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Their Greatest Role

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Because I'm me, I've got to add;

 

Hedy Lamarr - Samson and Delilah

 

Also,

Marlene Dietrich - The Blue Angel (A few others were close, though)

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Good choices antar especially that of Hedy Lamarr in "Samson and Delilah" which is also my choice. I should have the results sometimes next week.

 

Mongo

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I just love Harlow in "Hold Your Man", Antar. Watched it yesterday on TCM and I had forgotten how much I enjoy that film! Love when Gypsy (Dorothy Burgess) says to Harlow "Who are you?" and Harlow replies with: "The Queen of Sheba!".

 

So I'll go out on a limb and say "Hold Your Man" was Harlow's best also (although it was a tough decision 'cause she was great in "Red Dust" too).

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Was it on yesterday? I missed it. Crud!

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Red Dust would be my 2nd choice, too.

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*******************THE RESULTS ARE IN*************

 

Regarding "Their Greatest Role" the two top vote getters overall were Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck. Their greatest roles which got the most votes were Davis in "All About Eve" and Stanwyck in "The Lady Eve" followed by:

James Stewart in "It's a Wonderful Life"

Marilyn Monroe in "Bus Stop"

Katharine Hepburn in "Holiday"

Humphrey Bogart split 3 ways with "The Maltese Falcon", "High Sierra" and "The Big Sleep"

John Wayne in "The Quiet Man"

William Powell in "The Thin Man"

Cary Grant split between "North by Northwest" and "None But the Lonely Heart"

Judy Garland most votes overall for her turn in "A Star Is Born"

Marlene Dietrich split "The Blue Angel" & "Blonde Venus"

Spencer Tracy for "Captain's Courageous"

Elizabeth Taylor for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Greer Garson for "Mrs. Miniver"

Kirk Douglas for "Lonely Are the Brave" (his favorite)

Gary Cooper for "Friendly Persuasion"

Ingrid Bergman for "Notorious"

Fred Astaire for "Easter Parade" (without Ginger)

Jane Wyman for "Johnny Belinda"

Clifton Webb for "Laura"

Lana Turner split "Imitation of Life" & "Madame X"

Norma Shearer for "The Women"

Olivia de Havilland all votes for "The Heiress"

Jack Lemmon in "The Apartment"

Vivien Leigh all votes for "Gone With The Wind"

Burt Lancaster split "Bird Man of Alcatraz" & "Atlantic City

 

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Other dominating votes for a single role went to:

Susan Hayward for "I Want to Live"

Shirley Booth for "Come Back Little Sheba"

Orson Welles for "Citizen Kane"

Yul Brynner for "The King and I"

Ethel Waters for "Cabin in the Sky"

Joan Fontaine for "Rebecca"

Donald O'Connor for "Singin' In the Rain"

Fredric March for "The Best Years of Our Lives"

Gloria Swanson for "Sunset Boulevard"

Wallace Beery for "The Champ"

Gregory Peck for "To Kill a Mockingbird"

James Mason for "Lolita"

Gene Tierney for "Leave Her to Heaven"

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Stars that couldn't be counted due to split single roles chosen were:

John Garfield, Sydney Poitier, Teresa Wright, Tyrone Power, Paul Newman (with 6 different roles), Gene Kelly, Thelma Ritter and Audrey Hepburn.

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Kis stars that dominated were:

Peggy Ann Garner for "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"

Freddie Bartholomew for "Captain's Courageous"

Roddy McDowall for "How Green Was My Valley"

Patty Duke for "The Miracle Worker"

Shirley Temple split evenly

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Character players were:

Hattie McDaniel for "Gone With The Wind"

Donald Crisp for "How Green Was My Valley"

Lucile Watson for "Waterloo Bridge"

Jane Darwell for "The Grapes of Wrath"

Alice Brady for "In Old Chicago"

Frank Morgan for "The Human Comedy"

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More statistics to follow.

 

Mongo

 

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*****************The Results Are In*********************

Continued.

 

Other stars with a lesser amount of votes for the best role chosen:

Greta Garbo split for "Ninotcha" & "Camille"

Clark Gable for "Gone With the Wind"

Henry Fonda for "The Grapes of Wrath"

Joan Crawford all votes for "Mildred Pierce"

Claudette Colbert for "Since You Went Away"

Wallace Beery for "The Champ"

Anne Bancroft for "The Miracle Worker"

Natalie Wood split for "Splendor in the Grass" & "Gypsy"

Shelley Winters for "A Place In the Sun"

Rod Steiger for "In the Heat of the Night"

Laurence Olivier for "Wuthering Heights"

Maureen O'Hara for "The Quiet Man"

Paul Muni for "The Good Earth"

Charles Laughton for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

William Holden for "Sunset Boulevard"

Charlton Heston for "Ben Hur"

Susan Hayward split for "I Want to Live" & "I'll Cry Tomorrow"

Jean Harlow for "Hold Your Man"

