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Have a couple more for consideration here...

 

John Forsythe

 

Robert Cummings

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Have a couple more for consideration here...

 

John Forsythe

 

Robert Cummings

 

I've got definite opinions on those two from classic TV--

 

John Forsythe was so marvelous-- how does that song go- - too marvelous for words-- He had it all together. He was in "A" movies, starred in a Hitchcock movie and had several hit TV shows.

 

Now, Bob Cummings was in "A" movies, he co-starred in 2 Alfred Hitchcock movies and he had several hit TV shows. That's where the similarity ends.

 

Bob probably doesn't emit much sex appeal because the only person it seems that he could have ever been in love with was himself. Poor Shultzy and Miss Jane--they were just wasting their time.

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Dargo, on 23 Jul 2016 - 11:43 PM, said:snapback.png

Have a couple more for consideration here...

 

John Forsythe

 

Robert Cummings

I refuse to consider them.

 

I'll consider them just long enough to say they're perfect examples of Not Sexy.

 

I'll also agree with Dargo's wife and say Sam Elliot is a perfect example of HOT. Beef?  Yeah that's what's for dinner! Now even Dargo has become sexy for agreeing to talk like him when it really counts. 

 

I agree with Scarlet O'Hara that  Leslie Howard is sexier than Clark Gable who was always just a little too wide faced and bold for me. Leslie seems like he would be quietly strong and very attentive.

 

Now. Dargo brought up Wendell Corey and I think he's a good example of the whole subject.  Wendell is so not-sexy that he is ridiculed for it in "Holiday Affair."  In it, he, "Karl," has been dating widow Janet Leigh for ages and getting nowhere.  Along comes competition in the form of  Robert Mitchum   (no contest, right?) but the really hilarious scene is when Janet's in-laws come for Christmas and she tells them she is thinking of remarrying and they're all "Not  Karl, we hope?  He's nice and everything, but you know, he's so well,  Karl."   Poor Wendell Corey "Karl." You know you're a dud when even the old folks think so.  After he's rejected once and for all, he rides away in a taxi making the cutest speech about how he, doesn't care who she is, the bleach blonde at the office even, he's going to find someone who likes him.  After that I always kind of liked him.

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I'll consider them just long enough to say they're perfect examples of Not Sexy.

 

I'll also agree with Dargo's wife and say Sam Elliot is a perfect example of HOT. Beef? Yeah that's what's for dinner! Now even Dargo has become sexy for agreeing to talk like him when it really counts.

 

I agree with Scarlet O'Hara that Leslie Howard is sexier than Clark Gable who was always just a little too wide faced and bold for me. Leslie seems like he would be quietly strong and very attentive.

 

Now. Dargo brought up Wendell Corey and I think he's a good example of the whole subject. Wendell is so not-sexy that he is ridiculed for it in "Holiday Affair." In it, he, "Karl," has been dating widow Janet Leigh for ages and getting nowhere. Along comes competition in the form of Robert Mitchum (no contest, right?) but the really hilarious scene is when Janet's in-laws come for Christmas and she tells them she is thinking of remarrying and they're all "Not Karl, we hope? He's nice and everything, but you know, he's so well, Karl." Poor Wendell Corey "Karl." You know you're a dud when even the old folks think so. After he's rejected once and for all, he rides away in a taxi making the cutest speech about how he, doesn't care who she is, the bleach blonde at the office even, he's going to find someone who likes him. After that I always kind of liked him.

 

For decades I've always preferred Leslie Howard over Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind, or in anything.

 

Clark Gable was probably the most representative movie star in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

 

But Leslie Howard has always been my favorite Hollywood actor. In my mind there's something extremely sincere in his approach to cinematic acting--Sincere, vulnerable and masculine. That's something that Clark Gable couldn't pull off even if George Cukor was directing him. LOL

 

What makes Leslie Howard extremely sexy to me - - of course he's damn good looking especially with his glasses on too-- was his ability to Counterpoint his strength with honest displays of fear alongside of Courage.

 

Only a man who is assured of his masculinity can openly display his vulnerability.

