Fleming (http://www.rhondafleming.com/index.html).

I've never been so flattered.

pokey
04-12-2005, 06:26 PM
Orson was very compelling in Jane Eyre - no reason to be embarassed.

I must confess, however, that I find Rick Moranis to be kinda sexy.

The first time he calls Jane into his study and makes her stand there in front of the fire place...I'm pretty sure there was no humiliating physical examination of the new employee scene there but somehow I remember one very clearly. Then later there's a spanking scene that I can't find again. I see it so clearly in my mind but I guess I imagined it. I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves him in that movie.

I guess if he was good enough for Rita Hayworth I shouldn't be ashamed. But it's funny because in Lady From Shanghai I can't work up any feelings toward him.

I'm surprised nobody mentioned Jane Greer (http://noirtexas.com/images/Actresses/Jane%20Greer/jane_greer.jpg) from Out of the Past. I think she is my idea of perfect-looking.

Robot Arm
04-12-2005, 06:36 PM
Yeah, Carole Lombard in My Man Godfrey has definitely got something. She's not ditzy (which is good, cause I can't stand that), but is somehow cleverly absurd. And she gets the best closing line in movie history.

A vote for Greer Garson (http://www.wic.org/pic/ggarson.gif), too.

And I would suggest that The Big Sleep deserves some kind of honorary title as the first James Bond movie. Every drop-dead gorgeous woman in L.A. is throwing herself at Humphrey Bogart.

Witch
04-12-2005, 06:46 PM
Clark Gable. Sigh.

YellowTail
04-12-2005, 06:48 PM
Myrna Loy (http://us.imdb.com/gallery/mptv/1385/0771_0593.jpg?path=pgallery&path_key=Loy,%20Myrna&seq=2) ;)

MovieMogul
04-12-2005, 07:01 PM
Another vote for Brooks, Loy, Charisse, Goddard, Garson, and Malone (http://www.suspense-movies.com/stars/dorothy-malone/Malone1.jpg).

Some others:

Joan Blondell (http://www.born-today.com/Today/pix/blondell_j2.jpg) (!)
June Duprez (http://www.suspense-movies.com/stars/june-duprez/Duprez1.jpg)
Vera-Ellen (http://www.skylighters.org/photos/pinups/vellen1.jpg)

Rube E. Tewesday
04-12-2005, 07:05 PM
Another vote for Brooks, Loy, Charisse, Goddard, Garson, and Malone (http://www.suspense-movies.com/stars/dorothy-malone/Malone1.jpg).

Some others:

Joan Blondell (http://www.born-today.com/Today/pix/blondell_j2.jpg) (!)
June Duprez (http://www.suspense-movies.com/stars/june-duprez/Duprez1.jpg)
Vera-Ellen (http://www.skylighters.org/photos/pinups/vellen1.jpg)


Ah, yes, I was wondering if anyone would mention Joan Blondell. There's a famous photo of her walking across a movie set stark naked with a big smile on her face. Yowzah!

And I don't know if I would call her a hottie, but I love Jean Arthur with a sick, sad, passion.

OtakuLoki
04-12-2005, 07:15 PM
Ann Sheridan
Irene Dunne
Grace Kelly
Myrna Loy
Shirley Temple (As an adult, esp in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer)
Jeanne Crain
Leslie Caron

(In fact, anyone who ever appeared with Cary Grant as a headliner... damned but he got some great co-stars...)

pokey
04-12-2005, 07:45 PM
And I would suggest that The Big Sleep deserves some kind of honorary title as the first James Bond movie. Every drop-dead gorgeous woman in L.A. is throwing herself at Humphrey Bogart.

I think the bookshop clerk that throws herself at him looks exactly like Alicia Silverstone from Clueless. Only in the movie though, not in any photos I've seen of her.

I hate to be attracted to Humphrey Bogart because he was somehow in style when I was a kid in the 70s and so he's associated in my mind with macrame belts and potted ferns and orange courdory sectional couches. But he was hot so I have to grudgingly understand why he came into style in the 70s.

(One thing that bothers me is that in the 70s, 1930s and 40s stuff was in style, as being so old fashioned and "golden agey" but it was only 30 years old at that time. So that means if I look back at the 70s I should be looking as far back in history as people were looking back then. And that puts my mortality into perspective which I don't like.)

Witch
04-12-2005, 07:47 PM
Yeah [b]pokey[/i] hearin' that loud and clear.

Rather sobering.

Robot Arm
04-12-2005, 07:54 PM
I think the bookshop clerk that throws herself at him looks exactly like Alicia Silverstone from Clueless. Only in the movie though, not in any photos I've seen of her.An early and memorable role for Dorothy Malone, and more than qualified for this thread. She did go blonde later in her career, but from the still photos anyway, it just wasn't the same.