James Cagney for "White Heat"

James Dean for "Rebel Without a Cause"

Doris Day for "Love Me or Leave Me"

Anne Baxter for "All About Eve"

W.C. Fields for "It's a Gift"

Rosalind Russell for "Mame"

Debbie Reynolds for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"

Peter O'Toole for "Lawrence of Arabia"

Edna May Oliver for "David Copperfield"

Robert Mitchum for "The Night of the Hunter"

Ray Milland for "The Lost Weekend"

Carole Lombard for "My Man Godfrey"

Deborah Kerr for "The Sundowners"

Dustin Hoffman for "The Graduate"

Irene Dunne for "I Remember Mama"

Marie Dressler for "Emma"

Marlon Brando for "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Alan Ladd for "Shane"

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More statistics to come

 

Mongo

 

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******************The Results Are In********************

Continued

Listed here are the stars with the lowest amount of votes and choices for their greatest role:

 

Howard Kell in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"

Hedy Lamarr in "Samson and Delilah"

Vera Ellen in "White Christmas"

Claude Rains in "Notorious"

Luise Rainer in "The Good Earth"

Geraldine Page in "The Trip to Bountiful"

Errol Flynn in "The Adventures of Robin Hood"

Charles Boyer in "Gaslight"

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That about sums it up and if you have any questions I will be glad to answer them.

It looks like that most of your choices coincide with the Oscars' and their choices for nominations and wins throughout the years.

 

please see other two postings below

 

Mongo

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Thank you Mongo for all of the work you put into this thread. Personally I'm very happy with the results, but I was hoping that Jean Harlow's greatest would have been "Dinner at Eight." But I was very happy to see that just about everyone chose "A Star is Born" for Judy Garland - definitely her best. Thanks again Mongo!

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Mongo, that was phenomenal work you did compiling those statistics!!! :) I've read through the results a few times and have to agree with darn near most (if not all) of them which is a hard thing to do because many of those folks had so very many great roles... anyway, thanks so much for all the time you put into this!!

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Thank you all so much for your plaudits. I do appreciate it. Besides a little work it was a lot of fun for me.

Also we did get an idea of some of our favorite performances and their greatest roles.

 

Addition: Overlooked

Monty Wooley in "The Man Who Came to Dinner"

Richard Jaeckel in "Sometimes a Great Notion"

 

Note. If you think your favotite star or performance was missing...it wasn't. I have a list of over 125 stars that either had a split vote or just one single vote to their name. Everyone from Frank Sinatra, Paulette Goddard, Patty McCormack, Richard Burton, Victor Mature, Ruth Chatterton, Bing Crosby to Beaulah Bondi, Broderick Crawford, Claire Trevor, George Brent, Gloria Stuart, Harry Davenport, Hayley Mills, Edmund Gwenn and Marjorie Main.

 

Corrections: Of course Rosalind Russell was listed for "Auntie Mame" and not just "Mame" as I listed it.

The word "kid" is spelled kis where I entered the juvenile performances.

 

Thank you all

 

Mongo

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Overall, I like the results. I was glad to see Hold Your Man was the one Jean Harlow got. I was surprised, too! I figured I was the only person who'd vote for that! I do wish Camille had beat out Ninotchka for the Garbo flick, but a tie's okay, they're both great...

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Wow, Mongo...this was a hefty project for you to undertake for us, and it certainly was enjoyable to participate in it. Many Thanks! I wish that we could have a poll like this going on all the time at this site.

 

ML

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Mongo,

Great job!.Although my selection wasn't there ,I enjoyed reading the final tally.

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Mongo, I am nominating you to the board of directors of Turner Classic Movies! What a fabulous job you did not only for us movie addicts but for anyone scrolling through these message boards. I'm amazed at the amount of work you put into this. I've printed out your lists and put them on my bulletin board. I think we're all curious, though: who are YOUR candidates for the greatest roles? I really think TCM should find a spot for you--maybe as an alternate host or one who writes those tantalizing little synopses for movies. Bravo!

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For colaborative roles I have to say Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart in "The Phiadelphia Story"

All of these are some of my favorite stars and to pick one of their movies for each of their roles alone would be impossible.

 

Paul Newman is another one of the bests. I couldn't say which is his best role, but "The Hustler" has to be up there :)

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Kim Novak in Vertigo because she looks beautiful, has a sense of mystery about her and creates an emotionality to the film that was unique for a Hitchcock. The interesting was that she made her own character for the film, since Hitchcock wouldn't tell her who he wanted her to become. This is why she was so great. She was a creation of herself!

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Kim Novak in Vertigo because she looks beautiful, has a sense of mystery about her and creates an emotionality in the film that was unique for a Hitchcock. The interesting thing is that she made her own character for the film, since Hitchcock wouldn't tell her who he wanted her to become. This is why she was so great. She was a creation of herself!

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I did like her in that role (Vertigo) but my favorite Novak role is in Bell, Book, and Candle. WOW ;0

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