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But Leslie Howard has always been my favorite Hollywood actor. In my mind there's something extremely sincere in his approach to cinematic acting--Sincere, vulnerable and masculine. That's something that Clark Gable couldn't pull off even if George Cukor was directing him. LOL

 

 

Sorry Princess, but I gotta disagree with ya on this. And now here's just two examples where Gable COULD do just exactly this and in the following scenes in the films...

 

SAN FRANCISCO (1936)

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...and...

 

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

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And this GWTW scene where he bares his soul to De Havilland is first rate acting, and for any actor.

 

(...yep, Gable, like Flynn, were often underrated and were much better at their craft than given credit for...at least in my book anyway)

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I'll consider them just long enough to say they're perfect examples of Not Sexy.

 

I'll also agree with Dargo's wife and say Sam Elliot is a perfect example of HOT. Beef?  Yeah that's what's for dinner! Now even Dargo has become sexy for agreeing to talk like him when it really counts.

 

I agree with Scarlet O'Hara that  Leslie Howard is sexier than Clark Gable who was always just a little too wide faced and bold for me. Leslie seems like he would be quietly strong and very attentive.

 

Now. Dargo brought up Wendell Corey and I think he's a good example of the whole subject.  Wendell is so not-sexy that he is ridiculed for it in "Holiday Affair."  In it, he, "Karl," has been dating widow Janet Leigh for ages and getting nowhere.  Along comes competition in the form of  Robert Mitchum   (no contest, right?) but the really hilarious scene is when Janet's in-laws come for Christmas and she tells them she is thinking of remarrying and they're all "Not  Karl, we hope?  He's nice and everything, but you know, he's so well,  Karl."   Poor Wendell Corey "Karl." You know you're a dud when even the old folks think so.  After he's rejected once and for all, he rides away in a taxi making the cutest speech about how he, doesn't care who she is, the bleach blonde at the office even, he's going to find someone who likes him.  After that I always kind of liked him.

 

Really liked your post here, AD. And yeah, Corey's role in HOLIDAY AFFAIR was the primary one I was thinking of when I first suggested his name early on in this thread. Good catch!

 

But...ummmm...you DO realize of course I was just jokin' around about that thing I highlighted up there, doncha?! YOU know, that thing I said where I earlier suggested the wife and I have little "dress-up nights" at, ahem, "beddy-bye time", and that during "Cowboy Nights" I wear that 10 gallon hat and talk like Sam Elliott as I approach the bed.

 

(...yeeeeah, I knew you knew I was just kiddin' around, huh...right?!.....RIGHT???!!!!)  

 

LOL

 

;)

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Dargo-- I think Gable's work was really weak with the empathy in San Francisco. But he did indeed cry in Gone With the Wind, although he had them get George Cukor fired and bring back his Image Maker Vic Fleming to accomplish that.

 

My real point is how Leslie delivers the goods every time--

 

Petrified Forest

Of Human Bondage

Intermezzo

Romeo and Juliet

And the Magnificent Scarlet Pimpernel

 

Oh how I love a reliable man!

 

FYI-- Leslie Howard didn't want the role of Ashley in Gone With the Wind because he felt it didn't have enough strength in it to give contrast to his "tender gentility".

 

 

 

BTW-- Wendell Corey is in this one movie with Clark Gable called Any Number Can Play. he's married to Clark Gable's sister-in-law; he lives in Clark Gable's house for free and Clark Gable has given Corey a job in his gambling casino.

To show his gratitude, Corey hates Gable and plots against him.

 

In Hitch's Rear Window, Wendell Corey is supposed to be a professional police detective, yet he doesn't believe any of the evidence that Jimmy Stewart has stacked up against his neighbor Raymond Burr. Well Thelma Ritter is a nurse and is not supposed to have any police experience, but she could see the validity of Stewart's evidence immediately.

 

Boy, they really knew how to cast people in those days. I don't know what you'd call Wendell Corey in the movies, whatever he was he was as good at it as Ralph Bellamy was--at whatever he did .LOL

 

I think Ralph Bellamy is not bad looking, but Wendell Corey, well he has a face a mother could love.

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Dargo-- I think Gable's work was really weak with the empathy in San Francisco. But he did indeed cry in Gone With the Wind, although he had them get George Cukor fired and bring back his Image Maker Vic Fleming to accomplish that.