And I agree about the shifting nature of nostalgia. I remember when I was a kid, my mother loved old movies. (And that was when you had to wait for Gone With the Wind to come to the revival theaters.) I could never really understand what she saw in them. Now here I am on the 'net singing the praises of My Man Godfrey. There's nothing wrong with old movies, I just had to find my own old movies.

Manduck
04-12-2005, 08:48 PM
Ah, yes, I was wondering if anyone would mention Joan Blondell. There's a famous photo of her walking across a movie set stark naked with a big smile on her face. Yowzah!

Couldn't resist doing a Google image search for "Joan Blondell Nude" and all I can say is :eek: ! And :cool:

Dignan
04-12-2005, 10:14 PM
Jane Russell. Wasn't there trouble with getting her first movie The Outlaw past the censors? It's an otherwise terrible movie, but Jane Russell is great.

I haven't seen the movie, but why wasn't she portrayed in The Aviator?

ZeroGyro
04-12-2005, 10:17 PM
I think the bookshop clerk that throws herself at him looks exactly like Alicia Silverstone from Clueless. Only in the movie though, not in any photos I've seen of her.

May I just hijack and say the two bookstores sequence in The Big Sleep is brilliant and my favorite part of the movie. It goes from the unforgettable sight of Humphrey Bogart pretending to be an efeminant book nerd to that incredibly sexy scene with Dorothy Malone.

Exapno Mapcase
04-12-2005, 10:47 PM
And that's why I mentioned both Dorothy Malone and Martha Vickers earlier, and I shouldn't have left off Sonia Darrin. Darrin was Agnes, the high-toned one who worked for the bad guys and didn't know her books (which always made me wonder why they would run a bookstore front with people who didn't know books). She's very sleek. And thin. Her outfits made her waist look as tiny as a corset-bearing Victorian maiden's. She looks thin standing next to Lauren Bacall, not an easy feat. (I had thought only Slim Keith could do that. Imagine what it took to be nicknamed Slim in those days. Anyway the connection is that fashion model Nancy Gross changed her name to Slim Keith, married Howard Hawks and recommended another fashion model to him: Lauren Bacall.)

Anyway Bogie goes across the street to a real bookshop where Dorothy Malone works. She lets down her hair - literally - and Bogie's eyes light up. She drinks too, and she closes down the store and shuts the curtains to give us a while to exercise our imaginations.

Martha Vickers plays Carmen, the trampy younger daughter, who throws herself literally at Spade, showing lots of leg and tousled hair. Probably a hundred of today's actresses could have played her part, but none of the others.

Even Carole Douglas, in her only role, played a pretty librarian who caught Bogie's eye.

But actresses were already looking different post war than they did prewar. Something changes that I can't put my finger on. My hunch is that they were taller and thinner yet curvier, with longer and more interesting hair styles but I'm not an expert on those subtleties.

mambocrow
04-12-2005, 11:10 PM
Hedy Lamarr

http://www.tccandler.com/talent_file_hedy_lamarr.htm

Archergal
04-12-2005, 11:52 PM
The young Gregory Peck (http://www.meredy.com/peck4.jpg) was just a dreamboat. <sigh>

Heck, the old Gregory Peck wasn't half bad either. Wonderful voice, too.

Call me crazy, but I always thought Maureen O'Sullivan and Johnny Weissmuller (http://www.suspense-movies.com/stars/tarzan-jane/Jane1.jpg) were pretty hot.

Odesio
04-13-2005, 04:05 AM
Hedy Lamarr


That's Hedly.

Marc

commasense
04-13-2005, 09:00 AM
Ah, yes, I was wondering if anyone would mention Joan Blondell. There's a famous photo of her walking across a movie set stark naked with a big smile on her face. Yowzah!Couldn't resist doing a Google image search for "Joan Blondell Nude" and all I can say is :eek: ! And :cool:Manduck, I spent an hour or so last night looking, and except for a shot of Joan in a bathtub that shows the side of her right breast, I couldn't find anything even slightly racy. Certainly nothing like Rube describes.

Could you please help us serious film scholars find this important historical document? For reseach purposes only, of course. Thanks.

ZeroGyro
04-13-2005, 09:47 AM
Manduck, I spent an hour or so last night looking, and except for a shot of Joan in a bathtub that shows the side of her right breast, I couldn't find anything even slightly racy. Certainly nothing like Rube describes.

Could you please help us serious film scholars find this important historical document? For reseach purposes only, of course. Thanks.

