TCM’s September Star of the Month Melvyn Douglas spent 63 years as an actor. From the eligible bachelor in his early films to notable character parts in his later years, you’re probably wondering why you don’t know him as well as Cary Grant. Perhaps most known for Ninotchka, he was the guy pursuing the very cold Greta Garbo, and made us believe she could finally be won over. Where do we like Melvyn Douglas best?
As the house guest and friend who won’t leave in Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House.
As the incorrigible playboy, opposite Irene Dunne in Theodora Goes Wild
Opposite Fred MacMurray fighting over Jean Arthur in Too Many Husbands
and of course as die hard Deanna Durbin fans
we love Melvyn as the crush catching Deanna’s eye in That Certain Age
See him Wednesdays this month on TCM
This Gun for Hire (1942) The Glass Key (1942), The Blue Dahlia (1946)
The Girl with the Million Dollar Legs!
A Yank in the RAF (1941), I Wake Up Screaming (1941), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Hers to Hold (1943), Niagara (1953), Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)
The Pride and the Passion (1957) Houseboat (1958), Judith (1966)
Dick Powell crooned his way through the 1930’s in Busby Burkely musicals like Gold Diggers of 1933. Strong armed his way through the 1940’s as the hard boiled bad boy in noir’s like Murder My Sweet. Founded Four Star Production in the 1950’s with David Niven, Ida Lupino and Charles Boyer and directed his wife June Allyson in an updated version of the Classic movie ‘It Happened One Night’ with Jack Lemmon titled ‘You can’t Run Away From It’.
Versatility was Dick’s middle name.
Valiant is the Word for Carrie (1936), The Roaring Twenties (1939), The Hard Way (1943), Lullaby of Broadway (1951)
Marty (1955), The Catered Affair (1956), The Oscar (1966), The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978)