 

My real point is how Leslie delivers the goods every time--

 

Petrified Forest

Of Human Bondage

Intermezzo

Romeo and Juliet

And the Magnificent Scarlet Pimpernel

 

Oh how I love a reliable man!

 

FYI-- Leslie Howard didn't want the role of Ashley in Gone With the Wind because he felt it didn't have enough strength in it to give contrast to his "tender gentility".

 

 

 

BTW-- Wendell Corey is in this one movie with Clark Gable called Any Number Can Play. he's married to Clark Gable's sister-in-law; he lives in Clark Gable's house for free and Clark Gable has given Corey a job in his gambling casino.

To show his gratitude, Corey hates Gable and plots against him.

 

In Hitch's Rear Window, Wendell Corey is supposed to be a professional police detective, yet he doesn't believe any of the evidence that Jimmy Stewart has stacked up against his neighbor Raymond Burr. Well Thelma Ritter is a nurse and is not supposed to have any police experience, but she could see the validity of Stewart's evidence immediately.

 

Boy, they really knew how to cast people in those days. I don't know what you'd call Wendell Corey in the movies, whatever he was he was as good at it as Ralph Bellamy was--at whatever he did .LOL

 

I think Ralph Bellamy is not bad looking, but Wendell Corey, well he has a face a mother could love.

 

Great reply, Princess.

 

And it's probably not a coincidence your mentioning of Bellamy in relation to Corey here, AND your mentioning of "casting", huh.

 

(...'cause for years it seems, when the call went out from Central Casting for a guy who'd always come in second getting the girl in the picture, Bellamy would've been their FIRST choice, and if they couldn't get HIM, they'd get Corey)

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Great reply, Princess.

 

And it's probably not a coincidence your mentioning of Bellamy in relation to Corey here, AND your mentioning of "casting", huh.

 

(...'cause for years it seems, when the call went out from Central Casting for a guy who'd always come in second getting the girl in the picture, Bellamy would've been their FIRST choice, and if they couldn't get HIM, they'd get Corey)

Even though I started this thread and appeared to be cracking on poor old Wendell, I actually find him very appealing just as I do Ralph Bellamy. They did get stuck playing the other man parts a lot, but did it so well they were perennials in that field. Bellamy is so funny in "The Awful Truth" in such a thankless part that it really takes talent to play, just as Corey was also capable of. They both deserve special Oscars for having the guts to play the more boring parts and let people like Mitchum and Grant get the fun parts!

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Really liked your post here, AD. And yeah, Corey's role in HOLIDAY AFFAIR was the primary one I was thinking of when I first suggested his name early on in this thread. Good catch!

 

But...ummmm...you DO realize of course I was just jokin' around about that thing I highlighted up there, doncha?! YOU know, that thing I said where I earlier suggested the wife and I have little "dress-up nights" at, ahem, "beddy-bye time", and that during "Cowboy Nights" I wear that 10 gallon hat and talk like Sam Elliott as I approach the bed.

 

(...yeeeeah, I knew you knew I was just kiddin' around, huh...right?!.....RIGHT???!!!!)  

 

LOL

 

;)

I thought that this thread would be dominated by the ladies. Your garrulousness on this topic sort of raises my eyebrows.

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I thought that this thread would be dominated by the ladies. Your garrulousness on this topic sort of raises my eyebrows.

 

Well gee, DGF. Why would THAT be?

 

Ya see, I've just been showin' my(what were those qualities Princess of Tap said she likes so much in a man, again?...oh yeah) my..ahem.."sensitive, vulnerable and masculine" side here, THAT'S all!

 

LOL

 

;)

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For The Princess of Tap.

 

LOL

 

Great find here, AD!

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LOL

 

Great find here, AD!

I'm confused. What's the connection between ZZ Top and Leslie Howard? I've already been accused twice today as being clueless. Why not go for three?

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I'm confused. What's the connection between ZZ Top and Leslie Howard? I've already been accused twice today as being clueless. Why not go for three?

 

They're both from Texas.

 

(...oh...wait...no they weren't...never mind)

 

C'mon ol' boy, THINK about this. The YouTube poster was showing the British actor at his dapper best there WHILE we heard that ZZ Top hit being played, RIGHT?!!!