Just do a Google image search for "Joan Blondell nude" and make sure SafeSearch is off.

commasense
04-13-2005, 10:19 AM
Just do a Google image search for "Joan Blondell nude" and make sure SafeSearch is off.That's what I did, and only found a million porn sites with the names of every female star ever, in tiny little type, followed by the word "nude."

Finally, I found this just now: Definitely not work safe! (http://www.nude-celebrities-a-z-free-pictures.com/1celebrities/joan-blondell-nude/joan-blondell-nude-1.jpg)

Is this the one, Rube? I think there's a good possibility it's a fake. First off, I couldn't swear that's Joan Blondell's face. But even so, there's something about the appearance of her face that makes me think it's been pasted onto a different body. Also, the shaved pubes (which would, IMO, have been highly unusual in the 1930s or '40s) definitely look like airbrush work. (Of course, that's not necessarily germane to the question of whether the rest of the picture is fake, but it suggests some degree of manipulation.)

But still, it's certainly interesting from a film scholarship perspective. Does anyone know what the story behind the picture is supposed to be?

Rube E. Tewesday
04-13-2005, 10:34 AM
I didn't check the not work-safe link, but what you describe sounds right, based on what I've seen in the past.. I can't swear it's not fake. But it matches very closely the picture as it was described in an interview with Ms Blondell that I read many years ago, before the Net put these pictures everyplace. The interviewer was very, er, happy, about having seen the picture, and she laughed it off saying that she'd been distracted when she got a call on set and walked around nude. She certainly didn't deny that the picture existed.

This would have been a long time ago, maybe 30 years (odd the things that stick in your mind), so from a film history perspective, her nudity has been a matter of interest for quite a while).

zagloba
04-13-2005, 10:37 AM
Jane Russell. Wasn't there trouble with getting her first movie The Outlaw past the censors? It's an otherwise terrible movie, but Jane Russell is great.

I haven't seen the movie, but why wasn't she portrayed in The Aviator?

There is some brief footage from The Outlaw in The Aviator. If they'd given a few minutes to every starlet Howard Hughes was associated with, they wouldn't have had time for anything else!

MovieMogul
04-13-2005, 10:48 AM
And that's why I mentioned both Dorothy Malone and Martha Vickers earlier, and I shouldn't have left off Sonia Darrin. Darrin was Agnes, the high-toned one who worked for the bad guys and didn't know her books (which always made me wonder why they would run a bookstore front with people who didn't know books). She's very sleek. And thin. Her outfits made her waist look as tiny as a corset-bearing Victorian maiden's. She looks thin standing next to Lauren Bacall, not an easy feat. (I had thought only Slim Keith could do that. Imagine what it took to be nicknamed Slim in those days. Anyway the connection is that fashion model Nancy Gross changed her name to Slim Keith, married Howard Hawks and recommended another fashion model to him: Lauren Bacall.)

Anyway Bogie goes across the street to a real bookshop where Dorothy Malone works. She lets down her hair - literally - and Bogie's eyes light up. She drinks too, and she closes down the store and shuts the curtains to give us a while to exercise our imaginations.

Martha Vickers plays Carmen, the trampy younger daughter, who throws herself literally at Spade, showing lots of leg and tousled hair. Probably a hundred of today's actresses could have played her part, but none of the others.

Even Carole Douglas, in her only role, played a pretty librarian who caught Bogie's eye.While we're at it, don't forget the cab driver (Joy Barlow) that hits on Bogie, as well as the smokin' hottie cigarette and hatcheck girls (Shelby Payne & Lorraine Miller) at Eddie Mars' club. The movie is funny, suspenseful, expertly-acted, and dripping with gorgeous women.

Robot Arm
04-13-2005, 11:00 AM
And has some of the best dialog ever put on the screen.

"She tried to sit in my lap while I was standing up."

yojimbo
04-13-2005, 11:12 AM
Bogart: "You've got a touch of class, but I don't know how far you can go."
Bacall: "A lot depends on who's in the saddle."

God, I love that film.

Was lucky enough to see it a few years ago in a cinema. It was great to see it with a big audience all laughing at the smart witty dialogue.

The woman is the bookshop is indeed stunning.

commasense
04-13-2005, 11:37 AM
Yeah, never mind that even the original author couldn't figure out the plot! :D

Evil Captor
04-13-2005, 12:56 PM
There is some brief footage from The Outlaw in The Aviator. If they'd given a few minutes to every starlet Howard Hughes was associated with, they wouldn't have had time for anything else!
Actually, in Son of Sinbad, Hughes DID give screen time to many of the babes he slept with in the picture. There were no less than 80 women cast in the film (40 of them were the Forty Daughters of the Forty Thieves). It was also an unusually HOT movie for its time, with lots of scantily clad dancing around -- no nudity, of course.