 

(...this isn't really all that complicated here, ya know)

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In defense of Robert Taylor, I would say that while classically handsome, Hugh Marlowe was decidedly blander than Taylor.

I remember Hugh Marlowe from the daytime soap, ANOTHER WORLD. Bland is right but he had a distinctive voice.

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I remember Hugh Marlowe from the daytime soap, ANOTHER WORLD. Bland is right but he had a distinctive voice.

 

Yeah Prince, and the PROOF of Marlowe's lack of sex appeal might be in the fact that Patricia Neal would even pick a freakin' space alien over the guy in that flick about the Earth standing still for one hour back in '51, huh!

 

(...or put another way..."Marlowe barada NIX-to"!!!)

 

;)

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They're both from Texas.

 

(...oh...wait...no they weren't...never mind)

 

C'mon ol' boy, THINK about this. The YouTube poster was showing the British actor at his dapper best there WHILE we heard that ZZ Top hit being played, RIGHT?!!!

 

(...this isn't really all that complicated here, ya know)

..but why use Leslie Howard? Any actor can be at his dapper best. I would first think of Adolphe Menjou or Marlon Brando. Wait, scratch Brando, although it would be cool to play "Sharp Dressed Man" while Stanley Kowalski is cavorting about.

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I remember Hugh Marlowe from the daytime soap, ANOTHER WORLD. Bland is right but he had a distinctive voice.

Agreed, Prince. Marlowe's voice was always a pleasure.

 

Another example of a good-looking but sexless man is Frederick Stafford from Topaz, the one who looked like John Forsythe (also in the movie) but wasn't.

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..but why use Leslie Howard? Any actor can be at his dapper best. I would first think of Adolphe Menjou or Marlon Brando. Wait, scratch Brando, although it would be cool to play "Sharp Dressed Man" while Stanley Kowalski is cavorting about.

 

While Howard is my favorite actor I also wondered why he was selected for this dapper man tribute.    Hey,  Howard was a sharp dresser in many movies but so where a lot of other actors,  especially in 30s films about rich folks.   William Powell or Robert Montgomery come to mind (as well as Menjou,  but I'm glad to see you walked back that Brando crack).

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While Howard is my favorite actor I also wondered why he was selected for this dapper man tribute.    Hey,  Howard was a sharp dresser in many movies but so where a lot of other actors,  especially in 30s films about rich folks.   William Powell or Robert Montgomery come to mind (as well as Menjou,  but I'm glad to see you walked back that Brando crack).

 

I'd guess the primary reason Leslie Howard was used in that video was because whoever produced and edited it together was/is probably a big Leslie Howard fan, and probably just picked that particular ZZ Top song for its soundtrack because that song's basic message is one about a guy with style and class.

 

(...once again guys, this shouldn't be all that complicated, 'n you's jus' be thinkin' too hard 'bout it)

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Yeah Prince, and the PROOF of Marlowe's lack of sex appeal might be in the fact that Patricia Neal would even pick a freakin' space alien over the guy in that flick about the Earth standing still for one hour back in '51, huh!

 

(...or put another way..."Marlowe barada NIX-to"!!!)

 

;)

 

Thought it was a HALF HOUR Darg!  ;)

 

Anyway, that referrence..."sexless" men.   IF they're "sexless", then how do you KNOW thery're men?

 

Or it could mean that despite being "good looking", they ain't getting any.

 

But IMHO, being "sharp dressed" doesn't neccessarily mean a guy has "class". 

 

And since HUGH MARLOWE was married three times and had three kids, I wouldn't say he was entirely "sexless".  ;)

 

 a bit of NOISE was goin' on behind that silent wall, eh?

 

 

Sepiatone

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I'd guess the primary reason Leslie Howard was used in that video was because whoever produced and edited it together was/is probably a big Leslie Howard fan, and probably just picked that particular ZZ Top song for its soundtrack because that song's basic message is one about a guy with style and class.

 

(...once again guys, this shouldn't be all that complicated, 'n you's jus' be thinkin' too hard 'bout it)

This guy may be the only person in the world who's a big fan of both Leslie Howard and ZZ Top.

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